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Arts of the UK 2020: #RUMAHFest Online (Preview)

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After being postponed from its original date in March, RUMAH Khai’s RUMAHFest is coming to your homes this September. Airing for two hours on RUMAH Khai’s YouTube page, get ready for an eclectic mix of commissioned spoken word and sonic performances, scratch works, food treats and comedy skits re-imagined on a digital platform.

Following her productions of Same Same Collective’s Drop Dead Gorgeous and Martha Watson Allpress’s Patricia Gets Ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her) for VAULT Festival 2020, amongst other events, Khai is finally ready to present this celebration of Asian artists of all colours and forms, raising representation, new audiences and the diverse wealth of artists from the Asian diaspora in London, from Philippines, to Vietnam, Malaysia to Uzbekistan.

RUMAHfest will kick start with an online ‘easy-to-follow’ embroidery workshop. Learn to create an empowering imagery to represent an allyship with the womxn in your life, as Nicole Chui from ThatSewNicole hosts. The festival will be presenting two scratch works, ‘Sexy Asians Around Ur Area’ by Camilla Anvar and Zelda Solomon. Both of the artists will be collaborating and exploring stories about being young, loss and ‘Asian-ish-ness’ in today’s climate.

The second scratch ‘Precious Cargo’, is a biography of an Vietnamese adoptee, from the world’s largest humanitarian adoption program in 1975 , presented by Australian Children’s Book author Barton Williams and Singaporean Malay theatre-maker Mohamad Faizal Abdullah. RUMAH’s commissioned spoken word digital performance include first time collaborators Troy Cabida, a London-based Filipino poet and producer for the open mic night Poetry and Shaah will be joined with Nazreen Mohamad, a Malaysian spoken word artists, whose piece ‘Between Two Worlds’ is set to be included in the the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, together with Nush, originally from Sri Lanka, is a self-taught guitarist, who will be releasing her album ‘Tenerife’ later this year.

The other commissioned sonic digital performance will feature another first time collaborators, Adeeb ‘Yung Sultan’ Razak, a rapper and interdisciplinary artist from East London. He recently released the single/music video for ‘East Side Airlines’, Cuong Pham, co-founder of Indigo Magazine, and a monthly hosts at NTS. And lastly, Arya Rinaldo, a resident DJ at AAJA in Deptford, and has shows on NTS, Reprezent and SOAS Radio. During the live stream there will be an interval performance by ComediAsians, UK’s first all Asian improv troupe and a short break to learn and make your own Central Asian delicacy facilitated by Yuldosh Juraboev from Orzu Arts Theatre & Bar, a Central Asian theatre company based in London, that explores the richness of the performing arts of Central Asia.

The festival is free to access but audiences are encouraged to donate and pay waht they can. A percentage of the donations received will be shared with Rich Mix’s #SaveOurVenues campaign. With Rumah Fest, come rediscover the meaning of home with Khai and co, and get ready an evening of fun, celebrating the rich diversity of Asian artists and culture in London.

#RumahFest Online will stream on RUMAH’s YouTube page on Saturday, 26th September 2020, 6pm-8pm (London Time)/27th September 1am-3am (Singapore Time). For more information, visit their website here

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