It is 2017, and art is progressively becoming a lot more accessible in this country, especially with the rise of small festivals and fringes happening around town. These festivals typically aim to bring art closer to the people, and shed some light on independent artists including painters, graphic designers, singer-songwriters, performers, filmmakers, writers, poets and crafters among others. During these festivals, these artists would not only have the chance to showcase their work, but are also presented with the opportunity to sell their artworks or publications to support themselves and their artistic pursuits.
In what was seen as yet another attack against democracy and freedom of speech, police raided the premises of Rumah Api on the 28th of August and arrested 163 individuals at a music event. Most of the detainees were musicians and social activists, sparking an outrage on social media.
“I don’t think length should be compromised,” expressed Cilisos founder and editor-in-chief Chak Onn Lau before playfully adding, “I know it’s a very strange thing for a Chinese man to say.”