Kuala Lumpur, 18 November 2005
Pentas 1, the main theatre of the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) saw a very different type of performance as KLPac held a very special event to pay tribute to the Centre’s founding sponsors.
Graced by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim, the spotlight was on their founding sponsors who wined and dined on the stage in KLPac’s main 500-seater theatre.
Also in attendance was Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, honorary advisor of KLPac and managing director of YTL Corporation Berhad – one of the founding members of KLPac. Addressing the audience, he firstly paid tribute to the late Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, patron of KLPac, who was very much the drive and inspiration for KLPac.
“Malaysian performing arts will forever be indebted to her,” said Yeoh.
He went on to say how delighted he was that KLPac was fast becoming a hub for artistes and audience alike, as was always the intention for the Centre. All this, he said, would not be possible if not for the very elite circle of corporations gathered for the event.
“For that, we thank you all, our founding sponsors, for giving us this vote of confidence, and for believing in all we stand for. We are extremely gratified that our sponsors share our conviction that the advancement of the performing arts is key to our nation’s progress.”
HSBC, Barclays Capital, CIMB, Daimley Chrysler, The Star, Sunway Group, American Express, ECM Libra, Ericsson, MUI Group, Siemens, ASTRO, JW Marriott KL and Leo Burnett Advertising have made contributions to the fledging KLPac in both cash and kind, and have committed to do so for a three-year period.
A video presentation provided a picture montage of the broad spectrum of performances staged at KLPac since it opened its doors to the public in May this year.?The performances that had been staged at KLPac include dances, musicals and plays.
The focus of the evening, the Recognition of Founding Sponsors, was officiated by Rais. Representatives from each?of the founding sponsors?then took their turn to be personally thanked by Rais for their contributions to the arts. Also present at the event were KLPac executive producer, Faridah Merican; artistic director, Joe Hasham; general manager, Marge Chew and CEO of Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia, Leela Mohd Ali.
Located at the fringes of the beautifully landscaped Sentul Park, the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre/PentasSeni KL is a collaboration between Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia, YTL Corporation Berhad and The Actors Studio, under the patronage of the late YABhg Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood. Developed for the common goal of nurturing and developing the performing arts in Malaysia, the Centre caters to a broad spectrum of artistes and audiences with its diverse artistic and educational programmes.
Since its opening, KLPac has staged and hosted dance and music festivals, theatrical productions and art exhibitions of both, local and international nature. The Centre’s 70,000 sq ft of space houses facilities which include a 500-seater main theatre, a 200-seater experimental theatre, 10 studios, an IndiCine for independent film, a set construction workshop as well as a cafe and a bar.