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Penang famed as the Pearl of the Orient, has been the meeting place of cultural currents from India and China, as well as insular and mainland Southeast Asia. As a key commercial port of the British East India Company from 1786, it was drawn into the international trading route. Ship captains and seafaring merchants chose to retreat to this strategically situated island, while miners and planters who made their fortunes in neighbouring lands built their incredible homes here. Penang’s capital, the port city of George Town, is now a World Heritage Site, reflecting its rich history, vernacular architecture and its own unique version of multiculturalism. This book celebrates the distinctive architecture and lifestyle of the heritage houses of Penang.

Heritage Houses of Penang
Khoo Salma Nasution & Halim Berbar
Price: RM86
2009. Marshall Cavendish Editions
Soft cover, 22.2 x 22.4 cm, 128 pages, 
141 colour illustrations
ISBN No: 978-981-23280-6-9

More information follow the link 

Organised by Crafthub for the Sarawak Craft Council and supported by the Sarawak Tourism Board, the event coincides with the Rainforest World Music Festival which has been attracting huge crowds from all over the world for 11 years – 12,000 persons attended in 2008!

The main focus of the Rainforest World Craft Bazaar is on the use of traditional materials and traditional skills enhanced by competent modern design.


Craft Bazaar 2009 Sarawak

ART ED recruitment
WHAT?
Bicycle trail  map creation with the Balik Pulau young cyclists from “Mountain & Village Crewz Balik Pulau” 
The map will highlight the significant local attractions in cultural and heritage assets such as scenery, farm, cottage industries, food, which are only accessible by bicycle.

WHEN?   June – August 2009 , Weekends ( depends on the schedule within the team which will be set later )
First cycling meeting 6 and 7 June ( Sat and Sun ) 8am -12 noon

WHERE?   Balik Pulau and neighbouring villages in Penang

WHO?   
Anyone who is interested in cycling in nature site and would like to share he/she knows through documentation to others

What criteria do I need to be part of the team? ?
Have your own transport to go to Balik Pulau and a bicycle to move around also you who like to share and work with young people

Call yoke pin at (+60) 4 -2633471 / +(60) 12- 3619113   
or email arts_ed_penang@yahoo.com

See  Art-Ed WEBSITE for more info

Art Ed Balik Pulau

Heidi Munan mat weaver in longhouseMat-making is a skill known to every Borneo society. The rainforest abounds in suitable raw materials: reeds, leaves, barks or rinds. These ever-renewable fibres were fashioned into mats for everyday use; until the early 20th century few longhouse dwellers had furniture other than maybe a storage chest inside their family rooms. Sitting, eating, sleeping was done on the floor, on mats. Read the rest of this entry »

This year’s fundraising exhibition in aid of WWF-Malaysia will run from 17 May – 31 May 2009 in the underground gallery at Rimbun Dahan.

‘The tropical rainforest presents an ideal of wild perfection whose luxuriant growth we could to emulate in our gardens. It provides the inspiration for the landscapes of our imagination. The height of towering trees, their natural spacing and the effect of irregular features like rocks and rivers feed the well-spring of illumination for artists and poets trying to recreate something of this natural wonder in their own idiom. Without having seen a forest, how could we understand the potential of the material we work with? Where do we stand when our tanah air ceases to exist?’

Angela Hijjas & Noor Mahnun Mohamed

The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and on weekdays by appointment.
There will be a curator’s talk at Rimbun Dahan Gallery 3 pm, Saturday, 23 May


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Rimbun Dahan is one of my favorites places which combines nature, art and architecture and it’s just about 1 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.

Rimbun Dahan is a centre for developing traditional and contemporary art forms. It features buildings designed by Hijjas Kasturi, as well as a 19th century traditional Malay house, in an indigenous garden environment.

Please note that Rimbun Dahan is a private property. It is open to the public for limited hours only during exhibitions.

Contacts 

Angela Hijjas Email: angela@rimbundahan.org
Location : Rimbun Dahan, Km. 27 Jalan Kuang, Kuang, Selangor, 48050,
Telephone: (603) 6038-3690 / (603) 6038-1417

Check on there website for details and map :http://www.rimbundahan.org

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