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Theme: Taste of Independence

We will be presenting our 13th edition in conjunction with Merdeka.

Joining us at the table are Sharmilla Ganesan, BFM89.9 radio presenter and cultural journalist, and Mark Teh, a performance maker, researcher, and curator.

Both keen history and culture observers, in their own respect, will weigh in on our theme of the night - "Taste of Independence". As we commemorate the 66th year of Malaya's independence, how have we travelled so far, how can we move forward, and what does independence mean to us?

But, it's also on you.. the audience to be part of this collaborative dinner experience.

We need you to participate in this dinner by bringing a little bit of your pantry leftovers (not a half eaten sandwich please!)

The NK team will document these items and start working their magic in the kitchen. Trust us, they work wonders!

Meanwhile, at the front of house... our speakers will kick start some interesting conversations! And boy have we got a great line up for you this time round!

Mark Teh (Artist & Researcher)

Mark Teh is a performance maker, researcher, and curator based in Kuala Lumpur. He graduated with an MA in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London.

His diverse, collaborative projects take on documentary, speculative and generative forms, and address the entanglements of history, memory and counter-mapping. Mark's practice is situated primarily in performance, but also operates via exhibitions, education, social interventions, curating and writing.

Some recent works include the documentary performance A Notional History, the lecture performance Field Work: Performing Politics on the Padang, the fragments of Tuah video essay, and the online project Jalan-jalan di Asia: walking dictionary.

Sharmilla Ganesan (Radio Presenter & Culture Journalist)

Sharmilla Ganesan is a radio presenter at BFM 89.9 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She currently hosts shows centered around current affairs, arts, films, and books. Previously, Sharmilla was a features journalist with The Star newspaper for over a decade. She wrote, among other areas, on culture, and had an award-winning literary column. Her articles on various topics have appeared in The Atlantic, South China Morning Post, NewNaratif, ArtsEquator, and travel3sixty.

She was selected for the Fulbright/Hubert H.Humphrey Fellowship in Washington D.C. in 2015, where she focused on long form and culture journalism. She later joined the Asia Journalism Fellowship at the National University of Singapore in 2017. Recently, Sharmilla was selected for the Global Cultural Relations Programme.

With rich work experiences and insights into the Malaysian arts and culture scene, Sharmilla finds time to share, capacity build and train new generations of creators, in arts criticism and journalism.

Sharmilla also writes fiction, and her works can be found in numerous anthologies and online platforms. In 2017, Sharmilla became the runner-up for the D.K. Dutt Memorial Award for Literary Excellence.

Most recently, she wrote the winning entry to the Malaysian Short Story Writing Competition.

Date: 26th Aug 2023 (Saturday)

Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Location: temu house

Address: 49, Jalan 16/9e, Seksyen 16, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor


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