A Day at the Cultural Centre of Kota Bharu, Malaysia
Exploring the cradle of culture
About Kota Bharu:
As promised a few months ago, I have started compiling clips and excerpts on the city I currently live in, i.e. Kota Bharu, the capital of Kelantan, Malaysia. Kelantan is the cradle of Malay culture and Kota Bharu truly lives up to the values of the State. It focuses on traditional art forms and stays close to its roots, thereby coming up with initiatives to keep the ethnicity and culture alive. Besides that, the city is known for its food and warm people. Hop right in to understand one of the reasons for visiting this sweet little city.
I recently visited the Cultural Centre (diagonally opposite Hotel Perdana) also called Gelanggang Seni. The government and tourism board hold events here to promote the traditional forms of art, dance, martial arts and more.
Are you ready for a tour of the activities that take place at the centre? Although a lot of events and games are lined up one after the other, here are glimpses of a few of them that happened earlier this week. Hop right in…
1. REBANA UBI -> Drums
2. Seni Silat Tari -> Malay Martial Arts
Various stages of martial arts
3. Congkak -> Game of Marbles
4. Batik Painting
5. Wayang Kulit -> Shadow Play
This show takes place only at night (Wednesday: 9-11 P.M.)
6. Other activities:
Dedicated spots for top spinning (gasing), shadow play and wau/kite flying
- Monday, Wednesday, Saturday: 3/3.30-5.30 P.M. – a mix of activities ranging from Gasing (top spinning), Silat (martial arts), Rebana Ubi (drum beating), Batik painting and demo on request, Congkak (game of marbles), Wau Bulan (moon kite making and flying), Dikir Barat (singing and music) and Kertok (coconut husk percussion) on a rotation basis.
- Wed: 9-11 P.M. Wayang Kulit (shadow play)
- Closed: November-January, Ramadan month
- Check more details with the Tourist Information Centre at Jalan Sultan Ibrahim or visit the official website or Facebook page for updates on activities and re-checking the schedule before heading out.
- Entry: free
- Activities: free
- Hands-on batik painting – RM 15 onwards (per piece)
At the Cultural Centre:
At the Cultural Centre, you will find…
- Different sections for various activities
- Auditorium for cultural shows
- Souvenir shop
- Café serving local delights
- Iced beverage for visitors
It’s free of cost, but sad to see some of the tourists and younger locals disinterested 😦 Please visit the centre and encourage these local forms of art and culture. 🙂
I need your help to promote it as much as you can. Please do share, visit and spread the love. Use the hashtags #kelantandihati #kelantanculture and #lyfandspice … and spread the word.
International Kite Flying Festival: 24-26 August, 2017 at Pantai Geting (Geting Beach, near Pantai Sri Tujuh), Tumpat.
Wau = beautifully designed ‘Moon Kite‘ – a unique kite that serves as the national symbol of Malaysia
Use the hasthtag #kelantandihati #kelantanculture and #lyfandspice… and spread the word
**Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. It has been compiled purely to promote these well-preserved forms of art at Kota Bharu, Kelantan.. and to ask visitors to spend just 1-2 hours at the centre to encourage these forms.
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-by Aditi Shukla (Lyf&Spice)