Bo Bedroom Sanctuary

The 5-day season kick start of the 6-month annual festival Indie Youth Fest 2011 came to a close on 10 May 2011 last week. Its organising committee are brimming with ideas for the next few months of activities. Meanwhile, you can check out the multitude of content created from the 5-days. From music, video games, creative arts, visual graphics to just pure noise, you can view some of the content on Facebook “FEYST . Indie Youth Fest Official” or “Sweden Malaysia Innovation Days”. You can also view it on the “Indieyfest” YouTube channel. Or, view the amazing photo library here at the FEYST11 Flickr page.

User-generated content is also out there for all to see. One such product is the unofficial zine produced by the guys from S.C.U.M. mag. View the special FEYST edition here: http://www.issuu.com/scum.malaysia/docs/scumfeyst

Free SCUM FEYST zine

Visit GO.esc website for details. Team LZ will be at Pavilion to face challengers. Do YOU have what it takes? See you at Pavilion this weekend!

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate Ikea’s meatballs? Well, we have managed to secure 100,000 meatballs sponsored so kindly by Ikea. We just need to find the hungry mouths to feed. Oh, here’s the catch. Not just mouths. We will also need to find someone to COOK IT. So we’ll be getting 100,000 frozen meatballs and gravy. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to solve this puzzle and get the lovely cooked meatballs with gravy to YOU by the 6th May 2011.

View confirmed band list

Here’s what we have lined up: Bo Bedroom Sanctuary, Pesawat, The Otherside Orchestra, Sam (Kuman), Azmyl Yunor, Reza Salleh, Jerome Kugan, Liyana Fizi, Zalila Lee, Izzy Mohd, Dichi Michi, TILU, Beatburns, Tres Empre, Beeha, Amirah Ali etc.

In partnership with our friends from Pekan Frinjan and Zulhabri, we bring you over 55 acts during the weekend.

We’re pleased to report back to you on the latest confirmed musicians for the festival. Let’s start with the headliners, and we will release more information within these next 2 weeks. We thank you, all bands and singer songwriters for your patience as we go through our list. There are over 100 bands signed up and we need sort give priority to those who have performed at Doppelganger Open Mic, or at least we’ve heard you play LIVE before at one of our shows.

We’ll start with a festival special gig at No Black Tie. This night will feature a “Sweden Malaysia Collaboration Gig” between Malaysia’s homegrown singer songwriters – REZA SALLEH, LIYANA FIZI, JEROME KUGAN, IZZY MOHD, ZALILA LEE & BEDROOM SANCTUARY (BO AMIR IQRAM) and also Sweden’s homegrown folk/blues/americana duo, THE HARVEST. The show will be recorded LIVE at No Black Tie on 9 May 2011. Tickets at the door and will go on sale starting 27 April. Limited release of the CD compilation will go on sale end of May!

Jerome Kugan

Originals by jeromekugan

The Harvest (Sweden)

The Harvest by The Harvest

1. What do Malaysia and Sweden have in common? Besides the obvious few household brands like IKEA, VOLVO, TETRA PAK, ELECTROLUX, what else would a Malaysian know about Sweden? Well, it definitely has a solid reputation for being an innovative country, through well-known inventions, the Noble Prize and multinational brands. Many countries, including Malaysia, view Sweden as a role-model in creating a competitive and innovative economy. But did you know that one of Malaysia’s drive to make the economy more innovative is the establishment of a special innovation unit (UNIK) within the Prime Minister’s Department, led by Datuk Kamal Jit Singh? The Sweden Embassy facilitated a visit by a UNIK-delegation to Sweden in January and a cooperation with the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA) is under way. Food for thought.

2. A string of exciting events are on the calendar.

1. Innovation Forum, 10 May

Venue: Pavilion KL

The key event during the Sweden Malaysia Innovation Days will be the innovation forum with distinguished Swedish and Malaysian speakers on innovation and creativity. The forum is co-organised between the Embassy and several Malaysian partners.

2. FEYST 2011 – Indie Youth Fest/Digital Delirium Xpo, 6-8 May

Venue: Pavilion KL

GO International Group has organised Indie Youth Fest (Pesta Remaja Indie) for the past three years and has brought 35 young Malaysians to participate at international festivals like NVISION in San Jose, USA 2008, DreamHack in Sweden 2009, ESWC in France 2010 and Shanghai World Expo in China last year. For the festival in 2011, the Embassy will be working closely with GO International to create a festival that has a particular Swedish touch to it. Swedish music producer will be holding several workshops during the festival and at least two Swedish bands amongst a team of Malaysian acts will participate in the event.

In connection with the FEYST Youth Festival, there will also be a digital expo featuring pro-gaming tournament, games, gadgets and digital content creation.

3. Visit by Malaysian journalists to Sweden

In order to create the right “buzz” for the Sweden Malaysia Innovation Days the Embassy currently putting together a programme for a few key Malaysian journalists to visit Sweden and introduce them to aspects of innovation in Swedish society. The visit will take place end of March.

4. Culinary Sweden – Sweden Malaysia Nobel Gala Dinner, 6 May

Venue: KL Hilton

The Innovation Days will be kick-started by a Swedish Malaysia Nobel Gala Dinner on 6 May at Hilton Hotel. The renowned Swedish Chef Michael Elfwing will prepare a gala dinner in the spirit of Nobel, with authentic menus. During the gala dinner Fredrik Härén will hold a speech on innovation and he will be joined by a high-level Malaysian speaker. There will also be entertainment from well-knowned Swedish and Malaysian artists, of course!

Wow! Sounds like fun! Now want to get involved? You can submit your application as a volunteer and be a part of our energetic team. Email hello@indieyouthfest.com. Applications close 10 April 2011.

Hey there folks! Now you can go shopping without money – at our monthly event, Doppelganger KL open mic gig & SwapMeet Bazaar. Just bring 10 items for free entry (otherwise RM10) and you will then receive Doppelganger dollars to ‘buy’ other products. Over 20 acts lined up, good old faces and new acts. We can’t wait to see you all there at Palate Palette!

Go International E-sports Cup, the e-sports gateway to international festivals headed to China & Singapore this year under ‘Digital Youth Award’ – a brand new youth cultural exchange and e-sports program held in Shanghai, China and Singapore in October / November 2010.

Team xTu (pictured left) were crowned the champions of new game Heroes of Newerth (HoN) to qualify for the Digital Youth Award. They flew by Air Asia X to Shanghai via Hangzhou and met with teams from USA and Germany. The youth cultural exchange went down in the colossal Shanghai World Expo, Sweden Pavillion in China – giving the young gamers a taste of digital life in one of the largest gaming centres in the world! Team xTu garnered an overall 4th place at the finals. Good on you, xTu!