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About this event
Lim Soon Heng
Soon Heng is passionate about theatre. For this robust 60-year-old, theatre is a physical expression and experience, and the body must be trained and worked. Theatre actors are not talking-heads moving about naturalistically as on television or film. He readily combines his vigor and past teaching experience at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) and the North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM)--two US schools for academically gifted students--to now conduct theatre workshops for Malaysian university and secondary school students. His more notable plays are Rashomon, Empress Wu, Metamorphosis, The Fantasticks, Swamp Dwellers, Tartuffe, Hunting Cockroaches and The Owl And The Pussy Cat On weekdays, his mellifluous voice is heard on BFM’s Resource Center, hosting a show which centers on Business, Finance and Marketing.
Mahen Bala explores and documents traditional cultural practices in various parts of Malaysia which are on the verge of being forgotten. Why you should listen to him: Mahen Bala is a filmmaker and photojournalist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has worked on documenting Malaysian stories for the past 6 years covering heritage, history and social issues. He is a BMW shorties finalist with his short film ‘Plan B’ while ‘The Apprentice’ was screened at International film festivals in Germany, Japan and Mexico. He is currently working on research and features under the documentary initiative, Present Tense Media.
Ameen Misran is a passionate lover of the arts and literature. His fiery spoken word poetry performances are designed to captivate the audience. 'Abdul Muhaimin bin Misran, known in professional circles as 'Ameen Misran' is a former student of Ma’had Attarbiyah Al-Islamiyyah (MATRI) and is currently a fourth year student of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He is a Bachelor of English Language and Literature (BENL) scholar. Ameen Misran is a writer, (he mainly writes on www.langitilahi.com), journalist and spoken word artist. He was editor in chief of IIUM’s newspaper publication, ‘The Torch.’ Ameen is also a busker during weekends. He aspires to publish a book in the coming months and pursue a Masters in Applied Linguistics.
Adrian Yeo seeks to achieve the ultimate goal of climate change advocates worldwide; to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from the current level of 400 parts per million to under 350 ppm. In 2009 Adrian worked for YOUNGO as the Youth Logistics Coordinator at UNFCCC’s COP15 in Copenhagen, and actively participated in various UNFCCC & UNCSD (Rio+20) meetings and conferences. Adrian is a past President of Raleigh International Kuala Lumpur, an official presenter of Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project (TCRP) and was a participant of 350.org’s Global Power Shift, in Istanbul. Recently, in December 2013, he initiated Power Shift Malaysia, an event where 200 youths were equipped with the knowledge and skills involved to lead community-powered climate action. He is a strong believer in the power of grassroots organizing and mass public action.