Saturday, May 24, 2008

Special Event: 4-6 Jul 08: Indie Youth Festival 2008

Celebrate digital culture and all things indie in collaboration with Electronic Sports World Cup 2008 Malaysia at Indie Youth Fest!

Latest update!
One Buck Short and Qings & Queens have confirmed and will be playing on Friday, 4th July 2008! Also, we're pleased to announce that Yokohama Batteries will be partnering with Motorsports Playground to display a couple of units of performance show cars (read... drifting machines!!!). So... be seeing you there! 4, 5, 6 July 2008.

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 May 2008 – The Independent Youth Festival 2008, reveals more indie bands to its line-up today. Joining the fray at the indie concert on 5 & 6 July are three-piece band Tempered Mental, Laguna Record's pop band Estrella, Oh Chentaku! and singer songwriters including songstress Mia Palencia, Zalila Lee and rising newcomer, Yuna.
Fuelled by the yearnings of the Y-generation for independence, Malaysian youth of today are keeping the ‘indie spirit’ very much alive. Evidence of a new mindset; the ‘indie’ culture exists in pockets of the Klang Valley with music gigs, film screenings and other alternative forms of artistic expression including social networking on Facebook™ amongst the many other popular sites, uploading pictures on Flickr™, downloading ringtones by indie singer songwriters or picking up a comic produced by local cartoonists. The one thing that holds true is that more and more, Malaysians are doing it for themselves!

Held alongside the National Finals of the globally renowned 'Olympics' of E-sports - Electronic Sports World Cup 2008 Malaysia, Indie Youth Fest Organiser, Go International Group promises an exciting line-up of activities during the 3-day festival organised with venue partner, 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Following the success of over 100 indie gigs around the Klang Valley since 2002, its community project Doppelganger Open Mic and Stage encourages youth to develop their passion into possible careers.

'We believe in keeping the indie spirit alive by providing a platform for youth to showcase their creativity. Our community project Doppelganger Open Mic has organised gigs which feature musicians, singer songwriters, filmmakers and even poets, attracting 50-80 people each time. We felt it was time to bring all of the talents together to reach a wider audience at the Indie Youth Fest,’ added Nikki Yeo, Executive Producer of Indie Youth Fest and Group Managing Director of Go International Group. Aside from two indie band and singer songwriter concerts on July 5 and 6, there will also be film screenings by indie filmmakers, cartoon corner, graffiti bar, console game competitions, self-defence and boxing demonstration by the Malaysian Boxing Association plus lots more activities to ensure the 3-day festival allows youth to either participate, spectate then blog about it.

Go International Group has also collaborated with Filmmakers Anonymous, to present the 'Digital Culture’ Short Film Showcase. The short film showcase on the theme of ‘Digital Culture’ in conjunction with the first ever held in Malaysia, Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) - Malaysian edition. All filmmakers are invited to send in a short film of not more than 10 minutes on this theme for the showcase! The 10 short listed entries will be screened at 1 Utama. The winner will be decided by a panel of judges and will walk away with some great prizes! Filmmakers Anonymous has been actively organising bi-monthly ‘screening gigs’ of new and emerging indie films.

Committed to serving the youth, Go International Group believes in supporting events that help empower young Malaysians to a higher level. The organisers expect to welcome over 20,000 visitors to the 3-day festival at High Street, 1 Utama Shopping Centre from 4-6 July 2008.

More details online: www.gointernationalgroup.com/indieYfest
About ESWC: http://www.eswcmalaysia.wordpress.com/

Further inquiries:
Nikki Yeo
National Director, Indie Youth Fest
Tel +6012 9898 288
Email: openmickl@gmail.com or nikkiyeo@pc.jaring.my

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