Badan Warisan Malaysia - Heritage KUL Ball

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In this digital age, everyone of us are busy playing catch up with the technologies - we tend to forget important things. I strongly believe that it's crucial for us to preserve our heritage, as these tell a story of who our ancestors were; and we are who we are today because of them. Hence, I'm glad to have given an opportunity to help spread the word of Badan Warisan Malaysia.

Who is Badan Warisan Malaysia?
They are the leading national heritage NGO with a reputation for excellence in heritage conservation services spanning nearly 30 years! It operates 3 heritage properties:
  1. The Heritage Centre and Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman in Kuala Lumpur
  2. No 8 Hereen Street in Melaka's UNESCO World Heritage Site
  3. The UNESCO award winning restoration project of Suffolk House, the 200 year old historic Anglo-Indian Georgian Mansion in George Town, Penang
How amazing!

To inspire a deeper understanding of heritage spaces to the youths and adults of today's era, Badan Warisan will be organizing a fundraiser gala event:
Themed: KUL BALL
Date: 20th June 2014, Friday
Time: 7PM
Venue: The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Admission: Minimum donation of RM300 per invitation
The guests will be entertain by Datuk Sheila Majid and her daughter, Kayda Aziz, who exemplify the blend of "something old something new" theme, together with two-man group Dangerdisko. 
Just for your information - In 1983, a fund-raising ball was held by Badan Warisan Malaysia to help save the Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, then threatened with demolition. The initiative paid off and the hotel was saved.
This time round, Badan Warisan aims to recapture the spirit of the event by engaging the youth of Malaysia to be passionate about our tangible and intangible heritage.
Apart from the Ball, Badan Warisan will be organizing a Warisan Lab event for the public too.
Event: Warisan Lab
Date: 14th & 15th June 2014 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 10AM - 6PM
Venue: Badan Warisan Malaysia, Jalan Stonor
Admission: RM30 per day
You'll be able to get up close to other fascinating projects such as the experimental puppeteer theatre performance, Main Wayang: Hikayat Sang Kancil and a 3D digital capture of the boatmakers of Terengganu.
Can't make it to both of the events, but would still like to be part of this? You can still. They have a "My City My Heritage" project - an engagement project via Instragram for you to capture a part of this country which has a cultural significance to you. It could be your school or kampong/hometown or neighbourhood park where you grew up. It is a 2 weeks event, and will commence during mid-May and the instagrams will be featured on their digital wall at the fundraising event.
Moving forward over the next 24 months, Badan Warisan will embark on the following to create an environment to further educate and engage the younger Malaysians to be actively involved in a heritage centric culture. In line with that, the NGO plans to develop the following initiatives:
  1. CONNECT THE CULTURAL DOTS. Create an open, digital platform that links all heritage-inspired NGOs and groups throughout the nation and region to promote inclusiveness and critical engagement with heritage and cultural issues via an intergenerational spectrum.
  2. SHARE CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE. Embed within the digital platform an open-source information system of BWM's vast print archives in order to promote the sharing of educational resources virtually with all communities.
  3. FUND CULTURAL INNOVATION. Create a RM10 million Cultural Heritage Grants Programme to fund independent, private sector projects throughout Malaysia connected with building conservation, cultural mapping, capacity building and social/cultural enterprise.

As a Malaysian, I believe we should do our part in helping to preserve our heritage - be it financially or other means of support.

BWM is a registered charity, and completely independent on government.

For corporate sponsors and donors, please contact Swee Peng / Jee at +603 2144 9273 or for more information. Each donation is fully tax exempt.

For further details on Badan Warisan, please contact:
Elizabeth Cardosa
Telephone: +603 2144 9273


Audra Jeyaraj
Telephone: +6012 6915 024

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