Urbanscapes — The KL BDO

Last weekend Kelly and I attended Urbandscapes, KL’s apparent all-day creative arts festival, and what we lovingly call KL’s answer to the Big Day Out.

Before buying tickets (~$13 Oz dollars), we did some research. All in all, people said the previous one wasn’t so good. They said it lacked organisation, something I can imagine to be true after attending KLDW earlier this year. Nevertheless, we decided to attend because:

  1. It cost $13 Aussie, and
  2. What else were we going to do?
    also,
  3. It could make for a good photo opportunity

We caught the train there, which was good because the parking there was busy and chaotic. The event is situated in and around KL Performing Arts Centre, or KL PAC, and is a few buildings on some land near a man-made lake, and right near some pretty cool old ruined buildings (a photographic dream, an OHS nightmare). Seen here is Malaysia’s only [?] fixie rider on the ground floor of the ruined building:

Fixie In Ruins

View on Flickr

To describe Urbanscapes quickly: Two areas with stalls/shops selling new and used clothing and arts/crafts; a food strip of stalls; an indoor stage supplying louder bands; an outdoor stage supplying pop-ier bands; and the arts building itself housing a few workshops and exhibitions. In hindsight, it actually had a decent amount to offer for the price. The main lacking element was any band we had ever heard of. But we came expecting that much.

We sat and watched a couple bands, which were ok. I was more interested in watching the locals cruise about, fashions on display. As everyone knows, I generally dislike people. I would’ve loved to have a longer lens, maybe a 135mm f2.8 to get some good shots without invading anyone’s space (or them invading mine), but I don’t have one (yet), so I didn’t take too many images.

The images I did take, can be seen in this Flickr set. Not much to see of the actual event, but, on the way home we stopped in at the Kampang Bahru night market to check out the produce, and to grab ourselves some hawker food.

Here’s where you could take a decent photograph, and have some great satay skewers and murtabak. A meal for two, at around $4–5 Aussie, consists of eight satay skewers (four beef, four chicken), two iced teas, and two murtabaks. Not bad.

The 50mm f1.4 lens does well in the conditions of fading light and closer-quarters with the locals. Many were eyeing my camera as I made my way through the market. But by and large, they didn’t seem to mind me taking photos. I do look like a tourist though, being big, white and blonde. *shrug*.

It was an interesting day that ended well. One thing’s for sure: I’ll be rockin’ the 50mm lens more often from now on.

Check out the Urbanscapes slideshow on Flickr.