Raja Azureen (centre) hitting the gong to launch Lottie’s Culture Splash at Lot 10 while Chew (left) and YTL Foundation Board of Trustees member Datuk Yeoh Soo Min look on.
MALAYSIA’s multicultural heritage was celebrated by children from several schools in Selangor.
Themed “Lottie’s Cultural Splash” the event was organised by YTL Foundation and Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun and took place at Lot 10 Kuala Lumpur.
The students were from SMK Ampang Pecah, SK Convent Sentul 1, SK Convent Sentul 2, SK Bandar Baru Sentul, SJK(T) Thamboosamy Pillai, SJK(T) St Joseph, SMK Assunta and SMK La Salle.
The three-day celebration was launched by Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun chairman Raja Datuk Seri Azureen Sultan Azlan Shah and YTL Foundation programme director Datin Kathleen Chew.
Chew said the event was to celebrate Malaysia’s diversity and to send out a message for all to embrace it and not take it for granted.
“More importantly, we want Malaysians to be proud of their heritage because cultural heritage provides a sense of belonging and unity.
“We see this event as a great opportunity for children and the public to get acquainted with the many different aspects of our cultural heritage like traditional dance, musical performance, art and even games,” added Chew.
Raja Azureen called for children to be exposed to such events to ensure local arts, heritage and culture is preserved and passed down to future generations.
For three days the children of Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun participated in special performances and workshops, such as gamelan and angklung, games like congkak, coconut bowling and crafts workshop like paper art cutting.
“There were nine booths at Lottie’s Cultural Splash including a Chinese ink painting exhibition, a sago worm eating exhibition and live calligraphy demonstration,” said Chew.
A donation corner was set up so visitors could give away their pre-loved toys to Toy Libraries Malaysia.
The collected toys will be sent to underprivileged children in rural areas.