Music, theatre and art in KL • The best venues and galleries in Kuala Lumpur

Time Out KL gives there insider's guide to art and culture in the Malaysian capital – for the best live music venues, theatres and art galleries in Kuala Lumpur

Music, theatre and art in KL • The best venues and galleries in Kuala Lumpur No Black Tie
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Begin your descent into KL's arts and culture underbelly by visiting KLPac, the go-to destination for local contemporary theatre productions, located within idyllic pre-show picnic ground Sentul Park. The brains behind KLPac's landscape design, modernist architect Ng Seksan's coolly crafted boutique hotel Sekeping Tenggiri is one for the art enthusiast, as it is home to eye-catching art installations and his famed private art gallery. With its circular and clandestine underground gallery surrounded by lush tropical greenery, the country's maiden destination gallery Rimbun Dahan, only accessible twice a year during its highly anticipated annual exhibitions and otherwise entirely by appointment, is worth a 40-minute drive out of the city. If you prefer something closer to the city, Wei-Ling Gallery, which represents several local and regional big names, has a beautiful atmospheric location in a pre-war shophouse in Brickfields (which is just a few doors away from Vishal - see 'Food & Drink').

Urbanscapes Festival
Fans of jazz, blues and pop-rock should stroll past the formidable wooden door at the bar's rear to gain access into intimate and charming speakeasy-style jazz club No Black Tie. In terms of exciting regular live shows, The Bee Publika's  diverse roster of international and local musicians who have graced its Upfront indie gigs, Feedback open mic nights and BBQ Sundays grill-and-music gatherings is second to none. Meanwhile, Urbanscapes, KL's most vibrant and eclectic creative arts festival that has seen headlining performances by Sigur Rós and Yuna in the past, features a carnival of visual arts, fashion, music, culture and local artisanal food.

Music, theatre and art venue details

KLPac (The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre) Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan (off Jalan Ipoh)
03 4047 9000.

Sekeping Tenggiri
48 Jalan Tengiri, Taman Weng Lock, Bangsar.
017 207 5977.

Rimbun Dahan 27 Jalan Kuang, Kuang, Selangor. 
03 6038 3690.

Wei-Ling Gallery 8 Jalan Scott, Brickfields.
03 2260 1106.

No Black Tie
17 Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasar.
03 2142 3737.

The Bee Publika
Outlets in Pateling Jaya and Solaris Dutamas
03 6201 8577.


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