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The best things to do this Merdeka weekend

Written by
Time Out KL editors

If you don't have major plans this long weekend, here are a bunch of things you can do:

Picturing The Nation
Get cultured at Ilham Gallery that will be highlighting art works from Dato’ Hoessein Enas, one of Malaysia’s pioneer portrait artist in the exhibition.

Is It Because I'm Indian?
In Rajendra Moodley’s autobiographical comedy drama, the Melbourne-based actor and comedian battles stereotypes and bullies but not without making you laugh along the way.

KL International Arts Festival
If you're looking for a place with beer and music, head to the ever reliable Merdekarya. Shh..Diam!, Hameer Zawawi, Lukarts, Skits, Mystery Tapes, Brendan De Cruz and Sid play on Aug 29. Fabian Mark Peter, Hilmy Amim, Zalila Lee, The Maha Jeffrey Band, Kien Lim and Brian Gomez & the Have-Nots close the two-day event. Stay on for the countdown with Azmyl Yunor and Orkes Padu. This show is part of DiverseCity's music festival segment.

Star Wars x Royal Selangor
If you prefer geeking out, check out Royal Selangor’s pop-up store in Sunway Pyramid showcasing limited edition eight- and four-inch figurines alongside pewter mugs, flash drives and more from the Star Wars collection.

Paradise: The Musical Wanderlust 2015
Party for 48 hours at Paradise: The Musical Wanderlust 2015 where local heroes like Goldfish & Blink share the stage with international acts Wolfpack, Brennan Heart, and Alex M.O.R.P.H.

Publika Jazz Festival
If you'd rather chill, spend your weekend at the Publika Jazz Festival with an array of local and international jazz musicians like Steve Thornton and Friends, Evelyn Feroza Fernandez, Reza Salleh, Arabyrd & Juny, and many more. In between sets, do some shopping at the mall's Fuyoh Art Bazaar

Indiego & Co X Solid Gold Merdeka Eve Party
Countdown to Merdeka with the boys of Indiego & Co and Solid Gold as the two join forces at Pisco Bar with a banging party featuring indie, nu disco and electro tunes. Alternatively, head to Nagaba for Kate Simko and watch her live set that features interactive audio-visuals to go with her mixes, or head to Heli Lounge Bar for great city views. .

KartX Merdeka Challenge 2015
If you want to celebrate Merdeka in a more active vein, hop in a go-kart and speed your way to glory at this Merdeka race challenge. Just show up early at the Subang Jaya race course, participate in the ten-minute open qualifying sessions from 6.30pm to 9.45pm and if your best time's good enough, join the race at 10pm.

Mud: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur
This musical collaboration between Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Enfinity Vision Media promises to be a vibrant showcase of our capital’s rags-to-riches past and our forefathers’ humble beginnings.

If you want to eat...
You can go luxe with Cantaloupe's Merdeka durian dessert or have cereal milk soft serve and nitro coffee or tea at new joint Bean Reserve. If pay day is delayed, see our list of the best cheap eats in KL under RM15. If you're in the city, see our list of the best places to eat in Old KL and Petaling Street

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