If you weren’t at Bistro Suka Duka last weekend, you missed out BIG time! To add salt to the wound, I’m going to tell you all the amazing things that went down that night, so you can reflect on your bad decision and hopefully won’t repeat the same mistake of not attending an event when we tell you to do so in future.

Okay lah, to rephrase it in a better way, if you weren’t at Bistro Suka Duka on October 1st, ROJAK is here to recap on the highlights of the event so you can also be part of the incredible night. Sound better? Good! Let’s get started.

Photo by Jhun

Photo by Jhun

The evening kick-started with alextbh’s strong electronic vibes that managed to get everybody’s attention to the stage, followed by Yohanna Yusrinal’s interactive poem recital which got the crowd of about 200 participating by reciting lines back to her when signaled.

alextbh entertaining the crowd | Photo via: Khalif Sultan

alextbh entertaining the crowd | Photo via: Khalif Sultan

Following that was Jack Malik’s turn at poetry, and then Hello Luqman’s performance with songs ranging from Ed Sheeran to Maroon 5. Luqman then wrapped up his set with “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” which got the crowd waving along with their phones’ spotlights. What a sight to behold!

Jack Malik performing bilingual poems | Photo via: Khalif Sultan

Jack Malik performing bilingual poems | Photo via: Khalif Sultan

Hello Luqman serenading the crowd | Photo via: Khalif Sultan

Hello Luqman serenading the crowd | Photo via: Khalif Sultan

Melizarani T. Selva followed up with some seriously hilarious poems that got the crowd laughing out loud, before the mood turned somber during Nadine and Dharmeen’s theatre play themed around pedophilia, told through the monologue of a female prisoner.

The interactive art installations that were on display that night include works by Omar Kasturi, Ken Wong, Brenda Loh and Don Claudine Pereira. The interactivity of the artworks managed to get the crowd participating, such as Ken Wong’s installation of translucent film strips that participants can write their wishes and regrets on, and one of three of Don Claudine Pereira’s installations which had names of figures/authorities/celebrities plastered on the wall and participants are given a gun which pumps out paint onto the names, with blue ink for agreement and red ink for disagreement.

Ken Wong's installation | Photo via: Ken

Ken Wong’s installation | Photo via: Ken

All in all, it was a night to remember for each and everyone at BEAN BROTHERS that night. Kudos to Callork, the organizing team behind the event, for a successful celebration of the local arts scene!