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If the higher number of museums and galleries in any worldwide city is indicative of its art scene then Malacca would probably be in the top ten cities judging by the sheer number this relatively small city hosts.
I would not be able to do justice to all the Malacca museums and art galleries if I were to write about them on this page so it may be better to wait for reviews to be submitted on each one so a more detailed analysis can be viewed on its own individual web page giving a more in depth description of each.
On September 2nd Malacca turned orange for 1 week with many Dutch cultural events taking place and Dutch food to savour it was a colourful week enjoyed by all.
Although varied relations between Holland and Malaysia date back nearly 400 years 2010 saw 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries commemorated by the Dutch embassy by organising a week long festival called Holland Days In Melaka.
There is much dancing and merriment and you get the opportunity to taste the local 'Curry Devil' while listening to songs sung in the Portuguese-Malay language known as Cristao which is spoken nowhere else in the world.
The Eurasian descendants of early Portuguese settlers celebrate in June their annual Festa de Sao Pedro whereby they adorn their boats with icons of Saint Peter who is the patron saint of fishermen.
This was a great opportunity for the Malacca artisans to showcase their talents through visual arts, dance and video performances entertaining spectators at Sama Sama during the daytime while at night the live musicians performed at the Karabau Rock Bar.
The festival organisers gathered over 50 artists, dancers, musicians and performers from Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Singapore, Japan, Scotland and USA to participate in the art fest which spanned 3 days in early August.
2010 also saw a wonderful independent Malacca arts festival taking place at the Sama Sama Guest House which is a heritage building on Jalan Tukang Besi and the Karabau Rock Bar on Jalan Hang Lekir.
Interestingly for a city with such a thriving art scene 2009 saw the inaugural Malacca arts festival. The Malacca Arts and Performance Festival (MAP Fest) took place between 27th and 29th November, it was heralded a great success and the organisers are planning on enlarging the festival and making it an annual event.
The emphasis on the Malacca arts scene by both private enterprise and various government bodies is as refreshing as it is encouraging to behold for the local Malacca artisans.