By Vanishaa Vasudhevan

Season of Carnivals: The Best Things To Do This February

Get ready for the most happening month of the year.

January may have seemed like 60 business days, but the shortest month is finally here. Even in a leap year, February is short yet packed with festivities from Valentine’s Day to fashion week, the Super Bowl and, of course, back-to-back public holidays. But if you want to really beef up your calendar, then keep reading for our full list of things to do in KL and PJ in February 2024.

The leap year also means we get a whole extra day of fun. If you haven’t made plans to spend the extra 24 hours, we’ve got you covered with a list of some of our favourite events (in- and outdoors) happening this February.

Things to do in KL and PJ in February 2024

The Gaze of Sleepwalkers

Things to do in February 2024

This exhibition may have already begun in January, but just in case you missed out on it, ‘The Gaze of Sleepwalkers’ by H.H. Lim, is still exhibited in Wei-Ling Gallery. Lim’s series of thirteen paintings and installations brings together the human experience with the surroundings of nature. Wild creatures living in their solitary realms act as witnesses, observing mankind’s existence with a contemplative expression. The story explores the duality between observer and observed, highlighting our common status as unwitting ‘sleepwalkers’ in a chaotic and disturbed environment. An installation that merits a visit, without a doubt. 

Entrance is free. However, the exhibition is by appointment only. For appointments and further assistance, please contact +60322601106 or e-mail siewboon@weiling-gallery.com

Date: 27th January to 30 March 2023

Address: 8, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur. 

Hsu Che-Yu: Three Episodes of Mourning Exercise

Where there’s life, Death is inevitable and mourning for the person we love unconditionally is even more painful. Putting thoughts into art, Taiwanese video artist Hsu Che-Yu has expressed the politics of death into a bigger picture by collaborating with a forensic team that specializes in 3D scanning of crime scenes to create three significant works. The exhibition begins with Gray Room, a memorial to the artist’s departed grandmother. Blank Photography is a reconstruction of the personal memories of a terrorist bomb maker. The Zoo Hypothesis showcases humans (Zookeepers) training elephants and orangutans to mourn fallen animals from warfare by kneeling and performing worship gestures. 

Entrance is free. 

Date: 3 February to 26 May 2024

Address: Ilham Gallery.

Rexperience’s ‘Piying Dream’

If you’re a fan of Chinese folk arts, then visiting the Piying Dream at REXKL needs to be on your Chinese New Year visit list. Why? Piying Dream showcases creative storytelling and immersive visuals of the Monkey King’s adventures, Wu Song’s heroics, and Zhuge Liang’s Famous Tales Through Chinese shadow puppetry. Along with the Co, a production of Danny Rose and Temple of Light awaits to transport you to a realm where technology joins hands with artistry, promising an unforgettable CNY celebration. 

Date: 9 February 2024

Address: REXKL. 80, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur. 

Price: RM30 to RM60

A Table Lamp Concert: A Michael Bublé Romance

Picture this: a cosy Valentine’s Day evening illuminated by the soft glow of table lamps, as the soulful melodies of Michael Bublé fill the air. Imagine intimate seating arrangements, perhaps in a dimly lit room adorned with romantic decor along with Bublé’s smooth voice serenading you with timeless love songs. An enchanting atmosphere where couples sway to the music lost in each other’s eyes, and singles bask in the warmth of the music and camaraderie. Don’t just imagine when you can experience it at a  table lamp concert with Michael Bublé for Valentine’s Day at JaoTim, Kuala Lumpur. 

Date: 14 February 2024

Address: 61, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Price: RM100

‘First Sighting’ of Sutra Foundation 

Calling out to all classical dance lovers: Sutra Foundation is back again with their new production for Bharatanatyam, “First Sighting” featuring 8 Sutra dancers performing with an interesting creative twist of modernity within a highly traditional paradigm. Step into a world where every movement tells a story, where the rhythm of Malaysian culture pulses through every step. 

Date: 14 February to 18 February 2024

Address: Theatre, DPAC, Empire Damansara, Selangor

Price : RM35 to RM75

The Perfumed Garden: An Odissi Dance Duet

Things to do in February 2024

Here’s another exciting Classical dance performance by January Low and Divya Nair. Following the success of “Bloom”, they return to enchant audiences with the eternal love story of Krishna and Radha through the Oddisi dance duet. Expect a showcase of graceful footwork that complements each other’s movements, creating beautiful patterns, and conveying narratives from Indian mythology through synchronized choreography. It’s a  mesmerising art form highlighting both the individual skills of each dancer into one matched energy on stage that you don’t want to miss.

Date: 16 February to 17 February 2024

Address: BoboKL, 65-2, Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

Price: RM150

Re ~ Love Market from The Messy Club

Thrifties—the time has come to show off your thrifting skills with The Messy Club returning to host a Re~ Love Market at Awegallery in Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya. Thrift aficionados, art enthusiasts, craft wizards, jewellery connoisseurs, and dessert lovers are invited to shine and be a part of something truly special this February. 

But wait, there’s more. Brace yourself for an unforgettable experience as they bring you free art sessions to unleash your inner Picasso and soul-stirring music to dance the night away with your partner. Make it a date night; mark your calendars and join Re~Love.

Entrance is free. 

Address: Awe Gallery. 21, Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Date: 24 February to 25 February 2024

Explosions in the Sky: End Tour

Things to do in February 2024

We all know how unlikely it is for a global artist to make a stop in Malaysia when they’re touring. Fortunately, there is no such case with Explosions in the Sky’s End tour.  After a 16-year hiatus, the Texas-based instrumental rock icons return with their seventh album, ‘End’,  in an Asia Tour to Malaysia. ‘End’ combines peaceful restraint with musical exploration, reflecting their broad interests, which range from classical to soul. Embarking on “The End Tour” this spring, they promise a legendary live show experience in 26 cities worldwide in 2023.

Address: JioSpace. Lot 1, Jalan 19/1b, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Date: 29 February 2024

Price : RM200 to RM230 

“Sang Kancil & The Dragon King” of Shafeeq Shajahan 

Things to do in February 2024

Take a trip into the world of enchantment and childhood nostalgia with “Sang Kancil & The Dragon King” this February. The story begins with  Ben, a schoolboy who turns into Sang Kancil, intent on saving the world on the eve of destruction. But that’s just the beginning of his adventure. It’s a twist on the Malay classic featuring mischievous tigers, cunning crocodiles, and a grumpy Dragon King intent on spoiling the Lunar New Year festivities. Will the day get saved by Sang Kancil? Join them on this exhilarating Malaysian odyssey to find out.

Address: Nero Space Event. Utama Shopping Centre, S611, Second Floor, 1 Utama E, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Date: 29 February to 10 March 2024

Price: RM130

Cupid Rhapsody: Way Back To Love by Kar Wai Chan

Do you agree that the principles of true art are not to portray, but to evoke?  Malaysian artist Kar Wai Chan’s latest series Cupid Rhapsody: Way Back To Love evokes the shape of love—platonic, romantic, healthy, and unhealthy, it comes in all shapes and forms and exists between people, or even for memories and events. We can’t think of a more romantic activity to do, especially with the help of Cuura Space joining hands with SWOL cafe and making it a new wholesome experience with a cafe exhibition theme. 

Entrance is free.

Address: Cuura Space. Unit 26-13, Level 26, Q Sentral, 2A, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Date: 3 February to  29 February 2024

Folded Lines: A group show from Gabriela Giroletti, Laura Porter, Lee Mok Yee, and Mark Tan

folded lines art

From the heart of Contemporary Art, “Folded Lines” emerged as a captivating collaboration between UK-based artists Gabriela Giroletti and Laura Porter, and Malaysia’s own Lee Mok Yee and Mark Tan.

Their diverse 3D and 2D artworks—from sculptures to drawings—explore the dynamic interplay between urban environments and architectural spaces. Against the backdrop of digital culture, these artists celebrate the beauty of slow, deliberate craftsmanship. 

With a twist of every rich assortment of artworks this extraordinary exhibition came to life, showcasing the enduring power of tradition and creativity in the modern world.

Entrance is free.

Address: The Back Room KL, 80A (First floor), The Zhongshan Building, Jalan Rotan, Kampung Attap 50460 Kuala Lumpur.

Date: 17 February to 10 March 2024