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Five Arts Centre
Five Arts Centre

27 & 27A Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur,

Fax/Telephone: +603-77254858
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Feb. 18, 2016
Five Arts Centre 
Five Arts Centre is a cooperative organization founded by independent artists and producers in 1984 with the aim of providing opportunities and places for creative activities and performances of the theater that has been fostered in Malaysia and the fruits of unique Malaysian creativity. The joint founders were director Chin San Sooi, fellow director and Dean of the department of performing arts at the national Arts Academy at the time of the founding, Krishen Jit and the choreographer and dancer Marion D’Cruz. From the time of the organization’s founding, it concentrated efforts on fostering the creativity springing from varied identities of Malaysia’s multicultural society and the creativity of the local communities.
Currently, the Centre has a membership that includes 14 artists, artist groups and activists from the various genres and generations. Among the main members are Anne James, Chee Sek Thim, Chew Kin Wah, Fahmi Fazdil, Ivy N. Josiah, Janet Pillai, June Tan, Kubhaer T. Jethwani, Lew Chee Seong, Mac Chan, Marion D’Cruz, Mark Teh, Ravi Navaratnam, and Suhaila Merican.
The Centre divides its activities among the five genres of theatre, dance, music, children’s theatre and the visual arts, offering artists support and opportunities to create works. Support is provided for theatre and dance performances, exhibitions, contemporary gamelan performances workshops for directors and training programs. Efforts are also directed toward international collaborations and the resulting works have been performed in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea Republic, Portugal, Switzerland and the neighbouring countries of Southeast Asia.
In 2006, the Centre joined with the Malaysian satellite television broadcasting company Astro to form the Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund. The Fund provides economic support for artists living and active in Malaysia as well as people contributing to the development of Malaysian arts and culture.