KL Dazzling

Enthralling Performances

Kuala Lumpur’s performing arts scene is packed with an exciting array of entertainment all year round. The offerings include traditional cultural shows, contemporary theatre, orchestral concerts, recitals and ballet performances. The city frequently plays host to internationally renowned musicians, artists and touring groups.

Premier Concert Halls

Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and acoustics, these premier concert halls promise an outstanding experience for lovers of the fine arts.

Istana Budaya

Jalan Tun Razak

Istana Budaya or the Palace of Culture is the leading venue for the performing arts in Malaysia. Its striking multi-tiered blue roof is inspired by the sirih junjung or traditional betel leaf arrangement that is used in Malay weddings. Istana Budaya is equipped with state-of-the art sound system and equipment, ranking it among the top 10 theatres in the world. Visitors can enjoy a variety of local performances as well as touring concerts and musicals.


Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office Counter.

Tel: 03-4026 5555

Website: www.istanabudaya.gov.my

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus

Petronas Philharmonic Hall

Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC

The Petronas Philharmonic Hall is a premier concert hall providing a world-class musical experience. It is the home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), an internationally acclaimed home-grown orchestra. The annual schedule here includes chamber music, contemporary music and commissioned works.

Entrance: Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office Counter, by phone and online.

Opening Hours:

Performance nights and Performance Sundays:

Tuesday – Saturday: 10.30am – 6.30pm

Performance nights: 10.30am – 9.00pm

Sunday: 12noon – concert time

Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays unless a concert is scheduled.

Tel: 03-2331 7008 (General Line) /

       03-2331 7007 (Box Office)

Website: www.mpo.com.my

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off tour bus / RapidKL LRT – KLCC Station.


Visitors can enjoy scheduled performances at the following venues:

Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC)

Jalan Ampang

This one-stop centre for tourists offers cultural performances daily at 3.00pm (except Sundays).

Entrance is free.

Tel: 03-9235 4800 / 4900 / 4848

Getting there: KL Hop On Hop Off Tour Bus / Taxi / KL

Monorail – Bukit Nanas Station / RapidKL LRT- KLCC or Dang Wangi Station.

KL Tower

Jalan Punchak

Malaysia’s rich heritage can be experienced by watching the traditional dances performed by Menara Kuala Lumpur’s Performing Arts Group. Among the dances performed are Zapin, Asyik, Inang and many more. Visitors can also join the dancers on stage and try out the steps.

Tel: 03-2020 5444

Website: www.menarakl.com.my

Fine Arts Centres

Kuala Lumpur provides a cutting-edge facility to aid the growth and advancement of performing arts practitioners. Diverse, innovative performances cater to a broad spectrum of artists and audiences while outreach programs seek to develop public participation in all aspects of the performing arts.

National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA)

464, Jalan Tun Ismail

The nation’s leading arts academy trains students in various fields such as cinematography, dance, music and writing. Performances are staged periodically by students.

Tel: 03-2778 5999

Website: www.aswara.edu.my

Getting there: Taxis are the most convenient mode of transport to the academy.

The Actors Studio

Lot 10 and Sentul Park

Malaysia’s first privately owned theatre company holds various plays and conducts classes for enthusiasts. Enjoy entertaining performances at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac).

Tel: 03- 4047 9000

Website: www.theactorsstudio.com.my

Getting there: Take the RapidKL LRT to Sentul station. KLPac is situated nearby. 

Auditorium Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur

Menara DBKL 1, Jalan Raja Laut

Auditorium DBKL is an event space located in Menara DBKL 1. It is frequently used to host live performances and shows.

Tel: 03-2617 9000

Website: www.dbkl.gov.my

Getting there: RapidKL LRT – Bandaraya Station. The auditorium is about 10-minute walk from the station.

Sutra Foundation

12, Persiaran Titiwangsa 3

This is a privately owned performing arts centre which promotes traditional and contemporary arts, mainly Indian classical dances. The Sutra Gallery here showcases a collection of works related to dance. It is open to the public on certain days.

Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac)

Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah

Tel: 03-4047 9000

Box Office Operating Hours: 10.00am – 8.00pm

Website: www.klpac.org

Getting there: KTM Komuter – Sentul Station. KLPac is about 5-10 minutes’ walk from the station.

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