Malaysia's Teen Carnival
Over a sunny July weekend, Malaysia’s Teen Carnival descended onto the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) and what a fest it was! More than 3300 guests, participants, performers, vendors and sport enthusiasts found their way to this amazing venue over the course of July 20th& 21st to take in all the sights, sounds and spectacles in store for them.
Everything from two amazing drama performances from Sri Emas International School & PTS students – ‘A Night on Broadway’ and ‘A Mask Fantasia’, respectively – to Dodge ball & Basketball competitions, from a Cosplay contest to seemingly endless rows of vendors selling all sorts of delectable goodies and little trinkets and from Sumo Wrestling to the Nerf Challenge: Malaysia’s Teen Carnival had anything, everything and then some!
This event was in large part run by the students of Sri Emas & PTS, whether it was manning their own little Street Bazaar booths or, for some Form 5ers, running campaigns for big time sponsors such as 20th Century Fox and Wrigley’s 5 Gum. Special mention should be made here for both Team Aurum and Team Hexagon who both managed to pull off immensely successful campaigns despite last minute hiccups and unforeseen circumstances.
Two more marquee events of the weekend were held on the second day and one of them was the superbly managed Frontier of Sound Talent Search, also run by Sri Emas students with support from Red Box Karaoke. This campaign saw its finals being held at KLPAC while the preliminary rounds were held over two days, one week earlier at Red Box at IOI Mall.
80 talented contestants took part and 15 were shortlisted for the finals were they would get to perform in front of a raucous crowd and the judges. Alex Tan, Amos Cookie (who judged the auditions only), Adrian Edris, Cleona Lee & Sheikh Eamir had the unenviably task of determining a winner among this group of talents. The overall winner was the insanely talented Abigail Chew, a year 8 student who wow-ed the crowd with her rendition of Bruno Mars’ hit “It Will Rain”. Abigail walked away with the 1st prize loot of RM1000 cash, a Red Box Party Package worth RM380 and a ton of confidence to boot.
The ACE EdVenture Alumni Gathering was another highlight of the weekend and saw a crowd of roughly 150 former students turn up to rub shoulders and network with others from the ACE EdVenture family. Spanning almost two decades of graduation classes, there was a lot to talk about, a lot of familiar faces to be seen and a comfortable atmosphere to be a part of. The Alumni Gathering emphasized the closely-knit community and will in all likelihood become an annual staple in the Group’s calendar.
All in all it was a fantastic weekend with a ton of activities and performances to take in, not to mention the various culinary delights. It was a lot of positive stressful but also incredibly worthwhile and everyone involved can look back on quite the achievement.