After weeks of story-searching and frantic hours behind the scenes, #My57 officially kicked off at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur on Merdeka Day. Guests gathered at the main entrance of the bustling mall where Niki Cheong kickstarted the event in front of our eye-catching #samasama Photo Booth, thanking all our collaborators and supporters – who included Pavilion KL, Marigold Peel Fresh, AFO Radio and Kakiseni.

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Odissi dancer January Low, nature photographer Sanjitpaal Singh and actress Carmen Soo, all of whom had contributed personal stories and messages to the project, joined us as special guests while Dato’ Yasmin Yusoff and SEA Games champion swimmer Daniel Bego made an appearance later.

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Passers-by stopped to catch the action as guests posed for photos while waving our special handmade flags, and also created their uniquely Malaysian catch phrases on the Word Up wall. Guests were then ushered to other sections of the exhibition at Fashion Avenue on the same floor, where shoppers had started ‘interacting’ with the games and displays.

Five booths have been fashioned into audio stations where one can listen to seven inspiring Malaysian stories, and we even provide chalks for scribbling on the wall! At the Band Together section, you can pick one of four coloured rubber bands to represent how you’re feeling on that day, then use it to create lines and shapes on the thumb tack wall.

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The artists among you can sketch your contribution to a growing city/country on blank juice cartons at the Peel Fresh IDEAS wall, or fold an origami piece to help build a live installation at the #samasama Colours of Malaysia wall. And remember those blue, foldable Aerogram that you used to write to your pen pals on? We created our own so that you can pen a message to your past or future self. We had some local celebrities – Elaine Daly, Daphne Iking, JJ  and Jeremy Teo from Red FM among them – contribute theirs as well.

Be a part of #My57 and head to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. We’ll be there until 16 September or look out for us as we visit Cheras, Kg Bahru, Sentul and Bangsar over the 17-day period!