‘Translations’ by MOCAfest


Jun  23rd

Exploring the significance of classical poetry from the Muslim world in its original context as well as its modern relevance.



Kuala Lumpur, 23rd June 2013 – ‘Translations’ is part of the Cooler Lumpur #WORD festival, which is a multidisciplinary festival by PopDigital held on 21 – 23 June. The event held on 23rd was curated by WIEF Young Leaders Network (WYN), the people behind MOCAfest (Marketplace of Creative Arts). The Cooler Lumpur Festival is Kuala Lumpur’s annual multidisciplinary celebration of culture. The theme for 2013 is #Word, celebrating the written and spoken word in all its forms.

‘Translations’ by MOCAfest explored the significance of classical poetry from the Muslim world in its original context as well as its modern relevance. It featured the poetry of Mevlana Jalaladdin Rumi presented by Prof. Dr. Walid Faris and re-interpreted by guest artists: Jamal raslan, Zuklifli Ramli, Joel Cerdor, Kalpana paranjothy and Muadz. Prof. Dr. Waleed Fekry Faris is the Director of International Institute for Muslim Unity (IIMU) of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

The event also constituted a community dialogue session for the attendees following the poetry and artistic renditions and ‘translations’ around the modern and universal relevance of the poetry. The two hour event held at Black Box MAP @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur provided a platform for expression, interpretation and modern take on the values and concept of monotheism which was the theme of Rumi’s thought.

One of the attendees, Hammam Radwan from Jordan shared, “It has been very enlightening being able to relate my own interpretations with the renditions of others and most importantly how I realized its context to modern life specially being a youth of today”.

Since its inception, The WYN has launched a series of empowerment programmes such as the MOCA Fest (Marketplace of Creative Arts), WIEF Internship and thinkTALK.

About the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Foundation

The WIEF Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation based in Kuala Lumpur, organises the annual World Islamic Economic Forum, a world-class business platform showcasing business opportunities in the Muslim world, and runs programmes of the various initiatives of the Foundation that strengthen people partnership and knowledge exchange between Muslim and non-Muslim communities across the globe.

True to its commitment to ‘Building Bridges Through Business’, the WIEF Foundation also formed the WIEF Businesswomen Network (WBN), WIEF Young Leaders Network (WYN) and the WIEF Education Trust (WET) to focus on initiatives such as roundtable discussions, leadership programmes, business networking forums, and even creative arts festivals.


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For more information, kindly contact:

World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation 

Maruf Md Shehab (+6 016-9783734) or e-mail maruf@wief.org

Shabana Palpanaban (+6012-3754957) or e-mail shabana@wief.org