Caravanserai- A place where cultures meet

Caravanserai: Malaysia

Society for the Performing Arts is in the vanguard of a groundbreaking international program aimed at establishing greater understanding between American and Muslim societies. Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet is based in the concept of the historical caravanserai - a place where travelers exchanged stories, music, and culture after a long day’s journey across the desert. 

SPA will serve as a modern-day caravanserai by presenting dynamic performing artists and filmmakers from Malaysia. 

  • September 28 - October 4, 2014: SPA will welcome the high-energy global fusion band Diplomats of Drum for a 5-day residency as they weave Malaysia’s diverse soundscape into a vibrant musical tapestry.A public performance is scheduled for October 2, 2014 at the Asia Society Texas Center.   
  • January 22 - 24, 2015: SPA will host the noted Malaysia-based musician, actor, and filmmaker Pete Teo for a 3-day film residency in January 2015.  It will include discussions and screenings of 15Malaysia - an innovative short film project featuring 15 Malaysian filmmakers. 
  • February 22 - 28, 2015: Experience the mystical wonder of Malaysia’s ancient shadow puppetry tradition with Wayang Kulit: The Shadow Play of Kelantan

To promote cross-cultural conversation and arts learning, SPA’s Caravanserai will include workshops for youth and adults, school demonstrations, community presentations, jam sessions, discussions and public performances.   

Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet is produced by Arts Midwest on behalf of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations with leadership support from the Building Bridges Program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Caravanserai’s film and media programming is coordinated on behalf of the program by South Arts.

For updates to the Caravanserai schedule of events or to participate as a volunteer, contact Jordan Drum, Director of Education & Community Engagement at

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