About Ombak-Ombak

Ombak Ombak ARTStudio is a non-formal collective of multi-ethnic artists and producers who mount contemporary performances, exhibitions and festivals which project Malaysian identity and creativity.

Ombak is committed to nurturing and promoting the arts to the public through arts performances, festivals, exhibitions and training workshops.

Mix Media & Collaboration


We encourage collaboration among artists from different artistic disciplines such as drama, visual arts, choreography and composition. All creative works by Ombak are original and are devised through collaboration. We also support inter-generational collaboration between young people and adults.

Cross Cultural Exchange


We believe in promoting cultural diversity and border crossings by adopting stories, artistic forms, languages, musical instruments and techniques from our multi-cultural society.

Recreating Tradition

We experiment with local forms such as Chinese Opera, dondang sayang, boria, ronggeng, and shadow puppets which have traditionally played important roles in conveying information and providing social commentary to the public.

Our productions integrate multiple artsgenres such as storytelling, puppetry, music and dance theatre.

Playing For The Community

Ombak is the only contemporary troupe in Malaysia that specializes in revitalizing the tradition of street performances.

We believe that the arts should be made accessible to all.

We perform, predominantly in outdoor spaces, free of charge, to community audiences. We devise creative works from visuals, narratives and social issues sourced from the community.

Training and Outreach


Ombak-Ombak ARTStudio runs workshops in dance, music, drama, technical theatre and theatre management. It also organizes master classes by visiting artists as part of its outreach and training program for interested adults and young people.

Ombak manages a website ( i-artspenang.com ) which publicizes arts and culture events. The website manages a database of galleries and performing arts spaces, as well as a directory of all performing groups in Penang.

Our Activities:

  • Performances
  • Street Festivals
  • Training
  • Outreach
  • Arts Information Web

Past Performances:


  • Malaysian Freedom Film Festival, Penang (2006 & 2007)
  • Penang Arts Festival (2005-2006)
  • Heritage Heboh Street Festival, Penang (2006)
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Ombak Ombak ARTStudio
E-mail : ombakombak@gmail.com
Tel : 012- 3619113
Fax : 604- 2628421


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