Nurwati @ Rahimah binti Abdul Wahab
Director
National Department For Culture And Arts, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

JKKN WPKL Complex
Jalan Tun H.S Lee
50000 KUALA LUMPUR

Tel : 03-2072 6431/6779
Fax: 03-2070 4064

Background

Began with an English medium boy’s school known as Victoria Institution in veneration of Queen Victoria who was the British Royal Monarch at the time, the Victorian English Cottage architectural style was the inspiration of an English Senior Architect, A.C. Norman who was attached with the Public Works Department (PWD) in 1893.

The foundation stone was laid on 14 August 1893 by Lady William Hood Treacher who was the wife of Sir William Hood Treacher the Selangor British Resident at the time. The establishment of the school was conceived on the need for an English medium school in Kuala Lumpur which was comparable with Raffles Institution in Singapore. The school was officially opened on 3 July 1894 and Mr. Bennett Eyre Shaw undertook the responsibilities as the first Principal.

The financial allocation for the construction of the school was obtained from the excess of public subscription in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Queen Victoria in 1887 amounting $3,188 and $5,000 from government contribution.

His Royal Highness Sultan Sir Abdul Samad Ibni Al-Marhum Tengku Abdullah, the reigning Sultan of Selangor at the time also contributed $1,100 along with Three (3) leaders of the multi-racial society in Kuala Lumpur namely Yap Kwan Seng, Towkay Loke Yew and Tamboosamy Pillay who contributed $1,100 each. This made the overall total of allocation reaching $21,000.

Victoria Institution proudly stands as an education institution with various development to be proud of. On 28 March 1929, a new learning curriculum was introduced where drama and debate activities to form an integral additional curriculum. However, in the same year Victoria Institution was relocated to Petaling Hill due to the need for bigger space to accommodate the increase number of students as well as avoiding the impending massive flood problems that started around 1926.

The Victoria Institution Building was later occupied by students of Technical College Kuala Lumpur to continue their studies until it was relocated to University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) at Jalan Gurney or better known as Jalan Semarak in the 50’s. The building was later taken over by High Street School before it was moved to Setapak which was later known as Setapak High School.

The rise of cultural arts especially in the theatre and dance fields became apparent in the 70s and 80s when cultural arts lovers and activists around Kuala Lumpur turned Victoria Institution as Practice Centre, Gatherings as well as Stage for Arts and Cultural Activities.

In the 80s, Cultural Garden which is known at the time as Drama Theatre or Arts Centre was managed by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL). Various arts and cultural activities were held which indirectly further spurring cultural activities in Kuala Lumpur.


  • To implement research and development, documentation and publishing, cultural arts coaching, skilled human capital development in cultural arts field, expanding cultural arts, enhancing cultural arts, artistic and production development, and cultural arts promotional programmes;
  • Building effective networking between cultural arts industry players, Government agencies, Private sectors, Non-Government Organizations and cultural arts activists locally and internationally;
  • Providing platform for arts activists involved in economic field through cultural arts activities;
  • Strengthening cultural and arts activities that are appropriate to become domestic and international tourist attractions; AND
  • Optimizing States JKKN organizational functions.



  • Cultural Arts Resource Centre
  • Department Arts Group (KKJ)
  • Excellent Arts Guidance Group (KBSC) 
  • National Cultural Arts Coach (JSBN)
  • Arts Incentive
  • Cultural Arts NGOs
  • Cultural Arts Activists
  • Cultural Arts Gallery
  • CULTURAL ARTS ENHANCEMENT DIVISION

        • Theatre Festival
        • Dance Festival
        • Traditional Games
        • Mysenibudaya Programme: 
  • CULTURAL ARTS GUIDANCE DIVISION

        • National Cultural Arts Coaching Programme
        • Cultural Arts Guidance Programme (KTB/KGB)
        • Excellent Arts Guidance Group (KBSC)
        • Let’s Learn Programmes
        • Coaching Advisory Service 
  • PRODUCTION AND ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

        • Arts On Wheels (Mobile Stage) Programme
        • Technical and Artistic Advisory Services
        • Citra (Images) of Malaysia Programme (Morning Exercise and Colours of Malaysia) 
  • CULTURE AND ARTS ENHANCEMENT DIVISION

        • Enlivening Noble Values Programme: Cultural Lectures
        • Cultural Aids
        • Arts Activists and NGOs Advisory Services 
  • RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

        • Cultural Arts Research Programme
        • Apprenticeship Programme
        • Cultural Mapping
        • Traditional Arts Theatre (PST)

     
  • CULTURAL AND ARTS DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

        • Cultural Arts Data Collection
        • Malaysian Skills Certification (SKM) / Previous Achievements Recognition (PPT)
        • Engagement Session 
  • DOCUMENTATION AND PUBLICATION DIVISION

        • Sales and Marketing of JKKN’s Publication Materials
        • Video Recording and Still Pictures Materials Collection
        • Dissemination of Resource Centre’s Information
        • Collection of Binding Materials
        • Lending Book 
    • Auditorium
    • Open Stage
    • Car Park Area
    • Practice Studio
    • Meeting Room
    • Music Room
    • Petaling Street Market
    • Art Market
    • Food Court
    • Jalan Tun H.S.Lee Traffic Police Station
    • Putra LRT
    • Bus
    • Taxi
    • Monorail 

    Kompleks JKKN Kuala Lumpur

    Auditorium

    Meeting Room

    Gamelan Room

    Open Stage

    Main Gate

    Library

    Studio