Think City, DBKL Launch Creative KL Schemes to Attract People Into Downtown KL

Think City, an impact organisation to create more liveable, resilient, and sustainable places, activated their recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and announced the launch of the Creative KL Grants Programme and the Creative KL Urban Challenge as part of the rejuvenation efforts of Kuala Lumpur.

Think City Managing Director Hamdan Abdul Majeed said, “The RM15 million allocated under Budget 2023 will further catalyse the rejuvenation and revitalisation of Downtown KL and its adjacent significant areas, and help address some of the pertinent issues in making the city centre move sustainable and liveable.

It is estimated that these initiatives will create more than 1,300 job opportunities and generate 200 activities that will fuel the city centre. In addition to that, the programmes are also aimed at improving the lives of the local community and how innovative solutions will improve the area’s overall liveability.”

The schemes have been developed to attract more people to Downtown KL and create a thriving environment for cultural endeavours, creative businesses, start-ups, innovation, research and many more.

The programme will provide financial support, resources, and opportunities for individuals and organisations involved in the creative and cultural sectors, and other industries that will foster the growth of Kuala Lumpur as a dynamic destination that celebrates art, design, music, and all forms of creative expression.

This is in line with the Kuala Lumpur Creative and Cultural District Strategic Master Plan (KLCCD). This undertaking was prompted by the challenges faced by communities within the heritage core of the city now known as Downtown KL, where less activities and a gradual shift of activity away from the city centre have been observed.

Over the years due to the citizens choosing to reside in suburban areas while commuting to the city for work, business opening operations outside of the city and key institutions and administrative hubs moving out of the city centre. This results in a significant impact on commercial activities and the overall makeup of the community.

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