Events held in Malaysia March to August

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Malaysia has always a festival or two to celebrate. Traditional and modern performances, religious celebrations, art, music, sports, for every taste there are plenty of events. MALAYSIA INSIGHTS lists some of the highlights of the coming months – please feel free to add other events in the comments.

In Malaysia ist eigentlich immer was los. Traditionelle und moderne Aufführungen, religiöse Feste, Musik, Kunst, Sport, für jeden Geschmack ist etwas dabei. MALAYSIA INSIGHTS hat eine kleine nicht repräsentative Auswahl der nächsten Monate zusammengestellt:

April, 29 – May, 1:
The 7th Malaysia International Shoes Festival 2016, Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Pst, guys better don’t tell your ladies about it: local and international shoe designers and brands will celebrate “four days of shoe excitement”, as they claim. Stilettos, flats, pumps or sneakers, it is all there. Make sure to hide this information from your loved one, otherwise you will be deemed to follw her. Ah, she knows already? Ok, so there is no way to escape. But don’t worry, it’s not that bad. There are plenty of shoes for us guys as well:)

May, 26 – 29:
KL International Jazz and Arts Festival, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival (KKJF) is an annual fund raising jazz extravaganza jointly organized by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) and the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPArKS). The program has to be be scheduled yet.

June, 1 – July, 31:
Penang Durian Festival

The Penang Durian Festival will be on mainly in Nibong Tebal but also at various markets around Penang.

June, 3 – 4:
Sunset Music Fest, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat, Borneo

At Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, the most northern tip of Borneo, classical favourites and contemporary tunes will be greeting the sunsets in the horizon.

June, 11 – 12:
Lion Dance Championship, Penang

Witness the competition of local and international lion dancing teams the annual Penang International Lion Dance On Stilts Championship.

June,  22 – 23:
Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival, Sutera Marina Golf & Country Club, Kota Kinabalu
Photo: Stephen Bugno
Gawai Dayak, Photo: Stephen Bugno
Jun, 1 – 2:
Gawai Dayak
, Sarawak

A harvest festival celebrated all over Sarawak by the state’s indigenous people in traditional costumes.

July, 29 – August, 28:
George Town Festival, George Town, Penang
For a whole month George Town will become a hub for local, regional and international artists and activists showcasing and celebrating arts, culture, heritage and community.
August, 5 – 7:
Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak Cultural VillageKuching, Sarawak Malaysia
Copyright: Debbs/flickr
Copyright: Debbs/flickr

When it started in 1998, it attracted around 300 people. Today, some 20,000 folks from all over the world come to Borneo to enjoy this unique event.

The Rainforest World Music Festival is a melting pot for renowned musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from Borneo. While those evening performances are the unrivaled highlights of the festival, it also offers visitors to actively participate in interactive and educational workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts during the afternoons.

A variety of food and drink stalls, an arts and crafts area as well as a counter for festival memorabilia round up the wholesome festival experience.

August, 20 – 21:
Port Dickson International Triathlon, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
August 31:
Hari Merdeka, Malaysia
malaysia_insights_2014-11-260Parades and other activities will be held to celebrate the day on which of the Federation of Malaya (in 1957) and Sabah (in 1963) gained independence from British colonial rule. This should not be confused with Hari Malaysia (Malaysia Day) when Malaysia was formed on 16 September 1963 together by Federation of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore.



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