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15th Rainforest World Music Festival

Held in the rainforest of Borneo in the Sarawak Cultural Village near Kuching this Rainforest World Music Festival is like none other. Performers come from all over the world to participate.


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Borneo Jazz Festival

Formerly known as the Miri International Jazz Festival, the Borneo Jazz Festival features a range of jazz styles plus a dash of blues, rock and rhythms from across the globe. The lush tropical setting, fabulous food, stalls selling cultural treasures and concert merchandise all add to the charm of the exotic location and party atmosphere.


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Tadau Kaamatan Harvest Festival

The Kadazar, Dusun and Murut ethnic groups celebrate the harvest during this month-long festival throughout Sabah, and the 30th and 31st May are public holidays. Events include cultural programmes, buffalo races and a beauty pageant, along with the festive imbibing of much rice wine.


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Thaipusam Festival

Introduced to Malaysia by Tamils from India, this vividly colourful festival celebrates the defeat of the demon Soorapadam by the Hindu god Murugan. The processions at the Batu Caves can attract upwards of one million devotees, many of whom carry out acts of ritual self-mortification.


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Bridges and Kaki Lima

This contemporary dance journey revitalises the tradition of street performances in the city, mapping the energy, behaviour and playfulness of George Town. This choreography is devised to celebrate cultural commonalities and to draw bridges across differences between our neighbouring countries, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Streets and five-foot ways (‘kaki lima’) will be used as performance stages in this delightful journey of dance, play and memory. Kaki Lima is presented by Ombak-Ombak ARTStudio and PEARL (Penang Arts Link), choreographed by Aida Redza (Malaysia) and Jefri Andi Usman (Indonesia) and features dancers from NAFA Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore and Ombak Dancers Penang.


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Gawai Dayak

The annual harvest festival for the Dayak people of Sarawak, with war dances, cockfighting, blowpipe competitions and the consumption of copious quantities of tuak (rice wine). Many longhouses open to visitors to coincide with the festival.


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Johor Bahru Chingay

Taking place from the 20-23rd days in the first month of the lunar calendar, this festival is considered to be “Chinese New Year celebration past 2” and has run in the capital city of the state of Johor, on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, for over a century. Five deities from the Jodor Bahru Old Chinese temple are taken on a parade around the city, accompanied by dancers and performers.


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Penang Dragon Boat Festival

Energetic races in traditional dragon boats are the main event at this popular festival in Penang. Held every year since 1979, the festival attracts teams of rowers from as far away as Europe and Australia.


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Chinese New Year

Chinese residents of Malaysia celebrate the New Year with riotous parades, lion dances, fireworks, the exchanging of gifts and delicious festival foods.


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Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix

The biggest event on the sporting calendar, and a peak time for sales at department stores and shopping malls, the annual Grand Prix is followed avidly by motor enthusiasts and shopaholics.


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