Colours of 1Malaysia 2011 is a yearly event organised by Ministry of Tourism to introduce and promote local tourism products, as well as highlighting Malaysia as a tourism destination.

This year’s event will be held at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur on the 21st of May, 2011. The event is scheduled to start from 8.00 am onwards.

This year, there are six segments of products that will be introduced, such as:

  1. Parks and Gardens
  2. Sports Tourism
  3. Contemporary Art
  4. Food, Fruits and Shopping
  5. Eco-Tourism
  6. 1Malaysia Green & Clean

The unique cultural heritage of Malaysia’s melting pot society can also be seen in the tourism theme, “Malaysia Truly Asia.”

It is to be showcased in this year’s parade to be participated by local communities in Malaysia including the Malays (Samrah dance), Orang Kita (Sewang dance), Chinese (Lion dance and Lantern), Indians (Statues), and Siamese (Ram Vong).

Celebrations, including street dancing will kick off at 5 pm followed by the parade. It is estimated that there will be 5,000 people taking part in the festival this year.

The King, Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong Al-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah, will officiate at the parade. Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will also be present.

The parade will be carried out along a 1.5 kilometer route starting from Jalan Raja, to Jalan Raja Laut onwards to Jalan Isfahan, and onto Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman before making its way to Jalan Raja and its final destination at Dataran Merdeka.
Besides the parade, there will also be 45 stalls to cater to visitors at the event showcasing local Malaysian products, as well as holiday packages to domestic destinations.

There will also be performances by artistes such as Azmir, Marsha Londoh, Adeeb, Zizie, Naseer Wahab, Jazlyn, Nani, Magin,  Shohbna Naor, Rapper, Shahir, Farhan, Zamani, Ifa Raziah, Amelia and Nash.

Others invited to perform at the festival include Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia students, Bhangra dances, and a cultural troupe from Yunnan, China.

The highlight of the event will be the Joget 1Malaysia to be performed by participants of the parade, and Malaysian songstress, Datuk Khadijah Ibrahim will be singing the theme song, Malaysia Truly Asia. The festivities will end with a fireworks display.

Those who wish to see the event at Dataran Merdeka, are advised to come early and use public transportation as several roads leading to the venue will be closed. The affected roads include Jalan Raja, Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Isfahan, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Tun Perak and Jalan Parlimen.

Visitors can use the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) train, KTM komuter services as well as RapidKL buses that will be operational till 1.00 am on Sunday.

See you there!