When: George Town, Penang
Where: Sept 15
Also known as the Lantern or Mooncake Festival, this is a very popular celebration in East Asia. Traditionally, it was a harvest festival. Nowadays, Penang transforms itself into a magical place of colours and lights. Lions and dragons dance on the street and people eat the traditional Mooncake sweets. The lantern parades, like the “River of Lights” in George Town, are enchanting. Discover the Wushu competitions and have fun at the Pesta Tanglung Carnival. Every corner in the city will be a party!
JB Arts Festival
When: Johor Bahru
Where: Sept 1 – 30
All the culture and arts you can imagine in one month! The whole family will enjoy this event. Music, theatre, dance or comedy, contemporary or traditional: there is a performance for every taste and age. Professionals can learn and enjoy in one of the many workshops. Browse the programme and book a seat for your favourite spectacle!
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ASEAN Songket Weaving Exhibition
When: Sept 15 – Dec 31
Where: National Textile Museum, Kuala Lumpur
Arts and crafts lovers will enjoy this exhibition on the production and art of songket. This typical brocade textile is wide spread around Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia. It consists of gold or silver thread patterned on silk or cotton. It can be a good opportunity to discover the National Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur, a jewel of a museum in the heart of the city. A beautiful explosion of colours and fabrics.
More information: http://www.muziumtekstilnegara.gov.my/
Borneo Bird Festival
When: Sept 15 -17
Where: Rainforest Discovery Center, Sandakan, Sabah
The island of Borneo is home for 688 bird species, four of them are not found anywhere else in the world. Nature lovers and bird enthusiasts will descend on Sandakan in Sabah to spot these marvellous creatures. Visitors can take part in the Bird Race or in the photo contest. Just enjoying the colourful feathers and humming of the birds is also an option. For something slightly different check out the the best bird imitators in the Bird Mimic Contest.
Festival Permainan Rakyat Traditional Games Festival
When: Sept 17 – 18
Where: Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur
In the times of internet and video games, this festival is a breath of fresh air and a beautiful way to spend the weekend. Children and grown-ups will enjoy this opportunity to discover traditional Malaysian games like the Congkak or Batu Seremban which were played by their grandparents. One of the most entertaining ways to discover the local culture and heritage.
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Borneo International Kite Festival (BIKF)
When: Sept 19 – 27
Where: Old Airport, Bintulu, Sarawak
Malaysians love their kites! This festival has taken place since 2005 and focuses on the creativity and performance of this beautiful art. Visitors can gaze at the most stunning kites entered in the Kite Championship. The Kite Festival is a good moment to discover the traditional Malaysian kites, known as Wau. The old airport of Bintulu, a former fishing village in Sarawak, is the perfect location for this exhibition where land meets sky.
KL Tower International Jump Malaysia
When: Sept 30 – Oct 3
Where: KL Tower, Kuala Lumpur
More than 100 extreme sports enthusiast will gather to jump from the city’s iconic landmark. BASE jumpers will make a three second free fall before opening their parachutes. A breathtaking and beautiful spectacle full of adrenaline and amazing views of the city.