Malaysia in August: History, Diversity and Harmony

From city-wide cultural festivals to art exhibitions and film screenings, August is an exciting month filled with events that celebrate the cultural diversity and harmony of the country, in commemoration of its 60th year of independence. Here’s our list of the cool stuff you should check out!


Kuching Festival

Kuching Festival is an annual event organized by Kuching South City Council to commemorate Kuching being elevated to city status and held to boost local tourism and food industry. Visitors can enjoy various events held throughout the month of August, including dramatic performances, musical concerts, galleries, exhibitions, garden show and much more.

DATE: 28 July – 20 August 2017
VENUE: Kuching, Sarawak

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George Town Festival

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Photo: George Town Festival

The George Town Festival is an annual, month-long celebration of arts, culture, heritage, and community. Began in 2010 in commemoration of its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the festival is sure to transform the cityscape into a global stage showcasing world-class performances, art installations from local and international artists, cuisine competitions and so much more.

DATE: 28 July – 31 August 2017
VENUE: Georgetown, Penang

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Merdeka: Unity & Diversity Exhibition 

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The Merdeka: Unity & Diversity Exhibition by National Arts Centre showcases 60 unique pieces of artworks created by local artists, including special guest Cheah Sek Meng. Inspired by their nostalgic Malaysian experiences and different cultural backgrounds, the artists express their meaning of Merdeka through their works.

DATE: 5 July – 31 August 2017
VENUE: Balai Seni Visual Negara, Kuala Lumpur


Butterworth Fringe Festival

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The Butterworth Fringe Festival (BFF) is a street art event that celebrates and revives the historical and cultural importance of the city of Butterworth. This two-day event features exciting street art performances, art installations, food exhibitions, and cultural workshops that are open to everyone visiting the vibrant city.

DATE: 12 – 13 August 2017
VENUE: Butterworth, Penang

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Traditional Arts Showcase: Indian Classical Drama

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The Panggung Seni Traditional or Traditional Arts Showcase returns to Kuala Lumpur this year for two days of entertainment. Organized by the country’s National Departments for Culture & Arts, it has been held consecutively for five years. The Indian classical drama, performed by the Malaysia Performing Arts Society, is the second installment of this event.

DATE: 25 – 26 August 2017
VENUE: Malaysian Tourism Centre (MATiC), Kuala Lumpur

Click here to find out more about this event.

Royal Belum International Hornbill Expedition

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The Royal International Hornbill Expedition is a bird-watching event that takes place in the large state park of Royal Belum in the state of Perak, one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Led by the Malaysian Nature Society, this exciting expedition is intended for people to observe and understand the native species of the Malaysian Hornbill.

DATE: 25 – 28 August 2017
VENUE: Royal Belum State Park, Perak

Wan.Two. SOM

Wan Two S.O.M. is an open mic concept event that intends to celebrate all forms of arts as practised by Malaysians. Living up to its tagline, Wan Two S.O.M welcomes all Makhluk Seni or “creatures of arts” to undergo an intense battle with the art of their choosing, be it spoken word poetry, theater or live music.

DATE: 27 August
VENUE: Sebok Cafe, Shah Alam, Selangor

Click here to find out more about this event.

Kelip-Kelip Merdeka Film Screening

Want to do something meaningful this Merdeka? KelipKelip would like to celebrate our freedom by screening two heartwarming local films, Sepet and Redha, to connect you with like-minded people, initiate conversations that matter in our local community, and to keep the Malaysian dream alive!

DATE: 30 – 31 August 2017
VENUE: Publika Shopping Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

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Given our nation’s 60th year of independence, there is bound to be something special in store! 31 August will see the reenactment of our declaration of independence. Dataran Merdeka, would be designed to look like Stadium Merdeka, where our first prime minister famously cried “Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka!” The countdown celebration will be held at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, right after the SEA Games closing ceremony.

VENUE: Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur



Kuala Sepetang is a fishing village, steeped in traditions. Here, you get to enjoy a hands-on experience in joss stick making, learn about charcoal making, meet boat builders, taste local delights, enjoy the beauty of Matang and Taiping, as well as join activities like eagle feeding and firefly watching. It’s really a blast to the past!

Our 2D1N featured tour here is inclusive of accommodation, and it is great for families, travel buddies, avid photographers and Instagrammers!

DATE: 2 – 3 September 2017
VENUE: Kuala Sepetang, Perak
PRICE: RM220 (adults), RM198 (child)

To book or for more information, click here. 


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