It’s almost the end of the year, which means there’s bound to be something exciting going on in every corner of the country. But for starters, here are a few things might want to schedule in.
Year End Sale
Everyone loves a good deal. In fact, there is something morbidly compelling about seeing the word “sales” on the window pane. So imagine what it’s like during the incredible year end sale held across Malaysia! Discounts can go up to 75% in shopping malls and these days, online.
Date: 1 November – 31 December 2017
Loy Krathong Festival
Meaning “to float the krathong”, the Loy Krathong Festival originated in Thailand and is when Buddhist devotees release lighted lotus floats into the sea. This beautiful thanksgiving celebration symbolizes the drifting away of one’s anger and renewal.
Date: 3 November 2017
Venue: Standing Buddha Temple, Tumpat, Kelantan
The Sarawak Regatta – Kuching Waterfront Festival 2017
Those visiting the Kuching Waterfront is bound to have a treat. The highlight is the boat races – the International Dragon Boat Competition is held from 10 to 12 November, while the Sarawak Regatta boat races runs from 17 to 19 November. Other happenings include the Sarawak Kitchen, Food and Entrepreneurial Sale Festival, and the Malaysian Craft Sale.
Date: 10 – 19 November 2017
Venue: Kuching Waterfront
Kota Marudu Festival
Quiet and quaint, Kota Marudu is two hours away from Kota Kinabalu, a key area for agriculture in Malaysia. Be sure to enjoy the performances and traditional food while you are here!
Date: 11 – 12 November 2017
Venue: Kota Marudu, Sabah
Kuala Perlis Water Festival
Now increasing in popularity, this annual water festival is a colourful spectacle of longboat races and traditional sports.
Date: 17 November 2017
Venue: LKIM Complex, Kuala Perlis, Perlis
George Town Literary Festival
George Town Literary Festival is the largest international literary festival in Malaysia, the only of its kind funded by the state government. Held in the UNESCO Heritage Site of George Town, it will welcome local and international writers, poets and performers from across the world in a 3-day literary event.
There will be conversations, panel discussions, a poetry marathon, book launches, and workshops and more. In fact, the theme this year is a seemingly Stranger Things-inspired “Monsters & (Im)Mortals”, which explores the juxtaposition of good/ bad, reality/ fantasy, light/ dark.
Date: 24 – 26 November 2017
Venue: George Town, Penang
Melaka Art & Performance Festival 2017
Dance, performance and music come together in this festival of cultural expression. Set against the spectacular historical landmark of St Paul’s Church, over 65 local and international artists gather in this heritage city for three days of artistic activities.
Date: 24 – 26 November 2017
Venue: St Paul’s Hill, Melaka
In-Between Arts Festival
The In-Between Arts Festival 2017 is a creative showcase of art and culture performances, traditional trades, traditional games, local food and beverages as well as a pop-up market, with activities that beat with the authentic culture of the city.
Date: 27 – 29 November 2017
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Venue: Armenian Park, Penang
14th Penang Island Jazz Festival
The heritage island comes to life with live jazz and percussion music from local and international artistes. There is an opening performance at 23 Love Lane, an exhibition at The Black Box – Penang House of music, Fringe States in Hard Rock Hotel and Bayview Beach Hotel and more. And if that isn’t enough, there are workshops, forums as well as hours and hours of eclectic jazz performances.
Date: 30 November – 3 December 2017
Venue: Various parts of Penang