Malaysia in July: Music, Munchies and Mystical Borneo

From fashion shows to music festivals, and even week-long jungle treks, July is a busy month filled with all kinds of fun and interesting activities. Here’s our list of the cool stuff that’s happening in and around our beautiful Malaysia this month.

MONTH-LONG EVENTS
Our King’s Exhibition

Malay Mail Online

In conjunction with the newly crowned Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, His Majesty Sultan Muhammad V, the Royal Museum is holding a three-month long exhibition on a large collection of the King’s personal memorabilia.

The exhibition provides a closer look on the life of the new King through the displays of His Majesty’s personal belongings. The original manuscripts of the Malay literature such as the Misa Melayu, Taj Al-Salatin, and Sejarah Negeri Kelantan (History of Kelantan) are also put on the show. Visitors can even walk through the old Istana Negara, which was only recently converted into the Royal Museum, through the 3D virtual reality exhibition.

DATE: 1 July – 4 September 2017
VENUE: 
Royal Museum, Kuala Lumpur

Penang Durian Festival

Organized annually by the Penang Tourism Development & Culture Office, this fair is the place for durian-lovers from all over the country to congregate and enjoy the variety of durians while they are in the season.

DATE: 1 – 31 July 2017
VENUE: 
Nibong Tebal, Seberang Prai & Georgetown, Penang
Click here to find out more about this event.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
Borneo Fashion Week

Borneo Fashion Week 2017

The capital city of Sarawak will present its first-ever fashion week this year! The Borneo Fashion Week gathers a number of acclaimed international and Malaysian designers to celebrate Borneo’s growing importance on the world stage of cultural fashion.

This free event will also be a hub for young and emerging talents, with prizes and a fashion scholarship up for grabs.

DATE: 7 – 9 July 2017
VENUE: 
Borneo 744, Kuching, Sarawak
Click here to find out more about this event.

SPARK Borneo

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If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, you can join the first SPARK event in Kuching! This half-day program is all about sharing knowledge and stories by some of our local enterprise heroes. You’ll also be able to attend inspiring workshops and Borneo Fashion Week!

DATE: 8 July 2017
VENUE: 
Borneo 744, Kuching, Sarawak
Click here to find out more about this event. 

Agnes Keith Day

Sabah Kini

A visit to Agnes Keith House is, for many people, one of the highlights of any trip to Sandakan.

The house is named after its former tenant, Agnes Newton Keith, an American author who detailed her life in Sabah, where she lived from 1934 until the end of World War II. In her works, she described her house with the finest view in Borneo, the primitive plumbing, their devoted but erratic domestic staff and her day-to-day adventures. Though the Sabah she described has moved on with the times, any resident of the State today would still be able to identify with her experiences.

Her birthday, July 6th has been declared Agnes Keith Day. What better way to celebrate than to visit her former residence, now a museum?

DATE: 6 July 2017
VENUE:
 Agnes Keith House, Sandakan. Sabah
Click here to find out more about this event.

A Bit of Culture with BFM 89.9

Ilham Gallery

In 2007, a new kind of radio was born — BFM 89.9, Malaysia’s first independent radio station that solely focused on business news and current affairs. BFM completely changed the face of radio and broadcasting in Malaysia through its championing of rational, evidence-based discourse in its programming.

ILHAM plays host to BFM’s program ‘A Bit of Culture’, where presenter Kam Raslan and his two guests Sharaad Kuttan and Bernice Chauly will take a look at three topics from the world of the arts, creativity and pop culture.

DATE: 8 July 2017
VENUE:
 Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Click here to find out more about this event.

Islamic Culture from the Malaysian Context

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The Islamic Arts Museum has scheduled a talk event with Shuhada Hashim, a celebrated Malaysian photographer. The talk will explore the culture and practices that have been passed throughout the successive generations in Malaysia from a photographer’s lens.

DATE: 14 – 16 July 2017
VENUE:
 Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
Click here to find out more about this event. 

Gawai Carnival

Sarawak Tourism

The Gawai Carnival aims to showcase the rich authentic Dayak Bidayuh culture, tradition and heritage. The annual festival has grown in popularity by leaps and bound since its inception in 2006, largely due to its inclusion of culture and sports of the natives of Borneo and Malaysia, particularly the Bidayuh tribe.

DATE: 14 July 2017
VENUE:
 Kampung Apar Singai, Kuching, Sarawak
Click here to find out more about this event. 

Rainforest World Music Festival

Rainforest World Music Festival

The Rainforest World Music Festival is back again with incredible beats in the heart of the Borneo Jungle! This unique festival gathers renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the belly of the mythical island of Borneo.

The interactive and educational workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts, followed by evening performances on the main stage has proven to be a hit with the audience, who come from near and far. It is World Music festival extraordinaire set against the magnificent backdrop of the legendary Mt. Santubong.

DATE:
14 – 16 July 2017
VENUE: 
Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Malaysia
Click here to find out more about this event. 

Heart of Borneo Highlands Eco Challenge II

Ava Lai, The Star

Heart of Borneo Highlands Eco Challenge is an adventure event that relives history, culture, and stewardship of nature initiated by the people living in the Maligan and Kelabit Highlands.

Participants go through a series of trekking trails, starting from Long Pa’ Sia’ in Sabah to Long Semadoh in Sarawak, and from Long Layu in Kalimantan to the Ba Siuk Village in Bario, Sarawak. You get to experience an overnight stay in the forest on one part of the trail and walk other parts entirely at night. The rest of the trails consist of an adventure in a 4WD on bumpy muddy roads.

DATE: 20 – 29 July 2017
VENUE:
 Various jungle trails in Sabah & Sarawak.
Click here to find out more about this event. 

Borneo Cultural Festival

Sarawak Tourism

Dubbed as Sibu’s biggest cultural event, the Borneo Cultural Festival is a week-long celebration of food, music, and dances celebrating the diverse cultural background of the community that has settled in Sibu, such as the Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Malay, Melanau and the Chinese.

DATE: 20 – 29 July 2017
VENUE:
 Sibu Town Square, Sibu, Sarawak

KK Jazz Festival

thehive.asia

This two-day music event in Kota Kinabalu is a much-anticipated jazz musical extravaganza that features a line-up of international and local artists performing together on the same stage. The festival also acts as fundraising event benefiting various charities in the state that work towards various social and cultural causes.

DATE: 21 – 22 July 2017
VENUE:
 Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Click here to find out more about this event. 

Pesta Nukenen Bario Food & Culture Festival

Sarawak Tourism

This three-day festival celebrates the unique food, farming, forest and cultural heritage of the Bario Highlands, one of the last surviving, intact, traditionally farmed and forested highland watersheds in Sarawak and East Malaysia.

Enjoy the delicious organic food cooked by the various longhouse communities of the Kelabit Highlands, and join the traditional games and dances. Get on trekking trails to keep your adventurous spirit high, and cap off a great day by catching the awesomeness of the Milky Way, if the timing is right.

DATE: 27 – 29 July 2017
VENUE:
 Bario Highlands, Sarawak
Click here to find out more about this event. 

Traditional Arts Showcase Chinese Opera

See Bun, star2.com

The Panggung Seni Traditional or Traditional Arts Showcase returns to Kuala Lumpur this year to entertain both locals and tourists visiting the country. Organized by the country’s National Departments for Culture & Arts, it has been held consecutively for five years. The Chinese opera, as performed by the Sound of the Tai Hei Troupe, will serve as the first installment of this event.

DATE: 28 – 29 July 2017
VENUE:
 Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATiC), Kuala Lumpur
Click here to find out more about this event.

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