Malaysia Major Events is back again in WOMEX for the second time and this time around we are showcasing our unique home grown events to add to your 2014 bucket list!
1) Langkawi Live - One Earth Music Festival, Mar 2014
2) Penang World Music Festival, 12 – 13 Apr 2014
Penang Tourism presents two full nights of global music and culture as we bring to music lovers the next Penang World Music Festival (PWMF) 2014, to be staged on 12 and 13 April 2014 at the Penang Botanic Gardens’ Quarry Park. Fans of the first PWMF can expect the same authentic musical experience or better as the festival will feature a mix of well-known international and local musicians, performing a fusion of traditional and
The beautiful landscape of the Quarry Park in Penang will provide a nature-themed backdrop for the open-air festival which will start from 2pm with art and music workshops followed by the main programme from 6pm onwards. There will also be a festival bazaar on site, offering a wide selection of food and beverages, souvenir items, handicrafts and the performers’ CDs specially for festival-goers.
The Penang World Music Festival is truly an event not to be missed, see you all in Penang!
For more information http://www.penangworldmusic.gov.my/
3) Borneo Jazz 2014, 9 – 10 May 2014
Miri International Jazz Festival is now known as Borneo Jazz! This change is to reflect the growing stature of the festival among leading jazz festivals in the region. ‘Borneo’ gives a unique positioning of Sarawak among jazz music aficionados.
The Borneo Jazz was mooted in 2006 at the ParkCity Everly Hotel, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia with the vision of being the leading tourism-driven music festival in the region to increase tourist arrivals to Miri and the Northern Region of Sarawak thus giving visitors a fun-filled and entertaining experience and at the same time, showcasing Miri as cosmopolitan city with a relaxing lifestyle. The event, in its 9th Edition to be held in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia on 9 and 10 May 2013, will showcase to the world Sarawak’s efforts in conservation and preservation of the rainforest through jazz music.
With this, comes a reimaging vibrancy of the festival and the destination. Be prepared for exciting things to come as we bring you a richer experience at the Borneo Jazz. Join us in the magic of Borneo and what this exciting destination can offer as you groove to the music in this land where adventure lives.
For more information http://jazzborneo.com/
4) KL International Jazz Festival 2014, 20 – 30 Apr 2014
KL International Jazz Festival is a signature event in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and a premier Jazz Festival. It is a “you have to be there” event and a major city attraction for music lovers, lifestyle seekers, tourists and expatriates. A critically acclaimed Jazz Festival and winner of the coveted The Brand Laureate Best Brands Awards 2011-2012 “Country Brand Award” and 10 awards for the International Artistes who performed at the KLIJF 2012, the festival aims to present performances by acclaimed international jazz stars and the best local talents! A world class jazz festival where people meet contemporary jazz, smooth jazz, straight ahead jazz, classic jazz, jazz – rock, R&B, swing, funk, classic rock and blues converge all in one festival!
KL International Jazz joins the global community subscribing to UNESCO’s declared virtues of jazz music as an instrument of world peace, cooperation and international culture.
For more information http://www.klinternationaljazz.com/
5) Rainforest World Music Festival 2014, 20 - 22 June 2014
The Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique and the oldest world music festival that brings together on the same stage renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo.
The event is held annually in the Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia showcasing to the World about Sarawak’s efforts in conservation and preservation of the rainforest through world music. The main objective is to draw foreign tourists to mystical Sarawak and see for themselves the culture, nature and adventure as niche product offerings of Sarawak, Borneo. It is through multi facet thematic rainforest festivals that the economic benefits and multiplier effects are derived from these sustainable tourism events.
For more information http://rwmf.net/
6) Sunset Music Fest 2014 at the Tip of Borneo, 20-21 June 2014
Sunset Music Fest is a one-of-its-kind outdoor musical experience, where audience are serenaded with classical favourites and contemporary tunes performed by both local and international artistes, in a centre stage set against the dramatic backdrop of a beautiful sunset at the meeting point of the South China and Sulu seas.
At the northern-most tip of Borneo is Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, which means the “lingering junction” as it is where the South China Sea lingers and amalgamates with the wandering Sulu Sea that flows from the east. According to local folklore, the headland is a reminder of a treacherous coastline, where bloody battles and past shipwrecks was previously a lookout point to guard against invading pirates. The relatively undisturbed promontory offers striking views of Kalampunian Beach and the idyllic Banggi, Mantanani and triangle-shaped Kelambu island.
Walk along the rocky outcrop and savor the solitude as the azure blue sky turns into a splendid cocktail of red, orange, and gold. You won’t want to miss this amazing musical experience at one of Sabah’s most breathtaking locations, the Tip of Borneo, Kudat.
For more information http://www.sunsetmusicfest.my/
7) Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014, 4 -7 Dec 2014
Held annually on the beautiful island of Penang every first weekend of December, the festival has through the years seen many local and international acts from all over the world performing on its “Jazz By The Beach” Stage.
The Penang Island Jazz Festival has grown through the years into a 4 day/multi stage/activity event and established itself to be one of the more highly anticipated and important music festivals within the region - “An Annual Destination for Music lovers from all over the World”. Apart from the "Jazz By The Beach" (Main Stage) performances in an Outdoor “Concert” setting, the Festival takes on the role of Promoting and Encouraging Music Education and Creativity, Social and Community Development with a number of supporting activities such as Workshops, Forum, Exhibitions, “Creative Malaysia” Fringe Stage Programme, etc. in conjunction with the Festival.
The Penang Island Jazz Festival, the longest running jazz festival in Malaysia will be celebrating its 11th edition in 2014.
For more information http://www.penangjazz.com/
See you all in Malaysia next year!
article posted by:Gaya Subramaniam, Malaysia Major Events