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Tourism Malaysia: Top 7 in September

Mid-Autum Festival
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!

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Yap Qin  Yap Yi at JB Art Festival 1JB 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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Songket Weaving
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.

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Borneo Safari Black Backed Kingfisher
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.

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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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Sarawak Borneo Bintulu International Kites Festival
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.

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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.

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Kebaya Tales : Stories from The Nyonya

October 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

The Baba-Nyonya community refers to a group of people who are descendants of late 15th and 16th century Chinese immigrants who came to the islands of Nusantara during the Colonial era. These are people who have assimilated to the Malay Peninsula’s culture and have adopted the Malay language as a first or second language over the years. Their culture is a rich and vibrant one, as seen through their spoken language, their dressing and their cuisine.


The Kebaya is a favourite outfit for Nyonyas and is usually worn during official ceremonies

For those who are fascinated and would like to know more about the Peranakans, do make a date with the National Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur this coming 15th October 2011 as the museum will be organising a talk on the Babas and Nyonyas. The guest speaker this time is none other than Lee Su Kim, the founder member and the first woman President of the Peranakan Baba Nyonya Association of Kuala Lumpur Selangor. She is also the author of nine books, including two bestsellers; Malaysian Flavours: Insights Into Things Malaysian and Manglish: Malaysian English at its Wackiest. Su Kim will be sharing her experiences of writing about the Baba and Nyonya communities of Malacca, Penang and Singapore. Some of the stories that she will be sharing are stories that have been passed down from her Nyonya mother, grandmother and bibiks (aunts).

The talk will be held at Level 1, Gallery Saindera at the National Textile Museum and will start at 3.00 pm. There is an admission charge of RM 20 for students, museum volunteers as well as members of Persatuan Peranakan Baba Nyonya Kuala Lumpur Selangor (PPBNKLS). For non-members who are interested in participating, there is an admission charge of RM 25. The charge includes a tea reception. Participants are required to register by replying to this email address – or Alternatively, one can also contact Syahrul or Nor Asmah at 03 2694 3457.

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Textile Talk: Dream of the Drape

September 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm

In every culture, women’s wear has always been more elaborate than men’s wear. Women are often associated to beauty, and this usually extends to their attire. One of the more elaborate traditional women’s costumes in Malaysia has to be the saree of the Indians.

Learn about the saree at this exhibtion

The saree is quite a unique costume, and is actually a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine metres in length. In its own way it defies definition, as this simple strip of cloth is transformed into a complex costume, merely by the technique in which is used to wrap the body. The saree covers quite a lot of the body, yet has always been regarded as quite an exotic and sensual outfit, often revealing as much as it conceals. It has been worn by generations of Indian women, and has become one of the most famous symbols of Indian culture.

This September, the National Textile Museum is holding an exhibition and fashion show celebrating the saree. Entitled Dream of the Drape, this exhibition is from 7th till 11th September, from 9 am to 6 pm. Two fashion shows are lined up as well, taking place on Saturday, 10th September, from 6 pm to 9 pm, and Sunday, 11th September, from 3 pm to 6 pm. Admission is free to all.

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