January happenings around Malaysia: Regattas, festivals & mudball fights


  • Malaysia
  • Sunday, 05 Jan 2020

Melaka’s Jonker Street is all ready for the Chinese New Year celebrations. — Photos: Filepics

The New Year’s Day celebrations may be out of the way, but the festivities never really stop in multicultural Malaysia. And with Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) in full swing, locals and international visitors can look forward to an exciting and jam-packed calendar of events.

Here are some notable programmes, as suggested by Tourism Malaysia, that are taking place throughout January.

Chinese New Year Celebrations
Venue: Jonker Street, Melaka
When: Jan 1 to 29
Tel: 018-989 4688

The Year of the Rat is off to an early start at Jonker Street in the historically vibrant Melaka. The popular tourist hub will be lighting up red lanterns and putting up festive decorations.

The month-long carnival will feature traditional Chinese cuisine, delectable cookies, lion dances and even special musical events.

City Roars Festival 2020
Venue: Outdoor Lawn, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLpac)
When: Jan 4
Website: cityroarsfest.com

After a successful debut last year, the City Roars Festival is back – bigger and better this time around. It is set to promote the independent music and arts scene from across the region.

The one-day festival will feature artists from Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, with side activities such as art bazaar, installations, work shops and talks.

Royal Langkawi International Regatta
Venue: Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Langkawi, Kedah
When: Jan 6 to 11Tel: 04-960 0600
Website: langkawiregatta.com

Sailing enthusiasts from all over the world sail their boats and go through challenging wind conditions at the Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2020.

All boats will compete for prestigious titles under seven classes in this annual sailing event. The event is also set to attract a diverse crowd of spectators, including those from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia, Japan, Britain, Austria, the Netherlands and the United States.

17th LADA KFC Royal Langkawi International Regatta
Venue: National Sailing Centre, Langkawi, Kedah
When: Jan 15 to 19
Tel: 04-960 0600

Show your love and support to young budding sailing enthusiasts at this annual event in Langkawi, Kedah. Organised by the Langkawi Development Authority, the programme aims to nurture new and young talents in sailing.

Participants will be exposed to various sailing conditions in the lovely island. The valuable experiences will help them excel at international youth competitions.

7th Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival
Venue: Pentas 1, KLpac
When: Jan 10 to 12
Website: malaysianjazzpianofestival.com

Be lulled by soothing jazzy tunes from some of the country’s best home-grown musicians. Since its inception in 2014, this show has grown to become one of the most important music festivals in the country.

The seventh iteration the festival is set to feature performances from the likes of Julian Chan Big Band, Frankie Sixes, Fazz, Grace Leong Semboyan and Wei Li Cheah Quartet. There are also free workshops, which are conducted by seasoned professionals, in the daytime.

Mudball Fight 2020
Venue: Kota Bridge, Klang, Selangor
When: Jan 12
Website: waterforfuture.org

Bring the family out for a fun and educational day at the Mudball Fight. The event is set to raise environmental awareness on how mudballs can help to preserve the health and quality of our rivers.

Participants will be challenged to make as many mudballs as they can within a time frame. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic by the riverside and take a leisurely stroll along the historical Kota Bridge.

East Cost Craft Textile Fest
Venue: Kota Sultan Ismail Petra, Kelantan
When: Jan 23 to Feb 2
Tel: 09-712 6266

The east coast states in the country – namely Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang – are famed for their strong textile culture. From batik to songket and tenun to telepuk, the textile in these states are renowned for their quality and flair. The East Cost Craft Textile Fest is part of a large-scale craft promotion in line with the 101st anniversary of the batik craft Industry in Kelantan. Look out for traditional food stalls, craft- making demonstrations as well as weaving.

Tioman Surf Festival Vol 19
Venue: Kampung Juara, Tioman Island, Pahang
When: Jan 31 to Feb 2
Tel: 09-517 1111

The mid-monsoon season is the perfect time for this annual surfing event. Surfers from all over the world – namely Maldives, Australia, France, Britain and the US – will come together at the beautiful island of Tioman.

There will be plenty of conservation projects, cultural performances and exhibitions for visitors. But the highlight is, of course, the surf completion. Watch in awe as participants put their surfing skills to the test.

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