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Events in Malaysia for April 2014

Events in Malaysia 2014
For events in Malaysia, April is a delightful month for music enthusiasts and water sport lovers as there will be a string of exciting events throughout the month ranging from various drum performances, music festivals to deep sea fishing and kayak challenges.

These events are all spread out throughout Malaysia in the peninsular and also over in east Malaysia. For those planning to visit Malaysia in April, please take note of the events which you may want to experience depending on where you are going.

Some of them require advanced planning while most of the events, you can simple attend on the day or night itself. Concerts or performances require ticketing so please book ahead. Here are some highlights of the month:

Events in Malaysia for April

Kuantan Music Festival 2014

Kuantan Music Festival - CANCELLED

A new musical event is making its debut in the East Coast of Malaysia! Claimed to be the mini version of the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, the Kuantan Music Festival 2014 promises two magical evenings in an idyllic beachfront garden set amongst palms and lawns facing the South China Sea.

Renowned Malaysian and international musicians namely Akasha (Malaysia), Rio Sidik Quartet (Indonesia), The Art of Fusion (Germany) and T-Bone Ska (Thailand) will be bringing a mix of acoustic, blues, jazz, fusion and world music to the stage.
"Cancellation of Kuantan Music Festival 2014
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that, due to the recent drug-related deaths at Future Music Festival "rave party" in Kuala Lumpur last week, the Kuantan Local Authorities under the instructions of the Pahang Chief Minister have now decided to cancel the licence for the Kuantan Music Festival due to be held on 4th & 5th April 2014 at Holiday Villa Cherating, despite there being very little similarity between the two events." 
- From the organizers website.

Organiser:   Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia
Date:           4 - 5 April 2014
Venue:        Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa, Cherating, Pahang
Contact:     +6 019 9329777+6 019 9329777, Crocodile Rock Productions Sdn Bhd
Email:        kuantanmusicfestival@hotmail.com

Royal Belum World Drums Festival 2014

Royal Belum World Drums Festival - POSTPONED

In conjunction with the birthday of the Sultan of Perak Darul Ridzuan, the Royal Belum World Drums Festival (RBWDF 2014) promises a great impact and satisfaction by showcasing the multi-cultural facet of Malaysia using a combination of traditional and modern musical instruments.

Highlights of the event include the state and national-level drums competitions, Experience Zone (to experience the drum-making process), Drum Workshop (to get a taste of drum-playing with Drum Circle), and Social Media Zone (to share experiences on social media networks throughout the RBWDF 2014).

Feel the vibrant and thrilling beat of international drummers and percussionists from as far as Brazil, Egypt, Jamaica and Korea. However, a postponement was issued and it states;

Due to some unavoidable circumstances, the CHAPTER III, ROYAL BELUM WORLD DRUMS FESTIVAL 2014 scheduled for 3-19TH OF APRIL 2014 has been postponed to September/October 2014 to JOHOR BAHRU,MALAYSIA.

We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and hope to get back to you soon with more details about the new date.

Thank you

Thank you
Organiser:    Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia
Date:            5 - 19 April 2014
Venue:         Dataran Ipoh, Ipoh, Perak.
Contact:      1300 88 50501300 88 5050   

Malay Archipelago Drums Festival

In conjunction with the Melaka World Heritage City Anniversary Celebration, the Malay Archipelago Drums Festival 2014 will display the beauty of drum rhythm dances characterised by the unique Malay Archipelago cultural tradition.

This is also known as the Festival Gendang Nusantara Melaka 2014. This event sees participation by hundreds of drummers and percussionists, dancers, and cultural activist from various countries including Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia and Madagascar.

It is an event initially held to encourage young Malaysians to engage with their heritage.

Organiser:    Melaka Historical City Council
Date:            9 – 16 April 2014
Venue:         Dataran MBMB, Melaka
Contact:     +6 06 281 6569+6 06 281 6569

Penang World Music Festival PWMF 2014

Penang World Music Festival

Penang World Music Festival (PWMF) is calling out to all music lovers with authentic musical experience – a fusion of traditional and contemporary music performing by an array of renowned local and international musicians.

The two-day affair will start from 2.00 pm with various art and music workshops before the main event kicks off at 6.00 pm.

There will also be a festival bazaar on-site, offering a wide selection of food and beverages, souvenir items, handicrafts and the performers’ CDs for festival-goers.

Organiser:    Penang State Tourism Development and Culture Office
Date:           12 - 13 April 2014
Venue:        Quarry Park, Penang Botanic Gardens, Pulau Pinang
Contact:     +6 016 4110000+6 016 4110000
Email:        info@visitpenang.gov.my

Pesta Air Labuan 2014

Labuan Water Festival

Enjoy a great splashing time at the largest event in the federal territory of Labuan – the Labuan Water Festival 2014 marks its 18th year with a host of fun-filled exciting activities.

Go adventurous, ride the waves, defy odds and be a champion at the Labuan International Deep Sea Fishing Tournament, Cross Channel Swimming Challenge, Kayak Sprint Challenge, Labuan Round Island Kayak Challenge and Coastal Fishing Competition.

Organiser:    Ministry of Tourism Labuan
Date:            25 – 27 April 2014
Venue:         Labuan International Sea Sport Complex, Labuan
Contact:     +6 087 422 622+6 087 422 622


For those traveling to Malaysia in  the month of April, be sure to double check on the event place and logistics of getting there. Please book your tours or hotels in advance as well.

For first timers to Malaysia, you may want to read this article on Why Visit Malaysia 2014 as it is a guide to what Malaysia has to offer this year for the Visit Malaysia Year 2014.

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