Events and Festivals in Malaysia for July 2015

Events and Festivals in Malaysia July 2015

Apart from the Hari Raya Aidilfitri in July, there are many other events and festivals in Malaysia for July 2015 which will take place all over the country. One of the highlights is that the cities of George Town and Melaka will hold celebrations to mark their 7th year anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

For something different, there is the unique Bon Odori Festival 2015 for anyone who is into Japanese culture and traditions and this event is celebrated in the state of Penang. For something quirky, Putrajaya will host a werewolf-themed urban obstacle night race called BloodRunner. 

If you happen to be visiting Sarawak at the end of July, check out the Bario Food Festival 2015 or Pesta Nukenen Bario for some exotic food and amazing cultures in this highland community. Below are the festivals and events taking place in Malaysia for the month of July 2015.

UNESCO World Heritage Site 7th Anniversary Celebrations Malaysia
Melaka
UNESCO World Heritage Site 7th Anniversary Celebrations

Celebrate the 7th anniversary of the inscription of the historic cities of George Town and Melaka as a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with memorable events for everyone. The twin-city celebrations will bring visitors on the ground to historic sites to enjoy cultural performances, heritage appreciation and have an overall good time.

Penang:
Date: 4 to 7 July
Venue: Streets of Inner George Town
Organiser: Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated
Contact: +604 261 6606
Website: www.heritagecelebrations.info

Melaka:
Date: 7 July
Venue: Dataran MBMB, Melaka
Organiser: Melaka City Council
Contact: +606 333 3333 / 1-800-88-8411
Website: www.mbmb.gov.my

Han Chin Pet Soo Museum Ipoh Perak
Inside the Han Chin Pet Soo Museum
Han Chin Pet Soo Museum Ipoh (New)

Ipoh has a brand new privately-run museum which traces the history of Malaya’s grand foray into tin mining in the old days. Han Chin Pet Soo, the Hakka tin miner’s club, was established in 1893 as a recreation club for tin miners to relax after a hard day’s work at the mines. Opium smoking and gambling were among the benefits of membership.

Today, this historic building has been restored to its former glory with many original exhibits dating back to more than 100 years ago. Spend an afternoon here to learn about Malaya’s glorious tin mining past, and life during those times, as you view the many fascinating artifacts from a bygone era.

Han Chin Pet Soo Museum Ipoh
Address : No. 3, Jalan Bijeh Timah (Treacher Street), 30100 Ipoh, Perak
Tel : +605 249 5936 / 241 4541
Website : www.ipohworld.org/reservation

Penang Bon Odori Festival 2015
Bon Odori action in Penang
Penang Bon Odori Festival 2015 

The Bon Odori Festival is a traditional summer festival in which the people of Japan honour their ancestors who have passed on, and celebrate their on-going presence in the lives they enjoy today. 

Also known as Obon, the main event is traditional music and dancing in the streets. Many festival-goers dress in Japanese Kimono, Yukata or Happi coats. Happening in the heart of George Town, this year’s event features Japanese food and refreshments, Taiko and martial arts performances, craft exhibits as well as demonstrations. This event sees all walks of life attending, many dressed up too. 

Penang Bon Odori Festival 2015
Date : 25 July 2015
Venue : Esplanade, Penang
Organiser: Bon Odori Organising Committee
Contact : +604 650 5136 / 261 9012
Website : www.visitpenang.gov.my

Penang MITM Travel Fair 2015
MITM Penang Travel Fair 2015
Penang MITM Travel Fair 2015

The Penang MITM Travel Fair is back with great travel bargains for all. Attractive domestic travel packages are available to suit your needs and interests for adventure, romantic getaway, affordable family holidays, or even luxury retreats. 

There are also many outbound travel packages available from the many participating travel agents during the Penang MITM Travel Fair too. For two days, you will see people busy exploring the many booths here looking for bargain and travel deals. 

Penang MITM Travel Fair 2015
Date : 4 to 5 July
Venue : Penang International Exhibition Centre
Organiser : Malaysian Chinese Tourism Association
Contact : +604 262 2333
Email : mcta.penang@gmail.com

Iftar@KL for Ramadhan 2015
Iftar@KL 2015
Iftar@KL for Ramadhan 2015

The month of Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslims all over the world. Muslims refrain from eating and drinking, but come evening, they prepare to break their fast with special meals, prayers and spiritual gatherings. 

Celebrated in honour of the Muslim fasting month, Iftar@KL features a variety of religious programmes such as Terawih Perdana at Dataran Merdeka (Terawih prayers); Nasyid; Tilawah & Khatam Al-Quran (Quran Recital) events; food bazaars; special religious forums; talks by international Imams and many more. This peaceful mass gathering in the city is a great way to reflect on unity, spirituality and the beauty of a diverse population.

Iftar@KL
Date : 18 June to 17 July
Venue : Merdeka Square
Organiser : Ministry of Tourism and Culture
Contact : +603 8891 7521
Website : www.motac.gov.my

BloodRunner 2015 Putrajaya
Are you ready for BloodRunner? 
BloodRunner 2015

BloodRunner is Asia's first, werewolf-themed urban obstacle night race ready to take Putrajaya by storm. Set over a 10km urban obstacle course specially created to challenge the everyday runner, BloodRunner brings an added element of thrill and excitement to anyone participating in this unique sporting event.

Expect obstacles that will cater to runners of all levels – be it a seasoned athlete, a first-time runner or a weekend gym warrior. As for other activities, there are food trucks parked at the race festival site, and a post-race party featuring up-and-coming local bands.

BloodRunner 2015
Date : 31 July 2015
Venue : Putrajaya
Organiser : Switch Strategies Sdn Bhd
Contact : +603 2029 3194
Website : www.bloodrunner.com

Pesta Nukenen Bario 2015
Kelabit people at Nukenen
Bario Food Festival 2015 (Pesta Nukenen Bario) 

For the serious foodies and culture lovers, the 10th Anniversary Bario Food and Cultural Festival a.k.a Pesta Nukenan & Kebudayaan Kelabit Bario will be held from 30 July until 1 August this year. The 3-day festival celebrates the unique food, farming, forest and cultural heritage of the Bario Highlands – one of the last surviving traditionally farmed and forested highland watersheds in Sarawak and East Malaysia. 

At the Pesta Nukenen Bario, you will find delicious and traditional organic food cooked by the various longhouse communities of the Kelabit Highlands. There will be traditional games and dances performed here and for those wanting a little bit of adventure, there are plenty of trekking trails around Bario.

Note to get here requires some skill as the only way here is via the 19-seater Twin Otter Turboprop Planes operated by MASwings from Miri. There are 5-6 scheduled flights daily during the week of the festival while accommodations are homestays here. 

Bario Food Festival 2015
Date : 30 July to 1 August 2015
Venue : Bario Highlands, Sarawak
Organiser : Rurum Kelabit Sarawak, Kaum Ibu, and the Belia Bario
Contact : +6019 8060 710
Website : www.facebook.com/pages/bariofoodfestival 

Tuanku Jaafar Gallery
Galeri DiRaja Tuanku Jaafar 
Tuanku Ja'afar Royal Gallery Seramban

The Tuanku Ja’afar Royal Gallery or Galeri Diraja Tuanku Ja'afar in Seremban is a special museum that celebrates the life and times of one of Malaysia’s prominent and well-loved royals, His Royal Highness (HRH) Tuanku Ja’afar ibni Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Visitors will have an intimate look at His Royal Highness’ personal and public life, from childhood to his years as a ruler, through well-curated exhibits. 

His ruling vision was to provide benefits to society through community work and the preservation of culture and arts. The gallery, situated near the serene Lake Gardens of Seremban, is less than 1 km from the city of Seremban and is suitable for anyone who loves history and culture. 

Tuanku Ja’afar Royal Gallery
Address: Galeri Diraja Tuanku Ja'afar, Jalan Taman Bunga, 70100 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. 
Tel: +606 761 9102
Website: http://www.gdtjns.com/

Alive 3D Art Gallery Port Dickson
Awesome photos to be taken here
Alive 3D Art Gallery Port Dickson

A new attraction in PD is the Alive 3D Art Gallery in Port Dickson’s Dataran Segar which features 50 drawings and paintings that will trick the eye. These 3D optical illusions, including several glow-in-the-dark paintings, are a perfect backdrop for “selfies” and “wefies.” Strike a pose to blend perfectly into the paintings and create a special visual effect that will boggle the mind and trick the eye. Excellent fun for everyone!

Alive 3D Art Gallery
Address: No. 38-40, Jalan Ds 2/1 Bandar Dataran Segar, 71010 Lukut,Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Tel: +606 651 5400
Fax: +606 651 0141
Facebook: www.facebook.com/alive3dartgallery

Rumah Terbalik di Port Dickson
Fun for the whole family
Upside Down House Art Gallery in PD

For anyone heading to Negeri Sembilan, do visit the unique Upside Down House Gallery in PD or Port Dickson here. This fun gallery exhibits a few amusing upside down scenes in show rooms, where guests can come and take memorable pictures. Everything inside, from furniture to household appliances, hover above your head, as the ceiling is actually the floor. 

Come for a taste of this architectural wonder that will perplex your mind. This architectural marvel is definitely a must see as it is relatively new in this state and recently opened in May 2015. This would be great fun for families, couples and travelers to Malaysia.

Upside Down Gallery and House PD
Address: No. 13 A & 15 Jalan Coral Walk, Batu 9, Jalan Pantai Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan (Near Ostrich Farm and Politeknik Port Dickson)
Tel: +60 16 336 8751
Email: upsidedowngallery@gmail.com

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*All information above is correct at time of this publication and for more information, visitors are advised to contact the event organiser for the latest updates.

For visitors coming to Malaysia in July, you are advised to check on the festivals as it the first half of the month is the Hari Raya Holidays and things could get a little slower than usual. Also, this is the peak period where many are doing festive travels so flights, buses and trains can be full. You are advised to book well ahead for transportation.

You can also get more information by visiting MaTiC or any of the Tourism Information Centres around Malaysia. Hope you have a great time here in Malaysia especially for the many Events and Festivals in Malaysia for July 2015. 

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