Posts Tagged ‘Culture’


Penang Chinese New Year Cultural and Heritage Celebration

Penang Chinese New Year Cultural and Heritage Celebration

Penang has been promoting its living heritage in the recent years by organising cultural events during major celebrations. In conjunction with the Chinese New Year which falls on 23rd and 24th January 2012, the Penang state government, Penang Chinese Clan Council and the Penang Clan Associations Youth Committee will be organising a fun-filled cultural event on 29th January 2012. Read more »

Penang Chingay Celebrations

Penang Chingay Celebrations

Among all the states in Malaysia, Penang celebrates the closing of the year in lavish fashion, with many events during the entire month of December. It has been part of the island’s tradition ever since the mid 20th century, with the introduction of the month long Penang Pesta. This month long event culminates with the annual parade through Georgetown. The parade is a true city parade, complete with a pagent queen, floats, and bands. But the Penang parade has one unique difference that sets it aside from any other parade in the world – the Chingay performers who balance 40 feet long giant flags and perform spectacular acrobatic acts.
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Signs of KUL: A Unique Street Festival

Signs of KUL: A Unique Street Festival

What would you do if you were in charge of a metropolitan city where 70 percent of the inhabitants are aged 30 and below? Well, if that city was Kuala Lumpur, and you were the mayor, you might just decide to hold an urban art competition in the very heart of the city. This unique event, where graffiti artists are actually invited and given space, paint and even ladders, to express themselves graphically, was held on the 4th and 5th of December 2010 along the banks of the Klang River, near the Pasar Seni LRT Station.

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Cuti Cuti 1Malaysia Dance Festival

Cuti Cuti 1Malaysia Dance Festival

Line-dancing is often thought to be an activity meant for the older generation, people who still belong in the category of 40 years old and above. Not many teenagers or even young adults would want to be caught doing line-dancing for fear of being teased as an ‘uncle’ or ‘auntie’. Who would have thought that this activity would become a favourite pastime for many Malaysians today, whether they are 34 or 54 years old.

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KUL Sign Festival

KUL Sign Festival

Graffiti has always been viewed more as a form of vandalism rather than art for as long as one can remember. Though the art of graffiti drawing is also a branch of creative art, it is rarely viewed as such as most of the drawings are often offensive and gives a bad image of the city to tourists. In recent years, a group of passionate graffiti artists formed Kuala Lumpur’s own graffiti community to show the public the bright side of graffiti art. This community has managed to convert the dreary looking walls along the banks of River Klang into a long sheet of masterpieces.

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Jazzing it up in Penang

Jazzing it up in Penang

Entering its seventh edition, the Penang Island Jazz Festival is proof that Penang is not merely famous for its hawker food. There were some raised eyebrows when the idea was mooted back in 2004 as the island was not known for its musical talent. Jazz was viewed as more of a Western trend, and to hold an event on it might seem out of place, especially if the venue was the Pearl of the Orient. To those with doubts, it simply was not a Penang thing.
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