April 2013 will be celebrated with a combination of water events, flashing jewellery and culture enrichment in Malaysia with the following monthly highlights:
MALAYSIA WATER FESTIVAL PORT DICKSON, 3 – 5 APRIL 2013
The Malaysia Water Festival is back with Port Dickson as its first station; activities like the International Jet Ski Challenge and beach soccer competitions will be there to cool down the tropical heat. As one of the most anticipated events in Port Dickson, it is expected to draw more than 130,000 tourists. So, get ready to join the party!
The annual 2013 Kelantan State’s Cultural Carnival returns to promote the uniqueness of Kelantanese culture that differs from most of the Malay cultures. It is initially an event to promote Kelantan as a tourist destination with rich culture, natural attractions and delicious food. Highlights of the event include the cultural practices of dikir barat, mak yong, and wau bulan (kite-flying). Handicraft products such as songket, silverware and mengkuang will also be introduced to the visitors. The event is taking place at Compound of Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium, Kota Bharu, Kelantan www.tic.kelantan.gov.my.
ARCHIPELAGO DRUM FESTIVAL 2013, 9 – 17 APRIL 2013
Prepare to get into the rhythm of percussion and drum music from all over the world at the Archipelago Drum Festival 2013 at Dataran MBMB, Melaka. Performers from Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea and other countries are invited to present their art. It is an event initially held to raise awareness among the younger generation to engage with their heritage.
20TH MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY FESTIVAL 2013 (SPRING EDITION), 19-22 APRIL 2013
Malaysia’s largest international jewellery show is coming to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre: The 20th Malaysia International Jewellery Festival 2013 (Spring Edition) invites quality international jewellers from Italy, India, Myanmar and other countries to present their latest collections. Held twice annually, the four-day exhibition is expected to attract a large crowd as jewellery export-import trades in Malaysia are now tax free! Watches, as well as equipment for jewellery production will be on display www.mij.com.my.
MALAYSIA WATER FESTIVAL LABUAN (LABUAN INTERNATIONAL SEA CHALLENGE), 26-28 APRIL 2013
Missed the earlier Malaysia Water Festival in Port Dickson? Visit Labuan for its water festival – the 2013 Labuan International Sea Challenge taking place at the Labuan International Sea Sport Complex. Highlights of the event include the exciting Cross Channel Swimming Challenge, Labuan International Fishing Tournament, and Kayak Sprint Challenge. The event promises all participants an enjoyable experience. www.motourlabuan.com.
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Notes to editors:
• In 2014, Malaysia will celebrate its fourth VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR (VMY) with the theme “Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia”. The VMY 2014 promotional campaign has started this year with a series of year-long special events and activities leading to VMY 2014. It will contribute to the Government’s target to receive 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in receipts by 2020, as outlined in the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan (MTTP) 2020.
• Malaysia has a tropical climate and is a very welcoming multi-cultural society home to some of the best spa resorts in the world.
• Malaysian cuisine is as diverse as the nation itself, fusing the culinary traditions and flavours of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Arabian and European cooking.