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32nd Sabah Annual Art Selection Programme
1 Feb - 31 Jul 2018

This event is a state wide art selection program to increase the collections of the Sabah Art Gallery as well as to discover and encourage creative individuals to pursue their passion in art. Entry forms are available at the Sabah Art Gallery and all submission centres around Sabah.

Organizer: Sabah Art Gallery
Event Venue: Sabah Art Gallery, Kota Kinabalu
Contact Person: Ms. Sara E. Ahmad
+6088 268 748/825/875/806/535
+6088 210 040

KL Biennale kicks off on Nov 1
01 November 2017 - 31 March 2018

The National Art Gallery officially announced its inaugural edition of the Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017 with the theme of “BELAS or Be Loved” that “recognizes, embraces and echoes societal values”. At a press conference today at the gallery, it was revealed that MyCreative Ventures CEO Johan Ishak is the organising chairman. In a Facebook posting under “KL Biennale”, the event is touted as an “international exhibition” and scheduled from  Nov 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, and will be staged at “multiple sites in Kuala Lumpur”. Central to the KL Biennale are stories of BELAS (Be Loved), presented through a specially-curated exhibition featuring “modern and contemporary art works” including:

• love for nature or Belas Alam
• love for heritage or Belas Warisan
• love for people or Belas Insan
• love for animals or Belas Haiwan, and
• love for Malaysian legendary icons or Belasungkawa

 “The KL Biennale will see a shift in the way of experiencing art: not to revere the art or the artist alone but to rejoice in the narrative or stories presented by the unsung heroes, conservationists, architects, art activists, practitioners, environmentalists, scientists, organizations, communities and various personalities.”

The Facebook announcement also states that the event wil be, “Featuring a stellar line-up of artists from Southeast Asia, China, South Korea, Japan and India, the KL Biennale is anticipated by Malaysians and visitors as a highlight on the city’s cultural calendar, for its active international and local collaboration and a meaningful exchange of ideas. It is anticipated to invigorate the local cultural sector via the ‘Biennale’ brand and amplify Kuala Lumpur’s position on the global cultural map.”

Venue: National Art Gallery
Organiser: National Art Gallery Of Malaysia
Organiser Address: No. 1 Jalan Temerloh Off Jalan Tun Razak,
53200 Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +603 40267000
Fax: +603 40264987

Exhibition Peking Man
01 February 2018 - 31 March 2018

Venue: Gallery 1, Department of Museums Malaysia
Organiser: Department of Museums Malaysia and RRC (Zhoukodian Site Museum, China)
Phone: +603 22671000
Fax: +603 22871271

International Traditional Archery Festival 2018 from 26-28 January 2018

The Malaysian Traditional Malay Archers Association (PERTAMA) is organising an International Traditional Archery Festival 2018 from 26-28 January 2018 at Ladang Alam Warisan in Negeri Sembilan, which is a place known for its authentic recreation of a traditional Malay village, showcasing the Malay lifestyle and customs, as well as a venue to learn archery and traditional horseback archery.

The three-day festival will see participants from 10 countries comprising Brunei, China, Hungary, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Romania, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand pit their archery skills against each other while wearing the national clothes of their country.

There are two separate competitive categories namely static shooting from a distance of between 20 and 60 m which take place on 27 January, and the dynamic shooting for traditional archery on 28 January.

For fans of an age old sport like archery, this is a competition that should not be missed.

During the festival, other activities will also be held including performances of traditional songs and dances, and traditional music, as well as booths selling traditional food from Malaysia and the neighbouring countries, traditional games, handicraft exhibition and others. 

Venue: Ladang Alam Warisan, Sri Menanti, Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan 
Organiser: Malaysian Traditional Malay Archers Association (PERTAMA) 
Phone: +6012 346 0709 

Kek Lok Si Display Of Lights
Date : 23 January 2018 | Penang 

Temple of Supreme Bliss in the Hokkien dialect, Kek Lok Si Temple is a crowd puller and famous tourist’s attraction during the CNY. Annual display lighting showcases more than 10,000 lights.

12 January 2018 - 14 January 2018 | KLCC Convention Centre, Malaysia |

Showcase of the latest model year imported and domestic vehicles. A platform for the community to share common interests, expand their networks as well as businesses.

Date : 23 November 2017 - 31 January 2018
Venue : Mersing Museum, Jalan Ibrahim, 86800, Mersing, Johor, Malaysia 

For centuries, seafarers from all over the world have sailed through the waters of the Malay Archipelago. Some of them survived to tell their tales but many more were buried underneath the sea when their ships succumbed to severe weather, leaks or attack and ended at the bottom of the sea. However, these days, ships are never left to remain buried eternally, which is why efforts to search and recover shipwrecks in Malaysian territorial waters have been carried out since the 1980.

Merchants from Far East such as China and India, as well as Middle East have ventured into our waters as early as the 15th and 16th centuries. When tragedy struck and their vessels sank to the bottom of the sea, our nation’s waters turned into an underwater tomb, not to mention, a treasure trove of historical artifacts.In an effort to share the historical artifacts from the shipwrecks found within the Malaysian waters, Johor Heritage Foundation together with the Department of Museums of Malaysia and Tanjung Balau Fishermen Museum are organising “The Treasures of Shipwrecks Exhibition" from November 2017 until January 2018 at the Mersing Museum in Johor.

The artifacts that are being showcased at the museum were discovered from 13 shipwrecks namely Nassau (1606), Diana (1817) Ranee (1923), Nanyang (1380), Desaru (1830), Turiang (1370), Xuandee (1540), Risdam (1727), Prince of Wales (1941), Longquan (1400), Wanli (1630), Royal Nanhai (1460), and Tanjung Simpang Mengayau (1126). These ships were previously found in various parts of Malaysia, I.e. the sea beds of the Melaka Straits, which was once, one of busiest trading routes in the world, South China Sea, and along the Johor and Terengganu coast.

Among the artifacts recovered from the wrecks were ceramics, plates, bowls, and tea sets, white and blue China porcelain, green tea, ginseng, ginger, rhubarb, benzoin, glass beads, tin ingots, ivory, timber, urns, muskets, anchors, bullets, pots, small bowls, and earthen ware. So, if you are a history buff, a maritime fan, or have watched Titanic more than five times, this exhibition is just made for you!


Tourism Latest News


Chiang Mai, Thailand, 26 January 2018: Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism and Culture, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz launched the Visit Malaysia 2020 promotion campaign for the first time at the ASEAN Tourism Forum he is attending in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He also took the opportunity to unveil the official logo of Visit Malaysia 2020, a colourful portrayal of Malaysia’s treasured flora and fauna.

The event was held during a business lunch hosted today for international tourism trade buyers and media attending the forum at the Chiang Mai International Convention Centre (CMECC).

YB Dato’ Seri Nazri said, “These next two years are a crucial period for our country’s tourism – they are the lead up to the much-anticipated Visit Malaysia 2020. By then, we expect to welcome some 36 million tourists to our shores with tourist receipts reaching RM168 billion.”

Visit Malaysia 2020 is a landmark initiative that has received the support and endorsement of the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia in 2017. It is a key development towards the realization of the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan goals that by the year 2020, Malaysia will welcome a total of 36 million tourists and register RM168 billion in tourist receipts.

The initiative not only aims to rally all industry players towards this common goal, but is a call to welcome tourists from all over the world to experience Malaysia’s warm hospitality and diverse tourist attractions.

The campaign will be aligned with World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)’s “Travel.Enjoy.Respect” movement launched in August 2017 which calls for tourists to become a catalyst for positive change towards a better future.

The Minister is confident of the success of the campaign, saying that Malaysia’s tourism industry is growing stronger. He cited tourism investments in Malaysia such as international hotel brands Four Seasons, Movenpick, W Hotels by Starwood and DoubleTree by Hilton being made within the next two years, amounting to close to 1,000 rooms.

In addition, new attractions are also being launched to provide tourists more choices of attractions. Desaru Coast, a premium integrated destination resort combining accommodation, golf, theme park, convention centre, leisure, retail and F&B, is expected to open by June this year. It will be bringing in hotel brands such as The Westin, Anantara and Hard Rock Hotel.

Acknowledging the importance of connectivity to facilitate travel, Dato’ Seri Nazri said that the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Tourism Malaysia are focusing on increasing accessibility to Malaysia via various airline partnerships for scheduled and charter flights. The Malaysian Government has special incentives for this purpose and Tourism Malaysia is using this to attract international airlines to fly Malaysian routes.

The Minister added, “In the context of ASEAN tourism, Visit Malaysia 2020 also brings with it the opportunity to cross-sell and re-market the region to tourists who are visiting Malaysia. There are ample opportunities for industry stakeholders across the region to work together and benefit as a whole.”

He urged ASEAN industry players to work together to create a seamless and unforgettable experience for tourists when they visit ASEAN as a single yet multifarious travel destination.
In conjunction with this, the Minister presented recognition awards to ten organisations in appreciation for their support and promotion of Malaysia as a holiday destination for Thais. The recipients were Global Union Express, Roong A-Nan Tour, Ruby Travel, Sawasdee 5 Stars Tour, Tussanapachuen Tour, U-Best Station, Erawan P.U.C. Tour, the Council of Chiangmai Muslim Women Thailand, the Association of News Reporters of the North (Mr. Amnaj Jongyotying) and North Daily Newspaper (Ms. Pongpan Jongyotying). They were each presented with a special plaque in appreciation of their outstanding contribution and commitment to promoting Malaysia.
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