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September 2017 Events: Arts, Music, and Science

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You like science? There’s a festival for that. You like music? There’s a festival for that too. What about travelling? There’s a fair for that in PWTC this month. See!? There really is something for just about everyone.

1. KL International Arts Festival 2017

Scheduled to take place throughout September 2017, DiverseCity’s KL International Arts Festival will showcase acclaimed and up-and-coming artistes from Malaysia and around the world in Kuala Lumpur to celebrate the arts through music, dance, theater, visual arts, and literature. A highlight of the music performances is the open-air ASEAN and DBKL 50th anniversary concert in Panggung Anniversari, Lake Gardens, featuring local and ASEAN artistes who will perform hits across the decades set to new arrangements amidst the lush park setting.

Date: 1st – 30th September
Venue: Panggung Anniversari, Lake Gardens
Tickets: Certain shows require tickets. Find out at

2. MATTA Fair KL

MATTA’s largest travel fair will be back this September at the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur. Organized by the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA), there will be several halls filled with booths from licensed travel agencies, airlines, car rental companies, hotels, and in Malaysia. It is a great place to book a domestic or international travel package with numerous options available.

Date: 8th –  10th September
Venue: PWTC, Kuala Lumpur
Website: Facebook event

3. Petrosains Science Festival 2017

The Petrosains Science Festival returns this year with a theme of ‘Little Plans for the Big Planet’, with a focus on augmented reality. There will be cool hands-on workshops and exciting interactive sessions for curious minds. Both children and adults can look forward to celebrities and speakers such as Dato’ Zainal Abidin, Paperplan Pursuit, Altimet, and more who will be just as ready to explore and discover the wonders of science. Ticket holders will be granted entry to all workshops and activities located in Galleria 1, 2 and 3 at Petrosains – The Discovery Centre, so don’t forget to get your tickets soon.

Date: 15th – 17th September
Venue: Petrosains Discovery Centre, Level 4, Suria KLCC
Tickets: RM5* per day | Free entry to ESPLANADE KLCC


4. Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival (KWJF) 2017

The Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival (KWJF) 2017 makes its debut on 29th and 30th September 2017. The 2-day music concert is presented by Grand Margherita Hotel and managed by Place Borneo. Featuring a mainstage on the Kuching Waterfront facing the Sarawak River, KWJF 2017 promises two days of great music, open air and indoor food courtyards, arts, crafts, specialty bazaars, and activities and games for children. Showcasing jazz bands and performers from around the world and blending with sights and sounds by the bustling Kuching Waterfront, expect an evening of fun and fiesta.

Date: 29th – 30th September
Venue: Kuching Waterfront, Kuching
Tickets: RM 40 (child), RM80 (adult), RM120 (adult 2 day pass)

5. Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix

Formula1 race at the Sepang Circuit | Photo credit: CHEN WS /

This marks the last Formula 1 Grand Prix to be held in Malaysia. After over 20 years of Malaysia Grand Prix, we’re saying goodbye to hosting the world’s largest motorsport event in the world. So don’t miss a chance to catch the final Malaysia Grand Prix this year the Sepang International Circuit.

Date: 29th September – 1st October
Venue: Sepang International Circuit, Selangor
Tickets: RM92 onwards

6. Swiss Dream Circus

The Swiss Dream Circus will be back this year at Desa ParkCity, Kuala Lumpur. Celebrate the incredible world of wonders and enter into the electrifying world of Swiss Dream Circus. Catch the high spirited and pulse-racing thrills by the most famous artists under our Big Top. Circus performers from all over the world are here to create the perfect blend of acrobatics and bravery. A unique place where power meets fearlessness and amazement has no bounds. For more information, please visit

Date: 29 September – 22 October
Venue: Desa ParkCity

Cultural celebrations

7. Hari Raya Aidil Adha

Aidil Adha 2013 | Photo credit: Phalinn Ooi

Better known as Hari Raya Haji, this is actually the most significant religious celebration for Muslims. Hari Raya Aidil Adha is based on the concept of sacrifice, and it is during this occasion that Muslims all over the world are encouraged by their religion to slaughter cattle, sheep or goats as a token sacrifice – symbolic of bigger sacrifices they are asked to uphold the sanctity of their religion. The sacrificing of animals is why many Malaysians also refer to this day as Hari Raya Qurban – the arabic word for offering. Unlike Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, Aidil Adha is not marked by the holding of “open houses” but is more of a solemn religious occasion. But like Hari Raya Aidilfitri, most Muslims make it a point to return to their home town for the celebration.

Date: 1st September


8. Malaysia Day

The entire nation will be getting festive as the Malaysia Day celebrations kick off! This holiday was established to commemorate the creation of the Malaysian Federation in 1963, bringing together Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak, and Singapore to form Malaysia (Singapore left later). This special day only became a nationwide holiday in 2010, but it is now wholeheartedly celebrated throughout the country, with the main event taking place in Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur. Get ready to wave your flags and celebrate Malaysia Day!

Date: 16th September

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