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ASEAN Festival Market

Step into a gateway that leads you into the vibrant world of Southeast Asia at the ASEAN Exhibition. Immerse yourself in a captivating cultural show as you witness mesmerizing performances, traditional arts, and crafts from all 10 ASEAN countries. Delve into the rich tapestry of diverse cultures and traditions, and marvel at the exquisite products showcasing the craftsmanship and creativity of Southeast Asian artisans. From intricate textiles to unique handicrafts, the exhibition offers a remarkable opportunity to appreciate and support the cultural heritage and products from the ASEAN region.

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ASEAN Festival Market

Indulge in an Exquisite Taste of ASEAN

Get ready to embark on a mouthwatering journey as you indulge in an exquisite taste of ASEAN. Immerse yourself in the flavors of Southeast Asia as you savor a wide variety of delectable dishes representing the culinary traditions. From the aromatic spices of Thailand to the savory delicacies of Malaysia, from the fragrant herbs of Vietnam to the tantalizing street food of Indonesia, the ASEAN Festival offers an unforgettable gastronomic experience. Delight your taste buds and experience the diverse and vibrant culinary heritage of the ASEAN region, all in one delectable feast.

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Indulge in an Exquisite Taste of ASEAN

ASEAN Festival Highlights

The event brings together the ASEAN member countries, each showcasing their unique traditions, art, music, dance, and customs.

Magunatip Bamboo DanceIs a beloved dance form in Sabah, Malaysia

The Magunatip, also known as the bamboo dance, is a beloved dance form in Sabah, Malaysia. This entertaining and challenging dance requires precise timing and movement to avoid getting caught between the clapping bamboo poles. As the performance progresses, the tempo and music increase, pushing the dancers to showcase their agility and quickness. Historically, the Magunatip was performed to welcome indigenous Murut headhunters after conflicts, lending it an intense and dynamic quality. Today, it is commonly seen at cultural functions and celebratory events, serving as a vibrant expression of Sabah's rich heritage.

Magunatip Bamboo DanceIs a beloved dance form in Sabah, Malaysia

The Magunatip, also known as the bamboo dance, is a beloved dance form in Sabah, Malaysia. This entertaining and challenging dance requires precise timing and movement to avoid getting caught between the clapping bamboo poles. As the performance progresses, the tempo and music increase, pushing the dancers to showcase their agility and quickness. Historically, the Magunatip was performed to welcome indigenous Murut headhunters after conflicts, lending it an intense and dynamic quality. Today, it is commonly seen at cultural functions and celebratory events, serving as a vibrant expression of Sabah's rich heritage.

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SumazauOriginating from the Kadazan-Dusun indigenous people, holds deep cultural significance

The Sumazau, is performed as a gesture of gratitude during rice planting and harvesting, as an expression of resistance against oppression, for polytheistic worship, and to heal ailments. Dancers don traditional attire, while the dance itself is accompanied by the enchanting sounds of gongs and a distinctive drum rhythm. Inspired by the graceful flight patterns of eagles, dancers mimic the wings of the bird, moving in close proximity without physical contact. The Sumazau is a cherished dance performed during weddings and other special occasions, embodying the spirit and traditions of the Kadazan-Dusun people.

SumazauOriginating from the Kadazan-Dusun indigenous people, holds deep cultural significance

The Sumazau, is performed as a gesture of gratitude during rice planting and harvesting, as an expression of resistance against oppression, for polytheistic worship, and to heal ailments. Dancers don traditional attire, while the dance itself is accompanied by the enchanting sounds of gongs and a distinctive drum rhythm. Inspired by the graceful flight patterns of eagles, dancers mimic the wings of the bird, moving in close proximity without physical contact. The Sumazau is a cherished dance performed during weddings and other special occasions, embodying the spirit and traditions of the Kadazan-Dusun people.

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Lion DanceIs now celebrated as a cherished part of Malaysia's diverse culture and proud heritage

The Lion Dance, is a dynamic performance, carried out by pairs of dancers, requires physical and mental agility, reflecting martial arts prowess. The weight of the lion costume, with its intricately designed head and flowing cloth body, tests the strength of the performers as they execute awe-inspiring movements. Accompanied by the rhythmic ensemble of tanggu drums, cymbals, and gongs, the dancers synchronize their steps to the explosive beats, complemented by the crackling of firecrackers. The animated lion heads, manipulated by the dancer's skillful use of teeth, add a captivating charm to the spectacle.

Lion DanceIs now celebrated as a cherished part of Malaysia's diverse culture and proud heritage

The Lion Dance, is a dynamic performance, carried out by pairs of dancers, requires physical and mental agility, reflecting martial arts prowess. The weight of the lion costume, with its intricately designed head and flowing cloth body, tests the strength of the performers as they execute awe-inspiring movements. Accompanied by the rhythmic ensemble of tanggu drums, cymbals, and gongs, the dancers synchronize their steps to the explosive beats, complemented by the crackling of firecrackers. The animated lion heads, manipulated by the dancer's skillful use of teeth, add a captivating charm to the spectacle.

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ZapinIntroduced by Persian and Arab missionaries in the fifteenth century

The Zapin, traditionally performed by male dancers but now also embraced by women, holds a rich cultural history. Introduced by Persian and Arab missionaries in the fifteenth century, it has become a cherished dance form in Malaysia. The music accompanying the Zapin combines traditional and contemporary instruments like the gambus, marwas, and violin. The dance style varies across states, allowing dancers to interact, tease, challenge, or simply enjoy each other's company. Typically performed in pairs, the Zapin invites everyone to join and dance the night away with a partner.

ZapinIntroduced by Persian and Arab missionaries in the fifteenth century

The Zapin, traditionally performed by male dancers but now also embraced by women, holds a rich cultural history. Introduced by Persian and Arab missionaries in the fifteenth century, it has become a cherished dance form in Malaysia. The music accompanying the Zapin combines traditional and contemporary instruments like the gambus, marwas, and violin. The dance style varies across states, allowing dancers to interact, tease, challenge, or simply enjoy each other's company. Typically performed in pairs, the Zapin invites everyone to join and dance the night away with a partner.

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Kuda KepangIntroduced to Johor by Javanese, Indonesia

The Kuda Kepang, adds a distinct regional influence to Malaysia's rich cultural tapestry. This traditional dance form remains popular in Johor, featuring dancers who may enter a trance-like state believed to involve spirit possession. The mesmerizing performance showcases the dancers' incredible physical abilities without harm. Accompanied by traditional music played on instruments such as the angklung, gendang, and jidur, the troupe of nine dancers, known as "pemain" or "players," tells a captivating story through their graceful movements and traditional Javanese attire.

Kuda KepangIntroduced to Johor by Javanese, Indonesia

The Kuda Kepang, adds a distinct regional influence to Malaysia's rich cultural tapestry. This traditional dance form remains popular in Johor, featuring dancers who may enter a trance-like state believed to involve spirit possession. The mesmerizing performance showcases the dancers' incredible physical abilities without harm. Accompanied by traditional music played on instruments such as the angklung, gendang, and jidur, the troupe of nine dancers, known as "pemain" or "players," tells a captivating story through their graceful movements and traditional Javanese attire.

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Mak YongAn ancient cultural performance from Kelantan, Malaysia

Mak Yong, combines acting, music, and elaborate costumes. Traditionally performed in royal theaters, it showcases a rich heritage that dates back before the Islamization of Malaysia. The dance is accompanied by instruments like the spiked lute, gong, kesi, drum, and flute, and is not only for entertainment but also believed to have healing properties. However, due to its mystical elements, Mak Yong performances were banned in 1998. With declining apprenticeships, this important tradition faces challenges in preserving its dramatic and musical repertoire and finding seasoned performers.

Mak YongAn ancient cultural performance from Kelantan, Malaysia

Mak Yong, combines acting, music, and elaborate costumes. Traditionally performed in royal theaters, it showcases a rich heritage that dates back before the Islamization of Malaysia. The dance is accompanied by instruments like the spiked lute, gong, kesi, drum, and flute, and is not only for entertainment but also believed to have healing properties. However, due to its mystical elements, Mak Yong performances were banned in 1998. With declining apprenticeships, this important tradition faces challenges in preserving its dramatic and musical repertoire and finding seasoned performers.

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"The ASEAN Festival @ Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant celebration of Southeast Asian cultures that fosters unity and understanding."

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"The ASEAN Festival @ Kuala Lumpur provides a valuable platform to connect with the local community and share our cultural heritage."

ASEAN FESTIVAL 2024

The registration for the 2023 event has been closed due to an overwhelming response. We are excited to announce that the registrations for the ASEAN Festival 2024 are now open! Please fill out this form to pre-register for the upcoming festival.

1ST & LARGEST ASEAN FESTIVAL

The ASEAN Festival 2023, hosted at Kuala Lumpur has concluded with tremendous success. The event was a harmonious convergence of ASEAN's rich and diverse heritage, immersing visitors in vibrant cultures, delectable cuisines, captivating music, awe-inspiring performances, and more.

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