March is the month that many schoolchildren are waiting for, as the first term break is coming. Parents can take their little ones to see their favourite Disney characters — skating on ice!
For the outdoorsy types, the East Wind Festival and Raptor Watch will fit the bill. Travel enthusiasts, mark MATTA Fair in your calendar — yes, it’s this month, don’t miss it!
Here are the rest of the month’s events pick:
Pic courtesy of PR Wprldwide Sdn Bhd
The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice
(24–26 March; Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam)
Enter a dazzling world where adventure awaits at The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice! Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy on a walk down memory lane in a colourful celebration of magic, spirit and family fun. Dory is back along with loved ones Nemo and Marlin from Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Nothing is out of reach for Rapunzel as her friends help light the way. Simba, Timon and Pumbaa prowl the Pridelands. Make unforgettable memories as you explore The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice!
Buy tickets at www.prworldwidelive.com/the-wonderful-world-of-disney-on-ice or call the organizer (PR Worldwide Sdn Bhd) at 03-7493 3010.
East Wind Festival (Pesta Angin Timur)
(3–5 March; Kampung Padang Telela, Pauh, Arau, Perlis)
The event is aimed at reviving the interest of the public in traditional games and activities. Visitors will be able to try their hands at rustic pastimes such as flying the wau and catching fishes in wet rice fields. Together with a backdrop of a pastoral village and daily lives of farmers, this is certainly an event with a difference.
Visit www.jkkn.gov.my or call 04-979 3604 for details.
Raptor Watch 2017
(11 March; Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve, Port Dickson)
The annual event for birders is back, where enthusiasts converge in Port Dickson to watch the annual migration of birds of prey on their journey back to the northern hemisphere. Staple favourite activities including guided walks/arts & craft/games will be featured, but don’t forget to visit the main stars of the event — our majestic raptors which will be circling around the iconic Cape Rachado lighthouse at the top of the hill!
For more information, visit https://mnsraptorwatch.wordpress.com.
Pic courtesy of MNS
Almarhum Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah: Unveiling the Unseen (1937–1971)
(Till 31 March; Open Space Gallery of Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur)
This exhibition showcases for the first time recently retrieved negatives from the substantial archive of Malaysia’s fourth Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the late Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah.
The photo collection is inherited by his grandson, Raja Ihsan Shah.
Almarhum Sultan Ismail was an accomplished international photographer during the important global modernist era.
In 1958, he was admitted as an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (UK) and in 1966, he was awarded the prestigious Excellence Federation International de l’art Photographique (EFIAP).
Visiting hours: 10.00 am–6.00 pm. Entrance fee to museum: RM12 (adults), RM6 (visitors below 18, students of Higher Learning Institutions and Malaysian senior citizens). Free for children below 6.
National Craft Day 2017 (Hari Kraf Kebangsaan)
(Ends 6 March; Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex)
If you love handicrafts or if you’re a craftsperson yourself, do visit the National Craft Day. Comprising sales, demonstrations and exhibitions of crafts, there will also be cultural performances.
The year’s theme is ‘Native Art’, referring to the traditional motifs of ethnic communities in Malaysia, and how they have been translated into more contemporary interpretations in fashion, street art and graffiti art.
Some 400 entrepreneurs from various fields are taking part in the event. Among the products being featured are clothing, accessories, architecture, interior and exterior design creations, as well as gifts and souvenirs. Visitors will also get the chance to taste various types of traditional food and find absolutely stunning handmade furniture. If you are looking for pure Malaysian craft, you can check out some of the latest authentic batik designs or songket fabrics, too.
What’s new? In conjunction with Visit Perak, Pahang & Terengganu Years, the National Craft Day will give special emphasis to the crafts and culture of these three special destinations. In addition, the exhibition will introduce a new technique of making batik known as the 3 Layers of Batik Block.
Admission is free. For more information, visit www.kraftangan.gov.my.
1Malaysia Super Sale
(1–31 March; Nationwide)
1Malaysia Super Sale is part of the country’s thrice-yearly nationwide sales campaign to promote Malaysia as a world-class shopping destination to domestic and international tourists.
Pic courtesy of MATTA Fair
MATTA Travel Fair
(17–19 March; Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur)
The annual mega sale of travel packages is back! Get great prices for your travel tickets, lodgings and many more. If you’re lucky, you’ll get freebies thrown in, too!
Opening hours: 10.00 am–10.00 pm. Admission is RM4 per person (free for children below 12 years old). Visit www.mattafair.org.my or call 03-9222 1155 for details.
Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2017
(21–25 March; Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre — aerospace exhibition & Resorts World Langkawi — maritime show)
Malaysia welcomes you to the 14th edition of LIMA, the Asia-Pacific region’s premier maritime and aerospace showcase! Held biennially since 1991, this prestigious exhibition brings together top decision makers — from senior government officials, military experts and civil industry leaders to prominent manufacturers and suppliers from around the globe.
LIMA ‘17 seeks to be the most impactful one yet, expecting 550 exhibitors from 38 countries, with a display of at least 80 aircraft and 68 warships and boats from around the world. 40,000 trade visitors and 380 delegates are anticipated to participate in the five-day event.
LIMA ‘17 will incorporate engaging and fun activities for the public, such as the LIMA Fest, LIMA Career Fair and LIMA Concert, each meticulously crafted to not only increase public participation but also encourage a higher involvement among Malaysian youths. Above all, its trademark air shows and world-class maritime demonstrations make LIMA a truly magnificent affair!
For more LIMA facts, go to www.limaexhibition.com.
Automechanika Kuala Lumpur 2017
(23–25 March, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre)
Mad about everything automotive? This leading regional automotive trade fair is a paradise for car lovers. Apart from the exhibition, which is expected to welcome 300 exhibitors from all over the world, value-added fringe programmes are also lined up to update visitors on the latest news and trends.
Tambunan Food and Cuisine Festival
(29 March; Pisompurunan Square, Tambunan, Sabah)
The event is a one-day coupon-based event featuring traditional and fusion cuisine. Visitors can sample more than 100 dishes from the district of Tambunan.
Organized by the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association of Tambunan, this is a unique event that no food aficionados will want to miss.
Details and contact numbers at www.sabahtourism.com/events/tambunan-food-and-cuisine-festival.