Uniquely Malaysian Events Happening This September
Merdeka has come and gone, but Malaysia Day is just around the corner!
16th September marks a historic day for us all. On this day in 1963, Malaya, North Borneo, and Sarawak came together to form the country we know today as Malaysia.
Fast forward fifty years, and Malaysia has changed considerably since its establishment. We’ve built skylines, paved roads, and connected more communities than ever before. Still, even with all these changes, the spirit of Malaysia remains as strong as ever.
This September, here are some community experiences that pay homage to different cuisines and cultures that make us all proud to be Malaysian:
Tiffin Food Court (@tiffinevent)
30 August–21 October (Every Thursday–Sunday), 5pm to late
Behind The Gasket Alley in Petaling Jaya lies a reimagined multi-layered Malaysian food court experience, serving Malaysian-made delicacies and delights with a rotating roster of over 50 pop-up food and drink vendors across 8 weeks. From hawker favourites to casual gourmet across different cuisines, food vendors change weekly.
Make sure to pre-register (admission is free) for the week that you’d like to go. The event is also completely cashless, so register before the event and top up when you arrive so you can start feasting!
RIUH (@riuhinthecity)15 & 16 September (Saturday & Sunday)
A monthly creative platform of curated pop-up stores, workshops, and live performances. Relish in local artisanal delights (food, drinks, desserts, you name it!) or check out homegrown, handmade creations from fashion to tableware, and beyond.
In the past year, RIUH has been held at APW Bangsar every month. But for this special Malaysia Day edition of RIUH, it'll be held at a mystery location soon to be revealed - so be sure to check out their social media!
Plus, Pyper Fixity will also be there! Our baby crate was specially created, crafted and curated in collaboration with Cubicto Studio, the creators of Pyper Fixity. More details will be released soon.
KL International Arts Festival (@kldiversecity)
Held at 10 venues around Kuala Lumpur, there will be more than 20 music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literature events across an array of genres—theatre, music, dance, literature and visual arts—both free and paid.
Some highlights include photography exhibitions by award-winning photographer Nabil Rosman as well as by digital storytelling/photojournalist Humans of Kuala Lumpur, theatrical productions, and more.
Publika Mid-Autumn Festival (@publikagallery)
23 September (Sunday), 5pm–10pm
Also known as Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival here in Malaysia, the Mid-Autumn festival marks the end of the autumn harvest and is connected to one of the Chinese legends, Chang’e, the Chinese goddess of the Moon.
The moon is not just a symbol of wholeness and unity, but also holds great significance when it comes to the changing of seasons and agricultural production. Come festival day, feast on delicious mooncakes and appreciate the bright full moon, all while being surrounded by soft-lit lanterns and good company.
Publika will be having a Mid-Autumn Festival event where you can participate in workshops like origami and watch performances like the lion dance and Chinese drums. You can even enjoy an outdoor movie session and picnic, so you can sit under the stars and gaze at the moon at its brightest.
More details here.
Iskandar Puteri Jazz Festival (@iskarnival)8 September (Saturday), 5pm–12am
See jazz musicians and artists at the biggest jazz festival in the South at Puteri Harbour. With 12 feature local and international acts, it’s the perfect evening to unwind and be serenaded by jazz music.
More details here.
Malaysia Day Bazaar @ Jaya One (@theschoolmy)8 September (Saturday), 10am–10pm
A bazaar with a wonderful variety of pop-up stalls where you can shop for some handmade goods. The place to go for an entire day of family fun - enjoy arts & crafts, workshops, activities and performances all in one place!
More details here.