Music and dance give soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. Set your imagination free at these awesome music and dance festivals taking place across Malaysia in July 2019. Better yet, many of them are free! So, bring your friends and the whole family.

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1. Iskandar Puteri Jazz Festival 2019 in JB

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Jazz music and dance come to life at Iskandar Puteri Jazz Festival 2019. Happening at Puteri Harbour in Iskandar Puteri, Johor Bahru on 27 July 2019, this annual Festival attracts people from all over the world. Why attend? The Festival celebrates the best of classical and experimental jazz. It’s all happening by the beautiful waters of Puteri Harbour marina. So, it’s time to soak in the sunset, sip on your favourite tipple, sing the jazzy tunes and shimmy to the music.

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Better yet, this is the 3rd anniversary of the Jazz Festival and it welcomes 9 local and international acts in one spectacular evening. Best of all, admission is free. So, expect crowds of jazz lovers to throng the Festival from midnight onwards, as in previous years. After all, families with kids can relax at the open spaces by the performance stages in the evening. Surrounded by many restaurants serving great nosh, and family-friendly clubs, there’s plenty to see and do at the Festival.

Jazz Performances That Shine

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Fronting the Straits of Johor, the festival features 2 stages, namely the Harbour Stage and Marina Stage where different acts will showcase their prowess. Moreover, gigs officially start from 6.30pm. So, visitors can enjoy a variety of jazz performances by the artistes. These include the Lawrence Wright Jazz Ensemble who play a smooth mix of jazz, neo-soul and electronica. Just as amazing is the WVC Jazz Ensemble who enjoyed global fame when they were featured in-part in the blockbuster movie, Crazy Rich Asian.

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Simply stellar are performances by Alemay Fernandez, Singapore’s most well-loved jazz singer. Not to be missed are performances by the Shanghai Sisters, the Malaysian vocal powerhouse of yesteryears.

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Taking centre stage is Alex Hutchings, sensational guitarist playing rock, funk jazz and R’n’B. Just as sensational are Bil Musa and Noryn Aziz and Friends. Further, hailing from Indonesia are Abdul & The Coffee Theory, a popular pop jazz band. And Laidthis Nite who play Motown, soul, funk and R’n’B music.  So, it’s guaranteed to be a night to remember with back-to-back jazz music and dance that will light up the starry skies.

  • Date & time: Saturday, 27 July 2019, 5pm till late
  • Venue: Puteri Harbour, 79000 Iskandar Puteri, Johor
  • Admission: Free
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2. Bon Odori 2019 in JB

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The Japanese Summer Festival celebrated every year in JB makes a comeback with Bon Odori 2019. Taking place at Eco Botanic City on 27 and 28 July 2019, the 2-day festival is a sure-hit among couples and families.  . What to expect? Ladies attending the Festival dressed in their kimonos, whilst men don their yukatas. And visitors taking insta-worthy photos all around the Festival venue. Plus fans who love the culture and culinary delights of Japan

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Next is the highly anticipated and largest Bon Dance, Yusakoi where dancers perform the traditional dance on stage. Equally entertaining are the stage performances by artistes from Japan. In addition, there are traditional games, fun activities, music and dance for the kids. So, stroll along and explore the stalls serving local Japanese delicacies. Furthermore, visitors also stand a chance to win attractive prizes in a lucky draw.

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  • Date & time: Saturday & Sunday, 27 – 28 July 2019, 3pm to 10pm
  • Venue: Eco Botanic City, No. 25, 27, 29 Jalan Eko Botani 3/5, Taman Eko Botani, 79100 Iskandar Puteri, Johor
  • Admission: Free
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3. When Miyazaki Meets Disney Concert in JB

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Just like the title implies, this concert features the best-loved music from Miyazaki’s highly acclaimed animation films and Disney’s hit movies. Presented by Canon’s Friends String Ensemble and supported by Foon Yew High Alumni Association, this concert is Canon’s Friends 5th concert held consecutively over the years.

What makes this a stellar concert? The performances by the Foon Yew High alumni and current students at this excellent school. After all, it’s known as Malaysia’s largest Chinese independent high school. Having multi-talented musical teachers and students dedicated to music and dance pursuits, this annual concert has enraptured audiences every year. So, be prepared to be swept away by all-time favourite masterpieces performed by musical quartets, quintets, soloists and orchestra.

  • Date & time: Saturday, 27 July 2019, 7pm to 10pm
  • Venue: Foon Yew High School Auditorium, 59-C, Jalan Ibrahim Sultan, Taman Stulang Laut, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor
  • Admission: Tickets from RM50

4. Borneo Cultural Festival in Sarawak

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The true beauty of music and dance is that it connects people. Such beauty rings true at the Borneo Cultural Festival in Sarawak. Held over 7 days of merriment and cheer, the Festival is a celebration of food, heritage, traditions, music and dance. Moreover, visitors get up close and personal with rich cultures from diverse Borneo backgrounds such as Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu and Melanau.

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Promoting beauty in ethnic diversity, this annual event is a huge attraction for tourists and locals alike. After all, the Festival fetes all the wonders of Sarawak’s multiracial beliefs and ethnicity in beautiful harmony. What not to miss? All the glorious food and culinary surprises that are exclusively Sarawakian.

  • Date: 18 to 27 July 2019
  • Venue: Dataran Tun Tuanku Bujang, Jln Bujang Suntong, Pekan Sibu, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak
  • Admission: Free
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5. Festival of Balance & Wellbeing in KL

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Adding a mindful twist to the music and dance of life is the Festival of Balance & Wellbeing (BWBfest) in Kuala Lumpur. Happening on 27 and 28 July 2019, the Festival features inspiring talks, conscious workshops, yoga classes and meditation sessions. It is held at GMBB Mall, a creative hub where designers, artists and creators get together to exhibit their works.

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Find relaxation with serenely peaceful music that accompany the yoga classes. Moreover, the deeply calming exercise aims to align the heart, mind and body. In addition, guests also get to experience a different frequency of music where they can dance to their own mantra. Best of all, admission is free.

  • Date and time: Saturday, 27 July 2019, 1pm to 8pm | Sunday, 28 July 2019, 10am to 8pm
  • Venue: GMBB Mall, No, 2, Jalan Robertson, 50150 Kuala Lumpur
  • Admission: Free
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6. The 4th Selangor & KL Schools Dance Exchange

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What an extraordinary way to showcase the budding talents of musical children! The 4th Selangor & Kuala Lumpur Schools Dance Exchange on 27 & 28 July 2019 provides the perfect platform for young performers to shine. Organised by the famed Kwang Tung Dance Company, the event aims to promote healthy lifestyles and positive mindsets among the young.

Further, guests will be wowed by cultural performances and traditional dances set to beautiful music. After all, the Dance Exchange is held to support the students on their performing arts journey.

  • Date and time: Saturday, 27 July 2019, 8pm | Sunday, 28 July 2019, 3pm & 8pm
  • Venue: Damansara Performing Arts Centre, H-01, DPAC, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
  • Admission: RM38 per ticket
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Music And Dance Lovers’ Must-Haves

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Music and dance are the strongest form of magic. But how do you magically get to the festival and concert venues? Undoubtedly, it’s going to be crowded especially if admission is free. And parking can be a nightmare. So, the best solution is to Grab there. Moreover, you can take advantage of Grab promo code and enjoy discounts with every ride.

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So, do tell us more about the music and dance events happening near you.

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Note: The information presented in this article in correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to change without prior notice.