Penang World Music Festival returns after 3 year hiatus

After a three year hiatus, the Penang World Music Festival (PWMF) is finally making a return this year.

Organized by Penang's State Tourism Development and Culture Office, the music festival brings together an assortment of well-known international and Malaysian acts, and will feature a wide range of music genres from the blues to salsa.

The event is to be staged at Penang's Quarry Recreational Park, Botanic Gardens, from March 30 to April 1. Eighteen international bands will be performing.

These include Maite Hontele from Colombia, Kalja Riddim Klan from Vanuatu, Gus Teja World Music from Bali, and Beoga from Ireland.

The event also features bands from South Korea, Vietnam, Australia and Russia.

They will be joined by Malaysia's very own bands, such as Aseana Percussion Unit, Didit Dinai, Penang Dhol Blasters, Kumpulan Minang Moh and Geng Wak Long.

The open-air festival will start from 2pm with the musical workshop, followed by other programs such as the Kidzworld workshop (from 5pm to 6pm) and the night concert, which will commence from 7pm.

There will also be a festival bazaar selling food and beverages, souvenirs, handicrafts and the performers' CDs.

Tickets can be purchase online at www.ticketxpress.com.my, with an adult one day ticket going at RM90.

Child day tickets are going for RM45. Three-day tickets are priced at RM220 for adults and RM120 for children.

Tickets can also be bought at Discovery Overland Holidays offices and Penang Tourism Development and Culture Office.

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