Penang World Music Festival 2012: 30 March - 1 April 2012

After a three year hiatus, the Penang World Music Festival (PWMF) is coming back- bigger and better than before! Music lovers are in for a great treat as a potpourri of well-known international and local musicians serenade the crowd at the Penang Botanic Gardens with rousing world beats amidst the resounding rhythms of nature.

 The bedrock of BEOGA's sound lies firmly within the Irish tradition, but they aren't shy to add bluesy riffs, Astor Piazzola-style jazz and a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe to their performance.

The bedrock of BEOGA's sound lies firmly within the Irish tradition, but they aren't shy to add bluesy riffs, Astor Piazzola-style jazz and a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe to their performance.

From blues to salsa and reggae, there's something for everyone.  Staged at the picturesque Quarry Recreational Park, Botanic Gardens from 30 March to 1 April 2012, the upcoming festival will feature musicians from the corners of the world, including Africa, Australia, Philippines, Colombia, South Korea, Russia, Mongolia and Bali. Together with the local Malaysian bands, they will orchestrate a world beat that will definitely rock the Pearl of the Orient.

Among the 18 bands to perform at the festival include Maite Hontele from Colombia, Kalja Riddim Klan (Vanuatu), Gus Teja World Music (Bali), Beoga (Ireland), Tori Ensemble (South Korea) and Wild Marmalade (Australia), Loyko (Russia), Altan Urag (Mongolia), Guinee Percussions (Africa), Phong Nguyen Ensemble (Vietnam), Griff Trio (Belgium), Will Crummers and the Rarotongans (New Zealand) and Grace Nono and Bob Aves Group (Philippines). They will be joined by Malaysian own bands with the like of Aseana Percussion Unit, Didit Dinai, Penang Dhol Blasters, Kumpulan Minang Moh and Geng Wak Long.

The beautiful landscape garden at the Botanic Gardens will provide the magical backdrop to the open-air festival which will start from 2pm with the musical workshop. Other programs at the festival include the Kidzworld workshop which will be from 5pm to 6pm and the night concert which will commence from 7pm. There will also be festival bazaar offerings wide selection of food and beverages, souvenir items, handicrafts and the performers CDs for festival goers to enjoy.

 Geng Wak Long showcases the rich cultural heritage of Kelantan

Geng Wak Long showcases the rich cultural heritage of Kelantan

Tickets

Tickets to the festival are now available online at www.ticketxpress.com.my, priced at RM90 per day for adult and RM45 per day for a child between five and 12 years old. Three-day tickets are also available and are priced at RM220 each for adult and RM120 each for child.

Beside online, tickets are also sold at all Discovery Overland Holidays offices (tel: +6 013 3398113) and Penang Tourism Development and Culture Office (tel: +6 016 4110000).

Where to stay

Hard Rock Hotel Penang is the official hotel for the festival and the international-chain hotel will house all the musicians and the invited media during the festival.

Organisers

PWMF 2012 is organised by Penang’s State Tourism Development and Culture Office with the support of Virtual Malaysia, KDU College, Penang Campus and Straits Quay.  The tourism office has appointed UCSI Communications Sdn Bhd (UComms) as the event management consultant, to ensure the smooth running of the festival.

Check out the Previews

A preview show will be held at Hard Rock Hotel on 28 March 2012 and another at Straits Quay on the 29th. 

More info about the Bands:  It's all here!