The Malaysia Festival is Sydney’s biggest celebration of Malaysian culture. It takes place over two days in Tumbalong Park.
The non-profit student-run festival was established in 1990. It was initially a small gathering of food stalls at the University of New South Wales, and now over 38,000 people attend the event each year in its new location.
Talented Australian and Malaysian performers in vibrant costume showcase song, dance, and martial arts that originated in Malaysia. There are performances for kids and adults alike to enjoy. The kids in particular will enjoy Cultural Village, which will have several attractions for children which highlight the culture of Malaysia. It’s a great opportunity for the young ones to learn about the Malay, Indians, and Chinese; which make up the main ethnic groups of Malaysia. The festival also features displays of jewellery, instruments, and potteries. Try your hand at the many traditional games including batu Seremban and the congkak. Take photos while wearing traditional local costumes or even henna tattoos.
Come hungry, because the festival is also known for serving up authentic Malay dishes as well as a mixture of other cuisines found at the several stalls in the venue. Exotic and delicious specialties will be available such as durian products, Char Kuey Teow, grilled skewers, Nasi Goreng, Chinese sausages, savoury pancakes, and much more. Tourism Malaysia will also be present, ready to answer any questions you may have about visiting the country.
Attendees are encouraged to join the contests at the Malaysia Festival. Lots of great prizes will be up for grabs. The festivities start at 11AM and end at 7PM, with an opening cultural performance that takes place on the first day.
Tumbalong Park is located in the Darling Harbour. The 5-hectare park has play areas for kids, water jets for cooling down, a playground, and several gardens. Tumbalong Park is equipped with cafes, restaurants, and public toilets for your convenience. The nearest train station is located at Town Hall, and several buses ply routes that take you to the park. Alternatively, you can take a ferry to Darling Harbour from King Street Wharf or the Pyrmont Bay Wharf. Car parking stations are found nearby.