Colours of Malaysia

2013 cultural parade beside Dataran Merdeka

‘Vibrant’, ‘rich in culture’ and ‘fun’ are just some of the words used to describe the annual Colours of Malaysia festival. Held along Jalan Raja Laut (between Dataran Merdeka and the Sultan Abdul Samad building), it showcases the country’s impressive cultural heritage with choreographed traditional dances, singing acts, marching bands and a spectacular fireworks display, representing Malaysia’s 13 states.  
With its fun-filled line up and roster of programs, it is a great way to get an up-close-and-personal view of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan, Dusun and Iban peoples and their uniquely different customs. The festival is set to start off by chronicling the country’s history, different religions and ethnic groups, its rich, native flora and fauna and finally the modern development of Malaysia.

Inaugurated in 1999 as a promotional event, each year the festival is opened by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Malaysia’s king) and features a number of well-organised performances infused with energy. Called Citrawarna by locals, this year the one-day festival takes place on May 25th (from 17:00 to 24:00) along Jalan Raja Laut, between Merdeka Square and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

A guaranteed crowd pleaser, the festival is now in its 15th year and more than 7,000 participants, ranging from students to local cultural to non-governmental organisations, are set to take part in this year’s parade.


A kaleidoscope of colours, song and dance, besides the 1.5km-long parade there will also be a food ‘village’ set up where visitors can sample authentic dishes from the country’s various ethnic groups, as well as take home souvenirs from stalls set up along the road. The glitzy finale to the carnival-like event is a fantastic fireworks display that lights up the KL skyline above the Clock Tower.

Attracting spectators the world over, stands will be erected along the road for the expected 10,000-strong crowd. A great photo opportunity, expect to see lots of colourful costumes (including elaborate headdresses and scary face masks) and quirky props like heavily-decorated trishaws at the 2013 Colours of Malaysia fiesta!

Colours of Malaysia

Highlights: May 25th (from 17:00 to 24:00)
Location: Dataran Merdeka, Jalan Raja Laut, 50350 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2693 7111

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