The annual Malaysia Festival (MFest) was held in the city of Sydney over two days on the 21st and 22nd of September 2019 in Tumbalong Park in the iconic Darling Harbour precinct.
It attracted more than 38,000 attendees including dignitaries such as the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, the High Commissioner of Malaysia, Dato’ Sudha Devi.
Larissa Ping Liew, Miss World Malaysia 2018 presented a wonderful performance with the sape, a traditional musical instrument, like a guitar, used by indigenous tribes of Malaysia.
MFest sported an array of traditional performances as well as cultural activities for visitors to experience. It had over 24 stalls, most of which were food stalls for visitors to discover traditional Malaysian foods.
Mr Amirul Hakimi, CEO of the Malaysia Festival, explained that his team of 97 international students delivered the 2-Day festival with the theme of “Visit Malaysia 2020”.
MFest is an entirely student-run organisation with students from all ethnic backgrounds. The festival is a great opportunity for these students to learn new skills by interacting with real industry players with the help of the Malaysia Consulate staff.
The festival had humble beginnings as a small event held on the main walkway of the University of New South Wales in 1990. It has now become a popular event and has grown into becoming the biggest and finest showcase of Malaysian culture outside of Malaysia.
Next year is the 30th anniversary of the festival and the organisers hope to rebrand it creating a fresher appearance and spirit for all to enjoy.