BaliSpirit Festival, Bali
2 to 8 April
Celebrate the richness of culture and sanctity of the environment at this festival for holistic-seeking travellers at Bali Purnati, just 20 minutes south of Ubud. This year’s theme, “Return to Source” recognises the unified inner life of all living things. The festival includes various yoga and meditation sessions, as well as concert performances. The little ones get in on the fun too; the festival will host a mini petting zoo, a plant dyeing workshop and more.
World Gourmet Summit, Singapore
2 to 29 April
This year’s edition focuses on lesser-known cuisines from around the world. You can look forward to sampling dishes by top chefs like Hungary’s Péter Szabó, Poland’s Artur Moroz and Ukraine’s Yarosav Artyukh.
Singapore International Jazz Festival 2018, Singapore
6 to 8 April
A stellar line-up of jazz musicians are set to grace the SING JAZZ stage at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Sway to the vocals of Sebastian Tellier and the tunes of Brazilian guitarist Paulinho Garcio at The Main Stage on opening night. The festival’s The Late Show, which will run from 10pm to 4am, will feature a line-up of DJs set to elevate the after-party activities. Supporting local talent, SING JAZZ will also feature over 16 bands from Singapore and around the region.
Bisket Jatra, Nepal
9 to 16 April
Join in the celebrations of the Nepali New Year in the town of Bhaktapur, just 45 minutes from Kathmandu. The highlight of the festival features a large golden chariot carrying the statue of the god Bhairava being carried around the town until it reaches the town square, Khalna Tole. The arrival of the chariot then triggers a tug-of-war between east and west Bhaktapur.
Ubud Food Festival, Bali
13 to 15 April
Dive into the world of Indonesian food and go on a three-day culinary adventure. The festival showcases Indonesia’s diverse range of cuisines and how local produce can turn into a gastronomical experience on the plate. The highlight has to be celebrated Indonesia-born chef Rydo Anton of Gaggan collaborating with Ubud eatery Locavore for a unique gourmet experience.
Songkran Festival, Thailand
13 to 16 April
Don’t expect to stay dry at this New Year festival, where people carry buckets of water and water guns, ready to soak anyone who passes by. The splashing of water is a symbol of cleansing, to get ready for the new year ahead. The first day of the festival is celebrated with a procession of Buddha images throughout the country.
Thingyan Water Festival, Myanmar
13 to 16 April
Related to other Buddhist New Year festivals, such as Thailand’s Songkran, this festival is best known for the massive water fights that take place across the country – a modern-day interpretation of the ritual washing of Buddha images. In Yangon, these are centred on the numerous water pandal (stages) featuring plenty of hose pipes, loudspeakers and live performances. The biggest celebrations and stages are found in Sule Park, located in the heart of the former capital.
Penang International Food Festival, Penang
14 to 29 April
Get a taste of Penang’s vibrant culinary scene at this 16-day festival. Expect an array of flavours and food from different establishments such as cafes, restaurants and hotels. A first for Malaysia, the festival will also feature 150 food trucks parked and serving in one place on the Penang mainland. Expect a good mix of traditional Penang food, such as Penang Assam Laksa and Lor Bak, and also different cuisines, from burgers to cakes.
Singapore International Festival of Arts, Singapore (To link to article on SIFA)
26 April to 12 May
Happening over three weekends, this festival will showcase a diverse range of theatre, music, dance, literary and visual arts genres from Singapore and around the world. Highlights include The Blues Project, 1984 by George Orwell and …Sodade….
Click here to read our interview with Bollywood power couple Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar, who will both be reading poetry at SIFA 2018.
HSBC World Rugby Sevens 2018, Singapore
28 to 29 April
Held at the National Stadium, the 2018 tournament will see 15 core rugby teams from Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Japan, Fiji, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, USA and Wales participating in this circuit, over 45 games in two days of fierce competition.
Danang International Fireworks Festival 2018
30 April to 30 June
The 10th instalment of this annual festival brings together teams of pyrotechnic experts from around the world to Danang, to compete. Marvel at the innovation and creativity of these fireworks over 5 nights during the festival period and if that’s not enough, other festivities will be set up for your entertainment. A boat parade, multiple folk performances, water sports and art decorations will also take place during the festival.