Language Festival 2018, Bangalore
9 to 10 June
Celebrate India’s diverse range of languages – Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Punjabi, Malayalam, Urdu and English – at this inaugural two-day event through spoken word poetry, stand-up comedy, storytelling and more.
Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes, Singapore
9 June to 30 September
Immerse yourself into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) at Singapore’s Art Science Museum, with installations on all major MCU characters such as Iron Man and Captain America. Take an interactive trip with Wakanda (Black Panther) and to the world of Asgard (Thor: Ragnarok), as well as a look into the most recent Avengers: Infinity War, to find out the science and technological stories behind these blockbusters.
Hari Raya AidilFitri, Various
14 to 15 June
Hari Raya AidilFitri, also known as Eid al-Fitr, meaning ‘celebration day’, marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a period of repentance and fasting for Muslim believers. Families will visit the mosque in the mornings before heading to their parents’ homes to ask for forgiveness. Don’t miss the Ramadan bazaars (night markets) set up in Singapore and Malaysia for a fun evening of affordable and traditional food.
Ochira Kali, Kerala
15 to 16 June
This festival is most well-known for its reenactment of the battle between the Kayamkulam and Ambalapuzha kingdoms. Ochira Kali is held at the Ochira Temple, which does not have a distinct idol of worship, but revolves around Parabrahma, the universal consciousness.
Ultra Singapore, Singapore
15 to 16 June
Party the weekend away at Ultra Singapore, with headlining performers such as DJ Snake, Steve Angello and more. With three stages set up; the Main Stage, Live Stage and RESISTANCE, choose from DJ sets to live acts with musical instruments.
Crownbet Darwin Triple Crown Supercars, Darwin
15 to 17 June
Expect nothing but the best V8 Supercars at this annual race, which is in its 21st year. Along with the race, spectators get to enjoy a stellar entertainment lineup of Australian rock bands such as Jet and The Reubens and Bliss n Eso.
Dragon Boat Festival, China
16 to 18 June
Ride the waves of this festival all around China as boat races are held on different waterway, ranging from amateur rowers to professional teams. The long boats and canoes used during the festival are elaborately painted with dragon designs and bright, vibrant colours. Another must-try is zong zi, sticky rice dumplings with various fillings such as rice, beans and more, which was created just for this holiday.
Bali Arts Festival, Bali
16 June to 14 July
Celebrate art in all its wonderful permutations at this month-long festival, which showcases different cultures from various parts of Indonesia. The opening parade features multiple stage performances by the Indonesia Arts Institute in Denpasar. In addition, there will different stages set up around the island, where visitors can pop by to admire and interact with the various art pieces.
Chin-Lone Festival, Mandalay
18 to 28 June
Chin Lone, also known as a cane ball, is said to have been played in Myanmar for over 1,500 years. Competitions are traditionally held during the festival, at the Mahamuni Pagoda compound. Players will try to keep the ball in the air for as long as possible, using only their feet to kick the ball up, with Burmese folk music playing in the background.
Shangri-La Horse Race Festival, Shangri-La
18 to 21 June
This impressive display of horsemanship is part of the annual horse racing festival in Shangri-La in Yunnan’s Tibetan-majority Diqing prefecture. The event is a celebration of the role horses used to play in the lives of the semi-nomadic Tibetan people, and features various feats of skill in the saddle, from stunt riding to horseback archery. The three-day festival, held at the Shangri-La County Stadium, is also a get-together for the region’s ethnic groups, with dancing, singing and traditional fairs.
Champakulam Boat Race, Alleppey
When the tide gets high during monsoon season, racers break out the snake boats (100ft long, holding around 100 rowers) and race all around Alleppey. Four main races are held, the Nehru Trophy, Champakkulam Moolam, Payippad Jalotsavam and the Aranmula Boat Race, with 15 other races going on around the area. Each race has its own unique history and traditions, and the camaraderie among the rowers makes it a fun event for everyone.