World Youth Jazz Festival
May 5 to 7, Kuala Lumpur
Held across three days at entertainment hub TREC KL, the World Youth Jazz Festival offers a curated line-up of budding and established musicians from across the globe. Highlights include CaboCubaJazz from Holland, the Sophie Bright Quintet from London, and Ocean of Fire from Malaysia. There will also be a series of music workshops and a hip Craft Army Artisan Market.
Free admission; worldyouthjazzfest.com
Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth
May 6 to Aug 27, Singapore
Explore how humans, flora and fauna adapt to their habitats through a series of tactile and interactive artworks at this kid-friendly exhibition held at the Singapore Art Museum. Sign up for guided tours and workshops led by artists and curators; there’ll also be engaging storytelling sessions and other hands-on activities for the younger members of the family.
Free admission; singaporeartmuseum.sg
Singapore Heritage Festival
May 10, Singapore
Singapore Heritage Festival heads to the streets this May, transforming Bukit Pasoh Road into a pedestrian-only zone. Celebrate Chinatown’s vibrant history through a line-up of different of street performances, from lion dances to martial arts showcases. Then, step inside one of the enclave’s many colourful shophouses for guided tours, craft activities and workshops.
Free admission; heritagefestival.sg
Ubud Food Festival
May 12 to 14, Bali
This culinary extravaganza will bring together over 100 chefs and restaurateurs, such as The Song of India’s Manjunath Mural and Bo.lan Restaurant’s Dylan Jones. Besides feasting on sumptuous fare, bon vivants can also partake in cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, film screenings, live music performances and more.
One-day pass from IDR400,000 (international visitors); ubudfoodfestival.com
Beach Reggae Festival
May 11 to 14, Boracay
It’s all about live music, good vibes and great eats at Boracay’s annual Beach Reggae Festival. Enjoy tunes from some of the best reggae artists in the Philippines, such as Brownman Revival, Tropical Depression and Bahaghari. Go early to grab a beachfront seat at one of the various bars and restaurants along White Beach.
General admission PHP200
May 20 to 27, Koh Samui
The 15th edition of the Samui Regatta will kick off with an opening party at Centara Grand Beach Resort’s Zico’s Brazilian Grill & Bar. Then, enjoy some spectacular racing from competitors from Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and Europe, as they go head-to-head in the waters off Chaweng Beach. On the last day, rub shoulders with renowned sailors and esteemed yacht owners at the prestigious gala dinner and awards ceremony.
For one-day social passes and tickets to the gala dinner, email email@example.com; samuiregatta.com
May 20 to Oct 8, Singapore
National Gallery Singapore celebrates its first anniversary with the inaugural launch of the Children’s Biennale. Geared towards the young and the young at heart, the four-month long festival will present an array of interactive artworks and stimulating installations exploring various themes. Complementing it will be an eclectic mix of music performances, film showcases and multimedia displays.
Free admission, S$5 for an art pack at ticketing counters; nationalgallery.sg
Port Douglas Carnivale
May 19 to 28, near Cairns
Eat, drink and be merry at this vibrant festival, which was established more than 20 years ago. On offer are world-class wines, gastronomic bites, amusement rides and entertaining performances. The festivities begin with a grand street parade boasting colourful floats and fireworks. Adults will love the burlesque dancers and vaudeville sideshows from London’s award-winning cabaret circus La Soirée, while kids will enjoy Audrey Cuttlebuttle’s Great Bally Hooley Escape, a live action production that takes place on a moving train.
Free admission, with some ticketed events; carnivale.com.au
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