A festival that is small, and therefore big


The arts pontoon in the making as a permanent arts space.

As islands go, Pangkor is tiny, but that hasn't stopped it from organising its own arts festival – Pangkor Island Festival is in fact in its second year. There seems to be a trend here. Even Pulau Ketam, Kluang and Bario have their own annual art attraction now.

As a holiday destination, Pangkor Island isn’t as well-known as Malaysia’s other islands in the north and east. And as a heritage and cultural site, even less is known about this island despite all the resorts and fishing villages found around it off the coast of Perak.

But it does have one thing: its own arts festival. In September, it hosted the second Pangkor Island Festival, combining entertainment with the arts.

It’s not the only small destination to get onto the festival bandwagon though. Even tiny Pulau Ketam, a fishing village in Selangor; Kluang, a small town in Johor; and Bario, a small village in Sarawak; among others, have their own festivals.

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