Our list of the hottest events in Malaysia and beyond, from an iconic lantern festival in South Korea, to an 18-day arts extravaganza Down Under.

Run To The Rhythm

Now in its sixth year, The Music Run returns with a new presenting partner, the CIMB Group. Choose between the 5km and 10km categories and move to the beat of more than 100 speakers blasting lively music throughout the entire Sound Track circuit. Cross the finish line with friends and family and join the world’s best finish line party, as talented local bands and top DJs get the crowds jumping in the Live The Beat show. This year, The Music Run will champion sustainability and eco-awareness by pledging to run a carbon-neutral mass-participation event through recycling, proper waste management and reducing single-use plastic.

  • When: 23 November
  • Where: Bukit Jalil National Stadium, KL Sports City, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Credit: Kim Jiho – KTO

Floating Lanterns

The southern riverside city of Jinju plays host to the iconic Jinju Namgang Yudeung Lantern Festival every year. What originated as a lantern lighting custom used as military signals to prevent Japanese troops from wading across the Namgang River during a bloody invasion in the late 16th century has transformed into a colourful lantern festival that honours the sacrifices of the defenders. Many visitors write wishes on small lanterns to either be sent floating down the river or hung up on display. In addition to marvelling at the tens of thousands of creative giant lanterns along the river and riverbank, visitors can look forward to brilliant firework displays, cultural performances and a wide variety of international street food stalls.

  • When: 1 – 13 October
  • Where: Areas around Jinju Namgang River and Jinjuseong Fortress, Jinju, Gyongsamnam-do, South Korea
Credit: Michiel Devijver

Arts Exchange

There is plenty in store for visitors at the 13th annual OzAsia Festival, Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia. The 18-day festival will be packed with up to 60 events, from performances to screenings, exhibitions and free events such as the popular Lucky Dumpling Market, Moon Lantern Parade and JLF Adelaide, a satellite event of the Jaipur Literature Festival. Artists from over 20 countries will present an engaging line-up of works, from music to theatre, dance, film, literature and visual art. Events to look forward to include performances by Malaysian pop star Siti Nurhaliza and British musician Nitin Sawhney as well as legendary playwright Stan Lai’s The Village and the award-winning Akram Khan Company’s contemporary dance, Outwitting The Devil.

  • When: 17 October – 3 November
  • Where: Adelaide Festival Centre and participating venues around Adelaide, Australia
Credit: Touching The Void. Photography by Michael Wharley – 2019

Extraordinary Survival

After critically acclaimed runs in theatres across the U.K. and internationally, Tom Morris’ theatre version of Touching The Void opens in West End this month at The Duke of York’s Theatre. Based on the 1988 award-winning memoir of the same name by Joe Simpson with stage adaptation by David Greig, Touching The Void is an extraordinary tale of survival. In 1985, mountain climbers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates became the first climbers to reach the summit of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes by climbing the west face. Tragedy struck during their descent of the north face when Simpson slipped and broke his leg; as conditions deteriorated, the climbers faced difficult decisions.

  • When: 9 November 2019 – 29 February 2020
  • Where: The Duke of York’s Theatre, London, U.K.