Three-day Plenitude World Music Festival kicks off today

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OVER the next three days, the serene surroundings of the Penang Botanic Gardens will be resonating with the exotic beats and eclectic rhythms of the Plenitude World Music Festival 2012 starting tonight.

Some 12,000 music lovers are expected to throng the gardens’ Quarry Recreational Park to experience the unique brands of music conjured up by 18 international bands.

Tonight’s programme will kick off with local cultural dances, followed by the first act, Rentak Balai of Negeri Sembilan. They will be followed by the Phong Nguyen ensemble of Vietnam, and Will Crummers and The Rarotonga of New Zealand.

The Griff Trio (Belgium), Wild Marmalade (Australia), Aseana Percussion Unit (Kuala Lumpur) and The Fix (Kuala Lumpur/United States) complete the first night’s line-up.

Tomorrow’s playlist includes the Dhol Blasters (Penang), Kalja Riddim Clan (Vanuatu), Tori Ensemble (South Korea), Geng Wak Long (Kelantan), Altan Urag (Mongolia) and Guinee Percussions (Africa).

The carnival culminates on Sunday with Didit Dinai (Sarawak), Beoga (Ireland), The Grace Nono – Bob Aves Group (Philippines), Lokyo (Russia), Gus Teja World Music (Indonesia) and Maite Hontele (Columbia).

There will also be a series of workshops from 2pm to 6pm daily throughout the event.

Tickets are available at the event site beginning noon today. It is priced at RM90 for adults and RM45 for children for a one day pass, while the three-day options are priced at RM220 adults and RM120 children. There’s a buy-1-free-1 promotion for all categories.

The event is organised by the Penang State Tourism Development and Culture Office, with UCSI Communications Sdn Bhd as the festival’s event management consultant. For details, visit the official website www.penangworldmusic.com. [News link]

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Posted by on March 30, 2012 under Tourism Event.