by Phie Mckenzie0
Malasimbo Festival – Double Weekender on Philippine Island
We have just about survived January and have been endlessly planning our next holiday/festival options in order to get through February. Malasimbo Festival seems the sweetest escape from this dreary cold and it’s only a month away…
The two-part, ten day festival has been expanding year on year since it was launched and has already had a number of impressive musical headliners including Jose Gonzalez, Jimmy Cliff and Joss Stone. This year it will play host to more than 50,000 people from over 30 countries that come to enjoy a less conventional experience.
Malasimbo’s Music & Art festival, kicks off the first weekend (6th-9th March) bringing a variety of musical acts to its sound-rich amphitheatre from day to night, including Taylor McFerrin, Ky-Mani Marley and Fred Wesley & The New JB’s. Located at the foot of Mount Malasimbo, surrounded by the white beaches of the Puerto Galera shore, the first weekender promises a culture rich experience of live music and visual arts. Around thirty Filipino and international artists will exhibit their art along the mountain in varying forms. The Mangyan Village, which stands in the heart of Malasimbo will also be displaying their own craft and will be providing craft workshops for festival- goers. Malasimbo Music & Art promises a platform for homegrown and international music and art to be shared and explored.
The Light & Dance festival scheduled on the following weekend is aimed to capture the hearts and imagination of all night owls, with its impressive roster of DJs, accompanied by immersive state-of-the-art light shows. Notable acts to perform include DJ Kentaro, UK act Swindle and DJ Mitsu. An eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary dance forms will join the performances for a one-of-a-kind festival experience. This special weekend addition is to celebrate Malasimbo’s 5th Anniversary and allows visitors to explore the surroundings of Puerto Galera between the two festival weekends.
3 Day Early bird tickets for Malasimbo Festival are still available for £95, and cheap return tickets to the Philippines are being offered from £409. I
For more information, including the latest line-up, travel information and ticket information, visit the Malasimba Festival website. For more inspiration, watch the Festival’s video below….