Southeast Asia agenda: Malaysia-International Fashion Week, World Film Festival

This week Kuala Lumpur hosts Malaysia-International Fashion Week and Bangkok's World Film Festival kicks off.

2010 World Adventure Challenge
November 1-12
East Timor

Part of a series of new events to attract tourism described by the nation's president Jose Ramos-Horta as "reassur[ance to] people that the situation in East Timor is peaceful, that it is safe." The challenge is a six-day multi-stage multi-discipline race that combines adventure sports (cross-country running, sea kayaking, mountain-biking, rock climbing, abseiling/ rappelling, canyoning and ocean swimming. The aim is to test the world's best trekkers, and extreme athletes throughout East Timor's rugged terrain and raw nature and have it broadcast globally.

M-IFA 2010
November 2-6
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The 8th annual Malaysia-International Fashion Week is a celebration of Malaysian talent with both Malaysia's Who's Next: top designer and model being announced. Considered the pulse of Malaysia's fashion industry, this trade event will also focus on digitizing content and globalizing Malaysian talent. Sponsors include Maxis, MAC, Tiffany's & Co., Roxy and Yoda. Various shows will take place including the Islamic Fashion Festival Beauty in Modesty, Fashion Gives Back and a host of after parties.

World Film Festival

November 5-14
Bangkok, Thailand

Over 150 of the world's award-winning films and new premieres ( Eternity, Red Dragonflies, A Film Unfinished, Cold Water of the Sea, Curling, Insects in the Backyard) are part of the 8th annual World Film Festival. This year's films fall into one of nine categories: Asian Contemporary, Cinema Beat, Cine Latino, Doc Feast, Short Wave, Guts Nouveau, Music & Dance A la Carte, New Turkish Cinema and Retrospective. This year's prestigious Lotus Award goes to Nuri Bilge Ceylan, an influential Turkish filmmaker. Tickets are TBH 100 (€2.40) and 50 percent off for students. All films are shown at Paragon Cineplex and Major Cineplex Sukhumvit.


A Taste of the World's Oldest Whisky
November 12
The Ritz Carlton Millenia Hotel, Singapore

Only eight people in Southeast Asia will be able to taste the rare Mortlach 70 Year Old, the world's oldest bottled Single Malt Scotch Whisky. There exists just over 200 bottles and only one is coming to the region by La Maison du Whisky. In celebration of its arrival, La Maison du Whisky Singapore is hosting an exclusive whisky pairing experience and will also include tastings of Mortlach 30 yo and Mortlach 50 yo. The tasting and dinner cost S$888/€493 however only eight guests will have the opportunity to taste the oldest whisky.


Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Championship
November 12-14
Putrajaya, Malaysia

Extreme watersport athletes compete in round four of the Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Championship, supported by the Olympic Council of Malaysia, in Putrajaya. This Asian invitational event includes participants from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taipei, Korea, China, Japan, India, Kuwait, Australia and New Zealand to compete in over 18 and under 10 groups as well as male- and female-only contests.

7th Annual International Feng Shui Convention (IFSC) 2010
November 20-21
Resorts World Convention Center, Sentosa Island, Singapore

Feng Shui practitioners and experts from all over the world are available to offer insights on how to 'transform' your way of life for greater balance and peace both professionally and personally. Also the "Feng Shui-related insights and forecasts about 2011" are to be revealed. Tickets are S$128 (€71).

Angkor Photo Festival
November 20-27
Siem Reap, Cambodia

The 6th annual festival was the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. Over 100 photographers will be exhibiting their images and half represent Asia. The 14 indoor and outdoor shows and nightly slideshows are curated by renowned Yumi Goto, Antoine d'Agata and the festival's director Françoise Callier. In addition to admiring the works, free workshops are available for the next generation of Asian photographers. The first Anjali Photo Book: "Cambodia, Our Vision," a collection of photos taken by children will be released during the event.

Surin Elephant Round-Up & Show 2010
November 20-21
Sri Narong Stadium, Surin, Thailand

Originally created by the Tourism Authority of Thailand in 1960, the show continues to draw thousands from the world over to see the strength and grace of nearly 300 trained elephants, a Thai sign of luck and the king's symbol, and 2000 costumed dancers. Also the festivities are reported to include an elephant beauty pageant and elephant football. Tickets range from TBH 300-800 (€7-19).

Water Festival

November 20-22
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Over a million people head to the Mekong River in Phnom Penh to experience Cambodia's largest and most outrageous traditional super long boat race. Over 400 boats and 2500 people are battling for the top place. Fireworks and flowered larger boats are part of the festivities. See past festival:

Bangkok International Wine Fair
November 25-27

Thailand's first wine trade show. The event is focused solely on the Thai and Southeast Asian market in an effort to connect niche producers and importers. It will also host the first ASEAN Best Sommelier Competition. There will a series of tasting and Thai contemporary cuisine pairings and a session on Wine & Thai: Combining for Health. There is a "smart casual wear" dress code and tickets in advance are TBH 100 (€2.40) and onsite TBH 300 (€7.20). The public is welcomed during the evenings of November 25-26 and all day on the 27. 


SITEX Singapore 2010
November 25-28
Singapore Expo, Singapore

Singapore's longest-running IT event is a global consumer marketplace and launchpad for new tech innovations. Close to one million visitors are expected and over 500 information communication and consumer electronic product makers.

Monsoon Cup Malaysia
November 30 - December 5
Pulau Duyong, Malaysia  

This cup is the last leg of the renowned World Match Racing Tour, a world-class professional sailing tournament that includes nine World Championship events all over the world with participants competing from Australia, South Africa, US, UK, Denmark, Poland and many more nations. The Monsoon Cup has one of the world's largest prizes for a match-racing event (RM1 million/€231,000).

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