Discover Batam’s best events and more.
The closest Indonesia island to Singapore, Batam is a mere 50-minute ferry ride away – and perfect for a quick weekend getaway. It’s known for its authentic seafood, sandy beaches and traditional massages. But, if you’ve already been there and done all that, consider these 6 upcoming events* to experience Batam in a whole new way. Book one of our hand-picked accommodations to stay in style.
Calling all boating enthusiasts! Get your fix at the biggest maritime festival in Southeast Asia this 29 November to 10 December. Enjoy the international summit and exhibition, and watch live-stage performances and exciting sports competitions from sailing to rowing. Look out for the street carnival and bazaar while there!
Who would’ve thought that jazz could complement fashion so well? BaJaFash aims to unify Southeast Asian countries through fashion and music via local artists. Held 13 and 14 September, 2019, at the Radisson Golf and Convention Center, you’ll find a wide range of products and specialties from Indonesian designers.
After Imlek (Spring Festival), the Mid-Autumn Festival (a.k.a. Mooncake Festival), is said to be the second most important event in the region, especially for Chinese-Indonesians. Expect interesting activities, traditional performances and mooncakes galore. It takes place in the same weekend of 13 to 15 September as Batam Jazz and Fashion (see left) – a festival two-for-one!
Every December, the Kenduri Seni Melayu (KSM), or Malay Art Feast, commemorates the diversity of Malay arts and cultures from the Riau mainland and islands. Music, art and literature come alive through entertaining stage productions and traditional dance performances. (www.indonesia.travel/sg/en/destinations/sumatra/batam)
Trouble finding good Indonesia food, as a plant-based eater? You’re in luck! Batam is already known for being a vegetarian food paradise – and never more so than during the Vegetarian Food Fiesta each October. Explore the different options the city has to offer, in conjunction with the Indonesian Vegetarian Society (IVS).
The wildly popular event celebrating Batam’s multi-ethnic diversity is back for another year. Celebrate this vibrant island’s culture, cuisine and people through contemporary art exhibitions, cultural processions from archipelago cultures, culinary delights and parades. The annual street festival spans over two days this 7 and 8 December.
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Check out KTM Resort (from $48) – they’ve got plenty of sea-sports for you to enjoy!
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If you like to shop, then stay at Grands I Hotel Batam (from $90), conveniently located next to Nagoya Shopping Centre ‒ the most popular shopping mall in Batam.
*Dates provided are for 2019, but all of these events occur annually. So, check online for 2020 dates and beyond.
By Melodi Ghui, The Finder Issue 298, May 2019
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