Also known as Colours of Malaysia, Citrawarna was first introduced in 1999 as a way to promote and celebrate the nation’s arts, heritage, nature and culture through a dazzling night of performance, music and fireworks. And what better way to celebrate all of Malaysia’s unique heritage than with a spectacular parade and cultural show by the different ethnic groups that make up this vibrant nation? That’s exactly what is set to take place on the night of 28 October at Dataran Merdeka, the location which holds a special place in the heart of all Malaysians as the birthplace of this beautiful country. This year’s theme is The Sunrise, the Green and the Echo Within and will focus on the many scenic destinations the country is filled with. From the peaks of Mount Kinabalu to the pristine beaches of Pulau Perhentian and Pangkor Island, Malaysia is as geographically diverse as its people. “Most people don’t realise that our culture is strongly influenced by nature – for example, dance influenced by animal movements, and traditional customs such as harvests feasts or the Nine Emperor Gods for Chinese fishermen,” said Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Bin Abdul Aziz. As usual, the evening will commence with the national anthem, followed by the opening ceremony and main musical and dance performances centering on various local nature gems from 14 different states, including Kedah, Penang, Johor, Perlis, and Kelantan. Rounding the night off will be a magnificent firework show lighting up the sky behind the Sultan Abdul Samad building, a nod to 60 years of independence. Besides the main show at 8pm, Citrawarna will also be hosting a Chillax Zone from 4:30pm until 11pm, where visitors can enjoy an ‘I Love Malaysia’ themed photo exhibition, street buskers, traditional folk games and food trucks offering a wide range of local delicacies. The gallery was not found!