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At various times throughout the year, the usual peace and tranquillity of Langkawi is abandoned in favour of vibrant celebrations of sport, culture, art, religion, and food, with a range exciting festivals and events. Iconic annual sports events include the gruelling Ironman Malaysia Triathlon held in February, the wonderful Royal Langkawi International Regatta in January, and Le Tour de Langkawi, taking place in April. This is also around the time of year when the main island is taken over by the Langkawi Water Festival, featuring kayak races, sandcastle-building, fishing, treasure hunts, and more. Art is celebrated at Langkawi Art Biennale, a non-annual art festival, held sporadically every several years, with each event focusing on a different theme through the work of artists from all over the world. Whatever your interests are, check the Langkawi calendar to discover a thrilling event to partake in or cheer on competitors from the sidelines.

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More than just an art exhibition, Langkawi Art Biennale is an international celebration of a diverse array of artwork. Over 100 local and international artists from a wide range of countries flock to Langkawi to present their incredible visual art, sculpture, installation art, video art and performing art. Each event has an all-encompassing theme which all of the artwork is based on. At the very first biennale, back in 2014, the theme was migration, to reflect a highly globalised world where it’s easier than ever to seamlessly move across borders. The event was organised by ArtMalaysia Association and was designed with the aim of transforming Langkawi into a premier art destination.

 In 2016, artists immersed themselves in the theme of exploration. This event included a category of cultural dress and costumes, in which artists were invited to exhibit their cultural and heritage clothing.

At the next event in 2020, artists will present work on the theme of environment and culture, exploring how humans are responding to environmental changes, and how this affects our culture. Participants will fall into several categories including contemporary, coloured pencil art, installation art, and sculptors.

Each event has been held in a different month of the year, with the 2020 biennale scheduled to take place in March. Whilst the first event was spread across ten days, the second lasted for eight, and the 2020 biennale will last for seven days. The venue has also changed at each event, moving from one wonderful Langkawi location to another.