The Penang World Music Festival kicks off in the first quarter of the year. So music lovers, treat this as a starter to Penang’s eventful calendar. While this festival is well known for its close-to-nature setting at the century-old Penang Botanic Gardens where rhythms like folk, Balkan, gypsy, reggae, tribal and ethno jazz come to play, the 2015 edition finds itself a new home at Esplanade. Get to this two-day event early since daytime is reserved for art and music workshops. Then, settle down on your favourite spot to catch singers and bands onstage before sundown. As with most world music festivals, prepare to be transported to different parts of the globe through lively harmonies from West Africa, France, Poland, South Africa, Brazil, India and Bulgaria.