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George Town Festival, Penang

August 4, 2018 - August 28, 2018

George Town Festival

August 4 – September 2: Less than a month after celebrating its UNESCO World Heritage Day, once again culture, art and heritage will take over Penang’s capital during the George Town Festival. Drawing in tens of thousands of visitors from across the world, eight previous editions of the festival have put Penang on the radar of international artists.

During no less than an entire month, the George Town Festival will showcase performance art, installations, music, film, theatre, exhibitions, talks, workshops and much more, with many programmes featuring collaborations between local and international artists. Just one of those cross-cultural collaborations will see George Town hosting a series of events featuring the best of Taiwanese performing arts and design in a project called ‘Isle to Isle’ from 12 to 19 August. But while many headliners will be international acts, the majority of the Festival’s performances are of local origin, such as this year’s Malaysian installation Forbidden Fruits. The Taiwanese collaboration, on the other hand, is a typical example of promoting regional cultural arts. Other participants this year include Singapore photography, a Chinese orchestra concert and Cambodian and Australian dancers.

George Town Festival
George Town Festival, Street Theatre – Blind (Credit Eduardo Bernardino)

Covered by the International New York Times, Al Jazeera, CNN Travel and other media, George Town Festival has grown into a major Asia arts happening. While the Festival is held to celebrate and preserve the local arts, culture and heritage, its organisers also seek to create new and vibrant connections between the traditional and the contemporary. With a vision “to be the best festival in and beyond the ASEAN region and to become one of the world’s best event destinations”, its over one hundred unique events allow the George Town Festival to be diverse enough in its programme selection to ensure there’s something for everyone to enjoy during the entire month.

All of the George Town Festival Installations, exhibitions, talks, film festivals, film screenings, street projects, most performing arts shows and theatre are free of charge. The only ticketed shows are thebig highlight shows” which are hosted at the Dewan Sri Pinang Hall and also Loft 29. Some of the shows are: KELANTAN, Isle of Dreams, Between Tiny Cities , 2062 , Second Body and others. They have different price ranges starting from RM65, RM85 and RM120. For students tickets are sold for RM25. George Town Festival also donates tickets to schools for children and charity. 

For further details, visit Cover image: We Cannot Talk About It (Credit Ehsan Neghabat).


August 4, 2018
August 28, 2018
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