Events, Festivals and Exhibitions

George Town Festival 2024, Penang

19 July - 28 July

Art and heritage will take over Penang’s capital during the George Town Festival

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Art and heritage will take over Penang’s capital during the George Town Festival from 19 to 28 July 2024. Drawing in tens of thousands of visitors from across the world, nine previous editions of the festival have put Penang on the radar of international artists.

During a good half month, the George Town Festival will include 80 programmes covering dance, visual art, film theatre, music and photography.

George Town Festival Programme 2024

You can download the full programme and map here.

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Ticketed shows at the festival

Please visit the organiser’s website for how to purchase tickets for the festival.

Background of the George Town Festival

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.

For more George Town culture, check out the George Town Heritage Celebrations.

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 period.

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Accommodation in George Town and flights

To find the best accommodation in George Town and worldwide flights, book well in advance. You don’t want to miss out on this amazing Asian cultural festival.

Further details and updates on the George Town Festival

Visit the official website or its Facebook page.

All images provided by the organisers.


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Johan Smits

Freelance writer, translator, web content developer, author of the novel Phnom Penh Express and Tommy, a short story. Johan has travelled extensively since leaving his native Antwerp. He has lived in Taiwan, West Africa, Central Asia, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Thailand, where he now lives. Loves trying out local brews but tends to avoids noise. Chronically indecisive about where to lay down his hat.

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