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Published: Wednesday December 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday December 25, 2013 MYT 7:48:22 AM

Getting ready for the big do at Esplanade

GEORGE TOWN: It’s all systems go for the national-level Christmas open house at Esplanade today.

A check at the site showed that the stage has been configured in a way that the audience can get “close” to the performers.

Workers were busy putting some final touch-up to the setting while giant Christmas trees, snowmen and other decorative items have also been put up.

The performers, too, were seen rehearsing in order to put up a class act in front of a strong crowd that includes Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The public can also sample at least 20 local delights such as rojak, satay and apom at the open house which is scheduled to start from 10am to 6.30pm.

Istana Budaya assistant director (production) Hanida Mohamed Yusof said more than 200 performers had been roped in for the event.

“The musicians, dancers, singers and others are practising hard for the event.

“It will be two hours of non-stop fun-filled performances starting from 3pm,” she said.

About 20,000 people are expected to turn up for the extravaganza today.

The Penang government is assisting the Tourism Ministry on the logistics, such as the venue, traffic and transport.

Light Street will be closed from 10am to 6.30pm during the celebration while free shuttle bus services would be available from 9am to 7pm today.

A host of activities has been lined up including cultural performances and exhibitions.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, christmas, open house, penang

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