Street games? Walking oranges? Butterworth Fringe Festival is back this weekend!

  • Arts
  • Thursday, 05 Dec 2019

Visitors can enjoy traditional games such as 'baling tin' during the Butterworth Fringe Festival 2019. Photo: Filepic

Ever felt like taking over an entire road to play traditional games? Or what about strolling on the street with stilt-walkers dressed up as oranges? You can do all that and more in Butterworth this weekend.

A main stage filled by traditional arts performances and folk dances right to a street circus and an art alley also await visitors at this weekend's Butterworth Fringe Festival (BFF) 2019, a mainland Penang event that has attracted a steady following since its inception in 2015.

More than 100 local and international artists will take part in the upcoming two-day BFF at Padang Permuda Merdeka, starting Dec 7.

Regarded as a family-friendly "street festival", the BFF has always skewed its programming towards community-based events.

The Butterworth Fringe Festival is regarded as one of the nation's best street festivals. Photo: Filepic The Butterworth Fringe Festival is regarded as one of the nation's best street festivals. Photo: Filepic

This year's BFF will showcase more than 50 programmes, including performances from UITM Chamber Choir, traditional dance group Darmas, a street puppet theatre show from Muka Space, a shadow puppet performance from Wak Long Music and Art Centre, a short film series focusing on South-East Asia, a comedy juggling outfit Traviecircus (Italy/Mexico), street games entertainer Uili Bispo (Brazil) right to pop-up drum circles, a RM2 mini food market, a craft bazaar, arts workshops, a wall art competition and a heritage walkabout through old town Butterworth.

Not to forget the acrobatic fire artists from Thailand and Japan and firework displays to heat up the excitement.

Butterworth Fringe Festival 2019 will take place at Padang Pemuda Merdeka, Butterworth, Penang on Dec 7 and 8. Programmes run between 5pm to 11pm. Free admission. Facebook: Butterworth Fringe Festival 2019. BFF is an initiative led by Penang State, Majlis Bandaraya Seberang Perai and Think City.

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