The Star Pitt St is fast becoming a familiar name within George Town’s arts and culture community.
VISITORS to George Town mill about on the ground floor at 9am, waiting for heritage walks to begin. On the first floor, apprentices tarry and chat, waiting for their masters to arrive and endow them with more know-how in the lore of antiquated arts. Up on the top floor, young musicians are taking out their instruments – violins, cellos, oboes, trombones, flutes, every musical apparatus conceivable – and ready for the day’s rehearsal.
This is going to be the everyday scene at the newly-refurbished The Star Pitt St, where arts, culture and heritage finds a home in the city’s Unesco-recognised heritage enclave.
The heritage walks will be conducted three times a week and tourists can sign up in advance, said Penang Heritage Trust (PHT) president Khoo Salma Nasution.
“We’ll get them to converge here and take them on walks throughout the heritage enclave.”
Through a collaboration agreement with PHT, The Star has granted the use of their old headquarters, now proudly called The Star Pitt St, as the hub of George Town’s arts and culture. What used to be The Star’s advertisement department and printing plant on the ground floor is now an expansive chamber stretching from Pitt Street to Queen Street at the back of the building.