The homegrown arts festival scene, arguably, divides opinion. Undoubtedly, there are a few highlights slated for the year. Some arts festivals, obviously, are better organised, programmed and promoted than most. But we will leave that for another topic of conversation.
There are many pressing questions: What can a good arts and cultural festival do? Should it inspire, educate and embrace all? Should it just be about attracting the tourist hordes and sidelining local communities? Also, why does Kuala Lumpur lack a world class arts festival while you can find one in Penang?