THE Penang World Music Festival 2015 on April 11 and 12 will feature 12 foreign and two Malaysian bands.
Six of the foreign bands will perform on the first day of the festival while the other six will do so on the second day, said state Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law.
He said the two Malaysian bands would perform on both days of the event which will be held at the Esplanade this year instead of the Penang Botanic Gardens which was the venue in the past three years.
He said the performances would be from 6pm to midnight on both days.
Law said the foreign bands were from Brazil, Egypt/Sweden, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Germany, Mongolia, Russia, South Africa and Spain.
He said among the bands to look out for were the Dizu Plaatjies & Ibumyambo from South Africa which had performed at a sold-out show recently at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York, and Cuban/Flamenco band Razon de Son from Spain whose lead singer Raul Rodriquez had won numerous awards.
“The festival is a state government effort to showcase, promote and preserve traditional and ethnic music from around the world,” Law told a press conference in Komtar recently.
He said passes for the festival would be on sale from this Monday.
He added that those who buy a pass up till March 1 would get to take part for free in the Penang Bridge International Marathon 2015 on Nov 22.
There will also be music workshops from 2pm to 5pm at Fort Cornwallis on both days of the festival for pass holders.
The One-Day Pass is priced at RM80 each while the Two-Day Pass is RM140 each.
Children below the age of 12 can enter for free.
Law said students would be able to buy the One-Day Pass at a reduced rate of RM60 each.
However, this is limited to the first 300 students and the passes are only available at the ticket kiosks at Komtar’s ground floor information centre and Queensbay Mall’s information centre on the ground floor of its North Zone.
The Komtar kiosk will be open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm while the Queensbay Mall kiosk will be open from Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 7pm.
The passes can also be bought online at www.ticketcharge.com.my.