Make merry the Eurasian way

The Eurasian Dance Troupe (above) and Kathleen (bottom left) and James performing during previous Eurasian Fiesta celebrations.

CELEBRATE the spirit of Christmas and experience the culture, food, music and heritage of a vibrant and fun-loving community at the Eurasian Fiesta in Penang this weekend.

Themed Christmas With The Eurasians, it will give visitors an insight into their customs and traditions, at the same time honouring their significant contributions to society, state and nation.

James Rozells, who is organising the fiesta together with partner Kathleen Rodrigues, said there would be several events at different venues tomorrow.

They are the Poke & Prove dialogue-cum-talk show at the Royale Bintang Hotel in Weld Quay at 11am, and Christmas Nativity Play with Seniors and Children's Christmas Party from 6.30pm at The College General Hall in Tanjung Bungah.

“The talk show will be an illuminating session that interrogates a quartet of luminaries on what it’s like to be Eurasian,” he said.

The main fiesta on Sunday from 5pm to 11pm at the Penang Times Square will feature the best of Eurasian food and music as well as artistic and creative talents.

Visitors are in for a delicious time as there will be around 30 food stalls selling over 50 home-cooked delicacies, including traditional Christmas cuisine.

Top Eurasian musicians and songbirds from all over the country and abroad will also perform in the programme themed Three Generations and Sixty Years of Top Eurasian Musicians.

They include the highly acclaimed The Rozells comprising none other than James and Kathleen who have both been in the music and entertainment industry since the 1960s. They will be joined by their fellow Eurasian music legends.

James Rozells (right) and partner Kathleen Rodrigues performing on stage. The Star/Lim Beng Tatt/ 15 june 2013.
Kathleen (left) and James performing during previous Eurasian Fiesta celebrations.

Sharing the stage and continuing the community’s proud musical tradition will be some of their equally talented children and grandchildren, as well as other young and upcoming talents.

“We will also have the Eurasian Christmas Carollers alongside traditional and modern dances representing the Portuguese, Dutch, English, European and Asian Eurasian communities.

“Eurasian painters, artists and photographers will be displaying their works for all to appreciate. One will also find on sale, books on our history and heritage,” James said.

The colourful fiesta is currently in its 4th consecutive year, following a successful debut in 2012 that attracted thousands, with numbers steadily increasing in subsequent years.

“We hope to make this festival in Penang the premier and biggest Eurasian celebration in the country, and also the catalyst that puts the state on the world map as the Eurasian Cultural Capital of Asia.

“Its aim is to stimulate and raise historical awareness, whilst generating excitement and pride for our community's music, food, and cultural expression,” James said.

He said the Penang Eurasian community traced its roots back to 1511, when the Portuguese, Dutch, British and other Europeans came here for trading, and intermarried with local Asians.

“This fiesta shows how the Eurasian community plays its part in the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage in Penang. But most of all, it will be a time of eating, drinking and making merry.

“Let’s celebrate old memories and create new ones by having fun Eurasian style,” he added.

Entrance to the events on both days is free and open to all. For more information, visit

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