Festive boost to town revival

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  • Saturday, 19 Aug 2017

(Clockwise from left) An artist painting with a spray can during the Butterworth Fringe Festival 2017; visitors browsing through reproductions of old signage for sale; Great Dave on a unicycle and juggler JP Koala entertaining the crowd with a streetperformance. — Photo: ASRI ABDUL GHANI/The Star

THE Butterworth Fringe Festival (BFF) over the weekend drew a good crowd, despite a rainy start at the newly completed Jeti Lama Rain Garden.

Held for the third time, the event saw thousands of people turning up to celebrate the arts, culture and heritage of Butterworth town.

There were acrobatic shows, cultural performances, workshops and food at the event.

Among the main attractions were the Butterworth Art Walk, the daredevil street show by Australian JP Koala and a traditional silat dulang performance by the Penang National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) troupe.

There were also sculptures erected by artists besides a book market featuring materials from 10 independent publishing houses.

BFF director Joe Sidek in his speech on Saturday said the festival had successfully become a street fiesta with 27 programmes in its third edition.

“BFF managed to attract the attention of local and international visitors since the programmes were held in various strategic locations,” he said.

Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) president Datuk Rozali Mohamud said BFF was among the programmes launched in line with the New Butterworth Plan, an effort to rejuvenate the town.

The two-day BFF was a joint effort by MPSP, George Town Festival, Think City Sdn Bhd and the state government.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was also present.

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