Romancing Penang Hill

Penang Hill Corporation general manager Cheok Lay Leng showing the Penang Hill Festival 2018 poster at a press conference.

THE first inaugural Penang Hill Festival 2018 will be held from July 21 to 29 to celebrate the hill’s history, natural habitat and cultural heritage.

In line with the festival theme ‘See the Nature. Feel the History’, a number of exciting programmes have been organised to celebrate all the different aspects of Penang Hill.

Some of the programmes include guided walks along the Moniot Trail and Viaduct Trail as well as talks that seek to educate the public on the hill’s history and rich flora and fauna heritage.

Those interested in astronomy can have the chance of a lifetime to witness a lunar eclipse and Mars opposition occurring together on July 27 at Bellevue Hotel.

Aside from that, the Penang Hill Photo Exhibition will be held to offer visitors a glimpse into the hill’s past.

Visitors are also encouraged to submit old photographs of the hill from their personal collection to a Selection Panel which will choose photos to be showcased during the exhibition.

Shutterbugs who wish to hone their nature photography skills can do so by joining the Nature Photography Workshop and Exhibition, which is sponsored by Canon Malaysia and David Brown Restaurant.

On top of that, the first ever Music on the Hill ‘East Meets West’, which is dedicated to celebrating Penang Hill’s cultural heritage will be held on July 28.

Other highlights include a Local Music and Culture Performance, Traditional Music Instruments Performance and Symphony Orchestra Performance

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said he hoped the event would be a catalyst for future annual festivals on Penang Hill.

“This event will provide visitors with a fresh new look on Penang Hill’s culture and heritage.”

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