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Cultural fest to liven up city


(From sixth left) PBAPP chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa, MBPP mayor Yew Tung Seang, Chow, Penang Tourism Development, Heritage, Culture and Arts Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin and Joe Sidek with co-organisers of George Town Festival after the press conference in Komtar.

(From sixth left) PBAPP chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa, MBPP mayor Yew Tung Seang, Chow, Penang Tourism Development, Heritage, Culture and Arts Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin and Joe Sidek with co-organisers of George Town Festival after the press conference in Komtar.

GEORGE Town Festival (GTF) returns for the ninth year, with a series of exciting programmes planned to thrill visitors from Aug 4 to Sept 2.

GTF director Joe Sidek said the city would be transformed into a global stage of culture, heritage, art and community during the month-long celebration.

He said visitors should not miss out on the major performing art shows, from dance to theatre, photography, art exhibitions, workshops, music, creative talks, markets and a film festival lined up for this year.

GTF was inaugurated in 2010 in honour of George Town’s designation as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

 

George Town Festival (GTF) director Joe Sidek holding posters for the upcoming 2018 George Town Festival.
George Town Festival (GTF) director Joe Sidek holding posters for the upcoming 2018 George Town Festival.  

 

“It has been quite a journey over the past years for I have seen it grow within the community and gradually with the rest of the world,” he said in a press conference at Komtar recently.

Highlight of this year is ‘Between Tiny Cities’, which will see dancers from Australia and Cambodia performing through the use of rituals and movement styles of b-boy dance.

From Iran, they have a dark and engaging performance on ‘We Cannot Talk About It’ to be delivered by the Hole In The Wall Theatre Group’s Slow Sound Of Snow.

GTF will also feature a show on ‘Kelantan: A Living Heritage’ and its unique tapestry woven through its traditional and captivating art forms.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state recognises that arts and cultural festivals are part of an emerging global phenomenon and GTF is an important economic driver for Penang.

Details, visit www.georgetownfestival.com for updates.

   

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