Roads to be closed for fest


Visitors on a site tour being briefed by tailor Abdul Aziz Mohd Hussain at the George Town Heritage Celebrations last year. Site excursions are among the various activities planned for this year’s event.

CERTAIN roads in George Town will be closed temporarily on Saturday for the Street Festival held under George Town Heritage Celebrations 2018 in Penang.

Nine roads will be closed at different times during the festival to be held from 6pm to 11pm.

To be closed from 6am to 11.59pm are Lebuh Acheh, Lebuh Armenian, Lebuh Cannon, Lorong Lumut, Lebuh Ah Quee and Lorong Pitt.

Three other roads — Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Lebuh Buckingham and Kampung Kolam — will be closed from 3pm to 11.59pm.

Visitors are advised to use public transport or to carpool when heading to the festival.

They can also park their cars in Lebuh Pantai, at the Jalan Hutton car park and the Esplanade as well as the 1st Avenue Mall and Prangin Mall car parks, and use the celebrations’ ride partner LinkBike to cycle to the event with the promo code LINKGTHC.

Two roads – Jalan Phee Choon and Jalan Khoo Sian Ewe – will also be closed from 9am on Sunday to 11.59pm on Monday for the staging of opera performances by the Tang Mei Yun Taiwanese Opera Company at the Majestic Theatre.

Organised by George Town World Heritage Incorporated, George Town Heritage Celebrations 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of George Town’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The celebrations will feature 25 interesting community workshops on food, games, crafts and language.

The theme this year is ‘Potential — Of the Past, In the Present, For the Future’.

The workshops comprise four sections — Auspicious Celebrations, Handmade Crafts, Daily Delights (cultural food) and Leisure Activities (games and entertainment).

Besides enjoying the street celebrations, visitors can also register for site excursions or take part in the traditional performances at the main stage at Armenian Park and dance floor in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling in front of 24 Express.

For more details on the road closure, call Nathan Cheng at 016-4889547 or Vick Quah at 016-5613523.

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