Preserving colourful heritage


Goh showing how to apply the make-up step by step during the virtual workshop.

Penang Youth Development Corporation has organised a virtual workshop on Teochew opera make-up to promote the traditional art.

The workshop conducted by Ling Goh of Penang Teochew Puppet and Opera House was attended by 35 individuals who took an active role in the workshop.

Goh started the workshop by sharing stories and knowledge of traditional Teochew opera.

Participants learned that the roles in a Teochew opera required different types of make-up.

According to Goh, the opera performers playing the main roles have various types of face structure make-up to show their personalities.

She proceeded to show how to apply the make-up properly, step by step.

With Goh’s guidance, each participant was able to apply their make-up to perfection.

Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng, who opened the workshop, said he hoped the participants now appreciated their heritage more and would preserve the art for future generations.

“That is why conducting workshops like this for youths is very important.

“We want them to have hands-on experience of their culture.”

Brushes and colour palettes were prepared and delivered to the participants at their doorsteps.

Participants consisted of students, music publishers, singers, songwriters, teachers and entrepreneurs.

The workshop was conducted to mark the Hungry Ghost Festival.

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