Seeking creative talents for GTF

ASK Dance Company executing ‘Langkah 17’, a number inspired by the movements in silat. — Filepic

THE Penang government is calling for proposal submissions from talents who are interested to organise the state’s annual George Town Festival (GTF 2022).

State tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the call for proposal for GTF 2022 is open until Feb 20.

“Creative talents who are passionate about transforming their ideas into high quality artistic events can submit their proposals.

“Interested emerging, mid- career and established artists, curators, collectives, collaborators, and creative individuals are welcome to participate in GTF, which now stands as one of Asia’s leading and most promising arts events,” he said in a recent statement.

He said with restriction measures being gradually loosened, GTF 2022 is expected to return to its pre-pandemic glory and yield more economic opportunities for the state and creative practitioners.

“Previous programmes have advocated for creativity and originality by encouraging people to be creative and dare to imagine as the festival continues to pursue its mission in building ‘A Festival for Everyone’.

“GTF 2022 will take a similar approach, which is to be a festival that nurtures creative talents and empower them to shine locally and in the international scene.

“This opportunity is for us to unearth more talents and at the same time, accelerate our footsteps, pushing towards the direction of making Penang the creative hub of South-East Asia,” he said.

In 2020, the first-ever online edition of the GTF had successfully attracted a total of 68,342 local and international viewers.

Last year, the event continued for the second year virtually due to various movement control orders imposed in the country to prevent Covid-19 infection.

George Town will celebrate its 14th anniversary as a Unesco World Heritage Site on July 7.

GTF is a George Town World Heritage Incorporated project and endorsed by the Penang government and supported by Penang Island City Council and Penang Global Tourism.

For more information, visit or follow GTF on Facebook (George Town Festival) and Instagram (georgetownfestival) for the latest updates.

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