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Captivating ‘Sanbaso’

B>T/B>HE crowd surrounding the centre stage at the Penang Esplanade field grew bigger by the hour as more people gathered to watch a variety of Japanese cultural performances at the 10th Penang Bon-Odori Charity Festival on Saturday.


From kampung shack to KLCC

Can the music of wayang kulit, or Malay puppet shadow theatre, be combined with a Western classical orchestra for a performance at the ultra-modern Petronas Twin Towers? Perhaps there is no grander declaration of a musical Merdeka.


Engaging with the young is essential in keeping wayang kulit relevant

CUSTOMS and culture expert Siri Neng Buah believes that adaptation or experimental works to modernise wayang kulit shows are one way of making the art relatable in a modern setting.


Have camera, will rescue

Continuing our series on the intriguing film projects of FreedomFilmFest07winners, we speak to a first-time filmmaker who is attempting to save Penang's unique 'clan jetties' by making a documentary explaining their fascinating heritage.


An insight into the Lunar

Whenever red lanterns, firecrackers, pussy willows, bamboo plants and, of course, mandarin oranges start showing up in every nook and corner of the city, it's a sign that Chinese New Year is near.

Science & Technology

Twister, string puppets join toy US Hall Of Fame

The National Toy Hall Of Fame in the US has added three inductees – Twister, Super Soaker and puppets. Better luck next year, Ninja Turtles.


The dance of puppeteers inspired this German choreographer

In Puppets, Paula Rosolen adapts the movements of the men that move the puppets.


Pu Yi palace renovated to lure tourists

THE palace of Manchukuo - a puppet regime (1932-45) installed in north-eastern China by Japanese invaders - is being renovated in Changchun, capital of Jilin Province, and part of it has opened to the public.


Characters that leave a mark

Review by JANET TAY.