Just a shout out from RS for the coming George Town Festival – the lil’ festival that could – from the lil’ island that could!
The wholly Penang state-sponsored and inspired festival that brought you Emily of Emerald Hill (2011), Peranakan Culture and Fashion, Opera on the Streets and the mind-blowing Akram Khan’s Vertical Dance from London (2012) is back – bigger and better – for the third year running.
There will be a whole lot of exciting cultural and world-class events running across George Town from 15 June to 15 July. Check out the Festival website for full listings. Also get up-to-date on Facebook.
Notable highlights this year would be the grand Silat Gala opening nite at the Esplanade, The Manganiyar Seduction (don’t miss this!), The Philippine Singers (award-winning choral music at St George’s Church ), Blinded Mind, Northern Music Festival, Live Heritage, Circle of Sand, stand-up comedy at China House, Tropfest at the Botanic Garden, Cambodian Shadow Plays, street arts, art exhibitions and movies.
It will be the time when George Town and the people of Penang celebrate and showcase their Unesco listing and their vibrant cosmopolitan diversity and tapestry to the world! Come and enjoy the festival that IS making waves in this region (with special mention in the New York Times, Time Out and CNNGo) and see what we can achieve when creativity and the arts are nurtured and given space to grow.