Saturday, May 21, 2016

George Town Festival set to be a big tourist draw

The annual George Town Festival in Penang will take place from July 29 to August 28 this year, with more than 100 events set to spring up all around the city.

According to festival director Joe Sidek, the homegrown event attracted some 250,000 visitors over a one month period last year, and he expects the same crowd for this seventh edition.

Events, ranging from art and photography exhibitions to music and theatrical shows, will be held in a variety of venues including Dewan Sri Pinang Hall, Penang City Town Hall and Esplanade Padang Kota Lama.

Sidek says this year’s highlights will involve some of the best talents from Australia and South-east Asia in a two-day outdoor event called the A+SEAN Showcase.

Other highlights include the Snuff Puppets, gigantic hand-made art installations from Australia, as well as Svara Bhumi, George Town Festival 2016’s opening act featuring Australia’s leading aboriginal band, the Black Arm Band, New Zealand's Ria Hall, and many others.

Meanwhile, The Eastern & Oriental Hotel located in the heart of George Town will serve as the backdrop for a theatre and dance show titled Pearl of the Eastern & Oriental, helmed by Singaporean artists Lim Yu Beng and Tan Kheng Hua.

The George Town Festival is inaugurated in 2010 in celebration of the city’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 2008.
-TTG Asia.

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