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Sunday, June 11, 2017
George Town Festival returns with packed lineup of shows
Staff members of GTF showing posters of the annual event.
of laksa from all over Southeast Asia will be cooked during George Town
Festival (GTF) 2017. Everyone is invited to sample the dishes and it will be
gastronomic treat is dubbed Laksa of the Region (LOTR) – the pun in the acronym
after the Lord of the Rings trilogy being obvious – and celebrants are invited
to sample all the laksa variants and decide which one will ‘rule them
everybody to tell us what they think is the best laksa in the region,” said GTF
director Joe Sidek in a press conference on Thursday.
highlight to watch out for is Macallum Theatre.
going to be a temporary but faithful replication of a Chinese opera stage upon
which artful performances that cut across race and creed will be played.
will be, as its name suggests, in the Macallum Street Ghaut area on the vacant
field along Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway where GTF grew padi for last year’s
Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was at the press conference, expressed his excitement
for Macallum Theatre.
sets the mood for the appreciation of cultural arts within an urban village
that has one of the highest population densities in George Town,” said Lim.
GTF specials taking place in Macallum Theatre is a performance by gamelan
ensemble Rhythm in the Bronze.
returning for the eighth year from July 28 to Sept 3.
celebration of arts, culture and heritage is to mark George Town’s inscription
onto the Unesco World Heritage List.
will run together with its satellite event Butterworth Fringe Festival.
event will feature two days of local and international street acts on Aug 12
Joe said the
festival would host more than 100 shows with 60% of them being local content
from art, design, photography, film, music, dance and drama.
“GTF is the
only place here where you can watch world-class shows from as low as RM25,” he
He said the
festival would open with a weekend of Asean flavours, art, design and sounds.
LOTR, which is part of GTF’s Macam-Macam Asean Market, as a testament to
Penang’s reputation as a street food haven.
highlighted the Svara Asean, a festival paying tribute to Southeast Asian
tribute features talents such as the Madrigal Singers from the Philippines, Gus
Teja from Indonesia, Penang Philharmonic Orchestra, local stars Adibah Noor and
Sean Ghazi, and mezza-soprano Anchee from Thailand.
will be performing on July 28 and 29 at Dewan Sri Pinang.
said handpicked local dilettante dancers would take to the stage in a dance
routine called Gala.
which has been performed over 55 times worldwide in the past year, is aimed at
showcasing the beauty of Penang’s diversity.
acrobatics ensemble Gravity and Other Myths will perform amazing stunts during
their show called ‘A Simple Space’ that will get the audience on the edge of
miss ‘The Italian Restaurant’ dance theatre show.
Naohika Umewaka and choreographer Aida Redza will get hearts aflutter about the
chance meeting of a woman and a man in a restaurant.
shows include The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik, Chorus, Cosmicomic Toyscape
Workshop and Cell.
this year’s edition would be oriented towards youths, communities and women,
with a Week of Women curated in collaboration with ZafigoX to host talks,
workshops and a bazaar.