Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday's Newsflash - George Town Festival is On!

Did you guys know that the George Town Festival 2012 is back? Beginning from 15th June until 15th July 2012, it is a "month long celebration of art, music, theatre, dance opera and film to commemorate George Town's inscription on the UNESCO Heritage listing" which began in 2009, a year after the much-awaited inclusion in 7th July 2008. With the inscription and the festival, George Town has since turned into a vibrant and arty city, attracting crowds from all around the world. 

After a fantastic run last year including the launching of the Marking George Town 2011 (the heritage sculptures I mentioned last week's first Friday's news), theatre show No. 7 (the life story of Cheong Fatt Tze's seventh wife starring Tan Kheng Hua of Phua Chu Kang fame), photography exhibitions and so on, this year, the organiser outdo themselves with a selection of performances and shows of both local and international productions. 

Among the highlight of this year's festival are as followed:

  • Silat - Our Heritage of the World (15th - 16th June 2012), a performance which showcases the graceful martial art practised 2000 years ago at the dawn of Malay civilization. 
  • Blinded Mind (4th July 2012), a contemporary dance performance by Finnish company.
  • The Manganiyar Seduction (6th - 8th July 2012), a unique confluence of traditional Rajasthani music and striking contemporary theatre.
  • The Philippine Madrigal Singers (1st - 2nd July 2012), choir shows by one of the most awarded groups in the world.

There are more events being held during this one month and you should go check it out yourself. Even if none of the events interest you, you should take this opportunity to visit the beautiful island of Penang and explore the historic city of George Town.

For more information, go visit the official website here. Did anyone went to the Silat show or any other events? If so, mind sharing your views here?


  1. I wish too but don't think so...
    Nov la, I'll be at Penang by then...hehe