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Celebrating Penang Unique Heritage

Ernest Zacharevic’s beautiful murals have captured the heart of visitors and Penang locals for the past year, but few know that it is but one of many amazing programmes of George Town Festival 2012.


George Town Festival, which began in 2008 to commemorate Penang’s inclusion into the UNESCO world heritage list, returns for its 4th edition in 2013. Since its inception, George Town Festival has put Penang on the world map for its astonishing range of art, music, theatre, dance, opera and film programmes. What began as a small celebration is now an international event that brings enthusiasts from all around the world.

George Town Festival 2013 is a month- long festival with numerous events from June th to July 7th. At the time of writing, the festival has already been officially launched. The month-long show began with the revelation of two art installations—the 15m-tall, 22m wide Theatre of Ships (by Joko Dwi Avianto, Indonesia) and Fireflies at River Lalang (Chee Kuock Boon, Malaysia). The first night then ended with an impressive performance by famed Italian chamer music performers, I Musici.

Among the events to look out for during the festival include Sutra, a dance work by choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui inspired by skill, strength and spirituality of Buddhist Shaolin Monks; 101 Lost Kitens, an treasure hunt and animal awareness interactive event along Victoria Street; Secret Garden of Earthly Delights, involving 10 artists, 10 gardens and 10 sites to create installations that capture the essence of Penang and Georgetown, and many more!


George Town Festival runs from 7 June to 7 July, 2013. For a complete list of events and more information, visit http://www.georgetownfestival.com.