When culture meets creativity, what you get is a blend of artistic goodness in the form of the five years’ standing George Town Festival, set to once again bring to life the streets of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The international theatre will feature over one hundred performances and expressive collaborations from around the world, packed into an exciting month-long programme.
The coming festival of fun will host an entire palette of both local and international artistes who will marry traditional and contemporary elements in their work with the aim to preserve the past with an eye towards future.
Established in 2010, it has since hauled in visitors from around the region, and is quickly paving its way to the top of everyone’s to-do list when in town.
THE ARTISTIC APEX
An impressive number of renowned talent will grace the George Town Festival this year to showcase a diverse lineup of events and attractions that unites Southeast Asian and Western cultures alike, from art and theatre to music and dance.
Pinnacle pieces include the internationally appraised performance Missing by British theatre group Gecko, which explores the depths of the human psyche, as well as the Malaysian multi-arts collaborative concept, Moved By Padi that celebrates rice as an important source of sustenance.
Missing by Gecko
Admire the uniqueness of the creative mind in highlights like Reading Art by artist Ch’ng Kiah Kiean who creates an unorthodox but interesting fusion of both visual arts and literature, and reward your ears with the tantalizing tunes of Svara Bumi which features a collection of indigenous musical members for its opening show.
Photography is not to be overlooked either, with visionary exhibition Little Black Dress a must see for any enthusiast. The collaborative effort is an attempt at nurturing acceptance of nudity in art through the illusory paintings of dresses on bare skin.
An even larger oeuvre awaits, and whatever your artistic taste, George Town’s annual appreciation of the arts is bound to satiate your appetite for the culturally unique in this grand buffet of creative arts.