The ninth edition of a hugely successful cultural extravaganza served as a catalyst for the outpouring of street art in Penang.
Dates: August 4â€“September 2, 2018
Place: George Town, Penang
What is it? The ninth edition of a hugely successful cultural extravaganza that served as a catalyst for the outpouring of street art in Penang.
Donâ€™t Miss: Kelantan, an opening show spotlighting the Malay traditional arts of its namesake state such as the mak yong dance-drama; live production 2062, which explores hot-button geopolitical issues; Isle of Dreams, a mythology-inspired theater piece by Taiwanese playwright Lee Yi-Hsiu that puts a contemporary spin on the islandâ€™s classical Nanguan and Beiguan music.
Other Highlights: The opening weekendâ€™s showcase of short films made in Southeast Asia; a screening of the Angelina Jolieâ€“directed historical thriller First They Killed My Father; and performance art involving blindfolded actors covered in clay wandering the city streets.
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This article originally appeared in the June/July 2018Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śTaking The Stageâ€ť).