Penang: George Town Festival to Run June 15 to July 15

TOPSHOTS Rajasthani musicians from the Indian group The Manganiyar Seduction perform during the opening night of the 34th Sydney Festival on January 9, 2010. Over one million Sydneysiders are expected to watch 1,300 artists from across the country and around the world perform in 81 different events scattered across 27 venues until January 30. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD (Photo credit should read TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

Above: The Maganiyar Seduction.

The city of George Town in Penang, Malaysia, will once again see its streets abuzz with a kaleidoscope of performances during the George Town Festival. The fest will run for the third year in a row commemorating the inscription of George Town on the UNESCO World Heritage listing.

Starting on June 15, the month-long event will feature music, art, dance, film, and more, showcasing the state’s history, culture, and heritage. With both local and international artists onboard, this year’s highlights include The Maganiyar Seduction, a unique confluence of traditional Rajathani music and contemporary theatre; Silat – Our Heritage for the World, which will see a cast of 150 showcase the majestic power of silat, the ancient Malaysian martial art form; and Tropfest, the world’s largest short-film festival, which originated in Australia in 1993.

See also: New Places to Catch the Old Charm of George Town


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