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Malaysia George Town Festival Returns This July

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The annual Malaysia George Town Festival returns this 29 July to 28 August for a month-long celebration of arts, culture, heritage and community.

Held annually at Penang island, the Malaysia George Town Festival is a showcase of regional and international art and culture that will make your vacation an even more memorable one. As one of Malaysia’s best-kept secrets, Penang prides itself on attractions such as its beautiful Chinese clan houses and mansions, British-era Fort Cornwallis and Clock Tower, as well as resplendent Buddhist and Hindu temples.

The entire city of George Town will be transformed into a live giant canvas featuring arts, music, dance, theatre and site-specific installations. Take home genuine souvenirs from Penang such as local handicrafts and artworks – made specially by artists to ensure your souvenir is one-of-a-kind.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site will flaunt an art exhibition, a street show, live music, and site installations set to entertain visitors. Learn about Penang’s rich heritage, culture and history from hundreds of wall murals and quirky wire art installations, that will also make for beautiful photos opportunities.

While most festival events are free and open to the public, the ticketed shows are affordably priced starting from USD 10 per pax.


One of the highlights include Triptyque by Canadian group Les 7 doigts de la main, which features a visual feast of circus acrobatics, contemporary dance and theatre.

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Physical dance theatre company Gecko’s Missing will also be part of the festival; telling the story of Lily, who struggles to come to terms with her memories.


Learn about local culture with Potehi, a traditional hand puppet performance from Taiwan; or check out the festival’s opening show, Svara Bhumi, a unique tribute to the land and its people through indigenous music from Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.

With over a hundred art showcases, there will surely be something for everyone at the George Town Festival. For more information on the festival, visit their website here.



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