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Why You Can’t Miss the George Town Festival in Penang This Year

Image source: GTF official website

What is George Town Festival and Why You Can’t Miss It?

Ever wished you could hop in a time machine? GTF is the next best thing! From July 19-28, this UNESCO World Heritage city transforms into a cultural playground. With the theme ‘HERE & NOW,’ you’ll journey through past, present, and future as you wander historic streets where centuries-old traditions meet innovative art. That’s GTF for you!

Experience ‘HERE & NOW’ at George Town Festival

Image source: GTF official website

Imagine a week where Penang’s vibrant streets come alive with creativity and cultural pride. That’s the essence of the GTF, a dazzling showcase of local and international talent. This annual event transforms this city into a hub of artistic expression, offering a feast for the senses. From mesmerizing dance performances and soul-stirring music to thought-provoking theater and captivating photography exhibitions, the festival is a testament to Penang’s rich cultural tapestry. While world-renowned acts grace the stages, it’s the local artists who truly shine, sharing their interpretations of Penang’s heritage. Whether you’re a culture enthusiast, art lover, or curious traveler, the George Town Festival promises an unforgettable journey through the heart and soul of Penang’s landscape.

Puppet Magic Comes to Life at George Town Festival

Get ready for a mind-blowing puppet adventure at this year’s George Town Festival! From classic marionettes to high-tech wonders, these shows will leave you spellbound. Don’t blink or you’ll miss everyday objects springing to life in Taiwan’s “Close to You Festival.” Choose between two starting points to tour the city and experience two intimate puppetry performances. Tickets range from RM58 to RM130.

Image source: GTF ticketing website

Then, hold onto your seats for “Sortilegio,” a Colombian creation where traditional puppetry meets digital wizardry. This audio-visual puppetry experience, designed for one person at a time, offers a magical and mystical game where analog meets digital for only RM18.

Image source: GTF ticketing website

House of Mask & Mime Comes to GTF!

Thailand’s House of Mask & Mime is about to turn everything you know about theater upside down.

Picture this: No talking, but stories so clear they’ll give you goosebumps. That’s the House of Mask & Mime magic! They mix masks, clowns, and silent acting to create a show that’ll wow you, whether you’re 5 or 95.

Founded by world-famous mime Lisa Sripatanasakul, this group speaks a language everyone understands, language of pure emotion and imagination.

From kids to critics, nobody can resist the spell of these silent storytellers. Don’t blink, or you might miss the moment! Ticket price ranges from RM30-RM160.

A little sneak peek on what to expect

Experience Family Fun with Asian Board Games

Board games are experiential art, where players interact with the game and each other, creating a blend of strategy, competition, and community. The Malaysian edition of the Asian Board Games Festival (ABGF MY), proudly organized by LUMA (MY) and Origame (SG) in partnership with the George Town Festival, offers an exciting opportunity. With over 50 tabletop games spread across two floors in 1st Avenue Mall, visitors can immerse themselves in games designed and published by Malaysian and Singaporean creators. Don’t miss this chance to create lasting memories with family and friends!

Image source: GTF official website

Pack Your Bags for a Week of Arts, Culture and Entertainment from July 19-28, 2024

Pack your bags and plan your trip to the George Town Festival from July 19-28! This week-long event in Penang promises a vibrant mix of arts, culture, entertainment, and performances. Whether you’re a fan of music, theater, dance, or visual arts, the George Town Festival has something for everyone. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable celebration!

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