George Town festival

Penang George Town Festival 2016

Penang’s George Town Festival has been making its mark on the regional events scene since its inception in 2010 This year, it will run from 29 July to 28 August 2016.

Highlights include the Asian premiere of Triptyque, a three-part show from Canadian dance-acrobat troupe Les 7 doights de la main, the Southeast Asian premiere of Smashed by Gandini Juggling and an opening-night performance called ‘Svara Bhumi’ (Songs of the Earth) featuring indigenous bands from Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Amongst the other regional premieres, Dutch artist Theo Jansen will be bringing Strandbeest, a collection of wind-powered anthropomorphic structures made from recycled materials. A video of Jansen’s work has racked up more than one million views on YouTube while a TED Talk video has been seen by in excess of 3.5 million people.

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