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Georgetown Festival 2013
May 29, 2013 Malaysia

Georgetown remains my favourite UNESCO town. Georgetown has seen me grown from a cheeky little girl to a fine lady that I am now. Simply put, I have a soft spot for anything Georgetown albeit being born in the main land Bukit Mertajam. Georgetown  reflects a unique architecture, culture and townscape  with multicultural heritage. Together with Melaka, Georgetown has been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List.

In conjunction with commemoration of its 4th year being included in the UNESCO World Heritage Listing, the 4th Georgetown Festival which will be held for  a month from June 7 to July 7 2013. Georgetown Festival 2013 is a celebration of art, music, theatre, dance, opera and film.

1) Bambu at MPPP Town Hall (June 7 to July 7)

Joko Avianto’s master piece of 15-meter high bamboo art installation build between Penang’s iconic colonial buildings, Town Hall and City Hall will be unveiled on 7th June 2013.  The structure is made out of around 3,500 pieces of bamboo.

Joko-Town-Hall-ArtworkFREE ENTRANCE

2) I Musici at Dewan Sri Pinang (June 7)

The oldest chamber music group originated from Italy will be presenting the excerpts from classical compositions of Italian musicians. They will be performing the 18th century Italian music. They are most well known for the interpretation of the Baroque and other work like Four Seasons of Antonio Vivaldi which will be featured during the concert. World class Baroque music at our very own Georgetown Festival 2013.

Kammermusikensemble I Musici di Roma Audimax RegensburgTICKET RANGES FROM RM20 (STUDENT PRICE) TO RM200 –> Purchase your ticket HERE

Taking Off at Esplanade (June 8)

The opening ceremony will also feature master kite flyers showing off their kites to the onlookers. Representatives from ASEAN Kite Council will be flying their kites. Spectators will also be given free kites to try out. This is definitely an event to bring your children out for some fresh air and outdoor activities.

taking-off

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3) OBSCURA AT VARIOUS VENUES (JUNE 20 – 30)

Wow, Obscura is a photographer’s heaven. This is an inaugural international photography festival that features Asian stories through Asian photographers such as Ian Teh, Yan Ming, Che’ Ahmad Azhar, Jannatul Mawa, Rony Zakari, Pablo Bartholomew, Sanjit Das, Andri Tambunan, Bharat Choudary and many others. Showcasing the best of Asian photography to the world, OBSCURA is a unique platform for exchange, education and networking as it involves four components that are exhibitions, workshops, talks, screenings and portfolio reviews.

Obscura

For more info on Obscura events, please visit http://www.obscurafestival.com/

4) SUTRA AT DEWAN SRI PINANG (JUNE 29-30)

Featuring 17 monks directly from the original Shaolin Temple in China, the piece also includes a beautiful brand new score for piano, percussion and strings by Polish composer Szymon Brzóska which is played live. Inspired by the strength, skill and spirituality of the Buddhist Shaolin monks, the dance involves 21 wooden boxes on which the dancers display their moves.

SutraAdmission: RM60, RM80, RM100 (RM20 for students, 50% off for senior citizens) –> purchase tickets HERE

5) PRO MUSICA GALA CONCERT AT DEWAN SRI PINANG (6 JULY)

Four outstanding international opera singers: Julie Mossay (soprano), Ines Madeira (mezzo soprano), Enrico Casari (tenor) and Laurent Kubla (bass/baritone) with a repertoire by Handel, Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Bizet, Delibes and Rossini.

pro-musica-galaAdmission: RM40, RM60, RM80 (RM20 for students, 50% off for senior citizens) -> Purchase tickets HERE

6) SECRET GARDENS OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS AT GEORGETOWN, PENANG

Ten sites, ten artists, ten gardens: this unique GTF2013 project is a secret waiting to be discovered! Working closely with gardeners, landscape and installation artists, and with the support of the city council and Think City’s cultural mapping grant, this astounding and mind-bending site-specific projects is GTF’s second venture into public installations that capture the spirit and living heritage known to Penang and George Town.

secret-gardens

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One of the events that I look forward to is Heritage Celebration happening on July 6 -7.  This two-day celebration showcases traditional arts, food, crafts by Penang’s local communities: boria, Teochew rod puppets, the menora dance, Bharatanatyamwayang kulit, Penang Hokkien rhymes and even a storytelling programme for children! This will be held along the streets of George Town and is an inclusive and participatory event for intimate access to the living traditions of George Town. Last year’s Heritage Celebration included Nasi Kandar Festival, Boria & Indian culture performances, walking trails and open houses.

You should start planning for Georgetown Festival 2013 now! I’m definitely going. See you there people! It’s Georgetown Festival 2013.

For more info on Georgetown Festival 2013, the official website is http://georgetownfestival.com

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