[SHARE] A Beginner's Guide To The Penang George Town Festival 2014

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The George Town festival is a month-long festival that started back in 2010, and celebrates the arts and culture using the city as a platform

George Town Festival is a month-long festival that has turned into a proudly Penang arts institution. From its start as a series of arts and culture events in celebration of George Town’s listing as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2008, George Town Festival was mooted and celebrated its first inauguration in 2010.

GTF is an annual month-long festival first incepted to celebrate George Town’s inscription as a Unesco world heritage site. The festival hosts world-class performances, cross-cultural collaborations and local community initiatives to highlight George Town’s outstanding universal values as a world heritage site.

Here are a few highlights and performances to lookout for if you're heading down to Penang in August!

1. A one (night) mic stand comedy with Kumar. Singapore's king (or queen) of comedy is back by popular demand! Expect a night of laughter and hilarity with this top notch comedian!

After a SOLD OUT show last year, we have decided to bring Kumar back to razzle and dazzle the audience in George Town, Penang. So make a date with Kumar, experience a night of outrageous hilarity with Singapore’s comedy Queen/King!

DATE: 17 August 2014, 8.00PM to 10.00PM

2. Circus Circus. Featuring dance troupes from countries such as Japan and Finland, you can expect to see high energy dances paired together with the use of neon lights to give you a whole different experience

Circus Circus will see cutting-edge technology meet sensational acrobatics in this spectacle of international performers that is sure to ignite audiences of all ages with the awe and wonder of the circus!

DATE: 1 to 3 August 2014, 8.30PM to 9.45PM

3. TEDxWeldQuay. Want to be inspired and also inspire? TEDx is a platform for people to exchange ideas. Amongst them is Jason Godfrey, a host for lifestyle channels such as AXN and FOX

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Being a platform, TEDxWeldQuay looks to undertake its mission by showcasing undiscovered treasures and talents from the local and international scene. At the same time, we hope to also showcase Penang, the Pearl of the Orient, to the rest of the world through TEDxWeldQuay.

DATE: 16 August 2014. 2.00PM to 6.00PM

4. Francis Light's cemetery tour. Ever wondered the history of Francis Light, the founder of the British colony in Penang? Join this tour to understand his contributions to the 'Pearl of the Orient'

Check out the Francis Light Cemetery Tour on the Last Sunday of the month in honour of Captain Francis Light, the founder of British colony in Penang and his contribution that make up the significant part of the island’s history.

DATE: 31 August 2014, 2.00PM to 2.45PM

5. Go See - George Town. Instagrammers and aspiring photographers, this is for you! An instameet is being organised in the city and participants get to go on a trail to discover cool places, art installations and interesting perspectives.

Igersmalaysia will be hosting its first instameet in Penang. ’Instameet‘ is a outing by Instagramers to see, share and explore using our mobile phones. Hosted by the good people from George Town Festival, we will be taken on a trail to discover George Town, the historical culture and THE VISUAL INSTALLMENTS BY VARIOUS ARTISTS.

DATE: 24 August 2014, all day.

6. Heritage Photowalk & Cafe Crawl. Love coffee? Love photography? Combine both and join this event to explore local 'kopitiams' and hipster cafes while scoring photography tips from two experienced photographers.

Sharpen up your street photography skills with experienced photographers as they take you on a journey of some of Penang’s heritage, street art and famous coffee houses from Lebuh Armenian to Lebuh Pantai. We will visit 10+ cafes and kopitiams as well as have access to the wonderous Khoo Kongsi throughout the day.

DATE: 23 - 24 August 2014, all day

7. Music in the gardens. This one-hour performance allows viewers to experience both local and international music in the lush greens.

Music in the Gardens brings live music to mingle with lush greenery and fresh air. Come and enjoy the one hour performance highlighting various music performances every month on every last Sunday of the month.

DATE: 31 August 2014, 10.30AM to 12.00PM

8. Rising. A dance performance by Aakash Odedra, he is one of the rising stars in contemporary dancing in the UK. He has won numerous awards and recently choreographed dances for the closing of the London Cultural Olympiad.

Rising is a new evening of dance performed by Aakash Odedra, exploring different processes and aesthetics to create a new personal language. The four pieces draw inspiration from pattern-making, animalistic communication, light forms and thunder storms, creating an explosive repertoire that showcases the emotional and physical dexterity of this exceptional performer.

DATE: 15 - 16 August 2014, 8.30PM to 9.50PM

9. Ramayana. Hailing from China, this dance academy retells the story of Prince Rama, Princess Sita and the ten-headed monster Rawana in the colourful stylised manner of classical Cantonese Opera.

The Ramayana is one of the colossal monuments of Indian classical literature, and has had a profound influence on Southeast Asian theatre. In this Cantonese opera version, the story of Prince Rama, Princess Sita and the ten-headed monster Rawana is retold in the colourful stylised manner of classical Cantonese Opera. This Cantonese opera version of the Ramayana is adapted by the Nanning City Theatre Academy, China.

DATE: 24 August 2014, 8.30PM to 9.15PM

10. The Kitchen. Featuring 12 drummers from Kerala, "The Kitchen" tells the story of a husband and wife who rediscovers their 10-year relationship.

Exploring the concept of the body as a vessel, “The Kitchen” is an experiential, multi-sensory feast that revolves around the idea of how we make relationships palatable to each other. A husband and wife sit before the audience, stirring vats of payasam as a gigantic scaffolding filled with mizhavu drummers from Kerala provide a mesmerising rhythm.

DATE: 22 - 23 August 2014, 8.30PM to 9.45PM

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