An art exchange on Penang’s walls and streets

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Urban Xchange, Penang’s first international street art festival, divided the state’s art sphere between purists and those who dare to be different.

A crowd of curious Penangites and visitors gathered at the Hin Bus Depot Art Centre on Jalan Gurdwara at the end of November for the launch of the international art exhibition “Urban Xchange: Crossing Over”. The real epicentre of the artworks, however, was at Jalan Nagore – about 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre – where a strip of restaurants, cafes and bars is fast becoming the new focal hang out for Penang’s artists, hipsters and trendsetters.

Organised by project manager Eeyan Chua, curator Gabija Grusaite from Lithuania and director of Berlin’s street art mentoring organisation Urban Nation Yasha Young, this ambitious international street art project brought 14 new murals to inner George Town’s walls.


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