Shaping George Town Festival

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How do you put together George Town’s biggest annual festival with very limited time, funding and space? That’s what Joe Sidek has to think about every year. He’s the director of George Town Festival, and like Cindy Gallop, he was at TEDxGurneyDrive as one of its seven speakers.

Sidek modestly says he isn’t much of a public speaker, and yet he struck a chord very early in his speech, saying that “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come”. Not only has George Town Festival been covered in the New York Times, CNNgo and the Wall Street Journal, it is now a staple in the arts and culture scene in Penang.


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