Penang Needs to Develop Public Appreciation of the Performing Arts

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EVEN BEFORE the Covid-19 outbreak, the performing arts in Penang were already struggling. In fact, if one considers the huge amount of artistic talent that is available, the sector is definitely underdeveloped and markedly undervalued. Conversations with local performers reveal commonalities in their artistic journeys. In order for practical solutions to be worked out, more light needs to be shed on why the performing arts are floundering in Penang. In most cases, a child’s first introduction to a performing art is due to parental desire to give him or her a well-rounded upbringing. Some get introduced through public exposure and media influence, ...


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