Penang's most anticipated cultural festival, the George Town Festival (GTF>, returns this year with hundreds of theatre, music, art, dance and opera performances lined up for you throughout the month. Check out Strandbeest by Dutch artist Theo Jansen, which has enthralled people from all over the world with lifelike PVC skeletons the size of trucks ambling gracefully across a beach. Larger than life, stranger than fiction, Snuff Puppets is all set to turn heads at GTF this year. Local jazz queen Sheila Majid is also scheduled to wow audiences with her hit songs. For the full schedule, refer to the website

Puppet Theatre

One of Penang’s oldest traditional performing arts is getting a new lease of life. The young apprentices of Ombak-Ombak ARTStudio are presenting a potehi glove puppet theatre performance from one of the great Chinese classics, The Monkey King Adventures. The show features the story of KuanIm, the Goddess of Mercy, taking the Red Boy as her disciple. Be entranced as the puppets come to life – with martial action, engaging dialogue and gorgeous costumes. Marvel at the artistry of the young puppeteers as they carry forward a wonderful tradition. Presented as part of George Town Festival’s A+SEAN Showcase.

  • Date: July 30-31
  • Time: 7.15pm
  • Venue: Esplanade
  • Contact: +604 261 6308
  • Email: sbtan2@gmail.com


Nunsenseis a musical comedy about five survivors of the Little Sisters of Balakong. The rest of the sisters have succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God. The remaining Little Sisters parade their talents at a variety show staged to raise funds so that the last four of the dearly departed can be rescued from the freezer and given a proper burial. Winner of the Outer Critics’ Circle Award and Best OffBroadway musical during its original New York run, Nunsense also set records for theatre in KL when Gardner & Wife first produced the show in 2001.

  • Date: July 27-31
  • Time: July 27-29 at 8.30pm, July 30 at 3pm and 8.30pm, July 31 at 3pm and 7pm
  • Venue: Penangpac
  • Ticket prices: RM 135.70, RM 114.50, RM 93.30
  • Website: www.penangpac.org

Arts and Crafts

In commemoration with the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the Japan Foundation invites all to appreciate the traditional craftsmanship of the Tohoku region, which is still recovering from the disaster. The collection of 70 objects embodies the aesthetic philosophy and talent of artisans from the region. Also well-represented are artists belonging to the mingei (folk art) movement, whose pieces were greatly influenced by the crafting heritage and cultural spirit of the Tohoku region. Admission is free.

  • Date: July 1-August 21
  • Time: 9am-5pm (closed on public holidays)
  • Venue: Penang State Musuem
  • Contact: +603 2284 6228 (Tristan Toh)
  • Website: www.jfkl.org.my
  • Website: www.jfkl.org.my

Arts and Crafts

The first street market in Penang, the Little Penang Street Market (LPSM),hits 10! For 10 years LPSM has been providing space for artisans, entrepreneurs, musicians, dancers, artists, poets, magicians, cooks, cultural exponents, community organisations, NGOs and others to express their creativity.

There will be batik painting, a pottery exhibition and cultural performances from participating students from the Global Village under the banner of Aiesec, coordinated by Universiti Sains Malaysia students.

  • Date: July 31
  • Time: 9am-4pm; entertainment programme starts at 10.15am-4pm
  • Venue: Upper Penang Road
  • Fees: RM58
  • Email: littlepenang@gmail.com


The Malaysia Green Building Confederation will be organising the MGBC Eco Power Run2016 to encourage everyone to stay green, fit and healthy. Expect a lucky draw, t-shirts and medals.

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