The festival may be back, but it's no repeat


It’s the middle of the year again, and that means George Town Festival time. The budget is bigger, the programme is more packed, and the outreach is further. We dare you not to find something that you love.

The George Town Festival is back! Mark down the dates, from June 7 to July 7, when the streets and arts centres of Penang will resonate with scintillating sights and sounds celebrating creative life!

Two new major foreign acts – Sutra ( June 29-30) and I Musici ( June 7) – headline the adrenaline rush of more than two dozen programmes with a platform built more on street-level and people-orientated celebrations, and an exhibition roster skewed towards visual arts.

Tropfest, the world’s largest international short film fest, will again get an encore under the billing Roughcut ( June 28), as will the ProMusica Gala Concert ( July 6) featuring opera singers Laurent Kubla, Ines Madeira and Julie Mossay.

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