The George Town Festival 2012, under the directorship of Joe Sidek, opened on June 15, under a “starry starry night” with a spectacular performance of “Silat: Our Heritage for the World” at the Fort Cornwallis open theatre in George Town. Attended by TYT Tun Datuk Seri Utama (Dr) Hj Rahman bin Hj Abbas, Governor of Penang; YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang; state and international dignitaries and invited guests, it was an innovative rendition of the famous Malay legend of Hang Tuah, using multi-modality staging of silat – Malay martial arts choreography – with a circular moving wayang kulit or shadow play-screen as the prologue.
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