The optimism that has been palpable in Penang over the last few years is perhaps best felt through the yearly celebration we know as George Town Festival. It is a celebration because it is not commercial, and it unashamedly expresses a passion for the Arts and for Heritage, which is both innovative and traditional.
For four weeks stretching between June and July, the streets of Penang became a living outdoor museum bursting with dance, drama, arts and music.
Ostensibly to celebrate George Town’s inscription along with Malacca as a Unesco World Heritage site (2008), the dizzying celebration of arts and culture revolved around the stellar international programmes of the George Town Festival (GTF) 2012 under the baton of director Joe Sidek.
Most of the peripheral activities were concentrated in the historical heritage enclaves of Armenian Street, Acheh Street, Acheen Street, Cannon Street and Ah Quee Street.
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