In July, the Penang state government held the inaugural George Town Festival, in celebration of its listing as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Initially a one-day celebration, the annual event was revamped into a month-long celebration of George Town and the diverse cultures of its people. Throughout the entire month, locals and tourists alike were treated to over 80 programmes, consisting of colourful performances and exhibitions by both local and international talent. Highlighting the festival were internationally renowned acts such as the Beijing Opera, Italian baritone Patrizio Buanne and dance production Vision of Forever. For Penang, it was a month to remember for a long, long time.