George Town Festival: Surviving Covid and Other Changes

By Pan Yi Chieh

July 2021 FEATURE
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GTF 2019 – When Night Falls is a glowing playground of lights, rays and projection mapping. Photo: George Town Festival
THE GEORGE TOWN Festival (GTF), since its inception in 2010, has gone from strength to strength, cementing its name as one of the most important art festivals in the country.It began as a fledgling event to celebrate George Town's inscription as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2008, and as a branding platform to showcase the city's unique heritage and identity for visiting tourists.Leveraging his connections in the performing arts, former director Joe Sidek elevated GTF onto the world stage....

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Pan Yi Chieh

is a research analyst at Penang Institute who was born in Taiwan but now lives in Penang. She is proud to be nurtured by the two beautiful islands she regards as home.