George Town Festival at a Crossroads

By Marco Ferrarese

November 2017 FEATURE
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Peperangan Bintang is a clever fusion of Kelantanese wayang kulit and the ever-popular saga, Star Wars. The show was one of the centrepieces of Macam-Macam ASEAN.
There is much that Joe Sidek can look back at with great pride, but what lies ahead for GTF, and for him?George Town has become a household name in the world of South-East Asian arts, and for the best part of nearly a decade, George Town Festival (GTF) has been instrumental in cementing this reputation. This year, the six-week-long festival kicked off on July 28, and brought to Penang a cast of international shows ranging from photo exhibitions to art...

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Marco Ferrarese

is a musician, author and travel writer. He has written about overland travel and extreme music in Asia, and blogs at He also curates the Penang Insider, the smart guide for traveling and living in Penang, at His latest book, The Travels of Marco Yolo, is available in bookstores. Follow him on Twitter @monkeyrockworld.