George Town Festival is a month-long festival which began as a celebration of George Town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site Listing in 2008.
Since then, we have had the privilege of hosting spectacular events spanning the arts – from world-class performances to cross-cultural creative collaborations, experimental art, traditional and contemporary performing arts, as well as exciting local community initiatives and public installations.
Our mission is to become the platform for culture and the arts in South-East Asia, with a focus on George Town’s unique perspectives. For the festival month, the city becomes a canvas where performers and audiences transform spaces within it with venues ranging from auditoriums to five-foot ways, colonial shophouses to sidewalk galleries.
In previous years, our events have drawn more than 200,000 festival-goers from all walks of life, and engaged up to 90 production groups, communities, artists, and performers across 145 programmes.
The festival continues to offer the best possible experience through our core beliefs of Collaboration, Community, Reinvention and Accessibility, intriguing audiences with our various free and ticketed events.
George Town Festival 2014 will take place over the entire month of August.
The festival has been under the direction of Joe Sidek since its inception in 2010.
COLLABORATION Fostering artistic exchange within South East Asia and beyond
COMMUNITY Connecting creative people with distinctive spaces in George Town
REINVENTION Interpreting the traditional arts through contemporary means
ACCESSIBILITY Engaging a range of audiences with affordable rising acts and World-Class performances
“KUDOS TO GEORGE TOWN FESTIVAL FOR PROVIDING THE FUNDS AND ARRANGEMENTS TO PROMOTE AND PRODUCE STREET PERFORMANCES… AMAZING CREATIVITY AND EXPERIMENTAL PRODUCTIONS.”
“THE GEORGE TOWN FESTIVAL IS ONE OF THE GREAT HIGHLIGHTS OF MALAYSIA’S ARTS CALENDAR. EACH YEAR, THE FESTIVAL ATTRACTS A VIBRANT MIX OF WORLD-CLASS AND CUTTING-EDGE ARTISTS TO THIS BUZZING CELEBRATION O F THE ARTS.”
“I THINK PLACE IS A VERY IMPORTANT ASPECT OF A FESTIVAL AND A PROGRAM THAT ENGAGES WITH ITS ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY IS WHAT MAKES FESTIVALS SUCCEED. GEORGE TOWN FESTIVAL SURPASSED ALL EXPECTATIONS IN THIS REGARD. IT ENHANCED AND CELEBRATED THE PLACE. THE SITE SPECIFIC ARTWORKS EMBRACED THE TOWN. I HOPE TO BE BACK NEXT YEAR.”
“WHAT A DELIGHT IT WAS TO BE PART OF THE GEORGE TOWN FESTIVAL AGAIN. IT SEEMS TO GET BETTER EACH YEAR AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE TEAM HAS IN STORE FOR 2014.”
“THE FIRST EVER OBSCURA FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THE GEORGE TOWN FESTIVAL HAS PROVIDED PENANG ITS BEST SHOT YET FOR RECOGNITION AS MALAYSIA’S SECONDARY, IF NOT PRIMARY, CULTURAL HUB.”