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Butterworth Fringe Festival (BFF)


  • 13 Aug 2016 - 14 Aug 2016


  • 05:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Jalan Jeti Lama, Butterworth


04-261 6308

After its overwhelming success last year, the Butterworth Fringe Festival (BFF) returns this year with one- of-a-kind local and international showcases. There will be intriguing art installations and exhibitions, lm screenings, live performances and much more, all free to the general public.

BFF 2016’s highlight event is JinnyBoy TV - a presentation and Q&A session for keen videographers by Malaysia’s biggest YouTubers. International acts will include the ‘street performer’s street performer’ - Australian Anthony Livingspace, who has wowed audiences for nearly 30 years with his thrilling street theatre. Also in attendance will be Spaniards Miguel and Nelly with their jaw-dropping re show, as well as award-winning, chainsaw-juggling, unicycle-riding DynaMike from Canada.

Bringing things closer home is the interactive art project Kata-Kata 2100 that questions the influences of culture, technology and more on the development of the Malaysian language. While art exhibition Sampan pays tribute to Jalan Jeti Lama, Malaysian artist Jamil Zakaria’s wire mesh monkey sculptures bring a touch of whimsy to the festival. There will also be a Potehi glove puppet theatre performance and creative workshops to let out your inner artist. Classical Indian music by Hamid Khan band and dance performances by Manora of Kelantan, Urumee Melum are some of the other highlight events of BFF, as well as the appearance of giant Snuff Puppets and a Same Same photobooth.

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Date: August 13 and 14
Time: 8:30pm to 9:00pm

Traditional Potehi glove puppetry - which was till recently performed only in temples - will bring to life the  epic tale of Journey to the West, in which the legendary Monk Tang San Zang travels to the West in search of Buddhist scripts and he is saved from captivity by the Monkey King and his assistants.

Press Play!

Date: 13 August
Time: 3:00-5:00PM; 9:30-11:00PM

The Press Play Forum (3-5PM)

So you wanna start a YouTube Channel? What's Next? Starting a YouTube channel is simple, until you get to it and realise that there might be much more to just recording yourself and uploading it on the world wide web to see. Hear first hand, from the experts in the industry on what it takes to start your own YouTube channel, manage it and make a living out of it. 

The Press Play Concert (9:30-11PM)

Be entertained as some of Malaysia's top YouTubers take to the stage to show you what made the online stand up and take notice of their special charm and talents! This is a unique opportunity to watch the online stars take to the stage in an intimate and unique environment of Butterworth Fringe Festival! 

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Miguel and Nelly Into the Fire

Date: 13 and 14 August
Time: 8:15pm to 8:45pm

Prepare to be entranced by Spanish duo Miguel and Nelly as they use the mesmerising power of fire to depict the search for the first moment of existence - where it all began. Watch the breathtaking spectacle at BFF.


Date: 13 and 14 August
Time: 6:45pm to 7:30pm

Have you ever seen anyone juggling chainsaws in real life? Come to the BFF to see Canadian performer Dynamike perform this and many more such amazing stunts!

The T.N.T. show

Date: 13 and 14 August
Time: 6:00pm to 6:45pm

Whether it's a hearty chuckle or a full-blown belly laugh, you're sure to have plenty of those at the TNT Show! Watch Kiki mix up circus, tomfoolery and daring physical comedy to make audiences explode with laughter at BFF!

Cyanotype on Batik

Date: 13 and 14 August
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Artists Kabul and Mintio fuse traditional textile batik patterns with cyanotype - an ancient photographic technique - to create some cool prints that can easily liven up a plain scarf or tshirt! Learn how to do it at a workshop, where participants will have a hands-on experience to create their own fabric print.


Date: 13 August
Time: 6:30pm to 6:45pm

Prepare to be enchanted by the rhythmic thumping of the Urumee Melum - a double-headed drum from India -  believed to have deep sacred power. One of the most prominent Urumee Melum groups - Chinna Rasa Urumee Melum Masana Kali - will perform at BFF!

Kata-Kata 2100

Date: 13 and 14 August
Time: All day

Kata-Kata 2100 is an interactive art installation that explores the history and myriad influences on the Malaysian language with visuals and facts, and provokes visitors to ponder its future.

Anthony Livingspace 

Date: 13 and 14 August
Time: 7:30pm to 8:15pm

Astounding! Amazing! Freaking incredulous! You'll find yourself muttering this and much more as you watch street performance by Anthony LivingSpace - a master of creation and destruction. His incredible, offbeat humour will make you squirm and squeal with delight!


Date: 13 and 14 August
Time: All day

Sampan is an art installation that pays tribute to the old jetty - Jalan Jeti Lama - in a poetic configuration. Jalan Jeti Lama was known as one of the most important maritime locations in Seberang Perai.

Jagat - film screening

Date: 14 August
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

This locally-made Tamil film is a gritty drama on the life of Malaysian Indians during the 1990s. It was recently selected to be shown at the New York Asian Film Festival. Catch the screening of 'Jagat' at BFF and also enjoy a tete-a-tete with its celebrated director Shanjhey Kumar Perumal.

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Date: 13 and 14 August
Time: All day

Aren't monkeys cute? A little mischievous, yes, but still so adorable! Watch out for intricate wire-mesh sculptures by artist Jamil Zakaria depicting naughty simians in adorable poses at the BFF. They are up to no good, we tell you!

Same Same - a portrait of Malaysia

Date: 13 and 14 August
Time: All day

Step into this photobooth and get your picture taken, but don't be surprised if the image only slightly resembles you! Same Same is a photography project by Paulius Staniunas that captures images of different people and fuses them into one portrait, revealing a 'new face' that celebrates Malaysia's rich diversity. 

Gema Rembulan

Date: 13 and 14 August
Time: 9:00pm to 9:30pm

For an interesting take on Penang’s musical history, make sure you catch Gema Rembulan - a popup show by Malaysian duo Az & Kirsten in which they will play music composed by legendary Penang musician P. Ramlee and Jimmy Boyle. Az will also reveal some musical secrets of the talented artists at a talk and Q&A session.

Sejarah Bergambar Seberang Perai

Date: 14 August 
Time: 3:00PM 

This coffee table book by Khoo Salma, published by Areca Books, is a collection of more than 100 old photos of Seberang Perai - eg. photos of Jeti Lama when it was a jetty and fishing village. Some of the photos from this book were featured in an exhibition during BFF 2015. This book will be launched during BFF 2016 with a talk by the author herself.

Butterworth Programme Exhibition

Date: 13 & 14 August 

Think City Butterworth will have an exhibition to feature completed projects and also upcoming projects. There will be panels on the significance of Butterworth and why it was chosen for intervention. This exhibition will be showcased on panels of the windows of old shophouses as featured in the UNESCO convention 2015.

Other Programmes by Think City


  1. Ultimate frisbee competition
  2. Live mural painting
  3. Kompang performance by Maktab Wan Jah
  4. Massage booth by Anggerik Spa
  5. Local clothing booth by BDB
  6. Buskers corner for local buskers
  7. Graphite carving exhibition
  8. Celebrating Jeti Lama public market

Boria Klasik Mutiara

Date: 13 (7:45PM) & 14 (6:50PM) August 

BFF is proud to present this performance by Boria Klasik Mutiara showcasing traditional song-dance routines. 

Snuff Puppets

Date: 13 (6:50PM) & 14 (6:30PM) August  

Larger than life, stranger than fiction - Snuff Puppets are sure to turn heads wherever they go. The team has created over 2,000 giant puppets and  visited over 25 countries, including Taiwan, Japan, UK, Portugal, Ireland and New Zealand. Besides giant puppet roaming acts, the team also holds community workshops and main-stage shows. In a world that is obsessed with perfection and mass-consumption, these radical large-scale puppets are unashamedly hand-made and experimental. They will be at BFF all day, but performances have been scheduled at 6:50PM (Saturday) and 6:30PM (Sunday).

Community Finger Painting Mural

Date: 13 & 14 August 
Time: 5:00PM 

Why is everyone else getting to paint a mural for Penang and not you? Here is your chance to join in a community mural. Come get your hands dirty to brighten up the neighbourhood. 

Seberang Perai Book Launch

Date: 13 August 
Time: 6:00PM 

Kenny Loh, author of Born in Malaysia, collaborated with journalist Ivy Soon on this project. Seberang Perai is a photo-essay book containing oral history collected from the local communities in the whole of Seberang Perai. The book will be launched during BFF 2016. There will also be a complementing photo exhibition extracted from the book. 

Hamid Khan

Date: 13 & 14 August 
Time: 5:30PM - 6:30PM 

He can play the sitar and the piano with equal ease. Penang musician Hamid Khan and his band will present unique fusion music having elements of classical Indian, Malaysian and modern music at BFF - presenting a rare treat for music lovers!