Islamic history in Penang began a long time ago and dates back to a time prior to the island's English occupation. By kickstarting and curating Islamic Thursdays, George Town Festival hopes to highlight and celebrate the splendour of George Town's long-standing Islamic heritage and culture.
Date: 13 & 18 Aug
Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Venue: Armenian Park
This musical concert features soul-stirring performances by talented musicians who play traditional instruments such as gamelan – an ensemble set including bronze percussion instruments and the gambus – a string instrument. Skilled performers will also play the rebab, oud, buzuq and qanun – a variety of stringed and percussion instruments.
Date: 13 & 25 Aug
Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM (11 Aug); 7:30PM - 9:30PM (25 Aug)
Meeting Point: Masjid Kapitan Keling
This is a guided tour that will take visitors through a series of landmarks and buildings in George Town, each of which have played a significant role in the growth of Islam in the heritage area. The tour will start from Hajj Gallery, from where participants will be taken to Masjid Kapitan Keling and the mosque on Lebuh Acheh, apart from lesser-known locations such as Nagore Durgah Sheriff, a shrine built in the 1800s honouring Syed Shahul Hamid, an Indian Muslim saint. Each tour will last for about two and a half hours and there will be two tours per day.
Registration: phtwalks(at)gmail(dot)com / 04-264 2631