George Town Festival announces that the Festival is set to continue as scheduled with its online programmes from 10 to 18 July 2021. However, following the government’s announcement about a total nationwide lockdown for all social and economic sectors, the Festival’s physical events are tentatively postponed until further notice.
If there’s one thing we know about Azmi Hussin, it’s that he works hard. At one point in his life, the then father of two with a third on the way had only RM 2.50 in his pocket. While sitting at the Esplanade scrolling through his phone to see who he could contact to lend him money, a tour bus stopped in front of him, and many tourists disembarked. He thought to himself, “maybe I could draw caricatures for tourists and they could pay me money”.
The creative industry is increasingly being recognised as one of the key driving factors for economies worldwide. Indeed, the importance of the creative economy was given acknowledgement on a global stage when in 2019, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2021 to be the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. While creative economy has no single definition, it can be seen as industries that lie at the crossroads of arts, culture, business, and technology.  Creative economy is an essential pillar of national economic activity, and when fostered, it can be utilised in building a sustainable, holistic and inclusive future.
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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our lives, and it’s been particularly challenging for individuals living with disabilities. The sudden change in routine can be startling for people with autism spectrum disorder. The visually impaired people struggle to maintain a physically-distanced space without being able to see it. Staying at home for people with cerebral palsy is a challenge as they require regular face-to-face therapies to manage their chronic pain.
George Town Festival’s efforts to promote Penang’s diversity through the arts continue with the launching of its debut publication – Penang at a Glance – at Bangunan U.A.B today. Penang State EXCO for Tourism & Creative Economy (PETACE) YB Yeoh Soon Hin presides over the launching ceremony.
GEORGE TOWN – The Penang government has called on the corporate sector and philanthropists to donate to the arts and culture…