George Town Festival (GTF) – an annual festival held in Penang, Malaysia in honour of George Town’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 – is back and is expected to be more exciting! Now in its 14th year, the Festival is set to present an exhilarating mix of arts and cultural programmes encompassing visual art, theatre, music, dance, film, photography and more within the heritage city of George Town and beyond from 15 to 30 July 2023.

The highly-anticipated arts and culture festival continues its commitment to making arts accessible to everyone – from the festival-goers to the art communities, the general public and the underprivileged, regardless of age, ethnicity or background – all while aiming to inspire generations of art lovers and practitioners. It also encourages creativity and originality by providing a platform for creative talents to showcase their works.

Expect to uncover impressive performances and activities revolving around various themes in unlikeliest settings, from indoor performing spaces to hidden spots and unique venues and be prepared to discover and appreciate George Town’s arts and cultural heritage in a brand new way through numerous ticketed and free programmes.

George Town Festival 2023 is a project by George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI), organised by TLM Event, endorsed by the Penang State Government and fully supported by the Penang State EXCO for Tourism and Creative Economy (PETACE), City Council of Penang Island (MBPP), and Penang Global Tourism (PGT).