Isle to Isle


Isle to Isle marks its fifth edition in 2023, continuing George Town Festival’s artistic partnership with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia. The series explores the multilayered aspects of cultural narratives through the arts within the framework of connecting two islands — Penang and Taiwan — together. This provides increased spaces for the local community to enjoy and experience the arts and culture of Taiwan.

For GTF 2023, festival-goers can immerse themselves in pulu’em, a concert by renowned indigenous singer Sangpuy, and Luna, the award-winning theatrical dance performance by the Bulareyaung Dance Company (BDC). Both present narratives that explore indigenous and natural heritage as a pathway to reflect on our past in modernity. Another highlight is Inspirations from the Southeast, a documentary screening capturing the stories of city makers in George Town – our living heritage who shape and transform our experiences of tangible and intangible heritage within the inner city.

Join us in this immersive journey of the past and the present between two isles.

pulu’em and Luna

Dates: 22 & 23 July 2023
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Dewan Budaya, USM
Tickets: RM70, RM252 (Group of 4); RM90, RM324 (Group of 4)

In an enduring music and dance performance, pulu’em and Luna celebrate Taiwan’s indigenous artistry and vitality with masterful and evocative narratives inviting audiences on a journey of self and collective reflection. The performance starts with pulu’em by Sangpuy, a musician from Taiwan’s Pinayumayan tribe, who pays tribute to the cultural, natural, and spiritual heritage of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples with songs from his latest album ‘pulu’em’, along with his biggest hits and other soulful native tunes. The show continues with Luna, performed by the highly acclaimed Bulareyaung Dance Company (BDC). Their 2018 milestone production integrates contemporary dance with inspiration from the rituals and singing of the Bunun people, also listed as a cultural heritage in Taiwan. Together, pulu’em and Luna offer an otherworldly experience that transports audiences on an immersive journey of self-reflection in the beauty and calm of time, nature, and life.

Inspirations from the Southeast — Penang, Malaysia

Date: 22 & 23 July 2023
Time: 2.00pm & 5.00pm
Venue: GSC Cinema, Gurney Plaza

Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of Penang, Malaysia, as we unravel the wisdom and significance of preserving culture with Inspirations from the Southeast.

*Pre-registration is required. More details to come.
*There will be a Director’s Talk following each screening.


22 & 23 July 2023




Penang Institute (10 Jalan Brown)

Ticket Price:

From RM70

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