The Senses brings an evening of reconnection, reconciliation, and renewal through a mosaic of indigenous, ethnic, and cultural musical heritage nestled within the canopy of our exceptional tropical biodiversity at The Habitat Penang Hill. This year’s line-up includes Frank Yamma and David Bridie from Australia and Sangpuy Katatepan of Taitung’s Pinuyumayan community. Ushering a deeper awareness of East Malaysia are Meruked and Sada Borneo, who bring to life the spirit and rhythms of Borneo.
The current edition of The Senses is a testament to the power of global cultural and artistic relations through creative partnerships and collaborations.This year, George Town Festival partners with the Australian High Commission to commemorate the 50th anniversary of George Town and Adelaide as sister cities, strengthening the unique relationship between two countries and three UNESCO-designated sites: the Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve, the Adelaide City of Music, and the George Town World Heritage Site.
Audiences also get the opportunity to bask in the sensory and immersive experience while enjoying 360–degree views of the island and mainland from Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk – the highest viewing point on Penang Island.
Together, The Senses offers an unparalleled opportunity for a shared–experience to honour and embrace the vitality and value of our intangible heritage.
Formed in 2011, FAZZ consists of members Yonlynn (vocal), RFB (bass), Grace (keyboard/piano), Aabid (saxophone/clarinet) and Ayam (drums). Despite being frequently identified as a jazz band, FAZZ focuses on the delivery of swing with other influences, such as electronic, pop, and rock. Showmanship and storytelling has also been FAZZ’s signature style on stage, for the band is heavily influenced by a theatrical narrative. FAZZ also had touring experiences locally and abroad, covering cities such as Seoul, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, Singapore, and more.
About The Habitat Penang Hill
The Habitat Penang Hill is a world-class rainforest discovery centre and eco-park set amid an ancient rainforest atop the storied Penang Hill, the gateway to the UNESCO Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve. Rediscover and reconnect with nature through age-old tales expressed in new and meaningful ways as you explore and experience the Malaysian rainforest from the forest floor to the tree-tops. Home to the iconic Langur Way Canopy Walk and Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk, The Habitat Penang Hill is a treasure trove of biodiversity, with over 2,500 unique species calling this ancient rainforest home.
Indrani Kopal is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a Fulbright scholar and a former video journalist at Malaysiakini.com. Her documentary, “The Game Changer” was screened at 17 international festivals and won multiple awards, including the Best Short Documentary award at the 2014 Harlem International Film Festival and at the 2015 Cannes American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. In 2018, she was awarded the Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker at the Harlem International Film Festival for her feature-length documentary, “Incarcerated Rhythm”. Indrani Kopal is the founder of Far East Documentary Centre and currently a senior lecturer at Taylor’s University in Malaysia.
Tunku Mona Riza
Tunku Mona Riza is a woman of expression! After graduating from New York Film Academy, the then television commercial director decided to pursue the path of producing and directing feature films. Tunku Mona’s asset is her passion for storytelling. With her strong sense of creativity and technical knowledge, she immediately earned her success with her second television film “Parit Jawa”, widening the window of creativity for the Malaysian film industry. Tunku Mona’s works are always based on detailed research materials and insights of true stories. With every story she tells, she does not only create it through the lens of film directing but also with her soul as though she is bringing life itself into her film. This can be seen through her debut feature film “Redha” which earned 17 coveted local and international awards, making it hold a record of the most awarded Malaysian film in the country. The internationally renowned film director shows that she has the cutting edge of making a simple story extraordinary.
Dennis Lai Chaing Ming
Dennis Lai Chaing Ming is a highly acclaimed film producer and screenwriter. He currently holds the position of president for the Chinese Film Association of Malaysia. He has been getting involved in film and television production as well as screenwriting on a full-time basis since 1989. He was a television assistant director and production manager up until 1996. Some of his most popular films include “The Iron Lady” (2009), “Ice Kacang Puppy Love” (2010), “King of Mahjong” (2015), “Let’s Eat!” (2016) and more.