This is the seventh installment and the organisers promised some very exciting programmes beginning from July 29. The festival is all about discovering local talents and bringing in world class shows at affordable prices for the people.
This year, the organisers have put forward an effort a project Arts for Humanity requesting members of the community to support the arts by contributing a minimum of USD1. The project aims to self-fund initiatives that the festival runs for the community, like arranging community tickets for the underprivileged, organising educational workshops with schools like the LASALLE School of the Arts as well as funding regional artists' projects that are to be premiered at George Town Festival in the next few years.
Festival director Joe Sidek envisages, a harmonious community brought together by the arts. The talk Stories, Humanity and What About The Arts to be held on July 30 during the opening weekend of this year's festival will feature co-founder of the legendary Burning Man Festival, Larry Harvey, as well as renowned Cambodian film director, Rithy Panh. Both the stalwarts will share their personal artistic experiences before being part of a moderated panel discussion.
Among the programmes scheduled to be released are:
• Smashed by Gandini Juggling – a UK-based juggling group that has performed over 5000 shows in 50 countries. Coming to Asia for the first time is Pan Pan Theatre with All That Fall, a different theatrical experience that has travelled to the Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney International Festival, New York and around Ireland.
• To tickle your funny bone, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival will be bringing along a troupe including some of the best stand-up comedians from the country. For an intellectual discussion about the history of notable figures in Penang and its sister city Adelaide, the talk is entitled: Connecting the Lights: Francis Light, William Light and Who Was Martina Rozells.
• ASEAN Film Talks and showcase where award-winning Cambodian film director Rithy Panh will be discussing creative rights and the viability of ASEAN films in the international market together with other prominent personalities from the film- making industry. There will also be a screening of Panh's critically acclaimed documentary The Missing Picture at the showcase. Entrance tickets to this hottest regional music showcase, the A+SEAN Showcase are now available at RM35 (one-day entry) and RM60 (two-day entry).
• Popular Malaysian singer Sheila Majid will be performing her first public show in the northern region in over ten years. Joining her will be breakout hip-hop artist Joe Flizzow, as well as the multi-talented SonaOne.
The George Town Festival is held annually on the island of Penang, Malaysia. The full lineup is available at www.georgetownfestival.com.