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George Town Festival 2019: Bringing Arts into Penang

Penang has long been an important trading zone connecting the Eastern and Western world, strategically located at the Malacca Straits. You might hear of it due to its fame in sultriest delicacies, but more importantly, it is a town that has historic culture fuse within the vibes of the city. Just as the 10th George Town Festival 2019 is around the corner, let us indulge in the exceptional arts, dynamic culture, and historical heritage, all in one go in this 16 days (13th-28th July) event.

A miraculous night – When Night Falls

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The festive sparks out with a two-day event – When Night Falls, where areas around the Esplanade, a waterfront location in the heart of George Town, will be transformed into a glowing playground of lights, rays and projection mapping

Compagnie des Quidams from France is set to trot into the streets with a captivating visual odyssey in Fiers à Cheval, where visitors will get to witness a ringmaster put to motion a herd of luminous horses. Joining in the celebration, Moz Drums from France is set to deliver high-energy choreography and magical display of lights designed to the thunderous rhythms of the drums in The Lighted Drummers

Artistry – Art in the City

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Photo from George Town Festival 2019

Coming into the second weekend of the George Town Festival 2019, their theme would change to Art in the City. As the city itself is diluted with murals that create an artistry environment, the event itself will bulk up the concept and applied as “art-is-anywhere-and-everywhere-in-the-city”.

There will be a multitude of activities set at the George Town World Heritage Site, where artistic programs such as music covers to children fun-filled activities, happening all at once in the vibrant city.

Grand Finale – The Extravaganza

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Held on the last day of the event, an also the Grand Finale for this year’s George Town Festival, The Extravaganza will have local and international artist mashed performances to celebrate arts to its fullest.

Visitors can also enjoy a cool flashback of events by participating in the photo exhibition, which exhibits featuring photos within the past 15 days. There will also be runway presentation and titled REBORN that talks about environmental conservation and animal abuse prevention, and a series of splendid Indian dance performance with acrobatic movements for ending the festival in a high note.

Places to Stay – Cititel Express Penang

Looking for a place to stay during the festival? Fret not! Cititel Express Penang is your ideal choice of accommodation, offering comfortable guestrooms with modern facilities partnered with excellent customer service.

The Hotel is centrally located in the heart of George Town and just a few minutes’ walk away from the UNESCO Heritage Sites


Contact no.: +60 4 259 1188

Address: 123, Lebuh Noordin, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia


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