The first event of the 2019 George Town Festival is WHEN NIGHT FALLS, which is held at the Esplanade area from 13 to 14 July, 7pm to 11pm. The event is a series of performance and lights display, featuring the following:
- Compagnie des Quidams from France performing FierS à Cheval
- Moz Drums from France performing The Lighted Drummers
- Teatro Pavana from The Netherlands performing Le Ballerine & Night Colors
- FILAMEN, a local projection mapping community group which will showcase a variety of beautiful animated visuals onto the facade of the Penang Town Hall.