Lion dance performance during the Chinese New Year celebration at George Town. Lion dance in Penang was found to have started during the 1930s, whereby it was a tradition brought over by immigrants from southern China back then. Hence, the common lion dance here is the southern lion dance style. Usually performed during Chinese New Year or any major Chinese event, the lion dance is believed to bring luck and fortune.
George Town Festival 2019’s WHEN NIGHT FALLS, which is held at the Esplanade area featuring Teatro Pavana performing Le Ballerine.
Compagnie des Quidams from France performing FierS à Cheval at the 2019 George Town Festival’s When Night Falls, at the Esplanade.
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.
The annual Chinese New Year celebration which is held in George Town’s heritage area. The celebration usually features various traditional arts and performance of the local Chinese culture.
Hin Bus Depot‘s Sunday Pop Up Market serves as an avenue for various community activities including a small market featuring handmade products for sale by various individual sellers or small traders as well as performances by artists or musicians.
Hin Bus Depot is located at Gurdwara Road (or Brick Kiln Road), George Town.
The Penang George Town Festival that ended recently is a month-long celebration of arts and cultural performance which is held annually (normally during mid-year, July to August period). Every year, the event attracts thousands of visitors and many art performers from around the world, quickly becoming one of Asia’s must see events. The George Town Festival was launched in 2010 as a recognition of George Town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.