Southeast asia largest Art Festival Opens in Penang on July 28

George Town Festival is an annual, month-long celebration of culture, heritage, art and community. Inaugurated in 2010 in honour of George Town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the
festival transforms the city into a global stage, showcasing world-class performances, installations, and collaborations from international and local artists alike. With over one hundred unique events each year, the festival seeks to create new and vibrant connections between the traditional and the contemporary, the past and the future. Drawing thousands of visitors each year to Penang, George Town Festival is quickly becoming one of Asia’s must-see events.

In its eighth year now, the festival returns from the 28th of July until the 3rd of September 2017. The festival opens this year with a week end dedicated to Southeast Asian Artistic, Cultural and Culinary Delights
July 28 to 30, 2017.

George Town Festival opens this year with Svara ASEAN as a tribute to the sounds of Southeast Asia.This show is a celebration of the artistic pride in the region, home of local tradition, and culture.
The hour and a half musical showcase will feature six of Southeast Asia’s acclaimed crooners and musicians during two nights filled with mesmerising melodies and a wide repertoire of music genres.

Other artists include
A) Philippine Madrigal Singers
Recognised by UNESCO as Artists for Peace for “putting their fame and influence to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace”, Madrigal Singers is one of the most awarded choral groups in the world.
B) Gus Teja
Gus Teja is the lead musician and namesake of Gus Teja World Music, a leading Balinese music group determined to spread global peace and love through the universal, spiritual and uplifting language of music.
Gus Teja is the band’s flute (suling) maestro from a small village near Ubud, Bali.
C) Anchee – Manasanun Aksornteang
A classical opera singer, Manasanun started her singing lessons at the age of thirteen. Her singing career as a guest singer and mezzo-soprano performer has contributed to the numerous concerts in Bangkok, Songkhla, Yala, Pattani, Phuket, Phnom Penh, Chiang Mai and Udon thani.
D) Penang Philharmonic Orchestra
Penang Philharmonic Orchestra was established to bring the talented musicians in Penang together in
building a community that sharpens one another and in enhancing the standards of live classical music in Penang and is supported by the state governments.
E) Adibah Noor
Multi-hyphenate Adibah Noor has been in show business since 1995. She has released two musical albums and is about to release a third album.
F) Sean Ghazi
Singer, actor and composer Sean Ghazi is performing in some of the most prestigious stages in the world.

In parallel to music performances, George Town Art Festival is also organising on July 29 the ASEAN Design Forum which brings together leading design luminaries in Southeast Asia. With the support of
ThinkCity and Southeast Asian Creative Cities Network, this day-long forum will bring ideas that delve into the status quo and future of design, space-making, and the creative industries.

This forum could not come at a better time as traditional design-making methods slowly vanish in the face of technological advancement. Issues will be discussed and solutions will be explored at thz free event.