George Town Festival 2016 is in full swing

George Town Festival 2016 is in full swing

Creative indulgence

Text: Gwen Ong

Image: George Town Festival Official Site

Launched in 2010 in honour of George Town making it as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the George Town Festival is an annual, month-long celebration of arts, culture, heritage and community

Every year, George Town is transformed into a global stage where world-class performances, installations and collaborations with local and international artists take place. It is a fascinating bridge of the traditional and the contemporary, the past and the future. What makes this festival unique is its accessiblity to people from all walks of life. 

Now in its sixth edition, the George Town Festival is currently in full swing as it brings us closer to the arts with its series of programmes. We picked out five shows to catch before the month is up.



When: 20 - 21 Aug, 8.30pm

Where: Dewan Sri Pinang

Kaash means 'if only' in Hindi. This masterpiece from the UK, which was named 'Best Modern Choreography' by The Critics' Circle National Dance Award, is a mix of contemporary dance and Indian classical dance form Kathak. It is a production by world-renowned dancer and choreographer, Akram Khan together with internationally celebrated sculptor Anish Kapoor and composer Nitin Sawhney.


Am I

When: 22 - 23 Aug, 8.30pm

Where: Dewan Sri Pinang

"Who am I?" – that is the question that the Australian performers seek to explore and answer in this dance performance. With fast-moving choreography and beating drums, Am I is a theatrical display of human existence. The dancers and singers bring the Big Bang, evolution and the formation of consciousness, spirituality and society to life on stage.



When: 26 - 27 Aug, 8.30pm

Where: Dewan Sri Pinang

Canadian-based Les 7 doigts de la main brings Triptyque to Asia for the first time. The company's accolades include a stage performance at the 2012 Academy Awards Ceremony and directing the first segment of the Opening Ceremony at the Sochi Olympic games. Triptyque is a mesmerising three-part show where the performers fuse traditional circus arts such as hoops and trapeze with contemporary dance, theatre and comedy.



When: 27 - 28 Aug, 8.30pm

Where: Majestic Theatre, George Town

Formed in 1992, the world-renowned jugglers - Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala of Gandini Juggling have performed over 5000 shows in 50 countries. Smashed is inspired by the life and times of the great choreographer, Pina Bausch and tells of the dark art of juggling through a series of nostalgic filmic scenes. 


P.Ramlee The Musical

When: 28 Aug, 8pm; 29 Aug, 3pm & 8pm; 30 Aug, 3pm

Where: Dewan Sri Pinang

The iconic actor/performer is fondly remembered in this production. Expect to laugh, cry and sing along to some medley of songs that were made famous by the legend. P.Ramlee The Musical is the winner of eight BOH Cameronian Arts Awards including best director, best actor, best original script, best music and best ensemble performance.


For more information on the line-ups, exhibitions and shows taking place at the George Town Festival 2016, check out the official site


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