Moved by Padi, August 27-28

Honouring green swaths of paddy might seem to be clutching at straws as a basis for a performance act. But, if you think about it, it holds more meaning than may appear at first glance. In East and Southeast Asia, paddy fields and their crop – rice – are an integral part of the region’s […]

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Gandini Juggling 2013

Smashed, August 27th and 28th

You are cordially invited to a tea party you will never forget … UK-based Gandini Juggling is known for its virtuoso performances which are revolutionising circus performances the world over. The Gandinis have already performed over 5,000 shows in 50 countries “Smashed” was a Herald Angel Award winner at the Edinburgh Festival 2013 and received rave […]

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Triptyque, August 26th and 27th

If you like Cirque de Soleil you will like this. Seven artists juggling, dancing, prancing, hanging from ropes, balancing on hands and heads … Canadian  troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main  perform mind-boggling tricks that blur the lines between contemporary dance and acrobatics, between theatre and athleticism and also use interactive multi-media to make […]

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Obscura Festival of Photography, August 15th-31st

This is the fourth year that the Obscura Festival has taken place during the George Town festival. Each year, the festival hosts a series of exhibitions, talks, workshops, portfolio reviews and slide shows. This year the Festival offers us eleven exhibitions, taking place in various locations around George Town. The “One Percent Show” or “1%: Privilege […]

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Connecting the Lights, 21st August

Considering Penang’s size and relative obscurity, the state has attracted and cultivated personalities that have been made famous for influencing the world. Of course, Francis Light stands out as being the first to establish Penang as a British colony. His son, William Light, then went on in his father’s footsteps and established what we now […]

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ASEAN Film Showcase: Innocents, August 21st

The George Town festival series of screenings of films by important South East Asian directors continues with “Innocents” on August 21st. Singaporean director Wong Chen-Hsi will be conducting a short talk following the film. She won the award for best Director, Asian New Talent with the film at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June […]

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