Contigo Me Voy by Mi Santa. Image courtesy of George Town Festival

The finale of the George Town Festival 2019 will be a huge celebration — fittingly titled The Extravaganza — on the evening of the 28th July, from 5pm – 11pm along Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai). This will involve some 120 artists, both local and international, in a variety of acts from fire breathing to aerial silk performances. 

On the main stage, there will be a range of dance performances, including the Indian Odissi, Dandiya and Bollywood dances by Angika Fine Arts group, and also a repeat (and this time, free!) performance of BIRD (which you can read about here). Continuing the social commentary that has been promoted throughout GTF this year, there will also be Reclaim by WindRiver Productions (Malaysia) and REBORN by visual artist Chan Hong Yu — performances that speak to the need for environmental activism and animal abuse protection.

BIRD by WHS and Pichet Klunchun Dance Company. Image courtesy of George Town Festival

In the ‘Dance in the Air’ section of the Extravaganza, there will be amazing aerial acts from Noah Yap Kok Boon (from Malaysia), the Mi Santa group (from Spain & Argentina) and Linda Vellar (from Italy). Using aerial silk and rope, as well as hoops, trapezes and Cyr wheels, these acts will be worth watching. Performed on rotation throughout the evening, they will be easy to catch in between the other events.

Fallen Angel & Light of Hope by Noah Yap Kok Boon. Image courtesy of George Town Festival

Over at the ‘The Wonder’ area, there will be fire performances from Jonathan Goh (Singapore), a display of the traditional Indian rope-and-pole sport Mallakhamb by the renowned group The Incredible Mallakhamb, and a hula hoop act from the Italian artist Linda Vellar. 

Mallakhamb by The Incredible Mallakhamb. Image courtesy of George Town Festival

These performances are not the only feature of the Extravaganza, however. There will be an exhibition of photographs taken throughout the festival; music performances by Julian Lee, Bryan Lee, and 3 Tones; and also a similar display of light projections that were so popular during the opening weekend of the festival. 

The Extravaganza evening this coming Sunday sounds like a fittingly extravagant way to say goodbye to George Town Festival 2019.

Where? — Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai)
When? — July 28th 2019, 5pm-11pm
Who? — Everyone
How much? — Free