GEORGE TOWN: Musical performances, art and the rich heritage of Penang will be showcased at the George Town Festival 20 this month and next month.
Tourists admiring the paintings by Ernest Zacharevic who drew them on the walls of houses in Chew Jetty. Pic by Rudy Syareme Sheriffudin
The organiser is giving the public the chance to win premium tickets to the concerts and shows in the Code Red contest at the festival.
The contest will have a series of codes that contestants will have to collect. To do that, they will have to answer questions related to George Town.
“We know that getting tickets to watch all the shows will be rather expensive. We even got companies sponsoring tickets for some students.
“But we also want the public to have a chance to see the shows. So through this contest, they can try their luck to win tickets that can cost over RM100 each,” said the festival’s director Joe Sidek on Thursday.
To get started, those interested can check out the event’s website at georgetownfestival.com and click on the “code red” tab.
Among the concerts and shows to be shown at various places in George Town are Silat — Our Heritage to the World, Blinded Mind, The Manganiyar Seduction, Pro Musica, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rasa Sayang.
The shows, Sidek said, would be helmed by local performers and artistes.
The festival will also present an art trail featuring the works of young Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic, who came to Penang last year.
Inspired by the city’s heritage and culture, he is working on a few installation art pieces and large-scale murals that capture the colourful identity of the local community.
His works called Mirrors George Town will be on display around the heritage zone on Lebuh Canon, Lebuh Muntri, Lebuh Armenian, in Chew Jetty and several other places in town.
Zacharevic, who studied in London, said he hoped his street art project would encourage local artistes to put their work on display in public, and also help the city promote its heritage.
“We hope the people will enjoy the sights of the city, especially the less visited places, when they go on the art trail,” he said.
His artworks on heritage walls are created with Murobond paint. Tan Shih Thoe, the local distributor of the paint, said the brand offered paints in vibrant and rich colours.
The paint is durable and suitable for use on heritage walls and timber,” he said.
State Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai said the project also aimed to hold art exhibitions in open and public spaces so that more people would learn to appreciate them.
The festival will be from June 15 to July 15.By Looi Sue-Chern.