(Taken from mypenang.gov.my)
George Town World Heritage Day
Event Date : 07 Jul 2017
Taste a side of this historic city that visitors rarely experience. Penang celebrates the George Town Heritage Day with activities focusing mainly on Penang’s unique heritage and traditions.
Penang Bon Odori Festival
Event Date : 15 Jul 2017
Time : 6pm – 10.30pm
A traditional and merry Japanese festival that is celebrated with dance and lively drum performances to welcome the homecoming of ancestral spirits. This festival is a Japanese Buddhist observance that honours the spirit of ancestors, who return once a year to visit their families. The carnival-like atmosphere is made even merrier with stalls selling a variety of local and Japanese food, fireworks display, Japanese souvenirs, lively performances and games.
St. Anne’s Festival
Event Date : 21 July – 30 July
Venue : St. Anne’s Church, Bukit Mertajam
A 10-day prayer ritual that draws many believers from all walks of life. In conjunction with the annual St. Anne’s Feast, a candlelight procession is usually conducted at the church grounds during the night. Built in 1957, The Church of St. Anne, Bukit Mertajam is a significant part of penang’s history. Many historical relics can be found at the church compound such as the beautiful stained glasses at the altar. Another attraction of the church that is available all year round is the 14 Cross Stations with life sized statues that depicts the crucifixion of Lord Jesus Christ.
Livin La Vida Imelda
Event Date : 28 Jul 2017
Carlos Celdran is a Filipino-born, New York trained visual artist, actor, and activist. For one night only, Celdran will perform his critically acclaimed Off-Broadway show “Livin’ La Vida Imelda,” at the Georgetown Festival as a late-night cabaret show. “Livin’ La Vida Imelda” is a hysterically gossipy disco-infused, a one-man performance piece about Mr. Celdran’s personal experiences under the Marcos dictatorship in mid-1970s Manila. Through the magic of multimedia, he will slip you into the shoes of flamboyant former First Lady Imelda Marcos and guide you through the skeletons hanging inside Imelda’s closet of personal issues. Learning about Filipino history was never this much fun nor as relevant. As we speak, the Philippines is once again rekindling their romance with dictatorship and Martial Law. So come and watch “Livin’ La Vida Imelda”, laugh, cry, and learn a thing or two about why Filipinos have chosen to repeat history once again.
Event Date : 28 July – 29 July
Imagine a show that is not everything that you know of, but is everything that you are. The shows are familiar yet intriguing, the music lively yet soothing, their outfit design dates back for generations yet remains contemporary on stage today. It is a stage where all the voices of Southeast Asia converge, this is Svara ASEAN. GTF opens with Svara ASEAN, a celebration of the artistic pride in the region, home of our tradition and culture. Accompanied the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, recognised in 2009 by UNESCO as Artists for Peace”, comes with a performance of a wide repertoire of music genre. They will be joined by flute maestro Gus Teja, who performed internationally and has three albums released. The concert will also feature Malaysians Sean Ghazi and Adibah Noor. From Thailand we present Anchee.