This November and December, Penang will be very busy as they play hosts home to 3 Festivals consisting of George Town Literary Festival, In-between Arts Festival and Penang Island Jazz Festival.
If you’re thinking of going away for a quick break, why not try Penang. With the amount of things lined up for the upcoming festivals, it sounds like it’s going to be an awesome time! If you’re not sure what the festivals are about, we have a synopsis of the events for you.
The George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) returns this year with an impressive lineup of local and international writers. GTLF is enjoying its fourth year return. It was well received before and this year, it will feature 30 acclaimed writers in the likes of Miguel Syjuco, Kassim Ahmad, Rehman Rashid, Rana Dasgupta and Sudeep Sen. These talented writers will present their stories through prose, poetry, spoken word and / or film. This year will also be a little different by taking a look at how writers’ engage in GTLF’s theme ‘Capital’ through lectures, workshops and more. And for those of you who enjoy a night of laughter, there’s even a ticketed comedy night where the proceeds will go to charity.
The In-between Arts Festival is quite an interesting festival. The festival will feature lots of fun things to do. Things like a drive-in movie, badminton flash mob and performances by various artistes such as Bihzhu and The Rubberbands.
The drive-in movie will be very popular as it’ll be great old cinematic experience under the stars. Fingers crossed for good weather! All movies will be based on a first-come-first served basis. So, if you’re keen on this, go early to nab your parking spot. As for the badminton flash mob, this one has nothing to do with dance. But instead, it will celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship with a lot of racket-on-court action.
Last but not least, is the Penang Island Jazz Festival, it will be a music-filled event. International and local jazz artistes perform at Jazz by the Beach. Held at Bayview Beach Resort, catch Seth Glier, CNIRBS, Laila Biali Trio, Monoswezi, Dutch Swing College Band, Richard Bona Group, Jo Young Deok Trio, Schroeder-Headz, Crystal Bowersox, Fresh Dixie Project and Carmen Souza. Bringing a dash of local flavour on stage is Jazzhats & Ray featuring Man Kidal.
There’s also a Sunrise at Tropical Spice Garden which is basically starting your say with breakfast with a side of jazz. There’s also the Creative Malaysia Fringe Stages. Staged in the lobbies of Bayview Beach Resort, Hard Rock Hotel Penang and Parkroyal Resort, we hope you’ll be able to catch a series of performances of various musical styles. Spot Sid & Troublemakers, Riz & Endleaves and Christian Mark Theseira perform at Hard Rock Hotel before making a switch to Bayview Beach Resort for Manuel Ukulele, Hazel & Jay, Uglymen and more.