The annual George Town Festival commemorates the inscription of George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 7 July 2008. The first anniversary celebration was held in 2009 as a weekend showcase of culture. Following the success of this, the state government of Penang decided to support an annual month-long festival of arts and culture, and in 2010, George Town Festival in its current form was born.

This annual month-long Festival transforms the city into a global stage, showcasing world-class performances, installations and collaborations from international and local artists alike. With over one hundred unique events each year, the Festival seeks to create new and vibrant connections between the traditional and the contemporary, the past and the future. Drawing thousands of visitors each year to Penang, George Town Festival is quickly becoming one of Asia’s must-see events.

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