George Town Heritage Celebrations 2019


The annual community-driven George Town Heritage Celebrations returns this year from 6 – 8 July 2019 to mark the 11th anniversary of George Town’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Themed Let’s Celebrate – Rituals and Festive Events, it will give celebration-goers the opportunity of firsthand experience in our living traditions.

The theme highlights George Town as a diverse, living heritage city, with rituals and festive events such as the commemoration of traditional and cultural events, birth celebrations, wedding ceremonies, and major celebrations to honour deities, that are still being practised and celebrated today.

It also features the people of George Town who continue to live in harmonious coexistence through the understanding of multicultural traditions that have been passed down through generations despite the differences in ethnic and culture.

On 6 July 2019, the Street Festival will take place from 6pm to 11pm in the inner city of George Town. The curation of programmes together with the local community will centre on their rituals and festive events, and encompass interactive activities such as workshops, demonstrations, performances, and games.

The site excursions to seven locations are from 6 – 8 July 2019, in which participants will have the chance to enrich and broaden their knowledge on the various culture and traditions from the historical religious sites that they will be visiting.

For more information, follow George Town Heritage Celebrations on Facebook (George Town Heritage Celebrations) and Instagram (@heritagecelebrations).

Download the George Town Heritage Celebrations 2019 PDF brochure
English | Malay | Chinese | Tamil

Download the George Town Heritage Celebrations 2019 Booklet (PDF, 12MB)


Through our site excursions, participants will meet the local communities of George Town and experience their culture and traditions. They will have their knowledge enriched and broadened through experiential activities, and learning about the history that the sites have to offer.

Date Time Venue Location Registration
6 July 2019 9am – 11am State Chinese (Penang) Association Jalan Perak Register
6 July 2019 12pm – 2pm Nattukottai Nagarathar Heritage Society Lebuh Penang Register
7 July 2019 10am – 12pm Kapitan Keling Mosque Jalan Buckingham Register
7 July 2019 1pm – 3pm Penang Eurasian Association Jalan Kelawai Register
7 July 2019 4pm – 6pm Gujarati Samaj Penang Jalan Green Hall Register
8 July 2019 10am – 12pm Wadda Gurdwara Sahib Penang Jalan Gurdwara Register
8 July 2019 4pm – 6pm Nam Hooi Wooi Koon Lebuh Chulia Register

The fee is RM30 (MyKad / MyKid) and RM50 (Standard) per site. Please dress appropriately when visiting places of worship. For details, please contact us via Facebook (George Town Heritage Celebrations) or WhatsApp at +6017-428 1848.


Volunteer in one of the largest celebrations in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site for a first-hand experience of our living traditions. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet local communities, acquire new skills and knowledge, and play a role in the team to make this event a huge success.

The Street Festival

Venue: George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site, Penang
Date: 6 July 2019, Saturday
Time: 6pm – 11pm

As a volunteer, you will receive:

  1. A Certificate of Recognition.
  2. George Town Heritage Celebrations 2019 limited edition T-shirt.
  3. Meal and beverage on your day of duty.