The annual George Town Festival (GTF), running from Aug 4-Sept 2, 2018 is bringing in the richness of Taiwanese art and culture to Penang.
“Isle to Isle”, is a collaboration between GTF and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia (TECO).
It will showcase a layered series of programmes highlighting the very best of Taiwanese performing arts, creative and art administration, say its organisers.
Programmes hosted throughout the week will be an effort to showcase and create a discourse on Taiwanese performing arts and design and the use of creative spaces to generate people-centric experiences.
“We are very excited to work with TECO along with other well-established Taiwanese organisations on this project.
“There is much to learn from the Taiwanese art and cultural creative industries and we want to bring forth a different approach to art and design to Penang”, GTF director Joe Sidek said.
“What Taiwan has done for its art industry is an exemplary approach for Penang’s growth of the art and design scene here.
“Taiwan is a leading example within the region where the government and private sectors are working together to create a successful platform for the creative industry. There is much we can learn from this,” he added.
Isle to Isle also serves as an effort to create closer ties with the Taiwanese art and design community.
“By partnering with the George Town Festival and establishing Isle to Isle, we hope that we can create a closer bond with Malaysia. What better way to strengthen a great relationship than through the arts,” said Cultural Division Director of TECO in Malaysia, Peggy Chou.
“Through this project we are thrilled to bring to Penang the best of Taiwanese art, design and more”, said Peggy Chou.
Isle to Isle will feature a week of Taiwan’s best art and design showcases to be hosted around George Town.
The cultural week will include The Hsinchu City Youth Chinese Orchestra, Isle of Dreams, Kaxabu! A Language No Longer Spoken?, Second Body, talks and a market showcasing and selling Taiwanese creative products curated by Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, and screenings of Taiwanese films.
The collaboration with Taiwan also includes partnerships with Taiwanese organisations such as the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taiwan Cinema Toolkit, Quanta Arts Foundation and Penang-based Mano Plus.
The GTF is a month-long celebration of culture, heritage, art and community. The festival which is now in its 9th year, continues to honour George Town’s spot on the world map as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Watch this space for more world-class acts which are coming to George Town!
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(images courtesy of GTF)