The fun and excitement of the George Town Festival 2017 continue on mainland Penang this weekend, with the Butterworth Fringe Festival (BFF).
The exhaustive programme listed below is a reflection of a well-curated festival, where something is offered to everyone.
For the islanders, this is a good excuse as any to enjoy a leisurely ferry crossing over the Penang Channel to check out the BFF acts.
Thank you Masya for The List below:
Angin dan Air
An outdoor, cross-cultural, collaborative show by Zamzuriah Zahari and Liu Yong Sean of Malay Mak Yong and Chinese martial arts to carry out the story of Butterworth fishermen.
Shibori is a traditional Japanese fabric technique that involves twisting and folding the fabric to create intricate patterns. Organised by Lokalhouz Butterworth. Registration is free.
Art Market – Roots Street Art
The top 20+ vendors of Roots Fest make up an independent market collective selling a variety of indie merchandise. Organised by Lokalhouz Butterworth.
Roots Street Art Wall Competition
12 artists compete in a 20-hour wall art competition. Artists are allocated individual 8 x 4 feet plywood walls. Winners will be judged by 3 locally-renowned artists.
DIY Kaleidoscope Workshop
A craft workshop for kids age 9 and above. Make a handmade kaleidoscope using three pieces of mirrors, a paper towel tube, colourful marbles, and other materials.
Taugeh, Tembakau, and Along from the widely circulated publication Ujang will give a 3 hour free workshop on cartoon drawing. Organised by Lokalhouz Butterworth.
A doll painting workshop for both children and adults. Participants paint designs on wooden dolls, similar to Japanese Kokeshi Dolls. All handmade by Pokothings.
More than 10 independent publishing houses such as Buku Fixi, Lejen Press, Roman Buku will be selling writings in both English and Bahasa Malaysia in a warehouse for 2 days.
Mek Mulung is a traditional Malay theatre unique to Kedah. Incorporates elements of Mak Yong, Menora and Hadrah. Has a repertoire of 20 stories, although only a few survive today.
Jikey is a traditional Malay dance drama popular in Kedah and Perlis. Known as Yike in Cambodia and Likay in Thailand. Developed into secular theatre in the late 19th century.
Houz of Barber
One of the members of Lokalhouz, Houz of Barber was established in 2015. Collaborated with Roots Fest in 2016 to organise The Roots Barber Festival in Butterworth.
Originating from Melaka, an entertaining and educational martial arts performance chronicling the battle between legendary warriors, Hang Jebat and Hang Tuah.
Potehi – Kisah Pulau Pinang
Ombak-Ombak Art STUDIO’s Potehi group presents a tale of love and friendship employing traditional Hokkien Potehi glove puppets. Directed by ethnomusicologist Prof Tan Sooi Beng and young puppeteer Marcus Lim.
Penang Dhol Blasters
The Penang Dhol Blasters are known for their high-intensity traditional double-headed punjabi drums called dhols. They have taken part in many cultural events in Penang.
Konsert Kopi-Tiam will feature the talents of three generations of Penangites performing in English, Malay, Hokkien and Tamil. Each musical set is a mini variety concert of 90 to 120 minutes.
The Drum Roll
An ethno/fusion/world music drum performance by Eng Bok, followed by a communal drum circle with public involvement. No prior drumming experience required.
Singing professionally for four years now, Pete Kallang believes music has the ability to transcend borders and races. Channeling the legendary likes of Marvin Gaye and Frank Sinatra.
Diego – The Chaplin Show: Diego is a multi-talented impressionist whose acclaimed portrayal of Charlie Chaplin has charmed audiences worldwide.
Great Dave: Great Dave started performing at the tender age of 14 in Covent Garden. His specialty is mixing high-level circus skills with comedy.
Jack Flash: The Jack Flash show is a comedy stunt show that focuses on fun and physical comedy. Featuring knife juggling and
JP Koala: Medieval axes, cute cuddly toy koalas and comedy chaos come together to produce an entertaining display of skill and improvised performance.
A Simple Space
One of Australia’s hottest and most original circus ensembles. In this award-winning show, 7 young acrobats push themselves to their physical limits.
A phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to deliver a radical urban circus.
String Fling! is a signature marionette performance by Frankie. This brand new production features the latest celebrity marionettes in the wonderful world of string puppetry.
Urbanights Film Screening
Described by the New York Times as “worth fighting your way through a crowd to see”, Gary Hustwit’s Urbanized explores the issues and strategies behind designing cities.
Urbanights Film Screening
The Human Scale by Andreas Møl Dalsgaard questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people in the center of equations.
Urbanights Film Screening – Purge
A documentary about the dedicated and hardworking labourers who have contributed to the building of a city sewage system for nearly half a century.
Star Sanctuary Seberang Perai Photography Exhibition
Exhibition of semi-finalists' photographs submitted to the Star Sanctuary Seberang Perai Photography competition. This showcase reveals the hidden talents of Seberang Perai citizens
Temple of Colours Art Sculpture
Organised by BYG Architects, Temple of Colours is an art installation in cube form that reflects Butterworth’s rich arts, culture, and heritage. Easily identifiable by people from all walks of life.
Butterworth Also Can or Buttercan is a programme that aims to build creative communities in Butterworth by providing training, organising workshops, and providing opportunities and for Penang’s performing artists.
(Images courtesy of George Town Festival)