The much-awaited George Town Festival is back with in its seventh year to regale visitors like never before. The opening weekend of the festival is set to be the most exciting, with the two-day A+SEAN showcase offering the perfect family outing thanks to a fun mix of fashion, arts and culture. What’s more, entry for children below six is free! From toddlers to senior citizens, there’s something fun for everyone at this colossal two-day showcase.
The event featuring some of the best talents from Australia and Southeast Asia will be held at the Esplanade on July 30 and 31 from 4pm to 12am. The highlight of the event is a music concert featuring some of the hottest regional artistes from ASEAN countries. Rocking the stage will be Indonesian band Nidji, whose ‘Liberty Victoria’ single was used as a ManU anthem in 2013, and Malaysian “Queen of Jazz” Sheila Majid whose hits like ‘Sinaran’ and ‘Antara Anyer dan Jakarta’ are internationally-known anthems. This will be Sheila Majid’s first public show up north in over 10 years.
The concert will also feature rising star Raisa Adriana, whose music videos on Youtube have received more than nine million hits each, hiphop artists Joe Flizzow and SonaOne, Bittersweet, OAG, Dasha Logan, Bihzhu and Ocean of Fire. You can also create your own music at the Drum Tiga Suku. Bring along your version of a drum – an old pan, a broken stick – and join fellow festivalgoers to beat out a fun rhythm!
Showing off how cool science can really be are the Strandbeests – giant PVC skeletons created by Dutch scientist Theo Jansen. The Strandbeests (beach animals in Dutch) have no motors but can “walk” like mammals thanks to a unique feat of engineering, powered by the wind. They will be joined by other giants – the Snuff Puppets from Australia – showing off the human body in its myriad forms and ambushing festivalgoers, enticing them into the world of theatre. Children and adults alike will be entertained by these creations, called “the world’s biggest human puppet” by Herald Sun (Australia).
For a dash of retail therapy, head over to the arts, books and lifestyle market showcasing the latest trends in crafts and fashion from ASEAN countries. There will also be a hip fashion show featuring Jonathun Yun’s stunning nature-inspired jewellery with Indonesian designer Arya Mahadewa’s apparel. While there, snack on some mouth-watering delicacies from food trucks and take selfies at a quirky photobooth.
The fun doesn’t end with the A+SEAN showcase. With your purchase of A+SEAN ticket, make sure you pick up your GO card, which will entail you to 20% discount on all GTF merchandise and tickets, apart from other discounts at partner GTF outlets and establishments. While the yellow GO card allows you a one-day pass for A+SEAN, the red card comes with a two-day pass to the event.
Make sure you grab your tickets early to enjoy lower prices. For advanced purchase, the ticket prices are RM 30 for one-day entry and RM 50 for two-day pass. For tickets at the door, one-day entry will cost you RM 35, while two-day pass will be for RM 65.