GEORGE TOWN, Aug 1 — Who can speak more than five languages?
Who has lied on their tax return?
Who thinks our local government is corrupt?
One hundred Penangites answered these and many other thought-provoking questions on stage during a one and a half hour performance in the grand opening of the sixth edition of the George Town Festival (GTF) tonight.
The annual arts and cultural festival opened today with the sold-out 100% Penang performance directed by Berlin-based theatre troupe Rimini Protokoll.
The performance, featuring an entire cast of Penangites who are not professional actors or performers, brings Penang island’s demographics to life where each person represents one per cent of the island’s population.
“This show is something very close to my heart and I wanted to bring it here ever since I saw the 100% Melbourne a few years ago,” said festival director Joe Sidek.
The two-day ‘100% Penang’ performance at Dewan Sri Pinang is an apt start to a month-long festival that showcases the local art and culture scene along with inspiring international acts.
More than 120 events are lined up throughout the whole of August in conjunction with GTF.
The events started earlier today with a talk on “Five architects, five houses” where architect, lecturer and author Dr Jon Lim talked about some of the impressive mansions built in Penang.
The Same Same: A Dan Lain-Lain Project exhibition by Lithuanian Paulius Staniuas also opened today showcasing about 30 Penangites of mixed races or couples in mixed race relationships.
There is also a two-day musical showcase of South-east Asian musicians playing bamboo-made instruments titled Bambu at the MBPP Town Hall.
A line-up of exciting events is scheduled every weekend including the inaugural Butterworth Fringe Festival and All Things Malaysia.
Find out more about GTF events at www.georgetownfestival.com.