Press Release for "Blending Of Blood‟, A Unity Project
Date : 25th May 2O11 (Wednesday)
GEORGE TOWN FESTIVAL 2O11
The George Town Festival is a month-long celebration of the inscription of George Town on UNESCO‟s World Heritage Listing on 7th July, 2OO8. Scheduled to be an annual event, the Festival opens as a feast of theatre, music, dance, film, art, opera, food, fashion, photography, and inspirational talks.
The primary objective of the George Town Festival is to provide a platform to promote arts and culture to engage all stakeholders to work collectively with the common aim of increasing the multiplier effect on Penang‟s economy. The Festival acts as a catalyst to advance art and heritage education, promotes dialogue, and encourages mutual understanding between different urban communities, past and present.
The 2O11 Festival will feature over 8O programmes which promote ARTS and HERITAGE in Penang, made possible with the concerted effort of the Penang State Government, Municipal Council of Penang Island, George Town World Heritage Incorporated, Penang Global Tourism and the various communities of Penang.
Penang has 1.6 million people, more on the island. The population is largely composed of Chinese, Malays and Indians. This diversity of different ethnic backgrounds in Penang has contributed to various types of ethnic mixes which exists now. Penang also has a sizeable expatriate population, many of whom who has decided to call Penang home. Blending of Blood is part of an ongoing Unity project started in 2OO9 by Shahram Entekhabi, Joe Sidek and WL Project in collaboration with Museum & Gallery Tuanku Fauzan, USM, George Town Penang.
The Photographic Society of Penang has previously collaborated with us on the Blending of Blood project. For George Town Festival 2O11, we are honoured to have onboard with us the internationally renowned art and museum curator Marina Betist (Blending of Blood) and internationally acclaimed visual artist/ art director Drew Harris (Characters). Both of them are continuing the effort to showcase the uniqueness of our complex diversity in our ethnic backgrounds of Penang by exhibiting a images of these individuals.
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