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Upcoming festivals in Penang

Ten days, five festivals to look forward to

Written by
Time Out Penang editors

It may be a bit bleak right now in Penang with last week’s flooding, but here’s something to look forward to at the end of the month. Within the span of ten days starting from November 24, Penang will be playing host to five festivals (from dragon boat races to jazz music) which will be happening all around the island. Here’s what you can look forward to.

George Town Literary Festival

The festivities open with the largest annual literary festival in Malaysia. Spread over three days, the George Town Literary Festival returns with the theme ‘Monsters & (Im)Mortals’. This year’s edition sees over 60 speakers from 20 different countries in a series of thought-provoking panel sessions and will feature local and international writers, journalists, poets and activists such as A Samad Said, Fahmi Mustaffa, David Van Reybrouck and Nisha Ayub.

Nov 24-26,  various locations in George Town.

In-between Arts Festival

Happening between the George Town Literary Festival and the Penang Island Jazz Festival is the aptly named In-Between Arts Festival. Taking place on the grounds of Armenian Park, the line-up of events includes performances, traditional games, local food and beverages as well as a pop-up market. Best of all, this family-friendly event is completely free to attend.

Nov 27-29, Armenian Park.

Penang Island Jazz Festival

Conclude the ten days of three festivals with a little ‘Jazz By The Beach’ at Penang Island Jazz Festival. Sway to the smooth rhythm of jazz with performances by Korean bands Se: UM and Modern Pansori including other international acts such as Adam Hall and The Velvet Playboys, Eva Klesse Quartett and more.

Nov 30-Dec 3, various locations in Penang.

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