Early December, festivals

It’s that time of year in Penang.  The malls are getting decked out in garlands and lights.  The weather is supposed to be shifting from rainy to not.  (Recent years have had local old-timers perplexed regarding weather)  And the whole island is abuzz with activity.  I’m going to leave off the shopping bit for another post.  Today, let’s talk about all the festivals that are going on this time of year.

George Town Literary Festival

Nov 29-30 2014

We’ve just finished up the George Town Literary Festival downtown.  It’s held at The Whiteaways Arcade, Lebuh Pantai.  The venue is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The Arcade is a bunch of shoplots with cafes and arts venues.

Sorry if you missed it.  It’s a great opportunity for writers and readers to connect.  Writers also have workshops t o help hone their craft.  This year, there is a seasoned editor giving a lecture about what Publishers are looking for.

The funny people at Say it Like You Mean It offered up a pair of evenings filled with Original Music, Poetry, Comedy and just a good time.  They perform year round so you can see where they’ll be appearing next on their facebook page.

Dragon Boat Race

Dec 6-7 2014

This isn’t the Annual Dragon Boat Festival that happens in June.  This is another race, but just as popular and just as fun.  Dragon Boat Teams from around the world will be gathering at the Teluk Bahang Dam.  Photographers, I think this is a great opportunity to get a lot of color and culture.  Get out there for some fun.

Penang Island Jazz Festival

Dec 4-7 2014

After the day at the Boat Festival, stay in the North End of the Penang Island for this annual Jazz festival.

Check out this video of one of the performers coming this year

Tickets can be purchased online at TicketPro.