Esplanade to be set aglow with excitement



THE Esplanade in Penang is set to be transformed into a glowing playground of lights, rays and projection mapping this weekend.

The two-night event, ‘When Night Falls’, will bring together an eclectic array of illuminated artworks from across the globe on Saturday and Sunday from 7pm to 11pm.

State Tourism, Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the event, held in conjunction with the Georgetown Festival 2019, would feature about 60 artists from eight countries.

There will be many creative and innovative programmes to explore and enjoy which include projection mapping whereby visitors can witness the heritage buildings of City Hall and Town Hall draped in neon lighting.

Yeoh said festival goers could also experience the magic of stilted performers and ballerinas.

“Visitors will be kept entertained by a group of drummers delivering high-energy choreography and magical display of lights.

“The state is expecting some 100,000 visitors and everyone is advised to use public transport or carpool heading to the festival.

“Make sure you are in town to see Esplanade turned into a place full of breathtaking light arts,” he told a press conference in Komtar today.

Also present was festival director Jack Wong.

Jalan Padang Kota Lama and Lebuh Duke will be closed from 6pm on July 11 to 6am on July 12 to facilitate the festival.

Story by Edmund Lee
Pix by Nur Amirah Husna Roslan