Penang, an island in Malaysia, is also known as the Pearl of the Orient. It boasts a colourful heritage, a fusion of the old with the new, which is clearly visible in their colonial buildings alongside the hi-tech industrial center.
This contemporary metropolis is an amalgamation of modern amenities and simple small town friendliness. And more recently it has become the land of the famous Jazz festival.
The Penang Island Jazz Festival was first held in 2004. This independent music festival started off as a two-day event featuring 12 groups from six countries. It is now expanded a four-day event with over a 100 groups from more than 25 countries.
This fiesta’s main outdoor event is the “Jazz by the beach” at Bayview Beach Resort, Batu Feringghi, which stages a slew of international and homegrown jazz acts. Apart from the rocking live music, this first weekend of December offers exciting musical activities such as forums (where international speakers discuss about jazz music and festivals), workshops, drum circle, fringe stages, exhibitions, and charity dinners. The festival has established itself as a musical jamboree in the Southeast Asian Region.
The best compliment to live music is food. Penang, aka the Hawker’s Paradise, is the best place to eat delicious food made by the Penangites. This paradise’s main local entrée includes the Penang Hokkien Mee, Laksa, Char Koay Teow, Sar Hor, Ais kacang, Cendol, and Rojak. “Penangites” or the locals, are a very fussy lot; therefore they ensure that there is a quality and standard in their street food. Gurney Drive, also known as Persiaran Gurney, is often referred to as the New Esplanade, which comes alive at nighttime, giving a unique experience of dining by the sea.
This is your chance to back your bags, pick up your passports, and head out for a fun weekend of live music, beaches, and the best hawker food Penang has to offer.
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