GEORGE TOWN, Jun 17 – George Town Heritage Celebrations will return this year from 7 to 9 July 2016 in conjunction with the 8th anniversary of George Town’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The theme for this year’s George Town Heritage Celebrations is ‘MAI MAIN’, it will feature a dynamic line-up of traditional sports and games from the multicultural community of George Town, with the heritage enclave as the backdrop.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said this event was organised by George Town World Heritage Incorporated with the support and participation of City Council of Penang Island, Penang Global Tourism, Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO, George Town Festival and 20 various local communities, this annual affair in the month of July is no stranger to all of Rakyat.
He said this 20 various local communities were 11 existing and 9 new partners from the local communities for their commitment of time and resources in this event. George Town is blessed with eclectic architectural marvels and vibrant multicultural communities which define the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the site.
“What is most significant is the living heritage and the ability of different faiths and cultures to live in harmony and mutual respect. In other words the celebration of diversity. This unique Outstanding Universal Values of George Town World Heritage Site have been duly acknowledged by UNESCO, which led to our inscription as a World Heritage Site in 2008,” Lim said.
“UNESCO recognises the significance of traditional sports and games as an opportunity for the community to demonstrate its interpretation of life and the world, and that they are a priceless part of humanity’s cultural heritage. It serves as a constant reminder to us that our practices, whether modern or contemporary, remain rooted in our valuable traditions – and that is what George Town Heritage Celebrations intends to communicate to both locals and visitors,” he said.
The episode this year will take place on various venues around George Town World Heritage Site from the 7th to the 9th of July. The showpiece for this year is the StreetFest on the 9th of July. As 8th of July is a replacement holiday for Heritage Day on 7th of July which also falls on the 2nd day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.