GEORGE TOWN, Mar 26 – A free public screening of video documentaries featuring 14 heritage trades in George Town will be held at the Majestic Theatre on Sunday, 1 April 2018 from noon until 5.15pm.
Organised by George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI), the event is held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of George Town’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Titled ‘The Artisans and Practitioners of George Town’, the videos offer a glimpse into the lifelong dedication of individuals who have perfected their trades and crafts over the years, contributing to the safeguarding George Town’s cultural heritage.
The result of a three-year project that began in 2015, the videos feature watch repairers, electroplaters, optometrists, a canvas and leather goods maker, rattan crafters, a trishaw maker, joss stick makers, a tailor, mahjong makers, shoemakers, a songkok maker, goldsmiths, dhobis and a Chinese physician.
GTWHI general manager Dr Ang Ming Chee said most of the heritage trades have been rooted in George Town since the 1920s.
“Apart from witnessing the transformation of this harbour city, the artisans and practitioners have also contributed significantly to its development. They have dedicated their lives refining their skills. Through the generations, they have tirelessly provided their services and goods to the local community as well as travellers from all around the world.
“The videos document the daily lives, working methods and working environments of the heritage traders. They capture the multicultural living heritage of George Town, an outstanding universal value which led to George Town’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” she said.
Dr Ang added that the videos would inspire more people to be aware of the intangible cultural heritage that is found in George Town, and they are encouraged to show their support and appreciation towards the local artisans and practitioners by buying their products or striking up a conversation with them.
There will also be Q&A sessions with the artisans, practitioners and video production team after the screening of the videos. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Sim Jun Hui at 04-261 6606 or visit http://gtwhi.com.my/gt10/video-documentation-project/.