But­ter­worth comes alive

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Arts - The two-day BFF event runs from 5pm to 11pm on Aug 12 and 13. More info: www.but­ter­worth­fringe.com.

ACROBATS, a Char­lie Chap­lin­in­spired street show, comedy stunt theatre, jug­glers, BMX freestylers, con­tem­po­rary dance and street art. And the list isn’t half fin­ished yet. There is no deny­ing that the Old Jetty Road (or Jalan Jeti Lama) in But­ter­worth, Pe­nang, is set to be the na­tion’s busiest and nois­i­est street when the But­ter­worth Fringe Fes­ti­val (BFF) opens this week­end.

The free-ad­mis­sion fes­ti­val, which is an off­shoot of the Ge­orge Town Fes­ti­val (GTF), runs on Aug 12 and 13. The two-day BFF is a joint ef­fort by the Se­berang Prai Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil, GTF, Think City Sdn Bhd and the state gov­ern­ment.

“This is BFF’s third year, and we are aim­ing for an event to wake up the neigh­bour­hood,” says Joe Sidek, GTF fes­ti­val di­rec­tor.

“The pro­gram­ming is just one half of BFF’s ap­peal. The town it­self is spe­cial, you can feel the soul­ful en­ergy from this place,” he adds.

BFF is ex­pect­ing an at­ten­dance of more than 20,000 fes­ti­val­go­ers.

The town’s unique at­trac­tions such as the But­ter­worth Art Walk, or din­ing along Jalan Raja Uda, will also be places to ex­pe­ri­ence the fest.

Street acts from Aus­tralia (360 Al­ls­tars, A Sim­ple Space, JP Koala), an Ar­gen­tine Char­lie Chap­lin, home­grown con­tem­po­rary dancers, and a tra­di­tional Malay theatre Mek Mu­lung (that is unique to Kedah) look set to make it an­other un­for­get­table BFF.

The An­gin Dan Air dance show is set to be a BFF high­light. In­spired by a lo­cal tale of a But­ter­worth fish­er­man, this per­for­mance by Zamzuriah Za­hari and Liu Yong Sean, with the Eu­pho­ria Dancers, will be pre­sented out­doors.

The Roots Street Art, or­gan­ised by Pe­nang-based Lokalhouz, also re­turns as part of BFF with a 20-hour marathon wall art com­pe­ti­tion, while a col­lec­tive of more than 10 in­de­pen­dent pub­lish­ing houses (such as Buku Fixi, Le­jen Press and Ro­man Buku) will host a lit­er­ary mar­ket. Among other ac­tiv­i­ties to be held over the week­end in­clude gigs, a comic book launch by lo­cal artist Azmi Hussin, a doll paint­ing work­shop and a pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion of Se­berang Prai.

— GTF

An­gin Dan Air, a con­tem­po­rary dance in­spired by a lo­cal tale of a But­ter­worth fish­er­man, will show at the But­ter­worth Fringe Fes­ti­val.

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