A pioneering island-based community festival that integrates culture & art into one, Pangkor Island Festival (PIF), is happening soon from 13th to 15th Sept, 2019! Celebrating its 5th anniversary, PIF is jointly organised by Oriental Art & Cultural Center (OACC) and Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents. Its main sponsor is Elken Foundation.

With the theme ‘Island Dialogue’, most of the activities will be centralised around Sungai Pinang Kecil (SPK), for the convenience of visitors.

This celebration of art and culture from diverse islands around the world will see a meaningful interaction of ideas and insights among artists from island-based regions, such as Taiwan, Macau, Okinawa, and Mokpo, besides Pangkor.

Expect to watch Theatre Troupe Getdol from South Korea with 30 years of performing experience; Jun Sakima – a Sanshin musician from Japan; Siva9 Band who hail from Amis and Paiwan tribes as well as installation artists Mei-Yi Liou and Anchi Lin from Taiwan.

Also to be present are the teams from Pulima Art Festival and from Macao: Ieng Chi Dance Association and Point View Art Association, Macao Heritage Ambassadors Association and Creative Link.

Pangkor Fish Dance in Macao

Pangkor Fish Dance in Macao

Local artists who will be stamping their mark at PIF include Orang Orang Drum Theatre, Yap Hong Ngee, Lee Mok Yee, and Kim Teoh. Furthermore, The Pangkor Fish Dance which had represented Malaysia at festivals in Taiwan, Macao and South Korea will be one of the many highlights during this prestigious festival!

Also on the programme list are large art installation, exhibitions, music and film broadcasts, food market, workshops and more. Apart from covering the artistic scope, PIF team is collaborating with Go Kaki, a local community tour group to identify in-depth community culture, as well as penning down the history of local traditional industries like Pangkor anchovy factory, ice factory, and shipbuilding facility.

Additionally, the PIF team will collaborate with Hello Pangkor, a local non-profit organisation in running some community activities such as beach cleaning and local community tours.

PIF 2019 also sees the memorandum of ‘Islands Arts Festivals Alliance Program’ with the aim to extend substantive exchanges of arts and cultural experiences among the countries, to explore and discuss issues pertaining to social development and environmental protection, thus shaping each of the regions into a localised and ecological domain with a balanced system of diversified values.

This looks like a packed 3-day art and culture event that’s totally worth attending. So, mark your calendar, because Pangkor is definitely where you want to be this 13th to 15th Sept!

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