Festival returns after two-year hiatus to celebrate Penang’s iconic hill

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Hill Festival 2022 (PHF2022) is back for its third edition after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It will be held for the first time since the recognition of the hill as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO last September.

Held from August 5 to 7, the festival aims to promote and raise awareness of the nature, history and cultural heritage of Penang Hill.

Its flagship event “Music on the Hill” – East Meets West – is back by popular demand.

One can enjoy musical performances by the esteemed Tonal Alchemy featuring Ray Rozells, Milky Way Chinese Orchestra and Wak Long Music and Art Center, complemented by the natural orchestra sung by the “locals” of Penang Hill.

There will also be “Heritage and Nature Discovery Walks”, where the organizer will organize lecture sessions and interesting walks for visitors to explore the hill in the company of experienced guides.

The highlight will be the Night Exploration, jointly organized by [email protected] and The Habitat Penang Hill.

Visitors can experience nocturnal creatures that come to life under the cover of darkness atop the pristine and ancient forest of Penang Hill.

The Penang Hill Photo Exhibition is another event that will bring back fond memories for the old and would be an exciting discovery for the young.

It will feature old photographs of Penang Hill, some of which date back to the 1800s during British colonial times.

There will also be a Penang Hill Festival 2022 photography competition themed “Pesona Penang Hill”, where contestants will have a chance to win attractive prizes.

Visitors can also learn all about Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve and what it entails since its accreditation last year at the Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve Panel Session.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who is also Chairman of the Penang Hill Corporation, said: “PHF2022 is historic as we not only celebrate the hill, but also its latest recognition as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

“The aims of the festival are to make Penang Hill an excellent example of environmental and heritage conservation as well as a platform to educate the public about the history of Penang Hill.”

Penang Tourism and Creative Economy Committee Chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the state government was excited about the event.

“The three-day event will focus on the nature, history and cultural heritage of Penang Hill.

“It will certainly provide an exciting yet memorable experience for our visitors,” he said in a statement.

PHC is also looking for fun and energetic people to join the festival as volunteers.

Those interested can find the registration link to share on PHC’s social media pages.

For more information on program details (subject to change without notice) and event registration during PHF, please visit www.penanghill.gov.my/phf2022 or follow our official Facebook page at www.facebook.com /mypenanghill.

Inquiries can also be emailed to [email protected]

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