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Crumbling buildings, restored mansions: The Hin Bus Depot Art Centre. In a city with limited formal performance spaces and funding for the arts, the George Town Festival has been a catalyst for change. There are now new art spaces in town, even as artists use the festival to revive the city's old - and sometimes derelict - buildings.

Injecting new life into an old quarter

The month-long George Town Festival is revitalising old (and new) buildings and drawing artists to Penang
Aug 8, 2014 6:00 AM

ON A Friday night in George Town, Penang, the city tends to hollow out. Queues of cars snake out of the city, bumper to bumper, as city workers head home - hurrying to leave their offices on the last day of the work week.

Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling is one of four roads that sees a build-