Friday July 6, 2012
Not just fun and games
YOUNG children should be having a fun afternoon learning more about their culture and heritage during the Heritage Heboh Children’s Festival 2012 tomorrow.
Organised by Arts and Culture Education Programme (Arts-ED), the festival will be held under the Live Heritage programme for the George Town Festival.
Festival producer and Arts-ED programme coordinator Chen Yoke Pin said this was the first time a children’s element has been added for the George Town Festival.
“This one-day festival will comprise inter-active programmes with educational components to enable young people to experience and enjoy their culture and heritage.
“It is also aimed at nurturing their crea- tivity.
“The festival offers various programmes such as arts and crafts, a heritage trail, performances and exhibitions,’’ she said.
Among the programmes are Cuba-Cuba Kraftangan (aged 10-18), You Think You Can Masak? (13-18), Mari Main Game Tradisional (10-18) and Heritage Treasure Hunt (10-12).
Walk-in programmes for the public are also in store such as Exhibition On Creative Programmes, Print Your Own T-Shirt, Make Your Own Toys and Youth Show Time.
Mini demonstrations of traditional games, the making of traditional toys and T-shirt printing will also held.
“Nowadays, children are told it is very dangerous to go out and play on the streets, “ said Chen.
“Therefore, through this festival, we are trying to give children a chance to play on the streets, even if it is just for a day.
“We want the young to come out and play instead of being stuck indoors with their computer games.”
Chen added the festival, which had almost 100 volunteers to date, was expected to attract some 1,000 children and youth and their families to participate.
The festival will be held from noon to 7.30pm at the Penang Youth Centre in Lebuh Acheh. Admission is free.
For enquiries, call Arts-ED at 04-2633471, or email email@example.com, or visit www.arts-ed-penang.org, or its blog at www.anak-anak-kota.blogspot.com.