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George Town breaks new ground for Asian festivals

Leading art event brings international visitors, world class performances to Malaysian heritage city

The kinetic sculptures of "Chorus" by British composer Ray Lee occupied the area in front of Dewan Sri Penang, one of George Town Festival's main venues. (Photo by Kit yeng Chan)

PENANG, Malaysia -- The series of giant metallic tripods placed in front of the Dewan Sri Pinang event hall in George Town, the capital of the northwest Malaysian island of Penang, looks like a single line of eerie cranes in the soft evening light. Atop the structures are rotating arms equipped with loudspeakers and a set of lights at each end.

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