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Reinventing one of Asia's great arts festivals

Director of Malaysia's George Town festival reflects on long and colorful path

In "Kelantan: a Living Heritage," a young boy is seduced into learning and preserving his own culture. (Courtesy of George Town Festival)

PENANG, Malaysia -- A grand representation of traditional arts in the rural Malaysian state of Kelantan, delivered through sound, dance and shadow play. A Taiwanese theater performance using Chinese mythology to comment on the island's relationship with China. Cambodian and Australian break-dancers finding their subcultures' common traits on the dance floor. An Iranian play using food as an allegory for freedom of speech.

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