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Penang parties for a month of music, art and giant puppets

"Strandbeest," a kinetic sculpture by Dutchman Theo Jansen, is powered by the wind. (Photo by Kate Mayberry)

GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia The man behind Malaysia's monthlong George Town Festival wears an ankle-length sarong, baju melayu and songkok -- the traditional dress of ethnic Malay men -- with aplomb, whether entertaining officials or joining the crowds in enjoying the music, dance, theater and art performances that he has organized.

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