Penang to score a first this Chap Goh Meh

PRESS RELEASE

GEORGETOWN (Penang), Feb 24, 2010: Penang will score a first this Chinese New Year when the tiger roars with a grand Chap Goh Meh celebration never before seen in the country, let alone on the island.

The celebration, themed For the love of Penang, come home, will be held at the Esplanade and Padang Kota Lama at the Penang Heritage City over two days – on February 27 and Feb 28 – from 5pm until 11pm.

Jointly presented by Penang State Tourism Development & Culture and Go International Group Sdn Bhd with co-organiser MYFM 101.8, the MYPENANG Chinese New Year Reunion Celebration will include the 88 Food & Fashion Merchants Bazaar, outdoor showcase concerts, a variety show, lucky draw giveaways, inflatable games for children and even a full moon dance party!

In addition to the annual Chap Goh Meh celebration of Tim Kam – where mandarin oranges are thrown into the sea, Penang scores a first this year with a two-day showcase of Taiwan’s hottest rock stars, local celebrities, magicians, the hottest DJs and even a “Bak-hu” (meat floss) selling lady on stage to give you their best performances. The festive celebration begins from 5pm on both days and is open to the public.

The event is set to be a mix of youthful urban entertainment and traditional Chap Goh Meh fun, complete with fireworks, throwing of mandarin oranges and more!

“MY Penang CNY REUNION is a festive carnival for everyone. GO International Group, MYFM radio station and Penang State Tourism Development & Culture have come together to jointly organise this event so we invite everyone to join us regardless of their age, race or nationality. It is about coming to Penang and enjoying both traditional and contemporary culture at one of the oldest heritage sites on the island,” announced YB Danny Law, the Penang State Tourism Development & Culture Executive Councillor.

On 27 February, fans will be delighted with performances by Taiwanese rock star duo Y2J (Shen Mu Yu Tong), Genie Xuo Wen Hsuan and Cindy Yen Yong Ling together with local celebrities like MYFM DJs Royce and ASQ Winner Ah Yoke who recently starred in the popular local box office hit Tiger Woohoo. Also, coming home are well-known Penang celebrities – Malaysian Idol Danelle Lee and Astro Talent Quest winner Alvin to give their popular numbers. Other acts including Katoon Network, the Astro Battleground dance competition champions and also the highly popular teen idols Thomas & Jack.

Later the evening on 27 February from 11pm, the full moon after-party featuring Kuala Lumpur’s hottest dance trio – DJs Blink, X.U. and Goldfish will set out to entertain party-goers at G Hotel. Entrance passes to this party can be purchased at the door and costs RM28 inclusive of one drink.

On 28 February, centre stage then plays host to a wide selection of Malaysian cultural dances, variety show performance, games and activities by REDFM’s Love Classifieds DJ Nisha and friends, traditional lion dancers on stilts and fireworks!

Bloggers are invited to attend, snap, shoot and upload their pictures and sign up for the MASS BLOGGER REVIEW COMPETITION at the Go International games booth. A camera prize awaits these bloggers.

There will be a variety show on both nights featuring Penang’s famous Lorong Selamat Pork Floss Trader Aunty KO AI, everybody’s favourite Nyonya, Poh Choo as well as 6 Magicians from KL called DEJA VU. Plus surprise performances by philanthropist Datin Maylene and more! Be sure to catch REDFM’s DJ Nisha and grab free love shaped balloons given out free!

“Besides Taiwan’s rock star duo, we have also included local street acts such as the whimsical Ko-Ai, the meat-floss selling lady who wins her customers’ hearts with her comical rhymes, magicians from KL, Malaysian cultural dances and of course a fireworks show to end the event on the second night.” explained Patricia Pee, the Project Director from GO International Group. “The whole objective of MY PENANG CNY REUNION is to unite people from all walks of life to come out and celebrate Chap Goh Meh together with their friends and families from all ages and everyone will still find some interesting aspect to their likings,” she further added.

The Organisers invite members of the public to support the trading community by purchasing the RM10 coupon books to enjoy food, drinks, games or shopping. The first 20,000 to BUY the RM12 ANGPOW PASS will receive a free bottle of water will secure a ticket to win lucky giveaways worth RM80,000 – there are cameras, handphones, music headsets, hotel rooms, theme park entry passes, free drinks and MORE! This is a game where everyone wins!

There are ten coupon booths selling the RM10 coupon books. These are strategically located across the Esplanade and Padang Kota Lama field, easily accessible to members of the public. On top of that, the Organisers have engaged an additional ten mobile promoters who will be visible wearing the MYPENANG red crew t-shirts.

The Organisers today announce that members of the public will have until 5pm Thursday 25 February 2010, to grab their presale festival AngPow passes. All of those who have purchased their two-day presale AngPow passes will gain access to the MYPENANG WINNER zone and are invited to come early to claim their prizes.

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PROGRAMME
27th February 2010 (Saturday)
Venue: Esplanade Penang

5.00pm Welcome to the MYPenang Reunion Celebration
MYPENANG 88 Merchant Bazaar opens
7.30pm Arrival of Guests & Media Registration
8.00pm MYPENANG Variety Show
8.30pm Speech by YB Danny Law Heng Kiang
Penang State Tourism Development & Culture EXCO
9.00pm MYFM DJs welcome all!
9.15pm Astro Battleground Champions ‘Katoon Network’ Dance
MYFM DJs sing CNY Song
Performances by Juztin Lau Kah Fai, Cindy Yen, Ah Yoke
Alvin, Astro Star Quest (ASQ) Winners sing CNY Song
Thomas & Jack
Genie Xuo
Danell Lee
Y2J
Finale!
11.00pm Close

Adjourn to G Hotel for MYPENANG REUNION FULL MOON DANCE PARTY

28th February 2010 (Sunday)
5.00pm Welcome to the MYPenang Reunion Celebration
MYPENANG 88 Merchant Bazaar opens
7.30pm Arrival of Guests & Media Registration
8.00pm Dondang Sayang performance
8.20pm Instrumental performance by Sek Tunku Abdul Rahman students
8.45pm Arrival of YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng,
Chief Minister, State of Penang,
accompanied by YB Puan Betty Chew
8.50pm Ceremonial Speech by YAB Lim Guan Eng
Chief Minister, State of Penang
9.05pm MYPenang Variety Show
Traditional Dance
Bollywood Dance
MYPENANG Variety Show
Red FM Games & Activities
TIM KAM, Mandarin Orange Throwing Activity
10.30 pm Lion Dancers on Stilts
Fireworks
11.30pm Ends

http://www.fortheloveofpenang.com

Inquiries:

Patricia Pee – Project Director
Hp 016 372 8888
Email: papee02@gmail.com

Eddy Mochtar or Amy Kyo
Tel: (603) 7727 0093
Email: novapr@gointernationalgroup.com

Corporate inquiries:
Jasmine Low – Festival Director
Hp 017 623 0288
Email: jasminelow@gointernationalgroup.com

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