EVER wanted to experience Ipoh Old Town in a personal way? Be part of The Other Festival to celebrate the colourful and diverse history, culture, heritage, food and arts of Ipoh over three weekends from 22 October to 8 November!
Organised by Kakiseni with support from the Perak government and Tourism Perak, the festival was launched yesterday at Kong Heng Square, Ipoh by Perak State Executive Councilor & Chairperson for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Communications and Multimedia, YB Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Binti Dato’ Mohammed Radzi.
Themed Mapping the City, the inaugural festival highlights on a series of trails curated by popular personalities who are either Ipoh natives or have close connections to the city.
The idea is to encourage festival-goers to explore the historical enclave on foot, meet and mingle with people who live in or run their businesses in Ipoh, and discover the inspiring tales that lie behind popular landmarks.
The walking trails include Patrick Teoh’s ‘historical-fiction’ trail that begins and ends at two of Old Town’s most iconic bars, while author Bernice Chauly’s trail draws upon the childhood memories captured in her award-winning memoir, Growing Up With Ghosts.
Meanwhile, bookworms can opt for the line-up of literature activities, which include two book launches by Buku Fixi: Hungry In Ipoh, an anthology of 15 short stories, and Hard Core, by master of the gore genre, Megat Ishak.
Besides that, Kuala Lumpur-based The Alphabet Press (TAP) is organising LEAD, a game that requires you to repurpose decades-old lead types restored from Ipoh’s Percetakan Wai Oi Shiar, one of the oldest letterpress printers in Malaysia.
Additionally, Hakka miners’ club Han Chin Pet Soo will be opening their doors for visitors to join tours of their private exhibitions, which are usually available by appointment only.
If you’re still not convinced, don’t worry because there will be something for everyone! The Other Festival also features a mix of live performances, guided tours, movie screenings, food trails, creative forums, arts bazaars and workshops.
Have we caught your attention? Those interested are advised to travel by KTM Berhad’s Electric Train Service (ETS), which runs 16 times a day between KL and Ipoh. The journey by train will not only take two hours and 20 minutes, you’ll also get to save money on petrol and toll!
From Ipoh Railway Station, it’s just a 10-minute walk to Ipoh Old Town. Festival goers will get to enjoy 20% off from the ticket fare when they buy the direct ETS ticket to Ipoh during the festival duration.
For more information, head over to Kakiseni’s Facebook page!