penangpac 6th anniversary celebration, Penang

penangpac 6th anniversary celebration, Penang

penangpac 6th anniversary celebration, Penang

The Performing Arts Centre of Penang – penangpac 6th anniversary celebration is a milestone for Penang. This celebrations of the arts is fraught with a deep love and appreciation for the performing arts tempered with steely determination.


Is Penang ready for theatre?

The answer is a resounding YES to friends and fans who gathered to celebrate the Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac) sixth anniversary!

Malaysian theatre’s First Lady, Dato’ Faridah Merican and Joseph Christopher “Joe” Hasham (OAM) the founders stood tall flanked by their tribe.

I call them a tribe for it’s a relationship that goes beyond employer/employee. That level of commitment, love and camaraderie fused and bound them together for life.

It’s the little nuances.

Ooi Kee How watching the event live from overseas.

Christopher Pressler has an ongoing production of “Bengal Tiger” in the next stage.

So many others who could not be there physically at the event. I hear their echoes and their voices fill the hall.

Founders Dato’ Faridah Merican, Joseph Christopher “Joe” Hasham (OAM) with the staff of penangpac during the 6th anniversary celebration at Straits Quay, Seri Tanjung Pinang, Penang on 15 June 2017 Photo: Lu Jia Chen

It’s been quite a ride.

A roller coaster of emotional highs and lows brought everyone together. It’s more than a love of the performing arts.

More than mere drama, song or dance.

It’s that tenacity to bite the bullet. The steely strength to push and onward march.

I see that glint in Faridah’s eyes and love her earnestly for her steadfastness.


It’s been six glorious years since The Actors Studio Sdn Bhd joined hands with Eastern & Oriental Berhad (E&O) to establish the Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac).

E&O provided the space, funded the construction to build the first arts centre located in a retail development.

As with arts centres around the world, the arts depend on additional funding for sustainability and its survival.

Penangpac is the northern region’s first arts centre and the second one in Malaysia after klpac. This non-profit organisation serves the community at large, encouraging participation and promoting the performing arts.

With the influx of a vibrant expatriate community, English language theatre has blossomed in George Town. Penang has a ready supply of artistic talent and creativity. It is the natural progression for most to be involved with the performing arts.

(from left) E&O Property (Penang) Sdn Bhd general manager – finance & account, Pauline Lye with penangpac founders Dato’ Faridah Merican and Joe Hasham (OAM) cutting the 6th anniversary cake together. Photo: penangpac FB page

Faridah said that the sixth anniversary is a happy time of celebration after the initial years of struggle.

The penangpac staffs have worked tirelessly to bring productions to stage, even with limited resources. The ingenuity and love of the performing arts is evident in the big smiles at the event.

“For January to May 2017, we have brought 50 theatrical and musical productions to stage. For June to December 2017, we have a line-up of another 30 productions.  This brings the total to 80 for 2017.”

According to Faridah, the Penang state government has approved a RM120, 000 allocation for the Penangpac to continue its work in the culture, heritage and arts industry.

“We would like to thank our regular audience members who have supported the Penangpac from day one,” said Faridah to rousing applause.

The non-profit organisation’s main goals are to promote the arts, educate and entertain people through the performing arts. The Penangpac staffs are taking theatre to 21 schools in Penang under the Rakan Seni program.  Under this initiative, children will be coached free to learn to express themselves through the performing arts.

Smartdory founder and editor Doris Lim with Chee Sek Thim and Dato’ Faridah Merican during the 6th anniversary celebration at Straits Quay, Seri Tanjung Pinang, Penang Photo: Lu Jia Chen

Penangpac guests were treated to the riveting performance of Harold Printer’s “Betrayal” which stared Omar Ali, Razif Hashim and Steffanie Van Driesen.


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