KUALA LUMPUR, January 7 – The Performing Arts Center in Penang (Penangpac) will close its curtains for good on January 15, as the arts institution can no longer support itself financially due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath.
In a statement, Penangpac co-founders Datuk Faridah Merican and Joe Hasham said the arts center‘s closure comes after months of talks between The Actors Studio and Eastern Oriental Berhad, with every effort to keep it afloat in the current climate.
“This is not a decision we took lightly. It is indeed heartbreaking that penangpac has to shut down, but we have to face the facts and the reality.
“We would like to express our gratitude to Eastern Oriental Berhad for partnering with The Actors Studio to create Penangpac 10 years ago and to house us at Straits Quay where we have lived an amazing 10 years,” they said.
Faridah and Joe said they hope that even if Penangpac closes its doors, dreams of promoting the arts in Penang and the northern region continue to live on with the artists who have made Penangpac their main stage.
“During this time, we have had the privilege of witnessing the flourishing of many performing arts groups and artists, welcoming many international groups and creating what we hope will be a warm home for the performing arts community. performing arts in the North.
“We have also received a lot of warmth, care and generosity from our clients, students, sponsors, partners, staff, former staff and interns – for that we thank you,” they said, adding that they are clinging to the hope that Penangpac can reopen in the future.
They added that over the past decade, Penangpac has hosted nearly 1,000 performances and events – including 100 international troupes – entertained 250,000 audiences from all walks of life and educated nearly 1,500 three-year-olds to senior students across the board. facets of the arts.
Penangpac has also brought the performing arts to schools and communities, reaching over 50 schools and giving 2,700 students their first exposure to the arts through free introductory workshops.