The man behind Joe Sidek Productions is in the business of Arts and programmes
Best Known as director of the George Town Festival (GTF) , Joe Sidek has established himself as one of Malaysia’s strong advocates for the arts. GTF is an anuual month-long festival that turns the town into a brilliant canvas for local and international performances, visual arts, culture and community-infused activities.
Before taking up the position of festival director, Joe Sidek played major roles in various forms of art expression – from event management, art curator-ship, restaurant ownership and even costume design.A lesser known fact about Joe is that he still runs his family – owned textile chemical factory. With his industrialist backgroyund, entrepreneurial nature and his visionary passion for the arts, it is no surprise that 8 years after his appointment as festival director of GTF in 2010, the festival has grown incrementally ever since. Along side GTF in 2018, Joe also directed the 2-year-old Rainforest Fringe Festival in Kuching, having founded the festival in the previous year. He also helmed the Butterworth fringe festival for 3 years ( 2015 – 2017) and ealier in 2014, he brought Tropfest, the worlds largest short film festival to Southeast Asia and showcased the inaugural Tropfest South East Asia in Penang.
Executive Director | Joe Sidek Productions sdn. bhd.
Chairman | Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP)
Member | Penang State Museum Board
Industry Advisory Panel of CENDANA (Cultural Economy Development Agency) , which was initiated in June 2017.
Festival Director | Putrajaya LIFT Festival
Festival Director | Rainforest Fringe Festival
Managing Director | Tropfest SEA
Festival Director | Butterworth Fringe Festival
Festival Director | George Town Festival
He has been invited to speak regionally and in cities like Brisbane, Taipei, Seoul, and Yokohama about his role in the creation and continued growth of GTF.