Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

This week you can visit new art exhibitions, try some gardening at the Tropical Spice Garden, do a night safari, join an art workshop or a cooking class, and much more. If you don’t already subscribe to receive the weekly email and would like to, please click here.


For those who missed the live streaming of Penang Dance Day on July 24th, you can now watch it online on Facebook here. An hour-long video showcasing the dance, choreography and video-editing talent in Penang.

TALK - CHEST PAIN:IS IT A HEART ATTACK? Online, Wednesday 12th August 3pm-4pm

Not everyone who's having a heart attack has chest pain but having chest pain is a serious issue. Dr Donald Ang’s from Island Hospital will talk about the symptoms and causes of heart disease via Facebook Live here.

FILM - HARRIET, Hikayat, 226 Beach St Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th August 6pm

Based on the inspirational life of iconic American freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, who escaped from slavery and became an American hero. Screening and refreshments RM15.
Booking here essential.

FILM - PATHS OF THE SOUL The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Wednesday 12 August 7pm-10pm

2015 Chinese film written and directed by Zhang Yang, telling the story of a journey by Tibetan villagers on a 1200 km pilgrimage to Lhasa. Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

MUSIC - UNITED WE STREAM ASIA, Online, Thursday 13th August 7pm-11pm

Penang DJs stream live from Narrow Marrow, featuring Asang, Josh Mosh, Kington and Slick - Z.

United We Stream is a non-profit streaming initiative started by Berlin clubs with the goal to raise funds for charity and to support music venues and individuals affected by Covid-19 related closures.

Watch and listen on Facebook here or YouTube here.

Join the movement and support Asia’s club culture by making a contribution:

WORKSHOP - LET’S COOK WITH ATHENE SPICES, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Thursday 13th August, 10am-1pm

Learn to cook Mezze Bites:

  • Lamb kofta with yogurt sauce using Tunisian Harissa
  • Arabian pizza using Lebanese Za'atar
  • Fattoush salad with Lemon Lime Pepper Salt.

Everyone will have their own work station and will make each dish from start to finish and then eat it!  RM135 per person. Book by email here.

TOUR- MEET THE ARTIST AT ART & GARDEN, Teluk Bahang, Friday 14th August, 9am-1.30pm

Owner, artist and garden designer Fuan Wong is the host and guide to this unique garden where exotic planting is juxtaposed with his own glass art and paintings and sculptures by local and international artists. Includes Fuan's special crab laksa and transport. RM130 per person. Book by email here

FILM - BLUE VELVET, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Friday 14th August 7pm-10pm

1986 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch. Blending psychological horror with film noir, it concerns a young college student who, returning home to visit his ill father, discovers a severed human ear in a field that leads to his uncovering a vast criminal conspiracy and entering a romantic relationship with a troubled lounge singer. Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

GAME GEEKS, Luma, Hin Bus Depot, Friday 14th August 8pm, Sat & Sun 2pm-6pm

Getting out of the box is the goal here! Let loose on a retro arcade game, shoot up a target with a nerf blaster, build a lego spaceship, team up on a boardgame... whatever your playmode, whether you borrow ours or bring your own, it's all good! More details on Luma’s Facebook page here.

GARDENING, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th August, 9am-12pm

Tropical Spice Garden welcomes the Penang community to come and work on the land every 3rd weekend of the month. Step into a healing green space, get your hands dirty in a meaningful way, pick up some great gardening tips and come away with some of your favourite cuttings!
All levels of experience welcome.
Max 20 pax per day. Pre-registration required here

PRESCHOOL WORKSHOP, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Saturday 15th August, 10am-11am

A series of workshops to introduce 4-7 year olds to plant science and nature, including storytelling, inquiry-based learning activities, and crafts. Parents are welcome to participate with their children. RM 18 per child (Maximum 10 children) / RM10 per adult (entrance to TSG)
Register here. Contact 011-5572-4711 or email.

WORKSHOPS - PAINT YOURSELF A VACATION, Artsy Sip, Prima Tanjung, Saturdays 15th, 22nd & 29th August 2.30pm-5pm

No art skills required. You will be guided throughout the process. All materials provided. RM 88 including coffee/tea or RM 95 including a cocktail. For reservations call 0124417100. More information on the Facebook page here.

COMEDY - LAH LOONIES, D’Loovi’s, 24 Lebuh Melayu, Saturday 15th August, 8.30pm

Live comedy featuring some of Penang’s most experienced comedians, some newcomers, and even some guests from faraway lands. Including stand-up comedy, improv comedy, and musical comedy!
Hosted by Garu and with special guest, Saiful Onisan.
Entry free of charge. More details on Facebook here.

WALK - JUNIOR RAINFOREST EXPLORATION, Penang Hill, Sunday 16th August 9am-12pm

An introduction to nature and the beauty of the rainforest for 5-15 year olds. RM 50 per person, meet at the Dataran, Penang Hill. Register in advance at 016-4201189 as places are limited. More information on Facebook here

HALF-DAY KIDS CAMP, penangpac: Mondays & Tuesdays 10am-1pm, Tropical Spice Garden: Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 9.30am-1.30pm Until August 31st

Activities including games, juggling, dance / expressive movement, art projects such as sketching, moulding / modelling (various mediums), watercolour, oil pastels, collage and much more. For 7 to 12 year olds. RM 85 at penangpac, RM 99 at Tropical Spice Garden, per child per session. Price includes a snack, and all materials. For more information and to book click here.

FILM - FACE OFF, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Tuesday 18th & Saturday 22nd August 7pm-10pm

1997 American action film directed by John Woo, starring John Travolta and Nicholas Cage playing an FBI agent and a terrorist, sworn enemies who assume each other's physical appearance. Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

WORKSHOP - COOK PENANG FAVOURITES WITH NAZLINA, George Town, Thursday 20th August 10am-12pm

Learn to cook roti canai, char koay teow and pandan crepes. RM180 per person. Contact Michelle by email to book.

TOUR - MAGICAL FIREFLIES, Penang Mainland, Friday 21st August, 5pm-10.30pm

Cross the bridge to enjoy a seafood dinner then after sunset take a boat to see the fireflies in the mangroves. 

RM170 per adult, RM 90 per child under 12. Numbers limited. Booking essential by emailing Michelle.

NIGHT SAFARI, THE HABITAT, PENANG HILL, Saturday 22nd August, 5pm-10.30pm

Depart from the Botanic Garden at 5pm and take a jeep to The Habitat where guides will point out the animals and birds who settle down as dusk falls. Begin with a cold drink and sunset at Curtis Crest (weather permitting), then as the night deepens meet the frogs, reptiles and other creatures that come out in the dark. Then dinner at David Brown’s Restaurant before returning by jeep.

RM180 per adult, RM150 per child under 12. Numbers limited. Booking essential by emailing Michelle.


COVID B, AN ONLINE AND REAL LIFE EXHIBITION BY LOW CHEE PENG, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, August 16th-31st

Well-known local sculptor Low Chee Peng’s lockdown-inspired works portray frequent hand-washing, social distancing, and the wearing of face masks, using marble and steel.
The sculptures, will be exhibited both indoors (at the artist’s own O Sculpture Studio at Hin Bus Depot) and outdoors and also online here.

CELEBRATIONS AND NOSTALGIA, A SOLO EXHIBITION BY ALEX LEONG, The Art Gallery, 4th floor Bellisa Row, Pulau Tikus, Until August 28th

Penang artist Alex Leong’s 6th solo exhibition features his watercolour paintings of nostalgic after-school moments, and traditional Penang celebrations and festivities. Mondays to Thursdays by appointment only, Friday to Sunday 2pm-5pm. Contact 012 604 1434 or email.


Sarawakian self-taught textile artist Iona Danald won the Spotlight 2019 competition by Penang Art District. Named after a common word spoken in the Bidayuh language, and in the Scottish dialect, ‘Aye’ is a recognition of her familial bonds. The exhibition consists of her Grandmother’s textile remnants from her handbag-making business, Jimmy Macdonald’s family kilt, traditional Bidayuh bells, and vintage wool collected from charity shops. More information email here.

Opening hours: 10.30am-8pm daily. 

MEMORIES OF GEORGE TOWN EXHIBITION, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Until August 30th

An experimental exhibition by artist Lijynn as she creates a space to invite conversations about the Chinese culture in the 60's and 70's. Contribute to her documentation when you drop by at the Hin Bus Depot exhibition space in the weekends or make an appointment for weekdays. This is a work in progress through most of the exhibition duration with more works presented by stages. Featured items include artwork, textiles, plants, furniture, stationery and more.
Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm. Free dmission

CAPITALISM: AN ANTI-IMPERIALIST POSTER EXHIBITION, Ruang Kongsi, Jalan Sungai Dua, Gelugor, Until 31st August

77 artists from 26 countries and 21 organisations, share their realities.The posters displayed in this physically in this exhibition are part of the the Online Anti-Imperialist Poster Exhibitions jointly curated by International Week of Anti-Imperialist Struggle and Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. Online poster exhibition here:

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 2 pm

UNCERTAINTY DISSOLVES EXHIBITION, Museum Galeri Tunku Fauziah, Until 29th August

The gallery at USM is open to the public, and you can visit to look at the works of recent alumni of the department of fine arts at the University. Opening hours Monday to Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday 8am-12pm, closed on Sundays. More information on their Facebook page here.

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF HOKKIEN EXHIBITION, Cheah Kong Si, 8 Armenian St, Until 31st August

The southern Chinese language Hokkien, widely used in Penang, has 25 million speakers; two and a half times the population of Sweden. While the Swedish language faces no threat of extinction, Hokkien is set to vanish as its speakers abandon it for Mandarin.
In this exhibition, you will see that the root cause of decline in such languages is an ideology, which emerged in the 19th century. This is also an exhibition that challenges our preconceived idea about Chinese. A pre-historic bronze drum and old books printed in southern Chinese languages are on display for the first time in Malaysia. 9am-5pm daily. 

Warrior Fitness now offers coach-led training both outdoors and live online via Zoom from Mondays-Fridays. Our training system is designed and planned for all fitness levels. All are welcome. Imagine being fitter and healthier and while also feeling better than ever. Now is the right time; do come and join us for our 7-day FREE TRIAL.

For more details on the schedule and how to join WhatsApp 018-2827567 or email here.


EXPAT COFFEE AND CHAT, Mondays at Brown Pocket, Gurney Paragon and Saturdays at Coffee Addict, Campbell St, 10.30am-12.30pm

Get together for expats and newcomers to Penang. Email here do WhatsApp +61411735011for more details.

WEEKLY WRITES, Luma, Hin Bus Depot, Every Monday 2.30pm-10.30pm,

Hosted by #MYWriters Penang, the weekly write-ins at LUMA allow writers to gather in one place with their laptops or notebooks and set aside time to do some serious writing. More details on their Facebook page here.

QUIZ NIGHT, Healy Mac’s, Straits Quay, Every Monday 8pm

Weekly pub quiz, now with social distancing and maximum of four people per team.  More information on Facebook here.

HIN BUS DEPOT MARKET, Hin Bus Depot, Every Sunday 11am-5pm

The Hin Bus Depot Sunday market is back, with social distancing and SOPs in place. A reduced but still vibrant market place of the products of local entrepreneurs, crafters, artisans, with indoor busking by local musicians, and the relaxed vibe we love. More details on their Facebook page here.

MEDITATION CLASSES, Online, By appointment

Learn to mediate for peace, calm and inner strength. Classes via zoom, at no cost. For more details and to sign up WhatsApp Helen 013 430 1229.

A community service of Brahma Kumaris Penang.

SUNDAY SOUL SESSION, Online, Every Sunday 5pm-7pm

DJ Carl Hinds invites you every Sunday for a late afternoon dose of two hours of chilled soul music. The stream starts at 5pm through mixcloud here.


Due to Covid-19 the meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous are temporarily suspended.  Instead, the Penang AA Group have scheduled several online meetings accessible via Zoom.  If you would like more information about the AA Penang online meetings, please call +60 111 240 1654.

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