Events and entertainment in Penang

Penang Lockdown Free Sheet Edition Fourteen

Penang Free Sheet lists the best virtual events now even more real life events in Penang. If this email was forwarded to you by someone else to you and you would like to receive your own copy click here to subscribe.

THE HABITAT ON A WING VIRTUAL TOUR Thursday June 25th 8.30pm

The Habitat’s third virtual tour is a live event where you are invited to look to the sky for an accessible and enjoyable introduction to the delightful birdlife that can be enjoyed in our favourite backyard, Penang Hill!

Avid birders Dave Bakewell and Habitat Naturalist Amirul Hadi, will be your hosts as you become better acquainted with charming sunbirds and spiderhunters, melodious songbirds and industrious woodpeckers, and finally, formidable birds of prey.

You can watch the livestream Free of charge on Youtube here.

COMEDY OPEN MIC Thursday June 25th 8.30pm

Local and non-local comedians in a series of 5 minute slots. Watch on Facebook live here or on YouTube here.


The Art Gallery in Pulau Tikus opens a solo exhibition by Jansen Chow, City Impressions. View the exhibition virtually here and/or visit in person, Friday to Sunday 2pm to 5pm, other times by appointment by emailing here.



Joe Sidek, former director of the George Town festival, chats with four leading luminaries from the world of film, about their experiences during lockdown:Joining him is Cannes winner and Academy Award nominee Rithy Panh (director of S21, The Missing Picture), hit actress Tan Kheng Hua (Crazy Rich Asians, The Garden of Evening Mists, Phua Chu Kang (TV series) ) and Malaysia's very own critically acclaimed director Dain Said. The discussion will be live-streamed on Facebook here

BAMBOO ORCHID CREATION WORKSHOPS Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th June 4.30pm-6pm

Two more of a series of nine free online workshops by local artists via zoom. One subject, nine media. Learn to create a bamboo orchid with Nasir Nadzir in pastels on Saturday 27th, and in acrylics with ThaiPing Wong on Sunday 28th. The full list of workshops is at the end of this email and you can watch the live stream of past workshops on the Open Studios Penang Facebook page here.

Zoom link for Saturday here.

Zoom link for Sunday here.

GLOBAL PRIDE 24 HOUR LIVESTREAM Starts Saturday 27th June 1pm Penang Time

The Global Pride event was organised after the cancellation of Pride marches in cities around the world, including the fiftieth anniversaries of Pride in San Francisco and Los Angeles. A global network of Pride organisations is going online for a worldwide celebration of the diverse LGBTQ+ community. Millions of people are expected to join the event from home, with subtitles provided in multiple languages. For the full line up of acts and the livestream go to the website here.


KL’s Wicked Music People (WMP) is known for performing vocal and instrumental music of the late Renaissance and the Baroque, using period instruments. This live concert in KL will be live streamed free of charge on Youtube here and Facebook here. The programme will featuring some of their "Best Ofs" from key performances in the past three years, by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, and Handel, and The Beatles, played on Baroque instruments.

BELANG SAVE THE TIGER EXHIBITION, Penang State Art Gallery, Until June 28th 2020

BELANG (Save Our Malayan Tiger 2020) is a visual arts exhibition held to create public awareness on the Malayan Tiger, which is on the brink of extinction. The gallery at Penang State Art Gallery, Dewan Sri Pinang, is now open from Saturday to Tuesday, 10am to 4pm. You can also arrange a private tour with the curator, Ivan Gabriel, for additional insights on the artworks and their artists by emailing him here.

Warrior Fitness now offers coach-led training both outdoors and via Zoom from Mondays-Saturdays. Our training system is designed and planned for all fitness levels. All people 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 more details on the schedule and how to join WhatsApp 018-2827567 or email here.

UNCUT, LIVE FROM THE BLUE ROOM, MUSIC Sunday 28th June 4pm-5pm

Joe Sidek, former director of the George Town festival, chats with four leading luminaries from the world of music, about their experiences during lockdown. He will speak with incredibly talented Malaysian vocal powerhouse NJWA, world-touring instrumentalist Robbie Avenaim and UNESCO Artist for Peace, the Philippine Madrigal Singers represented by conductor Mark A. Carpio. The discussion will be live-streamed on Facebook here

ACTING WORKSHOP, penangpac, June 27th & 28th, 5pm-8pm

If you are an actor you should always be taking measures to bettering your craft. Like any skill or talent, improving your acting ability is a muscle that must always be trained. But what is the best way to train yourself as an actor?

Join Fa Abdul to discover how you can become a better actor by understanding who you really are.

WhatsApp +60162549786 to register.
Only limited to 15 participants. RM 58 for one day, RM 98 for two days.

COOKING CLASSES, Tropical Spice Garden, From July 1st onwards

Dive into the wonderful world of local spices, flavours, and stories: the Tropical Spice Garden’s much-loved cooking school reopens in July. Class crédule and reservations here.

INDOOR BUSKING OPEN MIC & PRO JAM, D’Loovis, Sunday June 28th 6pm-10pm

Indoor busking is permitted under the RMCO so D’Loovi’s has brought back its weekly open mic & jam session for musicians to come along and busk while you eat and drink. D’Loovis is at 24 Lebuh Melayu. More details on the Facebook page here.

SHEER NITE CAP, Monday June 29th 9.30pm

SHEer nite cap is a place where women come together to share stories. SHEer online was started by 3 dynamic women Terry, Shirlyn and Mee Kuan, to bring women together during MCO. One of the co-founders, Mee Kuan is based in Penang. This week they will discuss types of personalities and how they relate to each other. Register here.

LIVE MUSIC with Raggy, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Penang veteran rocker Raggy performs live.

Tuesdays: 9pm-10pm Relaxing songs via YouTube here

Wednesdays 10pm-11pm Uptempo country, folk, blues, pop, reggae and light rock via Facebook here

Fridays 10pm-11.30pm Certified Insanity! All-out mixture of whatever comes to mind, including rock & roll, funk and crazy stuff on Facebook here.


Penang based DJ JuaKali takes you on a musical journey around the world to show solidarity with all those helping to flatten the curve and escape from your lock down. Beats from around the world perfectly mixed during a live DJ set. Check him out spinning vinyl live on Facebook here or watch and listen at your pleasure here.

SUNDAY SOUL SESSION 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.


Comedians discuss the latest in superhero news. Of course, comics love comics! Hosted by Garu and Watson, two stand-up comedians with their roots in the Malaysian ACG (Animation, Comics, Games) scene, the show features a series of guest comedians and artists, all of whom are longtime fans of superheroes. Watch on Facebook live here or on YouTube 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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