Online art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

The big news this week is that live music and other live performance events are now allowed. There are two live music concerts and a live comedy event already scheduled next month, plus films, art exhibitions, and still plenty of virtual talks and entertainment.

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FILM - THE PERFECT CANDIDATE, Hikayat, 226 Beach St, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 16th-18th March 6pm

A determined young Saudi doctor's surprise run for office in the local city elections sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town’s first female candidate.
Winner, Best International Feature, Florida Film Festival
Nominee, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival.

Screening and refreshments: RM15. Register by email.

ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION, Healy Mac’s, Straits Quay, Wednesday 17th March 7pm

Hosted by the Penang Irish Association who will show documentaries made last year during the St Patrick’s Day Ball & Festival. Live music with Irish food and drinks available for purchase. Limited seating availability so book in advance 04 890 3477. Wear green of course!

WORKSHOP - RESILIENCE FUNDING FOR THE ARTS, Online, Wednesday March 17th 7.45pm

This session is for those who are interested in applying for the Arts Organisation Resilience Funding Programme and Performing Arts Presentation Funding Programme. You will learn how to apply for both funding programmes, with tips and tricks for a successful application. The free-of-charge session will be conducted predominantly in English and Bahasa Malaysia. Register for the zoom link here.

FILM - THE FANTASTIC MR FOX, The Screenery, 81 China St, Friday 19th March 7pm

A 2009 stop motion animated comedy film directed by Wes Anderson, based on Roald Dahl's 1970 children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who steals food at night from three mean and wealthy farmers. They are fed up with Mr. Fox's theft and try to kill him so they dig their way into the foxes' home. However, the animals are able to outwit the farmers and live underground.The film stars the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, and Owen Wilson.

Free of charge, to book, join the private Facebook group here.

MUSIC, Online, Friday & Saturday 19th & 20th March


Virtual concerts live streamed from Dominus Arts venue in KL. Please check their Facebook page for updates.


Passionate and deeply knowledgeable, Chef Faten of Athene Spices will help you elevate your repertoire in the kitchen. In this interactive, virtual class, you’ll learn how to make two Mediterranean favourites: Harissa Chicken and Tabouleh Salad. You will be sent the recipe in advance so you can prepare to cook along (this is optional, of course!).

RM 25 (RM10 for Spice Family members). To register click here and scroll down the page.

WORKSHOP - GOOGLE MY BUSINESS, Online, Saturday 20th March 3pm-4.30

Organised by Lean In Penang, a workshop to explain how to get more out of Google My Business. Learn how to:

1. Attract new customers while attaining your existing ones
2. Improve your business visibility and raise your business game
3. Use Google My Business in the best way possible

Register for this free-of-charge zoom session here.


Mohd Abdul Muin has been hooked on herpetology (reptiles and amphibians) for more than a decade. In this talk, we learn about Malaysia's rich herpetofauna heritage through the prism of Muin's own personal journey of discovery. Find out top tips on how to get started and also learn some of the best practices we should adopt to be gentle with the species we encounter.

Free of charge on Youtube live here or Facebook live here.

MUSIC WORKSHOP - HOW TO START A BAND, Online, Saturday 20th March 8.30pm

Led by Michael Lee of ‘Uglymen’. ‘Uglymen’ is a Chinese Hard Rock band from Alor Setar, Kedah who performed in various underground circuits, band competitions and events back in the early 1990s, winning awards both locally and internationally. In this workshop, Michael and his former band members will share insights and tips for musicians who are planning to start a band or are already in a band. This workshop will be conducted in English.

Book by minimum donation RM 15 by WhatsApping Fa at +60162549786

More details on penangpac’s Facebook page here.

TALK - AN EVENING WITH SHAHRIN AHMAD, Online, Saturday 20th March 8.30pm

Hosted by Penang’s Astronomical Society, a talk by Shahrin Ahmad, founder and administrator of Falak Online, Malaysia’s popular astronomical resource site. Shahrin has been an amateur astronomer for 37 years, and is a well-renowned local expert on astronomy. Besides observing astronomical objects from his observatory, Shahrin is also an avid eclipse chaser, observing numerous total and annular solar eclipses around the world. Free of charge on Facebook live here.

NATURE WALK - JUNIOR RAINFOREST EXPLORATION, Penang Hill, Sunday 21st March 8am-11am

A walk through the rainforest designed to help young people better appreciate the fauna and flora. RM50 per person, meet at Dataran Penang Hill. Pre-Registration essential on 016-4201189. More information on Facebook here.

MUSIC & YOGA - BUDDHA BEAT YOGA, Soundmaker Studio, 18 Bishop Street, Sunday 21st March 10am & 4pm

Buddha Beat Yoga sessions are back! Try their unique solution to staying fit: Yoga + Live Music. We promise you an experience you won't forget. Every Sunday from March 21st, 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm. RM25 per session. RM80 for four sessions. Contact 012 423 2105 to register. Limited to 10 people per session. First session free of charge. More details on Facebook here.

Warrior Fitness is now training outdoors again! Join us at any of our Group Outdoor Workouts from Mondays to Saturdays. 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 drop us an email
Unleash Your Inner Warrior!


Weave words to life with Mislina Mustaffa and Aida Redza on this 2-day online workshop of writing and movement - this time, featuring live music. Trace the language of the body to bring more depth and life into your daily writings and thoughts.

This group class will start with movement to get everyone into a creative state, followed by a writing session led by Mislina. Finally, we will use somatic movement ideas to weave our words together into a simple choreography.

RM 50 (Free for Spice Family members). To register click here and scroll down the page.

TALK - YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO SINGING, Online, Sunday 21st March 8pm

Penang Philharmonic Orchestra's Virtual Academy session features two-time Grammy Award winner, and former member of The King’s Singers, Paul Phoenix. He will demonstrate the various skills needed for young singers to develop their ability. Register here. PPO members free of charge.Non-members RM 10.

FILM - THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, The Screenery, 81 China St, Monday 22nd & Friday 26th March 7pm

A 2014 comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson, which explores tragedy, war, fascism, nostalgia, friendship, and loyalty. Ralph Fiennes is Monsieur Gustave H., famed concierge of a mountainside resort in the Kingdom of Zubrowka. When Gustave is framed for the murder of a wealthy dowager (Tilda Swinton), he and his recently befriended protégé Zero (Tony Revolori) embark on a quest for fortune and a priceless Renaissance painting against the backdrop of encroaching pandemonium.

Free of charge, to book, join the private Facebook group here.

TALK - PROGRAMMES AT POWIIS, Online, Thursday 25th March 9am-1pm

Learn what Price of Wales Island International School has to offer. Three different time slots depending on the child's age.
9.00 am to 10.00am - for ages 14 to 18

10.30am to 11.30am - for ages 10 to 12

11.45am to 12.45pm - for ages 12 to 16

Register for the sessions here

DANCE - EARTH MOVEMENT, Jetty 35, 35 Weld Quay, Saturday 27th March 1pm-3pm

In conjunction with the Earth Month 2021, learn how to be connected to nature through dance. A free sessions for a maximum of 15 people held at Jetty 35, just before Earth Hour

For more info or to register, contact Mr Jet (016-422 8850)

WORKSHOP - ECO-FRIENDLY ONLINE SHOPPING, Jetty 35, 35 Weld Quay, Saturday 27th March 9.30am-12pm

Lockdown has led to a drastic rise in online shopping and e-commerce, and has created a new problem - a huge increase in bubble wrap and cardboard boxes going into the landfill. A Yo Yo, the founder of the 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭, explains how to reuse and reduce packaging materials.

RM 10 includes light refreshments. To register contact Mr. Sim on 019-4101 722. More information on Facebook here.

MUSIC - AN EVENING OF SONGS, Online, Saturday 27th March 8.30pm

Featuring Wu Qian, who will be performing his favourite tunes and take song requests from donors. The songs performed will be in Mandarin and English.

Book by minimum donation RM 15 by WhatsApping Fa at +60162549786

More details on penangpac’s Facebook page here.

WOOD CARVING WORKSHOP. Penang Heritage Trust, 26 Church Street, Sunday 28th March 2pm-5pm

Learn the basics of wood carving. RM 230 (RM 200 for PHT members). Book by email.

TALK - MELODY ON PERCUSSION, Online, Sunday 28th March 8pm

Penang Philharmonic Orchestra's Virtual Academy session features award-winning Sun Yi who will share his passion and knowledge about percussion. Register here. PPO members free of charge.Non-members RM 10.

FILM - DER FALL COLLINI. Malaysian German Society, Jalan Air Itam, Monday 29th March 8pm

A young lawyer stumbles upon a vast conspiracy while investigating a brutal murder case. In German with English subtitles. Call 04 229 6853 or e-mail to reserve your seat. *Limited to 14 seats.

Please be informed that mandatory SOPS will be implemented.

COMEDY - THE SOP COMPLIANT SHOW, 54 Jalan Chow Thye, Thursday 1st April 8pm

Live stand-up open mic with Penang-based comedians. RM 10 for non-performers to watch. Beverages for sale. More details on Facebook

MUSIC - SOLOS FOR SPRING, E&O Macallister Ballroom, Sunday 4th April 5pm

The Penang Arts Council was founded in the 1950s and organised dozens of concerts, operas and art exhibitions until it went dormant in 2005. It was relaunched at the beginning of the year to help promote the arts in Penang, which are suffering as never before because of the pandemic. This first concert features some of the best singers and musicians in Penang performing solo repertoire, as for much of CMCO and MCO 2.0 rehearsing with other musicians was impossible. This is the first of a series of concerts to be held throughout the year.

RM 50 + RM 3 ticketing fee. To purchase tickets click here.

Drinks are available for purchase. A 30% discount in all the E&O’s F&B outlets is available for concert goers after the concert.

SHORT FILM SUBMISSIONS - G-SHORT, Online, Until 11th April

G-Short will be a short film festival held as part of the George Town Festival 2021. G-Short wants to encourage local film-makers to create original films, in a 90 second format. Cash prizes for winners.

More information and submission link here.

CASTING CALL & DANCE AUDITIONS, penangpac, Saturday 17th April 12pm-4pm

Casting Call for Stage Combat Dancers, Singers and Actors to fill 6 open spots in the cast for the show Forkbeard. More information here. Contact by email or phone 013-628 4496 to arrange an audition.

MUSIC - AFTERNOON TEA CONCERT, Suffolk House, Sunday 18th April 2.30pm

This elegant afternoon tea and chamber music concert, originally planned for January, had to be postponed due to the MCO and will now be held on Sunday April 18th. There are now 3 tickets for this sold-out concert (RM80 each) as 3 people are unable to make this new date. Please email or whatsapp 016 456 0611 if you are interested to purchase them.

WRITING SUBMISSIONS, Online, Until 30th June

All these extra lockdown hours at home can be made to work for you if you enjoy writing. Submissions are open for Penang-based writers to submit their work for inclusion in MYWriters Penang’s next online and print publication here.

Also if you are a Malaysian national, MYWriters Penang has compiled a list of writing competitions with prize money available here.


Open call for entries to George Town festival’s: 'Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow' Photography Exhibition. This exhibition, with the tagline 'Remembering the Past, Reimagining the Future' aims to encourage members of the community to travel back in time to the good old days of the past and to capture and cherish the present moment, as a way to ensure that there will be a future with a past to look back on. All are welcome to participate.Submit your photos here.


THE VIBRANT JOURNEY - A SOLO EXHIBITION BY SHOBANA ANNE, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Until March 28th 12pm-8pm

Of Malaysian Indian heritage and with a rural Australian upbringing, Shobana Anne was influenced by indigenous Australian art and modern western abstract art. In this exhibit, she responds to the beauty of nature, exploring it both at a microbiological level and with deconstructed organic shapes that represent her impressions of her experiences. For more information, click here.


Penang Art District once again collaborates with Hin Bus Depot to bring Malaysian contemporary art to a wider audience by introducing a variety of affordable contemporary pieces to grow a strong culture of collecting Malaysian art. 

In light of the periodic Movement Control Order, this year, Kecik-Kecik will be conducted online for accessibility while keeping it safe for all artists and collectors.

Penang-based artists who are interested please register here.


Sattama is an artist from Sabah. Hin Bus Depot created an mixed exhibition of his sketches, prints, canvas works as well as wood works, but as the MCO forced Hin to close, the exhibition is now online here. All works are for sale.

WATERCOLOUR ART AUCTION, Online, First & Third Week of the Month

An online exhibition venue For the paintings of the members of the Penang Water Colour Society. All are welcome to join the Facebook group here to view and purchase artworks, and participate in the twice monthly online auction.



Daily free Guided Walks to Penang Hill Visitors. For booking please call 016-4201189. More information on Facebook here.

NATURE - THE HABITAT, Penang Hill, Daily 8.30am-6.30pm

The Habitat rainforest discovery park on Penang Hill is open again. If you are interested in sunset walks, private events and tours of the park during this time, contact by email or at 019 645 7741. Park entrance fee RM 55 (RM 35 concessions).

NATURE - TROPICAL SPICE GARDEN, Teluk Bahang, Wed & Thurs 9am-4pm, Fri, Sat & Sun 9am-6pm

The Tropical Spice Garden has also re-opened after MCO. Enjoy 6 landscaped acres of a treasure trove of more than 500 living specimens of lush and exotic flora from around the world. Tickets cost RM20 adults (RM15 concessions) with a self guided audio tour available for RM 10. Guided tours available on request. For more information go to the website.

GUIDED TOUR - CHEONG FATT TZE MANSION, Lebuh Leith, Thurday-Sunday 11am and 2pm

Experience an important part of  Penang’s colourful history and one of its most iconic pieces of architecture on an insightful tour of its architecture and history.

RM 25 (RM 12.50 for children). Book tickets online here.

VIRTUAL WORKOUT, Online, Every Saturday 10am-10.45am

Free weekly online workouts that range from cardio to strength training to dance, by Balance-FBG. Check the schedule and how to join on their Facebook page here.

HIN MARKET, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Every Sunday 11am-5pm

The popular Hin Market is a weekly platform for entrepreneurs, small business owners, craftsmen, artisans, musicians, performers, and makers of all kinds to showcase their products, crafts, and talents.

Please check Facebook before going as it may not be open yet this weekend!

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.

MEDITATION CLASSES, Online, By appointment

Learn to meditate 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.


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 011 512 31396.

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