Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

In week two of Penang's CMCO inevitably many events are online; you will find quite a few interesting talks coming up and a made-in-Penang musical. There are a handful of real life workshops and other activities listed too.

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TALK - WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY, Online, Wednesday November 18th 3pm

Obesity is a lifestyle problem – increasing body weight and excess fat also increases your risk of developing serious medical complications. Some obese people are resistant to conventional weight loss methods and are unable to lose weight consistently through a healthy lifestyle. An option for obese individuals who struggle with weight loss is bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. Learn all about bariatric surgery and the different procedures available from three experts at Island Hospital on Facebook live here.

BOOK GROUP, Palm Court, E&O Hotel, Wednesday November 18th 7.30pm

Meet up to discuss Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw. The Harmony Silk Factory is Tash Aw's critically acclaimed first novel, set in 1940s British-ruled Malaya. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won the Whitbread Book Awards for First Novel Award.

TALK- SOUTHEAST ASIAN ARCHEOLOGY, Online, Friday 20th November 7pm

Speaker Noel Hidalgo Tan explains how rock art expands on our understanding of the Southeast Asian past by reflecting ancient and recent human migrations, recording our changing relationship with the environment, and providing a window into the material world of the past. Tan received his PhD from the Australian National University and is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA) in Bangkok, with particular expertise is in the rock art of Southeast Asia. He has documented sites in Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.

Register for the free of charge webinar here.

COOKING WORKSHOP - MOROCCAN MEZZE, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Saturday 21st November, 10am-1pm

Cook Moroccan Mezze with Faten of Athene Spices:

Moroccan Meat Balls with Ras el Hanout + Tunisian Harissa (vegetarian option available too)

Best Hummus in the World – Tarablus Sprinkles

Tabouleh Salad - Lemon Lime Pepper Salt

Everyone has their own socially distant work station and will make each dish from start to finish - before sitting down and eating it.

RM150 per person. Suitable for Adults & Teens. Limited to 6 people per session.CMCO SOPs will be observed! Email or WhatsApp +60164570221 to reserve your space

FOOD & BEVERAGE - WEEKEND ROAST, E&O Hotel, Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-3pm

The E&O’s celebrated weekend roast lunch is back. Reserve a table (subject to CMCO SOPs) by email or phone 04-2222151. 

WORKSHOP - GUA SHA FOR THE FACE, Online, Saturday November 21st 2pm-4pm

Learn more about scraping the face as a beauty treatment. RM188 including a small size natural face massage oil & 20ml removal cleansing oil. Register here.


There is an assumption that Southeast Asia is generally peaceful though there are sporadic outbursts of violence in certain countries. But the reality is that Southeast Asia has a history of violent conflicts and today violence is still being used in the hope of bringing about change.

This discussion will share the history of mass violence in Southeast Asia, and current episodes of mass atrocities and how they are being ameliorated.

Speaker Braema Mathi (Mathiaparanam) is a teacher, journalist and researcher, and was a Global Fellow on a joint programme called Holocaust, Genocide and Atrocity Crimes.

Register for the free of charge webinar here.

MUSICAL - ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT, Online, Friday-Sunday November 27th-29th 8pm

With upbeat music, high-energy dancing, and snappy dialogue, this Family Musical brings a comic twist to a rather sad story with a hopeful ending. The all Penang-based youthful cast filled the Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac) with laughter and tears in 2019 when performing this story of how Mother Earth, also known as Gaia, becomes angry over the out-of-control plastic pollution problem in her oceans.

Purchase tickets (RM 20) online here.

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.
For more details on the schedule and how to join, WhatsApp 018-2827567 or drop us an email.

TALK - BALANCING THE BIENNIALS, Online, Saturday November 28th 5pm-7pm

Part of Gallery Weekend KL’s “Luminary” series, a talk by Patrick Flores, Curator of the Singapore Biennale 2019 & Venice Biennale 2022. He will share his experience andl touch upon questions such as the criteria of artist selection, deciding on themes, the steps large-scale biennales are taking to adapt to the new norm, as well as covering his current and pending projects.

Free of charge. Register for the zoom meeting here.

TALK - RECONNECTING - MUSEUMS, CREATING & EVENTS, Online, Sunday November 29th 10am-12pm

Part of Gallery Weekend KL’s “Luminary” series, a conversation between Wanda Nanibush, Curator of Indigenous Art, Art Gallery Ontario, Leeza Ahmady, from Asia Contemporary Art, New York and Elias Yamani Ismail, an established Malaysian Artist. They will discuss the ways their respective practices have adapted to unique 21st century challenges. They will talk about artistic and curating practice in light of the pandemic and racial injustice, and effective outreach.
Free of charge. Register for the zoom meeting here.

TALK - CURATING & COLLECTING, WAYS OF SEEING, Online, Sunday November 29th 5pm-7pm

Part of Gallery Weekend KL’s “Luminary” series, a conversation between Edward Gibbs, Chairman and Head of Department, Middle East and India, London Sotheby's, Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, Senior Curator at the National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum and Aaron Seeto, Director of Jakarta’s Museum MACAN about collecting and curating practices, how they have changed and how auctions, curators, and audiences might adapt to and what to expect from the ‘new normal’. They will talk about how social restrictions have affected their respective practices, and what the general audience can expect for the future of art auctioning and exhibitions.

Free of charge. Register for the zoom meeting meeting here

LEARNING - THE CHIP WEEKENDER, Online, Friday--Sunday December 4th-6th

Curious about our messy modern world? Enjoy learning with others? Join the CHIP Weekender, a beginner-friendly liberal-arts-style online weekend modern humanities course.

Over the Dec 4-6 weekend, there will be a mix of live online sessions (Fri 7-8pm, Sat+Sun 2-6pm) and self-paced learning over nights + mornings.

Example topics: Mapping Modernity, Becoming Modern, Meaning In The Age Of McJobs (more online)

RM 180 per person. Learn more and resister here.

MUSIC - ROMANTIC JAZZY DATE NIGHT, penangpac, POSTPONED to Friday-Sunday January 15th-17th 8.30pm

A tribute to evergreen romantic jazz tunes enjoyed by music lovers for generations. With masterpieces such as "Sway", "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Getaran Jiwa", this will be a special night to relax and unwind to some of the greatest hits by best known talents in the industry. Led by Mr Jerome Quah from the Northern Jazz Unit and accompanied by musicians of Penang Jazz Society, the concert will feature Ms. Kirana Kay from Kuala Lumpur as the vocalist, Zhariff Zaki on the Saxophone and Cikgu Zaki on bass.

Tickets cost RM 45 (RM 38 for concessions) and are on sale at the box office or online here.


The Penang Philharmonic Orchestra presents its first hour-long virtual concert, with pieces by small orchestral and choral groups. Watch on YouTube here.

EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL, Online, Until 30th November

A curated selection of award-winning films from across Europe, this year available to watch online instead of in the cinema. Register for your free pass here.


Taking street food off the streets and onto your screens, the first-of-its-kind Tiger Street Food Virtual Festival promises 88 street food vendors across 4 weekends, you get to order festival-exclusive dishes and Tiger Beer straight to your doorsteps. Expect a fully immersive, interactive 3D environment where you explore the virtual streets and encounter fun challenges. For more details and to register click here.


GROWTH BY LOVE LEE LILY, Viva Victoria, 179 Lebuh Victoria, Until December 6th

An exhibition of Penang-based Dot Mandala artist Love Lee Lily’s latest creations. Open daily except Mondays from 12.30pm-9pm. The artist will be at the exhibition every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm to meet visitors and answer questions about her work.

STILL BY SHARON KOW, G Art Gallery, G Hotel, Until December 21st

Renowned local self-taught pencil artist Sharon Kow Siew Suan presents Still, a series of artworks that depict a state of mental quietude. Sharon believes that “Stillness speaks”, as we take time to be still and to quiet the mind, we can achieve a clear introspection of our thoughts and emotions. Her artworks are intricately illustrated using just colour pencils.

Free of charge, open 24 hours (G Hotel mezzanine floor)

THE THREAD OF LIFE, EXHIBITION BY DAYANG ArtSpace, ChinaHouse, Beach St, Until November 30th

Old pictures tend to trigger nostalgia. The pictures used for the thread of life exhibition are negatives taken in 1936 in various places in Asia and the Middle East. Dayang has enriched these black and white images to combine these stories of the past with her perception of life. Experiences  ‘gathered’ are like dots and life is the line that connects them. Dayang has added colourful threads as her vision of how the past intertwines with the present.

Dayang Salim is a Singaporean artist and designer who is residing in Kuala Lumpur. Her work has been exhibited in China, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Belgium and Hong Kong. Her works focus mainly on different cultures and experiences of living abroad.

The ArtSpace at ChinaHouse is open from 10am until 10pm daily.


FITNESS - JANCING, Location varies within Timur Laut, Fridays 6pm

For people who hate jogging, love dancing and want to have fun while keeping fit. Free of charge. Numbers limited. What’sapp Lusy to register: 011 2430 8874 

BUDDHA BEAT YOGA, Soundmaker Studio, 18 Lebuh Bishop, Sundays, 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm

Flow with light-repetitive sets yoga, serenaded by the meditative live rhythms of Buddha Beat. Book through Facebook Messaging or Whatsapp 017-4287327. Limited to 12 people per session.
Bring your own mat.
First session for free. Otherwise RM25 per session or RM80 per month  for 4 sessions).

GUIDED TOUR OF CHEONG FATT TZE BLUE MANSION, Lebuh Leith, Thursday-Sunday 11am & 2pm

A 45-minute guided tour through the history of the spectacular UNESCO award-winning mansion, revealing stories of its original owner and extended family, and of the house’s design philosophy and stunning architecture.

RM 25 for adults, RM 12.50 for children. Tickets can be purchased online here.

SUNSET WALK, The Habitat, Penang Hill, Daily 5.30pm

The Habitat Penang Hill Sunset Walk is available during CMCO for group bookings only (maximum 10 people). Watch the sunset from Curtis Crest, the highest point in Penang, and enjoy a guided walk with a guide to point out the nocturnal jungle life to you, RM 95 per adult and RM 65 per child for a guided tour. email to book.

OPEN MIC & PRO JAM, D’Loovi’s, 24 Lebuh Melayu, Sundays 8pm-11pm

A rare opportunity to watch live music in person during the pandemic and for budding singers, musicians and indie artists to perform in public. Bring your own instrument if you wish to play. More information here.

FITNESS - TABATA, Online, Every Wednesday 5pm

Tabata is an interval style workout where you push yourself as hard as you can for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. A great way to improve muscular endurance as well as cardiovascular.

Free of charge, to join this workout, click 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 011 512 31396.

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