Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

Online theatre, film, comedy, music, talks and workshops in Penang and nearby.

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GAMES - KAKI LIMA IS 2!, Online, Tuesday 20th July 2pm & 5pm

Kaki Lima is a tabletop game inspired by the five-foot ways of George Town, Penang, developed two years ago. Learn how to play Kaki Lima online, and then join in game sessions using Tabletopia and Discord. Free of charge livestream on YouTube, FaceBook & Instagram. For more information and instructions to join click here.

TALK - MEET THE AUTHOR: CATHERINE MONNET, Online, Thursday 22nd July 3pm

Catherine Monnet, author of “At Sea With a Song” divides her time between Paris and Koh Samui - which is the setting for this love story, loosely based on the experiences of her son who is a musician and felll in love with a Thai lady. Free of charge. Register for the zoom meeting here.

THEATRE - ONE HUNDRED DAYS OF SOLITUDE, Online, Thursday-Sunday 22nd-25th July and 29th July-1st August 8pm

Written, directed, and performed by Seng Soo Ming, this work is inspired by the new world, and new ways of living caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The screenplay contemplates the distance between life and death through the perspective of a car accident victim in a long-term coma. In English and Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles. Funds donated will support Pitapat Theatre. Minimum donation RM20. Register here.

COMEDY - LAUGH SUPPORT, Online, Thursday 22nd July 8.30pm

Virtual comedy with comics from around the world hosted by KL’s Rizal van Geyzel. Featuring Dana Alexander (CA),
Fakkah Fuzz (SG) and Prakash Daniel (MY) Its a FREE Donations are appreciated and will be disperesed in food to whose struggling in KL's lockdown. Details to be given during the show. Watch on Facebook live here.

TALK - DESIGN THINKING IN BRANDING, Online, Thursday 22nd July 8pm

Speaker Asri Ahmad began his career in one of the earliest design consultancies in Malaysia, Later he founded his own design shops. His experience spans almost 4 decades of a multi-design practices, extends across the core disciplines of Branding and Design namely, naming & identity, brand communication, packaging, interface design, environment & exhibition, way finding, event, creative content, activation and strategic brand consultancy. Asri is also the founding member of wREGA (Graphic Design Association of Malaysia) and is a regular Curriculum syllabus reviewer, Industry Advisor, external assessor, guest speaker for various universities.

Free of charge to watch. Register here.

THEATRE - BRAVE NEW NORMAL, Online, Friday & Saturday 23rd & 24th July 8pm

Brave New Normal is an original adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, translocated to a world, very similar to ours, in which mankind, for the sake of fairness and safety, lives isolated in an unreal bubble. A production by the University of Nottingham Malaysia. Tickets RM 35 can be purchased here.


The Rotary Club & Toastmasters Club Christopher Choong, Senior Product Manager at Dell Technologies to explain how "selling" is at the heart of most interactions whether you are selling a product or service or pitching for a new job or promotion. Register for the free online talk here.

MUSIC - RAY CHEONG’S QUARANTINED CONCERT, Online, Friday 23rd July 8.30pm

Singer-guitarist Ray Cheong’s first charity live-streamed concert Expect songs from his own original compositions that you can't find anywhere, some looping, sampling, vocal harmonies, and acoustic lounge music for your pleasure. 100% of money will be going to charity group #Food4OthersInitiativeMalaysia .Tickets RM25 can be purchased online here.

TALK - ONLINE TEACHING STRATEGIES, Online, Saturday 24th July 10am

The Covid19 pandemic has disrupted our lives in ways that few of us could ever have imagined, or prepared for. Teachers and educators have also been on the frontline since the beginning, adapting as best they can to the unique challenges of teaching online. How can educators keep students engaged and interested in a virtual learning scenario? How can teachers be assured that they are successfully connecting with their students? Facilitated by GreenSmiths.

Register here for the free of charge zoom session.

THEATRE - CRAZY LOVE, Online, Saturday 24th July 8.30pm

Multiple award winning Playwright/Director Mark Sasse returns with his former students/actors to help penangpac raise funds with a script reading session. He will be featuring three excerpts from his new play. Joining Mark are Ysabel from Penang, Sami from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Shannon from California. It will be followed by a Q&A session. Free of charge on Facebook live here. A fundraiser for penangpac. Join First. Donate Later.


Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum offers kids a monthly adventure to participate in art, craft, and movement from the comfort of home. Free of charge live on Facebook here.

WORKSHOP - KEEPING MALAYSIAN FOLKTALES ALIVE, Online, Sunday 25th July 10am-11.30am

Daphne Lee is running a 3-week online writing class: "Tales for the Telling: Keeping Malaysian Folktales Alive". Participants are expected to work on their writing in their own time so that the class is about sharing, critique and discussion. Fee: RM150 for the whole course (4.5 hours in total, plus a separate one-on-one session). Email for more info or to register.


Chef Tarina is back in the kitchen to show you how to make dishes you won’t easily find. The recipe can be sent in advance so you can prepare to cook along if you wish. RM 25 (free for Tropical Spice Family members). Click here and scroll down to book.

FILM - MINI FILM FESTIVAL, Online, Until Sunday 25th July

Kuching's 17th Mini Film Festival presents 47 carefully curated short films + 3 webinars featuring filmmakers and juries from Malaysia, Southeast Asia and Germany.. Running entirely online there are 5 films made by Bornean filmmakers, and more than 2/3 of the films will premier for the first time in Malaysia. For more information and to register click here.

TALK - HEPATITIS CAN”T WAIT, Online, Wednesday 28th July 3pm

A talk by Island Hospital’s Dato' Dr Robert Ding
in conjunction with World Hepatitis Day 2021. Free of charge on Facebook live here.

THEATRE - ENTROPY, Online, Until 31st July

“Most of life is hell. It's filled with failure and loss. People disappoint you. Dreams get shattered. Hearts get broken. Innocent people die. The life we want - we will never get. The truth is, we are for the most part of our lives, unconscious of our misery. What if you have the chance to make things right - will you take it? What if the only right thing to do... is the wrong thing? ENTROPY. Part Mystery. Part Thriller. Part Revenge.” Featuring: Nicholas Pereira & Lawrence Chin, Writer/Director: Fa Abdul

To watch the online premiere WhatsApp Jeevan 016-471 8072 for tickets (RM 15)

EDUCATION - PRIMARY AT UPLANDS, Online, Thursday 5th August 2pm

The International School of Penang (Uplands) is a not-for-profit school with a rich 65-year history of providing exceptional educational opportunities for its students. Parents of primary-aged children are invited to come and listen to Head of Primary, Jacqueline North, talk about the school, its future-focussed curriculum and assessment practices and the extra opportunities that an Uplands education can provide a child. There will be a Q&A session, and you are welcome to enquire about the new more affordable Uplands Primary fee structure. 
Register here.

BOOK GROUP - THE VANISHING HALF, Online, Wednesday 11th August 7.30pm

Join a friendly group of people to discuss this historical fiction which debuted at number 1 on the New York Times best-seller list in 2020. It is set in a mythical town solely inhabited by light-skinned black people, and is a multi-generational family saga that tackles prickly issues of racial identity and bigotry and conveys the corrosive effects of secrets and dissembling.

Direct message here for more details.

THEATRE - HAVE/HAD, Online, Until 14th August

Have/Had is a thought provoking theatrical experience about the concept of truth and lies, reality and fantasy, where we often find ourselves trapped in. It addresses vital questions that all of us can relate to. When we find ourselves entangled in a web of lies, will we follow our rational mind or our emotions? When confronted by reality, will we tell the truth or will we choose to lie?If to lie is how we survive life, does truth even matter?

RM20 to watch, send Jeevan a WhatsApp text message at 016 471 8072 for the YouTube link.

OPEN CALL- ARTS FOR ALL SEASONS, Online, Until 15th August

Arts For All Seasons is part of an effort by  to preserve and celebrate Malaysian Arts, Heritage and Culture. It was launched in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic , we aim to educate the younger generation by making arts accessible.

Artists/ practitioners of Malaysian Arts, Heritage and Culture are invited to submit a proposal to be featured under ArtsFAS 2021 initiative; in which they are eligible for a one-off project funding up to RM250,000.

For more information and to apply click here.


Learn a new skill with penangpac. 8 online 1 hour 30 minute classes for RM300, or RM 50 per class.:

Class 1: Ice-breaking & Theory of make-up.

Class 2: Category, function & tools of SFX.

Class 3: Character make-up & difference of stage and screen.

Class 4: Individual practical of character make-up.

Class 5: SFX make-up, face chart & basic injuries.

Class 6: Injuries make-up & individual practical

Class 7: Heavy SFX make-up (zombies, etc)

Class 8: Individual practical & presentation.Notes:1.

E-mail to register.


KECIK-KECIK GROUP SHOW 2021, Online, Until August 31st

Kecik-Kecik Group Show returns for its 2021 edition with over 50 participating artists!

Penang Art District once again collaborates with Hin Bus Depot to bring Malaysian contemporary art to a wider audience by introducing a wide 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.

View the exhibition here.

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.



Covid-19 lockdown is the world's biggest psychological experiment. How it affects people varies from one individual to another. Being trapped in your space - how do you deal with it? This one hour show, Corona Diaries, features nine Malaysian based writers/directors with their version of corona stories during the lockdown. Free to watch but donations to penangpac are encouraged. Watch on YouTube here.

OPERA - THE MAGIC FLUTE, Online, Ongoing

Watch the acclaimed 2019 production by KL City Opera of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte starring Yap Jin Hin as Tamino, Yeoh Ker Ker as Pamina, Samuel Lim as Papageno, Joyce Tung Lee as Queen of the Night and Chin Vun Chieh as Sarastro. On demand online for US$8. This performance is sung in German with English dialogue. No subtitles available yet.

WEEKLY SKETCH WALK, Online, Tuesdays 9am-11am

Join a group of sketchers and painters online. Each week there will be photos of a different venue and you choose one of them to sketch or paint. At the end at group photo over zoom will be taken of everyone with their work. Free of charge to join, please WhatsApp 0124308111 for the zoom details.


Commit to your wellness with other women, by sharing your wake up time and completed health habits each morning on Whatsapp. Aims to bring inner peace, control & consistency to the start of your day. Join the group here      or WhatsApp 019 316 6040.

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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