Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

It is week four of Penang's CMCO, and we are crossing our fingers this is the final week. The Penang Heritage Trust has re-started their tours and activities (see Every Week section), there is a new art exhibition, a few cooking workshops and plenty of online talks and entertainment options.

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TALK - HOW TO AVOID KNEE PAIN & SURGERY, Online, Wednesday December 2nd 3pm

Consultant Orthopaedics & Sports Injury Surgeon Dr Aaron Lim explains some of the lifestyle changes you can make to maintain joint health. These changes may help prevent knee problems and the need for surgery. Watch free of charge on Facebook live here.


With Surayne Segaran, consultant urologist at Pantai Hospital Penang, recently relocated from the UK where he was a consultant at King's College Hospital and Guy's Hospital in London. Free of charge to watch on FB live here.

TALK - HELP FOR THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY, Online, Thursday December 3rd 8pm

The PENJANA Plan for the Creative Industries is a set of government-sponsored recovery initiatives focused on helping creative industry activists and businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This Facebook live talk will explain some of the grants available - Digital Marketing & Promotions, Digital Events & Exhibition Showcase, Literature & Publishing, Micro-Financing for Creative Entrepreneurs and others - and how to apply for them. 
For more information on the PENJANA programmes, click here. To join the talk click here.

BAKING WORKSHOP - MILLE-FEUILLE CAKE, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Friday 4th December, 10am-1pm

Learn to bake a Mille-feuille cake. All ingredients and equipment will be provided. Everyone has their own work station and will make the cake from start to finish - before sitting down to sample it.
RM160 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

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.

WORKSHOP - BARISTA ART, Life Academy, 340 Macalister Rd, Saturday December 5th 9am-1pm

Learn the basic techniques of latte art and unleash your creativity to design the most beautiful patterns in the coffee art world. RM 250 per person, only 5 spaces available. Register here

COOKING WORKSHOP - HAND-MADE PAN MEE, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Saturday 5th December, 10am-1pm

Learn how to make Dry Pan Mee with Fishball & Clam Soup and Chilli Condiment. RM 136 per person for Spice Family members (non-SF: RM170). To register click here and scroll down for the link. Price includes a complimentary jar of chilli condiment

PUPPET THEATRE - A MEETING WITH POTEHI, Online, Saturdays & Sundays December 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th & 20th 2pm

Lean more about Penang Potehi by watching this locally produced film screening live on the Show Penang Facebook page here.

THEATRE - THE OTHER STORY OF AH-Q, Online, Saturday 5th December 8pm & Sunday 6th December 3pm

A staged reading in Mandarin with English subtitles of a play inspired by Lu Xin’s classical story. 7 actors perform 20 roles, characters of different statuses, examining what a social revolution could bring: the dilemmas, the rage, the grief. Tickets (RM 23) can be purchased online here.

COOKING WORKSHOP - MALAY CLASSICS, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Sunday 6th December, 10am-1pm

Learn how to make Herbed & Spiced Fried Chicken and Pumpkin & Spinach Curry. RM 136 per person for Spice Family members (non-SF: RM170). To register click here and scroll down for the link.

TALK - OPERATION TRANSFORMATION, Online, Sunday December 6th 2pm

Coach Conor of Warrior Fitness Adventure explains the fitness programme “Operation Transformation” and how it improves health, fitness, reduces body fat and increases energy levels. Register for this free interactive zoom session here.

Whether you are looking for an individualised training programme for yourself or need a personal coach to keep you accountable for achieving your fitness goals, the Warrior Personal Coaching programme may just be for you. Train in-person with our Warrior Coach, or now remotely with via Zoom if you are not in Penang or Kota Kinabalu.

For more details WhatsAppCoach Jee at +6012-457 8850 or drop us an email.

FREEDOM FILM FESTIVAL, Online, Thursday-Sunday December 10th-13th

Freedom Film Festival offers the latest award-winning films from around the world, with conversations around films through discussion panels, workshops, masterclasses, and audience interactions to bring together the social activist and film going communities in Malaysia. This year the theme is RACE : HUMAN, with folk grant winners exploring ideas of race, creed, colour, migrant, refugee and the systemic injustices faced by those defined as other.

For more information on the programme click here. The festival will run online via the streaming platform CloudTheatre. Tickets and screening dates will be available from December 1, 2020 on their website here.

COOKING WORKSHOP - MEDITERRANEAN GALORE, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Saturday 12th December, 10am-1pm

Learn how to make Mediterranean-style Oven Grilled Chicken, Cherry Tomato & Olive Pasta, and Outrageous Herbaceous Mediterranean Beans Salad. RM 136 per person for Spice Family members (non-SF: RM170). To register click here and scroll down for the link.

CHARITY BAZAAR, 1st Avenue Mall, Saturday & Sunday December 12th & 13th, 10am-10pm

Set in a huge area, on the 8th floor of the mall, with plenty room for organised social distancing, this event is in support of many local charities.FREE tables are still available for registered charities and commercial vendors are also most welcome.  The charge for each table, 6ft x 3ft, for the weekend is just RM80.  For further detail & info please email

TALK - RESTORING STADIUM MERDEKA, Online, Saturday 12th December, 4pm

Professor Architect Laurence Loh shares the inside story behind the highly successful restoration of Stadium Merdeka and describes the conversations that led up to the execution of one of Malaysia’s most important conservation projects undertaken to date, and which received an Award of Excellence from UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage. Free of charge. To register click here.

HEALTH & WELFARE - WAIT PAUSE, Online, Until December 12th

A social media campaign for the mental and physical well being of the online community of young people in Malaysia during the pandemic, with posts and activities to help with physical health, mental well-being and social welfare. Find out more on Facebook here and Instagram here.

There will be a webinar on Saturday December 12th at 8pm entitled  'Combating Burnout: How to Overcome Physical and Mental Exhaustion'. register for the free of charge webinar here.

MUSIC - ROMANTIC JAZZY DATE NIGHT, penangpac, 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.


BOXED IN, Online & Hin Bus Depot, 31 a Jalan Gurdwara, Until December 31st

A group exhibition curated by Ivan Gabriel, originally scheduled to begin just as CMCO was announced. BOXED IN (one foot at a time) pulls in a group of Penang based visual artists from various backgrounds and art practices. Each participating artist was given two 12’ x 12’ wooden boxes and set off to let their creative imaginations run wild. The only catch was for them to “think outside the box” whilst having the artworks within the box itself.

The exhibition will proceed in stages; kicking off with an online exhibition that will take place in the whole month of December 2020, and if/when CMCO is lifted, a physical exhibition at Hin Bus Depot, open daily 12pm-7pm. More information on Hin Bus Depot’s Facebook page 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.

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 December 31st

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).

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.

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.

HERITAGE TOURS AND WORKSHOPS, George Town, By Prior Arrangement

Learn more about George Town’s history and heritage with the Penang Heritage Trust’s walks and workshops. Email for more information and to arrange a date, minimum 3 working days in advance for walks and 1-2 weeks for workshops..

Walks: (3 hours, RM160/pax for 2 pax, RM130/pax for 3 pax & above)

Trail A: Street of Harmony & Clan Jetties

Trail B: Colonial District & Little India

Joss Stick making workshop (RM400/pax, including materials) - 3 hours, 6-8 pax,

Rattan weaving workshop (RM180/pax including materials) - 3 hours, 4 - 6 pax,

Beaded bracelet making workshop (RM100/pax for PHT members, RM130/pax for non-PHT members) - 2.5 hours, Min. 8 - 10 pax

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 6pm-10pm

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.

FUN - PUB QUIZ, Healy Mac’s, Straits Quay, Every Monday 8pm-9.30pm

Weekly socially-distanced pub quiz, maximum 4 to a team, RM 5 per person. More details 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.


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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