Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

Register your interest for a virtual tour of an exhibition in New York, check out some of the programmes during the upcoming online George Town Festival, join an online open mic, education talks, holiday programmes plus other virtual events and activities coming up in Penang and nearby. 

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VIRTUAL TOUR - THE MEDICI AT THE NEW YORK MET, Online, Date to be confirmed, 10pm

“The sweep of Italian history and art history in dazzling portraits from the Medici dynasty’s final hurrah, on view in a sumptuous exhibition at the Met.” —The New York Times

A Virtual Tour with a difference - A live private virtual tour of the Medici Exhibition at New York’s Met Museum. Would you be interested? It would be at 10am New York time, so 10pm Malaysia time - date to be confirmed. RM60 per person - a minimum of 20 people is needed for the tour to go ahead. Please message +60164570221 with the subject “Medici Tour” to register your interest and we will coordinate a date. To learn more about the exhibition click here.

TALK - ROCK KAPAK in the 1980s & 1990s, Online, Wednesday 30th June 5pm

Dr Adil Johan Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer Institute for Ethnic Studies Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia introduces the history of Rock Kapak (axe rock), and the Malaysian rock group Search, who were a popular culture phenomenon across the Malay-speaking region. He offer an analysis of youth culture and popular music that circulated across the region, driven by common expressions of sentimentality and narrations about the social anxieties present in a period of rapid economic development during the 1980s and 1990s. Free of charge on Facebook live here.

TALK - A LEVELS VS IB, Online, Thursday 1st July 11.45am

The speakers for this talk on the difference between A Levels and the IB and how A levels can prepare chidren for university will be Mrs Hawtree (Principal of POWIIS), Mrs Clarke (Deputy Principal of Curriculum) and Mr Hewitt (Head of Sixth Form) who have experience in teaching both curriculums. There will also be a Q&A section at the end. Register for this free of charge talk here. For more information or if you have questions please email

TALK - FORTRESS PENANG, Online, Thursday 1st July 3pm-4pm

Meet KL-based author Andrew Barber for the launch of his new novel. "Fortress Penang" was the designation given to the island by British military planners prior to the Second World War. It was to prove deeply ironic, as the story of the disastrous British withdrawal and the subsequent Japanese occupation were to prove.
Andrew's novel will be sent as an e-book to those who register for the talk. Set in pre-war and war-time Penang, it tracks the challenges and struggles of Tom Baxter, a British MI6 officer, who is faced with a host of personal and professional challenges as the British strategic and military position crumbles in front of him. Register for the free of charge zoom talk here.

OPEN MIC - BE BOLD, BE HEARD, Online, Friday 2nd July 8.30pm

penangpac welcomes everyone - newbies, aspiring artists, anyone with talent or those who've lost a bet and end up having to make a fool out of themselves. You can sing a song, tell a joke, play an instrument, do a stand-up comedy, perform a magic trick, present poetry or a monologue - whatever you have in mind, we'll reserve a spot for you. For those who’d like to participate, all you’ve got to do is to register by June 30th. To perform or to watch, send Jeevan a WhatsApp text message at 016 471 8072.

Warrior Fitness now offers coach-led training live online via Zoom. Enjoy ‘group’ training with other like-minded people. Our training system is designed and planned for all fitness levels. All are welcome and come get fitter and healthier this MCO-period. For details on how to join click here, WhatsApp 018-2827567 or email.

Unleash Your Inner Warrior!

THE ILHAM ART SHOW 2022 - CALL FOR ENTRIES, Online, Until Friday 2nd July

The ILHAM Art Show is a triennial exhibition platform to give artists the opportunity to experiment and make new work, and to support and promote contemporary art in Malaysia. Those selected to participate in the ILHAM Art Show will be awarded an art production grant (between RM2,000 – RM8,000) to be put towards the making of their new work.

Applications are open to all artists above the age of 21, living and working in any medium Malaysia. Apply here.

FILM - AYAHKU, DR.G, Online, Saturday 3rd July 7pm

In a country where possession of cannabis is punishable with death, Siti finds herself pulled into the unfamiliar world of lengthy legal proceeding and prison visits when her 60 year old father is arrested for using medical cannabis to treat his chronic illnesses. In her journey to save her father from the death penalty, Siti finds herself succumbing to fear and anxiety as she navigates through her own personal challenges - all the while fearing that she might never see her father again. All in all, ‘Ayahku, Dr.G’ is a story about a daughter’s quest for her father’s justice from a law that puts punishment before public health.

For more information and to buy tickets click here. Tickers S$10.

WORKSHOP - ORIGAMI, Online, Saturday 3rd July 8.30pm-10pm

Learn the art of paper folding with a series of workshops with different themes: Peace & Wellness; Unity; Architecture and Nature. Suitable for adults and children 12+ Full Attendance RM50 or per class RM15. WhatsApp Desmond at +6016 411 2459 to register and receive the zoom link.

TALK - PLAYING WITH HISTORY, Online, Sunday 4th July 8pm

Penang Philharmonic Orchestra’s Virtual Academy presents an evening with The Wicked Music People. A KL-based ensemble, The Wicked Music People bring the music of the late Renaissance and the Baroque to a modern audience. Free for PPO members. RM 10 for non-members. Register here.

PHOTOGRAPHY - HERITAGE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION, Online, Until Tuesday 6th July 7.30pm

To celebrate George Town World Heritage Day on July 7th, dig into your photo albums and join the competition. Send a photo of you/your family standing in front of a Penang heritage building. Email it by July 6th at noon. Cash prizes avail;able.

BOOK GROUP - A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, Online, Wednesday 7th July 7.30pm

Meeting delayed by 2 weeks to give you more time to read the book! Join a friendly online group to discuss 'A Gentleman in Moscow' by Amor Towles. 

The story of Count Alexander Rostov who in 1922 is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Direct message here for more details.

TALK - THE ART OF NOT TAKING SORROW, Online, Saturday 10th July 5pm

A talk by Jothi Rajah, experienced meditation teacher and speaker for almost 40 years. Join the free of charge zoom call here.

MUSIC - IMMERSE, Online, Saturday 10th - Sunday 18th July 8pm

3 local musicians living in 3 separate countries will be brought together virtually to perform pieces from the different styles and periods of Chinese orchestra music in “Immerse”. Chow Jun Yi (New York), Tan Yong Yaw (Malacca), and Raymond Choo Boon Yew (Macau) play traditional Chinese instruments encompassing traditional and contemporary Chinese music, plus the Chinese music culture in Malaysia. For more information and to purchase tickets click here. RM 30.

FILM - IMMERSE, Online, Sunday 11th July 3pm

See the world through the eyes of a blind woman, take a walk in the shoes of a wheelchair user, and learn how disability brings new perspectives to artmaking in “Perspectives”, a disability-led film directed by Peggy Ferroa and Michael Chua. Part documentary, part theatrical monologue, “Perspectives” is an independent project which explores the lives of Singaporeans with disabilities, told through music, monologues and works of art. The docudrama screening will be followed by a discussion featuring the performers and the director Peggy Ferroa. For more information and to register click here. Free of charge.

VIDEO ART - DOWN THE MELTING POT, Online, Tuesday 13th July 8pm-10pm

Drawing upon the associations between people, culture and place, and relating it to the concept of a hot pot cuisine, “Down the Melting Pot” will bring audiences into an intercultural journey through the perspectives of young contemporary artists, A varied selection of moving images from around the world, including experimental shorts, video art, animation and performance artts reflects the varied concerns of young contemporary artists around the world today. For more information and to register click here. Free of charge.

FILM - G-SHORT FINALISTS, Online, Wednesday 14th - Friday 16th July 8pm

G-Short is a short film festival held as part of the George Town Festival 2021 to celebrate the endless imagination and possibilities a 90-second short film can bring about. Themed “Reimagine: A New Way of Seeing”, with the tagline “Short Yet Powerful”, G-Short was conceived to encourage the local and international film communities to create short-form and original films, unleashing their creativity, originality and innovation to tell stories in new ways – all while strengthening the branding of the George Town Festival. The film screenings feature the works of 30 finalists from different countries.

. For more information and to register click here. Free of charge.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE - ONCE UPON A TIME, Online, Until Wednesday 14th July

The Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac) presents the first installment of a 5 part production of Malaysian Folklore, Legends and Tales series in 2021 called "Once Upon a Time..." In part 1, Badang The Magnificent is a story about a slave who wished for superhuman strength after meeting a mystical creature. Si Tanggang: The Ungrateful Son is the tale of a poor boy with only one dream – to become rich. Available to watch on YouTube until July 14th. Get your link by WhatsApp 016 471 8072 for RM20.

The performances are entirely in English except for the traditional Malay dance scenes which feature popular Malay tunes.

THEATRE - IMAGINARIUM, Online, Thursday 15th - Sunday 18th July 9pm

Out of the Blue Theatre invites you to discover a whole new imaginative universe within your bedroom in “IMAGINARIUM”, an audio-immersive theatrical experience. In this entertaining and cathartic audio-immersive experience, “IMAGINARIUM” acknowledges the limitations lockdowns have imposed on the theatre industry and people’s lives. So escape the confines of your space and follow us into the impossible. It is time to step out of your comfort zone and break out of the ordinary. Welcome to the “IMAGINARIUM”! Thursday & Saturday in English, Friday & Sunday in Mandarin.

For more information and to buy tickets click here. RM 30.

COMEDY - CROSS BORDER COMEDY, Online, Saturday 17th July 8pm-9.30pm

A line up of stand up comedians from the US, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and more. Watch free of charge on Facebook live here.

RUNNING/CYCLING - PENANG STEPS UP, Online, 1st - 14th July

Penang Steps Up is a virtual run & cycling event designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Free of charge - everyone registered has the chance to win a daily lucky draw. To register for the steps challenge click here, or for the cycling challenge click here.

THEATRE - ENTROPY, Online, 1st-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)

THEATRE - HAVE/HAD, Online, 14th July - 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.

ART EXHIBITIONS

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.

EVERY WEEK IN PENANG

MORNING MUMS CLUB - A WELLNESS CHECK IN WHATSAPP GROUP, Daily

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.

COMMUNITY Ongoing

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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