Events and entertainment in Penang and around the world

Penang Lockdown Free Sheet Edition Twelve

Penang Free Sheet lists the best virtual events from Penang and the rest of the world. Plus for the first time this week, we have two real world events. If this email was forwarded to you by someone else to you and you would like to receive your own copy click here to subscribe.


Join Mei Tan from Scoopoint and Hayley James – Transformational Business Expert - as they share the business challenges, struggles and breakthroughs that have enabled them to keep their passion alive and their businesses thriving. Free workshop. Register here.

WIND, WATER & WAVES Baroque Music with Singapore Symphony Orchestra Wednesday 10th June 7.30pm-8.30pm

Wind, water and waves - a tempestuous triptych of Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi, Matthew Locke and Jean-Féry Rebel is represented in these live audio recordings from The SSO’s Baroque Festival in 2016, directed by guest conductor/violinist and well-known period-performance specialist Pavlo Beznosiuk.
VIVALDI: Sinfonia from La Senna festeggiante
LOCKE The Tempest
REBEL Les Élémens ("The Elements")

Watch live on Youtube here.

BELANG Virtual Walkthrough with Curator Wednesday 10th June 2.30pm

BELANG (Save Our Malayan Tiger 2020) is a visual arts exhibition held to create public awareness on the Malayan Tiger, which is on the brink of extinction, You can see the exhibition anytime here. The virtual walkthrough can be seen on Facebook live here.

MOVIE ROASTING Thursday 11th June 8.30pm

A movie roast taking aim at George A. Romero’s zombie classic Night of the Living Dead!
The movie will be screened while local comedians speak their minds on it! Watch on Facebook live here or on YouTube here.

CONTEMPLATING CULTURE AT HOME Friday 12th June 3pm-4.30pm

Join a conversation with director of Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum Kennie Ting and the museum staff. They will discuss how the museum has changed in these extraordinary times, and how you can continue to engage with all the cross-cultural art. Watch on Facebook Live here.

JANSEN CHOW SOLO EXHIBITION Friday 12th June until 5th July

The Art Gallery in Pulau Tikus opens a solo exhibition by Jansen Chow, City Impressions. View the exhibition virtually here and/or visit in person, Friday to Sunday 2pm to 5pm, other times by appointment by emailing here.



KLpac fundraiser show with 75 minutes of fun and laughter with brand-new sketches, character satires and song parodies inspired by the pandemic, the recent political shift, and how we see the ‘new normal’ world. See high-energy performances of socio-political satire and musical parodies for mature audiences only. Watch for free on Facebook live here.


Urban Sketchers Penang present their first online exhibition, in conjunction with the 10th year anniversary of this group of artists who meet every week to sketch a different corner of Penang. You can see the full exhibition by clicking here and highlights have been posted on their Facebook page here.

BAMBOO ORCHID CREATION WORKSHOPS Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th June 4.30pm-6pm

Two more of a series of nine free online workshops by local artists via zoom. One subject, nine media. Learn to create a bamboo orchid with Sharon SS Kow in colour pencil on Saturday 13th, and in layered papercut with ERYN on Sunday 14th. The full list of workshops is at the end of this email and you can watch the live stream of past workshops on the Open Studios Penang Facebook page here.

Zoom link for Saturday here.

Zoom link for Sunday here.


60 minute online show via Zoom featuring a line up of headliner comedians:
Max Beckwith (UK)
Sudarshan R (IN)
Ron Josol (CA)
Hosted by Rizal van Geyzel

Register and pay (RM21) at peatix here.

Jazzing it up with Harry’s Saturday 13th June 8.30pm

  • Harry’s bar on Boat Quay spurred the jazz scene in Singapore, and was home to some of the biggest jazz musicians from around the world. The bar has temporarily ceased entertainment, but wants to keep the spirit of jazz alive, so is sponsoring two virtual concerts in partnership with Chivas Regal Singapore, featuring Singapore jazz sensation, ALEMAY FERNANDEZ and friends. Join on Facebook Live here.

ECO LEAF PRINTING WORKSHOP Saturday 13th June 2pm-5pm

Masitah, aka Syibori Syd is back with another "Eco" workshop - this time Leaf Printing & Pounding. We are going to be printing/pounding on paper this time - suitable for arty types of all ages! RM75 per person
Email to register.



ABSOLUTELY COMICAL Sunday 14th June 7pm

Absolutely Comical is a new online show where comedians will be discussing the latest in superhero news.
Hosted by Garu and Watson, two stand-up comedians, the show will feature a series of guest comedians and artists, all of whom are longtime fans of superheroes. The first show is Marvel vs DC! The House of Ideas and their Distinguished Competition is one of the longest running rivalries in all of fandom. Representing the Marvel side is Nik Coppin, a British comedian known for his love of Spider-Man. For DC, will be Matilda from Romania, a comedian who believes Wonder Woman is the best that either publisher has to offer. Guest artist is Kangblabla, a Penang-based toy designer and comic creator.

Watch on Facebook live here or on YouTube here.

STAND UP FOR PRIDE Comedy Monday 15th June 8pm

June is PRIDE Month! 🌈
I Laugh KL is doing a Pride Month Stand Up Comedy Showcase as a Fundraiser for KL Queer Space!! 🏠
Donate via (MY) or - more info
Host : Cat Brogan 🇮🇪
Headliners: Sam See 🇸🇬 & Rosie Wilby 🇬🇧

Watch on Youtube live here.


SHEER NITE CAP Monday 15th June 9.30pm

SHEer nite cap is a place where women come together to share stories and to lift one another. SHEer online started by 3 dynamic women Terry, Shirlyn and Mee Kuan, to bring women together to embrace and lift one another towards the many changes in our roles during MCO. One of the co-founders, Mee Kuan is based in Penang. 
Register here.


A real life event at the Palm Court, E&O Hotel, Penang jeweller Jonathan Yun has busy creating new pieces and rethinking some of his old ones during a very challenging lockdown. This is an afternoon of jewellery, friendship and supporting local businesses. RM95 per person. Register by email here and indicate if you prefer to sit inside or outside.

DOODLING WORKSHOP Every Wednesday 6pm-7pm

Keep Calm and Doodle - Free Doodling workshop via Zoom with local artist Kumar Nagalingam. Bring your own pen or pencil and paper. Contact Zumar for the weekly Zoom dian in at 012 603 9321.

TALKS Daily 2pm

Ome by Spacebar invites you to join their daily Instagram live coffee talk show, hosted by owners Jo and Shean. The thirty minute session includes recommendations on what to do during the lockdown, coffee tips, a daily guest speaker, and a daily quiz with prizes. Speakers this week include an accountant giving advice on how micro businesses can claim the wage subsidy (Thursday 16th).


LIVE MUSIC with Raggy, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Penang veteran rocker Raggy performs live.

Tuesdays: 9pm-10pm Relaxing songs via YouTube here

Wednesdays 10pm-11pm Uptempo country, folk, blues, pop, reggae and light rock via Facebook here

Fridays 10pm-11.30pm Certified Insanity! All-out mixture of whatever comes to mind, including rock & roll, funk and crazy stuff on Facebook here.


Penang based DJ JuaKali takes you on a musical journey around the world to show solidarity with all those helping to flatten the curve and escape from your lock down. Beats from around the world perfectly mixed during a live DJ set. Check him out spinning vinyl live on Facebook here or watch and listen at your pleasure here.

SUNDAY SOUL SESSION 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.

DANCE Daily 6.15pm

Live dance classes/workouts with local Penang Salsa/Bachaha/Cha Cha Cha teacher Darwen Tolentino continue every evening via Facebook Live. Become his Facebook friend at in order to join in.

HOME WORKOUTS Monday to Saturday

Now everyone can be fitter !! Live coach-led Warrior interactive Workouts via Zoom, all fitness levels welcome. For more details WhatsApp 018-2827567 or email

Mon - Agility & Strength (HIIT)
Tues - Abs & Core Endurance
Wed - Strength & Power
Thurs - Mayhem Max Out
Fri - Speed & Endurance
Sat - Mobility & Flexibility


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 +60 111 240 1654.



Replacing the annual Glyndebourne Festival, one opera a week will be screened free of charge donations welcome) on YouTube here until June 14th. 


New York’s Metropolitan Opera is streaming a different opera on its website every night, again for free. Just go to their website and start watching.

THEATRE Every Week

London’s National Theatre is streaming a recording of one of their full-length plays for free, every week. 

The play of the week is available on their YouTube channel here.

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BALLET Every Two Weeks

The Australian Ballet is streaming one ballet performance every two weeks, free of charge, on its website. Programme details are on their website.

CIRCUS Ongoing

The amazing Cirque du Soleil is has uploaded a series of one hour performances from their various spectacles onto their YouTube channel which are available to you to watch for free. See the videos  here.

THEATRE Every Two Weeks

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is streaming a recording of one of their full-length plays for free, every fortnight. Currently showing is Hamlet. Romeo and Juliet begins on Monday. Click on their YouTube channel here to watch

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Singapore’s Objectifs Film Library is showcasing over 40 short films made by 14 Southeast Asian filmmakers on its website, for free or for a nominal charge.

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