Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

Talks, walks, music, theatre, film, workshops and more happening in Penang this week. If you don’t already subscribe to receive the weekly email and would like to, please click here.

TALK - THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND AND PAST MEMORIES, Online, Wednesday 28th October, 3pm

Learn how your past memories and unconscious mind can affect your current behaviour, mood and emotions. Dr Kelvin Lee, Consultant Psychiatrist of Island Hospital speaks about it and answers your questions on Facebook live here. Free of charge.

FILM - DRIVEWAYS, Hikayat, 226 Beach St, Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th October 6pm


A single mother travels with her shy eight-year-old son Cody to her late sister's house which they plan to clean and sell. The boy develops an unlikely friendship with Del, the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door.

Winner, Audience Choice, Gimli Film Festival Nominated, Best Feature Film, Berlin International Film Festival

Screening and refreshments RM15.
Booking here essential.


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

COOKING WORKSHOP - PENANG FAVOURITES WITH NAZLINA, George Town, Thursday 29th October 10am-1pm

Nazlina's Cooking Classes have been one of Penang's top-rated tourist activities for the last few years. In this special Spiral Synergy class, learn how to make 3 Penang classics... roti canai, char koay teow and pandan crepes, then eat what you have cooked!
RM180 per person - suitable for teens & adults. Email or message +60164570221 to book.

TOUR & LUNCH -SEVEN TERRACES, Stewart Lane, Friday 30th October 10am-2pm

Go behind the scenes with hotelier Chris Ong on a personal tour of 7 Terraces and learn the stories of some of his favourite pieces. RM95 per person includes lunch.  Email or message +60164570221 to book.

EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL, Online, 30th October-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.

WORKSHOP - LOY KRATHONG, Wat Nai, Jalan Masjid Negeri, Friday 30th October 7.20pm-9.30pm

Learn to make these beautiful floating locus decorations used in the Loy Krathong Festival,  which takes place on the evening of the full moon in the 12th month of the traditional Thai lunar calendar. Loy literally means 'to float,' while krathong refers to the lotus-shaped receptacle which floats on the water.

Free of charge, places limited. Call the Thai Language Academy to register: 016-403 5264


A massive wave of pro-democracy protests has swept Thailand in recent months. This is a historical juncture for the country. The struggle for democracy in Thailand has taken a long and winding road since 1932. Speaker Giles Ji Ungpakorn is a Thai political exile. He is a former associate professor in the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. Giles fled to the UK in 2009 after facing a lèse majesté charge in Thailand. Giles is the author of the book “A Coup for the Rich” (2007) and “Red Siam Manifesto” (2009).

Register for the free of charge zoom meeting here.

COOKING WORKSHOP - INDIAN FUSION, Metta Maitri, Bayan Lepas, Saturday 31st October, 10am-2pm

Learn to make Afghanistani Ruz Bukhari, Chicken Cumin & Pepper Masala, Dalcha, Vegetable Paceri, and Falooda. RM200 per person. Book via Facebook instant messenger here.


CHARITY - CAT BEACH HALLOWEEN OPEN HOUSE FUNDRAISER, Cat Beach Sanctuary, 778 Jalan Telus Awak, Saturday 31st October 12pm-7pm

Halloween fundraiser with tricks & treats - Halloween games, and lots of books, clothes, toys, souvenirs, t-shirts and other jumble. Best Mask and Best Costume Contests too. Make arts and crafts and play with some of the friendly cats. More information on Facebook here.

ART DEMONSTRATION - PENANG lN WATERCOLOUR, Online, Saturday 31st October 4pm-5.30pm

Renowned Penang artist Khoo Cheang Jin is doing live watercolour paintings of 8 Penang scenes on Saturday afternoons weekly until the end of October. These are not be the usual tourist hot spots but lesser known beautiful places in Penang. Last week was the Th'ni Kong T'nua temple. So join Cheang Jin for this final episode and explore with him, live on Facebook here.

NIGHT EXPLORATION, Penang Hill, Saturday 31st October, 7pm-10pm

See the nocturnal wonders of the Penang Hill Rainforest. In deep darkness, surrounded by hundreds of jungle sounds and with the help of head lights, you enter a world inhabited by the most unique, diverse and shy night creatures. Many animals, especially insects, amphibians, and reptiles, hide from predators during the day. This means that night time is the best time to find beautiful frogs, shy snakes and other rainforest creatures that only come out at night.

RM 50 per person, meet at the Dataran, Penang Hill. Register 016-4201189. More information on Facebook here.

TALK - MIGRANT MATTERS: WE WILL THRIVE, Online, Saturday 31st October 8.30pm-9.30pm

Hear from survivors of human-trafficking and discuss how Tenaganita’s shelters are creating safe spaces and empowering women, with guest Speakers Prema Thiyagu and Azura Nasron (Tenaganita)

To watch the Facebook Live event on the Tenaganita Society page, click here

MEDITATION - THE HEALING ART PROJECT, Online, Saturday 31st October 9pm

The Healing Art Project Session, is a physical and musical journey featuring performing artists aiming to sooth the weary mind by fusing music and therapy. Free of charge. Watch on Facebook live here or Instagram live here.

Everyone can do it, so can YOU!
Challenge yourself and each other in this Warrior®️-styled event to see how much you can accomplish. You might surprise yourself. All fitness levels welcome with categories for ages 6 to above 50.
Medals for winners.
For more information and sign-up details, click here 
to Unleash Your Inner Warrior.

BUNGALOW WALK, Penang Hill, Sunday 1st November, 8am-11am

Easy pace walking tour of a selection of Penang Hill’s bungalows in different architectural styles.

RM 50 per person, meet at the Dataran, Penang Hill. Register 016-4201189. More information on Facebook here.

SHOPPING - MASSIVE SALE, ChinaHouse Emporium, Until Sunday 1st November, 11am-10pm

Up to 80% off a wide range of clothes, bags, jewellery and other items, upstairs at ChinaHouse.

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS (AGED 7 to 9), penangpac, Sundays 1st, 9th & 15th November, 11am-1.30pm & 3.30pm-6pm

The Actor Studio (TAS) @penangpac is offering twice daily workshops in theatre, acting, dance, k-pop and much more, with different sessions for different age groups. Workshops for children aged 7 to 9 take place November 1st-15th. RM99 per workshop, numbers limited. To register call Suzanne at +60124158576 or email her at for more information.

For the complete schedule of workshops for 7 to 9 year olds click here.

For 10-12 year olds (November 22nd, 29th, December 6th click here and for 13++ year olds (December 13th, 20th & 27th) click here

COOKING WORKSHOP - BREAD BAKING, Metta Maitri, Bayan Lepas, Sunday 1st November, 2pm-6pm

Learn bread baking techniques including mixing, proofing,  shaping, filling and baking for two bread recipes; a decadent Korean garlic cheese bun and a cinnamon chocolate babka. RM150 per person. Book via Facebook instant messenger here.


FILM - BOOGIE NIGHTS, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Monday 2nd & Friday 6th November 7pm-10pm

1997 American period drama film set in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley about a nightclub dishwasher who becomes a popular star of pornographic films, chronicling his rise in the Golden Age of Porn of the 1970s through to his fall during the excesses of the 1980s. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heather Graham, and was nominated for three Academy Awards.

Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

COOKING WORKSHOP WITH ATHENE SPICES, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Tuesday 3rd November 10am-1pm

Learn to cook Moroccan Mezze including:
 Moroccan Meat Balls with Ras el Hanout + Tunisian Harissa; Best Hummus in the World – Tarablus Sprinkles; Tabouleh Salad - Lemon Lime Pepper Salt
Everyone has their own work station and will make each dish from start to finish - before sitting down to eat it all!
RM135 per person. Suitable for Adults & Teens. RMCO SOPs will be observed. Numbers are limited. Email or message +60164570221 to book.

STAND UP COMEDY - JUST COME TRY, 54 JCT, 54 Jalan Chow Thye, Wednesday 4th November 8.30pm

Penang’s comedians try out new material, drinks available to purchase. Free to perform, RM 10 to watch. More information here.

DANCE & THEATRE - SHORT + SWEET FESTIVAL, penangpac, November 6th-7th 8pm

Return of this annual festival celebrating creativity in dance and theatre, which only premieres new works that are 10 minutes or less. Not only will you be the first to watch these new creations but, in a single night, you get to watch many different works. Root for your favourite team or, better yet, vote for them and they stand a chance to win the Audience Choice Award.

Showtime 8pm, tickets cost RM 34.

Short + Sweet Dance will showcase 6 different dances and Short + Sweet Theatre showcases 5 short plays and takes place on November 6th and 7th. Buy tickets at the box office or online here.

MUSIC - COFFEE & HARPS BY THE WATER GARDEN, Tropical Spice Garden, Telus Bahang, November 7th 9am-1pm

Enjoy breakfast or lunch at a pop-up cafe next to the water gardens, serenaded by harps (music begins at 11am). Free entrance to the water garden, normal entrance fee applies for the rest of the gardens.

FAMILY FUN - BENEATH THE BAMBOO, Tropical Spice Garden, Telus Bahang, November 7th 9am-12.30pm

Board games, story telling, gardening and other green family activities in the open air. Normal entrance fee applies for the rest of the gardens with additional charges for some activities. For more details and to sign up for activities click here and scroll down the page.


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.


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 October 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.

PE’EL BY KIDE BAHARUDIN, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Until November 1st

Pe’el is a Malay word that means habit or behaviour.The artworks displayed in Pe’el carry stories revolving lives of the people in villages and towns, comparing similarities in daily behaviour and social activities in the 50’s and 60’s in Malaysia.Trading, food and beverages served, entertainment and social gatherings; various races from different walks of life interacting with each other. See the societal values that have been discounted, the past Malaysia is almost foreign to some.

Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm. Free admission

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF HOKKIEN EXHIBITION, Cheah Kong Si, 8 Armenian St, Until October 25th

The southern Chinese language Hokkien, widely used in Penang, has 25 million speakers; two and a half times the population of Sweden. While the Swedish language faces no threat of extinction, Hokkien is set to vanish as its speakers abandon it for Mandarin.
In this exhibition, you will see that the root cause of decline in such languages is an ideology, which emerged in the 19th century. This is also an exhibition that challenges our preconceived idea about Chinese. A pre-historic bronze drum and old books printed in southern Chinese languages are on display for the first time in Malaysia. 9am-5pm daily. 


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).

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

NATURE WALKS AT PENANG HILL, Penang Hill, Daily 9.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm & 4.30pm

Free of charge nature and heritage guided tours of Penang Hill. Spaces limited so registration essential at 016-4201189. More information on Facebook here.


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.

GUIDED TOUR OF PENANG HOUSE OF MUSIC, Level 4 Komtar via ICT Mall, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11.30am & 2.30pm

Tour this unique curation of Penang's popular music heritage with faithful depictions of the era. Strictly by appointment (maximum 10 people per tour) 012 416 1550.

Admission prices (Malaysians): RM 20 for adult, RM 10 concessions, children under 5 free. Admission prices (non-Malaysians): RM 30 for adult, RM 15 concessions, children under 5 free.

SUNSET WALK, The Habitat, Penang Hill, Saturdays and Sundays 5.30pm

The Habitat Penang Hill Sunset Walk is back!
Enjoy a Self Guided Walk to watch the sunset from Curtis Crest, the highest point in Penang, or email to book in for a guided walk with a guide to point out the nocturnal jungle life to you. RM 65 per adult, RM 45 per child for self-guided walk, RM 95 per adult and RM 65 per child for a guided tour.

PAINTING WORKSHOPS - ARTSY SIP, Prima Tanjung, Saturdays and Sundays 2.30pm-5pm

No art skills required. You will be guided throughout the process. A different theme every week. All materials provided. RM 88 including coffee/tea or RM 95 including a cocktail. For reservations call 0124417100. More information on the Facebook page here.

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.

EXPAT COFFEE AND CHAT, Mondays at Brown Pocket, Gurney Paragon, and Saturdays at Kim Haus, 9 Lebuh Campbell, 10.30am-12.30pm

Get together for expats and newcomers to Penang. Email here do WhatsApp +61411735011for more details.

WEEKLY WRITES, Luma, Hin Bus Depot, Every Monday 2.30pm-10.30pm,

Hosted by #MYWriters Penang, the weekly write-ins at LUMA allow writers to gather in one place with their laptops or notebooks and set aside time to do some serious writing. More details on their Facebook page here.

ACTORS STUDIO CHORUS, penangpac, Straits Quay, Every Monday 8pm-9.30pm

Large mask-wearing choir welcomes singers to practice for 3 concerts a year. Email for more information.

QUIZ NIGHT, Healy Mac’s, Straits Quay, Every Monday 8pm

Weekly pub quiz, now with social distancing and maximum of four people per team.  More information on Facebook here.

HIN BUS DEPOT MARKET, Hin Bus Depot, Every Sunday 11am-5pm

The Hin Bus Depot Sunday market is back, with social distancing and SOPs in place. A reduced but still vibrant market place of the products of local entrepreneurs, crafters, artisans, with indoor busking by local musicians, and the relaxed vibe we love. More details on their Facebook page here.

BEGINNERS NYONYA DANCE CLASS, IWA Clubhouse, 6 Lorong Lembah Permai 5, Tanjung Bungah, Every Wednesday 3.30pm-5pm

Learn simple Joget and other local dance steps: a new gentle hobby with an activity to keep you moving, but not physically overstretch you. Suitable for ALL ages.

Please register as places are limited and social distancing must be maintained. SMS or Whatsapp : ‪016 850 2780.

IWA (International Women’s Association) ‬Members RM5.00, Non-Members RM10.

LIVE IMPROVISED COMEDY, George Town, Every Thursday 8pm-10pm

Learn how to be funny on the spot with live improvised comedy. Contact Watson 017 467 5706 for more details. Free of charge.

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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