Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

This week we feature lots more live film screenings, markets, walks, tours, art workshops and new exhibitions, both online and in real life. If you don’t already subscribe to receive the weekly email and would like to, please click here.

CHARITY ART AUCTION, Gusto Café, Hillside, Friday 17th July 6pm-8pm

Local artists are donating pieces of their work to raise money for the hard-git Penang trishaw drivers. Members of the public are invited to view the works at Gusto cafe in Tanjung Bungah from 6pm until 8pm, and bidding closes at 8pm. More details here.

JAZZ IN JULY, Online, Daily Until July 31st 8pm-8.45pm

Unique jazz duets streaming live from Esplanade in Singapore throughout the month of July. Watch for free on their website here.

FILM - THE HOLE, The Screenery, Friday 17th July 7pm-10pm

The Hole (Chinese: 洞; pinyin: dòng; literally: 'hole'), also known as The Last Dance, is a 1998 drama-musical film directed by Tsai Ming-liang. It stars Yang Kuei-mei and Lee Kang-sheng. A man and a woman live in quarantine from a virus whose victims display strange symptoms. The Screenery is in George Town. Join the private Facebook group here to be told the exact location. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

MAP THE LANGURS’ HOME NATURE WALK, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Saturday 18th July 8.45am-11.30am

Explore the rainforest and learn about the travelling routes, food plants, and friends of the endangered dusky langurs. RM 50 per person includes an entrance fee to Tropical Spice Garden, knowledge sharing, souvenirs, and donation for langur research & conservation efforts in Penang. WhatsApp Uncle Teo (012-4774014) to register. Limited places available.

FILM - CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, The Screenery, Saturday 18th July 7pm-10pm

Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was a surprise international success, won over 40 awards, and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. It has been praised for its story, direction, and cinematography, and for its martial arts sequences. The Screenery is in George Town. Join the private Facebook group here to be told the exact location. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

UNCUT - LIVE FROM THE BLUE ROOM, ART, online, Saturday 18th July 8pm

How do artists around the world cope with current challenges facing the art world, and how do they individually overcome these challenges and stay positive for brighter days ahead? What exciting plans lay ahead?

Host Joe Sidek concludes the Uncut series with Indonesia's top sculpture artist Joko Avianto, the guy who put George Town on the world map, street artist Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania) and Penang's very own visual artist & writer, Regina Ibrahim.

Watch for free on Facebook live here.

ABBA TRIBUTE, online, Saturday 18th July 9pm

Watch and listen online to three of Penang’s favourite performers, ROZZ, Poova and Dasha Logan, as they sing ABBA songs live in KL. Link for Facebook live here and Youtube live here. There is no charge to watch the live feed, only to attend in person, though donations are appreciated.

JUNIOR RAINFOREST EXPLORATION, Penang Hill, Sunday 19th July 9am-12pm

A guided walk aimed at 5-15 year olds, to explore the magic of the Rainforest and value its importance. RM 50 per person, meet at the Dataran, Penang Hill. Register in advance at 016-4201189 as places are limited. More information on Facebook here

FILM - LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, The Screenery, Sunday 19th July 7pm-10pm

Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic historical drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence, directed by David Lean It depicts Lawrence's experiences in the Ottoman Empire's provinces of Hejaz and Greater Syria during World War I. The Screenery is in George Town. Join the private Facebook group here to be told the exact location. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.


Artists and photographers from Malaysia and around the world visualise their way of 'getting by' amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, with portraits, landscapes, poems as well as lumen prints. Link to exhibition here.

UNCERTAINTY DISSOLVES EXHIBITION, Museum Galeri Tunku Fauziah, Until 29th August

The gallery at USM is now open to the public again, and you can visit to look at the works of recent alumni of the department of fine arts at the University. Opening hours Monday to Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday 8am-12pm, closed on Sundays. More information on their Facebook page here.

CAPITALISM: AN ANTI-IMPERIALIST POSTER EXHIBITION, Ruang Kongsi, Jalan Sungai Dua, Gelugor, Until 31st August

77 artists from 26 countries and 21 organisations, share their realities.The posters displayed in this physically in this exhibition are part of the the Online Anti-Imperialist Poster Exhibitions jointly curated by International Week of Anti-Imperialist Struggle and Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. Online poster exhibition here:

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 2 pm

CHINOISERIE EXHIBITION, Seven Terraces Hotel, Until 31st July

In celebration of George Town Heritage Day, Seven Terraces Hotel on Stewart Lane is exhibiting its collection of Chinoiserie, daily from 12pm to 6pm.



Balik Pulau Art Society has their 10th Annual Art Exhibition at Penang State Art Gallery, Dewan Sri Pinang, 3rd Floor. Opening hours 9am-5pm daily, closed on Fridays. Admission is free of charge.

HALF-DAY KIDS CAMP, penangpac, Mondays & Tuesdays 10am-1pm, Until August 25th

Activities including games, juggling, dance / expressive movement, art projects such as sketching, moulding / modelling (various mediums), watercolour, oil pastels, collage and much more. For 7 to 12 year olds. RM 85 per child per session. Price includes a snack, and all materials. For more information and to book click here.

TOUR OF SEVEN TERRACES HOTEL, Wednesday 22nd July, 10am or 12pm

A personal tour of the hotel and its artefacts with owner hotelier Chris Ong, followed by or preceded by lunch. RM95 per person. For more details and to book email here.

FILM - HAPPY AS LAZZARO, Hikayat, 226 Beach St Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd July 6pm

Lazzaro, a good-hearted young peasant, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination, form a life-altering bond when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. English subtitles. Winner, Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival
Winner, Best Feature, Chicago International Film Festival
Screening and refreshments RM15.
Booking here essential.

MEET THE ARTIST, Art & Garden, Friday 24th July 9am-1.30pm

Visit Art & Garden where owner, artist, and garden designer Fuan Wong will be host and guide. An enthusiastic plant collector and major creative talent, he has juxtaposed exotic planting and his own extravagant glass art with paintings and sculptures by local and international artists to create a garden where it is sometimes hard to separate the natural from the man-made. Includes Fuan's special Crab Laksa for lunch.
RM130 per person to include air-conditioned minivan, private tour & lunch. Book by email here.

PENANG DANCE DAY, Online, Friday 24th July 8pm-9pm

The "Penang Dance Day Virtual Showcase" will introduce Penang's favorite dance instructors, and feature dance creations curated by young talent and emerging dance artists. Live screening on Facebook here.

KURZ FILM TOUR, Online, Saturday 25th July 2pm-6pm

The German Short Film Award Tour presents five award-winning short films of various genres (fiction, experimental, animated and documentary). Viewers in Malaysia can log on to vimeo here to enjoy the short films free of charge but need to email the Goethe Institute here first for the password.


A curated panel sharing discussing the insights, challenges and processes related to creating performances that express social concerns. This panel invites Aida Redza, Choreographer and Performance Maker; Soonufat Supramaniam, Educator and Performance Maker; Chen Yoke Pin Programs Manager at Arts-Ed Penang and Lawrence Chin, Project Unscripted, Director and Performance Maker.

The panel will screened live on Facebook. Email here to register, and to learn more about the workshops being run on the same subject over that weekend.

ACRYLIC PAINTING WORKSHOP, Artsy Sip, Prima Tanjung, Sunday 26th July 2.30pm-5pm

No art skills required. You will be guided throughout the process. 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.


‘Moving Shadows, Chasing Light’ will feature a selection of screenings about death and abuse in custody, with a post-screening discussion on the role of the arts in giving a voice to those who desperately need one. Live screening on the George Town Festival Facebook page here and YouTube channel here.

Warrior Fitness now offers coach-led training both outdoors and via Zoom from Mondays-Saturdays. Our training system is designed and planned for all fitness levels. All people are welcome. Imagine being fitter and healthier and while also feeling better than ever. Now is the right time; do come and join us.

For more details on the schedule and how to join WhatsApp 018-2827567 or email here.

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.

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.

MUSIC FOR YOUR LOCK DOWN, Online, Fridays at 10pm

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, 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.

ABSOLUTELY COMICAL, Online, Every Sunday 8.30pm

Comedians discuss the latest in superhero news. Of course, comics love comics! Hosted by Garu and Watson, two stand-up comedians with their roots in the Malaysian ACG (Animation, Comics, Games) scene, the show features a series of guest comedians and artists, all of whom are longtime fans of superheroes. Watch on Facebook live here or on YouTube 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 +60 111 240 1654.

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