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Penang Free Sheet During the Lock Down

This is the third edition of Penang Free Sheet during the lockdown, and it comes as we are entering week 4 of the movement control order. The creative community of Penang proves its resilience by putting more and more events online. But there are also some great free virtual events elsewhere in the world we can benefit from here so this week I have listed a few of those too at the end of the email. Enjoy!

TALK Friday 10th April 2020 8.30pm

An online free-of-charge event covering business survival during Covid-19 & the coming aftermath. Speakers during the event will include Alan Lim, Wai Hong Fong, Faz, and Daniel Cerventus.

Click here to register and for more information about the speakers. 

ART Saturday 11th 8pm

Ivan Gabriel, the curator of BOXED IN, an art exhibition originally planned to be part of the now postponed Open Studios Penang art festival, will present the concept of this group virtual exhibition and invite some of the participating artists to present their work and explain why they approached the project in the way they have. Artists featured this week will include Tina Lee Degreef, Lusy Koror, Sumidk, Maizul Affendy and ERYN.


WORKSHOP Saturday 11th 3pm

Learn how to vertical farm - made easy for beginners  A free-of-charge online workshop about vertical farming, the practice of growing crops in vertically stacked layers. It often incorporates controlled-environment agriculture, which aims to optimize plant growth, and soilless farming techniques such as hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponics. 

Click here to register.

EDUCATION Until April 14th

RUMC (formerly known as Penang Medical College) is holding a virtual fair to introduce its medical courses to potential students and offer the opportunity to virtually chat to lecturers and admissions staff. The line up of academic speakers changes daily, and can be seen on their Facebook page. 

TALK Sunday 12th April 4pm

Energy healer Hock Yeoh will talk via Zoom to anyone interested in energy healing, and will also do Q & A session on health and the current Covid-19 issues. 

Zoom link here.

COMEDY Wednesday 1st April 8.30pm

Stand Up Comedy - Open Mic

Penang's only stand-up comedy open mic returns for another season - but now online, and with no entry charge! If you want to perform, log in at 8pm and register (first come first serve). If you want to watch and laugh, log in at 8.30pm.

Zoom link for the show here.

TALKS Daily 10am and 7pm

Soothing music and uplifting words to spread calm, peace and hope, by Brahma Kumaris Malaysia. For more information whatsapp 013 430 1229, or simply join the Zoom link

MUSIC Every Saturday and Sunday 8pm-10pm

Penang-based DJ Carl Hinds spins live weekly virtual DJ sets every Saturday and Sunday evening. Join the rapidly growing Facebook group STIR CRAZY LIVE! for more information and to join the livestream.

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.   


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.


Local military fitness/sports conditioning company Warrior Fitness & Adventure is holding daily workouts you can carry out at home, via Zoom. Contact them directly to find out how to join the sessions which take place on weekdays at 8.30am and 6pom, and at 9am on Saturdays. Call 018-282 7567 or email


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.


MUSICALS Every Weekend

Andre Lloyd Webber is making one full length musical available for free viewing on YouTube every weekend. Last weekend was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. This weekend you can watch Jesus Christ Superstar. Subscribe to the YouTube channel here.


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. Until Thursday this week you can watch the comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, and from Friday Penang time it will be Jane Eyre. 

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

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