Online art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

CMCO is back! The Tropical Spice Garden, The Habitat and tours of Cheong Fatt Tze are back with it, as are in person language lessons, film screenings and some workshops. Plus plenty of virtual talks and entertainment.

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FILM - BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Hikayat, 226 Beach St, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9th-11th March 6pm

Three adult men band together to expose the code of silence that continues to enable a priest who abused them as boys. Their experiences powerfully illustrate the varying effects that the trauma of abuse causes on individuals and their families for years.

Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Berlin International Film Festival
Winner, Best Supporting Actor, César Awards
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Screening and refreshments: RM15. Register by email.


Discover the digital marketing trends for 2021 that will help your business not just survive, but thrive in this age of innovation, including copywriting, SEO, analytics, social media marketing, paid search, the new CLUBHOUSE and much more.

Watch free of charge on Facebook here.

TALK - KIDNEY HEALTH, Online, Thursday March 11th 3pm

Join Dr Vijaya B Ramasamy, the Consultant Physician and Nephrologist of Hospital Lam Wah Ee and learn more about kidney health and disease for World Kidney Day. Free of charge on Facebook live here.

MUSIC WORKSHOP - THE DISSECTION OF POPULAR MUSIC, Online, Friday & Saturday 12th & 13th March 8.30pm

A student at the Berklee College of Music majoring in Music Education, Boba Lee has 11 years of experience under his belt as a music educator, producer and drummer. This workshop will focus on analysing the elements of effective songwriting in Part 1 and tips on how to become an effective songwriter in Part 2. This workshop will be conducted in English.

Book by minimum donation RM 15 by WhatsApping Fa at +60162549786

More details on penangpac’s Facebook page here.

ART - PAINT THE EARTH, Jetty 35, 35 Weld Quay, Saturday 13th March 9.30am-12pm

Create a hand-painted lantern to decorate the Jetty 35 alley for Earth Day. The painting design is totally up to you, as long as is related to the Earth.

Each participant will have 1 lantern to paint on and please bring your own painting tools and materials. Admission free of charge.
Register by contacting Lester (016-469 6486), or Sim (019-410 1722). More information here.


The hour long class will start with mindful breathing and simple but functional movements before settling into a seated mindfulness meditation. Streaming live with sounds of nature and the green backdrop of the lush tropical rainforest, experience how these practices can naturally energise and support you through this challenging times.

RM 25 (free for Spice Family members). To register click here and scroll down the page.

Taking French in IGCSE?

Come and strengthen your language skills and cultural awareness with our teachers who are specialised in teaching French as a foreign language. This course gives you the confidence, language and skills you need to excel in the IGCSE exam.

Saturdays: 11:00AM to 12.30PM from March 13th – May 22nd 2021. Course fees: RM 450 / session (10 weeks – 15 hours). Membership is compulsory for all our students (yearly membership: RM60)

For more information, contact by email or 04-227-60-08

TALK - ASTRONOMY IN RUSSIA, Online, Saturday 13th March 8.30pm

Hosted by Penang’s Astronomical Society, a talk by Mr. Sergei Bobrov from the Moscow Astronomy Club, an amateur astronomer with 30 years experience.Mr. Bobrov will share an overview of professional and amateur astronomy in Russia, from the imperial to modern times. Free of charge on.

NATURE WALK - MONIOT HERITAGE TRAIL, Penang Hill, Sunday 14th March 8am-11am

This 3km trail is 600m above sea level and runs between a forest reserve and private land. It is named after the man who surveyed the area, Jules M Moniot. A unique but largely forgotten trail with unique floral & fauna. RM50 per person, meet at Dataran Penang Hill. Pre-Registration essential on 016-4201189. More information on Facebook.

DANCE - EARTH MOVEMENT, Jetty 35, 35 Weld Quay, Sunday 14th March 1pm-3pm

In conjunction with the Earth Month 2021, learn how to be connected to nature through dance. There are 3 free sessions for a maximum of 15 people at Jetty 35:
7.3.2021 (Sunday), 1 to 3pm
14.3.2021 (Sunday), 1 to 3pm
27.3.2021 (Saturday), 7.30 to 8.30pm (Just before Earth Hour)

For more info or to register, contact Mr Jet (016-422 8850)

Malay language course (online)

Start your journey into the Malay language...

Our course is run by an experienced teacher who will guide you on the journey from complete beginner to confidently putting your language skills to use in a wide range of simple everyday situations.

Fridays 7:00PM to 08:30PM from March 19th – May 28th 2021.Course fees: RM 450 / session (10 weeks - 15 hours). Membership is compulsory for all our students (yearly membership: RM60)

For more information, contact by email or 04-227-60-08

FILM - THE FANTASTIC MR FOX, The Screenery, 81 China St, Monday 15th & Friday 19th March 7pm

A 2009 stop motion animated comedy film directed by Wes Anderson, based on Roald Dahl's 1970 children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who steals food at night from three mean and wealthy farmers. They are fed up with Mr. Fox's theft and try to kill him so they dig their way into the foxes' home. However, the animals are able to outwit the farmers and live underground.The film stars the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, and Owen Wilson.

Free of charge, to book, join the private Facebook group here.

ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION, Healy Mac’s, Straits Quay, Wednesday 17th March 7pm

Hosted by the Penang Irish Association who will show documentaries made last year during the St Patrick’s Day Ball & Festival. Irish food and drinks available for purchase. Limited seating availability so book in advance 04 890 3477. Wear green of course!


Passionate and deeply knowledgeable, Chef Faten of Athene Spices will help you elevate your repertoire in the kitchen. In this interactive, virtual class, you’ll learn how to make two Mediterranean favourites: Harissa Chicken and Tabouleh Salad. You will be sent the recipe in advance so you can prepare to cook along (this is optional, of course!).

RM 25 (RM10 for Spice Family members). To register click here and scroll down the page.


Mohd Abdul Muin has been hooked on herpetology (reptiles and amphibians) for more than a decade. In this talk, we learn about Malaysia's rich herpetofauna heritage through the prism of Muin's own personal journey of discovery. Find out top tips on how to get started and also learn some of the best practices we should adopt to be gentle with the species we encounter.

Free of charge on Youtube live here or Facebook live here.

MUSIC WORKSHOP - HOW TO START A BAND, Online, Saturday 20th March 8.30pm

Led by Michael Lee of ‘Uglymen’. ‘Uglymen’ is a Chinese Hard Rock band from Alor Setar, Kedah who performed in various underground circuits, band competitions and events back in the early 1990s, winning awards both locally and internationally. In this workshop, Michael and his former band members will share insights and tips for musicians who are planning to start a band or are already in a band. This workshop will be conducted in English.

Book by minimum donation RM 15 by WhatsApping Fa at +60162549786

More details on penangpac’s Facebook page here.

Watch selected shows from Penang-based German comedian Tommes on his Youtube channel here. And don’t forget to subscribe to see more!


Continuing the series of online musical educational events, musicians Paul Phoenix and Sun Yi will be the PPO Virtual Academy’s next guests. PPO members free of charge.Non-members RM 10. Check their Facebook page for updates.

WOOD CARVING WORKSHOP. Penang Heritage Trust, 26 Church Street, Sunday 28th March 2pm-5pm

Learn the basics of wood carving. RM 230 (RM 200 for PHT members). Book by email.

SHORT FILM SUBMISSIONS - G-SHORT, Online, Until 11th April

G-Short will be a short film festival held as part of the George Town Festival 2021. G-Short wants to encourage local film-makers to create original films, in a 90 second format. Cash prizes for winners.

More information and submission link here.

CASTING CALL & DANCE AUDITIONS, penangpac, Saturday 17th April 12pm-4pm

Casting Call for Stage Combat Dancers, Singers and Actors to fill 6 open spots in the cast for the show Forkbeard. More information here. Contact by email or phone 013-628 4496 to arrange an audition.

WRITING SUBMISSIONS, Online, Until 30th June

All these extra lockdown hours at home can be made to work for you if you enjoy writing. Submissions are open for Penang-based writers to submit their work for inclusion in MYWriters Penang’s next online and print publication here.

Also if you are a Malaysian national, MYWriters Penang has compiled a list of writing competitions with prize money available here.


Open call for entries to George Town festival’s: 'Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow' Photography Exhibition. This exhibition, with the tagline 'Remembering the Past, Reimagining the Future' aims to encourage members of the community to travel back in time to the good old days of the past and to capture and cherish the present moment, as a way to ensure that there will be a future with a past to look back on. All are welcome to participate.Submit your photos here.


THE VIBRANT JOURNEY - A SOLO EXHIBITION BY SHOBANA ANNE, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, March 11th-28th 12pm-8pm

Of Malaysian Indian heritage and with a rural Australian upbringing, Shobana Anne was influenced by indigenous Australian art and modern western abstract art. In this exhibit, she responds to the beauty of nature, exploring it both at a microbiological level and with deconstructed organic shapes that represent her impressions of her experiences. For more information, click here.


Penang Art District once again collaborates with Hin Bus Depot to bring Malaysian contemporary art to a wider audience by introducing a 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.

Penang-based artists who are interested please register here.


Sattama is an artist from Sabah. Hin Bus Depot created an mixed exhibition of his sketches, prints, canvas works as well as wood works, but as the MCO forced Hin to close, the exhibition is now online here. All works are for sale.

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.


NATURE - THE HABITAT, Penang Hill, Daily 8.30am-6.30pm

The Habitat rainforest discovery park on Penang Hill is open again. If you are interested in sunset walks, private events and tours of the park during this time, contact by email or at 019 645 7741. Park entrance fee RM 55 (RM 35 concessions).

NATURE - TROPICAL SPICE GARDEN, Teluk Bahang, Wed & Thurs 9am-4pm, Fri, Sat & Sun 9am-6pm

The Tropical Spice Garden has also re-opened after MCO. Enjoy 6 landscaped acres of a treasure trove of more than 500 living specimens of lush and exotic flora from around the world. Tickets cost RM20 adults (RM15 concessions) with a self guided audio tour available for RM 10. Guided tours available on request. For more information go to the website.

GUIDED TOUR - CHEONG FATT TZE MANSION, Lebuh Leith, Thurday-Sunday 11am and 2pm

Experience an important part of  Penang’s colourful history and one of its most iconic pieces of architecture on an insightful tour of its architecture and history.

RM 25 (RM 12.50 for children). Book tickets online here.

VIRTUAL WORKOUT, Online, Every Saturday 10am-10.45am

Free weekly online workouts that range from cardio to strength training to dance, by Balance-FBG. Check the schedule and how to join on their Facebook page here.

HIN MARKET, Online, Every Sunday 11am-5pm

Hin Market is a weekly platform for entrepreneurs, small business owners, craftsmen, artisans, musicians, performers, and makers of all kinds to showcase their products, crafts, and talents.

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.


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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