Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

News about workshops, talks, music, films and other activities taking place in Penang. If you don’t already subscribe to receive the weekly email and would like to, please click here.

COFFEE MORNING & TALK ON SKINCARE - IWA Clubhouse, 6 Lorong Lembah Permai 5, Tanjung Bungah, Wednesday 14th October, 10.30am-12.30pm

Learn about ultra sonic exfoliation and radio frequency therapy with nurse Siew Allen while drinking coffee with the International Women’s Association. IWA members RM5 / Non-Members RM10. Register by whatsapp 016 580 2780 or email. 

SOAP MAKING WORKSHOP - LaN ArT Studio, 4th floor, Midlands Shopping Centre, Thursday 15th October, 11am-1pm

Learn to make soap using natural ingredients and essential oils. RM 50 per person including your own soap to take away. Book by whatsapp 016 850 2780 or by email. 

FILM - AN IMPOSSIBLE LOVE, Hikayat, 226 Beach St, Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th October 6pm

A chronicle of the unconditional love between a mother and her daughter, from 1958 to the present day, which is endangered by an unsteady and manipulative father. French with English sub-titles, starring Virginie Efira, Niels Schneider, Jehnny Beth

Nominated, Best Actress, César Awards
Nominated, Audience Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival

Screening and refreshments RM15.
Booking here essential.

ART WORKSHOP - BUGS IN WATERCOLOUR, TAES, Straits Quay, Thursday 15th October 1pm-4pm

Learn how to paint shiny surfaces in watercolour with renowned botanical artist Ester Geh. RM 80 per person including all materials. Book by email.

LUXURY GOODS SALE, E&O Hotel, Thursday-Sunday 15th-18th October, 10am-8pm

Discounts on clothes, watches and other products from Valiran’s brands (Twining, Godiva, Michael Kor’s, Swiss Watches and more). Register in advance here.

FOOD & BEVERAGE - TASTE OF MALAYA, Jawi Peranakan Mansion, 153 Hutton Lane, Thursday 15th October 7.30pm

A special 3-course Tasting Menu at the Jawi Peranakan Mansion’s Malaya Dining Room featuring their signature spiced duck, grilled fish, pickles, chutneys and naan fingers. The evening begins with a walk through the Jawi Peranakan Mansion hotel adjacent to the restaurant.
RM125 per person - numbers limited due to SOPs. Vegetarian option available.
Please note MALAYA is not yet open for general dining.  Email or message +60164570221 to book your seat

SHORT FILMS - HELL IS CLOSED FOR COVID 19, Jetty 35, 35 Weld Quay, Weekends Friday 16th October-Sunday 1st November

Watch creepy short films and enjoy a genuinely haunting cinema experience for Halloween.  Rm 12 per ticket, showtimes and ticket purchasing here.

TALK - PECHAKUCHA NIGHT PENANG, Online, Friday 16th October 8pm

“Architecture That Keeps Our Community Spirit Alive"

In conjunction with World Architecture Day, PechaKucha Penang Vol.11 is back in collaboration with Singapore Archifest 2020, with concise presentations by with social architects and community designers from Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Indonesia describing what they have been doing to bring about more cohesive community, and what can be done for the future. 

Free of charge, register here.

HORSE RACING - Penang Turf Club, Saturday 17th October 1pm Onwards

Enjoy the racing in person in the air-conditioned viewing terrace of the grandstand. Dress code smart-casual. Betting optional! More details on the turf club’s website here. RM 26 per person.

ART DEMONSTRATION - PENANG lN WATERCOLOUR, Online, Saturday 17th 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 Pek Kong Tania in Bukit Mertajam. So join Cheang Jin and explore with him, live on Facebook here.

FILM - BUBBA HO-TEP, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Saturday 17th October 7pm-10pm

2002 cult American comedy horror film starring Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley as a resident in a nursing home, and Ossie Davis as Jack, a black man who claims to be John F. Kennedy, explaining that he was patched up after the assassination, dyed black, and abandoned.

While the film revolves around an ancient Egyptian mummy (played by Bob Ivy) terrorizing a retirement home, Bubba Ho-tep also deals with the deeper theme of aging and growing old in a culture that only values the young.

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

TALK - CHOIR HANGOUT, Online, Saturday 17th October 8.30pm

Zoom Hangout with singers and conductors from choirs from all over Penang, and from abroad, to share insights and also to network with the aim of creating a programme, to work together to support the work of choirs on the island. Free to join and open to all singers and music lovers. Registration in advance necessary here.

JUNIOR RAINFOREST EXPLORATION, Penang Hill, Sunday 18th October, 9am-12pm

For the young to explore the magic of the Rainforest and appreciate the importance of nature. Age group :- 5-15years

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

FILM - DR STRANGELOVE, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Tuesday 20th & Saturday 24th October 7pm-10pm

1964 black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick and stars Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, and Slim Pickens. The story concerns an unhinged United States Air Force general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. The film is often considered one of the best comedies ever made, as well as one of the greatest films of all time.

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

COFFEE MORNING & ACUPUNCTURE DEMONSTRATION - IWA Clubhouse, 6 Lorong Lembah Permai 5, Tanjung Bungah, Wednesday 21st October, 10.30am-12.30pm

Learn about acupuncture with nurse Siew Allen while drinking coffee with the International Women’s Association. IWA members RM5 / Non-Members RM10. Register by whatsapp 016 580 2780 or email. 

WASHI EGGS WORKSHOP - IWA Clubhouse, 6 Lorong Lembah Permai 5, Tanjung Bungah, Thursday 22nd October, 10.30am

Learn to make traditional Japanese decorated eggs. All materials supplied. IWA members RM 30 / non-members RM40. Register by whatsapp 016 580 2780 or email. 

TALK - IN CONVERSATION WITH JAMES GOULD-BOURN, E&O Hotel, Thursday 22nd October 2.30pm-4.30pm

Penang-based British screenwriter and author James Gould-Bourn published his debut novel this summer and it was recommended by the British press as one of the summer's "must-reads".... "touching and often hilarious". 
It was offered as Keeping Mum in UK, Bear Necessity in USA, has been translated into German, Italian & Hungarian and is coming out in another 11 languages soon.
Hear James talking about writing for a living, how to get published, the difference between screenplays & novels.... how he got the idea for this book and more, and enjoy the E&O Hotel's iconic Afternoon Tea too!
RM95 per person. Numbers are limited. Email or message +60164570221 to book your seat

COMEDY - NIGHT OF HAHA-ROR, penangpac, Friday & Saturday 23rd & 24th October, 8.30pm

Halloween-themed comedy from the best of Penang’s stand-up comedians. RM 30, tickets on sale at the penangpac box office or online here.

ART WORKSHOP - BUGS IN WATERCOLOUR, The Habitat, Penang Hill, Saturday & Sunday 24th & 25th October, 9am-11am

Experience the joys of painting creepy crawlies in the pristine rainforest. Learn how to paint in watercolour with renowned botanical artist Ester Geh. RM 115 per person including all materials, a drink and entrance to The Habitat. Book by email or WhatsApp +6019 645 7741.

MUSICIANS OF THE PENANG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, Grand Ballroom, E&O Hotel, Sunday 25th October, 9am-11am

A soirée of chamber music from the Baroque to Billy Joel, performed by musicians from the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra. All SOPs will be observed, numbers strictly limited. Drinks available for purchase, and concert-goers may dine at the E&O with a 35% discount afterwards Tickets RM 53 per person (including ticket charge) for sale at the front desk of the Heritage Wing of the E&O Hotel or online here.


FILM - SWEETHEARTS, Malaysian German Society, Jalan Air Itam, Monday 26th October, 7.30pm

Single mother Mel hopes to finally put her financial misery behind with a diamond heist. However, the plan fails and suddenly Mel is on the run and has Franny of all people as a hostage - a pain in the ass with uncontrollable panic attacks. When a second hostage comes on board with the attractive policeman Harry, the adventure finally gets out of hand - and the SEK director of Kaiten gets closer and closer to the comic trio.

Numbers limited. Reserve by phone 04 229 6853 or email.


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. 

Warrior Fitness now offers coach-led training both outdoors and live online via Zoom from Mondays-Fridays. Our training system is designed and planned for all fitness levels. All 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 our 7-day FREE TRIAL.

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


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.

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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