Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

Online talks, cooking workshops, virtual travel, theatre, experimental film, comedy and other events coming up in Penang and nearby. 

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TALK - BRASS & PERCUSSION IN THE ORCHESTRA, Online, Tuesday 15th June, 3pm-5pm

Musicians from the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra brass and percussion sections talk about their backgrounds and experience. Join the free of charge Microsoft Teams meeting by clicking here.

TALK - PRINTMAKING ARTISTS, Online, Tuesday 15th June 8.30pm

Penang Arts District chats with art collective Pangrok Sulap and contemporary wood-block printmaker Ralph Kiggel. They're both currently exhibiting at REKA: Cetakan by Hin Bus Depot, an exhibition that highlights artists that employ traditional printmaking processes, as well as artists who move across disciplines, using "print" as their foundation, with an emphasis on investigative and exploratory ways of working with the printed image.

Pangrok Sulap is an art collective of artists, musicians and social activists with the purpose of empowering rural communities through art.

British artist Ralph Kiggell studied water-based woodblock printing (mokuhanga), has been a lecturer in printmaking at Bangkok, Chulalongkorn and Chiang Mai universities, and is currently vice chair of the International Mokuhanga Association. 

Join the free of charge zoom call here.

TALK - ASIAN ANTIQUITIES & DECORATIVE ART, Online, Thursday 17th June 7pm

Join Asian Civilisations Museum Director Kennie Ting for a talk about the museum's new positioning as Singapore’s National Museum of Asian Antiquities and Decorative Art, and how this strengthens the role it seeks to play in Singapore and the region. Kennie will also touch on how the pandemic has impacted work at the museum. Register for the free of charge Zoom talk here.

Warrior Fitness now offers coach-led training live online via Zoom. Enjoy ‘group’ training with other like-minded people. Our training system is designed and planned for all fitness levels. All are welcome and come get fitter and healthier this MCO-period. Learn more about this here at For details on how to join, WhatsApp 018-2827567 or email.

VIRTUAL TRAVEL SHOW - VARANASI: THE SACRED CITY, Online, Friday 18th June 3pm-4.30pm

Photographer Matt Brandon of The Digital Trekker introduces you to the City of Varanasi. Continuously inhabited for 2500 years, Varanasi is a city of Sadhus or holy men and Matt manages to capture them and some of their bizarre rituals & practices as well as the colours of this ancient place.
Register for this free of charge zoom call here or email for more details.

COMEDY - ASK GARU, Online, Friday 18th June 8.30pm-9.30pm

If you are wondering how to get out of the comedy that your life has become, you should come get advice from Guru Garu. In a classic 'Dear Thelma' advice column style, join Penang's favourite comedian Garu Rumon as he answers all your colourful questions with his amazing sense of humour. So get your questions ready and hop onboard to have a good laugh.

Register free of charge (donations welcomed afterwards) by WhatsApp (Jeevan + 6016 471 8072). Zoom link will be provided immediately.

MUSIC - YESTERDAY ONCE MORE, Online, Friday-Sunday 18th-20th June 8.30pm/3pm

Yesterday Once More 3 will be serving up favourites from the 40s to the 60s, a time when swing, big band and jazz was all the rage. Think Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, The Drifters, Dean Martin, Judy Garland and more. Why not just Runaway now, Sway, come and do the Jailhouse Rock together, and enjoy classics such as Besame Mucho, Some Enchanted Evening and Only the Lonely.

This online concert is also a fundraiser for klpac. Tickets (RM 35) can be purchased here.

WORKSHOP - ORIGAMI, Online, Saturdays 19th, 26th June & 3rd July 8.30pm-10pm

Learn the art of paper folding with a series of workshops with different themes: Peace & Wellness; Unity; Architecture and Nature. Suitable for adults and children 12+ Full Attendance RM50 or per class RM15. WhatsApp Desmond at +6016 411 2459 to register and receive the zoom link.

TALK - BEES & OUR ECOSYSTEM, Online, Saturday 19th June 9pm

An explanation of the importance of bees to humankind, the highly structured and organised task of pollination, which supports the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants, which in turn supports basic necessities – food clean water, etc. Bees also contribute to complex, interconnected ecosystems that allow a diverse number of different species to co-exist. A plea for understanding and conservation. Register for the free webinar here.

EXPERIMENTAL FILM - SKIN, Online, Sunday 20th-Saturday 26th June

An exploration of culture, race, bodies and identity through dance, theatre, music and film, performed and produced by a team of multi-disciplinary Malaysian artist. Purchase tickets to the online premiere of this short film by access to the YouTube link here. Minimum donation RM 15. The link will be active from June 20th-26th.

ART, MUSIC, THEATRE - RINTIS, Online, Sunday 20th June 10am

RINTIS stands for 'Research and Innovation Towards Integration and Sustainability', and is an annual programme organised by the Final Year Students from the School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). The programme covers Fine Arts, Music Performance & Pedagogy, Acting and Directing. This year's exhibition and student presentations will take place online, launching on June 20th 10am and continuing until July 18th, on Facebook Live here and Instagram live here.

VIRTUAL COOK-ALONG - SUP KAMBING, Online, Sunday 20th June 6pm-7pm

The infectious Tarina is back in the kitchen to lead us through the comforting and hearty Penang Famous Sup Kambing (Mutton Broth) - the way the street sellers do it! The recipe can be sent early on request so you can prepare to cook along.

RM 25 (free for Spice Family members). Click here and scroll down to book.

BOOK GROUP - A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, Online, Wednesday 23rd June 7.30pm

Join a friendly online group to discuss 'A Gentleman in Moscow' by Amor Towles. 

The story of Count Alexander Rostov who in 1922 is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Direct message here for more details.


A discussion about how machine learning can be used in policy making to create sustainable cities. The speakers will also share the concept of data-driven policy making in urban areas. With Nikola Milojevic-Dupont (Researcher, Mercator Research Institute for Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)) and Pia Faustino (Director for Social Impact and Special Projects, Thinking Machines)

Register for this free of charge talk here.

TALK - VOICE MEDICINE, Online, Friday 25th June 6pm-7.30pm

Dr David Lau, ENT surgeon at Singapore’s Gleneagles Medical Centre will speak about the medical aspect of voice care and when should vocalists visit the doctor. Lee Yan Qing, Principal Speech Therapist at Changi General Hospital will be speaking about the voice and its care. And Professor Alan Lee Bennett, Professor of Voice and Head of Vocal studies at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory discusses  the role of classical voice teachers and importance of promoting voice health. Register for the free of charge Zoom session here.

THEATRE/MUSIC - DON’T LET HANTU KNOW, Online, Friday-Sunday 25th-27th June 8.30pm/3pm

Seven short plays/musicals offer a compilation of ghostly tales from a zombie attack to a true life encounter with a spirit. Each spooky show lasts for approximately 10 minutes. There will be music, dance, musicals and plays in English and Mandarin (Mandarin plays with English subtitles).

This online event is also a fundraiser for klpac. Tickets (RM 35) can be purchased here

TALK - ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMMES, Online, Saturday 26th June 3pm-5pm

A talk by Dr. Su Yaohua, who managed the artists-in-residence programs for Taipei City Government at Taipei Artist Village, Grass Mountain Artist Village and Treasure Hill Artist Village. In addition, Su has experience of directing the corporate art foundation, and establishing one of the pioneering arts in public space program, Very Fun Park, co-funded by the corporate and community entrepreneurs. Currently, Su is the assistant professor of Department of Arts at National Taiwan Normal University and chief curator at the University’s Art Museum.

Free of charge but registration is required here

VIRTUAL COOK-ALONG - CHA CA LA VONG, Online, Sunday 27th June 6pm-7pm

The lovely Tarina is back in the kitchen to lead us through the simple and delightfully yummy Cha Ca La Vong, or Vietnamese Turmeric Fish - the way the street sellers do it! The recipe can be sent early on request so you can prepare to cook along.

RM 25 (free for Spice Family members). Click here and scroll down to book.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE - ONCE UPON A TIME, Online, Until Wednesday 14th July

The Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac) presents the first installment of a 5 part production of Malaysian Folklore, Legends and Tales series in 2021 called "Once Upon a Time..." In part 1, Badang The Magnificent is a story about a slave who wished for superhuman strength after meeting a mystical creature. Si Tanggang: The Ungrateful Son is the tale of a poor boy with only one dream – to become rich. Available to watch on YouTube until July 14th. Get your link by WhatsApp 016 471 8072 for RM20.

The performances are entirely in English except for the traditional Malay dance scenes which feature popular Malay tunes.

TALK - A LEVELS VS IB, Online, Thursday 1st July 11.45am

The speakers for this talk on the difference between A Levels and the IB will be Mrs Hawtree (Principal of POWIIS), Mrs Clarke (Deputy Principal of Curriculum) and Mr Colton (Head of Sixth Form) who have experience in teaching both curriculums. There will also be a Q&A section at the end. Register for this free of charge talk here.

THEATRE - ENTROPY, Online, 1st-31st July

“Most of life is hell. It's filled with failure and loss. People disappoint you. Dreams get shattered. Hearts get broken. Innocent people die. The life we want - we will never get. The truth is, we are for the most part of our lives, unconscious of our misery. What if you have the chance to make things right - will you take it? What if the only right thing to do... is the wrong thing? ENTROPY. Part Mystery. Part Thriller. Part Revenge.” Featuring: Nicholas Pereira & Lawrence Chin, Writer/Director: Fa Abdul

To watch the online premiere WhatsApp Jeevan 016-471 8072 for tickets (RM 15)

THE ILHAM ART SHOW 2022 - CALL FOR ENTRIES, Online, Until 2nd July

The ILHAM Art Show is a triennial exhibition platform to give artists the opportunity to experiment and make new work, and to support and promote contemporary art in Malaysia. Those selected to participate in the ILHAM Art Show will be awarded an art production grant (between RM2,000 – RM8,000) to be put towards the making of their new work.

Applications are open to all artists above the age of 21, living and working in any medium Malaysia. Apply here.



A solo exhibition by Queen Lee, a Penang-born visual artist. This introspective exhibition features series of meditative watercolour paintings of fish or birds in different shoaling formations, embroidery works inspired by the artist’s growing up experience in Tanjung Bungah, Penang in the 80s, memories of her late father, a collaborative work with her two sisters and a series of acrylic paintings about her recent unfruitful online dating encounters.
More information on the Hin Bus Depot website here.

KECIK-KECIK GROUP SHOW 2021, Online, Until August 31st

Kecik-Kecik Group Show returns for its 2021 edition with over 50 participating artists!

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

View the exhibition here.

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.



Commit to your wellness with other women, by sharing your wake up time and completed health habits each morning on Whatsapp. Aims to bring inner peace, control & consistency to the start of your day. Join the group here      or WhatsApp 019 316 6040.

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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