Online art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

Notable this week - an open brainstorming session about the Open Studios Penang art festival, an online charity fundraiser for migrant and refugee protector Tenaganita, and a pandemic-friendly way to celebrate the Jade Emperor's birthday. 

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TALK - COMMON ENT CONDITIONS IN CHILDREN, Online, Wednesday February 17th 3pm

Ear, nose, and throat (ENT) problems are extremely common in kids. It’s important to know the most common ENT troubles children face and be able to distinguish if allergies are playing a part in the problem. You can ask questions on during the Live talk and have Island Hospital’s Dr Ooi answer them personally. Free of charge on Facebook live here.

TALK - BASIC FINANCE METRICS, Online, Wednesday February 17th 8pm

You don’t need to be an accountant or a financing expert to run a successful business, but there are a handful of metrics every business owner should be very familiar with. In this episode, Chris Daniel Wong will explain how these metrics will help your business to be financially healthy, allowing your team to make changes effectively in under-performing areas and to prevent potentially serious losses.

 Register for the free webinar here.


The organisers of the art festival “Open Studios Penang” would like to catch up with the art community in Penang to brainstorm on ideas and share updates about upcoming plans and new opportunities. During the catch-up session, a few artists will talk about projects that have kept them busy throughout the many different lockdowns that we've undergone and, everyone can share their thoughts and ideas for upcoming Open Studios Penang's events. Click here to join the zoom meeting. Meeting ID - 875 2411 6235, password - 055388. More information on Facebook here.

WALKING WITH GIANTS - ELEPHANT SANCTUARY, Online, Friday 19th February 3.30pm Malaysian Time

Phuket’s Elephant Jungle Sanctuary welcomes you to join a special IGTV Live leisurely walk with elephants. They will take the lead, and we will follow them as they roam and forage for vegetation at their own pace.To watch, visit their Instagram page (@elephantjunglesanctuary).

JADE EMPEROR GOD’S BIRTHDAY - DINNER & CELEBRATION, 7 Terraces/Online, Friday February 19th 7.30pm

The Jade Emperor God's Birthday, also known as Hokkien New Year, is usually a noisy and colourful festival centred around the Clan Jetties. This year, celebrate with a special Chinese New Year dinner at 7 Terraces Library & Poolside followed by a owner Chris Ong’s explanation of the significance of the various items on the altar and his prayers and offerings to the Jade Emperor God.

RM125 per person - seating will follow SOPs as at Friday. Email or WhatsApp +60164570221 to reserve your seat, or Register here to join in the prayers & offerings by Zoom only at 9pm.

MUSIC - FACULTY RECITAL, Online, Friday February 19th 7.30pm

The T’ang Quartet, Teng Xiang Ting, soprano and Lim Yan, piano perform Turina’s “Las Musas de Andalucía, Op. 93”, Chausson’s “Chanson perpétuelle, Op. 37” and Turina’s “Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 1”. The free recital will be broadcast on Youtube here.

CHINESE NEW YEAR, Online, Until Saturday February 20th

Take a virtual amble through Penang’s ancestral halls during the annual Penang Chinese New Year, or “Miao Hui” as it is more popularly known, and learn about Penang Chinese cultural heritage and New Year celebrations. Watch free of charge on Facebook live here.

CHARITY FUNDRAISER - LUAU IN THE LIVING ROOM, Online, Saturday 20th February 8pm-9pm

Tenaganita’s annual LUAU Fund-Raising Party comes to you this year via Zoom. The event is free to join, and will raise money to support of Tenaganita's shelter for women and child survivors of human trafficking.
Register here and donate here.

TALK - A CAPPELLA SINGING, Online, Sunday 21st February 8pm

A conversation with British women’s a cappella group Papagena, and with the international award-winning barbershop quartet Ringmasters.

PPO members free of charge.Non-members RM 10. Register and pay here.


A panel discussion on making the best uses if telemedicine and other digital technologies to improve health, hosted by Malaysiakini. Register for the free session here.


TAS Academy @penangpac's new semester is commencing soon, with classes for children to learn an appreciation for the arts. All classes will be online until further notice. To register for a free online trial class contact penangpac by email or whatsapp +60124158576.

TALK - INTO THE MIND OF A CONDUCTOR, Online, Sunday 28th February 8pm

Malaysian professional musician Jebat Kee talks about his experience, knowledge and conducting techniques.

PPO members free of charge.Non-members RM 10. Register and pay here.

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.

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.


YEAR OF THE OX, Online, Until 28th February

To usher in the new Chinese year of the Ox, The Art Gallery is showcasing an online exhibition of 20 calligraphy ox paintings done by the late John Lee Joo For. Joo For's calligraphy paintings are one of a kind. His strokes are bold and somewhat modern for his time. It is his way of saying that there is such beauty and versatility, speed and strength in the brushing of a single brushstroke that it sometimes seem superfluous to paint about something. View the exhibition 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.


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 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.


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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