Online events and entertainment in Penang and around the world

Penang Lockdown Free Sheet Edition Eleven

Penang Lockdown Free Sheet lists the best virtual events from Penang and the rest of the world.  If this email was forwarded to you by someone else to you and you would like to receive your own copy click here to subscribe.

SPIRIT OF ALENA MURANG Wednesday 3rd June 9pm

From Borneo, Alena Murang is well-known globally for her  music and art performances. Find out more on her website here. KL music venue JaoTim is hosting her performance this week on Facebook Live here and YouTube live here

VIRTUAL TOUR OF VARANASI Thursday 4th June 3pm-4.30pm

Photographer Matt Brandon’s virtual tour of the most holy city of Hinduism: Varanasi - Sacred city of India (Sadhus, Saffron & Saris). He has worked for National Geographic, Destinations and many other prestigious publications and is now based in Penang. You can see more of his work at:
Click here to register for the virtual tour.

TURTLES: WHAT’S THEIR STORY? Thursday 4th June 9pm

For World Turtle Day, a free online talk by Zoom from Penang-born Dr Sarahaizad Mohd Salleh. She holds a Degree in Science of  Forestry (UPM), a Master in Zoology (USM) and a PhD in Herpetology (USM), and has almost 10 years experience as a sea turtle researcher in Malaysia, studying breeding biology, nesting ecology, and reproduction. Register here.

IMPROV COMEDY Thursday 4th June 8.30pm-9.30pm

Live improvised comedy online by Penang’s improv comedy group. Watch on Facebook live here.


Webinair discussion of the role of nature and ecology in cities. Part of the celebrations for International Day for Biological Diversity 2020.
Register here.

THE GREAT DEATH OF INSECTS Friday 5th June 2.30pm

Why are the insects dying? Author Christoph Würzburger takes a journey into the fascinating world of insects and meets entomologists, farmers, scientists, chemical companies and politicians in a search for the causes of insect mortality in this documentary screening. Part of the celebrations for International Day for Biological Diversity 2020. Register here


Urban Sketchers Penang present their first online exhibition, in conjunction with the 10th year anniversary of this group of artists who meet every week to sketch a different corner of Penang. The viewing is via Facebook Live here and there will be a live artist sharing at 3pm on Saturday 6th June.

BAMBOO ORCHID CREATION WORKSHOPS Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June 4.30pm-6pm

The first two of a series of nine free online workshops by local artists via zoom. One subject, nine media. Learn to create a bamboo orchid with Esther Geh in watercolour on Saturday 6th, and in cold porcelain with Tina Lee Degreef on Sunday 7th. The full list of workshops is at the end of this email.

Zoom link for Saturday here.

Zoom link for Sunday here.


60 minute online show via Zoom featuring a line up of headliner comedians:
Gajen Nad (MY)
Hannan Azlan (MY)
GB Labrador (PH)
Jason Leong (MY)
Hosted by Rizal van Geyzel

Register and pay (RM21) at peatix here.

BELANG Virtual Exhibition and Curatorial Walk Through Monday 8th June 2.30pm, Tuesday 9th June 10am

BELANG (Save Our Malayan Tiger 2020) is a visual arts exhibition held to create public awareness on the Malayan Tiger, which is on the brink of extinction, You can see the exhibition anytime here. Join a virtual tour with the curatorial team from the Penang State Art Gallery on Monday 8th at 2.30pm on Facebook live here. On Tuesday 9th at 10am join curator Ivan Gabriel for a curatorial walk-through via Facebook live here.

ECO LEAF PRINTING WORKSHOP Saturday 13th June 2pm-5pm

Masitah, aka Syibori Syd is back with another "Eco" workshop - this time Leaf Printing & Pounding. We are going to be printing/pounding on paper this time - suitable for arty types of all ages! RM75 per person
Email to register.




A real life event at the Palm Court, E&O Hotel, Penang jeweller Jonathan Yun has busy creating new pieces and rethinking some of his old ones during a very challenging lockdown. This is an afternoon of jewellery, friendship and supporting local businesses. RM95 per person. Register by email here and indicate if you prefer to sit inside or outside.

DOODLING WORKSHOP Every Wednesday 6pm-7pm

Keep Calm and Doodle - Free Doodling workshop via Zoom with local artist Kumar Nagalingam. Bring your own pen or pencil and paper. Join the Zoom call here.

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. Speakers this week include an accountant giving advice on how micro businesses can claim the wage subsidy (Thursday 16th).


LIVE MUSIC with Raggy, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Penang veteran rocker Raggy performs live.

Tuesdays: 9pm-10pm Relaxing songs via YouTube here

Wednesdays 10pm-11pm Uptempo country, folk, blues, pop, reggae and light rock via Facebook here

Fridays 10pm-11.30pm Certified Insanity! All-out mixture of whatever comes to mind, including rock & roll, funk and crazy stuff on Facebook here.

SUNDAY SOUL SESSION 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.

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.

YOGA Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am

A one hour hatha yoga class, gentle and soothing to help with stress & anxiety. No yoga experience required. Tune it to the Facebook livestream of Penang yoga studio TheSpace to join in. No payment is required but donations are gratefully accepted through PayPal account to pay the studio rent which is still being charged during the lockdown.

HOME WORKOUTS Monday to Saturday

Now everyone can be fitter !! Live coach-led Warrior interactive Workouts via Zoom, all fitness levels welcome. For more details WhatsApp 018-2827567 or email

Mon - Agility & Strength (HIIT)
Tues - Abs & Core Endurance
Wed - Strength & Power
Thurs - Mayhem Max Out
Fri - Speed & Endurance
Sat - Mobility & Flexibility


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.



Replacing the annual Glyndebourne Festival, one opera a week will be screened free of charge donations welcome) on YouTube here until June 14th. 


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. 

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

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BALLET Every Two Weeks

The Australian Ballet is streaming one ballet performance every two weeks, free of charge, on its website. Programme details are on their website.

CIRCUS Ongoing

The amazing Cirque du Soleil is has uploaded a series of one hour performances from their various spectacles onto their YouTube channel which are available to you to watch for free. See the videos  here.

THEATRE Every Two Weeks

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is streaming a recording of one of their full-length plays for free, every fortnight. Currently showing is Hamlet. Romeo and Juliet begins on Monday. Click on their YouTube channel here to watch

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Singapore’s Objectifs Film Library is showcasing over 40 short films made by 14 Southeast Asian filmmakers on its website, for free or for a nominal charge.

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