Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

There are new art exhibitions, a weekend of activities at the Tropical Spice Garden, art and cooking workshops, and many more events happening in Penang this week. If you don’t already subscribe to receive the weekly email and would like to, please click here.

SHOPPING - SALE, ChinaHouse Emporium and 179 Victoria, Until 16th November 11am-10pm

Furniture, bags, jewellery, clothes and more with discounts of 20%-80%.

FILM - EMMA, Hikayat, 226 Beach St, Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th November 6pm

Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In Jane Austen’s glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

Screening and refreshments RM15.

Booking here essential.

STAND UP COMEDY - JUST COME TRY, 54 JCT, 54 Jalan Chow Thye, Wednesday 4th November 8.30pm

Penang’s comedians try out new material, drinks available to purchase. Free to perform, RM 10 to watch. More information here.

COOKING WORKSHOP WITH ATHENE SPICES, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Thursday 5th & Saturday 14th November 10am-1pm

Learn to prepare a Lebanese Vegan Feast.

Cauliflower Steak – with Tunisian Harissa, Balela Salad (Chickpeas & Bean Salad) – with Hot Chick Spicy Salt and Za'atar Roasted Potatoes - with Lebanese Za'atar

Everyone has their own work station and will make each dish from start to finish - before sitting down to eat it all!
RM150 per person. Suitable for Adults & Teens. RMCO SOPs will be observed. Numbers are limited. Email or message +60164570221 to book.

WORKSHOP - RATTAN MAKING, IWA Clubhouse, 6 Lorong Lembah Permai 5, Thursday 5th November 11am

Learn to produce a choice of finished rattan articles in this workshop. RM100 including all materials. Register by whatsapp 016 580 2780 or email. 

BOOKS AND MINGLE, Malaysian German Society, Friday 6th November 10am

Recommend and introduce a book or DVD you have recently read or watched and mingle with others.
The MGS library with more than 800 German books, 120 audiobooks, and more than 500 DVDs will also be open this morning. Free of charge, light refreshments provided. Email to book a space.

FILM - BOOGIE NIGHTS, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Friday 6th November 7pm-10pm

1997 American period drama film set in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley about a nightclub dishwasher who becomes a popular star of pornographic films, chronicling his rise in the Golden Age of Porn of the 1970s through to his fall during the excesses of the 1980s. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heather Graham, and was nominated for three Academy Awards.

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

DANCE & THEATRE - SHORT + SWEET FESTIVAL, penangpac, Friday & Saturday November 6th-7th 8pm

Return of this annual festival celebrating creativity in dance and theatre, which only premieres new works that are 10 minutes or less. Not only will you be the first to watch these new creations but, in a single night, you get to watch many different works. Root for your favourite team or, better yet, vote for them and they stand a chance to win the Audience Choice Award.

Showtime 8pm, tickets cost RM 34.

Short + Sweet Dance will showcase 6 different dances and Short + Sweet Theatre showcases 5 short plays and takes place on November 6th and 7th. Buy tickets at the box office or online here.

MUSIC - COFFEE & HARPS BY THE WATER GARDEN, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Saturday November 7th 9am-1pm

Enjoy breakfast or lunch at a pop-up cafe next to the water gardens, serenaded by harps (music begins at 11am). Free entrance to the water garden, normal entrance fee applies for the rest of the gardens.

FAMILY FUN - BENEATH THE BAMBOO, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Saturday November 7th 9am-12.30pm

Board games, story telling, gardening and other green family activities in the open air. Normal entrance fee applies for the rest of the gardens with additional charges for some activities. For more details and to sign up for activities click here and scroll down the page.

CLOTHES & PLANT SWAP, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Saturday 7th November 10am-5pm

10:00 - 12:00 Clothes Swap (1st session)

11:00 - 13:00 Plant Swap (1st session)

14:00 - 16:00 Clothes Swap (2nd session)

15:00 - 17:00 Plant Swap (2nd session)

Limited spaces for safe social distancing. Rid your garden of excess plants and swap them for a 'new-to-you' plant collection. Declutter your wardrobe of unloved clothing  and swap them for ‘new-to-you’ outfits ( women’s clothing only). RM 35 per session or RM 60 for two. Register here.

WORKSHOP - SOAP MAKING, LaN ArT Studio, 4th floor, Midlands Shopping Centre, Saturday 7th November 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. 

HORSE RACING, Penang Turf Club, Saturday & Sunday 7th & 8th November, 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.

Get your children out of the house and back to nature to avoid the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and high-calorie snacking. Daily outdoor physical activity improves health, cognitive development and combats youth obesity. Help your child build character, athletic fitness, mental resilience and teamwork skills. One-time free trial offer for children aged 6 to 12. WhatsApp 018-2827567 or email.

MEDITATION - THE HEALING ART PROJECT, Online, Saturday 7th November 9pm

The Healing Art Project Session, is a physical and musical journey featuring performing artists aiming to sooth the weary mind by fusing music and therapy. Free of charge. Watch on Facebook live here or Instagram live here.

GUIDED WALK - THE MONIOT TRAIL, Penang Hill, Sunday 8th November, 8am-11am

A 3km trail 600m above sea level which runs through the rainforest between a forest reserve and private land. It is named after the man who surveyed the area, Jules M Moniot. 

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

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS (AGED 7 to 9), penangpac, Sundays 9th & 15th November, 11am-1.30pm & 3.30pm-6pm

The Actor Studio (TAS) @penangpac is offering twice daily workshops in theatre, acting, dance, k-pop and much more, with different sessions for different age groups. Workshops for children aged 7 to 9 take place November 1st-15th. RM99 per workshop, numbers limited. To register call Suzanne at +60124158576 or email her at for more information.

For the complete schedule of workshops for 7 to 9 year olds click here.

For 10-12 year olds (November 22nd, 29th, December 6th click here and for 13++ year olds (December 13th, 20th & 27th) click here

WORKSHOP - THE ART OF CHINESE TEA, George Town, Tuesday 10th November 9.30am-11.30am

Meet at a charming tea house in George Town to learn about the intricacies of serving & tasting Chinese tea. 

RM75 per person. RMCO SOPs will be observed. Numbers are limited. Email or message +60164570221 to book.

COOKING WORKSHOP WITH ATHENE SPICES, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Tuesday 10th November 10am-1pm

Learn to cook Moroccan Mezze including:
 Moroccan Meat Balls with Ras el Hanout + Tunisian Harissa; Best Hummus in the World – Tarablus Sprinkles; Tabouleh Salad - Lemon Lime Pepper Salt
Everyone has their own work station and will make each dish from start to finish - before sitting down to eat it all!
RM135 per person. Suitable for Adults & Teens. RMCO SOPs will be observed. Numbers are limited. Email or message +60164570221 to book.

FILM - THIS IS SPINAL TAP, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Tuesday 10th & Saturday 14th November 7pm-10pm

Cult 1984 American mockumentary film about a fictional English heavy metal band Spinal Tap (who are characterized as "one of England's loudest bands") on their American tour. The film satirizes the behavior and musical pretensions of rock bands and was released to critical acclaim.

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

TALK & COFFEE MORNING - DEEPAVALI & DANCE CLASS, IWA Clubhouse, 6 Lorong Lembah Permai 5, Wednesday 11th November 10.30am

Learn all about the upcoming Indian Festival of Deepavali, and learn a few dance steps while having coffee with members of the International Women’s Association. Dress for the occasion! More information by whatsapp 016 580 2780 or email. 

NIGHT SAFARI, The Habitat, Penang Hill, Wednesday 11th November 4.30pm-9.30pm

Depart from the Botanic Garden by Jeep to The Habitat where guides will point out the animals and birds who settle down as dusk falls. Dinner at David Brown’s Restaurant and then back at Curtis Crest to enjoy the sunset (weather permitting). As the night deepensl meet the frogs, reptiles and other creatures that come out in the dark. Return by Jeep.
RM200 per adult, RM160 per child under 12. Numbers are limited. Email or message +60164570221 to book.

COOKING WORKSHOP WITH ATHENE SPICES, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Thursday 12th November 10am-1pm

Learn to cook a Lebanese Roast Lunch:
Za’atar Roast Chicken – Lebanese Za’atar & Garlic Salt, Pomegranate and Parsley Salad – Hot Chick Spicy Salt and Butter Rice - Hadhrami Mandi.

Everyone has their own work station and will make each dish from start to finish - before sitting down to eat it all!
RM135 per person. Suitable for Adults & Teens. RMCO SOPs will be observed. Numbers are limited. Email or message +60164570221 to book.

TALK - UNRAVELLING THE STORY OF DORIS VAN DER STRATTEN, Online, Thursday 12th November 7.30pm-9pm

Author and historian Andrew Barber talks about the research process involved in teasing out the story of this remarkable woman - and how he still continues to find new information. Join the Zoom meeting here. Password 261044. Free of charge and no need to register.
For any questions, please email

SPORT - TRY SCUBA DIVING, Permata Sports Club, Saturday November 14th 8am

An entry-level introductory scuba diving programme to give you the opportunity to experience the underwater world in a confined water setting. You will earn the SSI Try Scuba recognition rating. Minimum Age:8, no previous experience required. RM 150 includes a classroom session and 1 dive in a swimming pool at 5 metres deep. For more information whatsapp web here.

WORKSHOP - TROPICAL CHRISTMAS CARD SKETCHING, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Saturday November 14th 9.30am-12.30pm

A delightful workshop led by sketch enthusiast, Marni who specialises in floral and botanical creations and is also part of the Urban Sketchers Community. Bring home 4 tropical Christmas cards and skills to create more at home. Learn about clean lines for sketching plants and blotted art lines. RM 90 per person (RM 70 if member of Spice Family). For more details and to sign up for activities click here and scroll down the page.

ART WORKSHOP - PENS AND WASH, The Art E Space, Straits Quay, Wednesday November 18th 10am-1pm

This popular workshop by renowned botanical artist Esther Geh will likely book up early again so don’t delay! RM50 inclusive of all materials or RM 30 if you bring your own watercolours, with pens and paper provided.

Book by phone 0124863636 or email.

More information on Facebook here.

BOOK GROUP, Palm Court, E&O Hotel, Wednesday November 18th 7.30pm

Meet up to discuss Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw. DescriptionThe Harmony Silk Factory is Tash Aw's critically acclaimed first novel, set in 1940s British-ruled Malaya. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won the Whitbread Book Awards for First Novel Award.


The Penang Philharmonic Orchestra presents its first hour-long virtual concert, with pieces by small orchestral and choral groups. Watch on YouTube here.

EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL, Online, Until 30th November

A curated selection of award-winning films from across Europe, this year available to watch online instead of in the cinema. Register for your free pass here.


Taking street food off the streets and onto your screens, the first-of-its-kind Tiger Street Food Virtual Festival promises 88 street food vendors across 4 weekends, you get to order festival-exclusive dishes and Tiger Beer straight to your doorsteps. Expect a fully immersive, interactive 3D environment where you explore the virtual streets and encounter fun challenges. For more details and to register click here.


GROWTH BY LOVE LEE LILY, Viva Victoria, 179 Lebuh Victoria, November 5th-December 6th

An exhibition of Penang-based Dot Mandala artist Love Lee Lily’s latest creations. Open daily except Mondays from 12.30pm-9pm. The artist will be at the exhibition every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm to meet visitors and answer questions about her work.

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 November 30th

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.

BOXED IN, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, November 11th-December 12th

The group exhibition showcases Penang based visual artists from various different backgrounds and art practices. The participating artists were given two wooden boxes each which measures 12" x 12" to let their creative imaginations run wild. The only catch was for them think outside the box whilst having the artworks be within the box itself, hence the title. The exhibition promises to be a strong group exhibition filled with excitement and mystery of how each artist have executed their projects.
An exhibition curated by Ivan Gabriel.Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm. Free admission


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.

LIVE IMPROVISED COMEDY, George Town, Every Thursday 8pm-10pm

Learn how to be funny on the spot with live improvised comedy. Contact Watson 017 467 5706 for more details. Free of charge.

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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