Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

This week you will find more art workshops, talks, films, music, comedy and more. Don’t forget the Every Week in Penang section, where you will find the IWA is now offering beginner Nyonya dance classes amongst other activities! If you don’t already subscribe to receive the weekly email and would like to, please click here.

ART WORKSHOP - WATERCOLOUR HELICONIA, TAES, Straits Quay, Wednesday 7th October, 10am-1pm

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

COFFEE MORNING & COOKING WORKSHOP - IWA Clubhouse, 6 Lorong Lembah Permai 5, Tanjung Bungah, Wednesday 7th October, 10.30am-12.30pm

Learn about gluten free/low carb bread and wraps while drinking coffee with the International Women’s Association. RSVP by email. 

FILM - SO LONG, MY SON, Hikayat, 226 Beach St, Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th October 6pm

Dir. Wang Xiaoshuai | China | 2019 | 185 mins
with English sub-titles
starring Wang Jingchun, Yong Mei, Qi Xi, Roy WangIntimate in focus yet epic in scope, this is the story of two married couples enduring personal tragedy and loss against the changing face of modern China – a narrative of love, loss and isolation across multiple generations.Winner, Silver Bear, Berlin International Film Festival
Winner, Best Actor, Asian Film Critics Association Awards

Screening and refreshments RM15.
Booking here essential.

THE INTIMATE TALK, penangpac, Wednesday 7th October, 7pm-8pm

Single parent: A blessing in disguise or a burden?

“THE INTIMATE TALK" is a project to bring women together to empower and inspire each other. The one-hour duration of the event will begin with a monologue screening, followed with a presentation by a guest speaker. We then will open the floor for a safe space to have our intimate, heart to heart talk with everyone present. Attendees may share their personal stories, experiences and opinions. We encourage everyone to attend - women, men and anyone 18 & above.

FREE ADMISSION. (Call +6048991722 to reserve seats. Limited to first 30)


COMEDY - JUST COME TRY STAND-UP OPEN MIC, 54 JCT, 54 Jalan Chow Thye, Wednesday 7th October, 8.30pm

Penang’s comedians try out new original material, RM 10 to watch, free for performers. Contact via the Facebook page if you would like to try performing yourself!

CHARITY EVENT - PINK LADIES, E&O Hotel, Friday 9th October 9.30am-1pm

Annual brunch, fashion show and raffle to raise funds for cancer charities RM 130.

SOLD OUT - to register for the wait list click here.

FUN - GAME GEEKS, Luma, Hin Bus Depot, Friday 9th October 8pm-10pm, Sat & Sun 10th & 11th 2pm-6pm

Getting out of the box is the goal here! Let loose on a retro arcade game, shoot up a target with a nerf blaster, build a lego spaceship, team up on a boardgame... whatever your playmode, whether you borrow ours or bring your own, it's all good! More details on Luma’s Facebook page here.

LAUGHING YOGA & BREAKFAST TALK - Location on registration, Saturday 10th October 9am-11am

Laughing Yoga and talk but cancer survivor and laughter therapist Sukhveer Kaur for Pink October Breast Cancer Awareness month. For more information and to register please contact Nurse Bun on 012 388 7581 or by email

HORSE RACING - Penang Turf Club, Saturday & Sunday 10th & 11th 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 10th 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 a Malay house. So join Cheang Jin and explore with him, live on Facebook here.

FILM - DAZED AND CONFUSED, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Saturday 10th October 7pm-10pm

1993 American coming-of-age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors who would later become stars, including Jason London, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Cole Hauser, Parker Posey, Adam Goldberg, Joey Lauren Adams, Matthew McConaughey, Nicky Katt, Renée Zellweger and Rory Cochrane. The plot follows different groups of Texas teenagers during the last day of school in 1976.
Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

MONIOT TRAIL, Penang Hill, Sunday 11th October, 8am-11am

The 3km trail is 600m above sea level and runs between a forest reserve and private land. It is named after the man who surveyed the area, Jules M Moniot. An ultimate experience for those wish to walk along this unique but forgotten Moniot trail. Many hidden treasures are found along the trail. A trail for unique floral & fauna of million years Rainforest.

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

BUDDHA BEAT YOGA, Soundmaker Studio, 18 Lebuh Bishop, Sunday 11th October, 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm

Flow yoga, serenaded by the meditative live rhythms of Buddha Beat. Free trial sessions. Book through Facebook Messaging or Whatsapp 017-4287327. Limited to 12 people per session.
Bring your own mat.

EDUCATION - THE PRIVATE & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FAIR, Hotel Jen, Sunday 11th October 12pm-4pm

The Private & International School Fair is back in Penang!

  • International schools under one roof - you don't have to travel from school to school
  • Get firsthand information from teachers or principals present.

 Register here

ART WORKSHOP - ACRYLIC POURING, TAES, Straits Quay, Tuesday 13th October 2pm-5pm

Learn 3 pouring techniques. RM130
Includes materials, a glass of wine and snacks. Book by email.

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.

WORKSHOP - LET’S COOK WITH ATHENE SPICES, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Thursday 15th October 2pm-5pm

Learn to cook Moroccan Mezze including:
Moroccan Meat Ball with Ras el Hanout + Tunisian Harissa, the best Hummus in the World, Tarablus Sprinkles and Tabouleh Salad.
Everyone has their own work station and will make each dish from start to finish - before sitting down to eat it.
RM135 per person. RMCO SOPs will be observed. Numbers are limited. Email or message +60164570221 to book your seat

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 - 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, 24th & 25th October

Be an artist in the open air in the pristine rainforest. Learn how to paint shiny surfaces in watercolour with renowned botanical artist Ester Geh. RM 155 per person including all materials and entrance to The Habitat. Book by email.

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, September 24th-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.


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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