Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

A new morning wellness WhatsApp check in group for Mums, online theatre for adults and children, comedy, talks and other events coming up in Penang and nearby. 

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Organised by the Malaysian-Danish Business Council, a talk by consultants of Vriens & Partners, Southeast Asia’s leading government affairs consultancy, with 80 staff and 30 advisors across 8 offices in capitals around the region. Register free of charge for the zoom link here.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS - RONDO MUSIC FESTIVAL, Online, Wednesday-Saturday 9th-12th June

A series of workshop and talks covering different genres of music and relevant musicianship skills and insights, as part of the online Rondo Music Festival. Talks and workshops are open to observers for RM 15 per session or RM 100 for all 8 sessions. Click here for the full schedule and to register.

TALK - THE WORLD OF REALISM, Online, Thursday 10th June 8pm

Internationally renowned colour pencil artist SharonSS Kow has been creating and producing coloured pencil artworks since 2013. Her style of art gravitates towards Realism where she pays utmost attention to details, values and nuances. She uses common, ordinary subjects to metaphorically create a visual understanding of logic and emotions that are integrated into the fabric of human lives. Working with colour pencils is a slow, tedious process that requires a lot of patience. Learn more about her approach, free of charge, on Facebook live here.


Upon gaining independence in the mid-20th century, many cities in Southeast Asia changed dramatically in terms of their physical appearance. The task of becoming an independent nation was accompanied by the desire for a symbolic new beginning in architecture and urban planning. Today rapid urbanisation is causing iconic structures to be razed or disfigured. The symposium will discuss examples such as the Getty Institute’s Keeping it Modern programme, the model project at Haus der Statistik in Berlin, new approaches in Singapore to evaluating buildings beyond mere aesthetics, and the renovation of the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.

Register for this free of charge Zoom meeting here.

COMEDY - ASK GARU, Online, Fridays 11th & 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.

THEATRE - BOLLYWOOD DREAMS, Online, Friday-Sunday 11th-13th June 8.30pm/3pm

Two brothers, Pappu and Babu live with ‘Amma’ in Sungai Petani. ‘Go. Study. Play. Anything, but quietly. I do not want to hear you’, Amma says. In between the humdrum need to clean the household laundry and excel in times table, Pappu and Babu escape into a world of epic backdrops and thumping music, of chorus girls and backup dancers.

Almost two years in the making by the KL Performing Arts Centre, after countless Zoom rehearsals, Bollywood Dreams finally premiered to a live audience when performances were permitted in March 2021. Now you can watch it online. Tickets (RM 35) can be purchased here.

THEATRE - KING LEAR, Online, Saturday 12th June, 3pm & 8pm

Following 4 sold out shows at the end of May, King Lear is back by popular demand!

The KL theatre group Shakespeare Demystified used to come to Penang every year to present its shorter, and simplified versions of Shakespeare’s classic plays, to the delight of children and adults alike. This online (Zoom) presentation will be live, with the actors performing in real time--although in different venues--while the audience is watching. As always the show will be interactive, with the audience able to discuss and comment on what they see. Canonical scenes and speeches from the play in the original text, will be knitted together by narration in contemporary English. Tickets RM 30.

To buy tickets click here.

COMEDY - STAND UP FOR PRIDE, Online, Saturday 12th June 8pm

Comedy, laughter & diversity take centre stage in this fundraiser for KL Queer Space. Showcasing unique voices in stand-up comedy, the line-up of stand-up comedians will tickle your funny bones - It’s gonna be a rainbowy blast!! Purchase tickets/make donation for the YouTube live show by clicking the Purchase button on the event page here.

WORKSHOP - ORIGAMI, Online, Saturdays 12th, 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.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE - ONCE UPON A TIME, Online, Monday 14th June 8pm

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..." Part 1: Badang The Magnificent and Si Tanggang: The Ungrateful Son. Premiering on YouTube. Get your link by WhatsApp 016 471 8072 for RM20.

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.

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.

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

Join us, possibly face to face, possibly online, 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.

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.

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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