Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

New this week: guided tours of the Penang House of Music and of 7 Terraces, kimchi making, yoga in the gardens, and more live concerts at penangpac. Book your tickets now!

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VIRTUAL WORKOUT - TABATA, Online, Wednesday 26th August 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.

FILM - NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS, Hikayat, 226 Beach St Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th August 6pm

Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn and her cousin Skylar embark across state lines to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship, bravery and compassion. Winner, Jury Grand Prix, Berlin International Film Festival
Winner, Special Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival

Screening and refreshments RM15.
Booking here essential.

WORKSHOP - KIMCHI MAKING, Tanjung Bungah, Friday 28th August 1pm-4pm

Learn to make an authentic Korean staple. Class includes all ingredients, cooking utilities, printed recipe, and kimchi to take away. RM 220 per person. Location will be communicated once payment is received. Register here. For more information whatsapp 014 256 4964.

UNIVERSITY ENROLMENT SHARING SESSION, Online, Friday & Saturday 28th, 29th August, 2pm-3.30pm

Representatives from various Malaysian universities join online sharing sessions to provide information and answer any questions well. Visit the official website here to get the meeting rooms' Google Meet links.




TALK - DIFFERENT APPROACH, DIFFERENT RESULTS, Online, Friday 28th August, 2pm-5pm

Speaker Dato’ Rohana Weiler is an experienced VP of Human Resources in several multinationals in Penang, Malaysia and Board of Directors of a government agency and educational institution. Dato’ Rohana will share approaches of how we can think differently, and help ourselves to envision different results for the challenges that beset us now. So, bring your challenges and join WomenBizSense explore how you can use a different approach to see different results.

Free of charge. Register here.

FILM - MULHOLLAND DRIVE, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Friday 28th August 7pm-10pm

Considered one of the best films of the 21st century, Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts. An aspiring actress, newly arrived in Los Angeles, meets and befriends an amnesiac woman recovering from a car accident. Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

WORKSHOPS - PAINT YOURSELF A VACATION, Artsy Sip, Prima Tanjung, Saturday 29th August 2.30pm-5pm

No art skills required. You will be guided throughout the process. 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.

FILM - INDEPENDENCE DAY, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Saturday 29th August 7pm-10pm

1996 American science fiction action film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich and starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum and others. It focuses on disparate groups of people who converge in the Nevada desert in the aftermath of a worldwide attack by an extraterrestrial race of unknown origin. With the other people of the world, they launch an all-out counterattack on July 4—Independence Day in the United States. Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

NIGHT EXPLORATION, Penang Hill, Saturday 29th August, 7pm-10pm

See the nocturnal wonders of the Penang Hill Rainforest. In deep darkness, surrounded by hundreds of jungle sounds and with the help of head lights, you enter a world inhabited by the most unique, diverse and shy night creatures. RM 50 per person, meet at the Dataran, Penang Hill. Register in advance at 016-4201189 as places are limited. More information on Facebook here.

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ, Online, Saturday 29th August 9pm

Jao Tim in KL presents contemporary jazz with John Thomas. Performed with a limited live audience in KL it will also be live-streamed on Facebook Live here and YouTube Live here.
Trombone - Q Sound
Bass - Rozhan Razman
Piano - Steinar Nickelsen
Sax - Julian Chan

HORSE RACING - Penang Turf Club, Sunday 30th August 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.

VARIETY SHOW - MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA! WITH FARIDA - penangpac, Sunday 30th August 3pm

The annual variety show Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka with Faridah! returns to penangpac this August with a bang! With every twist and turn, flips and flops we've endured this year, it feels good to welcome Dato' Dr. Faridah Merican, the First Lady of the Malaysian Theatre and penangpac’s co-founder, back home to celebrate Malaysia’s national day with this special matinee show. Ticket price RM 32, buy online here

HALF-DAY KIDS CAMP, penangpac: Mondays & Tuesdays 10am-1pm, Tropical Spice Garden: Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 9.30am-1.30pm Until August 31st

Activities including games, juggling, dance / expressive movement, art projects such as sketching, moulding / modelling (various mediums), watercolour, oil pastels, collage and much more. For 7 to 12 year olds. RM 85 at penangpac, RM 99 at Tropical Spice Garden, per child per session. Price includes a snack, and all materials. For more information and to book click here.

TALK - STAY EMPOWERED WITH LEGAL INSIGHTS, Online, Tuesday 1st September, 7.30pm-9pm

Imagine if you pass away without leaving behind a will, what will happen to your family? It is your responsibility to safeguard your legacy so that your loved ones are protected and empowered.

If you want to know more about the essentials of making a will, join the next Lean-In Penang Monthly Connect.Free of charge. Register here.

TALK - THE HIDDEN PANDEMIC, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN MALAYSIA, Online, Wednesday 2nd September, 10am-11.15am

For victims / survivors of domestic violence, lockdowns have exacerbated the dangers of their situation.  Prolonged periods of confinement with their abusers may bring on heightened frequency and severity of abuse, endangering the lives of the often – female victims.  Indeed, domestic violence cases and the volume of distress calls have increased significantly worldwide, and Malaysia is no exception.

Three speakers address the difficulties victims / survivors in Malaysia face in their attempts to seek help under the lockdown measures.  Are the existing interventions in place able to help the victims / survivors and advocates?  What are other urgent interventions and policy solutions that should be advocated to protect the women in overcoming this hidden pandemic?

Free of charge, register here to receive Zoom link.

TOUR - 7 TERRACES PRIVATE TOUR & LUNCH, 7 Terraces, Stewart Lane, Friday 4th September, 10am-2pm or 12pm-4pm

Go behind the scenes with hotelier extraordinaire Chris Ong takes you on a personal tour of 7 Terraces and shares the stories of some of his favourite pieces.
RM95 per person including lunch. Numbers are limited. Book by email here.

YOGA - Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Tuesday 8th & Saturday 12th September, 8.30am-9.45am

Free trial classes! Practice functional yoga: in the midst of lush tropical greenery. Booking essential, register here. For further information, contact Gwen +6016-505 6253 or 

MUSIC CONCERT - SOUNDS FAMILIAR, penangpac, Friday 11th & Saturday 12th September, 8pm-9.30pm

The masked & socially-distanced Actors Studio Chorus and Orchestra presents a programme including many tunes which are well known but whose titles may not be so familiar. Hear the famous coronation anthem “Zadok the Priest”, “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”, the Old Hundredth hymn, Greensleeves, and the famous march from the Dam Busters film. The programme will end with the popular sequence of tunes which traditionally form the end of “The Last Night of the Proms” : “Jerusalem”, “Land of Hope and Glory” and “Rule Britannia”.

Tickers are RM 65 per person (RM 55 for concessions) and can be purchased here.


THE THREAD OF LIFE, EXHIBITION BY DAYANG ArtSpace, ChinaHouse, Beach St, Until August 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.

COVID B, AN ONLINE AND REAL LIFE EXHIBITION BY LOW CHEE PENG, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Until August 31st

Well-known local sculptor Low Chee Peng’s lockdown-inspired works portray frequent hand-washing, social distancing, and the wearing of face masks, using marble and steel.
The sculptures, will be exhibited both indoors (at the artist’s own O Sculpture Studio at Hin Bus Depot) and outdoors and also online here.

CELEBRATIONS AND NOSTALGIA, A SOLO EXHIBITION BY ALEX LEONG, The Art Gallery, 4th floor Bellisa Row, Pulau Tikus, Until August 28th

Penang artist Alex Leong’s 6th solo exhibition features his watercolour paintings of nostalgic after-school moments, and traditional Penang celebrations and festivities. Mondays to Thursdays by appointment only, Friday to Sunday 2pm-5pm. Contact 012 604 1434 or email.


Sarawakian self-taught textile artist Iona Danald won the Spotlight 2019 competition by Penang Art District. Named after a common word spoken in the Bidayuh language, and in the Scottish dialect, ‘Aye’ is a recognition of her familial bonds. The exhibition consists of her Grandmother’s textile remnants from her handbag-making business, Jimmy Macdonald’s family kilt, traditional Bidayuh bells, and vintage wool collected from charity shops. More information email here.

Opening hours: 10.30am-8pm daily. 

MEMORIES OF GEORGE TOWN EXHIBITION, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Until August 30th

An experimental exhibition by artist Lijynn as she creates a space to invite conversations about the Chinese culture in the 60's and 70's. Contribute to her documentation when you drop by at the Hin Bus Depot exhibition space in the weekends or make an appointment for weekdays. This is a work in progress through most of the exhibition duration with more works presented by stages. Featured items include artwork, textiles, plants, furniture, stationery and more.
Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm. Free dmission

CAPITALISM: AN ANTI-IMPERIALIST POSTER EXHIBITION, Ruang Kongsi, Jalan Sungai Dua, Gelugor, Until 31st August

77 artists from 26 countries and 21 organisations, share their realities.The posters displayed in this physically in this exhibition are part of the the Online Anti-Imperialist Poster Exhibitions jointly curated by International Week of Anti-Imperialist Struggle and Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. Online poster exhibition here:

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 2 pm

UNCERTAINTY DISSOLVES EXHIBITION, Museum Galeri Tunku Fauziah, Until 29th August

The gallery at USM is open to the public, and you can visit to look at the works of recent alumni of the department of fine arts at the University. Opening hours Monday to Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday 8am-12pm, closed on Sundays. More information on their Facebook page here.

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF HOKKIEN EXHIBITION, Cheah Kong Si, 8 Armenian St, Until 22nd September

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.


Register to learn Traditional Malay Dance online here. Register today at this link. It is free for Malaysians and the organisation hasn’t quite decide what to do about foreigners yet, so if you are not a Malaysian and you are interested to learn Malay Traditional Dance email 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.

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 and Saturdays, Brown Pocket, Gurney Paragon, 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.

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.

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 +60 111 240 1654.

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