Online art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

This weekend, welcome to the first O:Pen weekend by Penang Arts Council, designed to celebrate Penang's culture, dance, music and art. A mainly online programme for this first edition, it also features a live concert at the E&O Hotel, and a live artisan market at Hin Bus Depot.

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FILM - SUMMERLAND, Hikayat, 226 Beach St, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 30th March-1st April 6pm

Alice is a reclusive writer, resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of southern England while World War II rages across the Channel. When she opens her front door one day to find she’s to adopt a young London evacuee named Frank, she’s resistant. It’s not long, however, before the two realise they have more in common in their pasts than Alice had assumed.

Screening and refreshments: RM15. Register by email.

TALK - OVERACTIVE THYROID, Online, Wednesday 31st March 3pm

A free of charge health talk on treating an overactive thyroid gland by Island Hospital’s Assoc. Prof. Dato' Dr.Malik Mumtaz, Consultant Endocrinologist. Watch on Facebook live here.

FILM - PAPRIKA, The Screenery, 81 China St, Wednesday 31st March & Sunday 4th April 7pm

\2006 Japanese science-fiction psychological thriller anime film about a research psychologist who uses a device that permits therapists to help patients by entering their dreams. The film received wide acclaim from critics. Free of charge, to book, join the private Facebook group here.

COMEDY - THE SOP COMPLIANT SHOW, 54 Jalan Chow Thye, Thursday 1st April 8pm

Live stand-up open mic with Penang-based comedians. RM 10 donation requested from non-performers to watch. Beverages for sale. More details on Facebook

MAGICAL FIREFLIES TOUR, Penang Mainland, Friday April 2nd 5pm-10pm

Cross the bridge to the mainland and head south, stopping for seafood dinner en route with chicken & vegetables available for non-seafood eaters. When the sun has set, head for the jetty to catch the boat which will bring you to see the fireflies..RM170 per adult, RM90 per child under 12 to include transport, dinner & boat. Suitable for all ages. Pick up by arrangement. Email  or WhatsApp +60164570221 to book.


Learn Malay favourites with Chef Rohana: spinach and pumpkin curry, and potato meat patties. You will be sent the recipe in advance so you can prepare to cook along (this is optional, of course!).

RM 25 (Free for Spice Family members). To register click here and scroll down the page.

FILM - GOUPI MAINS ROUGE, Alliance Française, Jalan Phua Hin Leong, Friday 2nd April 8pm

Greedy peasants at a French country inn scramble to retrieve money lost by their incapacitated patriarch. French with English subtitles. Free of charge.

Limited seating, please reserve by email.

ART2ART, Online, Friday 2nd April 9pm, Saturday 3rd April, 4.15pm

Get up close and personal with some of Penang’s best artists. Each Art2Art episode features a pair of artists having a chat about their work, practice, and more. Gain insight on what motivates or inspires these artists, their journey, the everyday life of an artist, and what’s next for them. For this series, we broadcast conversations between visual artist Esther Geh and glass artist Fuan Wong (2 April 9:00PM), and sculptor Aboud Fares with pencil artist Sharon Kow (3 April 4:15PM). Watch on Facebook live here.

ART - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PENANG STATE ART GALLERY, Online, Friday & Saturday 2nd & 3rd April 9.45pm, Sunday 4th April 10.30am & 9.45pm

A series of videos produced highlight and showcase works that were acquired by Penang State Art Gallery. Expect insightful anecdotes, art tales and learn more about the artists behind these works as presented by some of Penang's most prominent art collectors and scholars including Dato' Dr Tan Chee Kuan, Dato' Tang Hon Yin, Dr Sarena Abdullah and Lee Khai. Watch on Facebook live here.

GUIDED NATURE WALK, Tropical Spice Gardens, Teluk Bahang, Saturday & Sunday 3rd & 4th April 9.30am, 11am & 1pm

Take a walk through the gardens with TSG’s beloved and passionate guides. Hear their tales as they bring the flora to life and keep a keen eye out for the wild creatures. The collection of native and naturalised plants in our rainforest garden are teeming with stories and wonderful and at times, frightening truths! This walk is suitable for both children and adults, and perfect for families and groups.

RM 30 (Free for Spice Family members). To register click here and scroll down the page.

MUSIC - BRASS MASTERCLASS, Online, Saturdays 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th April

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is one of the best orchestras in the world. In these sessions, you can observe the sessions and also ask questions ahead of time. Observer Fee: RM60 for all sessions. Limited places available. For more details and to register click here

Warrior Fitness is now training outdoors again! Join us at any of our Group Outdoor Workouts from Mondays to Saturdays. 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 drop us an email
Unleash Your Inner Warrior!

MARKET - CREATIVE BRANDS PENANG, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Saturday 3rd April 11am-5pm

A Saturday of browsing and shopping with the second showcase of Creative Brands Penang market, a collective of Penang's best creative crafts, arts and products from teas and textiles to pipes and parangs to batik and blouses!
Participating brands include Johnsson Pipes, Jonathan Yun Sculptural Jewelry, P.D.T. Accessories, Leroy Luar Metalsmith, Kenny Loh Couture, ZNG Art, MY Parang, Ben Rongen, Azmi Hussin, betterthanblouses, Uncang Tea, Athene Spices, Mannik & Batik, and Shop Howard.

For more detail see Facebook here.

VIRTUAL TOUR, Online, Saturday 3rd April, 5pm

Penang Hidden Gem's tour guide Tiger Tatt takes you for a virtual tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town, The event will see Penang Arts Council’s chairman Joe Sidek chasing Tiger Tatt on Penang’s iconic trishaws to discover the wonders of George Town. Watch on Facebook live here.

FILM - THE PIANO, The Screenery, 81 China St, Saturday 3rd April 7pm

1993 period drama film written and directed by Jane Campion and starring Holly Hunter. Set in the mid-19th century, the film focuses on a psychologically mute Scottish woman who travels to a remote part of New Zealand with her young daughter after her arranged marriage to a frontiersman.The Piano was a critical and commercial success, and in 1993, the film won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, making Jane Campion the first and only female director to ever receive this award. It won three Academy Awards out of eight total nominations in 1994.

Free of charge, to book, join the private Facebook group here.

DANCE - MENGHIJAU, Online, Saturday 3rd April, 8.30pm

MengHIJAU takes Penang dance out into the open by moving us into our forest and gardens. The Island’s favorite dance groups come together to present the latest dance creation by one of Penang's most prolific choreographers, Pexstret Liu. Online premiere on Facebook here.

DANCE - ARANYA, Online, Saturday 3rd April, 9.30pm

A concept video featuring Penang musical duo Buddha Beat and dancer Luvenia Kalia. Aranya is centered around an alternate version of Buddha Beat's single, Little Wings. Conceived in their moment of tribulation and lockdown, Little Wings presents the story of a bird breaking out of its cage, taking its first flight and its first taste of freedom. Watch the premiere on Facebook here.

ART FORUM, Online, Sunday 4th April, 11am

The 2020-2021 Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the Malaysian art scene to its core in many aspects. Not only the artists and their production of art work were impacted, but exhibition and exhibition-making itself were negotiated in this new normal. In this forum, the panelists - Rebecca Yeoh, Roopesh Sitharan and Tetriana Ahmed Fauzi will share their experience and exhibition-making “without walls” in these defining times. Watch on Facebook live here.

FILM - THE ALLEYCATS, Online, Sunday 4th April, 2pm

During the late 70s through to late 90s, the Alleycats, a multi-ethnic musical band, successfully broke cultural and racial barriers in the Malaysian recording and performing music industry. Since then, other multi-ethnic musical groups have tried to attain the same level of impact in the Malaysian pop music industry but have fallen short. Why is this so and what is the effect of it? This research film documentary explores the untold stories of the band of brothers.

Watch on Facebook live here.

MUSIC - SOLOS FOR SPRING, E&O Macallister Ballroom, Sunday 4th April 5pm

Some of the best singers and musicians in Penang perform solo repertoire, as for much of CMCO and MCO 2.0 rehearsing with other musicians was impossible, to mark the relaunch of the Penang Art Council.

RM 50 + RM 3 ticketing fee. To purchase tickets click here.

Drinks are available for purchase. A 30% discount in all the E&O’s F&B outlets is available for concert goers after the concert.

TALK - REVIVING POTEHI IN PENANG, Online, Sunday 4th April, 10.15pm

Originating from Quanzhou, China, Potehi glove puppet theatre was brought into Penang by traveling performing troupes in the early 20th century. It was a popular form of entertainment especially among the Hokkien community during the many festival celebrations. However, today, only the gods watch the shows at temple festivals. Watch a prominent scholar's efforts to rejuvenate the art of Hokkien Potehi glove puppet theatre in Penang, including the initiation of a collective of young artists known as Ombak Potehi.

Watch on Facebook live here.

WORKSHOP - LIPSTICK MAKING, One Stop Midlands, Tuesdays 6th & 20th April 11am

Make your own lipstick, or two, with pure ingredients to the colour of your choice. The formula has been improved to include Shea Butter. The cost has risen slightly due to an ingredients cost increase, so 1 lipstick RM 70, 2 lipsticks RM100. 4 participants per class. Register by email or whatsapp 016 850 2780.

COOKING WORKSHOP - PARENTS & KIDS , Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Thursday 8th April 10am-1pm

Faten of Athene Spices has come up with a winning menu for anyone with children to entertain over the Easter Holidays. Not too difficult, tasty, healthy & fun! And it's actually vegan too. How about:

  • Falafel with Garlic Yogurt Sauce
  • Manakesh (Quick Arabian Pizza)
  • Butterfly Pea Magical Lemonade

RM150 Adult - own workstation RM130 Child - own workstationRM250 - Adult & Child under 12 sharing a workstation (but with 2 sets of ingredients so each will make their own dish). Email  or WhatsApp +60164570221 to book.

WORKSHOP - SOAP MAKING, One Stop Midlands, Thursdays 8th & 29th April 11am

Two types of soap will be provided to make 4 - 6 soaps, depending on the size made. RM80per person, maximum 4 participants per session. Register by email or whatsapp 016 850 2780.

NIGHT SAFARI, The Habitat, Penang Hill, Friday April 9th 4.30pm-9.30pm

Ever wondered why the rainforest is so noisy at night…. because that’s when all the insects, animals, frogs and friends come out to play! Departing from the Botanic Garden you will take Jeeps to The Habitat where guides will point out the animals and birds who settle down as dusk falls. After dinner at David Brown’s Restaurant, return to Curtis Crest to enjoy the sunset, then meet the frogs, reptiles and other creatures that come out in the dark before taking the Jeeps back down the Hill. 
RM200 per adult.

Email  or WhatsApp +60164570221 to book.

PHOTOGRAPHY - STORIES FROM THE LENSES, Hikayat, 226 Beach St, Saturday & Sunday 10th & 11th April 2pm & 5pm

Stories from the Lenses” is a series of sharing sessions by the photographers of Penang at a Glance photobook.

 Penang at a Glance photobook is a collection of photographs captured from the lenses of four local photographers coming from four different backgrounds. The book showcases Penang’s breathtaking landscapes, festivals, celebrations, arts, culture, heritage, people and lifestyles.

10th April: Sherwynd Rylan Kessler | 2pm and Thum Chia Chieh | 5pm

11th April: Govindarajoo Selvathurai | 2pm and Oh Chin Eng | 5pm

Free of charge. Register here.

WORKSHOP - JOSS STICK MAKING, 37a Stewart Lane, Saturday 10th April 10am-12pm

Learn to make traditional joss sticks. Penang heritage Trust members RM 100, non-members RM 130. 4 participants only. Register by email. or phone 04 2642631.

MUSIC - HARIGIG KEBANGSAAN, Soundmaker Studio, 18 Bishop St, Saturday 10th April 9pm

Local heroes from different genres including folk, ska, world music , math rock, psychedelia and electro dance, all in one night. RM 20. More details here.

THEATRE - ONCE UPON A TIME, penangpac, Friday-Sunday 16-18th April 3pm/8pm

A 5-part series showcasing true authentic Malaysian folk tales. This first part will feature two fascinating Malaysian tales, "Badang The Magnificent" & "Si Tanggang The Ungrateful Son." Featuring well-known Penang actors such as Garu Ramon, Karam Tabba and Lawrence Chin. In English. RM35 (RM30 concessions) tickets available for purchase here.

EDUCATION - OPEN DAY, Tenby Schools, Tanjung Bungah, Saturday 17th April 10am-12pm

Meet the staff and learn about the programmes on offer at Tenby Schools Penang. Free of charge. More information here.

CASTING CALL & DANCE AUDITIONS, penangpac, Saturday 17th April 12pm-4pm

Casting Call for Stage Combat Dancers, Singers and Actors to fill 6 open spots in the cast for the show Forkbeard. More information here. Contact by email or phone 013-628 4496 to arrange an audition.

EXHIBITION OPENING - MADELEINE EKEBLAD, G Hotel, Thursday April 22nd 6pm-8pm

Meet the artist, Maddi “I Paint Music” Ekelblad, and see her new custom made enamel paints - "Music in the Landscape". More details on Facebook.


FINE PRINTS BY GILDED LION, E&O Hotel and ChinaHouse, Ongoing

The Gilded Lion Antiques & Art Gallery‘s exhibitions of carefully selected and curated fine prints in ChinaHouse (upstairs) and E&O Hotel art gallery. Check out the engravings, lithographs, aquatints, etchings, and other fine art formats dating all the way back to the 17th century on display. Free of Charge.

PAUSE - A GROUP EXHIBITION, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, April 3rd-May 2nd 12pm-8pm

A group exhibition featuring 10 artists at Hin Bus Depot: Bibichun | Esther Geh | Fahmi Mustaffa | Forrest Wong | Ho Su San | Ivan Gabriel | Kangblabla | Teh Yew Keong | Teoh Kooi Pei | Yap Ley Min

For more information, click 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.



Daily free Guided Walks to Penang Hill Visitors. For booking please call 016-4201189. More information on Facebook here.

NATURE - THE HABITAT, Penang Hill, Daily 8.30am-6.30pm

The Habitat rainforest discovery park on Penang Hill is open again. If you are interested in starlight camping, sunset walks, private events and tours of the park during this time, contact by email or at 019 645 7741. Park entrance fee RM 55 (RM 35 concessions).

NATURE - TROPICAL SPICE GARDEN, Teluk Bahang, Wed & Thurs 9am-4pm, Fri, Sat & Sun 9am-6pm

The Tropical Spice Garden has also re-opened after MCO. Enjoy 6 landscaped acres of a treasure trove of more than 500 living specimens of lush and exotic flora from around the world. Tickets cost RM20 adults (RM15 concessions) with a self guided audio tour available for RM 10. Guided tours available on request. For more information go to the website.

GUIDED TOUR - CHEONG FATT TZE MANSION, Lebuh Leith, Thurday-Sunday 11am and 2pm

Experience an important part of  Penang’s colourful history and one of its most iconic pieces of architecture on an insightful tour of its architecture and history.

RM 25 (RM 12.50 for children). Book tickets online here.

MUSIC & YOGA - BUDDHA BEAT YOGA, Soundmaker Studio, 18 Bishop Street, Every Sunday 10am & 4pm

Buddha Beat Yoga sessions are back! Try their unique solution to staying fit: Yoga + Live Music. We promise you an experience you won't forget. RM25 per session. RM80 for four sessions. Contact 012 423 2105 to register. Limited to 10 people per session. First session free of charge. More details on Facebook here.

TALK - ANSWER2CANCER, IWA Clubhouse, 6 Lorong Lembah Permai 5, Every Monday 10.30am

Educational series of talks covering the latest information concerning prevention and treatment. Email to register a place. IWA members RM5, non-members RM 10.

PUB QUIZ, Healy Mac’s, Straits Quay, Every Monday 8pm

Traditional pub quiz, 4 per team, 4 per table, RM 5 per person to enter. More details here.

HIN MARKET, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Every Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

The popular Hin Market is a weekly platform for entrepreneurs, small business owners, craftsmen, artisans, musicians, performers, and makers of all kinds to showcase their products, crafts, and talents.

Now open both Saturday and Sunday. More details on Facebook.

SEAFRONT MARKET, Hotel Mercure, Tanjong Bungah, Every Saturday 3pm-9pm

A new weekly seafront market for art, fashion and snacks from local vendors. For more details check Facebook

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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