Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

This week we feature theatre, film screenings, horse racing, kids camps, walks, tours, workshops and exhibitions, both online and in real life. Check the Every Week section at the end of the email for the gradual return of ongoing weekly activities in Penang too. If you don’t already subscribe to receive the weekly email and would like to, please click here.

FILM - HAPPY AS LAZZARO, Hikayat, 226 Beach St Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd July 6pm

Lazzaro, a good-hearted young peasant, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination, form a life-altering bond when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. English subtitles. Winner, Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival
Winner, Best Feature, Chicago International Film Festival
Screening and refreshments RM15.
Booking here essential.

FILM - TITANIC, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Wednesday 22nd & Sunday 26th July 7pm-10pm

American epic romance and disaster film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. Incorporating both historical and fictionalized aspects, the film is based on accounts of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.


Meet Katharine J Chua and learn how as Managing Director she successfully transformed the Tropical Spice Garden into a world class attraction. Watch for free on Facebook live here or Youtube live here.

STAND-UP COMEDY OPEN MIC, Online, Thursday 23rd July 8.30pm-9.30pm

The best of stand-up from Penang and beyond, hosted by Garu, the self-proclaimed best comedian on the island. Watch live on facebook here or YouTube here.

MEET THE ARTIST, Art & Garden, Friday 24th July 9am-1.30pm

Visit Art & Garden where owner, artist, and garden designer Fuan Wong will be host and guide. An enthusiastic plant collector and major creative talent, he has juxtaposed exotic planting and his own extravagant glass art with paintings and sculptures by local and international artists to create a garden where it is sometimes hard to separate the natural from the man-made. Includes Fuan's special Crab Laksa for lunch.
RM130 per person to include air-conditioned minivan, private tour & lunch. Book by email here.

THEATRE - TALES FROM AMMA’S KITCHEN, Online, Friday 24th-Sunday 26th July 8pm

A delightful comedy about a single mother and the people in her life. This 2018 sold-out show will be online streamed on Cloud Theatre for three days. This is a fundraising project. All proceeds will go to saving penangpac, the only performing arts centre in Northern Malaysia. For more details and to buy tickets (RM 20 per person) click here.

PENANG DANCE DAY, Online, Friday 24th July 8pm-9pm

The "Penang Dance Day Virtual Showcase" will introduce Penang's favorite dance instructors, and feature dance creations curated by young talent and emerging dance artists. Live screening on Facebook here.

PRESCHOOL WORKSHOPS, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Saturdays 25th July, August 1st, 8th & 15th, 10am-11am

A series of workshops to introduce 4-7 year olds to plant science and nature, including storytelling, inquiry-based learning activities, and crafts. Parents are welcome to participate with their children. RM 18 per child (Maximum 10 children) / RM10 per adult (entrance to TSG)
Register here. Contact 011-5572-4711 or email.

HORSE RACING, Penang Turf Club, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July 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.

KURZ FILM TOUR, Online, Saturday 25th July 2pm-6pm

The German Short Film Award Tour presents five award-winning short films of various genres (fiction, experimental, animated and documentary). Viewers in Malaysia can log on to vimeo here to enjoy the short films free of charge but need to email the Goethe Institute here first for the password.

ACRYLIC PAINTING WORKSHOP, Artsy Sip, Prima Tanjung, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July 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.


A curated panel sharing discussing the insights, challenges and processes related to creating performances that express social concerns. This panel invites Aida Redza, Choreographer and Performance Maker; Soonufat Supramaniam, Educator and Performance Maker; Chen Yoke Pin Programs Manager at Arts-Ed Penang and Lawrence Chin, Project Unscripted, Director and Performance Maker.

The panel will screened live on Facebook. Email here to register, and to learn more about the workshops being run on the same subject over that weekend.

HOUSE, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Saturday 25th July 7pm-10pm

1977 Japanese horror comedy film about a schoolgirl traveling with her six classmates to her ailing aunt's country home, where they come face to face with supernatural events as the girls are, one by one, devoured by the home. Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

NIGHT EXPLORATION, Penang Hill, Saturday 25th July 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

SINGING BOWL SOUTH BATH, BodyMind Yoga Studio, 1 Medan Batu Lanchang, Jelutong, Sunday 26th July 9.30am-10.30am

RM 50 per person. Contact Yun Singing Bowl 016 7126703 or email here to book. Places limited to 7 per session.


‘Moving Shadows, Chasing Light’ will feature a selection of screenings about death and abuse in custody, with a post-screening discussion on the role of the arts in giving a voice to those who desperately need one. Live screening on the George Town Festival Facebook page here and YouTube channel here.

HALF-DAY KIDS CAMP, penangpac, Mondays & Tuesdays 10am-1pm, Until August 25th

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 per child per session. Price includes a snack, and all materials. For more information and to book click here.

FILM - THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Tuesday 28th July & Saturday 1st August 7pm-10pm

1999 American supernatural horror film written, telling the fictional story of three student filmmakers who hike in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The three disappeared, but their equipment and footage is discovered a year later. The purportedly "recovered footage" is the film the viewer sees. Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

LET’S COOK WITH ATHENE SPICES, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Thursday 30th July, 10am-1pm

Learn to cook a North African Roast Dinner:

  • Harissa Roast Chicken using Tunisian Harissa
  • Smashed potato using Garlic Salt
  • & Arabic salad with Lemon Lime Pepper Salt.

Everyone will have their own work station and will make each dish from start to finish and then eat it!  RM135 per person. Book by email here.

VIRTUAL CONCERT - BEETHOVEN 360, online, Thursday 30th July, 8pm

On the occasion of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, this 360 degree video will be the world’s first global virtual music gathering assembling world-class instrumentalists and singers across countries and continents who are joined by sing-along participants in the famous ‘Ode to Joy’ segment of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. 

Watch free of charge on the (Singapore) Straits Times Facebook here or Youtube here.

CHINOISERIE EXHIBITION, Seven Terraces Hotel, Until 31st July

In celebration of George Town Heritage Day, Seven Terraces Hotel on Stewart Lane is exhibiting its collection of Chinoiserie, daily from 12pm to 6pm.


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 now open to the public again, 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.

JAZZ IN JULY, Online, Daily Until July 31st 8pm-8.45pm

Unique jazz duets streaming live from Esplanade in Singapore throughout the month of July. Watch for free on their website here.

Warrior Fitness now offers coach-led training both outdoors and via Zoom from Mondays-Saturdays. Our training system is designed and planned for all fitness levels. All people 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 more details on the schedule and how to join WhatsApp 018-2827567 or email here.


EXPAT COFFEE AND CHAT, Mondays at Brown Pocket, Gurney Paragon and Saturdays at Coffee Addict, Campbell St, 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.

MUSIC FOR YOUR LOCK DOWN, Online, Fridays at 10pm

Penang based DJ JuaKali takes you on a musical journey around the world to show solidarity with all those helping to flatten the curve and escape from your lock down. Beats from around the world perfectly mixed during a live DJ set. Check him out spinning vinyl live on Facebook here or watch and listen at your pleasure here.

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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