Online art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

More live workshops, films and music events are being offered as the new rules on live entertainment settle in. Also, see below for listings for the first few events of what promises to be a packed weekend of blended live and virtual events, O:Pen (April 2nd-4th), organised by the newly relaunched Penang Arts Council.

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FILM - CLEMENCY, Hikayat, 226 Beach St, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 23rd-25th March 6pm

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.
Winner, Best Feature, Philadelphia Film Festival
Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival

Screening and refreshments: RM15. Register by email.

WORKSHOP - FUNDING FOR VISUAL ARTS, Online, Wednesday March 24th 7.45pm

Sarah Abu Bakar, the Sector Manager for Visual Arts, CENDANA will take you through the requirements to apply for the three funding programmes for Visual Arts;
- Visual Arts Showcase Funding Programme;
- Art in the City Public Art Commissioning Programme; and
-Visual Arts Inspire Funding Programme.

There will also be a panel sharing session with our current and previous beneficiaries who will be sharing tips and tricks for a successful application.

Register for the zoom link here.

TALK - PROGRAMMES AT POWIIS, Online, Thursday 25th March 9am-1pm

Learn what Price of Wales Island International School has to offer. Three different time slots depending on the child's age.
9.00 am to 10.00am - for ages 14 to 18

10.30am to 11.30am - for ages 10 to 12

11.45am to 12.45pm - for ages 12 to 16

Register for the sessions here

MUSIC - TECHNIQUES FOR YOUNG PIANISTS, Online, Thursday 25th March 1pm-2pm

A free of charge session by Aureus Conservatory In Singapore, aimed at introductions techniques to young piano players and their teachers. Register here.

MUSIC - DEVELOPING PLAYING ABILITY, Online, Friday 26th March 1pm-2pm

A free of charge session by Aureus Conservatory In Singapore, aimed at optimising the learning process and developing quality practice techniques, for young music students and their teachers. Register here.

FILM - THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, The Screenery, 81 China St, Friday 26th March 7pm

A 2014 comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson, which explores tragedy, war, fascism, nostalgia, friendship, and loyalty. Ralph Fiennes is Monsieur Gustave H., famed concierge of a mountainside resort in the Kingdom of Zubrowka. When Gustave is framed for the murder of a wealthy dowager (Tilda Swinton), he and his recently befriended protégé Zero (Tony Revolori) embark on a quest for fortune and a priceless Renaissance painting against the backdrop of encroaching pandemonium.

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

WORKSHOP - POTTERY, PLANTS & COFFEE, Tropical Spice Gardens, Teluk Bahang, Saturday 27th March 9am-1pm

Gather at K(an)opi Coffee, the TSG’s jungle cafe where a brand-new nursery is situated. Try your hand at wheel throwing and clay pinching with Clay.Pu or bring a plant or seed along to join in the plant exchange fun. Choose one plant from the TSG nursery in exchange for one plant/seed from you.

Freshly brewed coffee will be available for purchase throughout the morning and K(an)opi's signature masala kombucha will be served, on the house (while stocks last)!

Each wheel throwing session runs for 15 mins with a maximum capacity of 2 persons each time. For larger groups arriving together, other guests can remain at the clay pinching table until the wheels become available.

RM 30 (RM10 for Spice Family members). To register click here and scroll down the page.

WORKSHOP - ECO-FRIENDLY ONLINE SHOPPING, Jetty 35, 35 Weld Quay, Saturday 27th March 9.30am-12pm

Lockdown has led to a drastic rise in online shopping and e-commerce, and has created a new problem - a huge increase in bubble wrap and cardboard boxes going into the landfill. A Yo Yo, the founder of the 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭, explains how to reuse and reduce packaging materials.

RM 10 includes light refreshments. To register contact Mr. Sim on 019-4101 722. More information on Facebook here.

DANCE - EARTH MOVEMENT, Jetty 35, 35 Weld Quay, Saturday 27th March 1pm-3pm

In conjunction with the Earth Month 2021, learn how to be connected to nature through dance. A free sessions for a maximum of 15 people held at Jetty 35, just before Earth Hour

For more info or to register, contact Mr Jet (016-422 8850)

PARENTING WORKSHOP, Online, Saturday 27th March 3pm-4pm

“Skill-based Parenting 1 to 6 years old"

 In this free-of-charge introductory workshop, you will discover the goals of children’s positive and negative behavior and various parenting skills that can be applied effectively at home. Register here.

MUSIC - SPICY SUNDOWN, Tropical Spice Gardens, Teluk Bahang, Saturday 27th March 5pm-9pm

This venue by the Water Garden is really special for an evening drink and live music. When the sun sets behind the deck, the cool of the evening arrives and the acoustic set begins, just sit back with a cold beer and breathe in the garden. Non-alcoholic drinks served. Adults only.

Limited to 20 pax in adherence with SOP's. RM 20 (includes first drink & snacks). To register click here and scroll down the page.

NATURE WALK - NIGHT EXPLORATION, Penang Hill, Saturday 27th March 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, enter a world inhabited by the most unique, diverse and shy night creatures. 

RM50 per person, meet at Dataran Penang Hill. Pre-Registration essential on 016-4201189. More information on Facebook here.

MUSIC - AN EVENING OF SONGS, Online, Saturday 27th March 8.30pm

Featuring Wu Qian, who will be performing his favourite tunes and take song requests from donors. The songs performed will be in Mandarin and English.

Book by minimum donation RM 15 by WhatsApping Fa at +60162549786

More details on penangpac’s Facebook page here.


Weave words to life with Mislina Mustaffa and Aida Redza on this 2-day online workshop of writing and movement - this time, featuring live music. Trace the language of the body to bring more depth and life into your daily writings and thoughts.

This group class will start with movement to get everyone into a creative state, followed by a writing session led by Mislina. Finally, we will use somatic movement ideas to weave our words together into a simple choreography.

RM 50 (Free for Spice Family members). To register click here and scroll down the page.

WOOD CARVING WORKSHOP. Penang Heritage Trust, 26 Church Street, Sunday 28th March 2pm-5pm

Learn the basics of wood carving. RM 230 (RM 200 for PHT members). Book by email.

TALK - MELODY ON PERCUSSION, Online, Sunday 28th March 8pm

Penang Philharmonic Orchestra's Virtual Academy session features award-winning Sun Yi who will share his passion and knowledge about percussion. Register here. PPO members free of charge.Non-members RM 10.

WORKSHOP - BARISTA TRAINING, Bricklin Cafe, Jalan Gurdwara, Monday 29th March 10am

A one day workshop of barista basics, suitable for new baristas, home brewers & coffee lovers. Topics covered include: coffee history, origins, types, machines & grinders, espresso making & milk frothing, latte art. RM150 per person. Whatsapp 017 4570813 to book.

FILM - DER FALL COLLINI, Malaysian German Society, Jalan Air Itam, Monday 29th March 8pm

A young lawyer stumbles upon a vast conspiracy while investigating a brutal murder case. In German with English subtitles. Call 04 229 6853 or e-mail to reserve your seat. *Limited to 14 seats.

Please be informed that mandatory SOPS will be implemented.

USM READING CAMPAIGN, Online, Monday 29th March-Monday 5th April

A series of activities inspired by the struggles of the covid epidemic. PLEASE NOTE ALL ACTIVITIES WILL TAKE PLACE IN MANDARIN.

Reminiscence  - Send words to anyone you wish as an e-card.

I Am A Big Painter - Create a collaborative comic about fighting the pandemic

Museum Challenge - Take photos similar to the drawings provided.

The Way of Tea - A talk about tea by an invited speaker, Friday April 2nd 7.30pm-9.30pm

Origami With You - a lesson on how to do origami. Saturday April 3rd 3.30pm-5.30pm. 

Blowing Blossom - a lesson in Chinese ink drawing. Sunday April 4th 2pm-4.30pm.

For more information and registration details email.

WORKSHOP - LIPSTICK MAKING, One Stop Midlands, Tuesday 30th March 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.

FILM - THE PIANO, The Screenery, 81 China St, Tuesday 30th March & 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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

MUSIC DOCUMENTARY - THE ALLEY CATS, 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. Their love for music, relationships with their family and friends in a culturally rich environment, how they overcame the many ups and downs along the way and learned to stay true to what they loved best - making great music that cuts through all boundaries and enjoyed by all.

Free of charge on Facebook live here.

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

The Penang Arts Council was founded in the 1950s and organised dozens of concerts, operas and art exhibitions until it went dormant in 2005. It was relaunched at the beginning of the year to help promote the arts in Penang, which are suffering as never before because of the pandemic. This first concert features some of the best singers and musicians in Penang performing solo repertoire, as for much of CMCO and MCO 2.0 rehearsing with other musicians was impossible. This is the first of a series of concerts to be held throughout the year.

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.

SHORT FILM SUBMISSIONS - G-SHORT, Online, Until 11th April

G-Short will be a short film festival held as part of the George Town Festival 2021. G-Short wants to encourage local film-makers to create original films, in a 90 second format. Cash prizes for winners.

More information and submission link 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.

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS, Online, Until 30th April

Experienced individuals and teams or those passionate in producing mini-documentary films are invited to submit proposals for the Mini-Documentary Film Production on Penang Cultural Heritage in the New Normal. This is open to creative Malaysians based in Penang.Your proposal should be about producing a 15 to 20-minute mini-documentary film highlighting the adaptations of cultural heritage practices in Penang during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download the form here.

WRITING SUBMISSIONS, Online, Until 30th June

All these extra lockdown hours at home can be made to work for you if you enjoy writing. Submissions are open for Penang-based writers to submit their work for inclusion in MYWriters Penang’s next online and print publication here.

Also if you are a Malaysian national, MYWriters Penang has compiled a list of writing competitions with prize money available here.


Open call for entries to George Town festival’s: 'Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow' Photography Exhibition. This exhibition, with the tagline 'Remembering the Past, Reimagining the Future' aims to encourage members of the community to travel back in time to the good old days of the past and to capture and cherish the present moment, as a way to ensure that there will be a future with a past to look back on. All are welcome to participate.Submit your photos here.


THE VIBRANT JOURNEY - A SOLO EXHIBITION BY SHOBANA ANNE, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Until March 28th 12pm-8pm

Of Malaysian Indian heritage and with a rural Australian upbringing, Shobana Anne was influenced by indigenous Australian art and modern western abstract art. In this exhibit, she responds to the beauty of nature, exploring it both at a microbiological level and with deconstructed organic shapes that represent her impressions of her experiences. For more information, click here.

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.


Penang Art District once again collaborates with Hin Bus Depot to bring Malaysian contemporary art to a wider audience by introducing a 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.

Penang-based artists who are interested please register here.


Sattama is an artist from Sabah. Hin Bus Depot created an mixed exhibition of his sketches, prints, canvas works as well as wood works, but as the MCO forced Hin to close, the exhibition is now online here. All works are for sale.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

HIN MARKET, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Every 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.

Please check Facebook before going as it may not be open yet this weekend!

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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