There is no reason to be bored in Penang, even during lockdown!

Penang Free Sheet During the Lock Down

This is the fourth edition of Penang Free Sheet during the lockdown, and online events are proliferating. There are plenty of online activities in Penang over the next week. I have also found more free virtual entertainment elsewhere in the world so have extended that section at the end of the email. Enjoy!

TALK Wednesday 15th April 3pm-4pm

Ladakh India - Mountains, Monks & Magic, A Virtual Tour with Penang-based photographer Matt Brandon. Matt, who has worked National Geographic and Destinations take you on a (virtual) tour of Ladakh - the spectacular mountainous area of Northern India.

Email: "Matt Brandon Travel Show" to to register and please also include your WhatsApp number.

WORKSHOP Wednesday 15th April 6pm-7pm

Free Doodling workshop via Zoom with local artist Kumar Nagalingam. Bring your own pen or pencil and paper. Join the Zoom call here.

TALK Wednesday 15th April 8pm

Inxo Arts and Culture Foundation wraps up its series of guest speakers on Facebook Live: ‘Arts Beyond Distance”, with Mark Teh - performance maker, researcher and curator. You can also see recordings of the previous speaker sessions this week on their Facebook page.

COMEDY Wednesday 15th April 8.30pm

Stand Up Comedy - Open Mic

Penang's only stand-up comedy open mic is back again this Wednesday, online and with no cover charge. This week there will be special guest appearances by well-known Malaysian comedians Kevin Jay and Prakash Daniel too. If you want to perform, log in at 8pm and register (first come first serve). If you want to watch and laugh, log in at 8.30pm.

Zoom link for the show here or watch on Facebook Live here.

TALK Thursday 16th April 5pm

A free webinar and Q&A session with psychologist Andrea Arcusa. Register at her Facebook page.

MUSIC Thursday 16th April 8.30pm

Jazz & Wine Online with the Northern Jazz Unit. Bring your own wine!

Email: "Jazz & Wine online" to to register and please also include your WhatsApp number.

WORKSHOP Friday April 17th 3pm-5.30pm

Cooking with Alou - Alou will be making Channa Dal, Yellow rice & Aloo Ghobi. You have the choice of cooking along at home (delivery of the ingredients will be arranged) or watching her demonstration. Limited to 10 participants.

RM120 per person to cook along or RM100 per person to watch the demo

Email: "Cooking with Alou" to to register and please also include your WhatsApp number.

TALK Sunday 19th April 8pm-9.30pm

One of a series of free webinars on carrying out business during the lockdown. Register here.

TALK Monday 20th April 2020 10am-11.30am

Meet The Author - Andrew Barber is the author of Penang Under the East India Company, Penang at War, Colonial Penang and several other titles. He will talk about what started him on writing, his recent book about Doris Van Der Stratten, the Australian Mistress of the Japanese Commander of Kuala Lumpur, and his upcoming book - Master of Penang.

You can download Doris Van Der Stratten here.

Email: "Meet the Author" to to register and please also include your WhatsApp number.

TALKS Daily 10am and 7pm

Soothing music and uplifting words to spread calm, peace and hope, by Brahma Kumaris Malaysia. For more information whatsapp 013 430 1229, or simply join the Zoom link

TALKS Daily 2pm

Ome by Spacebar invites you to join their daily Instagram live coffee talk show, hosted by owners Jo and Shean. The thirty minute session includes recommendations on what to do during the lockdown, coffee tips, a daily guest speaker, and a daily quiz with prizes. Speakers this week include an accountant giving advice on how micro businesses can claim the wage subsidy (Thursday 16th).


MUSIC Every Saturday and Sunday 8pm-10pm

Penang-based DJ Carl Hinds spins live weekly virtual DJ sets every Saturday and Sunday evening. Join the rapidly growing Facebook group STIR CRAZY LIVE! for more information and to join the livestream.

MUSIC Every Week

Weekly Live Sets: 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 at or watch and listen at your pleasure JK Lock Down Mix of the week

DANCE Daily 6.15pm

Live dance classes/workouts with local Penang Salsa/Bachaha/Cha Cha Cha teacher Darwen Tolentino continue every evening via Facebook Live. Become his Facebook friend at in order to join in.


Online Fitness classes: HIIT training, KONGA!, Kickboxing, Animal Flow, Indoor Cycling, Stretch and Mobility, TRX.9 instructors, 29 classes throughout the week. Please contact Gosia at 012 340 2672 to set up your class account. 


Local military fitness/sports conditioning company Warrior Fitness & Adventure is holding daily workouts you can carry out at home, via Zoom. Contact them directly to find out how to join the sessions which take place on weekdays at 8.30am and 6pom, and at 9am on Saturdays. Call 018-282 7567 or email


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.


MUSICALS Every Weekend

Andrew Lloyd Webber is making one full length musical available for free viewing on YouTube every weekend.. Subscribe to the YouTube channel here.


New York’s Metropolitan Opera is streaming a different opera on its website every night, again for free. Just go to their website and start watching.

THEATRE Every Week

London’s National Theatre is streaming a recording of one of their full-length plays for free, every week. From Friday Penang time it will be Treasure Island. 

The play of the week is available on their YouTube channel here.

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BALLET Every Week

The Australian Ballet is streaming one ballet performance every two weeks, free of charge, on its website. Until Friday you can watch the magical Sleeping Beauty. Next in the line up is Cinderella. Details are on their website.


The amazing Cirque du Soleil is has uploaded a series of one hour performances from their various spectacles onto their YouTube channel which are available to you to watch for free. See the videos  here.

THEATRE Every Week

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is streaming a recording of one of their full-length plays for free, every two weeks. Currently showing is Hamlet. Click on their YouTube channel here to watch

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