Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

New this week: Super Stylish Shopping is back! There are two art competitions to enter, guided tours of Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion are back, and don’t miss your chance to book tickets for live music concerts - both the fully-masked choir and orchestra playing at penangpac, and a mini-jazz festival at Jetty 35. Plus lots, lots more....

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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.

TALK - FITS & FUNNY TURNS IN CHILDREN, Online, Wednesday 2nd September 3pm

Fits and funny turns are not uncommon in children and often happen quite suddenly, making a child behave, move or act in an odd way, or even lose consciousness. It can be a very frightening experience and cause a huge amount of worry to parents.

Dr Teh Chee Ming outlines the realities and challenges of this condition, and the critical information every parent needs to know. Free of charge on Facebook live here.

FILM - THE GUARDIANS (LES GARDIENNES), Hikayat, 226 Beach St Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd September 6pm

An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of the First World War. The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family’s matriarch, must grapple with the workload while the men are off at the front. New-found independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred especially when the men return from the front on short leaves.

Nominated, Best Cinematography, César Awards
Nominated, Best Film, London Film Festival
Screening and refreshments RM15.
Booking here essential.

JUST COME TRY COMEDY OPEN MIC, 54 Jalan Chow Thye, Wednesday 2nd September 8.30pm

Penang’s only comedy group returns with their original comedy open mic, following all the SOPs. Bring your mask and distance socially or you can’t get in! beer and wine available for purchase during the show. RM 10 per person. The show will also be streamed through Facebook Live here.


Murray Hiebert, Senior Associate, Southeast Asia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C. discusses his new book, "Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia’s China Challenge", in which he describes how China’s spectacular economic growth has propelled its Southeast Asian neighbours out of poverty while its buckets of cash, cement and workers have started to help finance the region’s infrastructure gaps. However, Beijing’s increased assertiveness in the South China Sea has the region anxious about its outsize ambitions and use of military and soft power.

Register free of charge for the webinar here.

WORKSHOP - NATIVE TREES & BIODIVERSITY GARDENS, Online, Friday 4th September, 8pm-9pm

Adam Kamal examines ways to conserve and reintroduce native trees in the city of George Town. He is a Conservation Biologist by training and is currently working as a Project Consultant at Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre. His interest lies in rewilding degraded ecosystems and bringing functional forest ecosystems into urban environments.

Free of charge. Register here.

SUPER STYLISH SHOPPING, G Hotel, Saturday 5th September 10am-3pm

Gorgeous gifts & homewares for your friends, your family and yourself! A smaller Super Stylish Shopping than usual but with some vendors that haven't been to Penang for a while including Little Abarcas Spanish shoes. Come over to Penang's most sociable shopping event! RMCO SOPs will be observed!
For more information contact Michelle by email.

FILM - IN BRUGES, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Saturday 5th September 7pm-10pm

2008 black comedy crime film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. This movie is McDonagh's debut feature-length movie. The film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hitmen in hiding, with Ralph Fiennes as their enraged boss. The film is set and was filmed in Bruges, Belgium.. Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

BUNGALOW WALK, Penang Hill, Sunday 6th September, 8am-11am

An easy pace walking tour of Penang Hill’s bungalows featuring a fusion of architecture from British colonial to Asian and modern architecture.
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.

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 

WORKSHOP - ACRYLIC POURING, The ArtESpace, Straits Quay, Tuesday 8th September 2pm-5pm and 6.30pm-9.30pm

Learn 3 pouring techniques and enjoy a glass of wine For RM 130 per person. Book by email or phone 012-401 9636

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. RM 140 group purchase price for 4 tickets, available at the box office only.

CONFERENCE - PENANG MODEL UNITED NATIONS, Online, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September, 10am

Penang Model United Nations invites all students with a passion for public speaking and critical thinking to join their online conference. Registration costs RM 10 per person. More information and registration through the website here.

HORSE RACING - Penang Turf Club, Saturday 12th September 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.


This webinar will explore the notion of a national identity; identify the variables in forging responsible citizenry; discuss the challenges of religious and cultural diversity; make a case for multiple identities in nation building; and construct a viable model of Malaysian citizenship.

To watch this free Facebook Live webinar click here.

JAZZ ON THE JETTY, Jetty 35, 35 Weld Quay, Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September

A new mini-jazz festival in Penang, Jazz on the Jetty featuring three concerts, jazz films and jazz-themed bookstalls, and starring renowned Malaysian jazz band WVC, as well as other great performers.

But tickets online here:
Concert 1 -
Concert 2 -
Concert 3 -

Or in person at Gerakbudaya Bookshop, 226 Beach Street.

Individual concerts: RM70 or RM50 discount (for seniors and students)
Three-in-one concert bundle: RM170 or RM120 (for seniors and students)


THE THREAD OF LIFE, EXHIBITION BY DAYANG ArtSpace, ChinaHouse, Beach St, Until September 30th

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.


The Balik Pulau Festival Art competition is now open for submissions by Malaysians aged 7-17. Cash prizes for winners. For more details see the website here.


Open to all artists aged 15 and above, using Any painting medium (oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, gouache etc) and any size of painting. Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded by a panel of 6 well-known artists and 2 international gallery owners. Entry fees for non Malaysians USD 18 for up to two images and USD 6 for each additional image; for Malaysians RM 75 for up to 2 images and RM 25 for each additional image.

Send entry form, proof of remittance along with artwork images, or enquiries to this email address.


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 September 20th

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

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.




A 45-minute guided tour through the history of the spectacular UNESCO award-winning mansion, revealing stories of its original owner and extended family, and of the house’s design philosophy and stunning architecture.

RM 25 for adults, RM 12.50 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance.

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 at Brown Pocket, Gurney Paragon, and Saturdays at Kim Haus, 9 Lebuh Campbell, 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 011 512 31396.

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