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

Penang Free Sheet During the Lock Down

This is now the eighth edition of Penang Free Sheet during the lockdown, highlighting the latest selection of virtual events from Penang and the rest of the world.  If this email was forwarded to you and you would line to receive your own copy click here to subscribe.

MEET THE AUTHOR Friday 15th May 3pm-4.30pm

Andrew Barber, as a preview to his forthcoming historical novel Master of Penang, talks about the arrival of David Brown, adventurer, lawyer, landowner and Penang pioneer, back in 1800, and how he became the owner of swathes of rich spice-growing land across the island.
Register for the Zoom event here and you will receive an email invitation & link to join.

DUSKY LEAF MONKEY TALK Friday 15th May 8.30pm-9.30pm

An online presentation by wildlife researcher and environmental educator, Jo Leen Yap. Jo studies the ecology & behaviour of dusky leaf monkeys (Trachypithecus obscurus) in Penang, and founded Langur Project Penang, a community science project on primate research & conservation.

Zoom meeting ID: 2603596728, password: 8216
or Facebook live here.

ART EXHIBITION Khaw Sia - Ongoing

This exhibition of Malaysian Pioneer Artist Khaw Sia's work would have been hanging at the E&O Hotel now were it not for the corona crisis. Instead a virtual exhibition has been created by curator Eelene Tan of The Art Gallery. You can view the exhibition here.

ART WORKSHOP Wednesday 13th May 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.

ART EXHIBITION A Better Tomorrow - Ongoing

Local gallery Jade’s Art Space has curated an online exhibition of the works of 30 female artists from Malaysia and elsewhere in the world. You can view the exhibition on their YouTube page here.


Hosted by Tan E-Jan, CEO of INXO Productions, with speaker Kathy Hong, Chairperson of the Performing Arts Network Development Association, Taiwan
A discussion in English about how the arts can be relevant to society, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Register for the Zoom call here.


Hosted by Tan E-Jan, CEO of INXO Productions, with instructor Kathy Hong, Chairperson of the Performing Arts Network Development Association, Taiwan
A free workshop in English for artists to learn how to improve their marketing plans and strategies. Register for the Zoom call here.


VIRTUAL TOUR The Habitat Up Close Wednesday 20th May 5pm-6.30pm

Images with mesmerizing detail illustrating the diversity of invertebrates found in Malaysia. Featuring the photography of renowned macrophotographer, Husni Che Ngah, and co-hosted by entomologist Dr Arthur Chung,
The Habitat Up Close Virtual Tour will take place on Google meet. Fill in the Google Form below to register here  or watch the live-streamon Youtube here.

ART EXHIBITION BOXED IN (one foot at a time) Ongoing

An exhibition which showcases Penang-based visual artists from various different backgrounds. Artists were given two wooden boxes which measures 12’’ x 12’’ to let their creative imaginations run wild. The online preview shows artists' works in progress, behind the scenes creative process, artist sharing sessions. Click here to view.

COMEDY WORKSHOP PART 2 - The Funny Business Saturday May 16th 8.30pm-9.30pm

NUHA is from the Maldives. MIKE is from the Philippines. Together, they have become one of Malaysia’s hottest stand-up comedy duos. In this 2 part series Nuha & Mike will be giving tips on how to make it as a stand-up comedian. Part of the penangpac fundraising drive. Minimum donation RM 10, whatsapp 010 209 0728 to register.

BOOK READING So Fa So Good by Fa Abdul Thursday 14th May 8.30pm-9.30pm

FA ABDUL is a social media activist, a playwright and a straight-talking columnist with plenty to say about everything. Join her as she reads a few chapters from her book, followed by a Q&A session. Part of the penangpac fundraising drive. Minimum donation RM 10, whatsapp 010 209 0728 to register.

TALK Ask A Vet Friday 15th May 8.30pm-9.30pm

Dr Amreet Singh Gill, a practicing vet for almost 20 years at the Gill’s Veterinary Clinic in Jalan Bagan Jermal, Penang, is on hand to answer any pet-related questions you may have. Part of the penangpac fundraising drive. Minimum donation RM 10, whatsapp 010 209 0728 to register.

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).


LIVE MUSIC with Raggy, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10pm

Penang veteran rocker Raggy performs live for an hour or so a night over the weekend, beginning at 10pm. Watch via Facebook Live at D’Loovi’s Facebook page here.

LIVE DJ SETS Every Saturday 8pm-10pm

Penang-based DJ Carl Hinds spins live weekly virtual DJ sets every Saturday evening at 8pm. Join the Facebook group STIR CRAZY LIVE! for more information and to find out how to join the Zoom call.


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.

YOGA Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am

A one hour hatha yoga class, gentle and soothing to help with stress & anxiety. No yoga experience required. Tune it to the Facebook livestream of Penang yoga studio TheSpace to join in. No payment is required but donations are gratefully accepted through PayPal account to pay the studio rent which is still being charged during the lockdown.


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. 

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

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BALLET Every Two Weeks

The Australian Ballet is streaming one ballet performance every two weeks, free of charge, on its website. Programme details are on their website.

CIRCUS Ongoing

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 Two Weeks

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is streaming a recording of one of their full-length plays for free, every fortnight. Currently showing is Hamlet. Romeo and Juliet begins on Monday. Click on their YouTube channel here to watch

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COOKING CLASSES Monday-Friday 8pm

London’s iconic Borough Market is streaming live cooking demonstrations. Each weekday at 8pm Malaysian Time, a chef will guide you through a tasty recipe using store cupboard staples. Tune in via their Instagram account. 

LIVE MUSIC Daily 9pm

KL Music Venue Jao Tim presents Instagram LIVE 9pm @jaotimkl . For the rest of April, every night at 9pm listen to a different talented local singer or musician. Find the updated schedule on their Instagram or Facebook page.


Singapore’s Objectifs Film Library is showcasing over 40 short films made by 14 Southeast Asian filmmakers on its website, for free or for a nominal charge.

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BALLET 1984 - Ongoing

A critically acclaimed ballet based on George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 and performed by the UK’s Northern Ballet has been made available to view online on a pay-what-you-feel basis on YouTUbe here

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