Online art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

Chinese New Year-themed art exhibitions, tours and entertainment, and other online talks, exhibitions and workshops this week.

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MUSIC - NOON RECITAL, Online, Wednesday February 10th 12pm

Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music offers weekly short online recitals you its students. Programme to be confirmed. The free of charge online screening can be watched on Youtube here.

TALK - HEART DISEASES IN CHILDREN, Online, Wednesday February 10th 3pm

Learn about heart defect or congenital (present from birth) heart disease in children from Island Hospital’s Doctor Dan. Heart defects can usually be treated with medicine, surgery or other medical procedures. You can ask questions on during the Live talk and have Dr Dan answer them personally. Free of charge on Facebook live here.

CHINESE NEW YEAR ENTERTAINMENT - RIVER HONGBAO, Online, Wednesday February 10th -Tuesday February 16th, 7pm & 9.15pm

Singapore's annual family-centric Chinese New Year entertainment, live screened from Gardens by the Bay, with performances including Getai Night, the Joys of Spring, the Xinyao Night; a contemporary Mandarin vocal genre popularized between the late 1970s to 1980s, Singaporean Mandopop classics and more. Free of charge on Facebook live here.


Co-founder & current CEO of StashAway, Michele Ferrario, covers the basics of financial principles for entrepreneurs who hope to make future financial decisions better. From being an investment manager at Synergo, a consultant at McKinsey, to being the former CEO of ZALORA, Ferrario has 15 years of experience to draw from. Register for the free webinar here.

CHINESE NEW YEAR, Online, Friday February 12th-Saturday February 20th

Take a virtual amble through Penang’s ancestral halls during the annual Penang Chinese New Year, or “Miao Hui” as it is more popularly known, and learn about Penang Chinese cultural heritage and New Year celebrations. Watch free of charge on Facebook live here.

WORKSHOP - WRITING AND MOVEMENT, Online, Sunday 14th February 10am-11.15am

An online live streamed workshop broadcast from the Tropical Spice Garden. Use movement to bring more depth and life into your daily writing and thoughts.This group class will start with movement to get everyone into a creative state led by Aida Redza, followed by a writing session led by Mislina Mustaffa, then choreography combining the two. RM30 for Spice Family members, RM50 for  non-SF. Pre-registration is required. For more information and registration link click here and scroll down.

Feeling lethargic from lack of outdoor group exercise? Missing out on your time at the gym?
Warrior Fitness now offers coach-led training live online via Zoom. Enjoy ‘group’ training with other like-minded people. Our training system is designed and planned for all fitness levels. All are welcome and come get fitter and healthier this MCO-period.
For details on how to join, WhatsApp 018-2827567 or drop us an email.
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Speaker Dr Marc Ancrenaz is the founder and CEO of NGO Hutan, located in Sabah. This French organisation has been working with the communities in the Kinabatangan region for the past 20 years to find durable solutions to protect wildlife while making it an asset for the region’s inhabitants. Dr Ancrenaz will share his insights on his NGO, as well as his story and his knowledge in the Malaysian wildlife, and especially orang-utans and wild elephants. His talk will be in English. Watch free of charge on Facebook live here.

FILM - MALAYSIAN FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL, Online, Until Monday 15th February

Watch the best of contemporary French cinema online for free (with English subtitles). The film selection in 2021 is organized around themes that reflect the diversity and vitality of French-language cinema. Highlights are below, and the link to watch the films is here.

Forever Young – Coming-of-age stories about young people and the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Crazy Loving Families – Moments of humor, tenderness, and complicated family situations. Through heartrending, explosive, and unique portraits, True Heroines celebrates female figures – women and girls who take full control of their destiny. French Ghost Stories offers a panorama of ghostly tales à la française. On the Road evokes the migration of women and men portrayed in the cinema, as they flee international conflicts. In the Love is Love section, you will discover a documentary and three short films that question love in all its shapes and forms. With Kids Corner, you can share your love of French cinema with your youngest friends and family members in this program of animated shorts with no dialogue for young audiences. New Horizons invites you to discover new forms of images, new models of artistic creation and innovation in current French cinema.

WALKING WITH GIANTS - ELEPHANT SANCTUARY, Online, Friday 19th February 3.30pm Malaysian Time

Phuket’s Elephant Jungle Sanctuary welcomes you to join a special IGTV Live leisurely walk with elephants. They will take the lead, and we will follow them as they roam and forage for vegetation at their own pace.To watch, visit their Instagram page (@elephantjunglesanctuary).

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.

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.


YEAR OF THE OX, Online, Until 28th February

To usher in the new Chinese year of the Ox, The Art Gallery is showcasing an online exhibition of 20 calligraphy ox paintings done by the late John Lee Joo For. Joo For's calligraphy paintings are one of a kind. His strokes are bold and somewhat modern for his time. It is his way of saying that there is such beauty and versatility, speed and strength in the brushing of a single brushstroke that it sometimes seem superfluous to paint about something. View the exhibition 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.


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 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.


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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