Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

As 2021 begins, check out new activities such as Forest Bathing at the Habitat, support local businesses in George Town by shopping from them online, explore mansions by moonlight and bungalows by day, or make a New Year Time Capsule at the Tropical Spice Gardens.

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FILM - THE INVISIBLE MAN, Hikayat, 226 Beach St, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday December 29th-31st 6pm

Loosely based on the novel of the same name by H.G. Wells, the story follows a woman who believes she is being stalked and gaslit by her abusive and wealthy boyfriend even after his apparent suicide, and ultimately deduces that he has acquired the ability to become invisible.
Winner, Best Actress, Hollywood Critics Association
Winner, Best Cinematography, AACTA Awards

Screening and refreshments RM15.

Booking here essential.

FILM - TROPICAL MALADY, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Wednesday 30th December & Sunday 3rd January 7pm-10pm

A 2004 Thai romantic psychological drama art film, separated into two segments – the first is a romance between two men, and the second a mysterious tale about a soldier lost in the woods, bedeviled by the spirit of a shaman. It won the Jury Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, and was the first Thai film to be in the main competition at Cannes.

Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

MUSIC - INDIE ROCK, Soundmaker Studio, 18 Bishop St, Friday January 1st 2pm-10pm

Penang’s indie gig venue reopens with SOPs in place. All attendees will be seated with floor mat and distanced.30 people only. Featuring: Priwayat (indie rock), Wamabumi (indie rock), Buddha Beaty (trip hop/post rock), Slick Z (house), Math Class (math rock) and Kueen Nerfetiti (electro experimental). Contact 0174287327 for tickets.

FILM - THE LIFE & DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Friday 1st January 7pm-10pm

A 1943 romantic drama war film written, considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, A stirring masterpiece, both moving and slyly satirical, an incomparable film about war, love, aging, and obsolescence, shot in gorgeous Technicolor.

Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

SHOPPING - THE JOURNEY OF ART, Online, Saturday-Sunday January 2nd-3rd 2pm-6pm

A Penang State sponsored platform to support artists during the pandemic. This weekend's showcase is entitled "Made in George Town"and will feature shops and boutiques within the heritage zone of George Town, offering their products for sale. Watch live on the Penang House of Music Facebook page here.

GUIDED WALK - PENANG HILL BUNGALOWS, Penang Hill, Sunday 3rd January, 8am-11am

An easy pace walking Tour around the bungalows of Penang Hill, featuring architecture from British colonial to Asian and modern.

RM 50 per person, meet at the Dataran, Penang Hill. Register 016-4201189. More information on Facebook here.

MANSIONS BY MOONLIGHT - TRISHAW RIDE & DINNER, George Town, Tuesday & Wednesday 5th & 6th January, 7pm

A moonlight trishaw ride around the mansions of George Town with delicious dinner in a mystery mansion, and a Special Guest to bring the scene to life. 1 person per trishaw.
RM160 per person - to include trishaw ride & dinner. Numbers limited. Email or WhatsApp +60164570221 to reserve your space

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.
For more details on the schedule and how to join WhatsApp 012 459 4728 or 018 282 7567 or drop us an email.

FILM - GOUPI MAINS ROUGES, Alliance Française, Jalan Phua Hin Leong, Friday January 8th 8pm

A delightful French acidic comedy from 1943. A medley of crime, love, and deceit mixed with an ambiguously satirical look at society represented by a rural family and a would-be Parisian upstart. Funny and moving at the same time and driven by scintillating dialogues.  Guaranteed to lift your spirits! 

Suitable for adults over 15, English subtitles. Limited to 15 people. No latecomers will be allowed in. Doors will be opened at 7.15pm for a glass of wine and genteel conversation! Registration essential by email here.

WORKSHOPS - CRAFT & CREATIVITY, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Saturday January 9th 10am-2pm

Beautiful craft stations will be set up in the Pavilion for you to create a New Year time capsule. Reflect on the year past and cast a creative vision for the year ahead. Write a note, make a keepsake, and bring something special, to be kept in your own handmade secret time capsule to bring home. Paint and plant a pot and outdoor play to be included also. Picnic with the team at the Red Grove Deck with some in-house pizzas. Participants are also welcome to bring their own picnic lunch from home.

RM 50 (Spice Family members) Numbers limited, register spot here. For more information, look at the TSG Spice Family website here.

MARKET Malaysian German Society, 250B Jalan Air Itam, Saturday January 9th 2pm-7pm

A New Year market with second-hand clothes, high tea and other food, flea market, arts & crafts, as well as activities and games and outdoor entertainment. Free of charge to enter.

MUSIC - ROMANTIC JAZZ DATE NIGHT penangpac, Friday-Saturday January 15th-17th 8.30pm

A tribute to evergreen romantic jazz tunes enjoyed by music lovers for generations. With masterpieces such as “Sway”, “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Getaran Jiwa”, this will be a special night to relax and unwind to some of the greatest hits by best known talents in the industry. Led by Mr Jerome Quah from the Northern Jazz Unit and accompanied by the musicians of the Penang Jazz Society, the concert will feature Ms. Kirana Kay from Kuala Lumpur as the vocalist, jazz veteran Mr. Lee Chong Heen on the Vibraphone and Cikgu Zaki on bass.

Tickets at RM 45 can be purchased at the penangpac box office or online here.

GUIDED WALKS - SPICE GARDENS, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Saturday & Sunday January 16th-17th 10am, 11.30am & 2pm

Take a walk through the spice gardens with Joseph, a passionate naturalist and TSG's most senior training guide. Joseph's tours are highly informative on the medicinal benefits of herbs and spices, the pertinence of the spice trade to Penang and the Malay archipelago, jungle plant survival tips, wildlife and general planting/gardening trivia!

Spice Family members: Free | non-SF: RM30/adult, RM25/senior, RM20/child.

Pre-registration is required. Kindly secure your spot here. For more information, look at the TSG Spice Family website here.

MOVIE & MUSIC - A LIFE ON OUR PLANET, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Saturday January 16th 6pm-11pm

An evening of live music and a film in nature. Box meals are available upon pre-order, drinks and popcorn are available for purchase. Bring your own cushions and blanket! Listen to live music while you eat then watch David Attenborough’s A Life On Our Planet

Spice Family members free, non-Spice Family RM10 per person. Pre-packed dinner available at RM10/box

Pre-registration is required.Kindly register your spot here. For more information, look at the TSG Spice Family website here.


I PAINT MUSIC, G Art Gallery, G Hotel, Until March 31st

Penang-based international artist Madeleine Ekeblad, known for her black, red and white paintings of cellos, pianos & violins, displays 22 of her latest works. More details about the artist at her website here.

Free of charge, open 24 hours (G Hotel mezzanine floor)

BOXED IN, Online & Hin Bus Depot, 31 a Jalan Gurdwara, Until January 3rd

A group exhibition curated by Ivan Gabriel, originally scheduled to begin just as CMCO was announced. BOXED IN (one foot at a time) pulls in a group of Penang based visual artists from various backgrounds and art practices. Each participating artist was given two 12’ x 12’ wooden boxes and set off to let their creative imaginations run wild. The only catch was for them to “think outside the box” whilst having the artworks within the box itself.

The exhibition will proceed in stages; kicking off with an online exhibition that will take place in the whole month of December 2020, and the physical exhibition at Hin Bus Depot will begin on December 12th, open daily 12pm-7pm. You can view the exhibition online here.

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.


FOREST BATHING - The Habitat, Penang Hill, Fridays-Mondays 10am

Leave the worries and stresses behind and rejuvenate with the healing power of the forest. Forest bathing or eco-therapy has gained traction the world over for its scientifically proven benefits for health. Find out more about the Forest Bathing experience at The Habitat Penang Hill.

The instructor will first explain what is forest bathing, how forest bathing can help to rejuvenate. The session included breathing exercises, meditation, aromatherapy, slow walk in the trail, and a tea tasting & sharing session. The whole process will take up to 2.5 hours.

Price :RM108 per person or RM176 for 2 people.

For more details:visit the website or email here. Prebooking is required.

GUIDED TOUR - PENANG HOUSE OF MUSIC, Level 4 Komtar via ICT Mall, Wednesdays & Fridays 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 per tour), call 012 416 1550.

RM 20 (Malaysians), RM 30 (non-Malaysians). 

FITNESS - JANCING, Location varies within Timur Laut, Fridays 6pm

For people who hate jogging, love dancing and want to have fun while keeping fit. Free of charge. Numbers limited. What’sapp Lusy to register: 011 2430 8874 

BUDDHA BEAT YOGA, Soundmaker Studio, 18 Lebuh Bishop, Sundays, 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm

Flow with light-repetitive sets yoga, serenaded by the meditative live rhythms of Buddha Beat. Book through Facebook Messaging or Whatsapp 017-4287327. Limited to 12 people per session.
Bring your own mat.
First session for free. Otherwise RM25 per session or RM80 per month  for 4 sessions).

CRAFT MARKET, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Every Sunday 11am-5pm

A market for entrepreneurs, small business owners, crafters, artisans, musicians, performers, and makers to showcase their products, crafts and talent. More information here.

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.


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 online here.

HERITAGE TOURS AND WORKSHOPS, George Town, By Prior Arrangement

Learn more about George Town’s history and heritage with the Penang Heritage Trust’s walks and workshops. Email for more information and to arrange a date, minimum 3 working days in advance for walks and 1-2 weeks for workshops..

Walks: (3 hours, RM160/pax for 2 pax, RM130/pax for 3 pax & above)

Trail A: Street of Harmony & Clan Jetties

Trail B: Colonial District & Little India

Joss Stick making workshop (RM400/pax, including materials) - 3 hours, 6-8 pax,

Rattan weaving workshop (RM180/pax including materials) - 3 hours, 4 - 6 pax,

Beaded bracelet making workshop (RM100/pax for PHT members, RM130/pax for non-PHT members) - 2.5 hours, Min. 8 - 10 pax

SUNSET WALK, The Habitat, Penang Hill, Daily 5.30pm

The Habitat Penang Hill Sunset Walk is available during CMCO for group bookings only (maximum 10 people). Watch the sunset from Curtis Crest, the highest point in Penang, and enjoy a guided walk with a guide to point out the nocturnal jungle life to you, RM 95 per adult and RM 65 per child for a guided tour. email to book.

OPEN MIC & PRO JAM, D’Loovi’s, 24 Lebuh Melayu, Sundays 6pm-10pm

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.

FUN - PUB QUIZ, Healy Mac’s, Straits Quay, Every Monday 8pm-9.30pm

Weekly socially-distanced pub quiz, maximum 4 to a team, RM 5 per person. More details 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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