Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

This week - don’t miss the live socially-distanced concert at the E&O on Sunday, Halloween comedy at penangpac on Friday & Saturday, a massive sale upstairs at ChinaHouse, and get your free tickets now for the European Film Festival which starts soon! If you don’t already subscribe to receive the weekly email and would like to, please click here.

COFFEE MORNING & ACUPUNCTURE DEMONSTRATION, IWA Clubhouse, 6 Lorong Lembah Permai 5, Tanjung Bungah, Wednesday 21st October, 10.30am-12.30pm

Learn about acupuncture with nurse Siew Allen while drinking coffee with the International Women’s Association. IWA members RM5 / Non-Members RM10. Register by whatsapp 016 580 2780 or email. 

TALK - CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE, Online, Wednesday 21st October, 3pm

Chronic kidney disease is a major health concern in many countries affecting millions. It is a slow and gradually progressive loss of kidney function over a period of several years, resulting in permanent kidney failure. Dr Michelle Kao of Island Hospital speaks about it and answers your questions on Facebook live here. Free of charge.

FILM - ONLY YOU, Hikayat, 226 Beach St, Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd October 6pm

2018 British film: After a chance meeting on New Year’s Eve while waiting for a taxi home, Elena and Jake soon enter into a whirlwind relationship. Together, they explore what it takes to create an enduring relationship out of a fast love.
Winner, Best Actor, British Independent Film Awards
Winner, Best Screenplay, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain

Screening and refreshments RM15.
Booking here essential.

TALK - IN CONVERSATION WITH JAMES GOULD-BOURN, E&O Hotel, Thursday 22nd October 2.30pm-4.30pm

Penang-based British screenwriter and author James Gould-Bourn published his debut novel this summer and it was recommended by the British press as one of the summer's "must-reads".... "touching and often hilarious". 
It was offered as Keeping Mum in UK, Bear Necessity in USA, has been translated into German, Italian & Hungarian and is coming out in another 11 languages soon.
Hear James talking about writing for a living, how to get published, the difference between screenplays & novels.... how he got the idea for this book and more, and enjoy the E&O Hotel's iconic Afternoon Tea too!
RM95 per person. Numbers are limited. Email or message +60164570221 to book your seat

TOUR & LUNCH - 7 TERRACES, Stewart Lane, Friday 23rd October 10am-2pm or 12pm-4pm

Go behind the scenes with successful hotelier Chris Ong on a tour of 7 Terraces in which he will share the stories of some of his favourite pieces. Price includes lunch. RM95 per person. Please indicate when booking whether you prefer the morning or afternoon session,  Email or message +60164570221 to book.

SHOPPING - MASSIVE SALE, ChinaHouse Emporium, Friday 24th October-Sunday 1st November, 11am-10pm

Up to 80% off a wide range of clothes, bags, jewellery and other items, upstairs at ChinaHouse.

COMEDY - NIGHT OF HAHA-ROR, penangpac, Friday & Saturday 23rd & 24th October, 8.30pm

Halloween-themed comedy from the best of Penang’s stand-up comedians. RM 30, tickets on sale at the penangpac box office or online here.

ART WORKSHOP - BUGS IN WATERCOLOUR, The Habitat, Penang Hill, Saturday & Sunday 24th & 25th October, 9am-11am

Experience the joys of painting creepy crawlies in the pristine rainforest. Learn how to paint in watercolour with renowned botanical artist Ester Geh. RM 115 per person including all materials, a drink and entrance to The Habitat. Book by email or WhatsApp +6019 645 7741.

ART DEMONSTRATION - PENANG lN WATERCOLOUR, Online, Saturday 24th October 4pm-5.30pm

Renowned Penang artist Khoo Cheang Jin is doing live watercolour paintings of 8 Penang scenes on Saturday afternoons weekly until the end of October. These are not be the usual tourist hot spots but lesser known beautiful places in Penang. Last week was the Sikh Gurdwara. So join Cheang Jin and explore with him, live on Facebook here.

FILM - DR STRANGELOVE, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Saturday 24th October 7pm-10pm

1964 black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick and stars Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, and Slim Pickens. The story concerns an unhinged United States Air Force general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. The film is often considered one of the best comedies ever made, as well as one of the greatest films of all time.

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

MEDITATION - THE HEALING ART PROJECT, Online, Saturday 24th October 9pm

The Healing Art Project Session, is a physical and musical journey featuring performing artists aiming to sooth the weary mind by fusing music and therapy. Free of charge. Watch on Facebook live here or Instagram live here.

AYURVEDA WORKSHOP, The Space, 39 Lebuh Lembah Permai 1, Sunday 25th October, 10am-1pm

Learn about Ayurveda, the three body constituents/elements called Dosha (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), and experience self-Ayurvedic massage. RM180 per person. Facilitator: Jashpreet Kaur, Certified Ayurveda Massage Therapist
Book your spot online or text 0124470072.



The Malaysian Bar Council’s Environment & Climate Change Committee discusses what environmental rights are all about. Zoom registration link will be published on their Facebook page in advance or email for more information.

MUSICIANS OF THE PENANG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, Grand Ballroom, E&O Hotel, Sunday 25th October, 5pm-7pm

A soirée of chamber music from the Baroque to Billy Joel, performed by musicians from the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra. All SOPs will be observed, numbers strictly limited. Drinks available for purchase, and concert-goers may dine at the E&O with a 35% discount afterwards Tickets RM 53 per person (including ticket charge) for sale at the front desk of the Heritage Wing of the E&O Hotel or online here.


FILM - SWEETHEARTS, Malaysian German Society, Jalan Air Itam, Monday 26th October, 7.30pm

Single mother Mel hopes to finally put her financial misery behind with a diamond heist. However, the plan fails and suddenly Mel is on the run and has Franny of all people as a hostage - a pain in the ass with uncontrollable panic attacks. When a second hostage comes on board with the attractive policeman Harry, the adventure finally gets out of hand - and the SEK director of Kaiten gets closer and closer to the comic trio.

Numbers limited. Reserve by phone 04 229 6853 or email.

COOKING WORKSHOP WITH ATHENE SPICES, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Tuesday 27th October 10am-1pm

Learn to cook Moroccan Mezze including:
 Moroccan Meat Balls with Ras el Hanout + Tunisian Harissa; Best Hummus in the World – Tarablus Sprinkles; Tabouleh Salad - Lemon Lime Pepper Salt
Everyone has their own work station and will make each dish from start to finish - before sitting down to eat it all!
RM135 per person. Suitable for Adults & Teens. RMCO SOPs will be observed. Numbers are limited. Email or message +60164570221 to book.

LIPSTICK MAKING WORKSHOP - LaN ArT Studio, 4th floor, Midlands Shopping Centre, Tuesday 27th October, 11am-1pm

Learn to make lipstick using natural ingredients and perfumes. RM 50 per person including your own lipstick to take away. Book by whatsapp 016 850 2780 or by email. 

NIGHT SAFARI, The Habitat, Penang Hill, Tuesday 27th October 4.30pm-9.30pm

Ever wondered why the rainforest is so noisy at night…. because that’s when all the insects, animals, frogs and friends come out to play! Depart from the Botanic Garden by Jeep to The Habitat where guides will point out the animals and birds who settle down as dusk falls. Dinner at David Brown’s Restaurant and then back to Curtis Crest to enjoy the sunset (weather permitting). As the night deepens meet the frogs, reptiles and other creatures that come out in the dark! And finally, return by Jeep.
RM200 per adult, RM160 per child under 12. Limited to 11 people.  Email or message +60164570221 to book.

TALK - NASI LEMAK CREATIVE MEET UP, Online, Tuesday 27th October 8pm-9.30pm

Monthly online meet up for graphic designers, the animators, the freelancers, the professionals, the painters, the artists and everyone that comes in between. This month’s featured speakers are Mysole & Ariel Hii. Watch on Facebook live here.

COOKING WORKSHOP - PENANG FAVOURITES WITH NAZLINA, George Town, Thursday 29th October 10am-1pm

Nazlina's Cooking Classes have been one of Penang's top-rated tourist activities for the last few years. In this special Spiral Synergy class, learn how to make 3 Penang classics... roti canai, char koay teow and pandan crepes, then eat what you have cooked!
RM180 per person - suitable for teens & adults. Email or message +60164570221 to book.

RATTAN WEAVING WORKSHOP - IWA Clubhouse, 6 Lorong Lembah Permai 5, Tanjung Bungah, Thursday 29th October, 11am-1.30pm

Learn to produce a choice of finished rattan articles in this workshop. RM100 including all materials. Register by whatsapp 016 580 2780 or email. 

NIGHT EXPLORATION, Penang Hill, Saturday 31st October, 7pm-10pm

See the nocturnal wonders of the Penang Hill Rainforest. In deep darkness, surrounded by hundreds of jungle sounds and with the help of head lights, you enter a world inhabited by the most unique, diverse and shy night creatures. Many animals, especially insects, amphibians, and reptiles, hide from predators during the day. This means that night time is the best time to find beautiful frogs, shy snakes and other rainforest creatures that only come out at night.

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

SHORT FILMS - HELL IS CLOSED FOR COVID 19, Jetty 35, 35 Weld Quay, Weekends Until Sunday 1st November

Watch creepy short films and enjoy a genuinely haunting cinema experience for Halloween.  Rm 12 per ticket, showtimes and ticket purchasing here.

EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL, Online, 30th October-30th November

A curated selection of award-winning films from across Europe, this year available to watch online instead of in the cinema. Register for your free pass here.

DANCE & THEATRE - SHORT + SWEET FESTIVAL, penangpac, October 30th-31st & November 6th-7th 8Pm

Return of this annual festival celebrating creativity in dance and theatre, which only premieres new works that are 10 minutes or less. Not only will you be the first to watch these new creations but, in a single night, you get to watch many different works. Root for your favourite team or, better yet, vote for them and they stand a chance to win the Audience Choice Award.

Showtime 8pm, tickets cost RM 34.

Short + Sweet Dance takes place on October 30th and 31st and will showcase 7 different dances. Buy tickets at penangpac box office or here. Short + Sweet Theatre showcases 11 short plays and takes place on November 6th and 7th. Buy tickets at the box office or online here.


Taking street food off the streets and onto your screens, the first-of-its-kind Tiger Street Food Virtual Festival promises 88 street food vendors across 4 weekends, you get to order festival-exclusive dishes and Tiger Beer straight to your doorsteps. Expect a fully immersive, interactive 3D environment where you explore the virtual streets and encounter fun challenges. For more details and to register click here.


STILL BY SHARON KOW, G Art Gallery, G Hotel, Until December 21st

Renowned local self-taught pencil artist Sharon Kow Siew Suan presents Still, a series of artworks that depict a state of mental quietude. Sharon believes that “Stillness speaks”, as we take time to be still and to quiet the mind, we can achieve a clear introspection of our thoughts and emotions. Her artworks are intricately illustrated using just colour pencils.

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

THE THREAD OF LIFE, EXHIBITION BY DAYANG ArtSpace, ChinaHouse, Beach St, Until October 31st

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.

PE’EL BY KIDE BAHARUDIN, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Until November 1st

Pe’el is a Malay word that means habit or behaviour.The artworks displayed in Pe’el carry stories revolving lives of the people in villages and towns, comparing similarities in daily behaviour and social activities in the 50’s and 60’s in Malaysia.Trading, food and beverages served, entertainment and social gatherings; various races from different walks of life interacting with each other. See the societal values that have been discounted, the past Malaysia is almost foreign to some.

Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm. Free admission

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF HOKKIEN EXHIBITION, Cheah Kong Si, 8 Armenian St, Until October 25th

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. 

Everyone can do it, so can YOU!
Challenge yourself and each other in this Warrior®️-styled event to see how much you can accomplish. You might surprise yourself. All fitness levels welcome with categories for ages 6 to above 50.
Medals for winners.
For more information and sign-up details, click here 
to Unleash Your Inner Warrior.


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).

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

NATURE WALKS AT PENANG HILL, Penang Hill, Daily 9.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm & 4.30pm

Free of charge nature and heritage guided tours of Penang Hill. Spaces limited so registration essential at 016-4201189. More information on Facebook 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.

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.

PAINTING WORKSHOPS - ARTSY SIP, Prima Tanjung, Saturdays and Sundays 2.30pm-5pm

No art skills required. You will be guided throughout the process. A different theme every week. All materials provided. RM 88 including coffee/tea or RM 95 including a cocktail. For reservations call 0124417100. More information on the Facebook page here.

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.

ACTORS STUDIO CHORUS, penangpac, Straits Quay, Every Monday 8pm-9.30pm

Large mask-wearing choir welcomes singers to practice for 3 concerts a year. Email for more information.

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.

BEGINNERS NYONYA DANCE CLASS, IWA Clubhouse, 6 Lorong Lembah Permai 5, Tanjung Bungah, Every Wednesday 3.30pm-5pm

Learn simple Joget and other local dance steps: a new gentle hobby with an activity to keep you moving, but not physically overstretch you. Suitable for ALL ages.

Please register as places are limited and social distancing must be maintained. SMS or Whatsapp : ‪016 850 2780.

IWA (International Women’s Association) ‬Members RM5.00, Non-Members RM10.

LIVE IMPROVISED COMEDY, George Town, Every Thursday 8pm-10pm

Learn how to be funny on the spot with live improvised comedy. Contact Watson 017 467 5706 for more details. Free of charge.

FITNESS - TABATA, Online, Every Wednesday 5pm

Tabata is an interval style workout where you push yourself as hard as you can for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. A great way to improve muscular endurance as well as cardiovascular.

Free of charge, to join this workout, click 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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