Online art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

Coming up in Penang this week - talks, new exhibitions, theatre, dance, music, guided tours and workshops all happening in real life, plus a few online events too.

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FILM - LET THE SUNSHINE IN, Hikayat, 226 Beach St, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 30th March-1st April 6pm

Isabella, a middle-aged divorced artist, has an unsatisfying relationship with a married banker, Vincent, who enjoys the sex with her but is committed emotionally to his wife. Looking for love, Isabella begins a series of other relationships. Starring Juliette Binoche
Winner, SADC Prize, Cannes Film Festival
Winner, ICS Award, International Cinephile Society Awards

Screening and refreshments: RM15. Register by email.

TALK - THE ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE IN POST-COVID ASIA, Penang Institute, 10-12 Jalan Brown, Thursday 8th April 7.30pm

The post-pandemic landscape will be profoundly different from the pre-pandemic situation. Geopolitical tensions, supply chain decoupling and technology disruptions adds uncertainty to predictions, risks and business models. East Asia will be affected by the broader issues of US-China tensions, technology, climate change and post-pandemic reforms. Southeast Asia will be shaped by major decisions made outside their control, and Malaysia will also have to adjust due to rising competition from growing power of Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines, as well as Bangladesh.

Free of charge, capped at 50 participants. register here. Or watch on Facebook live here.

COOKING WORKSHOP - PARENTS & KIDS, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Thursday 8th April 10am-1pm

Faten of Athene Spices has come up with a winning menu for anyone with children to entertain over the Easter Holidays. Not too difficult, tasty, healthy & fun! And it's actually vegan too. How about:

  • Falafel with Garlic Yogurt Sauce
  • Manakesh (Quick Arabian Pizza)
  • Butterfly Pea Magical Lemonade

RM150 Adult - own workstation RM130 Child - own workstationRM250 - Adult & Child under 12 sharing a workstation (but with 2 sets of ingredients so each will make their own dish). Email  or WhatsApp +60164570221 to book.

FILM - VAGABOND, The Screenery, 81 China St, Friday 9th April 7pm

Vagabond (French: Sans toit ni loi, "with neither shelter nor law") is a 1985 French drama film directed by Agnès Varda, featuring Sandrine Bonnaire. It tells the story of a young woman, a vagabond, who wanders through the Languedoc-Roussillon wine country one winter.

Free of charge, to book, join the private Facebook group here.

TALK - WHY EMAIL?, Online, Saturday 10th April 11am

Krista Goon of Redbox Studio in conversation with Michelle Grimsley of Spiral Synergy, about whether email is still relevant in the days of Tik-tok, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Watch free of charge on Facebook live here,

PHOTOGRAPHY - STORIES FROM THE LENSES, Hikayat, 226 Beach St, Saturday & Sunday 10th & 11th April 2pm & 5pm

Stories from the Lenses” is a series of sharing sessions by the photographers of Penang at a Glance photobook.

 Penang at a Glance photobook is a collection of photographs captured from the lenses of four local photographers coming from four different backgrounds. The book showcases Penang’s breathtaking landscapes, festivals, celebrations, arts, culture, heritage, people and lifestyles.

10th April: Sherwynd Rylan Kessler | 2pm and Thum Chia Chieh | 5pm

11th April: Govindarajoo Selvathurai | 2pm and Oh Chin Eng | 5pm

Free of charge. Register here.

EXHIBITION OPENING - MONOCHROME, Penang State Art Gallery, Dewan Sri Pinang, Saturday 10th April 3.30pm

Opening of the annual Penang Watercolour Society members’ exhibition. Pre-registration essential with Mr Khoo Cheang Jin +6016-454 0963.

MUSIC - HARIGIG KEBANGSAAN, Soundmaker Studio, 18 Bishop St, Saturday 10th April 9pm

Local heroes from different genres including folk, ska, world music , math rock, psychedelia and electro dance, all in one night. RM 20. More details here.

DANCE - MENGIMBAU, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Sunday 11th April, 10am and 6pm

Aida Redza of Studio Pentas gathers together women on this journey through the gardens. Starting at the Water Garden, this work in progress draws the audience into the Heart of the Garden, before the finale at the Pavilion. The piece is an inspirational trip into the inner workings of women reconnecting with the natural world.

The performance features live musicians and will bring the audience on a physical journey from Water Garden → Heart of the Garden → Pavilion → opposite Beach.

Evening drinks available 7pm-9pm.

RM 30 (RM 15 Spice Family members). To register click here and scroll down the page.


Chef Jess is back in the Garden’s jungle kitchen. In this interactive, virtual class, you’ll learn how to make Braised Chicken with Potato aka Chicken Pongteh & Egg Belanda: staples of the much-loved Nyonya cuisine. The recipe will be sent early so you can prepare to cook along if desired.

RM 25 (Free for Spice Family members). To register click here and scroll down the page.

Get your children out of the house and back to nature. Help them avoid the dangers of the sedentary lifestyle; too many hours on the computer, too much time doing homework and high-calorie snacking. Daily outdoor physical activities improve health, cognitive development and combat youth obesity. Even with one hour of 'playtime' at Warrior's Junior Athletic Fitness will help your child to build character, athletic fitness, mental resilience and teamwork skills that would help them in life.
Learn more about this and our free trial offer here. WhatsApp 018-2827567 or emailfor more details on how to join.

GUIDED TOUR - BACK TO NATURE FARM VISIT, Balik Pulau, Monday 12th April 9am-1pm

It is durian flowering season but there's so much more happening on the farm. Learn about magic seeds, natural fertilisers, what's fresh in season and get back to nature. Includes brunch/light lunch. RM180 per adult, RM140 per child to include transport, farm visit & lunch/brunch. Email  or WhatsApp +60164570221 to book.

GUIDED TOUR - MANSIONS BY MOONLIGHT, George Town, Wednesday 14th April 7pm-10pm

A Mystery Trishaw Ride with Dinner. Enjoy a night-time trishaw ride around the mansions of George Town and end with dinner in a mystery mansion. RM160 per person - to include trishaw ride (one trishaw per person) & dinner. Email  or WhatsApp +60164570221 to book.


Passionate and deeply knowledgeable, Chef Faten of Athene Spices leads this interactive, virtual class, in which you’ll learn how to make two of her Malay favourites: Prawn with Pineapple in Creamy Coconut Chilli Gravy and Wing Bean Salad.

RM 25 (Free for Spice Family members). To register click here and scroll down the page.

THEATRE - ONCE UPON A TIME, penangpac, Friday-Sunday 16-18th April 3pm/8pm

A 5-part series showcasing true authentic Malaysian folk tales. This first part will feature two fascinating Malaysian tales, "Badang The Magnificent" & "Si Tanggang The Ungrateful Son." Featuring well-known Penang actors such as Garu Ramon, Karam Tabba and Lawrence Chin. In English. RM35 (RM30 concessions) tickets available for purchase here.

EDUCATION - OPEN DAY, Tenby Schools, Tanjung Bungah, Saturday 17th April 10am-12pm

Meet the staff and learn about the programmes on offer at Tenby Schools Penang. Free of charge. More information here.

WORKSHOP - LIPSTICK MAKING, One Stop Midlands, Saturday 17th & Tuesday 20th April 11am

Make your own lipstick, or two, with pure ingredients to the colour of your choice. The formula has been improved to include Shea Butter. The cost has risen slightly due to an ingredients cost increase, so 1 lipstick RM 70, 2 lipsticks RM100. 4 participants per class. Register by email or whatsapp 016 850 2780.

CASTING CALL & DANCE AUDITIONS, penangpac, Saturday 17th April 12pm-4pm

Casting Call for Stage Combat Dancers, Singers and Actors to fill 6 open spots in the cast for the show Forkbeard. More information here. Contact by email or phone 013-628 4496 to arrange an audition.

EXHIBITION OPENING - MADELEINE EKEBLAD, G Hotel, Thursday April 22nd 6pm-8pm

Meet the artist, Maddi “I Paint Music” Ekelblad, and see her new custom made enamel paints - "Music in the Landscape". More details on Facebook.

GUIDED TOUR - THE HABITAT, Penang Hill, Thursday 29th April 9am-1pm

Meet at Botanic Garden for transfer to The Habitat, where nature guides will lead you on a journey of discovery to look at the details, identify the sounds, smells, tastes and textures of the marvellous flora and fauna in this ancient rainforest. The morning ends with light lunch of Nasi Ulam, then jeeps back down the hill. RM180 per person to include jeep transport, entrance to The Habitat, guided walk and light lunch. Email  or WhatsApp +60164570221 to book.

WORKSHOP - SOAP MAKING, One Stop Midlands, Thursday 29th April 11am

Two types of soap will be provided to make 4 - 6 soaps, depending on the size made. RM80per person, maximum 4 participants per session. Register by email or whatsapp 016 850 2780.


MONOCHROME, Penang State Art Gallery, Dewan Sri Pinang, Until 20th April, 9am-5pm, closed Fridays

The 38th annual Penang Watercolour Society members’ exhibition.

BLACK, WHITE & SHADES OF GREY, ChinaHouse Upstairs, Ongoing, 12pm-10pm Daily

The Gilded Lion Antiques & Art Gallery‘s exhibitions of black and white and monochrome artwork. Check out the engravings, lithographs, aquatints, etchings, and other fine art formats dating all the way back to the 17th century on display. Free of Charge.

FINE PRINTS BY GILDED LION, E&O Hotel Art Gallery, Heritage Wing, Ongoing, 24 hours

The Gilded Lion Antiques & Art Gallery‘s exhibitions of carefully selected and curated fine prints. Check out the engravings, lithographs, aquatints, etchings, and other fine art formats dating all the way back to the 17th century on display. Free of Charge.

PAUSE - A GROUP EXHIBITION, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Until May 2nd 12pm-8pm

A group exhibition featuring 10 artists at Hin Bus Depot: Bibichun | Esther Geh | Fahmi Mustaffa | Forrest Wong | Ho Su San | Ivan Gabriel | Kangblabla | Teh Yew Keong | Teoh Kooi Pei | Yap Ley Min

For more information, click 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.



Daily free Guided Walks to Penang Hill Visitors. For booking please call 016-4201189. More information on Facebook here.

NATURE - THE HABITAT, Penang Hill, Daily 8.30am-6.30pm

The Habitat rainforest discovery park on Penang Hill is open again. If you are interested in starlight camping, sunset walks, private events and tours of the park during this time, contact by email or at 019 645 7741. Park entrance fee RM 55 (RM 35 concessions).

NATURE - TROPICAL SPICE GARDEN, Teluk Bahang, Wed & Thurs 9am-4pm, Fri, Sat & Sun 9am-6pm

The Tropical Spice Garden has also re-opened after MCO. Enjoy 6 landscaped acres of a treasure trove of more than 500 living specimens of lush and exotic flora from around the world. Tickets cost RM20 adults (RM15 concessions) with a self guided audio tour available for RM 10. Guided tours available on request. For more information go to the website.

GUIDED TOUR - CHEONG FATT TZE MANSION, Lebuh Leith, Thurday-Sunday 11am and 2pm

Experience an important part of  Penang’s colourful history and one of its most iconic pieces of architecture on an insightful tour of its architecture and history.

RM 25 (RM 12.50 for children). Book tickets online here.

MUSIC & YOGA - BUDDHA BEAT YOGA, Soundmaker Studio, 18 Bishop Street, Every Sunday 10am & 4pm

Buddha Beat Yoga sessions are back! Try their unique solution to staying fit: Yoga + Live Music. We promise you an experience you won't forget. RM25 per session. RM80 for four sessions. Contact 012 423 2105 to register. Limited to 10 people per session. First session free of charge. More details on Facebook here.

TALK - ANSWER2CANCER, IWA Clubhouse, 6 Lorong Lembah Permai 5, Every Monday 10.30am

Educational series of talks covering the latest information concerning prevention and treatment. Email to register a place. IWA members RM5, non-members RM 10.

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

Traditional pub quiz, 4 per team, 4 per table, RM 5 per person to enter. More details here.

HIN MARKET, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Every Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

The popular Hin Market is a weekly platform for entrepreneurs, small business owners, craftsmen, artisans, musicians, performers, and makers of all kinds to showcase their products, crafts, and talents.

Now open both Saturday and Sunday. More details on Facebook.

SEAFRONT MARKET, Hotel Mercure, Tanjong Bungah, Every Saturday 3pm-9pm

A new weekly seafront market for art, fashion and snacks from local vendors. For more details check Facebook

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 meditate 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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