Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

Please note that this is a TWO WEEK Free Sheet as I am going away to the East Coast for a little holiday next week. Events listed include comedy, music, film screenings, kids camps, walks, tours, and workshops. Then there is a new Art Exhibitions section followed by the Every Week in Penang section. If you don’t already subscribe to receive the weekly email and would like to, please click here.

TALK - BUGS AND STOMACH CANCER, Online, Wednesday 29th July 3pm-4pm

A common kind of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori grows in the digestive track and may attack the stomach lining causing an infection. H. pylori infections are usually harmless, but they are responsible for the majority ulcers in the stomach and small intestine. H. pylori is also the strongest known risk factor for stomach cancer, which is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Dr Damian Wong’s from Island Hospital will talk more via Facebook Live here.

FILM - EIGHTH GRADE, Hikayat, 226 Beach St Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th July 6pm

Coming of age film in which thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school – the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year.
Winner, Jury Prize, Dublin International Film Festival
Winner, Best Directorial Debut, National Board of ReviewScreening and refreshments RM15.
Booking here essential.

TALK - THE HABITAT, THE PERSON BEHIND THE BRAND, Online, Wednesday 29th July 8pm

Meet Allen Tan and learn how as Managing Director he successfully built The Habitat Penang Hill into a world class attraction. Watch for free on Facebook live here or Youtube live here.

LIVE IN-PERSON STAND-UP COMEDY OPEN MIC, 54JCT, 54 Jalan Chow Thye or Online, Wednesday 29th July 8.30pm

The best stand-up comedians in Penang are back to entertain you in person at 54 JCT. Admission is free of charge, beer and wine available for sale. If you can’t make it in person, Watch live on Facebook here or YouTube here.

WORKSHOP - LET’S COOK WITH ATHENE SPICES, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Thursday 30th July, 10am-1pm

Learn to cook a North African Roast Dinner:

  • Harissa Roast Chicken using Tunisian Harissa
  • Smashed potato using Garlic Salt
  • & Arabic salad with Lemon Lime Pepper Salt.

Everyone will have their own work station and will make each dish from start to finish and then eat it!  RM135 per person. Book by email here.

VIRTUAL CONCERT - BEETHOVEN 360, online, Thursday 30th July, 8pm

On the occasion of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, this 360 degree video will be the world’s first global virtual music gathering assembling world-class instrumentalists and singers across countries and continents who are joined by sing-along participants in the famous ‘Ode to Joy’ segment of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. 

Watch free of charge on the (Singapore) Straits Times Facebook here or Youtube here.

PRESCHOOL WORKSHOPS, Tropical Spice Garden, Teluk Bahang, Saturdays August 1st, 8th & 15th, 10am-11am

A series of workshops to introduce 4-7 year olds to plant science and nature, including storytelling, inquiry-based learning activities, and crafts. Parents are welcome to participate with their children. RM 18 per child (Maximum 10 children) / RM10 per adult (entrance to TSG)
Register here. Contact 011-5572-4711 or email.

ANTIQUES AND SIGNBOARD SHOWCASE TOUR & TALK, Bukit Panchor or Online, Saturday 1st August, 10am-4pm

Visit one of Malaysia’s main architectural salvage specialists to see Chinese Signboards and other antique & collectible items large & small. The host will give a short talk to explain the design and significance of some of the signboards - and explain what factors affect the value and pricing! Admission is free. Contact Michelle by email for a map or to arrange transport at additional cost. Or attend by Zoom - register  here

ACRYLIC PAINTING WORKSHOP, Artsy Sip, Prima Tanjung, Saturday 1st August 2.30pm-5pm

No art skills required. You will be guided throughout the process. 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.

FILM - THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Saturday 1st August 7pm-10pm

1999 American supernatural horror film written, telling the fictional story of three student filmmakers who hike in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The three disappeared, but their equipment and footage is discovered a year later. The purportedly "recovered footage" is the film the viewer sees. Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

TALKS - ARTS BEYOND DISTANCE, Online, Saturday 1st-Wednesday 5th August 8pm

As Malaysia settles into the recovery phase, performing arts practitioners are going beyond struggling for survival under lockdown. These talks are intended to show how the performing arts can restore faith in humanity.
The guest speakers:
✿01 Aug (English) / Jo Kukathas / Actor, Writer, Director
✿02 Aug (English) / Aida Redza / Performance maker, Choreographer
✿03 Aug (English) / Omar Ali / Actor, Director
✿04 Aug (Mandarin) / Orang Orang Drum Theatre
Chew Soon Heng / Artistic director
Leow Sze Yee / Music director
Leow Hui Min / Performance tour manager
✿05 Aug (Mandarin) / Loh Kok Man / Theatre director
Talks are free to attend and will be live streamed on Facebook Live here.

BUNGALOW WALK, Penang Hill, Sunday 2nd August 8am-11am

Easy pace walking tour of Penang Hill’s bungalows featuring British colonial, Asian and modern architecture. One of the oldest building (Convalescent Bungalow) dates back to 1803. RM 50 per person, meet at the Dataran, Penang Hill. Register in advance at 016-4201189 as places are limited. More information on Facebook here

TALK - LEARN TO PLAY THE HARP, Online, Sunday 2nd August 4.15pm-5.30pm

Free seminar on learning the harp, as an adult or a child.

Register here.

HALF-DAY KIDS CAMP, penangpac: Mondays & Tuesdays 10am-1pm, Tropical Spice Garden: Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 9.30am-1.30pm Until August 31st

Activities including games, juggling, dance / expressive movement, art projects such as sketching, moulding / modelling (various mediums), watercolour, oil pastels, collage and much more. For 7 to 12 year olds. RM 85 at penangpac, RM 99 at Tropical Spice Garden, per child per session. Price includes a snack, and all materials. For more information and to book click here.

FILM - ELEPHANT MAN, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Monday 3rd & Friday 7th August 7pm-10pm

1980 British-American award-winning historical drama film about a severely deformed man in late 19th century London. The film was directed by David Lynch and stars John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins. Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

ILLUSTRATED TALK PENANG, WAR, & THE END OF EMPIRE, BY ANDREW BARBER, E&O Hotel or Online, Tuesday 4th August 10am-12pm

KL-based Andrew is the author of several books about the history of Malaysia including Colonial Penang, Penang Under the East India Company & Penang at War. In this morning talk, Andrew will explain how the Second World War ultimately led to the end of the British Empire in Malaysia. RM45 per person. Contact Michelle by email to register to register for our real-life event or register to watch via Zoom here.

SEMINAR - Value Chain Analysis of Medical Devices Industry in Penang, Online, Tuesday 4th August 10am-11.30pm

A webinar discussing the current state of the manufacturing product segment and value chain in Penang’s important medical devices industry, its evolution over time, different sub-segments (Disposables, Surgical Instruments, Therapeutic, Diagnostic Equipment) in the industry, and linkages among different related industries (electronics components or parts, metal-based, plastic-based, and rubber-based industries). The speaker Dr Lee Siu Ming is a Senior Analyst (Socioeconomics and Statistics Programme) at Penang Institute, Malaysia.

Free of charge, register here.

TALK - Fight, Flight or Innovate, Online, Tuesday 4th August 7.30pm-9pm

Lean-In Penang invites Natalie Turner, innovation expert, keynote speaker and author of the book, Yes, You Can Innovate, to explain how to discover and play to your strengths and increase the likelihood of having an impact from new business ideas. She will also explore why we find it hard to be imaginative and creative, if stressed or overwhelmed and how to calm the mind to access creativity.
Free of charge, register here.

SRI LANKAN LUXE, DINE WITH DUMINDU BAMUNU, Muntri Mews, Muntri Street, Thursday 6th August 7.30pm

Hotelier Chris Ong’s first foray into the world of luxury hotels was at the Galle Fort Hotel in Sri Lanka, which he rescued from neglect and decay and painstakingly restored in 2003. Now his Galle Fort Head Chef is here in Penang and will be cooking up a Sri Lankan feast using the ingredients for which Sri Lankan cuisine is famous… cinnamon, spices, coconut, fresh fish & more.
RM90 per person. Numbers are limited. Booking essential - email Michelle.

OFF TO UNI, LET’S COOK ASIAN, Tropical Spice Garden, Friday 7th August 10am-1pm

Learn how to cook the tastes of Penang including Beef Rendang and Egg & Vegetable Stir-fry noodles with crunchy peanuts In a class specially designed for 14 to 19 years old. RM135 per person to include cooking class & lunch Booking essential - email Michelle.

FILM - GOUPI MAINS ROUGES, Alliance Française, Jalan Phua Hin Leong, Friday 7th August 8pm-10pm

1943 French classic mystery film, with added romance, comedy and melodrama. The story is set in rural France and follows an investigation where the family members of an old woman are suspected of her murder.
Free admission. English subtitles. Booking in advance by email essential as places are strictly limited. 

WORKSHOPS - PAINT YOURSELF A VACATION, Artsy Sip, Prima Tanjung, Saturdays 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th August 2.30pm-5pm

No art skills required. You will be guided throughout the process. 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.

MONIOT HERITAGE TRAIL, Penang Hill, Sunday 9th August, 8am-11am

The 3km trail is 600m above sea level and runs between a forest reserve and private land. It is named after the man who surveyed the area, Jules M Moniot. RM 50 per person, meet at the Dataran, Penang Hill. Register in advance at 016-4201189 as places are limited. More information on Facebook here

FILM - BLUE VELVET, The Screenery, 81 Lebuh China, Monday 10th & Friday 14th August 7pm-10pm

1986 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch. Blending psychological horror with film noir, it concerns a young college student who, returning home to visit his ill father, discovers a severed human ear in a field that leads to his uncovering a vast criminal conspiracy and entering a romantic relationship with a troubled lounge singer. Join the private Facebook group here for more information. For the present all film screenings are free of charge.

CROSS-BORDER COMEDY, Online, Monday 10th August, 8pm

I Laugh KL is back with “Cross-Border Comedy”, with an international line-up of comedians from Singapore, Malaysia, the US and Japan.

Price RM 30. A YouTube live link will be provided once payment is received. Purchase tickets here. WhatsApp +6018-2012986 for more information.

JAZZ SUPPER WITH SAX, The Cornwallis, E&O Hotel, Tuesday 11th August, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival and socialise (distantly) to the sultry strains of Robert Fedorak on sax. A light supper will be served with a glass of wine or beer.

RM110 per person. Numbers limited. Booking essential by emailing Michelle.

NIGHT SAFARI, THE HABITAT, PENANG HILL, Friday 14th August, 5pm-10.30pm

Depart from the Botanic Garden at 5pm and take a jeep to The Habitat where guides will point out the animals and birds who settle down as dusk falls. Begin with a cold drink and sunset at Curtis Crest (weather permitting), then as the night deepens meet the frogs, reptiles and other creatures that come out in the dark. Then dinner at David Brown’s Restaurant before returning by jeep.

RM180 per adult, RM150 per child under 12. Numbers limited. Booking essential by emailing Michelle.

GAME GEEKS, Luma, Hin Bus Depot, Friday 14th August 8pm, Sat & Sun 2pm-6pm

Getting out of the box is the goal here! Let loose on a retro arcade game, shoot up a target with a nerf blaster, build a lego spaceship, team up on a boardgame... whatever your playmode, whether you borrow ours or bring your own, it's all good! More details on Luma’s Facebook page here.

COMEDY - LAH LOONIES, D’Loovi’s, 24 Lebuh Melayu, Saturday 15th August, 8.30pm

Live comedy featuring some of Penang’s most experienced comedians, some newcomers, and even some guests from faraway lands. Including stand-up comedy, improv comedy, and musical comedy!
Hosted by Garu and with special guest, Saiful Onisan.
Entry free of charge. More details on Facebook here.


CELEBRATIONS AND NOSTALGIA, A SOLO EXHIBITION BY ALEX LEONG, The Art Gallery, 4th floor Bellisa Row, Pulau Tikus, August 7th-28th

Penang artist Alex Leong’s 6th solo exhibition features his watercolour paintings of nostalgic after-school moments, and traditional Penang celebrations and festivities. Mondays to Thursdays by appointment only, Friday to Sunday 2pm-5pm. Contact 012 604 1434 or email.


Sarawakian self-taught textile artist Iona Danald won the Spotlight 2019 competition by Penang Art District. Named after a common word spoken in the Bidayuh language, and in the Scottish dialect, ‘Aye’ is a recognition of her familial bonds. The exhibition consists of her Grandmother’s textile remnants from her handbag-making business, Jimmy Macdonald’s family kilt, traditional Bidayuh bells, and vintage wool collected from charity shops. More information email here.

Opening hours: 10.30am-8pm daily. 

MEMORIES OF GEORGE TOWN EXHIBITION, Hin Bus Depot, Jalan Gurdwara, Until August 30th

An experimental exhibition by artist Lijynn as she creates a space to invite conversations about the Chinese culture in the 60's and 70's. Contribute to her documentation when you drop by at the Hin Bus Depot exhibition space in the weekends or make an appointment for weekdays. This is a work in progress through most of the exhibition duration with more works presented by stages. Featured items include artwork, textiles, plants, furniture, stationery and more.
Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm. Free dmission

CAPITALISM: AN ANTI-IMPERIALIST POSTER EXHIBITION, Ruang Kongsi, Jalan Sungai Dua, Gelugor, Until 31st August

77 artists from 26 countries and 21 organisations, share their realities.The posters displayed in this physically in this exhibition are part of the the Online Anti-Imperialist Poster Exhibitions jointly curated by International Week of Anti-Imperialist Struggle and Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. Online poster exhibition here:

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 2 pm

UNCERTAINTY DISSOLVES EXHIBITION, Museum Galeri Tunku Fauziah, Until 29th August

The gallery at USM is now open to the public again, and you can visit to look at the works of recent alumni of the department of fine arts at the University. Opening hours Monday to Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday 8am-12pm, closed on Sundays. More information on their Facebook page here.

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF HOKKIEN EXHIBITION, Cheah Kong Si, 8 Armenian St, Until 31st August

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. 

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. Now is the right time; do come and join us for our 7-day FREE TRIAL.

For more details on the schedule and how to join WhatsApp 018-2827567 or email here.


EXPAT COFFEE AND CHAT, Mondays at Brown Pocket, Gurney Paragon and Saturdays at Coffee Addict, Campbell St, 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.

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.

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 +60 111 240 1654.

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