Online art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

This week you can log on to music and poetry performances, or talks about books, bats, health and technology. If you don’t already subscribe to receive the weekly email and would like to, please click here.

TALK - FOOD & MOOD, Online, Wednesday February 24th 3pm

Many believe that good nutrition is as important to mental health as it is to physical health. In recent years, evidence shows that food can contribute to the development, prevention, and management of mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety disorders. Join Island Hospital’s  Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Wee Kok Wei and Dietitian Ms Lim Fei Ai on FB Live and learn more.

Free of charge on Facebook live here.

TALK - THE BATS OF PENANG, Online, Wednesday February 24th 5pm

Dr. Nurul 'Ain Elias  of the Southeast Asian Bat Conservation and Research Union talks about the bats of Penang, and her research which shows that bats are active in our urban environment performing various beneficial services under cover of night. Watch free of charge on Facebook live here.

TALK - WHEN TECH MEETS FINANCE, Online, Wednesday February 24th 8pm

Learn how Fintech transforms traditional businesses with Jenna HueyChing, the Co-founder and CEO of FortNynja - a cybersecurity company which spans Australia, Hong Kong & Malaysia.
Topics to be covered include:
- Various hidden risks involved in Fintech services.
- Examples of Malaysia’s most promising Fintech startups and Why
- Future of Fintech industry - her predictions for a post-pandemic world.

 Watch free of charge on Facebook here.

TALK - GRANTS & SUPPORT FOR CREATIVE PEOPLE, Online, Wednesday February 24th 8.30pm

A webinar to explain the MyCreative PRISMA and PENJANA Initiatives, which focuson helping creative industry activists and businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Support available includes:
i. Creative Business Revival Loan for creative content production companies
ii. Support for young fashion designers and fashion graduates to create and develop fashion collections
iii. Music Equipment Financing and Online Streaming Grant

Followed by a Q&A session. Watch free of charge on Facebook live here.


A panel discussion on making the best uses if telemedicine and other digital technologies to improve health, hosted by Malaysiakini. Register for the free session here.

TALK - THE BENEFITS OF A LEVELS VS IB, Online, Thursday February 25th 6pm

Are you torn between taking A levels or the International Baccalauréat? This month's POWIIS talk explains how A Levels can prepare a child's pathway to University. There will also be a Q&A section. Speakers: Mrs Hawtree, Principal of POWIIS; Mrs Clarke, Deputy Principal of Curriculum and Mr Hewitt, Head of Sixth Form.

Register for this free talk here. For enquiries please email.

MUSIC - YOUTH WITH RHYTHM, Online, Friday 26th February 5pm

Live performance for Chap Goh Meh organised by Penang Youth Development Corporation of aspiring young musicians. Tine in to free of charge watch on Facebook live here.

POETRY - MALAYSIAN SIGN LANGUAGE POETRY, Online, Friday 26th February 6pm-7.30pm

A unique showcase of Malaysian Sign Language poetry. It will premiere ‘Walls’, a poem film in Bahasa Isyarat Malaysia (BIM) English translation. The film is the culmination of a year-long online collaboration between Malaysian and UK artist educators. The launch of the film will be followed by a sharing and Q&A with the artist educators and a few special guests. The event is hosted by the School of English at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and MY Poetry School, and supported by British Council SEA/Malaysia. Watch on Facebook live here.

MUSIC WORKSHOP - INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR BEGINNERS, Online, Friday & Saturday 26th & 27th February 8.30pm

A workshop by Jeevanraj Venugopal On Indian Carnatic Classical Music for Beginners, in Tamil & English. A minimum donation of RM15 per zoom session.Only 30 spots available. Book via whatsapp +60164112459. More details on penangpac’s Facebook page here.

YOGA AT HOME - LIVE FROM TROPICAL SPICE GARDENS, Online, Saturday February 27th 8.30am

Explore and experience the basics of Yoga and Mindfulness from the comfort of your home. Led by Gwen from Muddy Lotus Wellness, who will stream LIVE from Tropical Spice Garden, there will be a brief description and practice of mindful movement before ending with a guided mindfulness practice. RM 25 (free for Spice Family members). To register click here and scroll down the page.

TALK - PENANG GREEN AGENDA 2030, Online, Saturday 27th February 2.30pm-4.30pm

The launching of Penang Green Agenda 2030 by the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Chow Kon Yeow, followed by a forum discussion with experienced panelists. Watch on Facebook live here.

MUSIC WORKSHOP - Q&A WITH THE RONDO PRODUCTION, Online, Saturday 27th February 8.30pm

The Rondo Production is a Malaysian registered social enterprise that focuses on bringing high-quality music education programmes and initiatives to the community, while improving inclusivity and diversity in music education. The 2021 online season includes Meet the Stars, the Malaysian Wind Music Prize 2021, and the online music festival RondoFest 2021. This session enables you to ask more about any of the programmes. Learn more about the Rondo Production here and sign up for the free zoom session here


TAS Academy @penangpac's new semester is commencing soon, with classes for children to learn an appreciation for the arts. All classes will be online until further notice. To register for a free online trial class contact penangpac by email or whatsapp +60124158576.

TALK - INTO THE MIND OF A CONDUCTOR, Online, Sunday 28th February 8pm

Malaysian professional musician Jebat Kee talks about his experience, knowledge and conducting techniques.

PPO members free of charge.Non-members RM 10. Register and pay here.

MUSIC - FACULTY RECITAL, Online, Monday March 1st 12.15pm

Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Academy explores the colours that can be created with sound. The programme includes the Petite Suite for Flute and Bassoon by Pierre-Max Dubois, Konzertstück für Fagott und Orchester, Op. 2 by Franz Berwald, Jolivet Pastorales de Noël for flute, bassoon and harp by Andrea Jolivet and
Flute Concerto by Carl Nielsen.

Watch live and free of charge on YouTube here.

MEET THE AUTHOR - SUE PAUL, Online, Monday 1st March 7.30pm

UK-based author Sue Paul will to talk about the research that went into her fascinating biography about the extraordinary life of Thomas Bowrey, "A Jeopardy of Every Wind". Bowrey arrived in India alone as a 9 year old child and built up a fortune through his exploits as a merchant adventurer on the fringes of the East India Company. Along the way he wrote the first Malay-English dictionary, wrote the first account in English of the recreational use of cannabis but the most remarkable thing is that his papers lay hidden in an attic for more than 200 years.

Register for the free of charge Spiral Synergy Zoom event here.

VIRTUAL RUN, Register by Monday 1st March

Join a virtual run, to be done anytime between 7th and 21st March. You can use any type of tracking device and record your cumulative distance, take a screenshot and upload. RM 45 to enter for Malaysians, US$12 for non-Malaysians.

The top 112 participants with the longest distance recorded will each win RM200, as will the 3 most creative videos.Register by March 1st  here.

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.



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.


VIRTUAL WORKOUT, Online, Every Saturday 10am-10.45am

Free weekly online workouts that range from cardio to strength training to dance, by Balance-FBG. Check the schedule and how to join on their Facebook page 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.

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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