Art, music, events and entertainment in Penang

There are various opportunities to help out the beleaguered trishaw riders this week. Plus music, films, workshops, exhibitions, guided tours, markets and more happening in Penang, and online theatre and talks too.

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FILM - THE TRUTH, Hikayat, 226 Beach St, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 20th-22nd April 6pm

Fabienne is an aging movie star who, despite her momentary lapses in memory, remains a venerable force to be reckoned with. Upon the publication of her memoirs, her daughter Lumir returns to Paris from New York. A sharp and funny battle of wits ensues between the mother–daughter duo, and their strained relationship takes a poignant journey toward possible reconciliation.
Nominee, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
Nominee, Audience Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival
Screening and refreshments: RM15. Register by email.

TALK - URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS, Online, Wednesday 21st April 3pm

Island Hospital’s Consultant Urologist, Dr Khoo Say Chuan talks about urinary tract infections in men and women. You may also ask questions during the FB Live session. Free of charge to watch here.

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". RSVP by email. More details on Facebook.

GUIDED TOUR - MOONLIGHT MANSIONS MYSTERY TRISHAW RIDE, George Town, Thursday 22nd April and Wednesday May 5th 7pm

Support the trishaw riders and enjoy a night-time trishaw ride around the mansions of George Town and end with a delicious dinner in a mystery mansion. Includes bonus special guest who will give you a potted history of the Esplanade and surrounding areas. 
RM170 per person to include trishaw ride (one trishaw per person) and dinner. Numbers limited. Vegetarian & other dietary options available. Email  or WhatsApp +60164570221 to book.

TALK - ROBOTIC KNEE REPLACEMENT, Online, Friday 23rd April 3pm

Join Prof Dato’ Dr Oh Kim Soon, Dr Ng Khai Oon and Dato’ Dr Lee Keat Hwa from Island Hospital’s Orthopaedic Surgical Team on FB Live as they explain the latest advancement in knee implants surgery. Free of charge to watch here.

FILM & LIVE MUSIC - Tropical Spice Gardens, Teluk Bahang, Friday 23rd April 6pm-11pm

Get cosy with your loved ones for an evening of live music and a film in nature. Yummy box meals are available upon pre-order, drinks and popcorn are available for purchase. Bring your own cushions and blanket.

RM 10 (Free for Spice Family members). Registration essential. To register click here and scroll down the page.

GUIDED TOUR - TRISHAW RIDE, George Town, Saturday April 24th 8.30am-11.30am

Visit the historic sites of George Town by trishaw on a tour organised by Penang Heritage Trust. Meet at their offices on Church Street. Booking essential by email or phone 04 264 2631 as places are limited. RM 130 for PHT members, RM 160 for non-members.

TALK - URBAN DRAGONFLIES OF MALAYSIA, Online, Saturday 24th April 5pm

Like acrobats in the sky, dragonflies are dazzling to watch. They fly at ridiculous speeds, sometimes upside down. They make sharp 360° turns, and then hover in place, and even fly backwards! Damselflies and dragonflies depend on clean freshwater bodies for their life cycle, so their presence has become synonymous with healthy ecosystems. Dr Choong Chee Yen, lecturer at UKM and a leading expert on the dragonflies and damselflies of Malaysia, will tell you all about them. Free of charge on Youtube here.

Warrior Fitness is now training outdoors again! Join us at any of our Group Outdoor Workouts from Mondays to Saturdays. 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.
To learn more click here, WhatsApp 018-2827567 or email.
Unleash Your Inner Warrior!

FILM - JAWS, The Screenery, 81 China St, Saturday 24th April 7pm

A 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg in which a man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers at a summer resort town, prompting police chief Martin Brody to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter.
Jaws was the prototypical summer blockbuster, regarded as a watershed moment in motion picture history, and it won several awards for its music and editing. It was the highest-grossing film until the release of Star Wars in 1977. 

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

THEATRE - DURI HATI: KISAH MALIM, Online, Saturday 23rd April 8.30pm

A monodrama written by Yusof Bakar and performed by
Wazir Bakri. Malim was chased by some angry witnesses after he caused an injury to a woman when he snatched her handbag. In hiding, he regrets his actions and re-lives the reasons why he acted in such a way and the consequences.
In Malay with English surtitles. Contact Desmond (+6016-4112459), or Jeevan (+6016-4718072) by May 21st to get the YouTube link. By donation of RM15 minimum.

THEATRE - MANUSIA RAJA: AMUK, Online, Saturday 23rd April 8.30pm

A monodrama written by Yusof Bakar and performed by
Wazir Bakri. The case of a rioter who was shot by police as seen through the eyes of different individuals.
In Malay with English surtitles. Contact Desmond (+6016-4112459), or Jeevan (+6016-4718072) by May 21st to get the YouTube link. By donation of RM15 minimum.

WORKSHOP - JOURNALING THROUGH MOVEMENT - Online and Tropical Spice Gardens, Teluk Bahang, Sunday 25th April 10am-11.30am

Weave words to life with Mislina Mustaffa and Aida Redza on this 2-day online workshop of writing and movement - this time, featuring live music. Trace the language of the body to bring more depth and life into your daily writings and thoughts.

This group class will start with movement to get everyone into a creative state, followed by a writing session led by Mislina. Finally, we will use somatic movement ideas to weave our words together into a simple choreography.

You can now participate either online or in person at the Gardens.

RM 25 (RM 10 Spice Family members). Registration essential. To register click here and scroll down the page.


Well-known for her easy-to-make and yummy vegetarian recipes, Chef Lze Huei is back in the Garden’s jungle kitchen. In this interactive, virtual class, you’ll learn how to make Healthy Vege & Mushroom Dumplings & Samosas. We’ll send the recipe 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.

FILM - DAYS OF BEING WILD, The Screenery, 81 China St, Monday & Friday 26th & 30th April 7pm

A 1990 Hong Kong drama film directed by Wong Kar-wai. The film stars some of the best-known actors and actresses in Hong Kong, including Leslie Cheung, Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Carina Lau, Jacky Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-wai. The movie forms the first part of an informal trilogy, together with In the Mood for Love (released in 2000) and 2046 (released in 2004)

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


Support the trishaw riders and enjoy an evening trishaw ride to visit some of Penang’s famous murals ending at a stunning mystery mansion for dinner.
RM170 per person to include trishaw ride (one trishaw per person) and dinner. Numbers limited. Vegetarian & other dietary options available. Email  or WhatsApp +60164570221 to book.

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.

MARKET - LABOUR DAY POP-UP EVENT, Tanjung Point, Tanjung Tokong, Saturday 1st May 10am-9pm

Food, drinks and handicrafts for sale. For more details check Facebook.

TALK - MUSICAL HERITAGE, Online, Sunday 2nd May 8pm

What is musical heritage? Is it a mythical thing? Is it related to our folk roots, culture or history? Do we have a shared musical heritage?Join the PPO virtual academy for this talk about Getting to Know Our Musical Heritage with esteemed music and choral educator, Ms Susanna Saw. Sign up here. PPO members free of charge. Non-members RM 10. 

FILM - DIVINES, Alliance Française, Jalan Phua Hin Leong, Friday 7th May 7.30pm

A 2016 movie set in a housing estate in a Paris "banlieue":  It is the story of a friendship, of the struggles and rebellion of adolescent girls and their refusal to accept their fate as victims of their "milieu". A film that bristles with energy and verve, moving and exhilarating, and beautifully painting the complexities and conflicts of young women who have been failed by society.
English subtitles. Free of charge but seats limited so booking by email essential.

MUSIC - THE DRAMBAND, Healy Mac’s, Straits Quay, Sunday 9th May 7pm-9pm

The first live gig by Penang’s Irish band since the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in early March 2020. Free of charge, table reservation essential due to limited seating. Call 04 890 3477

MUSIC - BRASILIAN AND MALAY SONGS, penangpac, Sunday 15th May 3pm

“An Afternoon of Songs in (Brazilian) Portuguese and Bahasa Melayu" features hits from favourite artists such as Siti Nurhaliza, Sheila Majid, Saloma, Dayang Nurfaizah, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Nara Leão, Luis Bonfa and more.  RM 60 tickets available for purchase here.

CHARITY DINNER - BOND IS BACK, Evergreen Laurel Hotel Ballroom, Saturday 15th May 6pm

Charity dinner and dance with a James Bond theme to raise funds for The Batu Grace Children’s Home. RM250 per person includes western buffet, free flow wine, beer & soft drinks, and dancing to DJ JuaKali. Plus raffles, auctions, and prizes.Tickets can be purchased via WhatsApp from Tiina 0176752645 or Gordon 01140736744. More details on Facebook.

WORKSHOP - CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING, Penang Heritage Trust, 26 Church St, Sunday 16th May 2pm-5pm

Learn traditional Chinese brush painting. PHT members RM 150, non-members RM 180. Limited to 10 participants. Book by email or phone 04 264 2631.

CHARITY - A RIDE OF HOPE, George Town, Saturdays 22nd May- 27th June 9am-12pm

Organised by Penangnites for Penangnites to raise funds for  the trishaw peddlers in Armenian Street, Prangin Mall and Penang Road.  RM 50 for an hour's ride around the Heritage trial in Georgetown. The trishaw peddlers are among the worst hit and least supported during the pandemic. Ride of Hope plans to get them at least RM00 per month from May to Aug 2021. Whatapps for tickets and info 0164426456


I PAINT MUSIC, G Art Gallery, G Hotel, Until May 31st, 10am-10pm Daily

Internationally-recognised Penang-based artist Madeleine Ekeblad exhibits new works in enamel and pen and ink in her “I Paint Music” series, as well as her signature painted “lady in red” pieces. Free of Charge.

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.

NYONYA DANCE CLASSES, IWA Clubhouse, 6 Lorong Lembah Permai 5, Every Wednesday Afternoon

Nyonya Dance Classes for beginners and more experienced dancers.  RM 40 per month. Please phone for details 016 850 2780 or email .

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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