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Penang Free Sheet During the Lock Down

This is already the sixth edition of Penang Free Sheet during the lockdown, and again we are featuring the best of online activities in Penang plus free virtual entertainment elsewhere in the world. If this email was forwarded to you and you would line to receive your own copy click here to subscribe.

ART EXHIBITION Khaw Sia - Ongoing

This exhibition of Malaysian Pioneer Artist Khaw Sia's work would have been hanging at the E&O Hotel now were it not for the corona crisis. Instead a virtual exhibition has been created by curator Eelene Tan of The Art Gallery. You can view the exhibition here.

ART WORKSHOP Wednesday 29th April 6pm-7pm

Free Doodling workshop via Zoom with local artist Kumar Nagalingam. Bring your own pen or pencil and paper. Join the Zoom call here.

ART EXHIBITION A Better Tomorrow - Ongoing

Local gallery Jade’s Art Space has curated an online exhibition of the works of 30 female artists from Malaysia and elsewhere in the world. You can view the exhibition on their YouTube page here.

TALK Empowering Business with Videoconferencing Thursday 30th April 3pm-4.30pm

The Internet Alliance (IA) has invited leading videoconferencing software and hardware vendors to share their best practices and insights with the Malaysian business community. Free of charge to attend. Register here.


The Singapore Jazz Association brings you an online concert to celebrate the UNESCO International Jazz Day. Besides a virtual jam session, there'll be performances and jazz solos by many performers, including 7-time Grammy Award-Winning Trumpeter and Flugelhornist Randy Brecker. It will be streamed live on their Facebook Page

THEATRE Emily of Emerald Hill Live Talkback Thursday 30th April 9pm

Singapore’s Wild Rice Theatre is currently streaming its celebrated theatre production Emily of Emerald Hill online for free. The play evokes the golden age of Straits-Chinese culture in the 1930s, but the issues raised about women’s roles continue to resonate in the present. Watch the show on YouTube, and then join the live talkback on 30 April at 9pm!

COUNTRY MUSIC NIGHT Thursday 30th April 9.15pm

A line-up of Penang-based musicians playing and singing country music. You will need to first join the Persatuan Permusik Pulau Pinang Facebook page to watch it on Facebook live here

ZOOM BINGO - Friday May 1st 7.30pm-9pm

How about a game of virtual bingo but with some real life prizes? The meeting opens at 7.15pm and the game begins at 7.30pm. 

Email: "Zoom Bingo" to and please include your WhatsApp number


LIVE COMEDY Daliso Chaponda Friday 1st May 9pm

KL’s Crackhouse Comedy Club presents live comedy by Daliso Chaponda, known for his acclaimed one man show ‘Feed This Black Man’ and for getting the golden buzzer on Britain’s Got Talent. Also featuring Malaysian comedian Mad Sabah. Watch the show on Facebook Live here

ART WORKSHOP Acrylic or Watercolour? Saturday 2nd May 2pm-4pm

Esther Geh, a Penang-born Artist with a passion for botanical illustration, leads a virtual workshop she had planned to give during the Open Studios Penang Art Festival. She will show how to paint with acrylics using glazes of transparent colour to resemble a watercolour painting, laying down glazes, and mingling colours to create luminous effects. The workshop is free to attend. Click here.

NATURAL DYEING WORKSHOP Saturday 2nd May 2pm-5pm

Masitah, aka Syibori Syd makes naturally dyed silk scarves, runners and tableware. She will share her secrets in this virtual workshop - using vegetables, spices and leaves that you can find in any kitchen, market or garden. RM70 per person.

Email: "Natural Dyeing Workshop" to and please include your WhatsApp number. Register by 30 April 2020 so that you have time to get the ingredients ready!

COMEDY Stand Up Comedy - Open Mic Wednesday 6th May 8.30pm

Penang's only stand-up comedy open mic is back again this Wednesday, online and with no cover charge. If you want to perform, log in via Zoom here at 8pm and register. If you want to watch and laugh, log in via Zoom here at 8.30pm, or watch the Facebook livestream here.

TALKS Daily 10am and 7pm

Soothing music and uplifting words to spread calm, peace and hope, by Brahma Kumaris Malaysia. For more information whatsapp 013 430 1229, or simply join the Zoom link

TALKS Daily 2pm

Ome by Spacebar invites you to join their daily Instagram live coffee talk show, hosted by owners Jo and Shean. The thirty minute session includes recommendations on what to do during the lockdown, coffee tips, a daily guest speaker, and a daily quiz with prizes. Speakers this week include an accountant giving advice on how micro businesses can claim the wage subsidy (Thursday 16th).


LIVE MUSIC with Raggy, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10pm

Penang veteran rocker Raggy performs live for an hour or so a night over the weekend, beginning at 10pm. Watch via Facebook Live at D’Loovi’s Facebook page here.

LIVE DJ SETS Every Saturday 8pm-10pm

Penang-based DJ Carl Hinds spins live weekly virtual DJ sets every Saturday evening at 8pm. Join the Facebook group STIR CRAZY LIVE! for more information and to join the livestream.


Penang based DJ JuaKali takes you on a musical journey around the world to show solidarity with all those helping to flatten the curve and escape from your lock down. Beats from around the world perfectly mixed during a live DJ set. Check him out spinning vinyl live at or watch and listen at your pleasure JK Lock Down Mix of the week

DANCE Daily 6.15pm

Live dance classes/workouts with local Penang Salsa/Bachaha/Cha Cha Cha teacher Darwen Tolentino continue every evening via Facebook Live. Become his Facebook friend at in order to join in.

YOGA Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am

A one hour hatha yoga class, gentle and soothing to help with stress & anxiety. No yoga experience required. Tune it to the Facebook livestream of Penang yoga studio TheSpace to join in. No payment is required but donations are gratefully accepted through PayPal account to pay the studio rent which is still being charged during the lockdown.


Local military fitness/sports conditioning company Warrior Fitness & Adventure is holding daily workouts you can carry out at home, via Zoom. Contact them directly to find out how to join the sessions which take place on weekdays at 8.30am and 6pom, and at 9am on Saturdays. Call 018-282 7567 or email


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.


MUSICALS Every Weekend

Andrew Lloyd Webber is making one full length musical available for free viewing on YouTube every weekend.. Subscribe to the YouTube channel here.


New York’s Metropolitan Opera is streaming a different opera on its website every night, again for free. Just go to their website and start watching.

THEATRE Every Week

London’s National Theatre is streaming a recording of one of their full-length plays for free, every week. 

The play of the week is available on their YouTube channel here.

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BALLET Every Two Weeks

The Australian Ballet is streaming one ballet performance every two weeks, free of charge, on its website. Programme details are on their website.

CIRCUS Ongoing

The amazing Cirque du Soleil is has uploaded a series of one hour performances from their various spectacles onto their YouTube channel which are available to you to watch for free. See the videos  here.

THEATRE Every Two Weeks

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is streaming a recording of one of their full-length plays for free, every fortnight. Currently showing is Hamlet. Romeo and Juliet begins on Monday. Click on their YouTube channel here to watch

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COOKING CLASSES Monday-Friday 8pm

London’s iconic Borough Market is streaming live cooking demonstrations. Each weekday at 8pm Malaysian Time, a chef will guide you through a tasty recipe using store cupboard staples. Tune in via their Instagram account. 

LIVE MUSIC Daily 9pm

KL Music Venue Jao Tim presents Instagram LIVE 9pm @jaotimkl . For the rest of April, every night at 9pm listen to a different talented local singer or musician. Find the updated schedule on their Instagram or Facebook page.


Singapore’s Objectifs Film Library is showcasing over 40 short films made by 14 Southeast Asian filmmakers on its website, for free or for a nominal charge.

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BALLET 1984 - Ongoing

A critically acclaimed ballet based on George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 and performed by the UK’s Northern Ballet has been made available to view online on a pay-what-you-feel basis on YouTUbe here

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