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Penang Events: September 2010 - Present


Nine Emperor Gods float procession through George Town on final night - Oct 5. Bring your camera! More: bit.ly/qbwgXD
9 Day Vegetarian Fest (Nine Emperor Gods) starts Sept 27. Head to Madras Lane for vegetarian street food every night. bit.ly/rcZGAF
"Rehab, My Foot!" - Contemporary art exhibition in a century old shophouse. 212 Beach St. Ends 30 Sept. bit.ly/pAKcON
Planning Ahead: "Nine Emperor Gods Festival" from Set 27 - Oct 5. More: bit.ly/rcZGAF
Rainy Days in Penang are here again...bit.ly/rkHoNG
Ramadan Bazaar = lots of food! In George Town, head to Little India. If you're really hungry, head down to Bayan Baru. bit.ly/oVmEKe
The Gate of Hell is now open...experience the Hungry Ghost Festival by roaming the streets of George Town. Learn more: bit.ly/opC2s2
"Kedai Runcit No 12" -an exhibition on Malaysian grocery shops of the 60s at #Penang State Gallery. 9am-5pm; ends 8/26. bit.ly/r7kWhG
#Penang Symphony Orchestra with 10 year old violin prodigy, Elias Moncado. Aug 14 @ Dewan Sri Pinang. More: bit.ly/p4ugsC
Ramadan Bazaar in Little India. Lots and lots of food! Starts around 5pm, every night on Queen Street. Ends Aug 29. http://t.co/yGHPeOU
The gate of hell is now open...experience the Hungry Ghost Festival by roaming the streets of George Town. Learn more: http://t.co/1vHg2pF
Images of Georgetown, 70s & 80s - a photography exhibition by Eric Peris. Alpha Utara Gallery, China St. Until Aug 7. http://t.co/0XLmDjU
"Tropfest" - World's Largest Short Film Festival. Final event of George Town Festival. 9:30pm, July 31 at Esplanade. http://t.co/tBJ4m2R
"River Meets Light" - a site specific work at Prangin Canal (part of George Town Festival). 8:30pm, July 29&30. Details: http://t.co/TaWjDAb
"Peranakan Straits Chinese: The Women" exhibition at Pinang Peranakan Mansion. Now through July 31st. Details: http://t.co/TtSM9jv
"Blending of Blood" and other exhibitions for George Town Festival at Whiteaways Arcade on Beach Street. Details: http://t.co/OXyyDEE

"Peranakan Straits Chinese: The Women" exhibition at Pinang Peranakan Mansion. Now through July 31st. Details: http://t.co/TtSM9jv 

Tapestry of Cultures: Tonight (Friday) all the food and culture and fun is at Little India. See you there! 

George Town Heritage Day - July 7, all day. Cultural performances, traditional food, open houses, exhibitions, & more. http://t.co/hGEjtXy 

"Tapestry of Cultures" - a three day heritage celebration on the streets of George Town. July 7, 8, 9. More: http://t.co/DKnzyOV 

"No. 7" - a monologue about Tan Tay Po, the seventh wife of Chinese tycoon Cheong Fatt Tze. July 1, 2, 3. More: http://t.co/a80NJPF 

Planning ahead: George Town Festival 2011. July 1-31. Details: http://t.co/3xRPRYs
#Penang Durian & Fruits Festival. June 1-30 in Balik Pulau. Enjoy the King of the Fruits! Details: http://bit.ly/kvLtj9 

#Penang International Dragon Boat Festival 2011. June 11 & 12, 9am-6pm, at Teluk Bahang Dam. More: http://bit.ly/ifsmEd 

Zongzi (Duanwu) Festival today, June 6. Hurry to buy the last of the traditional rice dumplings (bak chang) available throughout the island.

#Penang Floral Festival at the Botanic Gardens. May 28 - June 6. More: http://bit.ly/mJrmU0 

Classical guitar concert by French Jazz perfomer, Arnaud Fillion. May 28 at Khoo Kongsi. 8pm-11pm. Free admission. http://bit.ly/jlcM9M 
 "Portraits of Penang: Little India" by Ooi Cheng Ghee. Photos from 1979. May 13-31, 11am-6pm at Lot 2&4 Beach Street. http://bit.ly/khrUfk 

French Art & Film Festival in #Penang. Various events from May 12-31. See Alliance Francaise website for details: http://bit.ly/fK9QTM 

St. George Church site visit through Penang Heritage Trust. May 14, 3:30pm. Call or email to reserve spot. More: http://bit.ly/jhB5FA 

"I was 13 at the time. On the day it happened" A Workshop Presentation of Stories of 13 May 1969. On May 11, 12, 13. http://bit.ly/ljsXU6 

Grand opening of the 33m tall Golden Pagoda Bell Tower at the Burmese Temple in #Penang. May 15. More here: http://bit.ly/mGaw1P 

International Lion Dance On Stilts Competition at Han Chiang Indoor Stadium, #Penang. May 7 & 8. More here: http://bit.ly/msKheS 

Penang Hill train has re-opened. RM10 for roundtrip ticket through April 30. Fares for tourists increase to RM30 starting May 1. 

"Dance Day for Earth" - workshops and performances. Fort Cornwallis, 5pm-9pm, April 24. See you there! More: http://bit.ly/hCaipr 

Vasakhi Fest 2011 - Sikh New Year. Music, dance, and martial art performances. Fort Cornwallis, 7pm-11pm, April 23. http://bit.ly/fZ01o5 

"Jazz Works" - a concert by Penang Philharmonic. April 24, 3pm, at Level 5 Komtar. RM30. More here: http://bit.ly/hOAGwP 

Penang State Museum & Art Gallery anniversary celebration. April 14-17 @57 Macalister Road. Details: http://bit.ly/gKfuYV 

"Rasa Chowrasta" photo exhibition on the people of Chowrasta Market. Runs through April 18. More here: http://bit.ly/edhsiY 

Qing Ming (or All Souls' Day)-many Chinese in Penang will clear their ancestors' graves & burn offerings. April 5. http://bit.ly/ftfmGL
Penang For Japan Disaster Relief charity event at Straits Quay. Sunday, March 27th, 11am-6pm.

Little Penang Street Market - cultural performances, food, local gifts. Sunday, March 27, 10am-5pm.

"A Modern Woman Called Ang Tau Mui" - a Malaysian play @ Studio at Straits in #GeorgeTown, March 18-20.

"Creative Women's Art" an art exhibtion held at G-Hotel through March 20th.  

"River Meets Light"- a mixed media performance presented by River Art Project. 8:45pm, March 12, Sungai Pinang. More: http://bit.ly/emSOyn 

"7th Heaven" art exhibition by Ong Oh Hup Hoe. Runs until March 31st at Studio @ Straits. 

"Celtic Revival" - St Patrick's Day celebration at E&O Hotel on March 4th. Irish food, music and dance. 

Reminder: March 2nd is the last night to catch the Chinese New Year lights at Kek Lok Si Temple. _______________________________________________________________________________
"Code Unknown" by Michael Haneke. A free showing of the Austrian film at Alliance Francaise. March 2nd, 8pm.

Play: "A Modern Woman Called Ang Tau Mui". Tickets on sale now for performances in Penang on March 18, 19, & 20. 

Grand float procession for 80th anniversary of Sian Chye Tong Temple. Feb 26, 6:30pm-11pm in Air Itam. 

"Gems from Broadway" - a free outdoor concert by the Penang Philharmonic. Feb 26, 8:15pm @Wawasan. 

Jelutong Night Market every Friday night on Jalan Van Praagh (Road), 6:30-11pm. Go where the locals go.

Discussion on Agatha Christie's work with famous Malaysian director & author Amir Mohammad. Feb 24, 6:30pm. 

We would love to hear from you about any upcoming events in Penang. Just send us an email at: CapturingPenang@gmail.com. Thanks!
Concert by the Orchestra of the Music Makers @ Dewan Sri Pinang on Sunday, Feb 20, 3pm.

Masi Magam Theppe Thiruvilla (floating chariot) festival, Feb 18, 5pm-9pm, near Teluk Bahang Dam. 

Classical concert at the historic Suffolk House. Feb 18. RM60 by donation. Contact Alliance Francaise: 

Chap Goh Meh Celebration or "Chinese Valentine's Day" on Feb 17, 4-11pm at Esplanade. Performances, fireworks, & more. 

Batu Ferringhi Festival Parade, tonight (Friday) from 7:30-10pm. 

Penang Chinese New Year Heritage Celebration - George Town streets & temples. Feb 12, 3pm-12am.

Thni Kong Seh (Jade Emperor’s birthday) at Chew Jetty in George Town, Feb 10 (7pm-12am)

"Story", an exhibition on Malaysian culture and life by artist Lee Sin Bee. Venue: A2 Gallery. Ends on Feb 9. 

Chinese New Year Open House hosted by the Penang State government, in Balik Pulau on Feb 6th - starts 6pm. 

"Fire Watching" & "Chor Sor Kong" Deity birthday at Snake Temple in Bayan Lepas. Feb 8th, 8pm-9pm.

Kek Lok Si Temple lights up again for Chinese New Year. 

Photos without a camera - An exhibition of dark room prints by Ricardo Tovar at Alliance Francais. Ends Feb 9.

Children's music & dance performance about Carnavon Street, Jan 29, 9am & 10:15am, near Carnavon+Acheen Street.

Little Penang Street Market - Jan 30, 10am-5pm, Upper Penang Road. Food, crafts, performances, and more. 

Opening concert for the Penang Philharmonic, featuring works from Johann Strauss. Dewan Sri Pinang, Jan 29, 8:15pm. 

Catch the Hebei China Acrobatic and Aerial Troupe, at Gurney Mall. Performing daily at 4pm & 7pm until Jan 30.

At midnight, the Thaipusam chariot was located at Jalan Macalister & Anson Road. It will arrive in Little India around 5am or 6am (Jan 22nd) 

Thaipusam- catch the last day of the festival today (Friday), when the chariot returns to Little India. 

From the stadium area, pierced devotees will walk along Jalan Utama to Nattukkottai Chettiar Temple on Jalan Waterfall. Tonight 10pm-6am 

Thaipusam- devotees will go into trances and pierce themselves near Jalan Dato Keramat & Lorong Kulit by stadium at 10pm tonight 

As of 3:30pm, the Thaipusam Chariot is on Jalan Dato Keramat, about to turn onto Jalan Utama. It will arrive at Jalan Waterfall around 10pm. 

Thaipusam - Be at Nagarathar Sivan Temple (across from Times Square) around noon to watch the smashing of thousands of coconuts! 

Reminder: Firewalking at 7pm, Jan 16, for Hindu Festival at Sri Sakthi Durga Amman Temple (next to Gurney Plaza on Kelawei Rd). 

"Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan"- Art exhibition at 57 Macalister Road, 9-5pm until Jan 23. 

Pongal Festival in Penang - wake up early on Saturday morning, Jan 15, and head over to Little India. 
Traditional Lion Dance Challenge at Penang Times Square, Friday, January 14 from 7pm-10pm. 

Train to Penang Hill still closed - the new train will not open until March 2011 (after Chinese New Year). 

Planning ahead: One of the biggest festivals of the year in Penang - Thaipusam - January 20, 2011.

Festival at Sri Sakthi Durga Amman Temple (next to Gurney Plaza on Kelawei Rd), Fire Walking: 7pm, Jan 16 / Chariot Procession: Jan 18 night.

Spring Cleaning in George Town World Heritage Site - Sunday, Jan 9, 9am-Noon (register at 8:30am at Chinese Town Hall). See you there! 


Chariot Festival by The Hare Krishna Society, Dec 24, 5pm-10pm. Starts at Sivam Temple across from Times Square. Details: Ravee, 016-4002020 

‘Day of Destiny’ a Christmas drama by The Penang First Assembly of God. 7.30pm, Dec 25 @Dewan Sri Pinang. Free. Details, call 04-6584404. 

Planning Ahead: "George Town City Day Celebration" on Jan 1st, starting 5pm. Food, performances, parade. 

"A Family Concert of Christmas Music" by Penang Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra. Dec 23, 8:15pm-10pm, E&O Hotel. Contact: 04-2622462 

Christmas Open House, organised by churches in Penang. Dec 19, 6.30pm to 10pm at Fort Cornwallis.  

Pesta Chingay, Lion & Dragon Dance Parade. Dec 19, 7pm to 11pm. Padang Brown to City Hall, Esplanade.

2010 Penang Horse Show at the Turf Club. Friday-Sunday, Dec 17-19. Free admission.

Waterfall Walk & Rain Forest Walk by Friends of Botanic Gardens. Dec 15-18, 9-11am. Limited space. Contact: 04-2279915 or botanika@tm.net.my

Be 1 of 1,111 bicyclists for the Cycling Parade on January 1st to celebrate George Town City Day 2011.  

Catch a spectacular meteor shower from an observatory in Balik Pulau. Monday & Tuesday night, Dec 13&14, 8pm-6am.

Dance & Music Tribute to the Botanic Gardens at the Penang Floral Festival. Dec 11 & 12, morning.

Viva La George Town Carnival - Food, culture and art. December 11, China Street Ghaut, Starts 7:30pm. 

Local Democracy Week in Penang - various activities every day from December 6 - 12. 

Indonesian Food, Handicraft, & Cultural Festival at Queensbay, Sunday, December 5, 11am-11pm. 

"China in Those Days" - Talk & dinner by Thomas Brandt. Dec 5, Sunday 6:30pm at Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.

7th Penang Island Jazz Festival. Dec 2-5. Various venues.

Sun Yat Sen & Soong Ching Ling exhibition at the new Penang State Museum branch on Macalister Rd, Nov 12-Feb 17.

"Retrospective" B&W photo exhibition of Malaysian life, by Ismail Hashima. Ends November 30; 9am-5pm; Penang State Art Gallery 

"Welcome" - a free movie screening tonight at 8pm (Nov 26), at Alliance Francaise in Penang. 

"Spiral Synergy Art & Coffee Morning", a talk with colour expert Chris Stone at 29 China St Gallery, Nov 26, 9:30am, RSVP 0164570221, RM15 
Loy Krathong Festival at Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram (Reclining Buddha Temple); Cultural events from 7pm-10pm on Nov 21.

In celebration of Sun Yat Sen's historic 1910 Penang Conference, events will be held in George Town on Nov 21-22.

"Woman Creating A Safe World" - a free talk by Dr Prema Devaraj at 8pm, Nov 18, at Penang YMCA. For details, call Fiona Chan at 04-2298276 

Penang Bridge International Marathon on Nov 21. Not too late to sign up for the "Fun Run" Category. 

Freedom Film Festival at the Penang Caring Society Complex, Nov 13 & 14, Tickets are free. 

Deepavali Open House hosted by the Penang State Government. Nov 6, 11am-3pm, at Dewan Sri Pinang 

'Penang at War' book launch & talk at 29 China St. Nov 6th, 5pm. In support of PHT & Lighthouse Children’s Home.

Come on down to Little India, Penang on Oct 31, Sunday night for the Deepavali Carnival. Starts around 7pm.

"Love, Dream & Hope", oil painting exhibition by Indonesian artist, Budi Utama Siagian. Ends: Oct 31.

"Playing on The Lunatic Side of The Moon", an exhibition by Mexican artist Ricardo Chavez. Ends on Oct 31. 

Penang Bridge International Marathon - registration closes on Oct 31 for race on Nov 21.

Wander Little India from now until Deepavali (Nov 5) as shops spill out into the streets creating a colorful and electric atmosphere. 

"HerStory Malaysia" - Catch five short films directed by Malaysia female filmmakers. Oct 23, 8pm at YMCA Penang.

Malaysian Philharmonic Chamber Concerts in Penang. Oct 23@Suffolk House, 6pm. Oct 24@Town Hall, 3pm.  

Oktoberfest - Experience a slice of Bavarian culture in Penang! Oct 23 & 24 at Malaysian German Society. 

Navarathri Festival. A chariot procession on Oct 18. Starts at Maha Mahariamman Temple on Queen Street. Around 6.30pm. Tel: 042620960 

Catch the last day of Nine Emperor Gods Festival. Oct 16. Celebration throughout Penang Island & mainland Butterworth.

Penang Players presents a song recital by Ralph McDonald, with piano accompaniment by Yang Tien. Oct 16, 8pm, Level 5 Komtar. 012-477-2890 

Spear skewing ceremony & float procession on 5th night of Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Penang (Butterworth). Oct 12.  

Heritage Penang art exhibition at Galeri Art Point. Venue: 46 & 48 Jln Chow Thye. 

Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Penang (Butterworth). Oct 8-Oct 16. Hot oil ceremony on Oct 10. More details: 

168 year old "Kew Ong Yah" Grand Float Procession. Oct 10, 7pm. Parade through George Town. Lion dance & drums.

Canon PhotoMarathon 2010 in Penang's heritage zone. Oct 16. Register before 10 Oct. 

Awareness event: Stop Sexual Crimes Against Children, organised by NGOs. Oct 9, 8am-1pm. Tanjung Bunga Beach Hotel. Register - 04-8294046 

Watch "The Return", an award winning Russian movie this coming Wed (Oct 6) at Alliance Francaise Penang. 8pm.
Join "Walk into the Light" to help raise awareness about mental health issues in our society. Oct 10.  

We would love to hear from you about any upcoming events in Penang. Just send us an email at: CapturingPenang@gmail.com. Thanks!

Everyone is welcome to join the BlogFest Asia 2010, the region 2nd gathering for the blogger community. Oct 1 to 3.

Join Penang Heritage Trust on a site visit to the historic General Hospital - Oct 3, 3:30pm. To register, contact 6042642631

Planning ahead - Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Penang (Butterworth) from October 8-16. 

G Hotel brings you an art exhibition featuring local artists & indigenous crafts. Ends on Sep 30. 

Celebrate Mid Autumn Festival at Little Penang Street Market this Sunday. Sep 26. Parade starts at 2pm. 

Printmaking exhibition at Peter Liu Art Gallery, 84 Lebuh Melayu. Sep 23.

Reminder: Have your snack dinner at Farlim Night Market this Wed night. 7pm - 10pm.

Penang International Print Exhibition at No 57, Macalister Rd from 9am - 5pm. Near New Lane hawkers. Ends on Oct 15.

Fire Walking Festival. Night of Sep 19 (Sun) at Sri Maha Kaliamman Temple, Jln Batu Gantong, Race Course. 

The Temple of Fine Arts presents Win Thang, Bharatanatyam dancer from Paris. Sep 18 (Sat), 8pm. 

Don't miss BEFORE, a solo printmaking exhibition by Juhari Said at Galeri Seni Mutiara on Armenian St. 

Meet a talented Penan sape player on Malaysia Day. Sep 15, 8pm at Soundmaker, 62 Weld Quay, rooftop.  

Free trial class - Learn French at Alliance Francaise de Penang on Thurs Sep 16 or Thurs Sep 23, 7pm - 9pm. 

Teochew Puppet Show inside Anson Road Market (corner of Anson&Melaka Road) around 8-10pm on Sept 5, 6, & 7. Bring your camera!