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BOOKS UNBOUND
Aug 2017

Conversations and Explorations: Leela Devi Panikar - Spinning Short Stories

Brevity, fleetness and attention to the smallest detail – all necessary for the short story form.

FEATURE
Aug 2017

Chance Decides at The Italian Restaurant

Mark your calendars for a play like no other.

FEATURE
Aug 2017

Borneoans in Penang

The state is second home to a vibrant and active Borneoan community.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Aug 2017

A History of the Malay Left: Part One

Distrust, fear, resentment – these gave rise to the Left.

PENANG PALETTE
Aug 2017

Remembering Tan Choon Ghee in Ink and Watercolour

His large collection is now at the Penang State Art Gallery.

HEALTH
Jul 2017

As Able to Work as Anyone Else

Thalassaemia patients are not any less capable than anyone else. 

FEATURE
Jul 2017

Voicing George Town’s Many Mores

George Town World Heritage Day is held to understand – and celebrate – local culture.

FEATURE
Jul 2017

Who’s Afraid of Bad Wolves?

A community development platform seeks to draw out the artist in Penangites.

FEATURE
Jul 2017

A Venue for a Culture City

For 45 years, Dewan Sri Pinang has played host to a myriad of events and functions.

PENANG PALETTE
Jul 2017

Tribute to a Visionary Virtuoso

John Lee Joo-for was one of the greatest acts in post-Independence Malaysian art.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jun 2017

Why Penang YWCA is Such a Landmark

The organisation has been empowering women for over a century.

PENANG PALETTE
Jun 2017

Wandering Souls in a Forbidden Land

A tribute to the late Malaysian artist Zulkifli Mohd Dahalan.

FEATURE
Jun 2017

Jazz – An Act of Liberation

Music is freedom, and none more so than jazz.

PENANG PALETTE
May 2017

The Freedom Young Artists Can Enjoy

The Young Contemporary Artists competition sees some quirky work.

COVER STORY
Apr 2017

Talking about Ageing: The Greying Elephant in the Room

Affordable and good healthcare; shelter and comfort: it’s time to address the realities of growing old in Malaysia.

PENANG PALETTE
Apr 2017

Glimpses of Yayoi Kusama’s Art Universe

Meet the Grandmother of Funky Optical Pop Art.

BOOKS UNBOUND
Mar 2017

Doors of Perception and Translation

Langkawi-based writer, translator and publisher Jérôme Bouchaud reveals his literary journey.

PENANG PALETTE
Mar 2017

Art Fairs Faring Fairly Well

Despite economic headwinds, Art Stage Singapore 2017 was a subdued success.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Feb 2017

The Dawn of Higher Education in Malaysia

It was no easy matter pushing for tertiary-level education in colonial Malaya.

PENANG PALETTE
Feb 2017

Art That Found Immortality in 2016

It was a year of bereavement in the world of art.

PHOTO ESSAY
Feb 2017

A Tantalising Tribute to Jimmy Boyle

The James Boyle Trio pays homage to Penang’s iconic composer.

PENANG PALETTE
Jan 2017

A Mountain is Much More than a Mountain

James Sum's dualistic and ambiguous works intrigue observers.

FEATURE
Dec 2016

The Word and the World (Part Two)

Post World War II Malaysia – including Penang – bursts with literary work.

PENANG PALETTE
Dec 2016

Still Promoting Art After All These Years

Art Expo Malaysia 2016 might be leaner, but it did not disappoint.

FEATURE
Nov 2016

Technology Transforms the Halal Industry

Things are looking good for one of Malaysia’s sunrise industries.

PROFILE
Nov 2016

With Enough Optimism, Success Will Come

Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim has had his share of ups and downs in life, but sheer tenacity continues to pull him through.

FEATURE
Nov 2016

The Word and the World(Part One)

Literary translators connect cultures from different parts of the globe, and Penang's role in the history of the art is by no means insignificant

PENANG PALETTE
Nov 2016

A Journey into the Testy World of Colonial Art

The Artist and Empire: (En)countering Colonial Legacies exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore explores the issues of post-colonialism and decolonisation.

PENANG PALETTE
Oct 2016

Fired by the Charm of Ceramics

A series of contemporary ceramic exhibitions in recent months has reignited interest in the art.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Oct 2016

Penang: The Rebel State (Part Two)

Penang's secessionist movement lasted three years, from 1948 to 1951, before losing steam.

COVER STORY
Oct 2016

A Revolution in Science Education is Upon Us

While our schools may be found lacking when it comes to science and tech education, several impassioned groups in Penang are working hard to create a vibrant landscape with STEM programmes and cool equipment open to kids from all walks of life.

BEGINNINGS
Sep 2016

The Evolution of Gurney Drive and Its Name

Did you know that the popular promenade was almost renamed “Pantai Merdeka”?

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Sep 2016

Penang: The Rebel State (Part One)

Discontent with the Federation of Malaya led the Straits Chinese elite of Penang to begin a push towards secession.

FEATURE
Sep 2016

Hearing the Painting Before Seeing it

Poetry and art go hand-in-hand in "Reading Art".

FEATURE
Sep 2016

Rich Music Resonates From Mount Santubong

There is no place more apt for the sounds of ethereal music than Kuching's Rainforest World Music Festival.

PENANG PALETTE
Sep 2016

Working a Wonderful World

Sculptor Anthony Lau has an insatiable thirst for the unknown.

FEATURE
Aug 2016

Embracing the Past, Present and Future of Bahasa Malaysia

KATA KATA 2100 explores the evolution of the national language.

FEATURE
Aug 2016

Zooming in on Bugs

Three photographer friends dedicate themselves to capturing life in the undergrowth.

FEATURE
Aug 2016

Three Who Found the Call of Music Irresistible

Turning one’s passion into a career is a bold step few of us dare take.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jul 2016

The Tongkang – Symbol of the Entrepot Age

Once an iconic figure during Penang Harbour’s heyday,discover the crucial role of the lighters that shuttled between massive hulking cargo ships and the port.

FEATURE
Jul 2016

Penang and Kuching Redefine Malaysia’s Urban Cool

The two cities are revitalising through the arts.

PENANG PALETTE
May 2016

An Ancient Art Form that Continues to Inspire

The Chinese brush genre survives – and evolves – in Malaysia.

PROFILE
May 2016

TMI May Be Gone, But Much Was Achieved

We have a chat with Jahabar Sadiq about freedom of information.

FEATURE
May 2016

The Kopitiam– The Hearths Of Penang

It’s the camaraderie that comes with the coffee.

FEATURE
Apr 2016

The Future Starts Now

Setting the groundwork for a sports council that looks beyond today is paramount.

FEATURE
Apr 2016

Thrilled by the Western Twang

Country music is big in Borneo, as proven by the successful third edition of the Miri Country Music Festival.