Five container art installations at five different locations on the island and mainland. Experience Penang’s diversity through unlikely canvasses as the inaugural Penang International Container Art Festival is set to add colour to the heritage city of George Town, Jelutong’s waterfront, rural Balik Pulau, history-rich Butterworth and the commercial hub of Batu Kawan.

  • Date: now until May 31
  • Venue: Prangin Mall, Karpal Singh Drive, Kampung Terang, Dataran Pemuda Merdeka and Aspen Vision City
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Catch Pearlly Chua in the iconic Emily of Emerald Hill monodrama by Stella Kon. Set against the rich background of Peranakan culture and society of the 1930s-1960s, the play is a universal story of a woman’s survival and heartbreak. The monodrama has been around since the 1980s but this time around, Pearlly Chua ups the ante with a back-to-back performance in Mandarin and English.

  • Date: February 29 to March 1
  • Time: 3pm and 8pm
  • Venue: Auditorium A, KOMTAR
  • Ticket by donation: RM80
  • Contact: +6016 294 1203 (Michelle)



Trade a lazy Sunday morning for the Sungai Perai Nature Walk 2020! Themed around “Symbiosis”, this 6.6km nature walk traverses along Sungai Perai. Runners will be treated to the scenic Sungai Perai river, rolling paddy fields and even art installations! Deadline for registration closes on February 14.



Whether you are a runner, cyclist or somewhere in between, the 5km Panda Fun Run Walk Ride is an event for everyone. Expect a jersey, medal and an e-certificate when you sign up. Light refreshments will also be served. Deadline for registration is by March 3.



Run with your family and friends and take in the sights and sounds of Balik Pulau in the Balik Pulau Unicorn 5KM Fun Run! Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this fun run is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with the rural heartland of Penang while exercising. Registration closes on February 13.



This Thaipusam, join the pilgrimage procession to bring the statue of Lord Murugan from Little India to the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple along Jalan Kebun Bunga. The tradition of breaking coconuts is carried out the day before to “clean” the roads for this divine journey. As acts of penance, devotees are also pierced with skewers on the backs and fronts of their bodies. Expect lively music, singing and dancing to devotional songs during the festival.

  • Date: February 7-9
  • Venue: Lebuh Penang and Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, Jalan Kebun Bunga
  • Contact: +604 650 5215
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Celebrate Chap Goh Meh, which marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations, at the Esplanade, Penang. Also known as the Chinese Valentine's Day, this is a good time to experience a traditional matchmaking practice long before Tinder existed!

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