Do you love watching movies and sharing popcorn? This February, roll out your mats and let’s do all that under the stars on a carpet of grass at Tropfest South East Asia 2015.

Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival and competition, is all about contributing to the development of the film industry by providing opportunities for filmmakers to showcase their short films to their communities as well as to the rest of the world.

We also heard that acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle will be the judge and speaker. See you there!

  • Date: February 1
  • Venue:  Esplanade
  • Participation fee:  Free
  • Contact: +604 261 3061
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Elevate to new heights at the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and become the envy of the masses down below!

The Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta gives visitors an experience on a hot air balloon against a picturesque backdrop of the George Town World Heritage Site. Expect inflatable playgrounds, creative workshops, photography competitions, kite flying and more.

  • Date: February 21 and 22
  • Time: 6am-9pm
  • Venue: Padang Polo
  • Participation fee:  Free
  • Contact: +604 264 3456
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It’s Valentine’s Day. You’re attempting to make a romantic dinner but the smell of burnt chicken engulfs your kitchen as you try your best to salvage your roast. This February, save yourself the effort (and embarrassment) by dining at 1885 at the E&O Hotel. Priced at RM520++ per couple, the Romantic Set Dinner Promotion sets the mood for love.

And after the dessert, maybe it’s time to bring out the diamond ring – if you know what we mean.

  • Date: February 13 and 14
  • Time: 7pm-10.30pm
  • Venue: E&O Hotel
  • Price: RM520++ per couple
  • Enquiries and reservations: +604 222 2000 (ext. 3170)


Puteri Saadong, the adopted daughter of Cik Siti Wan Kembang, is best remembered for killing her husband with a hairpin.

Brought to you by D’Catz at Work (in collaboration with UiTM’s Faculty of Music), visual opera Puteri Saadong features the enchanting singer, Syafinaz Selamat, as the titular character. Puteri Saadong is the first Malay opera to combine Mak Yong, gamelan and chamber orchestra in a bid to retell a legend through visual interpretation and musical display.

  • Dates and times: February 7 (8.30pm) and 8 (2.30pm)
  • Venue: stage 1, penangpac
  • Price: RM35
  • Contact: +604 899 1722/2722
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Be a true apek and bring your own bottled water, because your throat will be parched from all the laughing at English stand-up comedy show Planet of the Apeks, which features observations, anecdotes, theories and even song parodies – all from the point of view of four apeks.

  • Dates and times: February 4 (9pm) and 15 (5pm and 9pm)
  • Venue: stage 1, penangpac
  • Price: RM53
  • Contact: +604 899 1722/2722
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This Valentine’s day, escape the hustle and bustle of George Town and take advantage of the Penang Hill Ticket Promotion. Take your partner by the hand and go on a stroll where the air is crisp and refreshing. Enjoy the sights of hill-top bungalows with lawns adorned with teacup roses and hydrangeas, and end your day by locking your love (and fate) with a padlock at Love Lock Penang Hill.

This special package includes two funicular railway tickets, chocolates and couple caricature painting.

  • Date: February 14
  • Venue: Penang Hill
  • Price: RM60 for MyKad holders, RM100 for non-MyKad Holders
  • Contact: +604 828 8880
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KKick off your year with an artful discovery at the Alliance Francaise de Penang, which is hosting a collective art exhibition by Urban Sketchers Penang. With a powerful manifesto like "We show the world, one drawing at a time," prepare to be swept away by more than 30 watercolour artworks and sketches about Penang, painted or drawn by 20 local artists. With pencil, ink and paint, their intention is to capture different locations of the island and George Town, drawing moments as a record of time and space.

  • Date: January 31-February 21
  • Venue: 46, Jalan Phuah Hin Leong, 10050 George Town
  • Contact: +604 227 6008
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