Ahoy avid swimmers! The Penang International Cross Channel Swim is making a historic return after a 28-year hiatus, challenging swimmers everywhere to swim across the busy Penang channel. This 6km swim tests your endurance and stamina. Registration closing date is on March 8, 2016 at 12pm, so be sure to register now.

  • Date: March 19
  • Start point: Gurney Drive (Beachfront behind 8 Gurney Condominium)
  • End point: Pantai Bersih, Mainland Butterworth (Lobster Seafood Restaurant)
  • Event day registration time: 5.30am-6.30am
  • Registration fee: RM190 per participant for Malaysians and US$80 per participant for foreigners
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Dance along with 7,000 other Zumba enthusiasts at the Penang International Zumba Carnival. This Columbian dance fitness programme not only tones your body; it’s fun too!

  • Date: March 5
  • Time: 7pm-11pm
  • Venue: Batu Kawan Stadium (Indoor)
  • Contact: +604 226 1462
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Run For Change, organised by the Penang State Hindu Youth Council, aims to strengthen unity and foster peace among Indian youths in Penang.

  • Date: March 27
  • Time: 9am
  • Venue: Youth Park
  • Participation fee: RM10
  • Contact: +6012 443 2104/+6016 444 6204 (Kugilan)


The Penang Philharmonic (PP) will celebrate its sixth anniversary with the launch of the inaugural Penang Philharmonic Festival from March 12-19. The week-long festival will feature four programmes promoting classical music as well as jazz, including two main concerts by the PP Orchestra and Big Band, a chamber concert and a piano solo recital.

The festival will open with the PP Orchestra performing the Rococo Variations on March 12 and will close with a charity concert in aid of the Children's Protection Society, fully funded by Datuk Seri Nazir Ariff.


Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative led by the WWF. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 19, at 8.30pm to show their support for environmentally sustainable action.

Join in the fun by participating in the Earth Hour 2016 Night Walk. All funds raised will be channelled to WWF-Malaysia's conservation efforts. As an Earth Hour 2016 Night Walk participant, you will receive a walk pack comprising a 100% cotton, eco-friendly Earth Hour 2016 T-Shirt and a medal.

  • Date: March 19
  • Venue: 1st Avenue Mall
  • Admission: RM65 and RM85
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What happens when a kid meets a prince from a faraway planet who has only one question: “How do I protect a rose from a goat?” Find out what transpires when the two of them set off on a journey to get the answer.

The Day I Met the Prince is a play based on the French novel, The Little Prince, adapted by Kuo Pao Kun, a Singaporean playwright and recipient of the Cultural Medallion Award. Bring your family for a localised taste of French literature.

  • Dates and times:
    • March 25 (8.30pm)
    • March 26 (3pm and 8.30pm)
    • March 27 (3pm)
  • Venue: Penangpac
  • Ticket: RM35 for adults and RM25 for students, physically-challenged, TAS / Senior Privilege Card holders and senior citizens above 60
  • Contact: +604-899 1722/2722


What does it mean to see the world as a poet does? The best answer is to join the annual celebration of World Poetry Day and take inspiration from an array of poetic offerings. Learn all about how to be good at being creative and the secrets of performing the spoken word in workshops with Danny Mahes, and the secrets of good poetic translation with Pauline Fan. There’ll be readings by acclaimed poets Cecil Rajendra, Malachi Edwin Vethamani and Melizarani T. Selva, and a showcase of talents from Say It Like You Mean It. Penang-based writers Yasmin Bathamanthan and Ooi Kee How will launch their engaging bilingual collection, Found In Translation. And the centrepiece of the whole event will be a marathon reading of all of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Breathe in the experience and breathe out poetry.

  • Date: March 20
  • Time: 11am-11pm
  • Venue: Black Kettle
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: +604 261 0282 (Gerakbudaya Bookshop)
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