Penang Monthly event - February 2017


The Japan Foundation travelling exhibition, Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art, has arrived in Penang. Fourteen of Japan’s leading contemporary artists will showcase works representative of “micropop”, a term coined by curator Midori Matsui to describe the unique worldview of individuals who rearrange fragments of information and knowledge to suggest fresh ways of perceiving the outmoded and banal. Participating artists include Koki Tanaka, Lyota Yagi, Ryoko Aoki, Masaya Chiba and Keisuke Yamamoto.

  • Date: April 17-May 16
  • Time: 9am-6pm (Mondays to Saturdays)
  • Venue: Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  • Price RM4 for adults, RM2 for children (aged 5-12 years old) and free for USM staff and students, retirees, senior citizens and the physically-challenged
  • Contact: +6012 719 2021 (Tristan Toh)
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Penang Monthly event - February 2017


Scare yourselves silly at the A Night at No. 57 Macalister event! This treat for thrill seekers includes spending a night at the museum watching horror movies, enjoying a flashlight-guided tour (to the mortuary room, no less) and many more. Bring your pillow, sleeping bag, blanket, flashlight and other necessities to survive the night.


If you bring along nachos, you may have confused the sauce with the dance. Although both are saucy, the Penang Salsa Fiesta is a three-day dance weekend happening at St Jo's at Gurney Paragon. Expect salsa, lambada and zouk dance performances and demonstrations. So remember to ditch your bowl of nachos and strap on your dancing shoes instead!

  • Date:May 1-2
  • Venue: St Jo's, Gurney Paragon Mall
  • Contact: +6011 2375 2650 (Yap Tze Ling)
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The Penang Philharmonic Orchestra brings good news to classical music enthusiasts this month, with Eroica. Expect pieces by Rossini, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven, such as the overture from “La gazza ladra”, “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” and, of course, “Eroica.”


A realistic play such as Perfectly Matched is hard to come by. Directed by Wong Lay Chin and produced by the dynamic duo, Datuk Faridah Merican and Joe Hasham, Perfectly Matched is the story of troubled married couple Bee Hong and Lim Boon Leng, and is performed in Hokkien/Mandarin. After being married for so many years, Bee Hong finds out that her husband has had a string of affairs. Unsure of what to do, she contemplates suicide. Her husband, however, comes up with a brilliant idea – to turn their marriage into an open relationship. Encouraged by him, she starts to date other men and finds that she actually enjoys it. But this time, the tables are turned. The husband finds himself feeling jealous.

  • Date and times:May 7-8 at 8:30pm, May 9 at 3pm and 8:30pm, May 10 at 3pm
  • Contact: +604 899 1722/2722
  • Venue: Penangpac
  • Price: RM38 for adults, and RM28 for students, the physically-challenged, TAS/senior privilege cardholders and senior citizens above 60
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In 1903, a troubled mute boy named Tad is mistakenly sent away with a crooked travelling salesman. As the boy becomes entangled in a web of crime and deceit, his guardian angel bestows upon him the gift of singing, hoping it will be enough to put him on the straight and narrow. Featuring 13 original songs and inspiring dance routines, A Tad of Trouble is sure to inspire the most cynical of hearts.

  • Date: May 19 at 7pm, May 23 at 2pm and 7pm
  • Venue: penangpac
  • Tickets:RM20 for adults, and RM15 for students, the physically-challenged, and TAS cardholders
  • Contact: +604 899 1722/2722
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Explore the scenic countryside of Balik Pulau in the Balik Pulau Explorer event. Participants can also look forward to an authentic kampung dinner after a rewarding day of feasting your eyes on the sights Balik Pulau has to offer, such as verdant paddy fields, fruit orchards, plantations, mangroves, fishing villages and traditional kampungs.

  • Date: May 2
  • Time:5pm-9pm
  • Venue: Kompleks Sukan Balik Pulau
  • Price: RM50 (without Event Jersey) or RM80 (with Event Jersey)
  • Website: www.penangevents.


Dress up as your favourite anime character and rub shoulders with the who’s who of Japanese anime pop culture at the Penang Anime Matsuri Summer Party 2015. Expect an exciting two-day event with powerpacked activities such as Akihabara X Town, Creators Market, Merchandise Town, Night Doujin Market, Cosplay Celebrities, Japanese Food, Outdoor Anisong concert and party, and a good chance to showcase your beautiful yukata.

  • Date: May 23-24
  • Venues and times:Dewan Sri Pinang (9am-7pm), Esplanade Penang (5pm- 11pm)
  • Venue: Lokalhouz, 2201, JalanPantai, 12100 Butterworth
  • Price: RM10 per day at exhibition and stage (Dewan Sri Pinang), RM128 for concert at Esplanade (inclusive of two-day exhibition and stage tickets). Admission to Outdoor Matsuri Experience Zones, Food Street and the night market is free.
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