Batik the Monkey Weekend!

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A weekend of Batik Painting with Lusy Koror – Artist & Creative Facilitator in support of Langur Project Penang!

It is a FREE batik painting workshop for all ages 8 and above! At the same time, 50% of all garden entrace ticket sales for both days will be donated to Langur Project Penang if you join a guided tour!

Date: 9th & 10th July 2016
Time: 10AM – 5PM

*Just look for us at the Pavilion!
More info here:


Langur Project Penang is a research project on the activity pattern, habitat use and diet of Langurs a.k.a. Dusky Leaf Monkeys (Trachypithecus obscurus) in Penang, Malaysia; endorsed by Universiti Sains Malaysia and Malaysian Primatological Society. Check out and follow their FB for updates!

TSG -Cooking School Open Day

Tropical Spice Garden’s much acclaimed Cooking School is now having an Open Day, filled with fun activities for both adults and children! Delicious cooking classes and tantalising cooking demos to excite a foodie’s tastebuds! Food vendors galore to whet your appetite 😀

Please register for the cooking classes as spaces are limited: only 10 personal cooking stations so hurry up!


T: 04-8811797 | 012-4865795


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The Big Draw : Campaign for Drawing

The Big Draw : Penang Style . Campaign for Drawing

Are you passionate about drawing? In love with the green outdoors? Join us at Tropical Spice Garden this Sunday, 5pm at the Pavilion and enjoy and evening of sketching in our beautiful glass box where you can look out and compose a world of beautiful plants. If you would like to get up close and personal with the plants, you are welcome to do so as well!

Don’t worry about how good your skills are, we just want you to have an enjoyable day because drawing is all about FUN!! Come with your art materials or grab the pencils and paper around you to get started.

All drawings will be photographed and posted online, after which you are free to take them home.

The Big Draw: Penang Style

Date: 12th October 2014

Time: 5pm – 7pm

Venue: Pavilion, Tropical Spice Garden


Official Website:

Official Venue Website: The Big Draw_Tropical Spice Garden

Facebook: The-Big-Draw-Penang-Style

Ernest Zacharevic – City of canvas

Ernest Zacharevic’s wall art pulls the crowds into George Town

The Street Artitst – Ernest Zacharevic

Ernest Zacharevic’s quirky, wall murals are George Town’s latest ‘must-sees’. At any time of the day there’s a crowd huddled by the Armenian Street junction, the young, the old, cameras in hand waiting patiently to take their photos with two painted kids on an old bicycle. Visitors have swarmed from all over the country to capture Zacharevic’s wall art on film. They want to see his art and they also want to be a part of it. The Lithuanian’s series of eight murals are scattered throughout George Town, some like the trishawman are huge and easily spotted, others are smaller and more tucked away.

One of Ernest's drawings - The Blue Girl.

The hunt for the murals is just part of the fun, and the Facebook response has been spectacular. “I’ve spent the day in George Town looking for all the paintings, it’s been fun!” giggled a young girl who declined to be named. She and her friends had driven up from Ipoh for the weekend armed with heavy SLRs, hundreds of photos ready to be uploaded. The accessibility of Zacharevic’s wall art, celebrating everyday people doing everyday things brings an instant smile to the faces of those passing by. You don’t need to appreciate art to get what you see and there are no hidden metaphors to decipher. In this cynical age of digital trickery, the appeal of Zacharevic’s work lies in its simple purity – a mix of the artist, paint and plenty of soul.


Ernest Zacharevic’s Streetart Notebook George Town

Walls alive!Pulling off your own giant wall murals isn’t as easy as it seems unless you have access to a large building, a crane, gallons of paint (and of course permission from the relevant authorities). There is a simpler solution with Ernest Zacharevic’s Streetart Notebook George Town, featuring his own wall art as well as photographs of George Town’s textured walls. “The idea for the notebook was a bit of fun.

Creating your very own wall art.

Not everyone can go out and paint on walls, but they can create their own wall art in this notebook,” explained Zacharevic. “It can be anything, draw, paint, create montages in the notebooks. Hopefully in the future we’ll be able to put together an exhibition of the craziest entries!” he explained.

Cats by Rinna Clanuwat  from Thailand.

Streetart Notebook George Town is available for sale at:

Pik Nik

15 Nagore Road, Penang 

Tropical Spice Garden

Teluk Bahang, Penang

Pro Musica 2009












With Special Dance Interlude by RAMLI IBRAHIM & SUTRA DANCERS


Admission by contribution @ RM120, RM60 & RM30


For reservations :       SURIANA       04-2274006


Ramli Ibrahim – Rasa Unmasked


The Penang Arts Council is delighted to present Ramli Ibrahim, Malaysia’s foremost Indian Classical Dancer, live in Penang.


For one night only, Ramli will bring his sensuous new dance collaboration to Penang. Featuring dancers from Malaysia’s Sutra Dance Theatre, Australia’s Lingalayam Company and ethnomusicologist Alex Dea, the show premiered in Sydney in early March and was sold out at the Sydney Opera House before touring Malaysia, Singapore, and India.


Experience the full effect by joining us in the Maharajah’s Tent for a Pre-show Reception with Indian canapes and drinks. Then join Ramli and the cast for an After-show supper at The Sire Museum Restaurant. 


Our Penang show details are:


7.30pm – 15 April 2009 (Wednesday) – Dewan Sri Pinang


Invitation by donation:

RM20, RM40, RM80

RM120 to include Pre-show reception in the Maharajah’s Tent

RM200 to include Pre-show reception and Supper at The Sire Museum Restaurant


Invitations available from Penang Arts Council (tel 04 226 8477), Flower Series (04 2611677), Michelle (016 4570221), Joe (016 4173456), Esther on the mainland (016 4170112) or email


We have reserved 200 tickets for underprivileged children and young adults to see the show.

If you would like to sponsor these tickets please email or call Michelle. We will be happy to acknowledge your generosity in our souvenir programme.


See the TV adverts on Astro from 21 March to 17 April


Sponsors include:

Hotel Managers Association (Penang), Khanna Indian Restaurant


Funds raised will go to:

Little Penang Street Market

Soroptimist International Penang/Community Works Project Blossom

Sponsorship of promising music students to Pro-Musica workshop in August 2009

Emily of Emerald Hill – A one-woman drama in 2 acts


“Emily of Emerald Hill”

Wawasan Open University

Saturday 28 March , 8.15pm

Sunday 29 March, 3.00pm


Ombak-Ombak Arts Studio presents Emily of Emerald Hill at Wawasan Open University on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March 2009 to raise funds for Ombak’s community projects. Tickets at RM30 and RM50 are available Penang Heritage Trust (04-2642631) and East-West Learning Centre in Farlim (04-8351600) and Tropical Spice Garden (04-.8811797) Student tickets at RM15 are also available for a special 3pm matinee on Sunday 29 March. For more information contact  Ho Sheau Fung (012-5145933).



Watch out! Nyonya Emily’s back in town!


Watch out! Everybody’s favourite Nyonya is back in Penang! Yes, your most manipulative and domineering female relative comes a-visiting again, wheeling and dealing in the only way she knows how. 


Fans of Stella Kon’s acclaimed one-woman Peranakan play, Emily of Emerald Hill, are looking forward to welcoming indomitable Nyonya matriarch Emily Gan back to the Penang theatre circuit this weekend after an absence of two years.  Fleshing out the demanding role will be actress Pearlly Chua, triumphant from her 130th performance in February as Emily. The coming Penang performance will be her 135th!


You may have seen the play before but really, who can resist Emily’s wiles as she sets out to address weighty issues like wayward husbands, long-suffering eldest sons and bullying in-laws?  Who can forget those delicious battles among the women of the Gan clan for one-upwomanship at that grand old mansion called Emerald Hill?  It is futile to argue with the lady.  You know it is once again time to set aside your weekend to be with your favourite Nyonya as she rules the Penang stage once again.


Her draw is simply too strong.  You look forward to rubbing shoulders with the Grande Dame of Emerald Hill and laughing at her as well as with her as she goes about establishing order in everyone’s lives, sometimes with hilarious consequences.  You know there will be moments when you will just cringe and grit your teeth at her little schemes to retain supreme control of the household, but you also know the poignant tender moments will come as the girl-child Emily surfaces to articulate the horror of realizing how worthless one can be made to feel simply because one is female.


Emily of Emerald Hill has become Malaysia’s longest running local play, exploring in-depth the hopes, fears and aspirations harboured by women the world over as they try to fulfill their roles as wives and mothers within the context of their respective social milieus. Throughout the play, you witness her triumphs and failures. You see the bitter irony of how her overpowering love can lead to tragic events within her household. Emily is indeed a “bitter-sweet eulogy to a disappearing culture of the Straits Chinese”, as the late theatre critic Krishen Jit once put it.


And so you know that come the weekend, you will be there at the performance once again, dragging fresh initiates to the Emily circle there screaming (they will thank you after the show – you know that from past experience!), as the one and only Emily Gan invites you to step back in time to a golden era of fabulous soirees at Emerald Hill, attended to by her squadrons of servants.


Welcome back to Penang, Nyonya Besar!