Weekends Programs in Esplanade


Last year, my team and I conceived of a youth and community project where we create we call “social space” for the people of Penang to do healthy and fun activities together, as a community. The program started off with the KOMTAR Night Event, held at pedestrian mall, KOMTAR.

Since KOMTAR was taken over by renovation and also considering other factors such as accessibility, crowd and others, I’ve decided to bring the event to a bigger scale to Esplanade. On file, we call it Program Hari Minggu Belia dan Komuniti di Padang Kota Lama. I know, i know, the name is a mouthful and not “cool” enough, but it’s a working title…we are working on the naming and design now.

Anyway, under the new plan, we’ll have youth and community activities every weekends, on Saturday evenings and on Sunday mornings (see schedule below). This program will form part of our X-Flow 2009 calender. We have already kicked off most of the activities, while a couple is pending the ironing out of operational details. I hope we’ll be able to run this weekends program full fledge by April.

Hope to catch up with you guys there, this is for YOU my beloved PENANGITES…let’s hope that the social space we have created will be able to bring people together, to recreate the communal spirit of muhibah, to provide platform for talents to grow but most importantly to have healthy, cheap fun.

The program schedule

1st Saturday

8.30 pm – 11.30 pm

Padang Esplanade

Tayangan wayang pacak (outdoor movie theater)

2nd Saturday

8.30 pm – 11.30 pm

Padang Esplanade/

Jln Tun Syed Sheh Barakhah

Layang-layang (kite flying)/

Sembang –sembang Ikan (a forum/social networking group for angling enthusiasts)

3rd Saturday

8.30 pm –

11.30 pm

Padang Esplanade

Malam Kebudayaan (cultural appreciation night)

Last Saturday

7.30 pm – 11.30 pm

Jln Padang Kota Lama

Penang Independent Music & Arts Fest/
Creative Bazaar

1st Sunday

7.00 am – 9.00 am

Jln Padang Kota Lama

Senaman komuniti (community exercise)

2nd Sunday

9.00 am – 12.30 pm

Jln Padang Kota Lama

Radio Control Challenge – radio control vehicles demo and stunt

3rd Sunday

7.00 am – 9.00 am

Padang Esplanade

Jogging & Jalan-jalan – community jogging and exercise

Last Sunday

9.00 am – 11.00 am

Padang Kota Lama

Penang Heritage Experience on Wheels (PHEW) – group cycling through inner city

















If there are 5 weekends in a month, then the fourth one will NOT have any programs. There are two programs still in planning stage due to logistics involved – the outdoor movie theater and also cultural appreciation night. My team is working against time to get them up and going soon.

As I have mentioned, we are finalizing the calendar soon and will distribute it throughout Penang.

For the meantime, pls contact my office for more info: (phone) 04 6505 137 | (phone) 04 262 8707 | ongkokfooi@penang.gov.my

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