The annual street parade filled with decorative miniature stages, dancing dragons and prancing lions is back this month for a bicentennial edition. Revolving around the theme ‘Dreams Funtasia’, Chingay 2019 aims to expand our understanding of Singapore’s history beyond 1819, beginning even earlier at 1299.
Some of the highlights for this year’s event include a first-of-its-kind painting depicting the past, present and future of Singapore that stretches 270m long, skilled and cultural performances by diverse groups, as well as a stunning display of lights, lasers, pyrotechnics and fireworks.
1 Republic Blvd, 038975
Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts was introduced as one of four annual cultural festivals at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay celebrating Singapore’s multicultural heritage. We aspire to make Huayi the pinnacle festival for Chinese artists, and to be internationally recognised as an arts festival that showcases the works of the most outstanding Chinese artists.
Through commissions, co-productions, presentations and showcases, Huayi enables audiences to experience some of the most dynamic forms of artistic expression by Chinese artists.
Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts
1 Esplanade Dr, 038981
Prepare to be astounded by the esteemed British virtuoso organist, Thomas Trotter, in an evening recital of organ greats. A myriad of organ colours from Bach to Ginastera gives way to a celebration of familiar and famous British tunes, including the glittering magnificence of Holst’s Jupiter and the regal grandeur of Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory.
Thomas Trotter – Arrival, 1819
7.30 p.m to 9.30 p.m.
9 Empress Pl, 179556
The hottest K-pop girl group of the moment, BLACKPINK, will be coming to town a day after Valentine’s Day to perform a one-night only live concert at Singapore Sports Hub. Though the tickets to this highly anticipated show have sold out, fans who did manage to nab these coveted entry passes are in for a treat.
Get ready to be charmed by these four sopranos, who are expected to perform some of their top charting songs, such as Whistle (2016), Boombayah (2016) and Ddu-Du Ddu-Du (2018). We’re keeping our fingers crossed for Kiss and Make Up (2018). For more information, visit Singapore Sports Hub’s website.
BLACKPINK World Tour 2019
7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
1 Stadium Drive, 397629
Image: Singapore Art Museum
On 16 and 17 February 2019, SAM’s buildings will go bare and open to the public for one weekend of fun and celebration. The public can expect multimedia, immersive and insta-worthy activities on every level of SAM at 8Q, and Mad for SAM souvenirs to take home. Starting at 10am in the morning, the party will go into the night with DJs and homegrown band performances.
Mad for SAM Party
8 Queen St, 189555
The February edition of Singapore’s favourite family market is here. Browse the fantastic array of stalls while the kids play. It will be a fun Saturday of good food and shopping at the Frank Food February Market.
Frank Food February Market
9 a.m to 1 p.m.
75E Loewen Rd, 248845
It’s the first GrooveTop of 2019 and boy, we missed ya! We’re finally back and at a NEW LOCATION this year, we can’t wait for you to see this super fun and gorgeous space. Come on up to the roof for a Saturday afternoon with beers, cocktails, good food and a whole lotta soul and R&B. Oh yeah… WE GOT A POOL!!! So bring your swimsuits & bikinis – this time you can boogie in the pool, cocktail/ beer in hand.
It’s Valentines Weekend so spread the love – bring your boo, besties, boys and babes cause we got the beats and the booze to boogie on past sundown.
3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
270 Orchard Rd , 238857
Stay in shape and give back to charity at the same time with Run for Hope 2019. Returning for its 26th edition, this meaningful annual run organised by Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) aims to raise awareness for cancer research, so show your support for cancer victims and dedicate your run to someone special.
Featuring two routes, 3.5km and 10km, rates range from $33 (for youths below 20) to $123 (for one adult and two youths), where all runners will be entitled to a goodie bag and a t-shirt. Part of the funds raised from each registration will be donated to the NCCS Research Fund. Get your passes here.
Run for Hope 2019
6.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.
1 Stadium Drive, 397629
Catch the return of South Korea’s indie boy band, Hyukoh, which will be performing on the stage of Esplanade Theatre this February. We’re hoping that they’ll perform songs from their latest EP, 24: How To Find True Love and Happiness, like Graduation (2018) and Citizen Kane (2018), as well as some of their top charting singles such as Wi Ing Wi Ing (2014) and Comes and Goes (2015). Tickets range from $88 to $148. Grab yours from Apactix before they sell out.
Hyukoh Live in Singapore
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
1 Esplanade Dr, 038981
By Sharlyn Tan + Mizah Salik, 11 February 2019
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