May the 4th be with you!
This Labour Day (a.k.a., 1 May), take the rare opportunity to see the interior of the Istana, the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. Then, celebrate Star Wars Day in style at a pop-up cinema 4 May, or catch other films at the Peroni Sunset Cinema, perfect for dates or a family day out.
Feast your way through the month at Gastrofest, or learn from Michelin-star chefs, sustainability in food or local agriculture at Sprout, Singapore’s largest farmers market. If you’re feeling boozy, sip on cocktails all weekend long at the Singapore Cocktail Festival.
Then, participate in the annual OCBC Cycle, AIA Glow Festival or National Vertical Marathon, which will be sure to help you burn off all those calories.
Click through our gallery to get the abundance of “flowers” for the month of May!
For just a few times a year, the usually heavily guarded and serene office of the President of Singapore will spring to life as it welcomes thousands of visitors through its open doors. If you haven’t seen what life is like in The Istana, pay a visit on May 1, Labour Day, for its open house from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Besides getting a chance to marvel at the colonial architecture and learning about the heritage of this important building, you can also enjoy a bustling line-up of performances and activities and even have a picnic with your loved ones. Moreover, the Istana is celebrating its 150th anniversary and you can purchase commemorative tokens and Flashpay cards there.
Entry is free for Singaporeans and PRs and $2 per person for everyone else. More information is available at The Istana website.
Istana Open House
The Istana, 35 Orchard Rd, 238823
Sip on an icy cold cocktail as you tuck into food from Tanjong Beach Club and enjoy a lovely cool sea breeze — all while watching a film. Doesn’t that sound like a dream? Live out that fantasy at the Peroni Sunset Cinema, where you get to catch movies such as biographic dramedy Green Book (2018), biographic legal-drama On The Basis Of Sex (2018) and crime drama The Mule (2018) while lounging in deck chairs with wireless headphones. While some dates are already sold out (you can’t see Lady Gaga belting out Shallow by the beach, unfortunately), you can check out their website for other available dates.
Tickets cost $31.80 each via their website and the screening will only be cancelled if the weather conditions pose a risk.
Peroni Sunset Cinema
2 to 25 May
Tanjong Beach, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, 098942
Don’t be fooled by his skinny frame and elvish good looks — South African-born Australian singer-songwriter-actor Troye Sivan packs smooth vocals that are at once soulful and soothing. First spotted doing song covers on YouTube, Troye has since received a Golden Globe nomination for his song Revelation in coming-of-age film Boy Erased (2018). Set to perform his latest album Bloom, concertgoers can expect hits such as My My My!, Dance To This and Animal, but we’re hoping that the 23-year-old performs favourites including Youth and Wild.
Tickets cost upwards of $98 via Apactix.
Troye Sivan ‘The Bloom Tour’ Singapore
The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-01, 138617
Experience a night of horse racing under the lights! Hosted by the American Women’s Association of Singapore, enjoy your night with a buffet dinner at the Singapore Turf Club while geared up in your best Kentucky Derby style.
Tickets are $75 and $90 for members and guests, respectively.
Find out more about the event and book your tickets at their website!
Night At The Races
6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Singapore Turf Club, 1 Turf Club Avenue, 738078
Build your kids’ strength and flexibility as they try out yoga poses from a book in this relaxing and engaging session.
Suitable for kids aged 4 to 6 years old.
Yoga in the Sea
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Programme Zone, Sengkang Public Library, 1 Sengkang Square, #03-28 & #04-19 Compass One, 545078
Celebrate Star Wars Day with a screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars story, brought to you by Popcorn, Singapore’s favourite movie app.
Book your tickets before they run out – & May The 4th Be With You!
Popcorn Pop-Up Cinema | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
7.30 p.m. to 9.45 p.m.
85 SOHO, 31 Boon Lay Dr, 649934
Local songbird Jacintha Abisheganaden is a household name, especially if you favour jazz music. The singer-thespian will be performing hits such as Somewhere over the Rainbow, Moon River and tunes from her 2018 album Fire & Rain. The performance will also be supported by music director Mei Sheum, Dr Sydney Tan on bass, Tama Goh on drums and Sebastian Ho on guitar. It’ll be a night of stirringly good music.
Tickets cost $45 via Sistic.
Jacintha Is Her Name Concert
Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Dr, 038981
Do you live to eat? The inaugural GastroFest at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is set to satiate your tastebuds. You can expect an array of mouthwatering cuisines from in-house restaurants Waterfall Ristorante Italiano and The Line as well as partnering establishments TONO Cevicheria, Meatsmith, Springleaf Prata, Coconut Club and The Pantree. If you fancy a tipple to accompany your meal, East Imperial and Drinksfellas will be serving up curated gin and tonic cocktails, bouquet wines and champagne. All of these while live music performances set a relaxing ambience. A wonderful way to spend a Saturday, we think.
Tickets cost upwards of $228 for adults. Make your reservations online!
Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Rd, 258350
Learn from Associate Professor Timothy P. Barnard as he explains how hidden sources can help illuminate the stories of imperial creatures, ranging from dogs and monkeys, to cattle and horses – all part and parcel of colonial Singapore.
Archives Invites – Timothy P. Barnard
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Level 3, Oldham Theatre, National Archives of Singapore, 1 Canning Rise, 179868
Based on the classic children’s book series by David McKee, Elmer The Patchwork Elephant Show celebrates laughter and individuality! Featuring a menagerie of 21 loveable puppets, this story tells the tale of an elephant that stands out – both with his patchwork-coloured skin and his sense of humour – but ultimately realizing that his friends have always valued his unique characteristics.
Get your tickets at Sistic.
Elmer The Patchwork Elephant Show
9 to 12 May
5 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
KC Arts Centre, 20 Merbau Road 239035
Not that we ever need a reason to drink, but The Cocktail Festival is presenting booze in such an intriguing manner that it’s hard not to put our names down straightaway. Boasting a lineup that includes international and local renowned bars such as Tippling Club, Jigger & Pony, Smalls from Bangkok and Keepers from Seoul, expect unique creations such as a sweet and spicy Tián Mì Mì from Madame Fan Bar and banana and miso infused Peel & See from Smoke & Mirrors. There will also be live music and food so it’ll be an awesome party.
Tickets cost upwards of $34 via Sistic and the SCGF website.
Singapore Cocktail Festival 2019
10 to 12 May
Empress Lawn, 11 Empress Place, 179558
What happens when an innocence bout of flirting goes awry and the lady gets sexually assaulted? With the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, more sexual assault stories are getting unearthed and destabilising the lies and power dynamics that keep victims silent. Created by playwright Ken Kwek after conducting over 100 interviews with victims, this production is aimed at giving voice to the shamed and damned victims and stars thespians including Oon Shu An, Pam Oei and Adrian Pang.
Tickets cost upwards of $25 via Sistic.
This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls
10 to 26 May
Drama Centre Theatre, #03-01 National Library Building, 100 Victoria St, 188064
With his unique blend of folk-pop sound and positive lyrics, it comes as no surprise that American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz has amassed a loyal fanbase and two Grammy awards under his belt. Jason is set to perform his latest album Know that features catchy tunes such as Have It All, Unlonely and More Than Friends. Of course, we’re hoping that Jason also performs fan favourites including I’m Yours, Make It Mine and I Won’t Give Up.
Tickets cost upwards of $98 via Apactix.
Jason Mraz Good Vibes Tour
The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-01, 138617
A group of strangers on a train interact with each other and realise that they have more in common than they thought. That’s the premise of the Romanian film Beside Me, one of the many showings at this year’s European Union Film Festival. Happening at the National Gallery of Singapore, this year’s presentation spotlights Romania as the feature country and celebrates the cultural heritage of Europe with films from other nations including Ukraine, Austria and Malta.
Tickets (per show) cost $11 via Sistic.
European Union Film Festival
10 to 19 May
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, 8 College Ave West, Level 2 Education Resource Centre, 138608
Participate at this year’s OCBC Cycle Singapore 2019! Cycle on miles and miles of closed roads and open skies. Don’t miss out on free workshops prior to the event, too.
OCBC Cycle Singapore 2019
11 to 12 May
6.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Singapore Sports Hub, 1 Stadium Pl 397628
Singapore’s largest farmers market in the city returns for a second edition this May. Whether you’re interested in sustainable living in the city, fresh produce or artisanal food, this event is certainly not to be missed. Discover growers, food producers and like-minded folks in the community, celebrating local agriculture, urban farming, artisans and great food.
Sign up for masterclasses taught by Michelin-star chefs, or hands-on workshops that’ll teach you about edible plants and microgreens.
11 to 12 May
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Suntec Conventional Hall 403, 1 Raffles Blvd 039593
Known for being the runner-up of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Star 2, Katya has amassed fans with her flamboyance and unique and derisive sense of humour. As one of the most popular queens to come out of the competition, you can expect a night filled with laughter as Katya shows off her various hilarious personas and characters.
Tickets cost upwards of $88 via Sistic.
Katya: Help Me I’m Dying – Live in Singapore
Shine Auditorium, 100 Beach Rd, Shaw Tower, 189702
Singapore has come a long way, from a humble fishing village to a thriving, modern metropolis. But the journey has not been smooth; in fact, it has been a wild and complicated ride, according to The Necessary Stage’s new production, Civilised. Written by esteemed playwright Haresh Sharma, the play examines Singapore’s colonial past and its present-day veneer of glamour. It casts the spotlight on one’s relentless pursuit of economic success and explores the idea of freedom of speech. Underlying all this is the question: Does civilisation come at a cost?
The show has a R18 rating and is for mature audiences. Tickets costs $36 via Sistic.
15 to 26 May
The Necessary Stage Black Box Theatre, 278 Marine Parade Rd, 449282
The annual pinnacle arts festival is back, and with genres spanning from theatre and dance to art and film, you’ll be spoilt for choice with this year’s lineup at the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA). SIFA aims to celebrate local and international works and has become a must-go event for art lovers. Held across various locations islandwide, fascinating shows include the Displaced Persons’ Welcome Dinner, a production that looks at how humanitarian workers deal with the refugee crises, an intimate and moving performance by eminent Japanese musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto titled Fragments, and Frogman, a supernatural thriller that uses a virtual reality experience.
Prices vary between shows and you can get the full information via the SIFA website.
Singapore International Festival of Arts
16 May to 2 June
Fans of martial arts, mark your calendar right now. If you love watching athletes battle it out in a ring, then the One Championship showcase is an event you wouldn’t want to miss. While not much has been released about the event, you can expect a headline match between reigning champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki against Singapore’s Christian “The Warrior” Lee.
Tickets cost upwards of $28 via Sportshub and you can get more info at One Championship’s website.
ONE: Enter The Dragon
Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, 397691
Enjoy the artistry of the Brass Ensemble of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as they perform a recital of brazen fanfare and clarion chorales from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
Book your tickets via Sistic now!
SSO Chamber Series: Brass Ensemble Of The SSO
Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Pl, 179556
Enjoy a performance of Hemi and the Whale by Ronald Bacon, as performed by APSN Tanglin School. Find out the importance of helping those in need and partake in a hands-on activity at the end of the performance.
APSN Tanglin Drama: Choose Green, Think Green, Grow Green
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Programme Zone, Marine Parade Public Library, 278 Marine Parade Rd, #01-02, 449282
It’ll be a chill weekend of unwinding by the beach, participating in yoga classes and revelling in live music from local and international musicians if you head down to the AIA Glow Festival. International headliners include yoga teachers such as Marysia Do and Patrick Beach, both of whom will be conducting classes, while Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies, hit London band Rudimental and local band The Sam Willows are set to perform. This is a rain or shine event so remember to bring your raincoats.
Tickets cost upwards of $59 each and you can get more information from their website.
AIA Glow Festival
Sentosa Island, Siloso Beach Walk, 098995
Instead of running horizontally on flat ground, why not run vertically? The National Vertical Marathon challenges participants to scale the entirety of a skyscraper – 43 storeys and 172 metres, to be exact. Think it sounds easy? Register for this unique running event on their website.
Hurry, as registrations close on 12 May.
National Vertical Marathon
7.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Suntec City Tower One, 9 Temasek Blvd 038989
By Melodi Ghui + Sharlyn Tan, April 2019
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