Start the new year on the right foot with these fantastic events happening around the island!
While January is all about making New Year resolutions and nursing withdrawal symptoms from the merry-making festivities and the crazy countdown parties that happened in the past two months, don’t let that dampen your start of the year. What lies ahead is actually much more exciting than you think. From events to exhibitions to entertainment, here are some activities for you to kickstart the new year.
Join the Cities Change. Print Exhibition & Fundraiser, an event showcasing this year’s printmaking initiative—HandJob.
Part celebration of things handmade and analogue; part rejection of the commercialised and over-produced trend of nostalgic branding in Singapore, HandJob sought to expose the grittiness, spontaneity, and sheer splendour of this infinitely adaptable medium. Available for purchase will be editioned prints from our eight Associate Printmakers: Mojoko, Tell Your Children, Sam Lo (SKL0), Joseph Chiang, Muhammad Izdi, Aliff Osman, Ong Lijie, and Eitaro Ogawa.
Ten specially-customised Box Sets featuring all eight artist’s prints will also be available for purchase. Proceeds from this exhibition will go to supporting The Substation, to ensure that truly unique programmes such as this, can continue. And if you enjoyed the HandJob Printmaking Studios this year, helmed by our Master Printmaker Aliff Osman, there will be a printmaking booth set up at the exhibition. Come down to The Substation and get your hands dirty! #citieschangepeopledie
Cities Change. Print Exhibition & Fundraiser
19 – 22 January 2019 (Opening Reception: 19 Jan, 4pm – 6pm)
Daily: 12pm – 8pm
Bras Basah & Bugis, The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, 179936
Admission: Free Admission
Parents, listen up. Gather your little ones and bring them to meet the minds behind the book, The Great Singapore Poo Sale and Other Beastly Business. Author Maureen Yeo will host a fun storytelling session of the book on January, while its illustrator Gracie Chai will conduct an interactive art session for your children. Also, 2017’s National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Jayaprakash Bojan will be giving a talk sharing some of his photography experiences and the amazing photos of Singapore’s wildlife that he had taken. That’s not it — there will also be an animal-theme singalong for your kids that will be led by Vivienne Wong and accompanied by guitarist Shawn Poon. Admission is free. Click here to RSVP. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Photo: Singapore Sports Hub
Chinese-American singer-songwriter Wang Leehom is finally coming to Singapore for a concert on 5 January, after a seven year absence. Titled ‘Descendants of the Dragon 2060’, fans will be able to relive nostalgic memories from Leehom’s old pop tunes from the 2000s, such as Descendants of the Dragon (2000), Ai De Jiu Shi Ni (2001) and Forever Love (2004). Ticket prices start from $188 to $328. Grab yours here.
Wang Leehom ‘Descendants of the Dragon 2060’ World Tour
5 January, 7 p.m.
Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, 397691
Photo: The Ryan Foundation
You probably know her for her roles in the Charlie’s Angels films and television show Elementary, but Lucy Liu has another side to her as well — that of an artist. The Asian American actress will be in town to hold an art exhibition with Singaporean artist Shubigi Rao. Co-presented by the National Museum of Singapore and The Ryan Foundation, Unhomed Belongings will feature works such as Lost And Found, an installation of discarded objects which Liu picked up in her travels and has hidden in around 200 hand-made books, as well as Rao’s “tongue-in-cheek” installations which include, in her own description, “creating archaeological archives of garbage” and “writing How To manuals for building a nation and a culture from scratch”. Admission is free. Visit here for more information.
Lucy Liu and Shubigi Rao: Unhomed Belongings
12 January 12 to 24 February
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd, 178897
Photo: Dawn Ng and Alex Lam
This January, Telok Ayer Arts Club will be teaming up with artist Dawn Ng to present an experiential performance piece that takes its cue from the themes of affinity and human relationships, as well as the rhythm and pulse of city life. Titled ‘11’, this performance will see 11 pairs of strangers in 11 intriguing storylines of city life, with each depicting interactions that comprise truth, hope, humour, vulnerability, loss and longing. Admission costs $48 per person, which includes a welcome cocktail. Drop an email to email@example.com to get your tickets.
Celebrate Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) 40th birthday with them as they pay tribute to one of Singapore’s pioneering composers, Leong Yoon Pin, whose Dayong Sampan Overture was the first ever Singaporean composition played by the SSO. As part of their Anniversary commemoration, they’ll be performing two pieces, Ives’ ‘The Unanswered Question’ and Beethoven’s ‘Emperor Piano Concerto’, that resonated in their inaugural concert in 1979. Ticket prices start from $25 to $98. Get yours from Sistic now.
American stand up comedian Jim Jefferies will be taking centre stage at the Capitol Theatre this month as part of his ‘The Night Talker’ tour. Jefferies is known for his late night talk show, The Jim Jefferies Show (2017), that is filled with witty news satire. So, you can be sure you would be treated to 90 minutes worth of unapologetic and razor-sharp social commentary. Tickets are priced at either $118 or $138, however, seats for the show on the 22nd is sold out. Get yours from Apactix now.
Known for being one of the largest shopping and entertainment extravaganzas in Singapore, the Singapore International Indian Expo is back for its 9th edition with Colours of India. Expect a wide variety of activities, entertainment and promotions at this vibrant four-day long event, such as dance performances and booths selling jewellery, traditional costumes and more. Admission is free. Visit their website for more information.
Listen up, fitness aficionados. Challenge yourself with the Spartan Race, known to be the world’s best obstacle race course. Specially designed to pull you out of your comfort zone, this race isn’t your everyday marathon — you’re expected to push your limits with stadion-like activities, such as running, climbing, crawling through walls, terrain and other challenging obstacles. Ticket prices start from $158 to $175, and finishers will receive a medal, a trifecta medal edge piece, a race t-shirt, a sling bag, a cap and free professional photos. Click here for more information.
Known for receiving a standing ovation from the audience and judges for his thrilling water tank escape in 2008’s Australia’s Got Talent, Phoenix is coming to Singapore to blow your socks off with a mind-boggling award-winning live show. Called ‘Psyche!’, this performance uses micro-expression training, psychological tricks, body language reading, lie detection and visual effects to trick your minds. Also, you’ll be treated with his astonishing water escape that will come with spectacular finale at the end of the show. Tickets are from $48 to $140 (VIP) for adults and from $40.80 to $119 (VIP) for children. Visit Apactix to get them now.
Psyche! By Australia’s Top Mentalist and Mind Reader
26 January, 6.30 p.m.
Capitol Theatre, 17 Stamford Rd, 178907
Photo: Bang Bang Singapore
Unless you live under a rock, you must have, at one time, jived to the infectious ditty of Beautiful Girls (2007), sung by Jamaican-American reggae singer and songwriter, Sean Kingston. You’ll now be able to hear this song live, as Kingston is making a special guest appearance at nightclub Bang Bang this January for an exclusive showcase. Expect other tunes such as Fire Burning (2009) from his second studio album at this one-night-only event. Ticket sales at door costs $45. If you’d wish to make table reservations, limited advance tickets will be available here. Do take note that entry is strictly before 12.30am for online ticket holders.
Returning for its Bicentennial Edition, iLight Singapore will feature sustainable light art installations that are curated to the theme ‘Bridges of Time’, where it invites artists and audience to reflect on Singapore’s history, growth, and her connection with the world in the last 700 years. This year, the art festival will expand its locations, from the original Marina Bay vicinity to include the Civic District, Singapore River, as well as the Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning. Admission to this spectacular art festival is free. Visit their website for more information.
iLight Singapore Bicentennial Edition
28 January to 24 February
Photo: National Gallery Singapore
The Civic District, where modern Singapore started, invites visitors to embark on experiential journeys to gain deeper insights into who we are and the world around us come January 2019. Spearheaded by National Gallery Singapore together with its precinct partners, Light to Night Festival returns for its third year with a bumper edition. With close to 50 programmes, the Festival promises to immerse audiences in an adventure filled with thought-provoking art and historical encounters from day to night.
Light to Night Festival
18 January to 24 February
Several locations in the Civic District
CÉ LA VI enlivens Singapore’s nightlife scene with some of the biggest acts in the business. On Friday, 25 January, CÉLA VI Club Lounge will host influential and world-renowned DJ, Bob Sinclar. A memorable night of seamless electronic beats and heart-thumping sounds await revellers.
EATMEPOPTART will be kicking off 2019 with Bacon Beats, a music festival to be held over two weekends in January. Presented in collaboration with Eatbox, the event will see headlining acts Riot !n Magenta, Subsonic Eye, Joie Tan and Pleasantry. Highly-anticipated artists Houg and YAØ will be bringing fresh sounds to festival goers. The lineup also includes alternative rock bands Coming Up Roses and Mannequins as well as indie pop outfit Oddshore.
On the decks, EATMEPOPTART DJs weelikeme & KiDG along with Sabrina and Hedger will be involved in the opening and closing sets with a repertoire of Pop, Indie, Disco and Rock selection.
Overall, expect an immersive experience with games, food, family and friend activities lined up for the crowd! Eatbox is a boutique selection of of Artbox, Singapore’s largest pop-up creative market. Tickets available here.
Get ready to wine and back it up with the hottest Dancehall and Soca tunes as Tropical Night returns on 11 January! Enjoy the best music from the Caribbean right here in Singapore with Vj Lou burning up the dancefloor.
Cover charge at the door is $20 or contact Saleen Prod on Facebook for pre-sale tickets at $15.
Enjoy a special series of late night solo comedy shows with Singapore and international comedians who will have you roaring with laughter throughout January at the Merry Lion — the only full-time comedy venue in Singapore.
Get up close and personal with each of the acts and see them do what they do best — make you laugh!
5 January – DeeCee
11 January – Chris Henry
12 January – Jinx Yeo
18 January – Jacky Ng
19 January – Artur Akhmetzyanov
25 January – Liam ‘Lemon’ McDonald
26 January – Stephanie Chan
Tickets: $15 (early bird), $20 (online advance), $25 (at the door)
EarthFest will be celebrating its 4th edition in 2019 to encourage the new EarthLife – Happiness through Responsible Living habits. Expect over 130 stalls with something for everyone and all interests at this sustainable, fun, and inspirational festival for all ages.
20 January, 11 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, 018951
Make a splash with an epic pool party on the last Sunday of the month as the LGBTQ community and allies gather and groove to some Soca and Dancehall music. Free entry with yummy food and drinks for sale.
Chi Chi BOOM
27 January, 3 – 11 p.m.
Owl Bar, 2 College Road, 169850
Hit the gaming machines with your friends and move your bodies to the ’80s beats at Nineteen80 Bar, a retro arcade bar and discotheque, this January. From 6.30pm to 9.30pm, immerse yourself in three hours worth of soulful and vinyl grooves that will be spun by DJs Brendon P and Joshua P. Sounds like a great way to spend your Thursday night! Entry for this event is complimentary. For table reservations, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 9183 6073. Visit their website or their Facebook page for more information.
Wax and Jam
24 January, 6.30 – 9.30 p.m.
Nineteen80 Bar, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-05, 088444
By Sean Tham and Muneerah Bee, December 2018
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