Gather your crew and dive right into the new year with a bang by spending your New Year’s Day partying poolside with DJs Katdawgx and Val. There’ll be some sun, soak, sips and slides — sounds like the perfect hangover cure to start 2020 off right. Free entry but reserve your ticket here to guarantee entry.
Do you remember The Muppets’ very first full-length movie? Don’t worry if you don’t, it’s coming back to the big screen in celebration of its 40th anniversary at the Projector. Bringing your kids? They can enjoy colouring activities before the screening. Tickets from $6.50 for kids 12 years and below, and those below 0.9m enter free.
What is one to do after a night of partying hard to welcome the new decade? Party some more, of course. Don’t worry, this recovery session on Emily Hill will have mellow music and a laid back vibe to help you settle into the first day of 2020. Bring your kids and dogs and throw some hoops if you still have the energy. Free entry.
Discover the beauty of Singapore through sketching and go on an art excursion to Pulau Ubin to explore the nostalgic beauty of SG’s last remaining fishing village. You’ll be inspired to record your sights of the old village, jetty, seashore, mangrove swamp, and other gems on this artistic sightseeing and sketch walk experience. Demonstrations and personal guidance are provided to participants and the package fee of $148 includes an A4 sketch pad and rental of all materials. Register here.
Nostalgic Ubin Island Art Excursion
3, 10 and 17 January
10 am to 6.30 pm
Pulau Ubin (Meeting point at Changi Point Ferry Terminal)
The 28th edition of the Zak Salaam India Expo continues to offer great shopping, food and entertainment from exhibitors from India, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and more. Besides being a shopping extravaganza for authentic Indian products, this month’s edition will also hold a grand new year and Pongal (a Hindu harvest festival of South India) celebration!
Inspired by the architecture and history of The Chamber at The Arts House, acclaimed British-Nigerian contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA) will create a new sculptural installation, titled Justice for All. This site-specific installation is presented by The Asian Art Institutum, together with The Arts House and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Free admission.
(You can also catch film screenings of Un Ballo in Maschera and Odile & Odette by the artist in the Screening Room at the same venue!)
As an eight-year-old girl, Odette had a deep distrust of her parents’ best friend who offered to “tickle” her. When she realised as an adult that she was abused, she finds the strength to go to a psychologist to save her life while immersing herself in her career as a dancer.
The screening will be followed by a live question and answer session (via Skype) with the film directors Andréa Bescond and Eric Métayer. Tickets from $8.
Here’s your last chance to catch some of American photojournalist Steve McCurry’s best work from his previous Chinese experience. The renoun photographer has spent 40 years travelling around Asia and he decided on China as his first official location to take photographs with the Leica SL2 mirrorless digital camera.
Want to try yoga but don’t know where to start? Looking for regular classes without commiting to packages? Pay What You Wish Yoga SG welcomes you to join them in town every Sunday afternoon. And as the name suggest, you can choose how much you want to pay for the class.
Take a closer look at where our food comes from with the Singapore premiere of Eating Animals, a film based on the best-selling book by Jonathan Safran Foer. Be sure to stay for the panel discussion with industry thought leaders (including ambassadors from Veganuary SG) after the screening to learn more about the issues covered in the documentary. Tickets from $15 and include plant-based sushi.
The iconic indie outfit from Wisconsin, USA is back in Singapore this month after their sold-out debut here in 2016. You can expect a captivating new live show, following their critically-acclaimed 2019 release “i,i”. Tickets from $89.
Film buffs, make your way up to the Intermission Bar and put your knowledge to the test! We hear there are movie and drink vouchers to be won but be warned, things can get very competitive! Sign up here.
This year, this annual festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and mixed media explores the theme of My Country and My People. Top picks to look out for include Kebaya Homies by The Necessary Stage (Singapore), Café Sarajevo by bluemouth inc (Canada), ATARA – For you, who has not yet found the one by Reut Shemesh (Germany/Israel) and No Place by Square One Collective (United States). Check out the calendar here and get your tickets here.
M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2020
8 to 19 January
Time to get crafty Chinese New Year (CNY) style! In this fun two-hour workshop, you’ll get to learn and hand-sculpt miniatures from scratch and bring home a round woven basket platter consisting of some oranges of various sizes. Sessions are held on 9, 10, 13 and 14 January for $85.
CNY Miniatures Clay Deco Workshop
9, 10, 13 and 14 January
Craft Atelier, 426A Joo Chiat Rd, 427644
Think your dating life is bad? Let’s be honest, it could be worse. The dating struggle is real and at Story Party, you will hear true dating stories that will make you feel better about yours. Have a good laugh at stories from professional storytellers Rachman Blake and Elena Gabrielle and you’ll also get to share your story anonymously if you want! Tickets from $50.
Innovative artistic interventions are about to take over SG’s Civic District as the Light To Night Festival returns for its fourth edition. Taking on the theme of “Invisible Cities” and drawing inspiration from the novel by Italian writer Italo Calvino, the festival’s line-up is inspired by four commissioned sonnets by local writers who reimagined the precinct through its stories. Contemplate on the stories surrounding the precinct as you enjoy the festival experience, and look out for programmes and artworks around the precinct that evolve from day to night! Free admission.
Light To Night Festival 2020
10 to 19 January
As part of the Light to Night Festival 2020, the Victoria Concert Hall is opening its doors to welcome you to learn about its rich history. (It was completed in 1905 as a public hall in memory of Queen Victoria!) Explore the intricacies and architecture of one of the most recognisable landmarks in Singapore with the venue’s docents. Register for your slot here.
Art Takes Over the city for Singapore Art Week 2020 as leading local and world-renowned arts practitioners (including boundary-pushing arts groups and emerging artists) showcase their works across different media. Get ready for exciting and innovative arts activities and events, including fresh art experiences that marry art and tech at various venues across Singapore, from galleries and museums to art precincts and unconventional spaces.
Singapore Art Week 2020
11 to 19 January
Be fashionably sustainable this Chinese New Year and swap your CNY-themed clothes and fashion items. All you have to do it surrender your traditional clothes, footwear, bags and clutches and pick up some new-to-you items. $25 to swap up to 10 items. Register and get more details here.
So here’s how it works. Presenters get Google Slides they’ve never seen before and have five minutes to a wing compelling presentation improv-style. Plus the audience will get to suggest the topics the presenters will talk about as they present the slides. This madcap comedy show is definitely nothing like your average office meeting, and you’ll never look at PowerPoint slide decks the same again! Tickets from $10.
The MINDS Film Festival champions the cause of Persons with Intellectual Disability (PWID) and their caregivers and the movies are selected to give the public deeper insights into their lives and create awareness, empathy and understanding through films. This year, there will be six films from around the world, including an Italian drama and a Korean crime mystery.
To kick off the fourth edition of the film festival, you can join free community screenings of REDHA, an award-winning Malaysian film about raising an autistic child, at Our Tampines Hub and Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre on 10 and 11 January respectively.
Catch England’s Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson from Sweden and American Matt Kuchar – the gold, silver and bronze medallists respectively at the Rio 2016 Olympics – and other top golfers from the Asian and Japan Golf Tours as they compete in this US$1 million tournament. Tickets from $15 and free admission for children aged below 13 years old.
Looking for a peaceful way to end your day and prepare for a new week? Using candlelight and sound therapy, this class will help you balance emotions, open the deep connective tissues and quiet your mind. The deep and meditative yoga practice will be accompanied by singing bowls, a wind gong, tuning fork and chime to receive divine energy. Expect to leave feeling centred and don’t be surprised if you get the best night’s sleep of your life! (Tickets at $20.)
Head to the heart of Singapore’s shopping belt for an open-air shopping experience and support entrepreneurs and small businesses offering a myriad of cool stuff. You’ll find collectibles, accessories, fashion apparel, jewellery, bags, shoes, crafts and more!
Celebrate Latin passion and soul with your amigos as you cha-cha and salsa with live entertainment from Ramesh K and Havana Social Club at CÉ LA VI Club Lounge.
Here’s a concert about different kinds of love! The romantic love of passion between couples, the love of friendship, parental love, the love for our motherland, unrequited love, the love of giving, and of course, the love for singing! You’ll be in for an evening of romantic love songs and duets from the most famous operas in the world. (Tickets at $50.)
Singapore’s biggest Lunar New Year event comes in the form of a 10-day extravaganza of lights, sights, and sounds. Usher in the Year of the Rat with special choreographed fireworks, interactive exhibits and intricate handmade lanterns. And be sure to try the authentic taste of local traditional bites from the different Chinese dialect groups here. Free admission.
23 January to 1 February
2 pm to 11 pm
The Float @ Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Ave, 039805
The Singapore waterfront reflects the colourful history and exciting nature of the city state, as seen in paintings, maps, posters, photographs and its architecture. Join Andrew Tan as he delivers a lecture on how the area has evolved over two hundred years and how climatic, economic and political global forces have left their imprint on this picturesque site. Fun fact: New Year’s Day was celebrated on the waterfront from 1834 to 1962 with a regatta! Free admission.
Where can you find colourful floats, dancing dragons, prancing lions, stilt walkers, wushu masters, performers of different ethnicities in their traditional costumes and much more? This annual street extravaganza epitomises the dynamism of Singapore’s vibrant and multicultural society and is the largest street performance and float parade in Asia! (Tickets from $17.10)
Chingay Parade 2020
31 January and 1 February
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, 038975
There is ‘no-one-size-fits-all’ approach when it comes to the journey of learning. Find out how Stamford American International School welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and tailors the education pathway to their ambitions at their Open House for prospective Elementary and Secondary students and parents.
By Muneerah Bee, December 2019 / Photos: respective events, Pixabay and Facebook
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