The new exhibition, Our SG Hawker Culture Exhibition, kicked off 25 October at Tiong Bahru Market. This weekend, it will move to the National Museum of Singapore, and will travel around SG through early December. (Follow the schedule here.)
Not only is it an opportunity to learn more about Singapore’s beloved hawker culture, it is also a chance to show support for SG’s bid to be included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. After checking out the exhibit, why not head out for your favourite hawker fare?
3 November to 7 December, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd, 178897 (this weekend only); various locations
Elina Svitolina’s WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) win last weekend marked the end of the final edition of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore. To commemorate the tournament’s five years in the city, and as a hat tip to the achievements of women in sports, a symbolic art piece has been unveiled at the Singapore Sports Hub. (Tennis icon Billie Jean King was even in town to cast her handprints in stone next to the statue!)
Check out the statue, then make a day of it at the Sports Hub and surrounds. There’s plenty to do there.
Singapore Sports Hub, 1 Stadium Dr, 397629
The Singapore Writers Festival kicks off 2 November, with a great lineup of events and participation of acclaimed writers. This year’s theme is 界, a Chinese character pronounced as jie and that means “world”.
The events will explore various connotations of it – from man-made boundaries, to the limitless realms of imagination. Discuss poetry, listen to authors, participate in panel discussions and get pro tips. Get you tickets on SISTIC.
2 – 11 November
Various venues and timings
Brush up on your lyrics, because the pop diva is back in town! Mariah Carey is all set to enthrall fans with some of her most popular numbers this weekend. She will be performing tunes from her sixth compilation album, #1 to Infinity. Expect old favourites like “Hero”, “Honey” and “We Belong Together”. Get your tickets here, before they’re all snapped up!
3 November, 7 p.m.
The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-01, 138617
The beer festivals and wine fiestas have passed, and now it’s time for the big guns. Savour more than 60 whisky and spirit brands from around the world at ninth edition of the international tasting show, Whisky Live. Sample new releases, single casks and limited editions.
There are also masterclasses, featuring experts and master distillers, at which you can learn about manufacturing secrets and the fine art of whisky tasting. Buy your passes here.
3 November, 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.; and 4 November, 1 to 8 p.m.
Andaz Hotel Singapore, 5 Fraser St, 189354
One of the longest running musicals of both West End and Broadway is now showing in Singapore. Mamma Mia! brings the much-loved tunes of Swedish super-group ABBA to life, as Sophie tries to figure out who her father is, on the idyllic settings of a Greek island.
Sing along to timeless hits like “Super Trouper”, “Dancing Queen” and “Money Money Money”. If you have seen the movie, you know what to expect. But the theatre experience is guaranteed to be different. Head to SISTIC for your tickets.
3-18 November, multiple timings
Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, 018973
If you are a K-pop fan, you’ll want in on this. Popular K-pop boy band iKON is on its “Continue Tour” and will be stopping at Singapore – its third visit here.
The South Korean hip-hop group first performed here in 2014 and then again in 2016. Expect hits from its much-awaited second studio album, Return, including the chart-topping “Love Scenario”. Visit SISTIC for tickets.
4 November, 6 p.m.
The MAX Pavilion, 1 Expo Drive, Singapore Expo
The Conscious Festival by Green Is The New Black is back for its fourth edition, bringing together conscious brands, speakers and social entrepreneurs. The aim? To build sustainable lifestyles and businesses. (Read The Finder‘s profile on GITNB founder Stephanie Dickson here.)
The curated marketplace will feature local fashion, beauty, art and lifestyle brands. There will also be food counters, live music by local bands and educational activities. Entry to the marketplace is free. The ticketed events include talks and panel discussions with the participation of leading change makers and thought leaders. Check the schedule and buy tickets here.
3 and 4 November, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering St,
Deepavali, or Diwali – the Hindu festival of lights – takes place 6 November, and the celebrations are already in full flow! The annual light-up in Little India along Serangoon Road is a feast for the eyes, as is the Deepavali Festival Market, which will make for some colourful Instagram posts. While you are there, walk into the Indian Heritage Centre, which is hosting an open house on 3 November, and participate in heritage trails and craft activities.
Some delish Indian food would be in order at the end of the day, and you could find that at The Song of India, which is celebrating Deepavali with a special four-course meal. The menu is pan-Indian, with Bamboo Shoot Broth from the North-Eastern state of Nagaland and a Coorg Mangalorean fish curry from the South. Or, head to the Shahi Maharani for some authentic North Indian fare. You can also pick up Deepavali sweet boxes from here.
Talking of boxes, if you are visiting friends and family, here’s a gifting idea from Oh My Goodness! The gift box comes with vegan goodies and tea lights to go with the festive theme.
Through 25 November, multiple timings and locations
By Savitha Venugopal / Additional Reporting: Sean Tham, 30 October 2018
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