Are you ready to embark on a whimsical journey through the Nordic countries right here in SG? Visit Gardens by the Bay’s Poinsettia Wishes floral display and see if you can spot the distinct architecture of the Bolgen building in Denmark, Santa Claus Village in Finland, Hallgrimskirkja church in Iceland, Vennesla library in Norway and Triangeln train station in Sweden, ingeniously interwoven into each scene – from Santa’s post office to the reindeer station! Amidst a landscape of poinsettias and winter blooms in shades of red, blue, yellow and white, a charming choir of Nordic gnomes called Nisse adds to the festive cheer. Admission charge to Flower Dome applies.
Sentosa’s signature Island Lights returns with local and international artists as well as boat owners coming together to transform and illuminate Sentosa Cove Village. Taking centrestage this year is a 135m-long space where you can explore and immerse yourselves in the landscape of unique light art installations created around
the theme of “Celebration”. Besides the photo-worthy light art, don’t miss the festive programming set to the backdrop of the marina.
16 November to 31 December 2019
6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sentosa Cove Village
The late 1960s to late 1980s was a period of rapid social and economic change in Southeast Asia. Developmentalism played a huge role in transforming cities like Singapore, Bangkok and Manila into modern metropolises. This also spurred critical responses by artists and architects alike, who offered different perspectives towards a new vision of modern urban life.
National Gallery Singapore’s newest exhibition, Suddenly Turning Visible: Art and Architecture in Southeast Asia (1969 – 1989) will focus on these perspectives, and it will also feature several major works which have been reconstructed and restaged specially for the exhibition. One of the iconic experimental works being restaged is the large-scale performance Cassettes 100 by Filipino composer and ethnomusicologist José Maceda. This one-time-only performance is on 23 November at 3pm.
Suddenly Turning Visible: Art and Architecture in Southeast Asia (1969–1989)
19 November 2019 to 15 March 2020
Sat to Thu: 10am to 7pm, Fri: 10am to 9pm
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, 178957
Catch the best films from Latin American at this yearly event! Organised by the embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, this year’s selection of films include Elsa y Fred (Argentina), Viva Cuba (Cuba), La Nana (Chile) and many more!
The inaugural Chinatown Opera Festival recreates the nostalgic experience of opera in the past through exquisite performances, curated atmosphere and family-friendly activities. To captivate and educate the younger audience, a plethora of engaging activities
infused with popular elements like mask painting, social media engagements and interactive workshops modernises the whole experience of traditional opera. Here’s your chance to relive the heyday of Chinese Opera performance!
Back by popular demand, Exsto Cognac presents another opportunity to immerse yourself in the aromas and nuances of Cognac with EXSTOrdinray Women – a series of accessible pairing dinners and masterclasses with sommelier Julie Dupouy, who is holding the title of ‘Best Sommelier’ in Ireland in 2019 and also placed 3rd in the ASI World Championship – 2016.
For pairing dinners, customers can expect to start their culinary journey with a refreshing cognac cocktail before tucking into a resplendent meal accompanied with wine and ending with the traditional digestif of Exsto Cognac – neat, on the rocks, or with a drop of water.
- Chinoiserie Modern Asian by Justin Quek
Date/Time: 20 November, 6pm to 11pm
Tickets: $200++ (includes local food fine dining)
- Yan’s Dining Fine Shanghai Cuisine
Date/Time: 22 November, 6.30pm to 9pm
Tickets: $88++/S$138++ (includes hairy crab)
Date/Time: 23 November, 6.30pm to 9pm
Tickets: $248++ (includes Japanese and French fusion cuisine)
Participants attending the masterclasses on the other hand can expect a fully immersive sensory journey to understand the taste profile of the Exsto Elixir, be enlightened on the intricacies of the right glass ware for cognac, and how best to appreciate this exquisite liquid.
- The Capitol Kempinski
Date/Time: 21 November, 6.30pm to 8.15pm
Tickets: $50/- per pax
- 1880 Singapore
Date/Time: 24 November, 7pm to 8pm
Tickets: $68++ per pax
Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org or text +65 9648 1880
Get ready for an immersive dining experience as you travel through multiple rooms to uncover the mysteries surrounding Asgard, the City of gods. Meet Odin, Thor, Loki and the Valkyries as you partake in a feast of food and wine where no mere mortals have access to. Ticket includes a Scandinavian-inspired five-course meal fit for a Viking and an alcoholic welcome drink.
Valhalla and The Chambers of Asgard
21 November to 29 December 2019 (Thursdays to Saturdays)
Location will be revealed 24 hours before the show
Held at the recently-opened and first-ever outdoor art gallery, Gelam Gallery Alive is a lively arts and craft market sprinkled with numerous performances over two weekends. Here’s your chance to visit this unique gallery and participate in the art and craft demos at the same time. Take your pick from dried flowers arrangements, the art of macramé, silkscreen painting, crochet dolls, clay art and more!
Gelam Gallery Alive
23 to 24 November 2019
4pm to 10pm
Gelam Gallery, 80 Arab St, 199777
The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) celebrates its 30th anniversary with a dynamic line-up of films and programmes. Film lovers can look forward to experience the magic of cinema through the rich stories that reveal the texture of life signature to Southeast Asia, while taking the pulse of films around the world. Want to deepen your appreciation for films? You can also connect with the cinematic talents through post-screening dialogues, masterclasses, panel discussions and talks.
Singapore International Film Festival
21 November 2019 – 1 December 2019
11 am onwards
A Myanmar Heritage brings together seven artists with different abstract styles. They include Moe Myint Zaw, Kyi Hlaing Aung, Ngwe Aung, Ngwe Phyoe, Lapyae, Chan Nyein Kyaw (better known as CNK) and Min Zayar Oo. Enjoy over 70 pieces of artworks in this exhibition, which depict the various facets of Myanmar’s people, traditions and cultures.
A Myanmar Heritage
22 November to 1 December 2019
10 to 10 pm
ION Art, 2 Orchard Turn, Level 4, 238801
Affordable Art Fair, the world’s leading showcase for affordable contemporary art, returns to Singapore from 22 – 24 November 2019.
To be held at the F1 Pit Building, Affordable Art Fair Singapore will showcase a wide range of contemporary art priced below $15,000 with 75% of the art offered at under $7,500.All set to turn the city pink and celebrate its 10th year in Singapore, this year’s edition will offer a fresh plethora of local, regional, and international talents, presenting over 80 galleries. Offering hands-on advice and educational guidance to all new and established art lovers and collectors, Affordable Art Fair makes art accessible and welcoming, and ensures that everyone can discover the joy of collecting art.
Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2019
22 to 24 November
12 pm to 6 pm
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, 038975
Make your festive gift shopping count with the i’mable Gift Market, in celebration and support of the craftsmanship of people of all abilities as you shop for loved ones this festive season. Thirty vendors, mostly social service agencies and social enterprises, will come together to showcase their craftsmanship for a wide array of handmade gifts.
Cited as the first polo event of its kind in Singapore, expect exciting activities for the family, centred around youth and family polo. Be sure to participate in the auction and raffle draws with exciting prizes to raise funds for VIVA Foundation for Children with Cancer.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is approaching, and it’s time to to keep the magic of Christmas alive the sustainable way! Bring your family and friends down to The Green Collective SG on 23 – 24 November, and learn how you can enjoy the spirit of Christmas without the guilt.
The Singapore Biennale returns for its sixth edition, with 77 artists and art collectives from Singapore, Southeast Asia and around the world. Check out the wide range of events, under the theme Every Step in the Right Direction, at various historic and public spaces including the National Gallery Singapore and Gillman Barracks.
Singapore Biennale 2019
23 November 2019 to 22 March 2020
8 am onwards
Neon Lights music and arts festival announces an extra 13 music acts to our two-day event taking place at Fort Canning Park on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November. These diverse acts come from some six different countries. Catering to attendees of kinds and ages, a smattering of festival-favourite activities such as Silent Disco Asia, Neon Nooks and gourmet food and drinks will also return to Fort Canning Green over the weekend. More of the arts and family-friendly elements of Neon Lights Festival will be announced in the following weeks.
Tickets to Neon Lights Festival start from $30 for children and $108 for adults, and are available at www.neonlights.sg and SISTIC.
By Muneerah Bee + Melodi Ghui, November 2019 / Photos: respective events and Facebook
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