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The best of art in Singapore

The best upcoming art exhibitions in Singapore
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The best upcoming art exhibitions in Singapore

Thinking of broadening your horizons and catching some culture this month? Keep up with?our round-up of the best art exhibitions and showcases happening around town. From a travelling exhibition by Malaysian modernist painter and poet Latiff Mohidin to new digital artworks at teamLab's iconic Future World exhibition and?paintings of your favourite Disney princesses in a sexier light, there's bound to be something new for all your culture vultures this month.?RECOMMENDED:?The best museums in Singapore and the best contemporary art galleries in Singapore

The best street art in Singapore
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The best street art in Singapore

There's more to?this city than meets the eye. In between our shiny skyscrapers and towering metal cranes, there are plenty of Insta-worthy urban artworks that simply take our breath away. From the graffiti that’s hidden in plain sight to pieces that lurk away in the backstreets, there are still some things about our little city that might still surprise you. We pick?fourteen?of our favourite murals around town and curated them into a virtual gallery – so you can appreciate them from the comfort of your home.? RECOMMENDED: The best urban art trails in Singapore?and the best contemporary art galleries in Singapore

The best contemporary art galleries in Singapore
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The best contemporary art galleries in Singapore

With the city's top museums dominating itineraries, it’s easy to forget about the smaller,offbeat gems.?It's time to open your mind with these alternatives to the big hitters and dive into the world of contemporary art. Hang out with the cool artsy cats at these alternative galleries in Singapore.?Who knows, you might just find your new favourite artist.? RECOMMENDED:?The best museums in Singapore?and the best upcoming art exhibitions this month

The best public art trails in Singapore
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The best public art trails in Singapore

There’s a good reason why spending time in an art museum takes more than merely an hour. As art junkies, we need a fair amount of time to appreciate and soak up the views of one artwork before moving onto the next. But are art exhibitions and galleries ever enough? The answer is no. From one art type to another, we’ve rounded the best free-and-easy art trails to peep the city’s street art, ranging from 2D murals to 3D sculptures. RECOMMENDED: Must-see art exhibitions in Singapore and the best museums in Singapore

The best places to buy art in Singapore
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The best places to buy art in Singapore

Whether you're making your first foray into the world of art appreciation or a connoisseur scouting?for unique yet affordable pieces, buying art can be an intimidating process. The first step would be?to figure out your taste and budget.?Then, you'll have to source for pieces that complement your interiors. And with galleries going online now, it's easier than ever to take your time and browse for artwork online.? We get it, those new to art collecting probably wouldn't want to splurge on their first few pieces.?If you want to transcend out of your IKEA rut but can't afford an original Monet or Basquiat,?we've got you sorted.?We've rounded up the?best?studios?and galleries that house bold works and aesthetically-pleasing pieces all year round – and they don't cost you a whole month's pay. Here's where you can buy art – both online and offline – in the city.? RECOMMENDED: The best virtual art exhibitions to explore from your couch?and the best local podcasts to listen to

The best art jamming studios in Singapore
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The best art jamming studios in Singapore

Freestyle painting is a therapeutic way to destress after a hectic day at work or school.?So it comes as no surprise that social art jamming is a trend that has been on the rise worldwide, with more studios popping up all over Singapore. In desperate need of other plans besides going to the cinema for the weekend? Art jamming is a great family bonding activity, or a?second date idea which gives you a chance to show off your top-notch painting skills. These studios come equipped with an arsenal of art tools and blank canvases, so all you have to do is turn up and let your creative juices flow. RECOMMENDED:?Best public art in Singapore and?the best museums to visit in Singapore.?

The best of theatre in Singapore

Upcoming theatre and dance performances in Singapore
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Upcoming theatre and dance performances in Singapore

There's no business like show business. With a?plethora of stage takeovers in Singapore, it's?fair to say that?the performing arts scene here?is?having a moment. As we gear up for the festive season, get your dramatic costumes and jazz hands out at these theatre and dance performances in Singapore.?From Broadway and West End international tours to high-quality productions by?local theatre companies in our backyard, here are the best upcoming dance performances, plays,?musicals?and?revivals bursting with?glittery costumes, catchy scores, captivating choreography, and Grade A entertainment. RECOMMENDED: The best theatre companies in Singapore?and upcoming stand-up and comedy shows in Singapore

The best theatre companies in Singapore
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The best theatre companies in Singapore

Theatre lovers know that when it comes to the thespian art, it goes beyond Broadway and West End shows. With local theatre companies regularly spotlighting their original productions and adaptations on stage, Singapore's performing arts scene is?clearly?becoming more robust. Want to keep our unique theatre scene thriving? Show your support?by making a donation, becoming a friend of your favourite performing arts groups, or buying merchandise.? RECOMMENDED: The best local movies to stream online?and the best alternative cinemas in Singapore

The best theatre streams from Singapore and around the world
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The best theatre streams from Singapore and around the world

Need your dose of culture while lounging about at home? Luckily for us, there are various online initiatives by local theatre companies to keep us entertained like online watch parties, virtual theatrical experiences, and even Instagram book readings. While most live streaming and online initiatives are available to anyone for free, do consider supporting your favourite theatre companies if you enjoyed them. You can do this by donating or buying merchandise.Broadway and West End fans can also stream musicals from all around the world, thanks to initiatives such as Andrew Llyod Webber's The Shows Must Go On and BroadwayHD's online productions. RECOMMENDED: Festivals, performances and art go online with support from the new Digitalisation Fund

What does the future of theatre look like in Singapore?
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What does the future of theatre look like in Singapore?

A deafening silence hangs through the air of Singapore’s theatres. The stages where the city’s most talented creatives once walked have been stripped bare. The seats from which the audience would spring up in thunderous applause have gathered a layer of dust. While restaurants, cinemas, museums and even hotels have reopened to the public – theatres remain shut. And no one knows when they’ll be allowed to reopen. Looking beyond our border offers no clear answer either. In New York, the Broadway League has announced that it’ll remain closed for the rest of the year. And over in London, West End is slated to reopen in October, albeit only for selected shows. ? Photograph: The Second Breakfast Company / Facebook ? In Singapore, theatre practitioners are stumbling in the dark: “Considering the government’s approach to the reopening of our economy in three phases, theatres [could only] get to open in the last stretch: Phase 3,” says Adeeb Fazah, Artistic Director of The Second Breakfast Company. “In our heads, this means we will only get to return to theatres probably at the end of the year. Even then, we’re worried about the sentiment on the ground, and about doing the responsible thing for everyone on the team as well as our audiences. Just because the measures are lifted, do we then rush back into the theatre? What is the most responsible thing to do?”? Charlotte Nors, Managing Director of Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT), offers a different perspective: “Sadly, I don’t see

The state of Singapore's fringe theatre scene
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The state of Singapore's fringe theatre scene

A?world away?from the glitzy, big-budget Broadway productions you see at Marina Bay Sands, the city’s fringe theatre scene is hidden away in unassuming black boxes and intimate spaces in galleries – just the way its loyal audience likes it. After all, there is something alluring about walking into a mysterious space, not knowing exactly what to expect. Last November, we stepped into the set of The Hawker, an immersive theatrical production by The Second Breakfast Company. Staged at the Aliwal Arts Centre’s studio which transformed into a hawker centre setting, complete with colourful mismatched tiled floors, red and white plastic chairs around round tables, and a roti prata cart. “We tested this format out and had a first staging last year at the Asian Youth Theatre Festival. We didn’t expect such good turnout and warm reception. People were really intrigued by it,” says the not-for-profit theatre company’s artistic director Adeeb Fazah. A name synonymous with the local fringe theatre scene, Adeeb got his start at Yellow Chair Productions. That’s where he met Mohamad Shaifulbahri, who he eventually co-founded Adeeb and Shai with. Established last year, the collective aim to bring international fringe productions to Singapore, debuting with a remake of Sam Steiner’s Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons. Shai has a similarly impressive repertoire. His latest work with Bhumi Collective (called Mak-Mak Menari) will be staged at the 16th edition of the M1 Fringe Festival, whi

Singapore's theatre companies need your help – here's how you can contribute
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Singapore's theatre companies need your help – here's how you can contribute

In case you haven't heard, the latest restrictions that were announced last Tuesday, March 24, mandates that all bars, cinemas, and other entertainment outlets?are to be closed until April 30 – in a bid to tackle the escalating?COVID-19 situation in Singapore.?Since then, the remaining shows which were still soldiering on were put?to a halt. Never mind that we've been seeing cancellations from touring groups and artists?such as?Hamburg Ballett John Neumeier and ballet superstar?Sergei Polunin since February. Now, our local theatre companies are facing the heat too.? From The Theatre Practice's Four Horse Road, which had to close just two days after its opening night, to Wild Rice's Grandmother Tongue, An Inspector Calls, and HOTEL, plays and performances of all scales?are affected.?"We kept our shows going for as long as we could, knowing how theatre can inspire and bring a community together in troubling times," says Wild Rice's Founding Artistic Director Ivan Heng in a press statement. "However, the health and well-being of our patrons, artists and all who work with Wild Rice must take precedence."? New dates will be announced for Grandmother Tongue, which was originally scheduled to run from April 2 to 19, while An Inspector Calls (initially slated to run from May 7) and HOTEL (from June 11) will be postponed until 2021. Why does it matter?? It's not a secret that our thriving but small theatre industry has been lacking funding lately, but this might just be the final stra

The best of local music in Singapore

7 local musicians that should be on your radar in 2020
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7 local musicians that should be on your radar in 2020

Get down to disco (or sing in the shower) with the hottest made-in-Singapore acts. If you're searching for your next earworm, you don't have to look very far. For a comparatively small music scene, we've got genres like rock, indie, hip-hop and even lo-fi beats covered. Here are some homegrown talents you should be listening to now – complete with a nifty playlist of recommended songs.? RECOMMENDED: The hottest rappers and hip-hop artists in Singapore right now and the best buskers to check out in Singapore

The best places for music lovers in Singapore
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The best places for music lovers in Singapore

Itching for a sonic experience beyond the bedroom? What better way to appreciate?the art of music at some of the city's best music stores and bars. Take some time to peruse the crates for that elusive record, sample a limited-edition Les Paul, or discover your new favourite band from the speakers. Go beyond?shopping with tasty bites, innovative cocktails or specialty coffee at?the in-store cafés and bars. Meet like-minded people who have their finger on the pulse for fresh sounds through music events hosted by these venues. RECOMMENDED: The best record stores in Singapore and the best live music venues in Singapore

We explore the vinyl scene in Singapore
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We explore the vinyl scene in Singapore

“Put a needle on a circular plastic disc, a motor turns it around a platter, and that same energy gets pushed from the speakers – can’t get that from a bunch of 1s and 0s on your USB sticks,” points Nick Bong who DJs as Bongomann, on the allure of vinyl. Lossy compression of audio for portable devices results in diminished sound quality. Vinyl uses lossless data compression. Nothing is lost when pressing a record, allowing the listener to appreciate the album as the producer intended. Gently dropping the needle onto the groove of a record and hearing that initial crackle before the mahogany-rich sound takes over is an ethereal experience music lovers swear by. It escorts listeners through a rapturous sonic journey in a unique, multi-dimensional way. Buying records is a lost art rarely practised in this age of digital streaming. I started my own journey with an old Revolver by The Beatles. My hunger for more got me digging through crates of records, paving way for a goldmine of hand-me-downs. The vinyl format was popular from the 50s until the 90s when compact discs and cassette tapes took over. Then came the game-changers: digital downloads. When the vinyl revival exploded in the late Noughties on the heels of the global vintage trend, vinyl sales rose and more stores opened. The global celebration of vinyl resulted in the birth of the annual Record Store Day (RSD) on April 18 in 2008. “By celebrating the rich history of music through re-issues of key titles, RSD helps the re

The best music shops in Singapore for musical instruments
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The best music shops in Singapore for musical instruments

With Singapore's?growing music scene, it's only appropriate that the city houses music stores where budding musicians and virtuosic pros can expand their collection of instruments and accessories. Whether you're in need of a new Fender Stratocaster guitar to rock out, a?well-equipped drum set to unleash your inner Buddy Rich or a fresh set of keys to take on Billy Joel's Piano Man at an upcoming live?performance, these music stores have just what you need and more. RECOMMENDED: The best music studios in Singapore and the best live music venues in Singapore

The best music studios to jam at in Singapore
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The best music studios to jam at in Singapore

Looking to jam, practice or record with the band? Ask us to name one thing we can't get enough of, and we'll easily tell you it's music. Besides scoring tickets to the next upcoming concert, curating?excessive Spotify or iTunes playlists and unwinding at a live music venue, it's also best to polish those virtuosic skills if you plan on keeping that rockstar dream alive. Here are eight affordable jamming studios in Singapore that are fully-equipped with top-notch instruments and systems. RECOMMENDED: Upcoming concerts in Singapore?and best live?music venues in Singapore ?

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The best of film and cinema in Singapore

The best upcoming movies in Singapore
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The best upcoming movies in Singapore

A trip to the cinema to catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster –?or indie flick – in full HD and surround sound is no doubt?an exciting viewing experience. And you don't have to wait long either as cinemas reopen on July 13 as part of Singapore's reopening plans. Whether it's a terrifying scream fest, an explosive superhero adventure, a classic reboot, a melodramatic tearjerker, or a film adaptation of a popular video game – we're looking at you Sonic the Hedgehog – we're always ready with a bucket of popcorn. With some of the biggest titles competing for your filmgoing dollar, including everything from a Christopher Nolan comeback to highly-anticipated sequels, prequels, remakes and another 007 movie, here are the ones to jot down in your cinema calendar. RECOMMENDED:? The best alternative cinemas in Singapore?and the best outdoor cinemas in Singapore

The best independent and alternative cinemas in Singapore
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The best independent and alternative cinemas in Singapore

If your after-work or weekend agenda includes going to the movies, Singapore has you covered. There's a multitude of venues in every corner of the city showcasing the biggest and latest blockbusters straight out of Hollywood. But if you're in the mood to see a black-and-white, a cult classic, an arthouse flick or the new indie release on the big screen, then pass the foreboding multiplex for the city's coolest alternative cinemas.? RECOMMENDED: The best outdoor cinemas in Singapore ?

The best outdoor cinemas in Singapore
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The best outdoor cinemas in Singapore

Are you sick?and tired of conventional cinemas? If the answer’s yes, then it’s time to escape those stuffy, cold theatre walls and hit up these alfresco movie spots in Singapore. Grab some popcorn – buttered or unsalted, that’s up to you – and strap in for a blockbuster night under a blanket of stars. RECOMMENDED: Upcoming movies in Singapore and the best alternative cinemas in Singapore

A monthly drive-in movie screening is coming to Downtown East
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A monthly drive-in movie screening is coming to Downtown East

Since July 13, cinemas have resumed activity with new releases, re-runs of Hollywood blockbusters and Oscar-bait films,?as well as exclusive screenings of cult favourites and world cinema. But?for some, nothing beats swapping the sub-zero theatres for an alfresco film?experience?under a blanket of stars. Despite?outdoor screenings such as Peroni Sunset Cinema and Films At The Fort being cancelled due to the pandemic, the city's savvy cinema folk has been exploring various ways to give?cinephiles their film fix. Shaw Theatres and The Projector have recently launched their own streaming platforms, and Silent Disco Asia is offering a home package that sets up your very own DIY Silent Cinema in your garden or balcony. But if you're looking to expand your?movie-going experience beyond the theatres and living room, perhaps a?socially distanced outdoor cinema complete with a colossal screen against a sunset backdrop?might entice you. The popular drive-in movie screening is?making a monthly return to Downtown East, setting camp at?Begonia open-air carpark. It kicks off on?August 8 with the award-winning musical The Greatest Showman. Watch Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya belt out show tunes while telling the story inspired by the Barnum's American Museum and the lives of its star attractions. Unlike those retro drive-in cinemas of the yesteryears, this one features a cutting-edge?screen that spans 12-metres in height and 8-metres in length, as well as a bespoke audio set-up where