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Christmas Wonderland 2019
Photograph: Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2019

The best things to do in Singapore this week (Nov 16-22)

Discover the biggest and best things to do in Singapore over the next few days

By Time Out Singapore editors and Cam Khalid
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Looking for things to do? Read on for our guide to the week's recommended things to do. If you manage to tick off all on this list, head back to our home page for daily updates on the cream of the crop, and whatever else Singapore has to offer before our next hotlist gets a refresher.

Phase 2 is in full swing and many restaurants, bars, and attractions have resumed activity, with live performances slowly returning on stage. This week, see Gardens by the Bay light up for Christmas Wonderland, get your culture fix with Kalaa Utsavam, and catch the city's brightest comedians and musicians shine at Majulah Live.

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Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts 2020
Photograph: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

1. Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts 2020

Things to do Cultural centres Singapore City, Raffles Place

The 19th edition of this annual cultural affair looks into the local Indian arts that have shaped Singapore’s cultural and arts scene. Get a dose of culture with a wide range of free and ticketed digital programmes including newly recorded works, archival screenings, and live-streamed performances. Highlights include three digital premieres including dance productions Amara – Dancing Stories of Banteay Srei by Apsaras Arts, and Pallavi through Abstractions by Chowk Productions, as well as RDG’s showcase Pathey Nimidam which features nine 10-minute Tamil plays.

Christmas Wonderland
Photograph: Gardens by the Bay

2. Christmas Wonderland

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

There's no denying that Gardens by the Bay's annual Yule affair holds a special place in Singapore's events calendar. Just like any other holiday celebrations, this year's Christmas Wonderland is reimagined as a hybrid event where you can enjoy the dazzling lights at the iconic Gardens, and an enchanting online experience at the comfort of your ho-ho-home. Expect interactive content, fun games, festive performances, and retailers offering their festive wares in which you can purchase at a click of a button – no more squeezing your way through the crowd to get some last-minute Christmas shopping done.

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Margins: drawing  pictures of home
Photograph: John Clang

3. Margins: drawing pictures of home

Art Photography ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay

Observe Singapore from the perspective of 15 local contemporary photographers in ArtScience Museum's new exhibition, Margins: drawing pictures of home. Part of the Singapore International Photography Festival, the showcase unearths under-represented stories, and landscapes, and even amplifies the voices of people who are often unheard in pictorial form. It also articulates Singapore's rich migrant histories, the blended cultural ancestries, and the everyday lives of its diverse population – in the hopes of encouraging visitors to imagine home beyond the boundaries of their own lives.

Aisyah Aziz, Majulah Live 2020
Photograph: Zendyll

4. Majulah Live

Music Singapore City, Raffles Place

Described as "Singapore's first high-quality digital entertainment experience", Majulah Live gives us the best of both worlds – comedy and music – with an electrifying lineup of the city's brightest wisecrackers and musicians. It kicks off with Majulah Comedy Live where stand-up stars Fakkah Fuzz, Rishi Budhrani, Jinx Yeo, and Sharul Channa – collectively branded as the Sons & Sister of Singapore Comedy – take the mics with their witty observations. Majulah Music Live then sees artists from the Majulah Weekender series – BGourd, Hairi Eyes, Jean Seizure, DSML, Fauxe, Shye and Elsa Mickayla – come together to support headliners Aisyah Aziz, Jon Chua JX, Estelle Fly, and Tengyboy.

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Subsonic Eye, Rock and Indie Festival 2020
Photograph: LASALLE College of the Arts

5. Rock and Indie Festival

Music Rock and indie Singapore City, Raffles Place

Soak up the sounds of local rock and indie music, and discover your next favourite band with the return of Lasalle College of the Arts festival – all with a digital twist this year. Set to go live via Facebook and YouTube, the music fest is dialing up the amp for 19 homegrown acts who are performing from the stage of the arts school. Create your mini moshpit and jam out to the likes of Subsonic Eye, Astreal, Building Fire, Saints Amongst Sinners, whirring, and Marian Carmel. 

Global Migrant Festival
Photograph: Global Migrant Festival/Facebook

6. Global Migrant Festival

Things to do Festivals Singapore City, Raffles Place

Since December 2018, Global Migrant Festival has been bringing people from all walks of life together to share human-centric perspectives and dialogues on migration, especially in a world where migrants are often stamped with vitriolic narratives. The nine-day virtual festival features an array of cultural performances, talks, films, and panel discussions involving artists, economic migrants, refugees, academic experts, and community advocates from non-profit organisations – you best believe there are over 200 participants from around the world this year. It then wraps up with the finals of the annual Migrant Worker Poetry Competition (Singapore), which has been a key event in the city's cultural calendar since 2014.

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Children's Season
Photograph: Asian Civilisations Museum

7. Children's Season

Kids Festivals Singapore City, Raffles Place

Parents, here's how to keep 'em active tots and tykes occupied during this school holiday. Held online, as well as on-site at the city's museums and heritage galleries, the annual Children's Season returns with more fun activities to spark their curiosity about the diverse variety of museums in Singapore. Watch them take on the online hide-and-seek game that uses Augmented Reality (AR) technology to explore virtual museum spaces, discover clues to hidden treasures along the way, and learn more about the stories behind the museums. Parents can also use the online platform to check out the various family-friendly programmes and activities available on-site, providing a fuss-free way to plan museum visits across the school holiday period.

SSO In Your Community: A Little Evening Music
Photograph: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

8. SSO In Your Community: A Little Evening Music

Music Classical and opera Our Tampines Hub, Tampines

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra is bringing some classical music magic to the east. Held at an unexpected venue – Festive Arts Theatre at Our Tampines Hub (OTH), to be exact – four musicians from SSO are set to perform classical favourites by Mozart, Beethoven, and Dvořák, as well as work by local composer Phoon Yew Tien. This marks the first SSO concert to take place since restrictions were lifted. Tickets are available for free at the Public Service Centre at Our Tampines Hub on a first-come-first-served basis.

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The Silence of a Falling Tree
Photograph: Moses Tan

9. The Silence of a Falling Tree

Theatre Singapore City, Raffles Place

The Silence of a Falling Tree is an immersive auditory journey that features instructions, dialogue, Foley, field recordings and original compositions, all while taking advantage of social distancing as a medium of transmission. Participants listen to three audio tracks at recommended locations and complete a set of non-invasive instructions. Tracks are arranged like a guided meditation; woven with original compositions, instructions, dialogue, Foley, and field recordings. The effect? A blurring of lines between performance and reality, and a reflection on the importance of being present, here, and now.

Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap
Photograph: Jon Cancio

10. Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap on Zoom

Theatre Singapore City, Raffles Place

No one does interactive comedy theatre quite like How Drama, especially with their main production Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap. The local theatre company is known to feature quirky observations and wacky takes on current affairs. In this Zoom edition, expect an energetic 30-minute show that includes its playful spin on teleworking, social distancing, and of course, the pandemic. The best part? You get to decide on the order of the plays. This month, you can catch the live-streamed show as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival (November 14, 20, and 22), and Good The@tre Festival (November 29).

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The Japan Rail Fair
Photograph: The Japan Rail Fair

11. The Japan Rail Fair – A Virtual Trip to Japan

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

Since you can't jet off to Japan just yet, why not catch a slice of the Land of the Rising Sun via a virtual gateway? Let The Japan Rail Fair take you on a virtual trip to the popular destination, complete with experiential live and interactive programmes, as well as food and drinks delivery. You can also start planning your next trip with the free Online Travel Book, and take part in giveaways and a grand lucky draw with attractive prizes such as JR East Passes, and return flight tickets to Tokyo by Japan Airlines.

Singapore Gallery Weekend
Photograph: Art Galleries Association Singapore

12. Singapore Gallery Weekend

Art Singapore City, Raffles Place

Calling all art lovers – colour your weekend with the inaugural edition of Singapore Gallery Weekend. Presented as a three-day Open House event, over 30 art galleries islandwide are set to showcase a plethora of new exhibitions, existing works, artist talks, events, performances, and more on-site and online. It comes as part of Art Galleries Association Singapore's (AGAS) vision to dynamise and invigorate the local visual arts scene with fresh insights and efforts within the framework of the prevailing and especially fluid environment of the art world.

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Kiss the Ground, Singapore Eco Film Festival 2020
Photograph: Kiss The Ground

13. Singapore Eco Film Festival

Film Documentaries Singapore City, Raffles Place

Get your popcorn ready and sink into the comfy seats at this year’s digital edition of the Singapore Eco Film Festival (SGEFF). The film affair celebrates all things green and sustainable through 10 films, along with an exciting line-up of panels, Q&A with filmmakers, and storytelling sessions held by filmmakers around the region and local eco-community partners. Headlining the SGEFF is the award-winning film Kiss the Ground, highlighting the importance of regenerating the world’s soils so that we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate and restore lost ecosystems.

Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films.
Photograph: Trinh T. Minh-ha

14. Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films.

Film NTU CCA Singapore, Kent Ridge

Get a different perspective of Asia through the lens of multi-hyphenated artist Trinh T. Minh-ha. Taking a page out of ancient Vietnamese myths, 19th-century Vietnamese poem The Tale of Kiều, and Miyazawa Kenji’s novel Milky Way Railroad, the filmmaker produced captivating films like Forgetting Vietnam (2015), Night Passage (2004), The Fourth Dimension (2001), A Tale of Love (1995), and Shoot for the Contents (1991) which are being showcased as an exhibition at the NTU CCA. The first part of her latest cinematic work What About China? is also being screened at the arts space until February 28.

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Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films.
Photograph: Trinh T. Minh-ha

15. Speaking/Thinking Nearby

Film Singapore City, Raffles Place

Go beyond NTU CCA's star on-site exhibition Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films. with the arts space's online film programme Speaking/Thinking Nearby. The programme brings a selection of films that echo a wide field of discussions negotiated by Trinh to the forefront. Addressing topics such as the ethics of representation in ethnographic film, migration, global socio-political developments, and feminist discourse, these thought-provoking films are sure to spark interesting dialogues with other filmmakers, scholars, and even viewers.

Science Centre Singapore
Photograph: Science Centre Singapore

16. Living Worlds: An Animal Planet Experience Exhibition

Kids Science Centre Singapore, Jurong East

Step out with the kids for an exciting exploration into the wild at the world's first travelling edutainment exhibition that looks into the interdependent relationship between animals and the environments they inhabit. See the world through their eyes via interactive multimedia play elements, never-seen-before footage and stories of the natural world, all while fostering environmental consciousness.

 

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Christmas on a Great Street
Photograph: Orchard Road Business Association

17. Christmas on a Great Street

Things to do Festivals Singapore City, Raffles Place

Santa Claus is coming to town. See the halls – or rather streets – of the famous shopping belt decked with dazzling lights and decorations set to the heartwarming theme of ‘Love This Christmas’. No matter where you are – abroad or at home – you can also delight in the gorgeous displays from the comfort of your home as Christmas on A Great Street goes online with a 360-degree virtual drive that takes you along the 2.88-kilometre stretch from Tanglin Mall to Dhoby Ghaut. The main arch at the junction of Orchard and Paterson takes centre stage with a colossal blue ribbon, glitter-coated reindeer, and bright red hollies.

AYN
Photograph: Gwendal Le Flem

18. Arts in Your Neighbourhood: Kallang and Geylang

Art Digital and interactive Singapore City, Raffles Place

Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) is back to spotlight the culturally-rich Geylang Serai – not to be mistaken for the infamous redlight district. This year's lineup is supplemented with digital offerings for the very first time. There's a blend of 11 digital and physical programmes co-created with artists, art organisations and community partners. From online music, dance and theatre performances to visual art murals and a dynamic light projection display on the façade of Old Airport Road Hawker Centre, everyone gets to partake in an engaging lineup of multi-genre and interactive art experiences like never before. 

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BTS Map of the Soul Showcase
Photograph: @bighit_merch/Twitter

19. BTS Pop-Up: Map of the Soul

Things to do Plaza Singapura, City Hall

In celebration of its 7th studio album Map of the Soul, the global phenomenon that is BTS is setting up shop at Plaza Singapura, making Singapore one out of the three lucky cities in Asia to host the 'dynamite' physical showcase. The blue-tinted pop-up store invites fans to browse around 300 exclusive merchandise including wardrobe essentials and home accessories. Some of these wares are not even sold anywhere else – that's how exclusive it is. Expect a main showroom full of merch, and Instagram-worthy spaces that mirror the concept and music video sets from the Map of the Soul record.

Singapore International Photography Festival
Photograph: Calvin Chow

20. Singapore International Photography Festival

Art Photography Singapore City, Raffles Place

See Singapore through different lenses at various exhibitions showcased at art spaces including 37 Emerald Hill, ArtScience Museum and Deck. Based on the festival theme of 'Departing and Arriving', these exhibitions spotlight a plethora of photographic artworks by renowned and budding local and international artists. These visual creations collectively depict modern human movements and the perceptions against current societal constraints – and with the pandemic, it takes the theme to a whole new level. Besides the physical exhibitions, the festival also holds virtual discussion sessions where shutterbugs of age and skill levels can immerse in art during these tough times. Highlights include the Opencall Showcase, Asia Meet, Masterclass sessions, and Walking with Photographers. 

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A Universal Christmas
Photograph: Resorts World Sentosa

21. A Universal Christmas

Things to do Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Universal Studios Singapore (USS) is decked out in bright lights and enchanting decorations, and ready to spread the Yuletide cheer. Naughty or nice, the adorable characters of Despicable Me and Minions are bringing a little mischief magic to spice up the holidays. While waiting for Santa Claus (here's hoping the travel restrictions won't hold him back), you can immerse in his own magical movie land in USS' New York. Adorned with interactive movie sets, Lights, Camera, Christmas invites all to step into its hot air balloon, meet eclectic characters, and have A Topsy Turvy Christmas in an unconventional upturned house. And as always, there are the thrilling rides to make it a season to remember.

Bhumi Collective
Photograph: Bhumi Collective

22. Charlie at Melbourne Fringe Festival

Theatre Fringe Singapore City, Raffles Place

After a successful run in the UK at the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival where it won the Best Performing Artist Award, On the Rocks Festival in 2017, as well as a two-week run in Singapore in 2018, Charlie returns – making its online debut at the Melbourne Fringe Festival this time. For the interactive performance, audiences will encounter Charlie from their own homes in a time-limited Zoom room for an intimate experience of the quarantine era. 

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Objectifs Fundraiser
Photograph: Kirsten Tan

23. Objectifs Fundraiser

Art Photography Singapore City, Raffles Place

To help Objectifs beat the detrimental effects of the pandemic, the arts centre is holding its first fundraiser supported by 20 photographers, filmmakers and artists. Notable names such as Darren Soh, Robert Zhao Renhui, Lenne Chai, John Clang, Kirsten Tan, Boo Junfeng, and Shubigi Rao have donated the use of their works to be produced as prints that make unique gifts for Objectifs donors. Proceeds will go towards sustaining the centre's operations and programmes, as well as the artists and arts freelancers that it works with. 

running, asics
Photograph: Dulcey Lima/Unsplash

24. Asics World Ekiden

Sport and fitness Running Singapore City, Raffles Place

Round up five of your fellow running kakis and limber up for the inaugural Asics World Ekiden. Inspired by the Japanese running culture, the virtual sporting event brings the spirit of Ekiden – a long-distance running multistage relay race that's usually held on roads – to the wider world like never before. Whether you're in the streets of Singapore, Japan, or elsewhere, form teams of six and complete six legs of varying distances, totaling the marathon distance to 42.2-kilometre. Registration via the Runkeeper App is free and open until November 10.

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Andsoforth Princess Academy
Photograph: Andsoforth

25. Andsoforth Princess Academy

Kids Workshops and classes Singapore City, Raffles Place

Make your little princess's fairtytale dreams come true with the Andsoforth Princess Academy led by characters from the theatre company's previous productions 22 Stories, Fairy Tales Live, and Grimmsneyland. The three-day boot camp will have the princesses-in-training learn the ropes of etiquette, poise, and craft. They are also tasked to complete royal duties like decorating their very own pumpkin carriage and ultimately, turning into a real-life Cinderella complete with a personalised princess gown and make-up – all ready for the royal ball. The workshop includes an exclusive Andsoforth Princess Academy backpack, a make-up kit fit for a princess, and a paper mache dressmaking kit to take home.

Iwan Effendi
Photograph: Mizuma Gallery

26. Drawing withdrawing

Art Mizuma Gallery, Bukit Merah

Iwan Effendi is back with his second solo exhibition at Mizuma Gallery. In Drawing withdrawing, the artist showcases his new body of work which represents the phenomenology of the transformative elements of a live performance. The title alludes to his practice of drawing and withdrawing, where he arrives at a range of exciting mediums that includes printmaking, etching as well as video projection. The solo exhibition is curated by Artati Sirman and runs from November 12 to December 13.

 

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An Actress Prepares
Photograph: Wild Rice

27. An Actress Prepares

Theatre The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ W!LD RICE, Rochor

Wild Rice welcomes audiences back to its theatres with An Actress Prepares. Inspired by Konstantin Stanislavski’s first handbook on acting, An Actress Prepares charts Siti Khalijah Zainal's journey through her life in the theatre. After all, the renowned actress is no stranger to the stage – and has played a diverse range of roles, including a schizophrenic young woman, an Indonesian domestic worker, and Singapore’s first female Malay Prime Minister.

Guinness St Patricks Day 2020
Photograph: Guinness

28. Guinness Great Grill Out

Bars and pubs Singapore City, Raffles Place

The ultimate barbecue festival is back, and bigger than ever. The Great Grill Out by Guinness is now a month-long celebration filled with smoky bites and brews. Look forward to exclusive menus at Hopscotch, Kult Yard, and more. And this year, it’s even bringing the party right to your doorstep, with master tutorials and virtual workshops to help you throw a sizzling party indoors. Tune in to online videos that’ll teach you how to style your dish with food stylist CR Tan, how to pick the right cut of meat with East Side Butchers, among many others.

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Singapore Cocktail Festival
Photograph: Singapore Cocktail Festival

29. Singapore Cocktail Festival

Bars and pubs Singapore City, Raffles Place

After some delay, The Singapore Cocktail Festival (SGCF) is finally ready to return for another year of tipsy fun. This year, the festivities are turned up a notch; look forward to a two-month-long celebration filled with a wide variety of tipples and trade conversations. And the best part? Choose to partake in the festival at your own pace – be it through bar-hopping around the city, or in the comforts of your own home. Highlights include the SGCF City Takeover where top bars in Singapore present a signature cocktail inspired by the neighbourhood they are located within.

Tuesdays with Morrie
Photograph: Singapore Repertory Theatre

30. Tuesdays With Morrie

Theatre Drama Singapore Repertory Theatre, River Valley

After being closed for the past seven months, Singapore Repertory is reopening its doors for live performances of Tuesdays with Morrie. Based on Mitch Albom's best-selling memoir, the play takes you on an intimate journey, charting the deep personal bond between mentor and student as they explore themes of love, acceptance, and death – but most importantly, how one should enjoy life. Theatre veteran Remesh Panicker is set to take on the role of Morrie, while Mitch is played by Benjamin Chow.

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Jurassic World Cafe
Photograph: David Goh

31. Jurassic World Café

Things to do pop-ups ION Sky, Orchard

This brand-new multi-concept pop-up atop ION Orchard pays homage to the blockbuster series Jurassic World. Prepare to be greeted by a life-sized model of the velociraptor Blue before you sink your teeth into black-bunned burgers, and volcano-like rice dish complete with curry lava – no dinosaur meat served here. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, treat yourself to the lava cookies, the brachiosaurus chendol, or the local favourite milo dinosaur. There are also limited edition collectibles such as the cafe-exclusive Blue plushie keychain and Jurassic World Lego sets to cop and take home.

Zouk Cinema Club
Photograph: Zouk Group

32. Zouk Cinema Club

Things to do Film events Zouk, Raffles Place

Cinephiles can take their movie-watching ritual to the next level with Zouk's pop-up cinematic experience: Zouk Cinema Club. The nightclub turns into a cinema from Wednesday to Saturday with one screening session per night showing two movies. Instead of those hypnotic visuals that accompany DJ sets, the big screen screens throwback romantic musicals such as Moulin Rouge, Grease, and The Greatest Showman. Besides the snazzy lighting and quality sound system, the main room is also be decorated to mirror the famous red windmill of Moulin Rouge in the City of Love – Paris, France. And what's sweeter than a bottle of bubbly and a bowl of Garrett popcorn to share?

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A Thousand Ways
Photograph: Maria Baranova

33. A Thousand Ways

Theatre Experimental Singapore City, Raffles Place

There's a new kind of theatre in town – and this unconventional one embraces a live, interactive experience through distance and negotiating shared space. Brought to you by American theatre-makers 600 Highwaymen, A Thousand Ways is a three-part production in which you are both the actor and audience, with your words, actions, thoughts, and willingness as the tools – so choose carefully. Taking place over several months, each distinct installment gives you the opportunity to make contact with a stranger. It kicks off with Part One in November with an organised phone call between you and another audience member.

Summer of 85
Photograph: Summer of 85

34. French Film Festival

Things to do Film events The Projector, Kallang

Calling all Francophiles – get your movie fix at The Projector's French Film Festival. It kicks off with the cinema's exclusive new release Summer of 85, which follows a queer teen summer romance where one saves another after capsizing off the coast of Normandy and sparks fly. It's then followed by limited screenings of Lola, The Shock of the Future, Sympathy for the Devil, and French New Wave titles including Contempt, Cleo from 5 to 7, and Oscar-nominee The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

 

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Ashley Bickerton
Photograph: Ashley Bickerton / Gajah Gallery

35. Navigating Entropy

Art Gajah Gallery, Habourfront

This collaborative exhibition champions regional artists such as Ashley Bickerton (USA, Indonesia), Jane Lee (Singapore), Jason Lim (Singapore), Kumari Nahappan (Singapore), Suzann Victor (Singapore, Australia), Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko (Indonesia) and Yunizar (Indonesia). And they all have one thing in common: working closely with Yogya Art Lab, a Yogyakarta-based subsidiary of the Gallery. Navigating Entropy gathers a diverse array of radical, invaluable works created by these artists whilst in residence at YAL – allowing works spanning a wide range of experimental mediums, from bronze to glass to clay, to converse in one space.

Kray Chen
Photograph: Kray Chen / FOST Gallery

36. Hot Temple

Art FOST Gallery, Bukit Merah

Visual artist Kray Chen presents his second solo exhibition Hot Temple at FOST Gallery. His new body of work presents itself as a scene at a Teochew street-opera tent in Singapore. A handful of sparsely scattered chairs are each loosely facing a fiery staging of a story from a distant past. Kray's work takes inspiration from the global pandemic, drawing upon the narrative of loneliness, disjointedness and division of people, ideas, and behaviour. Admire the new series of chair-sculptures and a video opera and journey through a time of uncertainty, the reflective self, rage and anger, and the metred distance between each other. 

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A SEAASON of Rediscovery at S.E.A. Aquarium
Photograph: Resorts World Sentosa

37. A SEAASON of Rediscovery at S.E.A. Aquarium

Things to do SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa

Get in the festive spirit with over 100,000 marina animals at S.E.A. Aquarium through a brand-new underwater experience complete with refreshed educational content and immersive audio-visual programmes. This complements the aquarium's recent facelift which features specially designed light effects and fascinating soundscapes. The sea critters here are also looking a lot like Christmas. Observe the scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp (yes, that's its actual name) with its distinctive pair of bright red stripes, the snowflake moray eel, and the pinecone fish. Have fun with the various games and photo opportunities dotted in the aquarium too.

Coda Culture
Photograph: Teck Lim/Coda Culture Facebook

38. Precious Things

Art Installation Coda Culture, Rochor

Independent art gallery Coda Culture is back with Precious Things, a visual art exhibition featuring newly commissioned work from 12 Singaporean artists. The collections of works aim to examine the value of art – something that has been newly called into question during the global crises. Curated by Coda Culture founder Seelan Palay, expect thought-provoking pieces from diverse artists, including Maisarah Kamal, Genevieve Leong, Tang Da Wu, and writer Syed Muhammad Hafiz. 

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Immersive Children’s Book Workshop
Photograph: Andsoforth

39. Immersive Children’s Book Workshop

Kids Book events Singapore City, Raffles Place

This school holiday, expose your little ones to the inventive, globetrotting story by Jules Vernes, Around the World in 80 Days, with AndSoForth's book workshop for kids. Not your usual book club – little explorers can look forward to hands-on activities that teach them the intricate art of knot tying, letter writing, and astrology as they traverse through different 'countries', meet different characters, and live out their fantastical dreams. Just like any AndSoForth experience, the secret location is disclosed to ticket holders within 24 hours prior to the workshop. 

OH! Open House, Ang Kia Yee
Photograph: Ang Kia Yee

40. Days — and counting

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

Does the new norm feel like a surreal dream? To capture these strange times, OH! Open House is rolling out a "sleepwalking" digital art experience titled Days — and counting, kickstarting with a live-stream performance of local multidisciplinary artist Pat Toh's Topography of Breath 2.0 on October 28. Doubling as an immersive virtual trail, the experience takes place over three seasons, embodying the notion of dreams through audio, text, and moving images. Season 1: Walls Crumble launches on October 30 with some TV nostalgia. Through the old-school Teletext, traverse a surrealist narrative of a sleeping man's dreamscapes. Delve deeper into the idea of home during the circuit breaker with unique artworks by local artists Ang Kia Yee, Hunny & Lummy, Kevin Fee, Pat Toh, and Tristan Lim – all without leaving the comfort of your couch or bed.

 

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Doraemon''s Time-Travelling Adventures in Singapore
Photograph: Dewi Nurjuwita

41. Doraemon’s Time-Travelling Adventures in Singapore

Art Public art National Museum of Singapore, City Hall

Step through the Anywhere Door and embark on a time-travelling adventure with Doraemon. Meet the cat-type robot from our childhood through photo opportunities within the grounds of the National Museum of Singapore and specially-designed collectables. One of the most iconic doors in Japanese manga and anime, the Anywhere Door is found alongside adorable Doraemon statues across the museum's front lawn – perfect for a photo opportunity. Inside the museum, the Time Machine, another classic gadget invites you to travel through both time and space.

Sentosa GrillFest 2020
Photograph: Sentosa Development Corporation

42. Sentosa GrillFest

Things to do Food and drink events Singapore City, Raffles Place

Let the annual beachside barbecue food festival bring the flavours of Sentosa straight to your door. The home edition debuts with a series of cooking tutorials, DIY grill kits, and an exclusive menu including 14 novel dishes available via delivery. Satiate your appetite for smoky treats such as burnt bee hoon with grilled prawns ($18), 16-hour BBQ short ribs ($24), and seafood laksa linguini ($18). Want to fire up the grill? Prices for the DIY grill kits start from $45 for a truffle beef burger set to $75 for a mixed grill that's good for four. And to help you with mastering the grill, tune in to the live cooking classes held every Tuesdays via Sentosa GrillFest’s LazMall Flagship Store. 

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Little India Deepavali Light-Up 2020
Photograph: Hit1912/Shutterstock

43. Little India Deepavali Light-Up

Things to do Little India, Newton

Every year, Little India shines a little brighter for Deepavali, also known as Diwali. After all, it is the Festival of Lights, a celebration that symbolises the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. This year, Deepavali falls on November 14, but the festivities have started early as the vibrant cultural enclave illuminates in a dazzling array of peacocks, lotus flowers, and oil lamps come nightfall – just as impressive as the Christmas lights in Orchard Road. The main centrepiece of the vivid-hued stretch, however, is Goddess Mahalakshmi. The Hindu goddess of wealth sits on a lotus flower atop the main arch in Serangoon Road, flanked by two majestic peacocks and elephants.

The Macallan Experience
Photograph: The Macallan Experience

44. The Macallan Experience

Bars and pubs Raffles Hotel Singapore, City Hall

Sample one of the world’s most exceptional single malt Scotch whiskies, The Macallan, in a fully immersive and integrated experiential space. To match The Macallan's rich heritage, the experience is set amidst the unrivalled elegance of the Raffles Hotel Singapore. It promises to take guests through a sensorial and memorable whisky journey with a state-of-the-art sensory cinema, an interactive kinetic art installation, and an archival gallery. Over at the whisky lounge, treat yourself to the finest range of exquisite single malts and curated cocktails. Private masterclasses and tasting experiences are also available to book.

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Masters of Speed Go Kart Time Attack
Photograph: Masters of Speed Go Kart Time Attack

45. Masters of Speed Go Kart Time Attack

Things to do The Karting Arena, Bukit Timah

If you've got a need for speed beyond Mario Kart, strap on your helmet for an electric go-kart competition IRL. Masters of Speed Go Kart Time Attack invites speed demons of all levels and ages to rev their engines and clock their best timings for a chance to walk away with attractive prizes and bragging rights. The family-friendly competition also allows kids as young as nine, as well as family teams consisting of one adult and one child to take part.

Lights Up!
Photograph: Alvin Ho/Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

46. Lights Up!

Theatre Musicals Singapore City, Raffles Place

If you love local theatre – especially one that leaves you in stitches – then mark your calendar for Lights Up! This online 45-minute musical revue is a collaborative effort by the Esplanade, Dream Academy, and National Arts Council, with more than 35 freelance artists, musicians, creatives, filming, and technical crew – all as part of an initiative to provide support to freelance artists during this challenging period. Cosy up for a refreshing spin on Singapore's musical theatre classics such as W!ld Rice's first-ever pantomime Cinderel-lah!, Dream Academy's cult classic Dim Sum Dollies, and Sing Dollar, featuring songs from the Non-Essential Chan-Tan Songbook.

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Hans Graf, Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Photograph: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

47. SSOPlayOn!

Music Singapore City, Raffles Place

Under the banner SSOPlayOn!, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra's (SSO) digital season continues with more concerts to be streamed from the stage to the comfort of your sweet digs via Sistic Live. Delight in a trio of concerts led by the SSO's new Chief Conductor Hans Graf, including a programme pairing Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen with Mozart’s “Gran Partita” Serenade on November 6. Other highlights include An Evening of French Music (November 20) in which Darrell Ang conducts works by Debussy, Ravel and Ibert.

The Dream from the Other Side
Photograph: Singapore Art Museum

48. The Dream from the Other Side

Art Multiple venues

See the evolution of Singapore’s cityscape through the eyes of local artist Melissa Tan at the SAM Mini Mobile Museum. The travelling art exhibition is making its way to Woodlands Regional Library from October 28 to December 13, before heading to Jurong and Tampines regional libraries between December 16 to March 21 to showcase the latest commission The Dream from the Other Side, featuring works by Melissa that explore the continual evolution of Singapore’s topography. These works can also be viewed online from November onwards on SAM's website.

 

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Inside Out Singapore
Photograph: Inside Out Singapore

49. Inside Out Singapore

Art Photography Singapore City, Raffles Place

As part of the Singapore International Photography Festival, Inside Out Singapore's mobile booth hits the road, heading to the city's cultural precincts to take portraits of participants inside the truck and exhibiting them at various iconic locations. The trucks will be positioned at Deck, The Substation, 37 Emerald Hill, Kreta Ayer Square, and ION Orchard from 12pm to 7pm, and Tekka Centre from 11am to 6pm. Be sure to register for a slot here. Then keep your eyes peeled for 1,000 portraitures and stories of people in Singapore – all in a bid to capture the essence of the city's unique collective identity.

Richard Koh Fine Art
Photograph: Richard Koh Fine Art

50. Today's Special

Art Richard Koh Fine Art, Bukit Merah

Titled Today's Special, Malaysian artist Yeoh Choo Kuan's first exhibition comes as part of #SGGalleryWeekend. The artist presents works from his oeuvre completed from 2016 to 2020. The works mostly culminate as Yeoh's artistic contextualisation of the current media phenomenon in the United States, closely tied to the current presidency of Donald Trump and his legacy in the reality TV show The Apprentice. The chopping board acts as a persistent iconography in Yeoh's shaped board series.

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Pocket Gardens Surprise
Photograph: Gardens by the Bay

51. Pocket Gardens Surprise

Things to do Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

Take a closer look at every nook and cranny of the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, and you might just find a mini garden. No two are the same as these mini garden displays rotate every fortnight as part of the Pocket Gardens Surprise. The ongoing Edible Garden features vegetables and herbs grown for use in the kitchen, highlighting the importance of food security and resilience.

Voilah! France Singapore Festival
Photograph: Voilah! France Singapore Festival

52. Voilah! France Festival Singapore

Things to do Festivals Singapore City, Raffles Place

You may have binge-watched the whole season of Emily in Paris, but French art de vivre is better experienced firsthand. The annual Voilah! French Festival Singapore returns with a diverse range of on-site and virtual experiences that merge the best of French and Singaporean cultures. It features 110 Singaporean and French participating partners, the biggest number so far since the founding of Voilah! The festival opens up with activities that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the visits by former French premier Georges Clemenceau to Singapore, including an exhibition at National Museum of Singapore in partnership with Paris’s Musée Clemenceau.

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Breezy Brunch
Photograph: Cé La Vi

53. Breezy Brunch

Restaurants Cé LA VI, Marina Bay

There's a new Saturday lunch-time affair for you and your girlfriends to delight in. Starting from October 24, Cé La Vi is rolling out a convivial boozy brunch experience for guests every Saturday, except the first weekend of the month, all set against the stunning Singapore skyline. Cheers to the weekend with free-flowing Prosecco, white, rosé and red wine, spirits, beer, and signature cocktails by lead mixologist Andrew Hyman including the Blueberry Mule, Once In A Lifetime and Golden Age from $88 for three hours. Food-wise, sample a sumptuous array of delectable contemporary Asian dishes including wagyu beef tataki, fine de claire oysters, and king salmon-jicama roll. 

Rappu
Photograph: Rappu

54. Rappu

Restaurants Revamp Cocktail Bar, Tanjong Pagar

At Rappu, a new pop-up Japanese handroll bar, it is encouraged that the food is consumed within four seconds. The reason: for maximum enjoyment. Here, the seaweed wrapper enveloping the sushi rice is kept and served warm to retain all its crispness – an often overlooked component in most handrolls. From now till November 29, Rappu is taking up residence at Revamp Cocktail Bar, turning the tables of the watering hole into a sushi counter. The menu features a concise selection of just seven handrolls, including an over-the-top creation crowned with uni, wagyu, and caviar.

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Scribble Town
Photograph: National Heritage Board

55. Scribble Town

Kids Exhibitions Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Novena

Whether you've fallen victim to bullying or have been on the other end of it, reflect your own experiences with this interactive exhibition at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH). Especially for kids aged between nine and 12, the exhibition features comic artwork that takes visitors on a quest to save the fictional world of Scribble Town alongside characters Sam, Dan, and Lydia. Through the adventure, observe the interactions between the characters and gain a better understanding of the different types of bullying, how and why bullying occurs, and the corresponding impact on the involved parties.

Island of the Hungry Ghosts, Reframe: The (In)Hospitable World
Photograph: Asian Film Archive

56. Reframe: An (In)Hospitable World

Things to do Film events Oldham Theatre, City Hall

Explore the power of cinema with the Asian Film Archive's latest Reframe programme: An (In)Hospitable World. Screened at the Oldham Theatre, the programme spotlights thought-provoking films from Germany, Armenia, and the Philippines, among others, that capture the current ecological and environmental crises, while pushing audiences to see the world through various lenses, beyond conventional human perspectives. Must-see titles include Island of the Hungry Ghosts which is set on Christmas Island, Tak Lub which follows survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and Nothing to be Afraid Of which documents five female mine clearers on their risky job.

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AndSoForth, Around the World in 80 Days
Photograph: AndSoForth/Facebook

57. Around the World in 80 Days

Theatre Singapore City, Raffles Place

AndSoForth is back – but don't expect another immersive theatrical dining experience. Instead, the local theatre group is hosting a book analysis workshop based on Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days. But unlike your usual book club, this one features the use of costumes, set designs, and cuisines to interpret the famous novel, so do come with an empty stomach. And just like any AndSoForth experience, the secret location will be disclosed to ticket holders within 24 hours before the workshop. While there are more hands-on activities to partake, there will be no live performances due to the current regulations and guidelines from the government to ensure safety.

Gai Gai Tour
Photograph: One Faber Group

58. Gai Gai Tour

Things to do Walks and tours Mount Faber, Bukit Merah

The two-hour adventure takes explorers to Faber Peak, uncovering the lesser-known stories of Singapore along the way. It starts with a trip down memory lane at the Mural Wall, before heading for the peak of Faber Point, where you can delight in the breathtaking view which stretches to the southern islands. While you're at it, snap a cheeky selfie with the three-metre-tall Merlion, and learn about the mystical icon. Then ring Poland's Bells of Happiness for some good luck. Perfect for families, the fully-guided tour also comes with a complimentary round-trip cable car ride on the Mount Faber Line.

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The Apex Project
Photograph: The Apex Project

59. Music at Monuments

Music Singapore City, Raffles Place

Experience our national treasures in a whole new way with Music at Monuments, a new digital performance series by the National Heritage Board and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. From now till December, embark on a sonic adventure through the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), Goodwood Park Hotel, Jurong Town Hall and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall with local musicians including The Apex Project, Derrick Hoh, Musa, and Fingerfunk. Set against the backdrop of these iconic buildings, they'll be bringing you all-time classics like Fly Me To The Moon and All I Want For Christmas Is You to mark the upcoming festivities. Catch the monthly uploads on the National Heritage Board and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre's official website and social media pages. 

National Museum of Singapore
Photograph: Vernon Raineil Cenzon/Unsplash

60. Never Before

Art

The global pandemic has roused a confusing mix of emotions ranging from fear, anxiety, loneliness to hope. Never Before, an online exhibition presented by The National Museum of Singapore, aims to capture our collective state of mind as we move into the new normal. Designer Yang Derong has curated a sprawling collection of 137 works by photographers, writers, architects and more. Arranged in nine chapters, they showcase a stark, visual documentary of our psyche in these unprecedented times.

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Singapore Community Radio
Photograph: Singapore Community Radio

61. Singapore Community Radio

Music Singapore City, Raffles Place

Turn up the volume for a brand new local radio show – sort of. First launched in 2017, Singapore Community Radio returns with a brand new look and programmes that are curated and produced by an entirely new team. Spearheaded by creative director Darren Tan, the team aims to spotlight the diverse Singaporean voices on a shared platform, while capturing its ethos of championing music creative cultures in its programmes. Look forward to both live and pre-recorded content, ranging from podcasts and video interviews to live DJ sets, available to stream for free via Twitch and Mixcloud Live, as well as Facebook Live for selected shows.

covid-19, face masks
Photograph: Victor He/Unsplash

62. Every Body Plays a Part: A Showcase of Public Health Crises and Responses in Singapore

Things to do Exhibitions Singapore City, Raffles Place

Get a clearer picture of the city's relationship with public health with this online exhibition by the National Museum of Singapore. The showcase highlights the history of infectious diseases starting from the late 19th century, and the various measures that were put in place to tackle them. These are presented through 37 artefacts across four sections: The Distancing of Bodies, The Inoculation of Bodies, The Hygiene of Bodies and The Restoration of Bodies.

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Planet or Plastic
Photograph: Jordi Chias

63. Planet or Plastic?

Art Photography ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay

To school you on the global plastic pollution crisis, ArtScience Museum is teaming up with National Geographic to showcase the museum's first exhibition since its post-circuit breaker re-opening. The exhibition sets out to raise awareness through more than 70 powerful photographs and videos as seen through the lenses of National Geographic photographers and explorers who have witnessed – and are still doing so – the devastating impact of plastic pollution on the natural world, especially in the oceans. Highlights include award-winning underwater photographer Jordi Chias' image of a loggerhead turtle ensnared in an old plastic fishing net.

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Photograph: Heng Lim / Shutterstock

64. The Big Sit

Things to do Classes and workshops Guoco Tower, Raffles Place

Kickstart your mindfulness journey in the calm, leafy surrounds of Guoco Tower Urban Park. Starting on September 12, which also marks World Mindfulness Day, you can head down to The Big Sit, a monthly mindfulness meditation session to experience for yourself the purported benefits of the practice. For 45 to 60 minutes, let an experienced mindfulness meditation teacher guide you through slow, meditative movements before you sit to still the mind. Participation is completely free, and you can even join the livestream via Guoco Tower’s Facebook page if you prefer to find inner peace from the comfort of your home.

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An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season
Photograph: National Gallery Singapore

65. An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season

Art National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

As part of the art initiative, Proposals for Novel Ways of Being, National Gallery Singapore introduces its latest visual feast: An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season. The Gallery's space is decked by the immersive, mixed-media installations, sound and movement performances, and site-specific artistic interventions of 10 young Singapore-based artists including Kin Chui, Priyageetha Dia, Aki Hassan, Ila, and Norah Lea. These intriguing works aim to turn on the light bulb on new ways of thinking and doing, all for a more humane future.

Diana Rahim
Photograph: Diana Rahim / Singapore Art Museum

66. Time Passes

Art Singapore City, Raffles Place

Another art exhibition under the Proposals For Novel Ways of Being banner, this collaborative effort by Singapore Art Museum and National Gallery Singapore is conceived as a corridor of time that echoes the indeterminate passage of our days as we navigate the pandemic that is still raging on, as well as the detritus it leaves behind. A reference to the middle chapter in Virginia Woolf's novel To The Lighthouse, Time Passes features works that manifest acts of care-taking through the handling of different materials, and the commitment towards uncovering possibilities of living and relating even during tumultuous times.

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The Substation
Photograph: Jacklee/Wikimedia Commons

67. We are not going back, we are coming around

Art The Substation, City Hall

The contemporary art den is gathering mavens from different aspects of the local arts scene, including visual arts, performing arts and literary arts, to bring the community together and foster inclusivity through talks, workshops and sharing sessions that explore the direction our society should be moving towards in the wake of this pandemic. Find your creativity with participating artists including Chu Hao Pei, Shaiful Risan, and Stephanie Chan.

Grey Projects
Photograph: Grey Projects

68. Stranger Still

Art Grey Projects, Tiong Bahru

The non-profit art space is showcasing five programmes that explore the infrastructures of care in these strange and difficult times. It kicks off with Strange Bodies from now until October 15, spotlighting artworks by local artist Yang Zhongda and Sabah native Jerome Kugan which shows chimeric figurations of the human body that crosses and unfixes the human/non-human divisions. Other highlights include a penpal programme with elderly and schoolchildren in Tiong Bahru and Bukit Merah, and a mutual assistance programme.

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Soft/Wall/Studs
Photograph: Soft/Wall/Studs/Facebook

69. Beyond Repair

Art Soft/Wall/Studs, Kallang

The art space transforms itself into a centre for mutual care through nine programmes that span gardening projects, research and learning platforms, gaming sessions, and more. The project features participating artists, including Luca Lum, Marcus Yee and Huiying Ng.

Digital Traces: The Year of No Return
Photograph: The Necessary Stage/SIFA

70. Digital Traces: The Year of No Return

Theatre

Originally scheduled to be staged in this year's SIFA, The Year of No Return presents the environmental crisis from the perspective of different individuals and discourses, from an advocate to the environmental scientist and the regular man on the street. While you wait for its premiere next year, you can enjoy teasers of the production through the lens of its various characters via a Zoom play-reading session and four vodcast episodes released on the 15th of each month from now until November. These vignettes are presented through digitalised film, sound, movement, and text that unpacks the themes and ideas within a key strand of the narrative. Together with the vodcast, it gives you a further look into the episodes within the play, including one featuring some of the actors stepping out of their characters to explore their own relationship with the environment.

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CENTRE FOR ALTERED TOGETHERNESS
Photograph: Reza Hasni

71. Centre For Altered Togetherness

Art Singapore City, Raffles Place

For a kaleidoscopic virtual feast, immerse yourself in the participative online exhibition featuring the technicolour art of Singapore-born and Berlin-based artist Reza Hasni. Embark on a virtual, free-roaming journey through six illustrated worlds, set in the current time of expanding cyberspace. The exhibition also allows visitors to interact with each other while deepening understandings of the dynamic relationship between the online and offline world.

Plural Art Mag
Photograph: Plural Art Mag

72. Our Heartlands

Art Singapore City, Raffles Place

The new contemporary art initiative features ordinary sites in Singapore through the eyes of 100 local artists, in response to the ongoing pandemic. These works are published on a microsite that goes live on National Day. Alongside the artists' works and their personal stories, Our Heartlands also features geotags of 100 different locations in Singapore – from the former Zouk Building at Jiak Kim Street and the wet market at Chinatown Complex to Serangoon Green and Toa Payoh Library.

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Heman Chong
Photograph: Heman Chong

73. Walking in the City by Heman Chong

Art Contemporary art Singapore Art Museum, City Hall

Part of the Walking in the City series, the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) presents specially commissioned artworks on the hoardings currently installed around the perimeter of the museum buildings along Bras Basah Road and Queen Street. The second commission of the series is by Singaporean artist Heman Chong, who represented Singapore at the 50th Venice Biennale. Artist Heman Chong presents two exhibitions: titled Safe Entry and Writing While Walking And Other Stories. Safe Entry, presented on the hoarding along Bras Basah Road, is a cheeky take on the QR code which has become ubiquitous in Singapore recently. Writing While Walking And Other Stories, on the other hand, comprises 2,581 words written by artist Heman Chong and his iPhone 11 during an eight-hour walk around Singapore.

Honeyland, The Projector Plus
Photograph: Ljubomir Stefanov

74. The Projector Plus

Film Singapore City, Raffles Place

Calling all film buffs – there's a new streaming platform in town and you'd want to bookmark this. A digital extension of local independent cinema The Projector, The Projector Plus (also known as P+) is a spankin' new 'digital home' where the community can come together online for the alternative content the cinema is ultimately known for. Expect films that are a reflection of The Projector's curatorial approach to its physical cinema – think cult classics, indie flicks, and titles that might be challenging to get a theatrical release in Singapore. It's also the only cinema with an online platform to showcase films that are rated R21.

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Scene City
Photograph: Viddsee

75. Scene City

Film Singapore City, Raffles Place

Celebrate being a true, blue Singaporean with 16 Viddsee short films, all available to binge-watch on meWatch. Presented by Mediacorp and Viddsee, the Scene City anthology is part of the Lights.Camera.Singapore initiative, which champions cultural cornerstones that contribute to the unique Singaporean identity. The Scene City anthology gives viewers a glimpse into the rich and layered narratives, landscapes, and vignettes of life in the city. Highlights include award-winning works such as Pa, and Light By Bedside. The short films are also aired on Channel 5 every Tuesday at 9.30pm, starting from July 28.

Swallow
Photograph: Anna Kooris

76. KinoLounge by Shaw Theatres

Film Singapore City, Raffles Place

Shaw Theatres is bringing a slice of movie magic to your home with KinoLounge. But what sets the virtual cinema platform apart from its physical counterpart is its specially curated list of movies. Most of the titles are not screened in local cinemas and are only exclusively available on KinoLounge. Currently, it’s showing the squirm-inducing psychological thriller Swallow, and unconventional documentaries The Painter and the Thief, and Spaceship Earth.

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SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture
Photograph: Dewi Nurjuwita

77. Singapo人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture

Things to do Exhibitions Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), Tanjong Pagar

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) resumes activity on with its inaugural permanent exhibition which debuted in March this year. Explore what it means to be uniquely Chinese Singaporean through five specially curated interactive zones that spotlight elements that shaped the distinctive Chinese Singaporean identity – from food, language, and traditions to popular culture and music.

Beyond the centre, SCCC is also introducing a series of online offerings including the SCCC YouTube Channel where you can discover lesser-known stories behind the local customs and traditions, as well as relive the Centre's past programmes. The popular TGIF Music Station has since resumed with a refreshed digital format, live streaming performances by local artists every fortnight via SCCC's Facebook page. Over at the SCCC website, you can explore a modern reimagination of traditional Chinese myths and legends as Re-mix's popular Urban Art Exhibition goes online.

Singapore Heritage Festival
Photograph: Singapore Heritage Festival

78. Singapore Heritage Festival: Digital Edition

Things to do Festivals Singapore City, Raffles Place

Ever wondered the lesser-known stories behind neighbourhoods such as Tanjong Pagar, Pasir Ris, and Kallang? Uncover 'em all as the digital edition of the Singapore Heritage Festival continues to be available online. Check out the online tours, digitally commissioned works, webinars, online masterclasses such as pastry and belachan-making, and more programmes that ooze nostalgia.

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Akira Virtual Exhibition
Photograph: Buro UFHO/The Unusual Network

79. Akira Virtual Exhibition

Art Singapore City, Raffles Place

Calling all fans of Akira – get ready to be transported to an industrial complex set in 2020 Neo-Tokyo that is dedicated to the iconic 1988 post-apocalyptic cyberpunk anime. Curated by The Unusual Network and produced by Metamo Industries, the interactive online 3D art exhibition engages the senses with stunning visuals including 14 masterpieces by artists from Singapore, Japan, and the Philippines, and a specially designed soundscape that elevates the art-viewing experience.

#SmallBigDreamersAtHome
Photograph: National Gallery Singapore

80. #SmallBigDreamersAtHome

Kids Singapore City, Raffles Place

Got #SmallBigDreamersAtHome? Let the little Picassos tap into their imagination with creative play including interactive games, guided art tutorials, and immersive art-viewing experiences at the first online art festival in Singapore. The programmes are designed to unleash their inner artist, all while learning about the inspiring artworks from Singapore and Southeast Asia, including those within the National Collection.

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UOB Art Explorer
Photograph: UOB

81. UOB Art Explorer

Art Singapore City, Raffles Place

Get those creative juices flowing with UOB Art Explorer. Designed for art lovers of all ages even children, the online visual arts programme aims to introduce new worlds and perspectives through its five art initiatives – Art as Therapy, Art at Home, Art in Colours, Art Virtually and Art in Story.

#UnderstandEverything from home with ACM
Photograph: Asian Civilisations Museum

82. #UnderstandEverything from Home with ACM

Art Singapore City, Raffles Place

Quench your thirst for culture online with the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). Travel the region without leaving your house through a virtual exploration of ACM's collection of Asian antiquities and decorative arts masterpieces. Otherwise, try your hand at recreating Asian masterpieces with household items. Get the kids to join in the fun too with ACM's kid-friendly online resources, making learning extra fun.

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yoga
Photograph: Unsplash/Carl Barcelo

83. MehGoWhere

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

To spice up the stay-home routine, the National Youth Council (NYC) has launched MehGoWhere, a youth-centric microsite to keep youths engaged while practising social distancing at home. The nifty site offers resources to keep 'em in the know, lighthearted content for a laugh, interesting activities for some brain work, and cool ideas like switching up the next food delivery. Even if it's the serious stuff you're particularly concerned about such as the current situation, mental health, career, and financial planning, the site is brimming with resources that might just answer all your burning questions. MehGoWhere also makes a great tool to connect with fellow youngsters, especially if social distancing is making you feel a tad lonely.

Dionysus, SIFA
Photograph: Suzuki Company of Toga

84. SIFA v2.020

Theatre Singapore City, Raffles Place

Gutted at the postponement of SIFA? To make up for it, SIFA presents its digital portal, better known as SIFA v2.020 where you can get all your art fix. Expect a line-up of engaging programmes and virtual events including talks led by theatre directors and artists, workshops you can take part at home, and special performances.

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