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Let the countdown begin: just one more week and the National Gallery is, at long last, set to fling open its doors. In celebration of the momentous event, the museum is offering free entry to exhibitions for the first two weeks: Siapa Nama Kamu? at the DBS Singapore Gallery and Between Declarations and Dreams at the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery. On top of that, there are over 20 free events taking place in or around the Gallery. If you have time to check them all out, we recommend you do so – the full list of events can be viewed here – but if not, here are the top five happenings you should head over for. Entrance to the Gallery during the Opening Celebrations is free but you'll still need a ticket.
Singapore: Inside Out
The showcase, curated by architect and artist Randy Chan, highlights local Singaporean artists across a spectrum of disciplines. The showcase, having travelled to Beijing, London and New York City has finally made its way back to Singapore. Read our interview with Brandon Tay, one of the artists who will be participating in the exhibition.
With its programme spread over two days, and its brands, masterclasses, pop-up bars and rare whisky experiences over two floors of The Capella Singapore, the 2015 edition of the city's most serious (and seriously fun) learning experience packs even more punch.
A Secret Christmas
Naiise is back with the second edition of its Christmas pop-up store, A Secret Christmas. Tucked away on the second level of 167/169 Telok Ayer Street, this hard-to-spot space can be sought out by spotting its signboard on the ground floor (near Meatsmith). Everything featured here is beautifully curated by the Naiise team, with loads of design-focused retail goodies and a pop-up cafe from December 1 onwards. Other activities and perks here include interactive walking tours organised with ArchiWalks; maps that direct you to cool perks at 15 surrounding establishments (including Grain Traders, Pantler and Park Bench Deli); a mailbox project titled Pass It On, where you get to draw or write inspirational messages on a postcard for passers-by to see; and The Wishing Christmas Tree, where you can pen down your Christmas wish or make someone else's come true. Plus, in the spirit of giving, Naiise has come up with a charity initiative featuring Christmas cards designed by them and 11 designers and illustrators. All profits from the sales will go to Touch Young Arrows, to benefit children aged six to 12 from low income or single parent households. Oh, and if you choose to do your Christmas gift shopping here, you'll get to enjoy free Naiise gift wrapping services.
M1 Contact Festival 2015
The contemporary dance festival is back with more performances, workshops and technique classes. Look out for performances from local company THE Dance Company, Australia's Chunky Move and Anouk van Dijk, and Korea's Kim Dong-kyu. A Whopper Class Pass for access to all classes and workshops is available at $326.
Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by The Bay
Christmas comes to Gardens By The Bay in the form of the Christmas Wonderland. Between November 28 to January 3, visit the Luminarie light sculptures handmade with white wood from Italy and the Blizzard Dome for a taste of snow in tropical Singapore. Also check out the Christmas Toyland floral display in the Flower Dome, featuring an 11-metre tall toy-decked Christmas pyramid and a German wooden carousel which will host live performances. From November 28 to December 27, a festive market, reminiscent of Christmas markets in London and Paris, will be held under the Spiegeltent, a century-old Dutch tent made with wood, canvas and mirrors.
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