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Mingli Seet

Mingli Seet

Arts & Culture Writer

Ming is the Arts & Culture writer at Time Out Singapore. She has worked in the creative industry for almost a decade as both a designer and a writer. Believing that the Arts is like a hearty bowl of chicken soup that feeds the soul, she's always on the lookout for stories to tell of individuals who are out there doing awesome things. On other days, you can find her taking photos, or on a hunt for art books and random zakka items around the world, which she writes about on her personal newsletter here.

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The best art exhibitions in Singapore

The best art exhibitions in Singapore

We believe that art – whether it's through paintings, sculptures, music, or dance – brings a much needed sense of wonder and excitement to our everyday lives. It allows us to escape from the mundane, explore new possibilities, and liberates us to express ourselves however we want to.  Lucky for us, Singapore may be small in size but it certainly doesn't fall short when it comes to its abundance of exciting activities and vibrant art spaces. From captivating art exhibitions and mesmerising performances to immersive cultural events, there is no shortage of exciting artistic endeavours to explore and enjoy. So, waste no more time searching and skip to the good part with our compiled list of the must-see art exhibitions this season. We've gone all out to cover a diverse range of art experiences – from historical, contemporary, mixed media, traditional mediums, and even virtual experiences. Now what’s left is to read on and get out there.  RECOMMENDED: The best contemporary art galleries and spaces in Singapore and the best museums in Singapore

The best music concerts and festivals in Singapore

The best music concerts and festivals in Singapore

Concerts bring a special energy – seeing your favourite artist up close, singing along with fellow fans, and just soaking in the vibes. If you've been to one, you know the deal – there's nothing like belting out your favorite tunes, throwing your hands in the air (wave 'em like you just don't care), or grooving in the crowd. In 2024, the music scene has a mix of mainstream and alternative acts lined up. Our wallets might protest, but our hearts are totally pumped! Keep scrolling to find out what's in store for some musical goodness. RECOMMENDED: The best lifestyle cafés for music and art lovers and the best luxury hotels in Singapore

Upcoming theatre and dance performances in Singapore

Upcoming theatre and dance performances in Singapore

In addition to the fantastic art exhibitions in Singapore, theatre and dance performances offer an excellent alternative to unwind from the grind and broaden your horizons. Get ready to be entertained by these upcoming theatre and dance performances from some of our best local theatre companies and even acts from across our borders, each offering an awe-inspiring and captivating experience that will be sure to leave you with all sorts of emotions. Take your pick from interactive performances, culturally significant pieces that recount our past, and even a production all the way from The West End that adds a bold twist to an all-time classic lovetale.  RECOMMENDED: The best independent and alternative cinemas in Singapore and The best music concerts and festivals in Singapore

The best public libraries in Singapore

The best public libraries in Singapore

There's no denying that bookstores are every bookworm's favourite place to shop, but sometimes you just run out of bookshelf space and would rather borrow than buy. Our public libraries are on point with a huge selection of famous classics and brand new titles by every author imaginable, along with amazing facilities and architecture to boot. Alternatively, you can borrow an e-book or digital newspapers and magazines instantly via the NLB mobile app and read on the go.   However, libraries now have evolved beyond their traditional role as book-borrowing destinations. Now, they double up as dynamic hubs for learning, working, and hosting a diverse range of events. Whether you seek a quiet corner to study, a collaborative space to work on projects, or a venue to attend informative workshops and engaging talks, our modern libraries offer it all.  RECOMMENDED: The best bookstores in Singapore and the best co-working spaces in Singapore

Cereal Kendama: A community keeping the Kendama game-sport alive in Singapore

Cereal Kendama: A community keeping the Kendama game-sport alive in Singapore

Many of you may remember the sudden rise in popularity of a particular game-sport resembling a ball on a stick from almost a decade ago. That toy was none other than the skill toy, kendama. Back then, students in school eagerly challenged each other to see who could land the most tricks, and toy shops prominently displayed the Japanese toy in a range of vibrant colourways. However, as quickly as it took over the youth scene, the hype surrounding this game-sport dwindled, and eventually died down. Photograph: Cereal Kendama/Facebook For those who haven't encountered it, kendama is basically a wooden skill toy made of a wooden stick (ken) with a spike (kensaki) at one end, three cups (small, medium and big) and a wooden ball (tama) strung to it. Although it is said that its origins are rooted in Japan, there are records indicating that kendama was actually inspired by the bilboquet (bil means ‘ball,’ and boquet means ‘small tree’) – a similar toy that originated in France in the sixteenth century. The bilboquet was then brought to Japan around the year 1777. Photograph: Daniel Iskandar So, how does one play kendama? Basically, players toss the ball in the air and skillfully catch it in either one of the cups or spear it with the stick's point. This sounds easy but we promise you, the reality is quite far from it, as there are more than 30,000 different tricks for players to master. It is also enjoyed by people of all ages, and from all walks of life. Apart from the satisfac

Ronggeng Records: This record store tucked away in Tiong Bahru has rare Southeast Asian vinyls

Ronggeng Records: This record store tucked away in Tiong Bahru has rare Southeast Asian vinyls

If you find yourself near Kim Cheng Street from Wednesday to Sunday and catch melodies emanating from a corner, we strongly recommend following the music. That will lead you straight to Ronggeng Records, a charming vinyl store that is stocked to the brim with rare vinyl gems. Photograph: Daniel Iskandar Vinyl collecting has been quite the rave in recent years – everyone wants in on the analogue experience. Digitalisation being the future is inevitable, but many people find themselves looking backwards instead. The charm and tactility of analogue craft is something digitalisation can never parallel, and Shahrem Selamat, owner of Ronggeng Records, embodies just that, proving that analogue music will live on. I opened this shop out of passion because I love music. Photograph: Daniel Iskandar “I opened this shop out of passion because I love music. In the late 80s and 90s, I was in a rock band. I still keep in contact with my bandmate. He is now repairing vintage music equipment,” Shahrem shares. Photograph: Shahrem SelamatLeft to Right: Rock showband Saviour in the 90s, band Ying Yang in the 80s Shahrem’s main band, YingYang, and showband, Saviour, have since disbanded. “My bands in the past were a bit rebellious. Those days, people that went to clubs were veterans. We played cover songs mostly. The club doesn’t exist anymore. The music scene in the club last time and now is very different. Today, for band performances, they are more advanced and use electronic instrument

Ed Sheeran at Singapore National Stadium and Capitol Theatre: Everything you need to know

Ed Sheeran at Singapore National Stadium and Capitol Theatre: Everything you need to know

Just last week, we bid Coldplay farewell after their epic six-night-long tour in Singapore. However, that doesn’t mean it’s time to rest just yet because another highly-anticipated show is coming right up – Ed Sheeran is about to take the stage at the National Stadium next Friday!  The British singer-songwriter will be performing not just one, but two shows in Singapore at different venues. For the Sheerios (apparently what Ed Sheeran’s fans are called) that managed to secure tickets to his + - = ÷ x Tour in Singapore, we’ve gone ahead to make your life easier by gathering all the necessary information you would need to know before the show. All that’s left on your part is deciding your outfit, and perhaps to practise singing along to Ed’s predicted setlist.   RECOMMENDED: Four upcoming major exhibitions at the National Gallery Singapore to spotlight Singaporean pioneering artists and Cereal Kendama: A community keeping the Kendama game-sport alive in Singapore   When is Ed Sheeran performing in Singapore? Ed Sheeran will be performing on February 16 at the National Stadium, as well as February 17, at the Capitol Theatre. Are there still tickets? There are still single seats left for his show on February 16, priced at $488. Purchase them here. However, all tickets for the February 17 concert are sold out. What time will the doors open? Doors will open at 4.30pm at the National Stadium. As for the show held at the Capitol Theatre, it is said that doors will open one hour befor

The best outdoor exhibitions in Singapore

The best outdoor exhibitions in Singapore

Who says art exhibits have to be confined to an enclosed space? Over the past year, various art exhibitions have been taking it outdoors. These al fresco showcases are a great idea for couples, providing a chance to be active while engaging your creative side. Plan a surprise outing with your partner on a unique art trail around the island, take a leisure walk while enjoying public art sculptures, or explore the history of Jalan Besar on a self-guided audio tour. RECOMMENDED: The best public art trails in Singapore and the best art exhibitions in Singapore

Coldplay at National Stadium Singapore: Everything you need to know

Coldplay at National Stadium Singapore: Everything you need to know

Today marks the start of the long-awaited epic streak of Coldplay shows at the Singapore National Stadium. And if you're one of the lucky ones that will be going to catch the show, you might have a few questions up your sleeves. But no worries, we've gathered the necessary information and compiled it all right here – What's the setlist? Who are the supporting acts? Here's everything you need to know about Coldplay's epic Music of the Spheres shows in Singapore. After which, all that's left is to have fun and enjoy the show! RECOMMENDED: Everything we know about Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour in Singapore and The best music concerts and festivals in Singapore When is Coldplay playing in Singapore? Coldplay is playing a whopping six shows in Singapore, making them the first act ever to play six nights at the National Stadium. These are the show dates in 2024: January 23, 24, 26, 27, 30 and 31.  Are there still tickets? Unfortunately, all six shows in Singapore are sold out.  What time will the doors open? The doors will open at 5.30pm. However, fans can start purchasing their Coldplay merchandise at the booth located in OCBC Square from 11am onwards.  How long will the show last? The show is expected to begin at 8.15pm and will last around two hours.  What is the setlist for Coldplay's Music of the Spheres tour?  Coldplay has just concluded day one of their Music of the Spheres Tour at the Singapore National Stadium. Get hyped on this setlist – Higher Power Adv

This French designer transforms Singapore’s everyday scenes into dreamy City Pop art

This French designer transforms Singapore’s everyday scenes into dreamy City Pop art

We're all probably familiar with the City Pop music genre. For those that aren’t, this genre of music is one that hit its peak in the 1980s, notably in Japan. However, as of late, famous City Pop tracks like Stay with me by Miki Matsubara and Plastic Love by Mariya Takeuchi have gone viral thanks to platforms such as Tiktok and Instagram.  But apart from music, let’s talk about City Pop art, or more specifically, the aesthetics associated with City Pop. City Pop art goes hand in hand with City Pop music, creating a unified aesthetic encounter. Picture future-funk and retro anime-inspired visuals that often incorporate elements reminiscent of the 80s such as vintage vehicles, neon-lit bars, and cassette players.  City Pop sceneries also typically transport us to the brightly-lit cityscapes of Japan or locations that exude a distinctly foreign vibe, a far cry from Singapore's landscape. Imagining Singapore in the realm of City Pop art has always been purely a flight of fancy – until now that is. Thanks to Nicolas Damiens, a French visual designer based in Singapore, who is single-handedly giving the city a 'City Pop Art' makeover with a delightful touch of pastels, showcased to the world on Instagram here.  RECOMMENDED Uncovering a legacy: Son of Singapore’s pioneering photographer unveils his late father's photos and This self-taught illustrator left her day job to create stunning illustrations of Singapore Photograph: Nicolas Damiens “I'm Nicolas, a French Visual Designer

Look out for ‘mini-museums’ located in the stores of 6 heritage businesses across Katong-Joo Chiat

Look out for ‘mini-museums’ located in the stores of 6 heritage businesses across Katong-Joo Chiat

The next time you’re around the Katong-Joo Chiat area, don’t forget to look out for ‘mini-museums’ planted in the stores of six heritage businesses that boast over 30 years of heritage. Spoilers, the stores are: Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah, Joo Chiat Fei Fei Wanton Noodle House, Kim Choo Kueh Chang, Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant, Sin Heng Claypot Bak Koot Teh, and D’Bun.  This activation titled Street Corner Heritage Galleries: Katong-Joo Chiat is part of the National Heritage Board’s scheme Our SG Heritage Plan 2.0 – one that aims to celebrate and bring to light Singapore’s heritage, as well as support heritage businesses and crafts. This follows previous Street Corner Heritage Galleries activations in Balestier (2020), Kampong Gelam (2021), Little India (2022) and Chinatown (2022). In these 'mini-museums,' you can find displays featuring historical documents, photographs, artefacts, and materials that share the stories and journeys of these businesses. And there’s more to look forward to in the future – NHB will also be collaborating with the heritage businesses to come up with programmes that will support the ‘mini-museums’ such as guided trails and workshops which will be launched in Katong-Joo Chiat and other precincts from this year onwards.  Read on for the backstories about these businesses before you set out on your discovery journey to unearth these stores. RECOMMENDED: The coolest heritage trails you've never heard of in Singapore and 7 local fashion labels with mod

Here’s what to check out at Singapore Art Week 2024, sorted by location

Here’s what to check out at Singapore Art Week 2024, sorted by location

Every year, art takes over our sunny island for a week-long celebration of art, placing our local art scene at the forefront. There are over 150 exciting events lined up this year – art exhibitions across Singapore featuring both up-and-coming and established artists, art fairs like Art SG where you can explore works from both local and international artists, dialogues about various discussions, light installations at Light to Night Festival, art performances, trails, and so much more. It is at this point where you must be thinking, “where do I even start?” Well, fret not, we got you – keep scrolling for our curated list of selected art shows, conveniently sorted by location for your easy reference. Now, all that’s left to do is to drown yourself in art! RECOMMENDED: Light to Night Singapore 2024: A guide to the must-see attractions and Public transport spaces are transformed into art spaces spotlighting our local art scene

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Teenage Angst Has Paid Off Well

Teenage Angst Has Paid Off Well

Some of you might have come across rare band tees up for sale at shocking prices. Well, that’s because these wearables transcend more than just an everyday wardrobe staple – they encapsulate the essence of slogans and eras, becoming tangible time capsules of archival music. For those intrigued, great news – Singapore is having its first ever exhibition, Teenage Angst Has Paid Off Well, showcasing twenty rare vintage band tees from genres such as grunge, metal, pop, goth and punk, loaned from private collections. These shirts celebrate some of the greatest moments in music and shirt designs of all time. Ken Tan, avid collector of vintage t-shirts and organiser of the exhibition, says, “Would you have guessed that some of the world’s best vintage t-shirt collectors are here in Singapore? The purpose of this exhibition is to showcase their grails (a term used by the community for rare and desirable tees), and to share with the public the many stories of what makes an old beat-up t-shirt so coveted.” At the exhibition, you’ll be able to dive into the history of each t-shirt, and appreciate the garment as a whole – think typography, graphics and its wear and tear over several years. The shirts on display are not for sale, however, there will be a vendor boot sale located in the backroom of WAOW Gallery organised by Josh Lee from the local vintage store Death Threads/Sonic Titan. The lineup of vendors include Loop Garms, Fibres Friction, Death Threads and Rookies Store.  Photogra

Five Footway Festival

Five Footway Festival

The Five Footway Festival will make its return to Chinatown from March 9 to 17, 2024, with an exciting lineup of activities for visitors of all ages.  Dive into the history of the Chinatown’s five footway, clans, and associations to gain a deeper understanding of the lives of Singapore's early immigrants across trades, clan activities, cultural, arts and entertainment, and more. “Through the Five Footway Festival, we look to bring visitors of all ages to experience the lives of old Chinatown Singapore through sights, sounds and flavours, bridging the past to present, with interactive elements for all to try,” says Executive Director of the Chinatown Business Association, Ms Lim Yick Suan. Visitors will also be able to sign up for Conserved Buildings in Chinatown, a walking trail by Do it SG to explore the conservation of heritage buildings in Singapore, its history and the activities that were held at the Five Footways. There will also be a Joss Stick Storytelling sesh narrating folktales as well as a theatrical walking tour titled Tan Ah Huat in Chinatown that will transport you back in time to the early days of Singapore. Photograph: Five Footway FestivalJoss Stick Story Telling On top of that, participate in workshops to familiarise yourself with our local dialect through creation of a personalised idiom and slang colouring book, and get to know more about the music and movements of Peking Opera. Find out more about the programmes happening here and secure your slots he

Both Sides, Now: tides 潮

Both Sides, Now: tides 潮

The topic of death can be quite an uncomfortable one because it involves the unknown and marks the definitive conclusion of life, a concept undeniably daunting. But it is something that none of us can run away from. So, then how does one prepare for death? Brought to us by ArtsWok Collaborative and the Yishun Health & Wellness Kampung, the exhibition Both Sides, Now: tides 潮 steps in at this juncture to confront this question by encouraging and socialising end-of-life conversations and advance care planning. In this exhibition, eight brave seniors challenge themselves to face the topic of departure, exploring what it means to “live well, and leave well”. Together with artist Salty Xi Jie Ng, they will be exhibiting works in the form of several mediums including film, art installations and conversations, which will uncover the taboos of death, end-of-life conversations and choices.  Photograph: Both Sides, Now'Feelings of a Dementia Caregiver' by Magdalene Yap Immerse yourself in a poignant short film crafted by Michelle, drawing inspiration from her friend who finds solace by speaking to her late partner at bodies of water, reflecting on life and death through this unique perspective. Additionally, senior Devi Maniam will showcase a collection of photographs capturing the symbolic nature of food, representing love, family, and bonding. Lim Soh Joo's installation, titled Who can tell me?, offers an existential contemplation.  Photograph: Both Sides, Now'Who Can Tell Me?'

Vansire

Vansire

Vansire, an American indie musical duo comprising Josh Augustin and Sam Winemiller, will make their very first appearance in Singapore this March. The duo has released projects like Reflections and Reveries and Angel Youth, blending indie, dream pop, and lo-fi elements. Their music, characterised by dreamy melodies and introspective lyrics, has gained a following for its distinctive and evocative style. Get ready for a captivating performance featuring hits like From the Subway Train, That I Miss You, Metamodernity, and more. Tickets start from $52.50 and can be purchased here. 

Battle for Singapore

Battle for Singapore

Travel backwards in time and learn about Singapore’s war-time past at Battle for Singapore, an annual event organised by the National Heritage Board (NHB). Through more than 25 programmes and 70 tour runs spanning guided tours, theatrical experiences, talks, film screening and exhibitions, visitors will be able to step into the historical happenings that shaped our country to what it is today. “We are delighted to be working again with our Museum Roundtable partners and partner agencies to present yet another edition of Battle for Singapore. Through our programme offerings, many of which are new, participants can appreciate the situation and context which residents of Singapore found themselves in more than 80 years ago, in novel and engaging ways,” says Mr Goh Chour Thong, director of International & Museum Relations at NHB. Photograph: National Heritage BoardCycling Buona Vista One of the highlights of this year’s edition include the Cycling Buona Vista tour, led by historian Dr John Kwok and heritage researcher and writer Mr Lee Kok Leong. This tour will take participants down the Buona Vista defence line to learn more about the final battles for Singapore that erupted in the southwestern region spanning Pasir Panjang, Gillman Barracks, Alexandra Military Hospital and other military sites.  Another highlight features guided tours to the Cashin House at Lim Chu Kang Nature Park – a significant site that saw some of the first landings of the Japanese invasion on February

Hiroshi Senju: Between Movement and Stillness

Hiroshi Senju: Between Movement and Stillness

Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju pays homage to planet Earth through his depiction of rainbow waterfalls on large-scale canvases. Standing before his expansive paintings, one can almost sense the cascading water and feel the mist in the air, as if standing before real waterfalls. Senju has delved into the exploration of mother nature for over three decades. As a Japanese, his profound respect for Japanese culture and traditions is deeply ingrained in his appreciation of nature. However, he extends beyond cultural boundaries, believing that these values are universally significant. This profound admiration for nature's essence is reflected in his portrayal of waterfalls – a symbol of life force to him. Senju's technique involves the use of natural pigments from Japan, along with manmade pigments. Through a rigorous process, he pours pigments downward from the top of his canvases, mimicking the flow of rushing water. On top of that, he uses spray guns and airbrushes to evoke the sensation of mist. Photograph: Sundaram Tagore Gallery Artist Senju has received prestigious accolades such as the 77th Imperial Prize and is the youngest artist to be honoured with the Japan Art Academy Prize. His works grace renowned institutions worldwide, including London's Victoria & Albert Museum and the American Embassy in Tokyo. Experience these painted waterfalls firsthand at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery and don’t miss the chance to meet the artist during the Q&A session alongside Art Historian

OH! Kampong Gelam Art Walk

OH! Kampong Gelam Art Walk

Every day, we stroll through familiar streets without grasping the profound history they conceal. Join Oh! Open House for a curated art walk through the Kampong Gelam neighbourhood. Get your steps in as you uncover the history of this lively district.  The guided tour will not only lead you through historical landmarks but also introduce you to local businesses, hidden gems, and 11 distinct art installations exclusive to the area. Beyond delving into the past, you'll gain insights into the present-day communities and individuals shaping the character of this vibrant neighbourhood. Book your slot here. 

Plastic: Remaking Our World

Plastic: Remaking Our World

Recycling plastic goes beyond putting plastic waste into a blue bin, and here’s our chance to learn more – the National Museum of Singapore’s latest exhibition Plastic: Remaking Our World happening during the first half of the year will teach us about plastics, as well as creative ways to recycle them. There will be over 300 items on display, including posters, films, and photographs narrating Singapore's history with plastic. The exhibition is categorised into three parts. First, catch a film at Kalpa by Asif Khan Studio showing the contrast between the formation of oil versus the buildup of plastic waste. Then, explore global design trends and how plastic has become a big deal from the 1850s till now at Synthetica, Petromodernity, and Plasticene: Plastics from 1850 until Today. Photograph: National Museum of SingaporeSorting Zone and Injection Machine Lastly, the Re-: section explores how we can create a more circular loop when it comes to plastic recycling, aiming to spark conversations around ways to use plastic in a smarter way. And it's not just all talk; there's a sorting zone where visitors can learn about the various types of plastic, alongside an injection machine that transforms plastic into practical household items. Don’t forget to head outside to Plastics in Our Lives, an interactive space modelled after one’s home to shine the light on how much plastic is part of our daily lives. Visitors can also partake in the Green Detective’s Challenge, an on-site gamifi

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson, the laidback singer-songwriter from Hawaii, has been weaving soulful melodies since his breakout album Brushfire Fairytales in 2001, serving us hits like Flake and Banana Pancakes. With a mix of folk, rock, and surf, Johnson continues to captivate fans through evergreen albums like In Between Dreams and Sleep Through the Static. Catch his performance live at the Star Theatre in Singapore on March 7, tickets are priced from $99 to $169 and can be purchased here.

Ichiko Aoba

Ichiko Aoba

Get ready to be mesmerised by ethereal Japanese folk singer-songwriter Ichiko Aoba’s hauntingly beautiful music. Born in Tokyo, Aoba rose to prominence with her debut album Kamisama no Iu Toori in 2010, showcasing her unique blend of traditional folk elements and contemporary sensibilities. Her delicate guitar arrangements, coupled with poetic lyrics, evoke a sense of serenity. Aoba's discography, which includes albums like 0 and qp, reflects her evolution as an artist, with each release revealing new layers of depth and emotion. Till date, Ichiko Aoba continues to enchant audiences worldwide, solidifying her place as a visionary in the realm of modern folk music. Tickets are available from $58.50 and can be purchased here.

All Time Low

All Time Low

Get ready to rock as All Time Low hits Singapore on May 5, 2024, at Fort Canning Park as part of their All Time Low Forever tour. Originating from Maryland in 2003, the quartet, consisting of Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick, and Rian Dawson, quickly rose to pop-punk and alternative rock fame. With accolades like MTV Awards and Kerrang! Awards, the band has secured a dedicated fanbase globally. Don't miss their electrifying performance as they also pit-stop in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila, Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. 

Goddess

Goddess

Curated by ACMI (Australia’s national museum of screen culture), Goddess is set to show in April. Uncover 120 years of moving image history featuring stories, costumes, sketches, interactive experiences, and more. This show will highlight iconic women who are pillars in the film and television industry and have transcended stereotypes and influenced ideas of femininity through their representation on screen. 

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The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) returns this May with both local and international shows

The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) returns this May with both local and international shows

The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) will return from May 7 to June 2, 2024, showcasing five newly commissioned productions, seven invited international presentations and an all-new programme pillar catered for families and children. Organised by Arts House Limited (AHL) and commissioned by the National Arts Council (NAC), SIFA 2024 continues to gather the artistic perspectives of our local creators and celebrated international artists.   Photograph: Arts House LimitedSIFA 2024 Festival Launch Party This year’s theme,They Declare, is an expression of the several individuals SIFA welcomes and celebrates. It is also a call for audiences to open their hearts and minds to beliefs that differ from their own by looking outwards and reflecting on their environment.    Visitors will be able to enjoy a wide range of shows. Starting local,  Singapore music artist Safuan Johari, together with Māori Choreographer Eddie Elliott, presents Suara / Oro Rua. This show features original compositions driven by a choral unit of singers from diverse musical backgrounds, as well as the string and electronic music and a cast of New Zealand dance artists to imagine a post-Anthropocene future.  Singapore visual artist Genevieve Chua will be showing Wilful Machine, a playful performance-installation that reinterprets artificial intelligence, and Singapore theatre-makers Haresh Sharma and Chong Tze Chien will present their play The Prose And The Passion, where characters from English n

Bring home a lantern from this year’s Chinatown Chinese New Year street light-up for free

Bring home a lantern from this year’s Chinatown Chinese New Year street light-up for free

As the Chinese New Year festivities come to a close, all the lovely decorations will soon be taken down. And guess what – you will be able to adopt any lantern of your choice for free with the Chinatown Festival Committee’s returning Adopt-a-Lantern initiative. The lanterns available for adoption include diverse dragon overhangs, "吉祥" (auspicious) ingots, LED fireworks, spirited dances, traditional blessings, and even the viral centrepiece of this year’s celebration – the majestic dragon. For those interested, simply submit your application and preferred choice of lanterns via here from February 22 to March 1, 2024. Successful applicants will be notified with more details by March 11, 2024.   MORE NEWS Starbucks Singapore’s 2024 sakura collection has 27 items and ‘Secret Eden’ theme Haidilao Singapore launches new BBQ grill sets starting from $19.90 K-pop girl group Aespa is performing in Singapore for the first time this July

National Heritage Board and Abry launch capsule collection of merchandise inspired by the National Collection of Singapore

National Heritage Board and Abry launch capsule collection of merchandise inspired by the National Collection of Singapore

Imagine wearing a slice of heritage on your sleeves, or having it adorn your everyday objects. Well, the National Heritage Board (NHB) and global distributor and retailer of luxury fashion Abry have gone ahead to make this a reality through their first ever collaboration – a stunning capsule collection of contemporary merchandise inspired by the National Collection of Singapore. Entitled Fabrics Of Society: Prints & Motifs, the collection is designed by Singaporean artist and designer Theseus Chan.   Photograph: AbryPostcard Box Set You’ll be able to find patterned card holders, plates, tote bags, scarves, rectangle trays, mini baskets, fans, bookmarks, coasters, clutches, and more. From afar, the collection looks like a vibrant display of attractive motifs. But take a closer look and you’ll notice that each piece of merchandise is infused with materials from the National Collection such as fabrics, traditional garments and photographs.     Photograph: AbryCard Holders These elements are taken from artefacts like Peranakan wedding cloud collars, batik reinterpreting a classic European fairy tale, traditional saris and a dragon robe from the Qing dynasty.     Photograph: AbryMini Baskets “The idea was to capture the spirit of the past and infuse it with the energy of today. The bold, modern colour palette uses both contrasts and complements the collection’s traditional roots. This not only revitalises the imagery but also aligns it with current artistic trends, appealing

Taiwanese math rock trio Elephant Gym will perform in Singapore this June

Taiwanese math rock trio Elephant Gym will perform in Singapore this June

Elephant Gym, a math rock trio from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, will perform in Singapore this June 21, 2024, at *Scape The Ground Theatre. Other Asian countries they will be pit stopping at include Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. The trio, comprising KT Chang on vocals and bass, Tell Chang on guitar and keyboard, and Tu Chia-Chin on drums, was founded in 2012 and quickly rose to fame for their distinctive musical style that fused elements of math-rock, post-rock, and jazz. Known for their intricate compositions and dynamic performances, Elephant Gym has garnered a dedicated fan base both in Taiwan and internationally. Bassist KT Chang's nimble and expressive playing style and distinctive lead vocals are the signature imprints of the Elephant Gym sonic character. Thus far, the trio has released EPs and three full-length albums – Angle (2014), Underwater (2018), and Dreams (2022) – alongside collaborations spanning various artistic realms, from theatre productions to traditional percussion ensembles. Their latest album World features collaborations with both international and local talents.  Tickets will go on sale from February 21, 2024, via here.   MORE NEWS Ed Sheeran’s concert in Singapore: Highlights, Ed's pre-birthday celebration and surprise guest JJ Lin Korean bakery with viral apple buns and sweet potato bread to hold 21-day pop-up in Singapore Popular Korean chain Eat Pizza is opening its second outlet with $1.99 slices

Kampong Gelam Bazaar returns this March with 107 F&B and shopping vendors, light shows, art installations, and more

Kampong Gelam Bazaar returns this March with 107 F&B and shopping vendors, light shows, art installations, and more

Happening in the heart of one of Singapore’s most vibrant districts is the recurring Kampong Gelam Bazaar. Brought to us by the Singapore Tourist Board (STB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the bazaar will take place from March 2 to April 5, 2024, during Ramadan, following the theme Gemilang Kampong Gelam.    Photograph: DOUBLEVSTUDIOSRaikan Cahaya Ramadan 2023 This year’s edition will spotlight Singapore’s oldest mosque, Masjid Sultan, in commemoration of its 200th year anniversary. Visitors can anticipate special collaborations celebrating this iconic landmark such as captivating light shows that will showcase its history dating back to the 1800s, as well as 107 local F&B and retail vendors that will be selling traditional and contemporary food and shopping selections for Hari Raya. There will also be several curated art installations planted across the district.   Photograph: DOUBLEVSTUDIOSRaikan Cahaya Ramadan 2023 What’s more, a mass Iftar event, one where Muslims gather at sunset to break their fast during Ramadan, will take place on March 23, 2024 at 7pm across the stretch of Arab Street. This event is set to break the World Book of Records for being the largest Iftar in Singapore, with a projected 1,500 attendees.   The bazaar also presents a chance to give back to society through charity rides for food distribution and charity drives for beneficiary groups from the Sultan Mosque and Kampong Gelam Community Centre. More information has yet to be released,

Ed Sheeran’s concert in Singapore: Highlights, Ed's pre-birthday celebration and surprise guest JJ Lin

Ed Sheeran’s concert in Singapore: Highlights, Ed's pre-birthday celebration and surprise guest JJ Lin

The man himself, his guitar, and his loop pedal – that’s all it took for Ed Sheeran to command the National Stadium of 60,000 people last night. Photograph: Daniel Iskandar Following a captivating opening act by singer and songwriter Calum Scott, a timer appeared on the screen and began counting down to the start of the show. This helped to heighten the audience's anticipation as they eagerly awaited the start of the concert. Then, right on the dot, Ed Sheeran rose up onto the stage with the song Tides, followed by Let Me Blow, accompanied with fire sparks and electrifying stage lights. Photograph: Daniel Iskandar Ed Sheeran subsequently declared that the evening served as a prelude to his birthday on February 17, emphasising the joy of celebrating it in the company of the Singapore audience. He shared, “Tonight is the biggest show I’ve ever played in Asia, and the biggest ticketed concert I have had in Singapore.” Reflecting on his humble beginnings in a small farming town with a population of no more than 2000 people, Ed fondly noted that the concert held sentimental significance of success for him.  Photograph: Daniel Iskandar At this point, it is evident that Ed Sheeran is taking the stage solo despite creating a sound that gives the impression of a full band and backup tracks. He noted that he has been accustomed to performing solo since the age of 14. Ed explained his use of a loop station on stage, emphasising that everything is entirely live, devoid of any backu

SMRT will permanently roll out local-folk-inspired chimes across all trains at over 70 stations

SMRT will permanently roll out local-folk-inspired chimes across all trains at over 70 stations

SMRT will permanently roll out MRT chimes to announce the arrival and departure of trains across all trains at 77 MRT stations from February 14, following a successful three-month trial that commenced on October 29. The trial was received positively, with several social media posts across platforms such as Instagram and TikTok highlighting the new chimes. So, if you’re boarding trains at the North-South, East-West and Circle lines, keep your ears perked! Conceptualised by local not-for-profit arts company The Teng’s Company’s co-founder and creative director Dr. Samuel Wong, and composed and arranged by composer Jun Yi Chow, these train chimes will serve as aural cues, aiming to make commuting more inclusive for the visually impaired. They will also function as a means of communication for individuals who either do not read or lack proficiency in any of Singapore's official languages. For those wondering about the source of the local folk songs, Dr. Samuel Wong explains in a LinkedIn post, “The chimes were composed or arranged from these three sources. They are: the Chinese Children’s ditty San Lun Che (The Trishaw), the Malay folk song Chan Mali Chan and Singai Naadu, the Tamil national day work composed and arranged by Shabir Sulthan. The pieces were chosen to reflect Singapore’s multiracial identity and are used to distinguish the various different lines (North/South, Circle and East/West respectively).” The chimes will be rolled out at the following MRT stations: North-S

English rock band Deep Purple will take the stage in Singapore as part of Rockfest 2024

English rock band Deep Purple will take the stage in Singapore as part of Rockfest 2024

Scream, shout and headbang your hearts out as English rock band Deep Purple will be taking the stage at Fort Canning Park in Singapore on May 1, 2024, as part of Singapore Rockfest.  Formed in 1968, Deep Purple is one of the big pillars in the rock scene best recognised for their groundbreaking 1972 album Machine Head. We’ve all probably heard their most famous anthem Smoke on the Water once, considering that it has been in multiple movies including Wayne's World (1992), Dazed and Confused (1993), and School of Rock (2003). The band has also sold over 100 million albums worldwide and was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. Other tracks that are bound to have you rock and roll are Highway Star, Perfect Strangers, Soldier of Fortune. With Deep Purple remaining as a cornerstone of rock history with a legacy marked by their powerful live performances and enduring influence on the genre, this show is definitely not to be missed. Tickets pre-sale for LAMC members commence February 14, 10am to February 15, 11.59pm. General sales will start from February 16, 10am.   👀 IN OTHER NEWS World’s No. 1 pizza chef is holding a pop-up in Singapore this  Comedian Trevor Noah to perform stand-up comedy show in Singapore this June Romantic tragedy Miss Saigon will be returning to Singapore this August  

‘Self Assembly Stool’ by Space Available made from recycled plastic launches at Dover Street Market Singapore

‘Self Assembly Stool’ by Space Available made from recycled plastic launches at Dover Street Market Singapore

The future of plastic recycling is not bleak, thanks to initiatives such as the one Space Available is leading. Based in Bali and co-founded by Daniel Mitchell, Space Available is not your average design studio. In hopes to create a circular future, these artists, designers, scientists and environmentalists that make up the team are taking plastics into their own hands and giving them new life through out-of-the-box ways. It is truly a “radical recycling of waste”, as they call it. I mean, designer-esque furniture crafted from bottle caps and shampoo bottles? We want in.  Photograph: Mingli SeetSpace Available team at Dover Street Market Singapore This February, Space Available has entered our shores by collaborating with Dover Street Market Singapore to produce 12 ‘Self Assembly Stools’ that will be available in a limited edition colourway of black and white. Photograph: Space Available(Left) Dover Street Market Singapore 'Self Assembly Stool' in exclusive colourway (Right) T-shirt merchandise Head down to test out these “plastic” stools in person, and check out the installation displaying stools made by participants during their hands-on workshop organised by Dover Street Market Singapore. There will also be a range of ethically-made merchandise up for purchase – think hand-stitched T-shirts, plant-dyed shirts, work pants, and more.    View this post on Instagram A post shared by SPACE AVAILABLE (@space_available_) For more information on the colla

Singapore Cable Car celebrates 50th anniversary with Pokémon-themed cars and free rides for seniors

Singapore Cable Car celebrates 50th anniversary with Pokémon-themed cars and free rides for seniors

In celebration of Singapore Cable Car’s 50th anniversary, Mount Faber Leisure Group (MFLG) is offering free rides for Singaporean seniors (aged 60 and above) every Tuesday throughout February and March, 2024. What’s more – the cable cars during this period of time will be adorned with birthday-themed Pokémons. “Embracing our 50th anniversary milestone, we are thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion with our seniors, who have been with us right from the start, to create beautiful new memories with the Singapore Cable Car all over again,” says Mr Buhdy Bok, Managing Director of MFLG. To qualify for the free ride, all senior citizens will have to do is present a valid ID. They will also be entitled to a $5 F&B voucher that can be used across all F&B establishments by MFLG, valid with a minimum spend of $10 on the same day.  Accompanying caregivers are not left out either – MFLG will be offering a $5 Mount Faber Line round-trip ticket for up to two caregivers per senior on the same day. Similarly, they will also receive the complimentary $5 F&B voucher.  For other Singaporeans, enjoy a 50% discount for the Cable Car Sky Pass (round trip) at MFLG’s ticketing counters or online store from February 10 to 24, 2024.    Photograph: Mount Faber Leisure Group (MFLG) This Pokémon instalment will also be MFLG's third and last edition, featuring 67 cabins adorned with adorable birthday-themed Pokémon designs, until April 30, 2024. Some of the featured Pokémons include Bulbasaur, Cha

Four upcoming major exhibitions at the National Gallery Singapore to spotlight Singaporean pioneering artists

Four upcoming major exhibitions at the National Gallery Singapore to spotlight Singaporean pioneering artists

Time flies and with each passing year, it becomes easier to overlook the pioneering generation of Singapore's art scene that played a crucial role in shaping it into what it is today. If you agree, then you’ll be thrilled to know that the National Gallery of Singapore will be presenting four major upcoming exhibitions this year that will look back on the artistic careers of four pioneering artists of Singapore. Kicking off the lovely lineup is the exhibition Cheong Soo Pieng: Layer by Layer. Visitors will be able to dive into Cheong Soo Pieng’s art journey and learn more about the ins and outs of his practice such as materials used, art approaches, and untold stories and ideas. The curated selection of works on display will span from the 1950s to the 1970s and 1983. Photograph: National Gallery SingaporeTeo Eng Seng, The Net (Most Definitely Singapore River), 1986. In September, Teo Eng Seng’s show will celebrate the artist’s life through a showcase of his works, best known for undertaking various mediums. Uncover how the artist pushes boundaries of material through the usage of centuries-old Asian mediums of pulp and paper. Teo has also been recognised with the Cultural Medallion in 1986. Photograph: National Heritage BoardKim Lim, Irrawaddy (1979) Overlapping Teo’s exhibition is the very first major museum exhibition of artist Kim Lim. The show spotlights her achievements in the UK – feast your eyes on key sculptures, prints and photographs across four decades and uncov

Here is a list of shops that are absorbing the 1% increase in GST this 2024

Here is a list of shops that are absorbing the 1% increase in GST this 2024

Residing in Singapore, you might have already felt the pinch of the rise in Singapore's Goods & Services Tax (GST) just eight days into the new year. As of January 1, 2024, the rate stands at nine percent, and we sure hope it doesn't reach double digits anytime soon. But with Singapore’s notorious streak in being the most expensive city in the world, there’s no knowing for sure.  Luckily, there are a few heroes that walk among us, and by heroes, we mean the several stores and brands that have taken the initiative to absorb the GST hike. These establishments are offering both temporary and permanent relief to consumers in hopes to ease the ever rising cost of living here in our sunny island. Read on to discover where you can shop without being affected by the GST increase.    Photograph: IKEAIKEA Alexandra Ikea Until further notice On December 21, 2023, Ikea declared that it would maintain the current prices of all its products until further notice. The Swedish brand emphasised that this decision aligns with their dedication to being an affordable, accessible, and sustainable home furnishing retailer, committed to keeping prices low for customers during times of necessity.   Photograph: DecathlonDecathlon Holland Village Decathlon  Until further notice  Decathlon is absorbing the one percent increase in GST in hopes to provide savings and value to its customers. On their official webpage, it is announced that all prices will be kept the same to ensure that sports will cont