Local artists are the highlight of Esplanade's Red Dot August programme. Come by on August 9 and get serenaded by Stillsunrise as they bring their distinctive mix of alternative folk music. Or relive your army days and celebrate five decades of National Service with former SAF musicians as they play familiar ceremonial tunes such as 'Purple Light' and 'I Ask My Girl'. Make sure to check out 'Creating a Home Away from Home', a showcase of personal objects contributed by the migrant worker community which gives us a glimpse into the lives of foreign individuals who have adopted our island as their second home.
To mark – not commemorate – the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, there'll be an exhibition set in the Old Ford Factory, which was where the British surrendered to the Japanese forces on February 15, 1942. Spread across four zones, take in the diary entries, identity cards and war campaign documentary paintings on display, then reflect on the solemn beginnings of our nationhood.
Chinese traditions and modernity are given a boost at the newly opened Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Steep yourself in the works of illustrator Lee Xin Li, Supermama founder Edwin Loh, filmmaker Kirsten Tan (of Pop Aye) and more. There’s art installations, photographs, short films and graphic art pieces to be admired, each exploring the values and beliefs of local Chinese culture through the eyes of the modern generation.
The Vietnam-born, Denmark-raised artist’s first outdoor installation in Singapore is a special commission for the National Gallery’s Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden. Vo’s pieces explore cross-cultural identity, history and politics, especially those in relation to 20th century Vietnam.
A rainforest sprouting from the floors of the ArtScience Museum? You'll get just that, thanks to a virtual reality adventure that'll take you on an immersive journey into the thick of South-East Asia's rainforests. Spot orangutans and endangered Sumatran tigers, then plant a virtual tree – because for every one planted, an actual tree's planted in Rimbang Baling, Sumatra.