Arts & Entertainment

Your complete guide to Singapore's art exhibitions, theatre plays, musicals, comedy, movie reviews and film trailers

The best Singapore shows to binge watch on Netflix
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The best Singapore shows to binge watch on Netflix

In this age of online streaming, films of all genres and languages are easily accessible. And Netflix has everything for everyone, from rom-coms dating back to the Noughties, nostalgic sitcoms, edge-of-your-seat sci-fi original series, and more. What's even better is that Netflix is showcasing more global content, giving culture vultures their dose of European and Asian flicks aside from the mega Hollywood hits. Here are some of Singapore's golden titles, as well as regional ones from South Korea, Malaysia and China. Plus, we've got the scoop on upcoming Asian shows as well ‚Äď exciting stuff. RECOMMENDED: The scariest films to watch online and the best local films in Singapore ¬†

The best comic book artists in Singapore right now
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The best comic book artists in Singapore right now

Going back in time, we used to get our kicks from burning energy at the playground, watching morning cartoons and of course, reading superhero comics. But save your Marvel, DC and Archie titles for another day ‚Äď these local artists create their very own brand of styles that run the gamut from light-hearted pencil cartooning to intricate digital portraitures, and everything in between. RECOMMENDED: 11 local illustrators in Singapore on our radar and the best bookstores in Singapore

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

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

Interview: Eric Khoo
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Interview: Eric Khoo

Fans of ghosts, ghouls and all things supernatural, get buzzed. Local auteur Eric Khoo – known for Mee Pok Man, 12 Storeys and Ramen Teh – is crossing over from the silver screen to your gogglebox with a six-part horror anthology Folklore that takes you on a hellish ride across six Asian countries. But before you settle in for a night of terror, get to know the Cultural Medallion recipient and why you should brave up for this TV thriller. RECOMMENDED: The best local films in Singapore and the best alternative cinemas in Singapore Hi Eric! What draws you towards filmmaking?I’ve always enjoyed storytelling whether through writing school essays or drawing comic books! I caught the filmmaking bug when I discovered my mother’s Super 8 Canon Camera and started making stop-motion shorts with my action figures as a child. It was a new medium of storytelling and it’s a wonderful way of expression that I enjoy. Tell us about Folklore.It's a horror series that features the superstitions and myths across six Asian countries. Many of the stories have been passed down hundreds of years but given an update – so there's something familiar but yet something new in each episode. Each episode is filmed in a different country and is based on the country’s superstitions – and since there are a plethora of superstitions running around (especially in Southeast Asia), I allowed the directors that I roped into the series to decide which stories they want to tell. Do you have a favourite episode

Guards at the Taj

Guards at the Taj

If there's a price to be paid for beauty, Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj¬†tells of its true cost. From November 14 to December 1, the Singapore Repertory Theatre is staging the Obie Award-winning play based on a¬†myth that surrounds one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the magnificent Taj Mahal. Directed by Jo Kukathas who previously channelled the titular character of¬†Shakespeare in the Park ‚Äď Julius Caesar earlier this year, the wickedly dark comedy follows best mates Humayum and Babur who stand guard¬†at the grand monument hours before its unveiling in 1648. At the emperor's decree,¬†no one¬†is allowed to¬†turn¬†to¬†admire the beauty of the architecture prior to its completion except for¬†those¬†who are¬†working¬†within the walls. As the first light catches on the massive white domes behind them, the temptation to steal a glance grows between the two. However, the plot thickens when the guards are ordered to do the unimaginable ‚Äď putting their friendship on the line. Will this end in a bloodbath or a will the pair escape a cruel fate? Find out the price of beauty by securing a seat¬†at this brilliant play via Singapore Theatre Repertory from $35. Time Out Singapore in partnership with Singapore Repertory Theatre

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Latest film reviews and releases

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

In cinemas November 16

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Bohemian Rhapsody
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Bohemian Rhapsody

In cinemas November 1

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
A Star is Born
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A Star is Born

In cinemas October 4

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
The Nun
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The Nun

Now playing

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
See more of the latest film reviews and releases

Top art museums and galleries in Singapore

National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore

The former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings have been refurbished to become the National Gallery

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5 out of 5 stars
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STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery
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STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery

A dynamic creative workshop and contemporary art gallery 

ArtScience Museum
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ArtScience Museum

Art and science coexist in the same space at Marina Bay Sands

Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking
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Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking

Regular courses and workshops at this filmmaking and photography hub

More art and theatre features

Outdoor cinemas in Singapore
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Outdoor cinemas in Singapore

It’s time to escape those stuffy, cold theatre walls and hit up these alfresco movie spots around town

Singaporean photographers to check out on Instagram
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Singaporean photographers to check out on Instagram

Everyone’s a photographer these days. But we pick out four who are capturing our fair city in a very different light

Secret art spaces in Singapore
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Secret art spaces in Singapore

Who says you can only find art in galleries? A growing number of shops, cafés and restaurants are using art to draw in the crowds. Paintings, installations, photos and the like aren’t just tacked to the walls and forgotten about – they’re part of revolving exhibitions hosted by these venues, and some artworks are even for sale. We check out five ‘galleries’ that hit the mark.

Alternative cinemas in Singapore
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Alternative cinemas in Singapore

Five cinemas that don’t screen your typical Hollywood blockbuster

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

Theatre lovers know that when it comes to the thespian art, it goes beyond Broadway and West End shows. With local theatre companies regularly spotlighting their original productions and adaptations on stage, Singapore's performing arts scene is clearly thriving and there's always something to catch. If that's not enough, some of these companies take things up a notch with interactive shows in intimate settings with dinners provided and all. RECOMMENDED: Upcoming performing arts events in Singapore