15 best things to do in Singapore in November 2018

Fill your November schedule with these ace events including concerts, fairs, theatre shows, film screenings, art exhibitions and even a literary festival
minimalism, Olafur Eliasson
Photo: Anders Sune Berg Room for one colour by Olafur Eliasson
By Cam Khalid and Time Out Singapore editors |

Two months left before 2018 wraps up with a bang, and Singapore is showing no signs of slowing down and there is plenty to do. The party doesn't stop with It's the Ship to Neon Lights. November also sees the return of massive events like the Singapore Writers Festival and Singapore International Film Festival, as well as the debut of Southeast Asia’s first exhibition on Minimalism. Feeling festive already? Get a jumpstart on your Christmas shopping at the Boutique Fairs: The Gifting Edition, adorn your walls with contemporary prints from Affordable Art Fair and get started on living sustainably with Green is the New Black. And with the legendary Mariah Carey headlining the Star Theatre, the annual light-up at Orchard Road and more, November already feels like Christmas.

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Our November 2018 highlights


Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.

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Championing the art of 'less is more', the National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum team up to debut the biggest minimalism exhibition in Southeast Asia from November 16 2018 to April 14 2019. Held within the confines of the two iconic museums, the experiential exhibition gives visitors the freedom to view, interpret and experience the immersive displays in a variety of ways – allowing for different ways to appreciate the aesthetics of Asian and Western minimalist art. A far cry from the bold and eccentric showcases that usually dominate the galleries, the exhibition tones it down a notch by illustrating minimal art that emerged from its birthplace of New York and how it has developed in the US West Coast and Asia through to the rest of the world. This contemporary take on avant-garde art considers the spatial, social and political contexts of the subject matter, and has influenced some of the best unconventional creations in music, performances, fashion and design history – think musician Steve Reich, artist Tony Smith and fashion designer Jill Sander, among others.  Feed your curious mind with captivating paintings, impressive sculptures, spatial installations and other masterpieces by key artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Robert Morris, Frank Stella, Kim Lim, Mona Hatoum, Anish Kapoor and Ai Wei Wei, as well as special commissions by Sopheap Pich and Martin Creed.  The exhibition's special programmes also invite visitors to tap into the

Music, Rock and indie

Franz Ferdinand

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Come 21 November, you'll be begging to Take Me Out. Set to bring an electrifying show to our shores, the Scottish indie stalwarts are showing no signs of slowing down. Catch the rambunctious vibes of Alex Kapranos and gang as they punch their way through a disco-punk setlist, filled with hits from their self-titled debut to their 2018 release Always Ascending. Trust us, their groovy baselines and guitar riffs will wreck havoc (the good kind) on the dancefloor. Whether Kapranos' return is motivated by our local fare (as raved in his book Sound Bites), or treating long-time, ardent fans to an explosive performance, a Franz Ferdinand gig is mandatory in our books.  


Singapore International Film Festival

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The city’s longest-running film festival returns to champion local and regional filmmakers while paying homage to the cinematic world. Held across multiple venues, the spotlight shines on timeless Asian classics such as the heartfelt Thai rom-com My Girl, award-winning Singapore noir A Land Imagined and the Philippines’ surreal musical drama Season of the Devil. A first, Moonlight Cinema is holding two film screenings at Gardens by the Bay, so BYOB – booze and blanket.

Bars and pubs

East Imperial Gin Jubilee

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Raise and clink your glasses for the return of the East Imperial Gin Jubilee. Celebrating the world’s finest gins – brands, bartenders and bars – the drinking affair plays host to a series of competitions, masterclasses, pop-ups, tasting sessions and distillery visits for gin fans to enjoy. The jubilee culminates in its signature Gin Lane closing party to keep the night going – location to be confirmed!