15 best things to do in Singapore in February 2019

Celebrate the Year of the Pig and the month of love with a line-up of exciting events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts, musicals and more
i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition
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By Time Out Singapore editors and Cam Khalid |
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January may seem to go on forever but fret not. Love is in the air as February rolls in. Whether you’re bonding with your family over reunion dinner on the eve of Chinese New Year or spending Valentine’s Day with a special someone (or even yourself), February solidifies itself as the month of love. Paint the town red with vibrant Chinese New Year events including the brilliant River Hongbao and Chingay, go on a romantic (and educational) art trail at Light to Night Festival and i Light Singapore, spend V-Day with R&B crooner Craig David and more. And with a two-day public holiday this month, there’s no reason to stay indoors at all.

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i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition
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Art

i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition

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The Marina Bay precinct, as well as the Civic District, Singapore River and Fort Canning, are looking a touch brighter than usual this month as it lights up for the annual sustainable light art festival. Spanning four weeks, this year’s showcase displays a plethora of installations that use energy-saving lighting and environmentally friendly materials as well as and four festival zones for everyone of all ages to enjoy.

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Art

Light to Night Festival 2019: Traces and Echoes

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The Civic District comes to life once more with vibrant artworks and performances during Light to Night Festival 2019. The Singapore Bicentennial edition (Jan 28-Feb 24) sees artists, writers and performers reinterpret our country's past and retell Singapore's story in their own special way. This year's theme, Traces and Echoes, is the first to incorporate Singapore's historical narrative in commemoration with the Bicentennial. National Gallery Singapore teams up with precinct partners to present close to 50 programmes that showcase art and history through all the five senses, capturing the hearts and minds of guests from day to night. 

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Things to do

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations

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This Chinese New Year, it’s out with the dog and in with the pig. New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street get dolled up with bright lights including sculptured lanterns of – you guessed it – adorable piggies. Get auspicious trinkets and traditional delicacies at the festive street bazaar, join in on song and dance performances and bask in all the celebrations. Pro tip: head to the carpark on level 6 of People's Park Centre for a bird's eye view of the family of pigs between Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road. Visit chinatown.sg for the full list of programmes.

Raffles in Southeast Asia
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Things to do, Exhibitions

Raffles in Southeast Asia: Revisiting the Scholar and Statesman

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How well do you really know about Sir Stamford Raffles? Delve deeper into life of the founder of modern Singapore at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Pore over 240 objects from the Raffles Collection from the British Museum – a glimpse of Southeast Asian history that most intrigued Raffles and the British.

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Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts

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With their 17th edition of Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay invites everyone on an art adventure of their choice. To celebrate the Chinese New Year with the community over the festive period, this year’s festival will scale the heights of artistic vision and create emphasis on community cohesion. With activities from theatre performances, to dance and music concerts, as well as celebrity meetings, you’ll be sure to start your new year on a high note! For more information on various programmes, visit esplanade.com.

Music

Nickelback

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Canadian rock outfit Nickelback is headlining their very first concert in Singapore, in support of their ninth studio album, Feed the Machine. Whether you love or loathe them, there's no denying that Chad and the lads are considered to be one of most commercially successful bands of the past two decades with chart-topping hits like How You Remind Me, Someday and Photograph, as well a staggering nine Grammy Award nominations. Jokes and criticisms aside, the band boasts twelve consecutive sold-out world tours, playing to millions of diehard fans.

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Things to do, Food and drink events

The Michelin Guide Street Food Festival

icon-location-pin The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel, Sentosa
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Gourmands, get your bellies ready. Embark on a gastronomical adventure and taste award-winning dishes from 15 restaurants recognised in the Michelin Guide Singapore 2018. Savour the flavour of international and local dishes like bak chor mee from Tai Wah Pork Noodle, curry puffs from Rolina Traditional Hainanese Curry Puff and grilled meats from Burnt Ends.

Theatre, Musicals

Matilda The Musical

icon-location-pin Sands Theatres, Marina Bay
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Familiar with the children's novel by Roald Dahl? Now see the beloved story translated by the Royal Shakespeare Company for the stage based on the adaptation by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin. Catch the little rascals on-stage as they bring you through the magical journey of young Matilda, a sharp and gifted girl who loves reading, struggles with her family and school, and has a vivid imagination that takes her places. Even if you've never read the book or seen the 1996 film, this multi-award winning musical promises to be a treat.  

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Years & Years

icon-location-pin The Star Theatre, Buona Vista
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Taking their second studio album Palo Santo on the road, Years & Years are set to showcase their first full headline show in Singapore. The British synth-pop trio rose to the scene with their breakout electronic-laced hits King and has achieved major success on the charts with singles like Shine and Desire, as well as latest releases Sanctify and If You're Over Me. With the captivating charm of frontman Olly Alexander, expect a Years & Years set that is over-the-top, slightly raunchy and all-around playful.

HSBC Women's World Championship
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Things to do, Golf

HSBC Women's World Championship

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The world’s finest women golfers go head-to-head at The New Tanjong Course in Sentosa for the coveted HSBC Women’s Champions title. Prepare to be left starry-eyed as international stars like Michelle Wie, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn grace the greens. Take a breather at the Spectator Village where there is a myriad of golf-themed activities for some family fun, plus lounge seatings and F&B options for a quick refuel.

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