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15 best things to do in Singapore in January 2019

Kick off the new year with exciting events, festivals, exhibitions and concerts including Singapore Art Week, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival and BTS
Artwalk Little India, Singapore Art Week
Artwalk Little India, Singapore Art Week
By Cam Khalid and Time Out Singapore editors |

Stuck in the New Year-Chrimbo limbo? Start 2019 in Singapore the right way with plenty of fun things to do in January. Put on your art goggles for a string of workshops, talks and exhibitions during Singapore Art Week, meander through the National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum for Minimalism, catch a theatre production at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, unleash your inner kidult at the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, catch the biggest K-Pop group BTS live and more. And if you're looking to burn all those calories you put on during the festive period, break a sweat at Yogafest. Here's your January all sorted.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

icon-location-pin Bayfront Event Space, Marina Bay

A thrilling good time awaits at this gargantuan carnival. Unleash the kid in you and take a whirl on 50 rides and game stalls. After all, it's Singapore's biggest carnival ever with a plethora of rides like roller coasters and rotating towers with swinging chairs, as well as game stalls to keep the fun going. Fuel up by grabbing a bite at the food stations and be entertained by live performances courtesy of local buskers throughout the night. Alternatively, indulge in a bit of art with a curated series of art and craft workshops by local creators.   

minimalism, Olafur Eliasson
Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

Held within the confines of the two iconic museums – National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum – 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. Championing the art of 'less is more', feast your eyes on 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 Jeremy Sharma.

Nightlife, Clubs

CÉ LA VI presents Bob Sinclar

Start the year with a killer set – CÉ LA VI brings out the big guns with French electronic music producer and DJ, Bob Sinclar, who is taking over the decks and dancefloor on January 25. Having started out at 17, the dance music wunderkind first dabbled with the funk and hip-hop genres and later evolved his sound to French house music, which relies heavily on disco strings. His track sampling of Jane Fonda's Gym Tonic catapulted his career in the late 90s he's worked with some of the best names in music like Sean Paul, Pitbull, Shaggy, Lionel Richie, Snoop Dogg, Sugarhill Gang and even launched the world-renowned burlesque inspired party series, Paris by Night, which has been featured in top party destinations such as Ibiza, Paris, Miami and Los Angeles.  Mark your party calendar for a night with Bob Sinclar at CÉ LA VI. Presale tickets are available at $28 and at-the-door tickets at $38. Book your tickets here. Time Out Singapore in partnership with CÉ LA VI

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