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The best things to do in Singapore in April

No April Fool's joke – you can still catch music performances online and art displays to offline this month

Singapore, exterior
Photograph: Unsplash/Nguyen Duc Thuan
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There's always a couple of things to look forward to this month – April Fool's Day, Easter, and even World Penguin Day. But while we navigate through uncharted waters this month, we can take this opportunity to shake up your routine and try something new (or an old hobby you've abandoned for long). Beyond Easter-themed afternoon teas and egg hunts, take this time to embrace the joys of staying in.

This month, Esplanade broadcasts music performances at its centre online with Esplanade Offstage, and the Sungei Buloh Reserve turns on its webcams for home audiences to observe local wildlife. You can even explore museums around the world including Singapore via virtual tours on Google Arts and Culture. But if you'd rather see the art pieces in person, some museums and galleries in Singapore are still open. However, do practise health and safety when you're out and about.

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Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago, exhibition
Photograph: National Gallery Singapore
Art

Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago

National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

After its ground-breaking debut in Paris two years ago, National Gallery Singapore's first travelling Southeast Asian art exhibition makes its anticipated return to the Gallery. The Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago exhibition features over 80 artworks and writings displayed alongside rare photographs and films, giving you a glimpse into the life and practice of Malaysian modernist painter and poet Latiff Mohidin. It also highlights how his travels across Europe and Southeast Asia have influenced modern art in this region.

AndSoForth, Around the World in 80 Days
Photograph: AndSoForth
Theatre

Around the World in 80 Days

Singapore City,

AndSoForth returns with another immersive theatrical dining experience to tickle your senses. Held at a hush-hush location, the local theatre group brings Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days to life with vibrant visuals, delectable dishes, colourful characters. Uncover the mysteries of the world with a five-course meal as you journey through London, take The Orient Express to Hong Kong, meet an elephant in the jungles of Calcutta, wander through the coal mines of Japan, and arrive at a circus in New York – all without taking flight.

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Four Horse Road
Photograph: The Theatre Practice
Theatre, Experimental

Four Horse Road

Watch history come alive and unfold as you journey through three heritage buildings on Waterloo Street. First staged in 2018 to massive success, The Theatre Practice's epic theatrical adventure returns bigger and better. The immersive experience sorts audiences into different roles – be it as a bus passenger, visitor to the home for the aged and destitute, or just as an observer – and be privy to the action that unfolds right before their eyes. After the two-hour theatre journey, you'll leave with new knowledge of the precinct's best-kept secrets and unsolved mysteries. 

Knxwledge
Photograph: Knxwledge
Music

Knxwledge

222 Arts Club, Rochor

Grammy Award-winning hip-hop producer Knxwledge is making his Singapore debut this April. Known for seamlessly blending slow-burning soul and dazed funk into his distinctive tracks, it's no surprise the prolific beat-maker is the first-call collaborator for fellow Grammy winners Anderson .Paak (NxWorries) and Kendrick Lamar. His signature sound is also influenced by fellow One of Stones Throw's producers J Dilla and Madlib.   

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SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture
Photograph: Dewi Nurjuwita
Things to do, Exhibitions

Singapo人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), Tanjong Pagar

What does it mean to be uniquely Chinese Singaporean? Find the answers to that and more at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC)'s newly opened inaugural permanent exhibition, Singapo人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture. Journey through five specially curated interactive zones that spotlight elements that shaped the distinctive Chinese Singaporean identity – from food, language and traditions to popular culture and music.

The Seeds We Sow, artwork
Photograph: Marvin Tang
Art

The Seeds We Sow

Mizuma Gallery, Bukit Merah

Singapore's visual arts enclave Gillman Barracks is shining the spotlight on a group exhibition featuring four local artists – Ang Song Nian, Marvin Tang, Robert Zhao Renhui, and Zen Teh. Displayed at Mizuma Gallery, the exhibition explores the themes of human intervention and behaviour, as well as the environment and nature, through photography and installations.

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Non-Aligned
Photograph: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
Things to do, Exhibitions

Non-Aligned

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Bukit Merah

Named after a movement that fought for world peace and cooperation, human rights, anti-racism, respect, disarmament, non-aggression, and justice in a divided world, Non-Aligned brings together three moving-image works by artists, filmmakers, and writers. These captivating works tell the challenging stories of transition from colonial rule to independence while breaking the boundaries of space and time.

Flock of Birds
Photograph: Yavuz Gallery
Art, Contemporary art

Gathering of Flocks

Yavuz Fine Art, Bukit Merah

Admire local multidisciplinary artist Khairullah Rahim's artworks at his second solo exhibition, Gathering of Flocks. Following his Singapore Biennale piece, the exhibition presents a new body of assemblages which have influenced his daily observations of his everyday urban landscape. In this iteration, the artist's neighbourhood comes into focus, as he reveals fragments of the private lives of the minority communities who live around him. 

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Clouds by Wah Nu, artwork
Photograph: Wah Nu/Richard Koh Fine Art Singapore
Art, Painting

Clouds by Wah Nu

Richard Koh Fine Art, Bukit Merah

Myanmar-based artist Wah Nu encourages you to extract yourself from the mundane, and insert vibrancy into life with Clouds. The exhibition features 11 large, visually arresting cloud paintings that ooze a sense of playfulness and dream-like quality that invites you to step into the realms of your imagination.

The News Gallery: Beyond Headlines
Photograph: National Library Board
Art

The News Gallery: Beyond headlines

National Library, Rochor

If you have passion for the written word, the National Library's latest permanent exhibition, The News Gallery: Beyond headlines is one for you. Located on level 11 of the National Library Building, the exhibition is divided into five zones and features original copies of Singapore's earliest newspapers and a fun, fake news-busting game for the whole family. There are also interactive exhibits drawing from NLB's rich collection of over 120 Singapore newspaper titles published since the 1820s. 

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Esplanade Offstage
Photograph: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Music

Esplanade Offstage

Singapore City,

The show must go on – line. Esplanade takes its performing arts programmes online with Esplanade Offstage. At the comfort of your cosy pad, you can watch exclusive broadcasts of selected music performances by local and regional acts at the centre for free. These include other videos, stories, and podcasts on other arts too. Hit the play button on Haruka Nakamura Piano Ensemble and Aspidistrafly's first avant-garde joint showcase, Mandopop duo StellaVee's catchy pop tunes, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and DJ KoFlow's genre-defying performance, and more.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Photograph: Nparks

Observe the wildlife of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

If you're wondering how our local wildlife are doing, explore Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve through its Animal Cams. The three cameras focus on the view from the main bridge, the biggest bird hide in the reserve and the pond. If you're lucky, you might even see otters frolicking by the water, migratory birds feeding or even freshwater crocodiles making its way down the river. This NParks initiative aims to bring nature closer to you. And even if you didn't spot any wildlife from the webcams, there's something incredibly soothing watching these live streams.

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