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Lost Cinema 20/20, The Studios
Photograph: Crispian Chan Lost Cinema 20/20, The Studios

The best things to do in Singapore in June

Feel over the moon this June with exciting digital festivals, virtual parties, and online exhibitions

By Cam Khalid

While other parts of the world welcome the summer sun with open arms, Singapore's virtual space turns up the heat with a smorgasbord of red, hot events online. But despite many places in the Lion City, and even around the world, remain shut due to the global crisis, there are still plenty of creative ways to cure boredom while doing your bit and staying at home.

Lift your mid-year spirits with digital versions of your favourite cultural festivals like the Wan Qing Dumpling Festival and Singapore Heritage Festival, as well as children's art festival Small Big Dreamers and Esplanade's theatre event The Studios. Plus, show some love and don your best pink ensemble for Pink Dot – because all we need is love, especially during these difficult times.

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Photograph: National Gallery Singapore


Kids Singapore City,

Got #SmallBigDreamersAtHome? While there are plenty of things to do to keep 'em active tykes busy, it's never too early to expose your little ones to art. Add some colour to the kids' stay-home routine with the digital spin of National Gallery Singapore's biennial children's festival Small Big Dreamers where they can tap into their imagination with creative play including interactive games, guided art tutorials, and immersive art-viewing experiences at the first online art festival in Singapore. The programmes are designed to unleash their inner artist, all while learning about the inspiring artworks from Singapore and Southeast Asia, including those within the National Collection.

Singapore Heritage Festival
Photograph: Singapore Heritage Festival

Singapore Heritage Festival: Digital Edition

Things to do Festivals Singapore City,

Ever wondered the lesser-known stories behind neighbourhoods such as Tanjong Pagar, Pasir Ris and Kallang – from vignettes of Tanjong Pagar's early bustling rickshaw scene to interesting tales of resort vacays at Pasir Ris? Uncover ‘em all via online tours, digitally commissioned works, webinars, online masterclasses such as pastry and belachan-making, and more programmes conducted by community partners that ooze nostalgia.

Star Wars
Photograph: Unsplash/Saksham Gangwar

Star Wars Virtual Run

Sport and fitness Singapore City,

Many Star Wars events turned off their lightsabers on May the Fourth – but there's a new hope. This year, the annual Star Wars run goes online for the very first time due to the global crisis. From June 15 to September 30, lace up your trainers for the galaxy's epic virtual run – all at the comfort of your personal treadmill or running path of your nearest neighbourhood park, and at your own pace. Start by pledging your allegiance to the light or dark side, then choose to go (han) solo in a 5.4-kilometre run or a pair up with someone from your household for a combined 40-kilometre run. Clock in your distance, and receive a commemorative Finisher Trophy upon completion of the virtual run, including a limited edition 40th anniversary gold Darth Vader trophy for 40-kilometre runners.

National Museum of Singapore
Photograph: National Museum of Singapore

#MuseumFromHome with the National Museum of Singapore

Art National Museum of Singapore, City Hall

Enjoy exciting activities and programmes from the comfort of your home, all while learning about the museum's collection. Feed your curious minds with a series of programmes designed around the theme Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion. Listen in to Lekker Architects, the designer of the museum's Quiet Room, in a talk about the design of inclusive spaces. Try your hand at making your own performer puppets using materials found at home, or listen to a fascinating conversation between a Muslim religious leader and Frank Foo, the author of a book series about festivals in Singapore, on the significance of Ramadan.

#UnderstandEverything from home with ACM
Photograph: Asian Civilisations Museum

#UnderstandEverything from Home with ACM

Art Singapore City,

Quench your thirst for culture online with the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). Travel the region without leaving your house through a virtual exploration of ACM's collection of Asian antiquities and decorative arts masterpieces. Otherwise, try your hand at recreating Asian masterpieces with household items. Get the kids to join in the fun too with ACM's kid-friendly online resources, making learning extra fun.

Sing Lit Station
Photograph: Facebook/Sing Lit Station


Things to do Singapore City,

As part of #SGCultureAnywhere, #StayHomeStayLit2020 keeps the local arts scene alive with casual chats led by homegrown authors, artists, musicians, and designers via Sing Lit Station's Instagram page (@singlitstation). Discover your next favourite paperback as 33 creatives recommend 33 SingLit books, as well as a review and provide an original response to a SingLit book created by artist-designers using the medium of their choice – whether that's drawing, graphic designing, or even singing.

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