If we told you at the beginning of the year that you'd be staying at home for the month of May, you'd never believe us. Alas, we're all doing our bit to save lives by staying at home. Since the start of the circuit breaker last month, our daily routines have been shaken up, and we have to settle for the internet to find interesting things to do online – and trust us, there's plenty.
May kicks off with a long weekend, starting from Labour Day on Friday, May 1. To help you spend it wisely online, we've narrowed things down with May-jor online events, exhibitions, gigs, plays, and even crash courses on your new indoor hobby. Even if the days seem to blur together, it's always great to take a break from the WFH grind and spend time with your family (or yourself) doing something enjoyable.
The virtual exhibition transports you back in time to the bustling trading port of the East Indies that drew the attention of the Dutch and British East India Companies. But the European arrival is only a fraction of its longer history. Uncover the other factors at play leading up to the events of 1819 through this informative exhibition where there are two modes of navigation to choose from – guided and self-exploratory.
National Gallery Singapore has just launched an online platform for art lovers amidst the 'circuit breaker'. Called #GalleryAnywhere, it is the Gallery's one-stop access to an array of rich digital and virtual experiences to keep art lovers engaged and entertained with art. The portal offers five distinct segments: Browse, Watch, Listen, Play, Explore – each replicating the different experiences you'd get at the Gallery. #GalleryAnywhere also features content that allows audiences to connect better with artworks they see in the Gallery. Join artist Chua Soo Bin as he tells you first hand the stories behind three of his photographs in the Truths & Legends exhibition, or listen to musician JJ Lin talk about his masterpiece, Journey of a Yellow Man.
Pledge your allegiance to the light or the dark side, and join in the galaxy’s epic virtual run on a treadmill or running path of your choice. Runners can choose to go solo in a 5.4km run or pair up with a buddy for the 40km run. Start on Star Wars Day (aka May the Fourth), clock in your distance, and receive a commemorative Finisher Trophy upon completion of the virtual run.
Find your nearest neighbourhood park to run and clock your miles.
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) goes digital by bringing its concerts from the Victoria Concert Hall and the SSO’s Rose Studio recording facility to the comfort of your sweet digs. Enjoy classical music through videos and audio concerts including newly recorded performances, showcases of works by local composers, and never-before-released recordings of musical gems specially picked from its rich archive across SSO's YouTube, Facebook and Spotify channels.
The show must go on – line. The exclusive online broadcasts of selected music performances at the centre are available to watch for free. These include other videos, stories, and podcasts on other arts too. Home audiences can cosy up for 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.
Let Zouk bring the party to your bedroom as it teams up with its sister clubs in Malaysia and Las Vegas to take its signature Zouk experience to the virtual sphere. Set your personal dancefloor ablaze with live DJ sets featuring resident spinners LeNerd and Nash D, as well as crowd favourite Myrne. Keep the party going with signature nights like Mambo Jambo with Jeremy Boon and Aldrin too. For some lifestyle content, stay tuned for a bit of live fitness, cocktail masterclasses, and creative conversations. The online programmes will be streamed live via its Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Learn a thing or two from Singapore Tourism Board's (STB) new six-part edutainment series: Try this at home, Tips from Singapore. Launched on April 27 via its social media platforms, the series features local personalities including sneaker artist Mark Ong, and Peranakan kebaya makers, brothers Raymond and Edmond Wong, completing various tasks assigned to them. The first episode sees cook, food writer, and TV host Sarah Huang Benjamin turning a packet of instant noodles into a fancy meal. Replicate and add your own touch to the featured tasks from the comfort of your home.
One for film enthusiasts in Singapore and the region, Objectifs Film Library is showcasing over 40 short films made by 14 Southeast Asian filmmakers that are available to rent and binge at home. Among the shorts are those by award-winning Singapore directors Boo Junfeng and Kirsten Tan, as well as regional filmmakers including Thailand's Pimpaka Towira, Cambodia's Davy Chou, and Vietnam's Nguyen Trinh Thi. Most of these films are exclusive to Objectifs, so you best believe you won't be able to stream them elsewhere. That's not all – Objectifs has a film club in the pipeline, organising events to highlight selected films and invite filmmakers to share more about their craft with fellow film lovers too.
Take Back The Nights is a new online concert series that not only pays its musicians and crew fairly but also spawns audience interaction while celebrating live music and branded entertainment content created and produced by Singaporeans with Singaporeans for Singaporeans both in the country and abroad. Kicking off on May 2 via its social media platforms, the series streams pre-circuit breaker recorded performances featuring dynamic duo Jack & Rai, artist Izzat Ibrahim, genre-bending outfit Fingerfunk, R&B darling Tabitha Nauser, singer-songwriter Haneri Milliona (aka Daphne Khoo), and indie-pop group M1ldL1fe.
In the spirit of doing good, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) and Blu3 Asia launched 15 Shorts for NVPC's one-stop giving platform Giving SG. As it says on the tin, 15 Shorts is a series of short films directed by prominent local filmmakers including Eric Khoo, Kelvin Tong, and Kirsten Tan, spotlighting the pressing issues in Singapore from animal welfare and youth mental health to sports leadership and heritage conservation. Taken on as a passion project for the directors, these films were created on a low-bono, non-profit basis, all in the spirit of building a City of Good. Binge with a good cause, and donate to a charity (or two) today.