Two months left before the year 2019 wraps up to make way for 2020, but that doesn't mean you should save all your energy for Christmas and New Year's Eve next month by staying indoors. There's still a myriad of exciting things to do in Singapore this November.
Experience the thrill of the grill at Guinness' Great Grill Out, and further snack, shop and snap your way through the Instagram-worthy Artbox Singapore. Get ready for some culture fix as the Singapore Writers Festival and Singapore International Film Festival roll in with plenty of literary programmes and film screenings in tow. Lose yourself to the sounds of Mumford & Sons, Halsey and more at Neon Lights, and don't miss rock legends U2 debuting their Singapore show. Feeling festive already? Start Christmas early at Boutique Fairs Singapore's Gifting Edition and Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay.
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November 2019 highlights
An initiative by the National Arts Council, Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) is back – this time shining the spotlight on Punggol. Bringing enriching arts experiences to 13 locations across 13 locations nation-wide, the annual affair invites all to participate in interactive arts programmes by establishing artists and arts groups. As the said future digital district, Punggol is set to house programmes that span across various art forms from music to visual and literary arts. This edition also involves technology that's bound to engage and excite audiences of all ages.
This party on the high seas sets sail from Singapore into the sunset with an array of international and regional EDM acts. Headliners include award-winning trance DJ Ben Nicky, crowd-favourite hardstyle Darren Styles, EDM heavyweights Nervo and Quintino, electronica bass mavens Ookay and What So Not, as well as tropical house DJ Sam Feldt.
Start your Christmas shopping early at Boutique Fairs’ Gifting Edition. Expect more than 300 independent, design-led brands across two floors – there’s trendy apparel, handmade accessories, gorgeous homeware, beautiful flowers and knick-knacks to browse and buy. Meet participating designers, take part in interactive workshops and refuel at the various pop-up cafes.
With pastel-hued shipping containers prettied up with dreamy fairy lights, Artbox has made a name for itself as one of Singapore's most Instagrammable pop-up markets. Expect over 300 food, fashion and lifestyle brands from Singapore and beyond setting up shop in creative retrofitted containers.
Prepare to see red as Liverpool, Manchester United and the Singapore Reds lace up their football boots for three 40-minute matches. Marvel at the fancy footwork of Anfield star Jason McAteer, Stretford End favourites Teddy Sheringham and Ronny Johnsen, United legends Wes Brown and Eric Djemba Djemba, as well as Singapore’s footy master Fandi Ahmad.
SGIFF is loading up its film reels to champion local and regional filmmakers while paying homage to the artistic and cinematic world. Movie buffs can look forward to post-screening dialogues, masterclasses, panel discussions and talks. Opening this year’s fest is Wet Season by local filmmaker Anthony Chen. Other commissioned titles include Incantation by Singapore’s Yeo Siew Hua and Not A Time to Celebrate by Thailand’s Anucha Boonyawatana.
Who says art isn’t for everyone? The Affordable Art Fair is back for all you avid art collectors and first-time buyers. The fair features contemporary artwork by local artists as well as regional and internationally acclaimed ones. Don’t forget to join in the daily workshops and tours designed for enthusiasts of all ages.
Featuring international and local stars from the indie cosmos, Neon Lights returns to illuminate Fort Canning Green with hipster euphoria. Making their debut Singapore appearances are Grammy-Award winning folk-rock band Mumford & Sons as well as electronic producer Mura Masa. Joining them in the line-up are pop songstress Halsey, electronic-soul duo Honne, and electro-pop darling Aurora.
A correspondent on The Daily Show, a star on Crazy Rich Asians, and the creator of Ronny Chieng: International Student who recently filmed his very own Netflix special – is there anything this Malaysia-born, USA and Singapore-raised, Australia-based comedian can't do? The comedian is heading back to our shores as part of his Tone Issues Tour to deliver his unapologetic, rapid-fire stand-up – in his signature angry-sarcastic tone, no less.
It’s a beautiful day! U2 are finally making their Singapore debut with two mega shows. Led by the iconic frontman Bono, the Irish rock legends are reincarnating their fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree, in full. The 1987 landmark album cemented their legendary rock status with singles such as With or Without You and I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
See Gardens by the Bay dressed to the nines this festive season with whimsical décor, dazzling lights and more to add to the holiday charm. Not forgetting crowd favourites – skate under the stars at the outdoor skating rink, experience 'snowfall' in the tropics, have a go at the carnival games and kiddy rides, and browse the charming stalls à la European Christmas markets for everything from hand-crafted gifts to festive grub. The annual Yuletide affair also ups the ante with magical luminarie sculptures that will have Santa coming to town.