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The best things to do in Singapore in November 2022

With live performances, events and exhibitions, Singapore is full of tunes this month

Cheryl Sekkappan
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Cheryl Sekkappan
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Izza Sofia
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Reality check: there are only two months left before 2022 wraps up to make way for 2023 – and what a year it has been. November welcomes tons of concerts and events. Maroon 5, JJ Lin and Guns N’ Roses will be shaking up the city with their live performances this month. Look out for everyone’s favourite robocat, Doraemon, at the National Museum, or be awed by the Avatar-themed setup at Gardens by the Bay.

That's not all – we've combed the city to carefully handpick the crème de la crème of events happening this November, from must-see stage productions to art and film festivals showcasing the best works from the region. Stay ahead of the game, book your tickets, and plan your schedule pronto.

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French art de vivre, or the art of living, encompasses all aspects from cuisine to film, music and art. The annual Voilah! France Singapore Festival returns for yet another year to bring the best of French culture to Singapore's sunny shores. Presented by the Embassy of France in Singapore, this year's edition runs now till November 27. This year's theme is Inspiration, and it aims to highlight the partnership between France and Singapore while co-producing experiences that will spark inspiration and enlightened minds. Get your culture pants on, because this year's line-up includes a diverse range of experiences – exhibitions, concerts, multimedia installations, film and photography festivals, sports events, educational lectures, and the biggest French food market – that Francophiles will enjoy. 

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Discover new earworms at Mosaic Music Series, which will be bringing stellar acts from Singapore and around the world to Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay for nights of irresistible live performances. Catch a wave with the surf-rock tunes of South Korean band Say Sue Me and immerse in the expansive sound of instrumental rock legends MONO. Or bask in the sun-kissed melodies from boy pablo’s first full-length album and indulge in the ambient soundscapes of Meitei. These acts and more are not to be missed – book your tickets. 

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  • Exhibitions
  • City Hall

Your favourite robo-cat will be calling at the National Museum of Singapore this November. Running this November 5 to February 5, the exhibition will bring together a selection of contemporary artworks that reinterprets Doraemon in our changing world. Come down and view the artworks, which include original drawings from the legendary manga artist Fujiko F Fujio and other 27 Japanese artists and art groups that will showcase Doraemon’s cultural impact in contemporary history. View the artists’ memories of Doraemon and their take on Japan’s beloved icon through paintings, graphics and photography. 

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You will be thrilled to know that Maroon 5 will be performing at the National Stadium this November 28. Organised by Live Nation, the band will kick off its world tour in Asia in Singapore. The group will also be performing in Manila and Bangkok – if you want to catch them there instead. Ticket prices have also been released: $128, $168, $198, $218, $238 and $278. Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster.

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American rock legends Guns N’ Roses is set to return to Singapore for a one-night-only concert. Icons like Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan will be performing at the National Stadium this November 12. Guns N’ Roses last performed in Singapore back in 2017 as part of their Not In This Lifetime tour. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketek, Sports Hub, and GHY Culture and Media. Prices start from $128 and range to $288.

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For all fans out there, good news: Gardens by the Bay has an Avatar-themed event at the Cloud Forest as part of their 10-year anniversary celebrations. Already, the Cloud Forest bears a certain resemblance to fictional world Pandora, a landscape that’s forever filled with lush greenery and majestic waterfalls. When the transformation is completed, there’ll be five different zones, featuring bioluminescent backdrops, ethereal creatures, and plenty of flora and plantlife. Here, it’s a walkthrough event, so it’ll practically feel like you’re strolling through the grounds of Pandora.

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  • Harbourfront

Say hello to Natasha, the name given to Singapore Biennale 2022. This year, the sprawling arts festival will take you to multiple locations across Singapore – and even beyond our shores to the Southern Islands. Start at the heart of it all at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, which has three levels of contemporary art spanning multimedia installations, immersive experiences, and workshops.

Then join Natasha beyond the four walls of traditional art galleries and into everyday spaces, including the Singapore Flyer, International Plaza, 22 Orchard Road, and regional libraries. At the Southern Islands, contemplate your relationship with nature, social practices and myths, through the likes of Fermentation Garden, an exploration of time and domesticity. For the full list of exhibitions, programmes, and workshops, visit singaporebiennale.org

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Southeast Asia’s biggest Japanese pop culture event, Anime Festival Asia (AFA) will run from Nov 25 to 27 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. Expect a wide variety of activities, including, meet-and-greet sessions with cosplayers, featured art exhibitions, and cosplay and dance competitions. With this year’s festival theme AFAVERSE, visitors can be the protagonist of their own video game. Fans will be given their own AFA band, which allows them to earn special AFA digital currency and AFA Hero XP (experience points) when they play the various “phygital” games at the festival. There’s also a dedicated area for budding artists called the Creators Hub, which will feature dozens of booths with fan-made merchandise including bookmarks, posters and self-published comics. 

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  • Shopping
  • Marina Bay

Celebrate the season of giving with The Gifting Edition 2022, brought to you by Boutique Fairs Singapore. This year’s edition brings you three days of shopping at the F1 Pit Building. Explore gift ideas from over 240 Singapore-based brands and designers including Stolen, Susy+Bae, Four Boys and The Prefecture. Get an intimate look at the stories and inspiration that lie behind the brands you love, from women’s and men’s fashion to jewellery and accessories, lifestyle products and home decor, childrenswear, toys and decor, food, drinks, and lots more. Purchase a 3-day pass that’s perfect for shoppers who enjoy getting to know the community more intimately. You can enter and exit multiple times each day, and stay for as long as you like each time.

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The world's best-loved musical, The Sound of Music, is making a triumphant return to Singapore this November with a brand new international production.This highly acclaimed original production tells the uplifting true story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changed the lives of the widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children by reintroducing them to music, and culminating the family's flight across the Austrian mountains as tensions rise prior to the outbreak of World War II.

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  • Jurong East

Gear up for the holidays with Science Centre Singapore! Take on thrilling missions with this year’s edition of UNTAME 2022: Spaces to Places. This year's theme explores the idea of active transformation in today’s world. Children, parents and educators can get their hands dirty at the STEAM PlayYard through fun activities like 3D printing your own astronaut, building a mini town and launching your very own rocket. Meanwhile, the Immersive Zone will transport participants into a virtual realm of the animal kingdom.

Take a breather from the adrenaline-filled games and be entertained by a series of live musical performances and film screenings. Feast on a delicious selection of fair favourites and indulge in some retail therapy at our eco-friendly flea market. And for the first time ever, get ready to be enthralled by a special display of the ever-popular Fire Tornado show after hours. For more information on SCS’s UNTAME: Spaces to Places, please visit https://www.science.edu.sg/untame

 

 

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