October in Singapore is looking extra lit with Deepavali (also known as Diwali or the Festival of Lights) as the streets of Little India are illuminated with a kaleidoscope of vibrant hues. Whatever your definition of 'lit' is, there are a plethora of things to do this month including doing the Thriller on Halloween. Don't stay basic with your pumpkin spice latte – hit the streets and spice up your October.
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The National Museum of Singapore is taking its physical Bicentennial exhibition, An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s – 1819, off-ground and online with its digital version from April 15. 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. The East Indies was the centre of the spice trade, comprising the Malay Peninsula and Indonesian Archipelago, 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. There are two modes of navigation to choose from – guided and self-exploratory. The former invites you to explore featured artefacts and the surrounding showcases while listening to narrations by curators Daniel Tham and Iskander Mydin about Knowledge and Power and Seeing the Indigenous. You can also read from the tour script instead by clicking on a button on the bottom right-hand corner. The self-exploratory mode allows you to check out the exhibition at your own pace. The museum has also announced plans to add more content at a later stage. This includes upping the history game with a commentary for lower secondary students. The commentary complements the museum’s educational resource An Old New World: Investigating Singapore’s History from Pre-Colonial to the Present released along with the physical exhibiti
UPDATE, February 26: Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, this event has been postponed to October 9, 10, 17 and 18. The answer to Singapore's growing appetite for new music experiences, Hydeout is the region's first multi-genre music festival to shake up the scene by packing as much uncurbed fun, global sounds and eye-catching art in one massive space: The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay. Happening across two weekends – April 10 and 11 and April 17 and 18, 2020 – the space is set to transform into a multi-stage arena featuring bold visuals and unexpected artistic expressions. Headliners include self-proclaimed 'Trap God' Gucci Mane, dance music hero DJ Snake, suave hip-hop trailblazer A$AP Rocky, beach-blonde R&B-pop starlet Rita Ora, Aussie spinner Alison Wonderland, reggaeton hitmaker J Balvin, hardstyle duo Yellow Claw, EDM's poster boy Martin Garrix, and progressive house star Nicky Romero. Pop-R&B darling Tinashe, Spinnin' Records regular Sam Feldt, bass-heavy trap spinner San Holo, Singapore's very own Myrne and many more are also taking the stage.
How far can art go before it's considered vandalism? Vandalism involves defacing a public property without permission, but creating art involves a commission. To some, the former is the work of a hero, especially if it's paired with a bold statement that voices out for a particular community, but while the latter is legal, it can also be seen as a sellout. And that leaves artists like Sam Lo (SKL0) in two minds, navigating between state-imposed restrictions and their creative endeavours. Online micro-documentary The Legal Rebel gets into the mind of Sam Lo since her 2012 arrest for vandalism. It follows her growth since the incident, having experienced intense scrutiny from the public due to the viability of the charges. The street artist was arrested for pasting stickers and spray painting on public property in Singapore, and was then on known as the 'Sticker Lady'. But since her arrest, Sam has shown no signs of slowing down. Instead, she has gone the extra mile in proving herself and everyone else that she's more than just the 'Sticker Lady', and that she's a force to be reckoned with. The Legal Rebel is part of Not Safe For TV's (NSFTV) Living in Sin series. The series shines its torch on the darker and grittier corners of the Singapore known by individuals and communities that are often misunderstood. It debuted with the episode A Peek Into Underground Hip-Hop that spotlights the underground hip-hop scene in Singapore. According to Alex Teh, executive producer of the s
School holidays won't be the same this year as everyone is encouraged to stay home during these difficult times. As such, attractions around the world including Disneyland and Walt Disney World are shut indefinitely. But that doesn't mean you can't experience the world-famous magic of Disney at the comfort of your home. Gather your tots, tykes, and teens and take a virtual ride around Disney World's Epcot and the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure, Universal, and more via the Virtual Disney World channel on YouTube. Brace yourself – there are a plethora of 4K Ultra HD videos (that's super hi-definition for you) that offer immersive, 360-degree POV of the Disney-themed parks. With a variety of rides to choose, from the Slinky Dog Dash and the Haunted Mansion to Frozen Ever After and Under The Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid, you'll be spoilt for choice. To get started, simply select a ride, hook it up to your telly, and hit play. Tap into your imagination – feel free to use whatever tools at home – and imagine yourself taking those rollercoaster rides, going up, down, and around against the vibrant backdrop. Keep the kids engaged as well – they'll thank you for the fun. To amp up the experience, hook the videos up with a virtual reality headset or a smartphone with a headset as the videos are compatible with VR accessories. Other than the rides, the channel also offers relaxing walkthroughs of attractions such as The Hall of Presidents, perfect for thos
Update, 24 March: While the ArtScience Museum is temporarily closed until further notice, here's a glimpse of what you can expect once it reopens. The ArtScience Museum’s first-ever permanent exhibition is a world of high-tech, immersive digital art installations. Featuring a plethora of works by award-winning Japanese art collective teamLab, Future World will be constantly updated with new works over the years. Highlight pieces include Transcending Boundaries, where visitors can meander through the digitally-rendered garden featuring waterfalls that log in accordance with the laws of physics, butterflies that fly away upon touch, cherry blossoms that scatter like they would in the wind and more, as well as Sanctuary, where visitors can take a break and meditate in this tranquil space. Five new digital artworks have been added, four of which are part of the opening gallery City in a Garden. The new additions include the Southeast Asia debut of Proliferating Immense Life, A Whole Year per Year – a giant interactive mural of blooming flowers – and Enso - Cold Light, which shows a digital drawing of an enso (a symbol of enlightenment, the universe and equality) gliding into existence before slowly dissolving into nothingness. The Sanctuary gallery, designed as a quiet haven for Future World's visitors to reflect and meditate, will also see a new addition. The Way of Birds shows a movement of a flock of birds which respond to the visitors' presence as they fly. The birds leave
Seems like we can't get enough of award-winning Japanese art collective teamLab's digital artworks as it continues to wow us even through our screens. Since the lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum is closed temporarily, it's turning to the Internet to take us on a virtual tour around its two popular exhibitions: Future World and 2219. These digital programmes are part of ArtScience at Home, the museum's online series that features guided exhibition tours and workshops, as well as flagship public programmes including ArtScience Late, Conversations and ArtScience on Screen, from the comfort of our homes – all translated for the online space. Future World is a mind-bender – it takes visitors on an interactive journey of lights, digital art and magic. 2219, on the other hand, invites us to peer into the imaginary worlds – neither a utopian or dystopian view of the distant future – hatched by various artists, architects, filmmakers, writers and theatre companies from Singapore and beyond, while resisting the clichés of science fiction. Highlighting two very different exhibitions, ArtScience at Home's virtual tours are guided by Museum Ambassadors, giving you a closer look at the installations displayed without having to pay a single dime. Other programmes to look out for include Love Poems with Wind Chimes by Cyril Wong, workshops on making your own mirror, paper beads, moving mechanical device, and space mission patch, and various talks with key speakers. All programmes are availabl
The curtains are drawn as theatres and concert halls around Singapore including Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay close in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19. Further complying with the advice given by the Singapore government, Esplanade has also called off all performances and activities scheduled to take place from March 25 to April 30. But nonetheless, the show must go on – line. Not-for-profit art centre Esplanade is taking a digital route in allowing music, dance and theatre lovers to stay connected to the arts via videos, stories, podcasts and more. Cue Esplanade Offstage – a free online all-access backstage pass that lets viewers watch exclusive broadcasts of performances and gives an insider’s look to local, as well as regional, arts and culture. This also allows people to continuously support artists and cultural sector workers even in the comfort (and safety) of their homes. “During such times, Esplanade is committed to providing as safe an environment as possible for audiences to be uplifted and inspired by the arts,” says a representative. “We will take the necessary precautions to responsibly provide Singaporeans with continued access to arts and cultural programmes.” 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. For a list of programmes, visit esplanade.com/offstage
Now that the school's out and the holidays are in, the kids can enjoy some artsy fun while staying at home during the circuit breaker. Starting from the month of May, kiddos can unleash their inner Picasso with National Gallery Singapore's Gallery Kids, the online portal bursting with interactive games, masterclasses, storytelling video sessions, and art tutorials. And it's not just for children, adults are welcome to join in the fun too. Highlights include Ink-credible Adventure Interactive Game where children can explore abstract expressionism in a colourful and playful manner, artists masterclasses where local painter Yeo Shih Yun guides teens through building their own unconventional painting tools from household items, and I-Spy Game kids under nine can wear their detective caps, searching for clues to identify items, colours, and patterns. More programmes will be made available in the next coming weeks, so watch the space. It's never too early to expose your little ones to the arts, and Gallery Kids is an ace start. "Art can be a wonderful way for kids to share their creativity, imagination and thoughts while developing their fine motor skills, confidence, and expressions. As parents spend quality time with their children, we hope that Gallery Kids will provide families with the inspiration and ideas to explore and create together, and experience meaningful and playful family time," says Ye Shufang, Deputy Director of Education at National Gallery Singapore. Let your li
Ground control to all wannabe space rangers – NASA is taking you to infinity and beyond with its virtual and augmented reality (AR) tours. Through NASA at Home, you can live your astronaut dreams via 360-degree virtual walkthroughs of the space stations, visualisations of other planets, e-books about the solar system, and informative videos and interesting podcasts discussing all things space including past Apollo missions too – and it's all for free. Embark on a space journey – with your feet planted on the ground – with virtual 360-degree tours around the Hubble Space Telescope mission operations centre, the International Space Station, and the Trappist-1 star system with NASA's Exoplanet Excursions. Some of these tours can be viewed in 3D, so dust off your 3D goggles and strap yourself into the pilot's seat of a NASA spacecraft – virtually. Not just for stargazing adults, your mini budding astronauts can also have some fun exploring the universe too. With Earth at a standstill right now, embarking on a trip to the final frontier could just be tonic you need. For more information, visit NASA at Home.
With virtual tours of landmarks, museums, and art galleries around the world available at your fingertips, you don't even have to step outside your comfy abode to visit these places – unless you need some fresh air, of course. Joining the virtual bandwagon is the Singapore Philatelic Museum. The museum is currently closed for a major facelift and is expected to re-open at in 2021. But that doesn't mean you can't take a peek at the what goes – or rather went – on the inside. Home to a wide variety of postage stamps ranging from Singapore as well as philatelic archival material from the 1830s to the present, the Singapore Philatelic Museum is an ace start to learn about postal history including the first stamp and the evolution of stamps to becoming a gateway into the world, spotlighting on different subjects such as science, technology, history and culture. The museum also holds special themed exhibitions such as The Little Prince: Behind the Story, Shaking It With Shakespeare, and The League Against Evil: A DC Super Heroes Exhibition. And now, you can explore these exhibitions in your slippers at the comfort of your home. Take a virtual tour around the museum and marvel at the cool collections of stamps, artworks, and other paraphernalia by zooming in. If you've got a VR headset, put it on and hit the VR mode for an elevated experience. It works with DIY cardboard VR viewers too. Start your virtual adventure at the Singapore Philatelic Museum here.