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The best things to do in Singapore this week (Oct 21-27)

The biggest and best things to do in Singapore this week

Jaden Smith
Photo: Jaden Smith
By Time Out Singapore editors |
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Looking for things to do? Read on for our guide to the week's best events and recommended things to do. If you manage to tick off all on this list, head back to our home page for daily updates on the best restaurants, bars, events and whatever else Singapore has to offer before our next hotlist gets a refresher.

This week, go behind the scenes of your favourite Disney animations, rap along to Jaden Smith, square up with zombies, watch a movie under the stars at Gardens by the Bay, and more. 

RECOMMENDED: The best things to do this month

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Disney: Magic of Animation
Photo: Disney
Art, Drawing and illustration

Disney: Magic of Animation

icon-location-pin ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay
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Curious about what goes on behind the scenes of Disney’s magical movies? Catch a rare glimpse into the world of artistry and technological innovation that have bippity boppity boo-ed Disney’s beloved characters to life. Marvel at over 500 artworks including original drawings, paintings, sketches and concept art from the highly anticipated sequel Frozen 2, the first Disney cartoon Steamboat Willie and other iconic classics.

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Jaden Smith
Music

Jaden Smith

icon-location-pin Zouk, Raffles Place
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Besides sharing a last name with the OG Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith), this triple threat – rapper, actor and Twitter phenom – is no stranger to the world of pop culture. Jaden Smith is swooping down to Zouk – Batman-style – on October 24 with his chaotic, collage-like beats à la Syre, his ambitious debut studio album, as well as his latest Erys featuring other hitmakers like A$AP Rocky, Tyler The Creator, and Kid Cudi.

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Zedtown Asia: Battle of Singapore
Things to do

Zedtown Asia: Battle of Singapore

icon-location-pin National Stadium, Kallang
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If the video game Left 4 Dead, film Zombieland and TV series The Walking Dead have prepped you on defeating the undead, then sign up for Asia's first-ever zombie survival game and kick some butt IRL. This Halloween weekend, the National Stadium is turning into a post-apocalyptic Nerf battleground where you can battle against other 'survivors' and ‘zombie-fied’ players, and track your progress in real-time.

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Moonlight Cinema
Film

Moonlight Cinema

icon-location-pin Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay
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There's nothing quite like watching a movie under the stars – or in this case, under the towering Super Trees of Gardens by the Bay. The picturesque Supertree Grove Lawn plays host to the second edition of Moonlight Cinema, which returns for from October 25 to 27, with each night bring a different film: Empire Records, The Chorus, and Secret Superstar.

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Car-Free Sunday SG
Photo: Car-Free Sunday SG
Things to do

Car-Free Weekend

icon-location-pin Singapore City,
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Singapore's going automobileless for Car-Free Weekend. Several streets in Telok Ayer and the Civic District are closed off to vehicles for a line-up of fun-filled activities to promote a car-lite lifestyle and spotlight Singapore's heritage. Together with The Local People, celebrate local culture and heritage at Local Heroes at Telok Ayer – Food and Art Market where you can browse through the various offerings, check out the art installations and partake in engaging activities.

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Heather
Photo: Adeeb & Shai
Theatre, Fringe

Heather

icon-location-pin Gateway Theatre, Raffles Place
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Following their debut production of Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons in 2018, Adeeb & Shai returns with a brand new Fringe theatre production. Heather is the duo’s take on the original version of the highly-raved play which showed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Bush Theatre in London. It follows the story of a wildly successful children’s writer. But when a troubling narrative starts to unfold, audiences find themselves asking: what matters more, the storyteller or the story?

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ASICS Relay
Photo: Asics
Sport and fitness

Asics Relay

icon-location-pin Bayfront Event Space, Marina Bay
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Run at sunset as the largest night relay returns with two race categories – the 42km Full Marathon and the 21km Half Marathon. There are also team marathons if you're looking to run with the gang. After the sweat sesh, take a breather at the race village for tasty bites, fun activities and must-see previews from various brands. Check out the 180-degree photo booth and face painting, or explore the ASICS booth for the latest shoe models and merch. Korean DJ duo 2 Hearts are spinning energetic beats on the decks to keep spirits up.

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Matt Davis
Comedy

Matt Davis

icon-location-pin The Merry Lion Comedy Cafe & Bar, Raffles Place
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With 30 years of experience under his belt, Matt Davis is no stranger to the world of comedy. His comedic force of dark and dirty humour which cross-examines the familiarity has even earned him a stamp of notoriety and hilarity. And he has delivered such humour in over 250 cities across 40 countries including comedy festivals like the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Sketch Fest in San Francisco, and JFL42 in Montreal, Canada, before stopping over Singapore to show you how it's done.

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Jacqui Naylor
Music

Two Nights Only feat. Jacqui Naylor & Art Khu

icon-location-pin Maduro, Tanglin
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Keep things jazzy this October with Jacqui Naylor, Maduro's first international act to take the stage. The Californian vocalist is no stranger to some of the world's finest jazz clubs from Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London to SFJazz in San Francisco. She has also flexed her impressive vocal chops at jazz festivals too. This time, she's about to make her Singapore debut with her signature folky jazz with long-time collaborator and pianist Art Khu on-stage.  

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The Southern Experience Whisky Pairing Dinner
Photo: Bedrock Bar & Grill
Things to do, Food and drink events

The Southern Experience Whisky Pairing Dinner

icon-location-pin Bedrock Bar & Grill, Orchard
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Bedrock Bar and Grill is bringing food-and-whisky pairing to the spotlight with its one-night-only dinner experience. The 5-course dinner features whiskeys from the renowned Old Forester and Woodford Reserve distilleries, paired with plates of smoky meats. Expect roasted pork belly with celeriac remoulade and melon dressing, paired with Old Forester Statesman, or the wood-fired grilled dry-aged striploin served with the Woodford Reserve Master Collection Brandy Cask.

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Sake Sake 2019
Things to do, Food and drink events

Sake Sake

icon-location-pin ShuKuu Izakaya, Tanjong Pagar
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Sip your rice instead of eating it at Sake Sake, a festival dedicated to the fermented rice drink. Back for its third year, this year’s edition features an afternoon of exclusive sake tasting, paired with various Japanese cuisine. Brewmasters and sake sommeliers are also present to provide more information on Japan’s heritage drink.

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Summerlong
Photo: Summerlong
Restaurants

Summerlong Presents Sunday Vibes

icon-location-pin Summerlong, Raffles Place
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Spend your Sunday away from the hustle and bustle of the city at Robertson Quayside. Wrapping up Summerlong's Sunday Vibes series is French DJ Maz Verrier with his deep and refined house music. The Sunday soundtrack is complemented by an exclusive menu that offers a special selection of kebabs, mains, mezze, sides, desserts, and even a kids selection. Ramona Wine Spiritz also returns to accompany the food offerings with its Ruby Grapefruit, Sicilian Lemon, and Dry Sparkling Rosé, priced from $15. But if you prefer light, refreshing cocktails instead, the bartender at Summerlong will shake you one.

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Lush Fixations
Nadiah Bamadhaj
Art, Contemporary art

Lush Fixations

icon-location-pin Richard Koh Fine Art, Bukit Merah
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Jogja-based-Malaysian artist Nadiah Bamadhaj presents her highly anticipated solo exhibition Lush Fixations from October 25 to November 9 at Richard Koh Fine Art. The exhibition consists of six paper collage works and three cast patina-ed brass sculptures, which signifies her first attempt with the medium. 

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Kent Chan
Photo: NUS Museum
Art

tropics, a many (con)sequence

icon-location-pin NUS Museum, Kent Ridge
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Singapore-based artist, filmmaker, and curator Kent Chan's works explore the tropical imagination and the relationship between moving images and the modern city. The works and practices of others often form the locus of his works that have taken the form of film, text, conversations, and exhibitions. tropics, a many (con)sequence locates Kent Chan’s film Seni as the exhibition’s locus, inquiring on the tropical imaginary that continues to frame aesthetics and artistic identities.

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Dialectics: Mono No Aware
Photo: ION Art
Art, Contemporary art

Dialectics: Mono No Aware

icon-location-pin ION Art Gallery, Orchard
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Ever heard of mono no aware? If you haven't, this exhibition is for you. The exhibition is presented by White Space Art Asia, in collaboration with six Japanese galleries – H-art Beat Gallery, Kawata Gallery, Kobayashi Gallery, Kogure Gallery, Shukado Gallery and YOD Gallery – and features a carefully curated selection of artworks from various parts of Japan that aspire to bring to mind a profound sense of mono no aware.

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Trick-or-Treating at Deliveroo Food Market
Things to do

Trick-or-Treating at Deliveroo Food Market

icon-location-pin Deliveroo Food Market, Buona Vista
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Calling all gals, guys and ghouls – Deliveroo Food Market invites all for a trick-or-treat this spooky season. With every order placed, customers are in for a complimentary surprise when they collect their meals in the automated cubbies. Whether it's a sweet treat or a scary surprise, only the spooks in the kitchen get to decide. If you're in for some horror flick, grab some snacks at Deliveroo Food Market and enjoy two hair-raising movie screenings: A Quiet Place (October 25) and Ouija: Origin of Evil (October 31).

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CÉ LA VI Presents DIRTY CIRCUS Feat. CIRQUE LE SOIR
Nightlife

Dirty Circus Feat. Cirque Le Soir

icon-location-pin CÉ LA VI, Marina Bay
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Get ready for spooky surprises and top-drawer beats at the city's hotter-than-hell nightclub. Wear your scariest face for the ultimate monsters ball as Cé La Vi teams up with London's award-winning Cirque Le Soir for the most insane Halloween party. For one night only, revellers can leave the real world behind and step into a fantasy realm curated by the wonderfully dastardly minds of the famed burlesque nightclub. Expect fire breathers, bold contortionists and exotic dancers supported by the spectacular progressive house and dance remixes of DJs Andrew Tang and MinGs.

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zoukout, mambo jambo
Nightlife

Fright Safari

icon-location-pin Zouk, Raffles Place
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This Halloween weekend, the gates of the Fright Safari open for those who dare enter. Enter the grounds at Zouk and Phuture and follow the thumping beats as they lead you further into the safari where the underground labs sit at Capital and RedTail. Prepare to come face-to-face with strange creatures, sinister park rangers, and if you're unlucky, the mad scientists seeking their next victim to experiment on. Don't miss Italian DJ and producer Giuseppe Ottaviani taking over the decks on Saturday to dish out some trance.

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Bar Rouge, Halloween
Photo: Bar Rouge
Nightlife

Rouge Grossery Store

icon-location-pin Bar Rouge, City Hall
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Grab your shopping basket – Bar Rouge is turning into a grim store filled with the finest, organic and raw food for the Rouge Ripper. The Rouge Ripper is also set to send shivers down your spine as he puts his freshest cut meats on display in the cold room. But beware – the Abominable Monster is also on the prowl and you might just end up being his next catch. Terrorising the space with killer tunes are resident DJs Kenneth Francis, Styluxtakut, Rattle and Fadille.

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Lulu's Lounge
Nightlife, Adult

LuLu's Carnival of the Absurd

icon-location-pin LuLu’s Lounge, City Hall
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Brace yourself for a night of bizarre entertainment – à la the notorious Coney Island freak show – from an alluring magician and creepy clown dolls to provocative drag queens and sensual burlesque dancers. A Halloween party like no other, the Carnival of the Absurd embodies Lulu’s sensuousness eclectic character and adult humour in this multi-sensory experience. 

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Bang Bang
Nightlife

Dollhouse

icon-location-pin Bang Bang, City Hall
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Are dolls really that scary? There's only one way to find out. Knock on Bang Bang's Dollhouse and be greeted by a myriad of bedeviled marionettes and figurines. With inspirations from Mexico City's infamous Island of the Dolls to American supernatural horror film Amityville Dollhouse, the nightmarish dancefloor is guaranteed to be haunted by the likes of Annabelle and Chucky.

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MONTI presents The Spooktacular Hour Chapter II: Heroes VS Villains
Photo: Monti
Nightlife

The Spooktacular Hour Chapter II: Heroes VS Villains

icon-location-pin Monti, Raffles Place
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Come to stunt as Batman, Catwoman or even the Joker (it's clown season, ya'll) and have a devilishly good time at Monti. Transformed into a hellish version of the dingy Gotham City, Monti welcomes the first 50 guests in hero or villain costumes with Kryptonite shots. Then battle it out with the All-You-Can-Swallow-for-10-Seconds challenge ($10). Plus, the most maniacal group of villains gets a bottle on the house. Turning up the heat on the dancefloor are DJs Red and Leon who are spinning the hottest 90s hip-hop classics, reggae, and Top 40s. You know where your Suicide Squad's meant to be this October.

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Island of the Dolls, Get Juiced
Nightlife

Island of the Dolls

icon-location-pin Get Juiced, Raffles Place
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Get Juiced? More like Get Spooked as the cashless club transports you the Island of the Dolls based on an island in Mexico that's home to hundreds of dolls with severed limbs and decapitated heads. If good ol' Annabelle can't scare you, then you're in for a treat – or trick. Serving up some monster mash-ups are Get Juiced resident DJs alongside guests DJ Tinc, Diamondback, Seph Ryans x San, 808Gong and more.

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Tuff Club
Photo: Tuff Club
Nightlife

Drop Dead Celebs

icon-location-pin Tuff Club, Raffles Place
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Rise up from the dead – Collective Minds transforming Tuff Club into a graveyard, crime scene, and other deathly settings for its very first Halloween bash. Celebrating the lives of passed icons like Prince, Michael Jackson, Aaliyah, Tupac, Biggie, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and more, DJs such as Rah, Senja and AKA Sounds are spinning an ethereal mix of tunes we've loved but never lost. Prepare to come in your best dead celeb impression or you won't be allowed in the cool club at all.

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Heart of Darkness, Nightmare in Tanjong Pagar
Photo: Heart of Darkness
Bars and pubs

Nightmare in Tanjong Pagar

icon-location-pin Heart of Darkness, Tanjong Pagar
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Journey through hell with craft brewery Heart of Darkness as it transforms its taproom into a haunted house with an all dark beer tap takeover. But that's not all – get ready to be dragged to hell – aka Tanjong Pagar – as it teams up with popular bars in the neighbourhood including Nineteen80, Monarchy, Jekyll & Hyde, Junior and more for a week-long bloc party. Expect special Heart of Darkness Halloween shots, an assortment of Heart of Darkness beers on tap, and innovative cocktails shaken with craft beers from Heart of Darkness at the selected bars.

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Carnival of Screams, Kinki Restaurant + Bar
Photo: Kinki Restaurant + Bar
Nightlife

Carnival of Screams

icon-location-pin Kinki Restaurant and Bar, Raffles Place
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Unleash your inner scream queen at Kinki Restaurant + Bar this Halloween. Sink your fangs into a satisfying meal at the contemporary Japanese restaurant on level two decked with bear accents of the carnival theme. Then when you're all fueled up, brace yourself for the rooftop nightmare – you never what's lurking in every corner. But if nothing scares you, then continue the fright night with the groovy tunes of Eatmepoptart's weelikeme, KiDG, and Hedger.

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Pinball Wizard
Photo: Pinball Wizard
Nightlife

Fangtastic

icon-location-pin Pinball Wizard, Rochor
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Guess who comes out to play when the sun goes down? Dracula is leaving Transylvania for Pinball Wizard's very first Halloween bash. Come dress as your favourite vampire, from the strange-looking Nosferatu to the funny-looking Count Dracula (of Sesame Street fame), and challenge for the title of Pinball Wizard on the iconic Dracula pinball machine. Be sure to show off your fangs – the best dressed might just be rewarded with a bloody good treat.

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Nineteen80
Nightlife

Halloween Funhouse Weekender

icon-location-pin Nineteen80, Raffles Place
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Now, here's a place you can clown around – funny or scary, you decide. Don your craziest outfit and prepare to be served both tricks and treats at Nineteen80 during the Halloween weekend. Dance like It to beats courtesy of DJ Ollie'des, Andrew Chow, Fadille.

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The Haunted Mansion at The Riverhouse
Bars and pubs

The Haunted Mansion at The Riverhouse

icon-location-pin Singapore City,
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Wander through a haunted mansion terrorised by zombies at the two-storey Chinese heritage house along the river, Yin Bar & Lounge and Yang International Nightclub at The Riverhouse – just make sure you don't get bitten along the way to the top. From dusk till dawn, drop deadly moves to a mix of trap, EDM, and Top 40 hits. Daredevils can also try the Yin Bar & Lounge's exclusive Halloween cocktail, The Killah (pronounced as 'tequila').

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ACM After Dark
Photo: Asian Civilisations Museum
Things to do

ACM After Dark: Tales From Beyond

icon-location-pin Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall
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Nothing gives us the heebie-jeebies like Asian supernatural beliefs. Taking inspiration from the famous 18th-century Chinese book Strange Tales, this year's annual Asian Civilisation Museum spookfest presents a slew of family-friendly activities, chilling performances and paranormal talks. Or amp up the scare-o-meter with an adults-only immersive experiential storytelling in the dark. But before you leave, be sure to make your own scary souvenir to take home, or have your fortunes drawn by local illustrators.

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SpookyTown SG
Photo: SpookyTown SG
Kids

SpookyTown 2: The Masquerade Hunt

icon-location-pin KidZania Singapore, Sentosa
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After the successful debut of its Halloween affair SpookyTown last year, KidZania is back with a second edition to take families on an adventure that involves gathering clues while embarking on The Masquerade Hunt. Suitable for tots aged three and above, the whole fam can look forward to a range of activities such as engaging sensory walkthroughs, musical performances, masquerade mask-making, carnival booths, themed roleplay and more.  

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Istana
Photo: Flickr/Zervas
Things to do, Walks and tours

Istana Open House

icon-location-pin Istana, Orchard
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The Istana opens its doors for all to check out the President’s sweet digs along Orchard Road, set on the grounds of a former 19th-century nutmeg plantation. This annual open house led by PSM Volunteer guides offers guests a rare peek into the offices of the President and Prime Minister housed inside the charming neo-Palladian style main building.

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Saturdays@ACM: Lightness over Darkness
Photo: Asian Civilisations Museum
Kids

Saturdays@ACM: Lightness over Darkness

icon-location-pin Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall
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Celebrate the Festival of Lights at the Asian Civilisations Museum with the entire family this Deepavali. Welcome the special day with your very own rangoli, an artwork that uses coloured sand and brings good luck into the home. Then discover the triumphant tale of good versus evil in Hindu mythology, and catch an interactive drama performance which explains the reason behind lighting lamps during Deepavali.

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Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall
Photo: Richie Chan/Shutterstock
Music

Symphony in the City

icon-location-pin Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, City Hall
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Kickstart your Sunday morning on a good note with Symphony in the City. Cosy up at the Victoria Concert Hall for captivating performances by talented pianists, vocalists, pipa player Anne Ying Altorfer-Ong, and harpist Renee Yadav who won the Junior Category of Young Talents Project 2017.

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Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Photo: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Things to do

SMC 40 Carnival

icon-location-pin Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), Tanjong Pagar
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Time to put your Mandarin skills to the test as the Promote Mandarin Council (PMC) celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the Speak Mandarin Campaign with a special carnival. Enjoy a weekend of free Mandarin programmes including music performances, storytelling sessions, workshops, kid-friendly activities, as well as food and market stalls.

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The Bubble Tea Factory
Things to do, Food and drink events

The Bubble Tea Factory

icon-location-pin *SCAPE, Orchard
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Thank our collective devotion to the milky beverage, the bubble tea gods have blessed us with an exhibition dedicated to all things bubble tea. It promises to be a multi-sensory experience: step into an enchanting world of larger-than-life boba trees, dive into a ball pit filled with 'taro pearls', or go all Miley in a room with nothing but a giant pearl swing. And when you're done, feed your belly with bubble tea-inspired treats and grab a cup of bubble tea (obviously) from curated vendors. There's even adorable bubble tea merchandise you buy.

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Deepavali at Gardens by the Bay
Photo: Gardens by the Bay
Things to do

Deepavali at Gardens by the Bay

icon-location-pin Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay
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Celebrate Deepavali with a mix of tradition and experimentation amongst blooms at Gardens by the Bay. Have some informative fun with the fam by checking out a travelling exhibition by the Indian Heritage Centre which showcases the various traditional Indian practices in Singapore across different sub-themes of traditional crafts, trades and games. Then learn the art of Rangoli in which patterns are created on the ground using materials like coloured rice, flour, sand or flower petals. Don't miss renowned Rangoli artist Vijaya Mohan create her signature work along the Colonnade with a unconventional medium.

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Nature's playground
Artwork by: Anita Kapoor
Art

Nature's Playground

icon-location-pin Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay
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The 30th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) partners up with 10 personalities from the film and media industry to create nature-inspired self-portraits. Amongst the list of names are television host Anita Kapoor, writer Alfian Sa'at, actress Fiona Xie and photographer John Clang. In line with the nature theme, the snapshots are exhibited at the Supertree Grove Colonnade at Gardens by the Bay.   

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Youths Celebrate, Gardens by the Bay
Photo: Gardens by the Bay
Things to do

Youths Celebrate!

icon-location-pin Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay
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You don't have to be a kid to soak up Gardens by the Bay's youth festival. Come sunset, enter a world full of possibilities as the Supertree Grove transforms into an enchanting neon jungle complete with attention-grabbing light installations, colossal neon sculptures, roving LED stilt walkers and a slew of exciting programmes. Work those itchy fingers in an upcycling workshop, catch a movie under the stars, discover your next favourite maker at the neon night market, unleash your inner kid at the fun zone, and more.

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Dinner is Served
Photo: Tinker Brothers
Art, Pop art

Dinner is Served – A Tinker Brothers Exhibition

icon-location-pin Brilliant Prints, Geylang
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Pop Bandits the Tinker Brothers are back with their latest exhibition, Dinner is Served, which features past work and a new limited edition print series. You'll come face to face with an array of recognisable pop icons, reimagined with sinister mirth by the brothers themselves. Think the scrappier side of Snoopy, Felix the Cat and Mickey Mouse, subverting pop culture characters and throwing them into gangsta-land scenarios. We won't spoil the fun for you, so head on down to the gallery to see the artworks for yourself.   

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Fair Play
Photo: Wild Rice
Theatre

Fair Play

icon-location-pin The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ W!LD RICE, Kallang
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Who says comedy can't be challenging and insightful too? This Wild Rice production explores the expectations and the roles of men and women, as well as the inequalities faced by either gender. Fair Play starts off with Boy and Girl who are each assigned scripts by a Playwright before making their debut into our world. This is then followed by the launch of the Theatre-In-Education (TIE) programme which aims to ignite discussions among the youth in terms of the play's themes as well as issues faced in everyday life and the world we live in.

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Horror Haunt: Asian Dark Hour – The Revenge Of The Unsettled
Things to do

Horror Haunt: Asian Dark Hour – The Revenge Of The Unsettled

icon-location-pin Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, Orchard
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Put your brave face on as you face your darkest fears at The Cathay from October 16 to 20 and Cineleisure from October 23 to 27. Made of nightmares, both malls are set to be riddled with the blood-curdling tales from Asian folklore and horror films – think iconic antagonists from The Ring, Shutter and Dark Water, as well as the Pontianak and Chinese vampires. And while you navigate through the haunted house, scream if you need to but whatever you do, don't look back.

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The Shape of Things: Conceptual Configurations
Art

The Shape of Things: Conceptual Configurations

icon-location-pin Gajah Gallery, Habourfront
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The first solo exhibition in Singapore by the highly acclaimed Malaysian artist Dr. Choong Kam Kow, The Shape of Things: Conceptual Configurations spotlights his works from the late 1960’s to the early 1980’s, across three seminal series: The New York Series, The SEA THRU Series, and his signature Shaped Canvas Series. These works are showcased alongside new, contemporary pieces that expand on these ideas. Expect to have your attention grabbed by a variety of shapes, sizes and colour arrangements that contour vibrant and rhythmic visual effects.

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Iabadiou Piko, Haiku Aku
Photo: Iabadiou Piko
Art

Haiku Aku

icon-location-pin Hatch Art Project, Raffles Place
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You've seen words forming into haikus, but what about designs? Let Indonesian artist Iabadiou Piko rope you into his artistic world where colours, strokes and lines overlap, an approach reminiscent to a certain type of literature: haiku. Marvel at various paintings spanning the artist's career as well as an installation painting that highlights the poetic sensibilities in the artist's visceral and 'child-like' creations. Don't miss a painting performance from October 14 to 16 from 10.30am to 7pm.  

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Korean Paradise: Korean Traditional Folk & Court Art Exhibition
Photo: ION Art
Art

Korean Paradise: Korean Traditional Folk & Court Art Exhibition

icon-location-pin ION Art Gallery, Orchard
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Learn about Minhwa or Korean folk art developed during the 17th century as part of the Chosun dynasty. Presented by the Singapore Association of Minhwa Art (SAMA), the showcase features works from 19 Korean artists, who each attempt to convey human desire in abstract yet familiar ways. 

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da:ns festival 2019
da:ns festival 2019
Dance

da:ns festival 2019

icon-location-pin Esplanade Theatre Studio, City Hall
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Whether you’re a dance lover or dipping your (pointe) toes into the scene for the first time, trace the delicate movements of the world’s best dancers at this 11-day festival. Open your mind, lift your spirit, and get your body moving with a series of workshops. Don’t miss performances by international ballet superstar Carlos Acosta and his Cuban dance company Acosta Danza, as well as UK choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s bold showcase, Grand Finale.

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Merdeka
Photo: Wild Rice
Theatre

Merdeka

icon-location-pin The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ W!LD RICE, Kallang
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Unless you've been living under a rock, this year sees the Singapore Bicentennial being commemorated islandwide. And Wild Rice is acknowledging the event with an Alfian Sa'at and Neo Hai Bin collaboration that trails a group called Raffles Must Fall that examines the country's colonial heritage through forgotten texts, historical documentation and artefacts, even going beyond to re-enact scenes from the past for a better understanding.

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No Taste for Bad Taste
Photo: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac
Art

No Taste for Bad Taste

icon-location-pin National Design Centre, Rochor
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After travelling to different countries and joining major international design events, No Taste for Bad Taste comes to Singapore from October 12 to November 16. The exhibition is held in celebration of the 40th anniversary of supporting French Design, organised by le French Design by VIA. The exhibition is curated by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and combines forty pieces from world-renowned designers such as Philippe Starck, Mathieu Lehanneur, Noe Duchaufour-Lawrance, Christian Liaigre and Jean Nouvel.  

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Clear Light
Photo: The Private Museum
Art

Clear Light

icon-location-pin The Private Museum, Rochor
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Clear Light marks Australian artist Ian de Souza's debut showcase in Singapore after more than four decades of practicing art. The Malaya-born artist spent his early years in Singapore and Malaysia under colonial British and Japanese rule before moving to New South Wales at the age of 16. He then toured the world as a musician, performing alongside pop icons such as the Bee Gees before becoming a full-time artist in 1980. In this homecoming exhibition at The Private Museum, de Souza showcases his latest series of paintings which explore his contemplations on life, and a revisit of his Eastern heritage, spirituality, and harmony.   

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Malay Heritage Centre
Art

Seekor Singa, Seorang Putera, dan Sebingkai Cermin: Reflecting and Refracting Singapura

icon-location-pin Malay Heritage Centre, Rochor
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The Malay Heritage Centre is housing a very special exhibition that invites all to explore Singapore's significance in the maritime world. Go back in time and watch it all unveiled through the lens of various Malay world perspectives and indigenous material culture, juxtaposed against European colonial sources. Through resurfacing these earlier histories, narratives and representations, the exhibition showcases multiple contexts to reveal how the Malay community is formed in nineteenth-century Singapore, and aims to expand historiographies of Singapore and its connections to the region.

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Deepavali Open House
Photo: Indian Heritage Centre
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Deepavali Open House

icon-location-pin Indian Heritage Centre, Rochor
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This Deepavali, the Indian Heritage Centre opens its doors to welcome you to its Festival of Lights celebrations. Partake an Indian fashion and saree draping workshop, have a go at traditional games with your pals, decorate your very own rangoli inspired coasters to take home, and if you're looking for something outdoorsy, join the guided heritage trails around Little India.

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Sky High Circus
Photo: Cé La Vi
Kids

Sky High Circus

icon-location-pin CÉ LA VI, Marina Bay
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Gather the kids for Cé La Vi's newest whimsical themed brunch series: Sky High Circus. Together with Evolve Arts, the daytime family affair sees themed performances, fun games and delectable dishes and drinks, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of the city skyline. In this edition, children are invited to wear their capes for a superheroes-themed adventure that's jam-packed with edutainment fun.  

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The Dessert Museum
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The Dessert Museum (Pretty Sweet 45)

icon-location-pin Plaza Singapura, City Hall
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There’s a new eye candy in town. Plaza Singapura is celebrating its 45th anniversary with a sweet, sweet surprise – a birthday bash complete with dessert-themed activities, sweet deals, and exciting giveaways, as well as the first overseas pop-up of the Philippines' The Dessert Museum. The immersive and interactive pop-up is a sugary combo of art and play complete with five mouth-watering rooms waiting for you. And what's a party without some fun games? Give yourself a friendly challenge at The Dessert Carnival where familiar games like ring toss and basketball are given a sugary twist.

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Voilah! French Festival
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Voilah! French Festival Singapore

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The annual Voilah! French Festival Singapore returns for a new fourth edition featuring the best of French culture, creativity and innovation. Events take place all over Singapore: from film screening events to art exhibitions, music performances and more.

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got to move
Photo: National Arts Council
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Got To Move

icon-location-pin Singapore City,
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What’s in a dance? Find out by jumping into one of the many free activities and programmes around the city with Got to Move. The annual nationwide dance movement celebrates the power of movement across various genres. Check out the GTM Dance-Walk at Sengkang Sport Centre, watch an immersive dance drama which re-enacts the folk tale of Bukit Merah, create a special choreography with your partner at Shall We Dance?, move and mingle with a game of Shake & Waddle, and break a sweat with the fitness programme, La Fiesta Flamenca.

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Jalan Besar Salon
Art

Jalan Besar Salon

icon-location-pin EOMM Emporium of the Modern Man, Kallang
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The annual Jalan Besar Salon pop-up returns with more exciting art programmes that spark up conversations and discussions on the various creative ways humans cultivate a sense of place and belonging, adapt to change and aging, and develop social relations outside of comfort zones. Highlights include The Dry Bar, a play partly inspired by the French Salons and showcases people in communities performing care services to anyone willing to venture into their spaces. 

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Climate: SOS, ArtScience Museum
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Climate: S.O.S

icon-location-pin ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay
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Climate change is real, guys. To create more awareness, ArtScience Museum is highlighting the impact on our oceanic environment. The season's main star is Changing Course 2019: An exploration of our climate crisis. The thought-provoking exhibition showcases humanity's relationship with Earth. Broaden your mind further with screenings of eco-documentaries, a commissioned AR experience by Singapore digital artist Andre Wee, interactive workshops and more.

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Westgate
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Westgate Wonderland Halloween Party

icon-location-pin Westgate Wonderland, Jurong East
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Gather the kids for a spooktacular time at the city's largest thematic outdoor playground in a mall. Join Captain Hank and his crew of pirate monsters on a spooky adventure around Westgate to locate prized treasures. But it's not as easy as it sounds. Prepare to beat the Grim Reaper with challenges like taking on missions, shooting targets from a canon, throwing darts and hoisting flags. And what's Halloween without candy? Go trick-or-treating around the mall and fill your bags with candies from 20 participating stores.  

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Aya Sekine
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Aya Sekine

icon-location-pin Maduro, Tanglin
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Jazz up your Saturday nights at Maduro with Japanese jazz pianist Aya Sekine. Though strongly influenced by Bebop, the eclectic jazz pianist doesn't shy away from collaborating with musicians of various genres and backgrounds including the power-kampong outfit The Jazz Djogets known for their wicked blend of jazz, funk, soul, Malay pop yeh yeh, Japanese city pop and dangdut. Joining her in celebrating some of her best original compositions and jazz favourites are New York-based saxophonist Eric Wyatt, local soul singer-songwriter Michele Therese and some of Singapore's coolest swingin' cats.

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Curse of the Naga, Halloween Horror Nights
Photo: Resorts World Sentosa
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Halloween Horror Nights

icon-location-pin Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa
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Not for the faint-hearted – Universal Studios Singapore's annual scare fare returns for another year of terror. From September 27 right up to All Hallows' Eve (aka Halloween), brace yourself for five haunted houses, two scare zones and two nightmarish shows come dusk. The main star is The Curse of the Naga, an original haunted house created by filmmakers Parkpoom Wongpoom and Gunn Purijitpanya known for Thai horror blockbusters Shutter and 4bia.

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Youths Celebrate, Gardens by the Bay
Photo: Gardens by the Bay
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Rhododendron Radiance

icon-location-pin Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay
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Something new is blooming at Gardens by the Bay. Rhododendrons – the showiest flowering shrubs – are making an appearance for the first time with their big, beautiful and bright blooms. Take a stroll through the Flower Dome and admire the gorgeous, colourful display of over 80 types of rhododendrons in white, yellow, orange and red. The Gardens' adorable bear mascots are also making rounds, exploring the great outdoors with everything from camping and fishing to zip-lining and hot ballooning – it's quite a flowery adventure if you ask us!

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An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s – 1819
Photo: National Museum of Singapore and National Heritage Board
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An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s – 1819

icon-location-pin National Museum of Singapore, City Hall
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Travel 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 were 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.

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City Hall: If Walls Could Talk
National Gallery Singapore
Art

City Hall: If Walls Could Talk

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
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Imagine the secrets that lie behind the walls of City Hall. If your curiosity is piqued, journey through this immersive multimedia experience and uncover the lesser-known tales of Singapore’s most pivotal moments including major historical events that took place in the iconic building via the Gallery’s interactive digital wall.

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Mosaic Music Series, Andrew Lim Trio featuring Ben Paterson and Aaron  James Lee
Music, Music festivals

Mosaic Music Series

icon-location-pin Esplanade Recital Studio (see Esplanade Theatres on the Bay), City Hall
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Experience sonic bliss with Mosaic Music Series as the rich sounds of jazz reverberate around the halls of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay once again. Let Andrew Lim Trio featuring Ben Paterson and Aaron James Lee take you on a musical trip complete with the enthralling notes of blues and old school swing on August 28. Then sit back and venture into the realm of jazz with Chōwa – In Harmony by Rani Singam and Akira Ishii on October 24 and 25.

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Siah Armajani: Spaces for the Public. Spaces for Democracy.
Things to do, Exhibitions

Siah Armajani: Spaces for the Public. Spaces for Democracy.

icon-location-pin NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Bukit Merah
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Check out Siah Armajani's first institutional exhibition in Asia. Inspired by democratic ideals and American vernacular architecture, this Iranian-born artist's sculptures, drawings and public installations dwell on principles like 'nobility of usefulness' and 'art on a civic scale'. Don't miss highlights which include the large-scale installation Sacco & Vanzetti Reading Room #3 (1988), the Tomb series drawings and models, and a film programme developed by film scholar and curator Dr Marc Glöde, which expands on Armajani’s early experimental films from 1970.

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Pathfinder, From Singapore to Singaporean
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From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience

icon-location-pin Fort Canning Park, City Hall
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Delve further into Singapore’s past with a two-part showcase at the historic Fort Canning Park. Time Traveller is a cinematic experience that takes you through 700 years of history with five multimedia shows. While Pathfinder is a free-and-easy experience that presents Singapore’s journey from past to present through eight interactive pavilions and installations.

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children's biennale
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Gallery Children's Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
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Take the kiddos on an art adventure through National Gallery Singapore. This year’s Children’s Biennale features 11 interactive artworks by local and international artists. Let your little hitmakers create their very own tunes at Chance Operations or embark on an experiential journey across time and space at Stardust: Soaring Through the Sky’s Embrace.

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NAO (Night At Orchard) Pop-up
Things to do, pop-ups

NAO (Night At Orchard) Pop-up

icon-location-pin Ngee Ann City, Orchard
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Enliven your Orchard experience with an all-new roving pop-up concept, NAO (Night at Orchard). Happening every first weekend of the month along the stretch between ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City, expect a showcase of talents across fashion, arts, dining, and music. Highlights include culinary offerings by popular brands like Old Chang Kee and Michelin-starred restaurant Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro, shopping options with the likes of up-and-coming brands such as oasis:skin and Indigo Culture, and busking performances from NoonTalk artiste Gavin Teo, One Moment of Glory winner Jill-Marie Thomas, and popular indie acts like Codie Loh, Raphael Leong and Yeo Ming Jun.   

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SEA STATE 9: proclamation garden
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Sea State 9: proclamation garden

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
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Surround yourself with flora atop National Gallery Singapore. As part of the gallery's Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission series, Sea State 9: proclamation garden by Charles Lim Yi Yong transforms the space with herbage found in reclaimed areas such as Changi, Tuas and the Southern Islands. Besides showcasing the biodiversity of flora in Singapore, it also shines a light onto the city's history of land reclamation. The garden is considered a work in progress, so expect the exhibition to evolve as the plants grow day by day.  

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