The best things to do in Singapore this week (Sep 17-23)

The biggest and best things to do in Singapore this week
The Merchant of Venice
Shakespeare's Globe
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, events and whatever else Singapore has to offer before our next hotlist is published on Monday.

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The Merchant of Venice
Theatre, Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Globe

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Who says you have to travel to the Globe Theatre in London to catch some Shakespeare? Shakespeare's Globe is flying out of the UK capital for a global tour, making a return to our shores with a chest full of stunning costumes, stage sets, eight talented actors and three all-time classics – Twelfth Night (Sep 19 & 20), The Merchant of Venice (Sep 18 & 21) and The Taming of the Shrew (Sep 21). For its last two shows, the company is set to revive a 16th-century tradition for the first time where the audience gets to decide which play out of the three they want to see on-stage. The power is in your hands.

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craft singapore
Bars and pubs

Craft Singapore

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If the last few Beerfests have gotten too loud for you to even taste your special brews, there's another celebration dedicated to the enjoyment of good beer: Craft Singapore at 30 Maxwell Road. Starting from $20 per day, taste beers by local and international makers, including unique new blends from brewers like Daryl’s Urban Ales, The 1925 Brewing Co. and Trouble Brewing, spirits from Tanglin Gin and Tequila ArteNOM, with tasty bites from Vatos Urban Tacos, Sidecar Sausages and more. Expect a schedule of workshops, tunes by DJs and plenty of play for adults and children during the festival's family-friendly hours on Friday through Sunday.   

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postmodern jukebox
Music

Postmodern Jukebox

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You've watched the videos on Youtube, now it's time to catch Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox live in Singapore. The travelling band of throwback minstrels makes its return to Singapore at the Kallang Theatre. Expect vintage twists on modern pop hits such as Beyoncé's Single Ladies, Sam Smith's I'm Not The Only One and the perennial favourite, Creep by Radiohead. 

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illustration arts fest
Art, Fairs

Illustration Arts Fest

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Returning for its third round, the Illustration Arts Fest is bringing a lineup that gets those creative juices flowing. Catch the Artists' Market, talks and workshops, as well as portrait drawing, screenings, drawing activities and more. All budding artists and art lovers of all ages are welcome.  

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como marketplace
Things to do

COMO Marketplace: Lantern Parade

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COMO Marketplace has something sweet up its sleeves. Gather the family round to Dempsey for an intimate evening of traditional treats and lantern parade. Indulge in handcrafted mooncakes and artisan tea at the garden, followed by a lantern parade and a starry stroll around the area. Sign up online to join in the fun!

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pegboard nerds
Nightlife, Clubs

Crowd Ctrl with Pegboard Nerds

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Catch the Danish-Norwegian duo spin a mix of future bass, dubstep, glitch hop and whole lot of fiery bangers against a video game aesthetic that's bound to get you sweating alongside the giddy crowd on the steamy dancefloor. Here's hoping the dubstep anthem Superstar makes a set cameo.

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iConmigo! Feat. Musicians from Havana Social Club
Nightlife, Nightlife venues

¬°Conmigo! Feat. Musicians from Havana Social Club

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Translated to 'come with me' in English, ¡Conmigo! is a Latin-themed dance party with Cha Cha and Salsa moves sweeping the dance floor. Paired with live entertainment from Ramesh K & Anand and musicians from Havana Social Club jamming the house, it's definitely a night to remember. 

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Re:Groove Feat. I.M.X (NED)
Nightlife, Nightlife venues

Re:Groove Feat. I.M.X

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With 20 years of experience in the bag and being the first follower of the Dutch House Sound, I.M.X brings a new twist of music to town. A wide selection of genre from techno to house, join in the party with the sound slayer and hit the dance floor all night with booze and fellow party people. 

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onthelist
Shopping, Pop-up shops

OnTheList

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The Hong Kong independent, members-only flash sales concept platform comes to Singapore this September, making it the first overseas flash sale for the label. Taking place at the city's most popular shopping district – Orchard – expect big names in fashion such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Kenzo, Roberto Cavalli, Ted Baker and Giorgio Armani at up to 75% off. This is also part of offloading the luxe brands' excess inventory in a more sustainable way. And aren't we all about shopping sustainably?

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hybrid brain
Art, Galleries

Hybrid Brain

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Look through the eyes of artist Entang Wiharso at Hybrid Brain where he showcases his latest body of works produced in Yogyakarta and Rhode Island as an Indonesian and American respectively. The art pieces play around the issues of identity, belonging and otherness in a society where acceptance and integration are rare privileges laced with ideology, social statuses and genetic heritage. 

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cmyk
Shopping

CMYK

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See Bayfront transform into a food and shopping wonderland where over 500 brands from across the region come together to celebrate young entrepreneurship. Meet the creatives behind the wares and learn more about starting a business through inspirational talks hosted by successful entrepreneurs. Did we also mention a beer garden, live music, interactive games and live artists creating gorgeous artworks throughout the day?

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Moonfest
Things to do

Moonfest

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Moonfest, Esplanade’s three-day long Mid-Autumn Festival aims to preserve and promote traditional Chinese art forms. This year, it returns with over 60 free programmes including traditional street opera performances at the Moonfest Chinese Opera Stage along the waterfront, talks, traditional and contemporary performances at the Moonfest Tea Room, storytelling and craft activities for children at PIP’s PLAYbox, as well as the popular Lantern Walkabout. Bring the whole family down for performances and workshops suitable for all ages.  

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1872 Clipper Tea Co. Tea Bar
Things to do, Food and drink events

Singapore Tea Festival

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After their overwhelming successful debut last year, Singapore Tea Festival is back, bigger and better, for their second edition with 3 days’ worth of workshops and 28 tea merchants all under one roof. With the highlight of this year’s STF being teapasar, you can look forward to a vast array of both local and international tea brands, as well as rare selections direct from farms all around the world, with brands such as Kindred Tea, Pinetree Pantry, Australian Tea Masters, Parchmen & Co. and many more. Try your hand at making your very own Kombucha and learn the basics of tea cupping as you sign up for the STF workshops, hosted by the respective vendors themselves! So gather your fellow tea lovers and head down for an aromatic weekend of tea tastings.

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ntu cca, free jazz
Art

Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II

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NTU Centre for Contemporary Art revisits Free Jazz this year since its debut in 2013 with a series of talks and performances. This year's lineup sees international and local artists come together to reshape formates and modes of display. Showcases include Maria Loboda's installation of potted trees, Heman Chong's participatory work between a member of the public and an instructor, Tyler Coburn's multi-part work that features an orchid hybrid and a reading of Richard Roe's memoir.

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vanitas
Art, Drawing and illustration

Vanitas

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Illustrator Sarah Thursday and her girl gang of six independent artists are putting on a display that takes you to the dark side – in a good way! The specially curated exhibition showcases each artist's exploration of mortality, transcience of life and the futility of pleasure. Stunning intricate works include Sarah Thursday's Japanese-inspired surrealism, Yelselogy's anatomical and Victorian hybrid, Sanatoriium's dreamlike take on various emotions, Erikartoon's elaborate Asian sci-fi masterpieces, Moth Head's creepy-crawly additions and Pei the Dragon's gorgeous tattoo art. Bring some cash if you're planning to cop rad merch including prints, stickers, T-shirts and bags.

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Art After Dark
Things to do

Art After Dark x 6th Anniversary Celebrations

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Gillman Barrack's Art After Dark series is a full-on dancefloor bash, with cutting-edge DJs spinning amid artwork. This time, gather the poppers and celebrate its 6th anniversary on September 21 with everything from a plethora of live performances to interactive art experiences that both old and new fans of the signature house event can enjoy.

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laureates, little artists
Art

Laureates Exhibition

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Championing the youths, this exhibition is one of the three-part series celebrating Little Artists’ 20th anniversary. Immerse yourself in the creative worlds of over 300 young artists under the age of 17 where a kaleidoscope of paintings, sketches and multimedia art are displayed for all to see.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Fairground for All

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One for the entire family, this feel-good, do-good carnival and flea market features exciting live performances, kid-friendly games, delicious food and vendors to shop at – all in the name of charity. An initiative of Beyond Social Services, all the proceeds go towards programmes that aid young and vulnerable Singaporeans escape a life of poverty.

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Singapore photography festival Singapore Nguan
Photo: Singapore Nguan
Art

Singapore International Photography Festival

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The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) was the first of its kind when it premiered in 2008, and this year’s sixth edition promises to showcase even more works by South-East Asian artists. The festival includes a slew of exhibitions, workshops, and public talks held at various locations, including Deck, Gillman Barracks, The Arts House, Japan Creative Centre, Esplanade Tunnel and the National Design Centre. This year's theme is Like You, Me, Everybody Else takes a look into intimate realms and broader narratives connected by various human experiences. All works are carefully selected for their universal appeal that allows viewers from all walks of life the ability to relate.    

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

Sunflower Surprise

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Bask yourselves in shining radiance as you enter into the Sunflower Surprise floral display at Gardens by the Bay's Flower Dome inspired by none other than flora and fauna of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Delve into the golden fields as you witness over 16,000 sunflowers of various shapes and sizes, including the fluffy-looking ‘Teddy Bear’, rich red ‘Earthwalker’, and the enormous ‘Uniflorus Giganteus’, which blooms as large as a human’s face. Be sure to look out for Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, peeking through the petals as you stroll through the dome. 

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S.E.A Aquarium
Things to do

Spooky Seas

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Send the little ones straight into the pirates' lair to meet the Sea Witch and Caption Spooks in this marine-themed Halloween event at SEA Aquarium. Come face to face and learn more about five of the rarest and bizarre marine animals, including bumphead parrotfish, elephant fish, paddlefish, tasselled wobbegong shark and vampire fish. There are also exciting scavenger hunts, talks, meet-and-greet sessions with mascots Mai and Sam, and more.

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