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This is not an illusion – Guns N' Roses are heading to Singapore for the first time ever. And the Lion City is the band's only pit stop in South-East Asia. Come February 25, Changi Exhibition Centre will welcome the hard rock band to this urban jungle as part of their Not in This Lifetime Tour, which is pretty much a reunion between the founding members: Axl Rose is once again teaming up with Slash and Duff McKagan. (No Izzy, unfortunately.) The trio is joined by keyboardist Dizzy Reed, who has been a part of GnR since 1990. Sharing the same stage are Aussie hard rock outfit Wolfmother and Nashville rock band Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown.
After a decade, the award-winning dark comedy that is The Pillowman makes its return to Singapore. Set in a prison cell, writer Katurian is under interrogation for a series of child murders that bear a disturbing resemblance to the killings in the gruesome fairytales penned by him. Let original leads Adrian Pang, Daniel Jenkins and Shane Mardjuki take you on a journey of blood and guts, alongside newcomers Bright Ong, Victoria Minty, and Prudence Rivero.
Who says the month of love is only dedicated to couples? Celebrate Cupid's season with your family and friends by heading down to The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay for Say it with Love. Make art with the folks from the Band of Doodlers, look out for LED stilt walkers and catch a movie under the stars. While you’re at it, spread some love by buying from the food and handicraft booths. If you’re too lazy to pack your own picnic, don’t fret. Picnic bags ($60-$65) are available, which come with a mat, snacks and a choice of either wine, a platter of finger food or a box of sandwiches. The bag also gains you entry to a reserved picnic area so you don't have to scour for the perfect spot to watch the festivities.
The Broadway musical makes a triumphant return to Singapore’s shores. The BAFTA and Tony Award-winning performance tells the story of murder, corruption, adultery and greed with the 1920s Chicago nightclub scene as its iconic backdrop. Don’t miss out on your chance to watch Broadway’s second-longest running show, with celebrated tunes like ‘All That Jazz’ and ‘Cell Block Tango’.
Wrap up the Singapore Biennale with this art market. The Local People teams up once again with Singapore Art Museum for another art and lifestyle fair featuring homegrown F&B and retail vendors. Shop for quirky badges by Pins and Pongs, stationery items by Rollround and streetwear clothing by Bombibom. Or get your portrait drawn by illustrator Ming Goh and enjoy the slew of live performances by local bands as you eat your fill.
It’s a night of classic tunes with James Taylor and his all-star band as the five-time Grammy award winner comes to town. Having sold over 100 million albums throughout his career, this American singer-songwriter is back to perform his latest album Before This World along with some of his greatest hits such as 'Fire and Rain'and 'Sweet Baby James'.
Expect a showcase of the works of 30 artists and toymakers from all over the world, including Singapore, Korea, America and Spain. The toys have been dismantled and recreated into artworks that were inspired by waste of mass production and consumerism. You can even get down and dirty – there'll be an assortment of pre-loved toys available for you to dismantle and have fun with.
Classical music goes rogue with Sid Bowfin, who melds his trademark zaniness to break the stereotypically staid mould of the genre. Presented by ACT 3 International, Crazy Classics promises to give a new spin on classics such as Mozart and Pachelbel, and introduce the world of classical music to kids.
Written by Selena Tan of Dim Sum Dollies fame, Detention Katong tells the story of a straight A student landing herself in detention and breaking through the mould of a stereotypical good girl. Starring Neo Swee Lin, Sebastian Tan and Suhaimi Yusof, the comedy is set in secondary school and aims to subvert the tropes of the obedient student and the rebel.
The Moffatts fans, this is your last chance to catch the '90s boyband live before you 'miss them like crazy'. Last active in 2001, the Canadian outfit are reuniting for a final tour in Southeast Asia – sans their brother Dave. But fret not – catch Bob, Clint and Scott as they croon classic hits such as ‘I’ll Be There for You’, ‘Miss You like Crazy’ and new materials at this one-night-only gig.
For two days only, Maggie Joan's will play host to chef Maksut Aşkar, owner of famed Istanbul restaurant Neolokal. Aşkar keeps traditions alive through gastronomy, using forgotten Turkish ingredients cultivated from farmers and small-scale producers to turn Turkish home-cooked meals into contemporary dishes.
This year, check out the Singapore Biennale on free-to-rent bicycles provided by Hello, Bicycle! With the Biennale being held across seven venues, drop by the Singapore Art Museum first to rent the bikes before making your way across town to check out the other exhibition venues. A deposit of $50 is required, and will be refunded fully upon return of the bikes.
Get the best of both worlds when you dine at Plaza Brasserie from February 18 to March 26. There will be sumptuous meats and seafood available as a part of the restaurant's Surf 'N Turf buffet spread. Highlights include tender slices of Wagyu rump and steamed lobster in hua tiao sauce (limited to one serving per diner). This feast is available from Wednesdays to Sundays for dinner and is priced at $68, with an option to add $18 for an unlimited serving of house wine and beer.
This Beatrix Potter classic tells the story of a mischievous bunny who goes against his parents’ wishes, and runs away from home after he steals from a neighbour’s garden. Through music, A Peter Rabbit Tale teaches children about the importance of family and being yourself.
Kiripapuranjuwi, which translates to ‘skilful hands’, revolves around the art of aboriginal Tiwi Islanders, who traditionally paint their bodies with natural earth pigments for special ceremonies. The exhibit features works from 13 female artists, including Maria Jorsette Orsto and Paulina Puruntatameri.
Fall down the rabbit hole in this dinner hosted by the Queen of Hearts. ANDSOFORTH, a nomadic theatre group that regularly puts up dinner theatre shows, presents an Alice in Wonderland-themed four-course dinner. The premise: the Queen is having a food tasting session, and you're invited to join her. Guests sit at one of the four long tables in the room while ten actors move around, acting out the characters they embody. By the end of the night, we're expecting shouts of, ‘Off with their heads!’
The exhibit features moving image and photography from four Asian artists, who depict images of places they have returned to following their years of leaving. Locations include the likes of Singapore’s natural forests, war sites in Japan and more. Native Revisions aims to tell the story of these places through different viewpoints and a variety of mediums.
In the back alleys of a series of shophouses – Kampong Glam, Little India and Chinatown, specifically – nine dancers of different cultures are spread across a rooftop, the streets and just beyond a doorway, each rehearsing choreography against the inky night sky. This is Art of the Rehearsal, an all-digital, three-channel installation by multidisciplinary artist Sarah Choo Jing and Shanghai-based cinematographer, Jeffrey Ang – and it’s set in the National Museum’s first experimental space in which art goes beyond the tangible. Bonus: food and drinks are allowed.
Inspired by Gillman Barracks' address and the 24-km march route all army recruits have to go through, LOCK ROUTE features 16 installations, murals and sculptures. Artists featured include China’s Chen Tianzhuo, Vietnam’s Oanh Phi Phi, Cleon Peterson of America and Singapore’s very own Gerald Leow, Sheryo+Yok, Acit Salbini and Stephanie Jane Burt.
A poem written on a ship and imprisoned in a bottle, laser-cut letters displayed in a cabinet of curiousities, and drawings hand-burnt with incense sticks: memories and drawings become one in a collaboration between poet Marc Nair and visual artist Nicola Anthony, whose works trace the architecture of memory through experimental forms.
The exhibition will be open from Jan 11-Feb 11, and from Feb 21-Mar 5.
Belgian artist Phil Akashi’s first solo exhibition features his latest trilogy Rings of Fire, which tackles the issue of marriage as an institution and a concept. Akashi experiments with a vast range of mediums to create his pieces, often dealing with contemporary topics through a mix of traditional art and modern techniques.
Award-winning Indonesian artist Agong Prabowo presents a solo exhibition of linocut prints on handmade paper in Singapore. Inspired by the therapeutic power of molasses, Prabowo attempts to incorporate this with his childhood memory of the healing power of sugarcane-chewing – all of which make for a meaningful lesson in the relationship between everyday activities and his inner thoughts.
The annual youth festival organised by the National Library Board aims to make the arts more accessible to all by bringing together local designers, art collectives and musicians. The fourth edition of PRESSPLAY will be segmented into various portions; artisanal workshops, talks and panel discussions, and free live performances by sub:shaman and Ffion.
From the same people behind Future World, this art installation brings to life sixty-nine works from the William Farquhar Collection of National History Drawings within the museum’s Glass Rotunda. Look forward to roving animals, digital flora and seasonal weather in an expansive forest created by Japanese digital art collective teamLab.
Things are about to get personal in local artist Amanda Heng’s 24-part work featuring interviews – ‘mini performances’, if you will – of 12 individuals, based on their treasured objects and heirlooms. From intimate familial ties to the exploration of memories, Heng combines print and papermaking with storytelling to present interactive and visual elements alongside the performative.