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Changi Chapel and Museum
Photograph: Changi Chapel and Museum

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

Discover the biggest and best things to do in Singapore over the next few days

By Time Out Singapore editors and Cam Khalid

Looking for things to do? Read on for our guide to the week's 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 cream of the crop, and whatever else Singapore has to offer before our next hotlist gets a refresher.

With Singapore moving back into Phase 2, more restrictions are put in place to curb the recent outbreak of community Covid-19 cases, and will last till May 30. That means social gatherings are to be reduced from eight people to five, with no more than two social gatherings a day, and venues and events can proceed with reduced capacity.

But don't let the restrictions rain on your parade. There are still plenty of things to do. This week, Changi Chapel and Museum reopens after three years, Singapore Mental Health Film Festival returns as a hybrid event, and Gallery Children's Biennale goes global with its first-ever microsite.

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Changi Chapel and Museum
Photograph: Changi Chapel and Museum

1. Changi Chapel and Museum Reopening Weekend

Things to do Exhibitions Changi 

After three years since it was closed for a major redevelopment, Changi Chapel and Museum finally reopens its doors. Following the new updates, you can uncover the lesser-known accounts of the internees at the World War II Prisoner-of-War (POW) camps, and legacies left behind by the Japanese Occupation through an enhanced immersive experience. To welcome back visitors, the museum is hosting an opening weekend on May 22 and 23, with specially curated guided tours of the gallery, Changi Prison Wall and Eurasian Heritage Gallery, as well as storytelling sessions and a recorded orchestral performance based on the experiences of the POWs.

the oort cloud and the blue mountain, gallery children's biennale
Photograph: National Gallery Singapore

2. Gallery Children’s Biennale

Kids Festivals Singapore City, Raffles Place

Got a mini Picasso at home? Unlock your child's creativity with a multi-sensorial art experience in the first-ever "phygital" edition of the Gallery Children's Biennale. It's set to launch an online experience via a microsite on May 22, followed by an on-site experience at National Gallery Singapore later in September. With the microsite, the Biennale goes global for the very first time too, making its exciting arty programmes available to children all around the world. Kids can look forward to interactive online adventures, immersive storytelling sessions, and co-creation of art with international artists and fellow children from other countries.

The Lasalle Show
Photograph: Crispian Chan / The Lasalle Show

3. The LASALLE Show

Art Mixed media LASALLE College of the Arts, Rochor

Ranging from contemporary arts to design and performance, the annual LASALLE Show spotlights the creative works of young talents from the art institution – giving emerging names a platform to showcase their magic. This year, the show returns with more dance and theatre performances including six performances from LASALLE's Faculty of Performing Arts that take you through a black comedy, contemporary dance explorations, a medley of beloved musical theatre numbers, a Singapore adaptation of a Brecht play, and two recitals that celebrate all genres of music.

Sorry We Missed You
Photograph: Joss Barratt

4. Singapore Mental Health Film Festival

Film Singapore City, Raffles Place

Mental health awareness takes centre stage this month, so mark your calendar for the return of Singapore Mental Health Film Festival (SMHFF). This year's film affair comes in a hybrid edition where the screening of nine feature films and nine short films, as well as nine panel conversations and eight workshops are held on-site at National Gallery Singapore and online via These programmes touch on topics ranging from dementia to suicide prevention, and continues with much-needed conversations around the impact of the pandemic on our mental health.


Blue - A Scented Journey Through Memories
Photographer: Franck ERNULT

5. Blue - A Scented Journey Through Memories

Art SainouSpace, Toa Payoh

We often associate exhibitions with visual experiences. But fragrance and art can be intertwined too – and new artisanal fragrance brand Ao Singapore will prove just that. Follow the scent to Sainouspace where you can engage your senses with the brand's pilot showcase which features six handcrafted candles curated by Raf, a scent artist and creative behind Ao Singapore. Inspired by personal stories of the past, these candles are carefully hand-poured into signature blue and white ceramic vessels. Call it an Olfactory art exhibition, if you may.

Hari Raya Celebrations at National Museum of Singapore
Photograph: National Museum of Singapore

6. Hari Raya Celebrations at National Museum of Singapore

Things to do National Museum of Singapore, City Hall

The Hari Raya festivities continue at the National Museum of Singapore with a myriad of family-friendly activities. Learn more about this religious holiday and how the Malay-Muslim community in Singapore celebrates it through cooking workshops on making ketupat and chicken rendang, a storytelling session for kids, and rousing Dikir Barat performances by award-winning group Kelana Purba. And if you're wondering what it's like to fast and celebrate Hari Raya during last year's circuit breaker, check out an eye-opening presentation at The Salon on Level One.

Kiztopia Dazzling Nights
Photograph: Kiztopia

7. Dazzling Nights

Kids Kiztopia, City Hall

If the kids' got energy to burn, Kiztopia's mega birthday bash Dazzling Nights is just the place to be. In celebration of its second anniversary, the flagship playground's 13 play areas are decked with colourful lights, LED projections and glow-in-the-dark decals – think laser lights, mirror balls, and moving projections of soothing water wave pattern – which are illuminated during the evening play sesssions. Kids can look forward to a new kind of sensorial play when night falls, as well as special LED light performances, stunning magic shows, and a variety of station games.

Hello from the Wild Side
Photograph: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

8. Hello from the Wild Side

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

Zoos including the iconic Singapore Zoo, River Safari, and Night Safari have been welcoming animal lovers of all ages since reopening in Phase 2. But if you're looking to get up close and personal without leaving your own personal cave, you can take a virtual walk on the wild side with Wildlife Reserves Singapore. Back online by popular demand, the second season of Hello From The Wild Side features more unique interactions with the adorable critters, as well as a newly curated Zoo Explained! segment which offers limited edition content every month. In the first session of Zoo Explained!, you'll get to meet the playful Emperor Tamarins from River Safari and their dedicated keeper Ken who has all the answers to your burning questions about the intelligent and inquisitive creatures.

Singapore International Festival of Arts
Photograph: The Necessary Stage

9. Singapore International Festival of Arts

Art The Arts House, City Hall

SIFA is back to transform the Arts House into one of the first and biggest international arts festivals to take place since the circuit breaker. Expect over 60 shows and 300 performances. Film buffs will love festival favourite Singular Screens, while theatre lovers won't want to miss Toy Factory Productions' A Dream Under The Southern Bough: Existence (available as Video-on-Demand), The Year of No Return by The Necessary Stage, and The Commission by Wild Rice, Singapore Repertory Theatre and Pangdemonium. With artists talks, workshops and discussions, SIFA also breaks down the walls between artists and audiences to create unique experiences and inspiring artistic encounters.

#KasiOnRayaFest: A Ramadan & Raya Fest
Photograph: Malay Heritage Centre

10. #KasiOnRayaFest: A Ramadan & Raya Fest

Things to do Malay Heritage Centre, Rochor

Celebrate the joys of Ramadan and Syawal with the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) as it brings you #KasiOnRayaFest. Taking place online and on-site, the hybrid cultural festival gets festive with a variety of programmes for all to immerse in. Plus, from now to June 13, the centre's compound – complete with the Instagram-worthy LapLip Light Installation – is also extending its opening hours till 10pm, with its galleries’ extended till 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

If it's the food you're after, tune into MHC's Facebook and Instagram pages on May 21 for Selera Warisan: Ramadan Special. Selera Warisan is the centre's monthly online programme that focuses on traditional Malay Cuisine, and for its Ramadan special, it will be all about the delicacies served during these periods.

Geylang Serai Hari Raya Light-Up
Photograph: Tobias Krohn/Shutterstock

11. Geylang Serai Hari Raya Light Up

Things to do Wisma Geylang Serai, Geylang

Every year, the Geylang Serai stretch illuminates in a dazzling display of lights to welcome the Muslim month of Ramadan – and this can only mean one thing: Hari Raya Aidilfitri is coming soon. From now until May 23, feast your eyes on the 40 installations of street lightings and colourful decorations that line the stretch from Paya Lebar Quarter to Sims Avenue, as well as the roads in Changi and Geylang. The lights are switched on daily at sundown, from 7pm to midnight, with hours extended until 6am on the eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri on May 12.

Tonalities: The Ink Works of Cheong Soo Pieng
Photograph: Cheong Soo Pieng

12. Tonalities: The Ink Works of Cheong Soo Pieng

Art ARTSPACE@ Helutrans, Harbourfront

See that depiction of an idyllic Malayan village scene on the back of the $50 note? Now get to know the artist behind it with artcommune gallery’s latest exhibition. No stranger to the Nanyang-style art movement in Singapore, the country's pioneer art master Cheong Soo Pieng is also one of the most innovative Chinese artists of the 20th century. This first-ever retrospective survey of the artist’s entire body of ink work – which features over 100 ink masterpieces – shows how his overseas painting sojourns shape his oeuvre, from a Bali trip that influenced the Balinese figures and motifs to a reimagination of Chinese classicism after returning from China.

Straits Clan
Photograph: Straits Clan

13. Mirazur, the World's No.1 Restaurant Presented by Mandala Club

Restaurants Straits Clan, Outram

The world’s best restaurant is coming to Singapore. This May, three-Michelin-starred Mirazur is running a three-month pop-up over at members club Straits Clan, taking over the space of Kin and Clan Cafe to serve up a six-course lunch ($388) or a nine-course dinner ($488). Look forward to a thematic menu inspired by natural phases; the pop-up kicks off with ‘leaves’, before transitioning to ‘flowers’, ‘roots’, and ‘fruits’ respectively. The interior of the space will also be changed to suit the changing theme.

Quantum Supremacy
Photograph: Cuturi Gallery

14. Quantum Supremacy

Art Galleries Cuturi Gallery, Rochor

Power couple Didier Jaba Mathieu and Delphine Rama have each made a mark in Singapore's art scene. And now the two artists have joined forces for Quantum Supremacy. Rama is thoroughly influenced by neoplasticism and constructivism while Jaba is driven by new visions of the future and the study of ancient civilisations. Together, they form works that interact with one another – connected by their shared use of intertwining geometric and abstract forms. In a sense, the exhibition is a mirror of our 21st-century society.

Photograph: Revive&co

15. Hygge Marketplace

Shopping Pop-up shops Visual Arts Centre, City Hall

Local homegrown athleisure brand Revive&co brings together more than 20 local brands for Hygge Marketplace. In line with the brand's physical and mental wellness ethos, the weekend affair welcomes all to come together for the simple pleasures of life while supporting local brands. Splash your cash on gorgeous fashion accessories and homewares, meet the brains behind the brands, and treat yourself to a spread of tasty bites available on-site.

Chinese Opera Roving Exhibition
Photograph: National Arts Council

16. Chinese Opera Roving Exhibition

Things to do Exhibitions Stamford Arts Centre, Rochor

Step into the world of Chinese opera at the heart of the Waterloo Arts Belt and Civic District. Setting camp at the Stamford Arts Centre after its successful tour around Singapore last year, the interactive Chinese Opera Roving Exhibition welcomes all to learn more about the performing art and its history through a Virtual Reality (VR) 360-degree stage tour. You can also sneak a peek at the things that go on behind the scenes during a performance.

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Photograph: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

17. Cultural Extravaganza

Things to do Festivals Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), Tanjong Pagar

From old-age traditions to modern updates, culture continues to evolve with each generation. To represent and "re-present" culture for every generation, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre's annual Cultural Extravaganza is back to engage the young – and the young-at-heart – with an exciting lineup of programmes that showcase traditions and values in creative, innovative formats. From major music performances to intimate workshops, the family-friendly event has something for everyone.

Singapore HeritageFest 2021
Photograph: BES Drongos

18. Singapore HeritageFest

Things to do Festivals Singapore City, Raffles Place

We're a nation of foodies, but do you know the lesser-known stories behind Singapore's rich food culture? Rediscover the country's food heritage, as well as healthcare history, through a mix of on-site and online experiences, which come as part of Singapore HeritageFest's 18th edition. The first-ever hybrid version invites all to partake in virtual tours that shed light on medical buildings of the past, workshops that introduce you to Eastern medical treatments like Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, and more. Community partners are also rolling out hands-on demonstrations that give traditional recipes a modern spin – perhaps something new that you can try whip at home.

Parque Mayer
Photograph: European Film Festival

19. European Film Festival

Film The Projector, Kallang

New Oscar-worthy blockbusters are great, but there are always a lot more screenings to take your film-going dollar to. After a year-long hiatus, the European Film Festival returns to The Projector for its landmark 30th edition. Presented by the European Union Delegation to Singapore, the film affair brings a slice of Europe through 23 films, including the opening film Parque Mayer, a comedy-drama that follows Lisbon's theatre scene's battle against censorship. Other films include Ireland’s Oscar-nominated animation WolfwalkersBelgium’s Cannes Film Festival-winning drama Young Ahmed, Norway's Tribeca Film Festival-winning drama Before Snowfall, and Finland's comedy gold Master Cheng which is the closing film.

Something New Must Turn Up
Photograph: National Gallery Singapore

20. Something New Must Turn Up: Six Singaporean Artists After 1965

Art National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

Satiate your appetite for local art at National Gallery Singapore where a new showcase spotlights six celebrated, post-independence Singaporean artists: Chng Seok Tin, Jaafar Latiff, Mohammad Din Mohammad, Goh Beng Kwan, Lin Hsin Hsin, and Eng Tow. Titled Something New Must Turn Up: Six Singaporean Artists After 1965, this first-ever joint exhibition draws your eyes to six solo presentations, with each tracing the artist's practice across decades and disciplines. Collectively, the rich visual experience is a testament to the art pioneers' contributions to the development of Singapore’s modern and contemporary art.

Museum of Ice Cream Singapore pop-up
Photograph: Museum of Ice Cream Singapore

21. Museum of Ice Cream x Design Orchard

Museums Specialist interest Design Orchard, Orchard

Before the Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) lands in Singapore, catch an exclusive sneak peek at Design Orchard in all its signature pink glory. Get a first look at MOIC's Lifeguard Hut and bubblegum pink waffle-cone palm trees. You can also pick up MOIC-themed retail items and sweet treats made in collaboration with brands like Kydra Activewear, The Ice Cream & Cookie Co, Artisan of Sense, and Brewlander. You can also look forward to yoga classes in-store, which will end off with a scoop of ice cream and a refreshing can of locally-brewed beer. 

On Pedder Presents Unknown Pleasures
Photograph: On Pedder

22. Unknown Pleasures

Shopping Pop-up shops On Pedder, Orchard

To aid you with your self-care journey, luxury designer footwear and accessories boutique On Pedder teams up with local intimate lifestyle store Hedonist Tribe for a limited-time pop-up that helps you discover more about sexual wellness. Setting camp at On Pedder's Takashimaya flagship store, the Unknown Pleasures pop-up offers a specially curated range of body-positive literature, exclusive designer tech toys, and provocative accessories. And its goal is clear: to smash the taboo against female sexual pleasure, and to empower sexual wellness in Singapore.

Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom
Photograph: Artwork by Chihuly Studio

23. Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom

Art Glasswork Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

Fans of Dale Chihuly's works are in for a treat. The renowned American artist is bringing 25 of his magnificent large-scale installations, as well as more than 80 pedestal sculptures and two-dimensional works, to Gardens by the Bay from May 1 to August 1. This marks the artist’s inaugural major garden exhibition in Asia. Can't wait till May? We hear you. The highly anticipated showcase is unveiling its first eight attention-grabbing glass installations to the public in the cooled conservatories of Flower Dome and Cloud Forest from April 23.

Street Corner Heritage Galleries
Photograph: National Heritage Board

24. Street Corner Heritage Galleries

Art Public art Singapore City, Raffles Place

Singapore is littered with businesses that have stood the test of time. Behind every business lies a treasure trove of stories we don't often think about when we drop by the neighbourhood tau sar piah shop, or dabao our favourite chicken rice. Working closely with local shop owners with at least 30 years of history in selected precincts, National Heritage Board is co-creating on-site "mini-museums" with historical documents, photographs and artefacts on display to tell the stories and heritage of these shops. Look out for the galleries in precincts including Balestier precinct, followed by Kampong Gelam, Little India, Kreta Ayer/Chinatown, and Geylang Serai. 

Human x Nature: Environmental Histories
Photograph: National Library Board

25. Human x Nature: Environmental Histories

Things to do Exhibitions National Library, Rochor

Take a deep dive into the past and present of Singapore's natural environment through more than 150 books, maps, illustrations and manuscripts at the National Library Board's new biodiversity exhibition at the National Library Building's Level 10 Gallery. Many of these items on display are open for public viewing for the first time. There are also interactive displays, storytelling sessions, and holiday programmes for the little ones to learn more about the natural world.

There’s a Fun in Funeral
Photograph: Agan Harahap/Mizuma Gallery

26. There's a Fun in Funeral

Art Photography Mizuma Gallery, Bukit Merah

Explore the absurdity of our new reality with Indonesian artist Agan Harahap's solo exhibition at Mizuma Gallery. In response to the challenges brought about by the pandemic, the exhibition showcases his photographs which feature a juxtaposition of images resurfaced from his archives and the web – each depicting disturbing scenarios that oddly exude beauty and serenity.

It's A Male Nude Show
Photograph: RKFA/James Seet

27. It's A Male Nude Show

Art Richard Koh Fine Art, Bukit Merah

Many striking examples of classical male nudes are housed in some of Europe's most prestigious art institutions, including Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery of Florence. But what if you can view them differently via untraditional forms? Discover 10 photographic works and 10 sculptures that depict the unclothed male body by Malaysian artists Eiffel Chong and James Seet respectively at Richard Koh Fine Art. Together, the works examine representations of the nude male body in art, and seek to confute the discomfort towards vulnerability in men. 

Fost Gallery
Photograph: Fost Gallery

28. Oscillations: Adventures in Metamodernism

Art Mixed media FOST Gallery, Bukit Merah

Artists Grace Tan, Sebastian Mary Tay and Ian Woo are taking over the space of Fost Gallery for a group exhibition that spotlights the ideological values of an emerging framework that goes beyond postmodernity while initiating discourses critical to the metamodern era. These are embodied through sculptural objects, digital drawings, moving images positioned in the axis of polarities, between medium and methods, techniques and tools, abstraction and representation.

Life in Edo
Photograph: Asian Civilisations Museum

29. Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto

Art Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall

Japanophile or not, Asian Civilisations Museum's latest exhibition will have your heart set on a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. But first, explore Japanese art and culture of the past and present through woodblock prints and photography. The exhibition is split into Edo (present-day Tokyo and the current capital) and Kyoto (the old capital) – the former presenting lifestyles and trends in Edo from 1603 to 1868, and the latter focusing on the beauty of nature and architecture of Kyoto today. The exhibition also captures the vanishing traditions of the geisha ('geiko' in Kyoto dialect) through the lens of local photographer Russel Wong.

Wikicliki: Collecting Habits on an Earth Filled with Smartphones
Photograph: Singapore Art Museum

30. Wikicliki: Collecting Habits on an Earth Filled with Smartphones

Art Mixed media National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

Change is inevitable, especially in this digital age. Artists have been exploring new grounds to showcase contemporary art, from social media to immersive virtual worlds. So where does this leave museums with, in terms of collecting works? To explore the new strategies needed for the collection of today's contemporary art, which have become varied and dematerialised, Singapore Art Museum's new exhibition brings together six artist-curator pairings showcasing the multi-faceted experience of Singapore’s industrial present and technological future through mixed media and sound installations, performance, photography, and video.

Painting With Light
Photograph: OPPO

31. Painting with Light

Art Photography ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay

A camera phone is more than taking the perfect snap for the 'gram. To showcase stunning works captured using the latest OPPO Find X3 Pro smartphone, OPPO presents its first-ever photography exhibition at ArtScience Museum. The exhibition is also part of OPPO’s #AwakenColour campaign, in line with the launch of the OPPO Find X3 Pro. Marvel at the works of four talented lens-based local photographers, including Wilfred Lim, Venus Oh, Kimberly Kiong, and Adele Chan, shot using the 10-bit colour depth of the OPPO smartphone. There are also masterclasses to participate in if you're looking to polish your phone photography skills.

Tumadi Patri
Photograph: Tumadi Patri

32. Lakir Lilin

Art Textiles

Batik is an ancient art that has captured the interest of many over the years. And the practice is still alive in Singapore, thanks to the relentless dedication of the few artists that specialise in the practice and teaching it. Learn more about the ancient art form at Lakir Lilin, an exhibition showcasing Singapore's living batik masters: namely Sarkasi Said, Sujak Rahman, Sadali Musbah, Tumadi Patri and Kamal Dollah. The pioneers, who have devoted years to the art and craft of batik-painting, each practised independently and developed their own distinct style over years of artistic practice. This is a rare chance to catch all of their works together as it's the first time they are gathered to exhibit together.

Chen Wei
Photograph: Chen Wei, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Shanghai / Singapore / Tokyo

33. Encounter

Art Ota Fine Arts, Bukit Merah

Ota Fine Arts Singapore is bringing five brilliant artists together in its latest group exhibition: Chen Wei, Maria Farrar, Hilmi Johandi, Zai Kuning and Guo-Liang Tan. Presenting the encounters of the artists' which have become important elements in their practice, the exhibition unveils masterpieces of different mediums ranging from photographs to sculpture, drawing and painting, reflecting the diversity of expressions of contemporary art in Asia today.

Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us
Photograph: Finbarr Fallon

34. Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us

Art Installation Singapore City, Raffles Place

Consider yourself a typography nerd? Get ready to geek out to text-based artworks as you walk, jog or cycle along the 36-kilometre-long Coast-to-Coast Trail. Spot 14 eye-popping installations taking centre stage in eight nature parks across Singapore, from Punggol to Jurong. Not just an eye-pleaser, the multi-sensory project also invites all to cosy up in a regenerative seed pod, immerse in soundscape and song atop a grass mound, and more.

Fashionable in Asia
Photograph: Asian Civilisations Museum

35. Fashionable in Asia

Art Textiles Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall

Wonder what the sartorial sense of 18th, 19th and 20th century Asia was like? Find your answers at the Asian Civilisations Museum, where its latest showcase Fashionable in Asia celebrates "innovation in the space of tradition", and reflects how identities and cross-cultural exchanges are revealed through dress. Feast your eyes on over 20 exquisite garments recently acquired by ACM – most of which have never before been seen by the public – up on display at the Fashion and Textiles Gallery. Among the gorgeous pieces are Chinese painted silk, Indian printed cotton, and Javanese batik.

The Migrant
Photograph: Anaïs López

36. The Migrant

Art Photography Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking, Rochor

Spotlighting the Javan mynah, Dutch photographer Anaïs López's multimedia exhibition uses the bird's journey as a vehicle to discuss migration, identity, belonging, human-animal relationships, and the 'other'. Expect audio, video, text and photography on display, along with perspectives from biologists, political scientists, and even gun enthusiasts weaved in together to provide a well-rounded account of the complex relationships between humans, animals and the consequences of rapid urbanisation. The exhibition also schools viewers on Southeast Asian history, as well as the position of the unwanted outsider.

Explore The City with #Instawalk
Photograph: CapitaLand/Klook

37. Explore The City with #Instawalk

Things to do Walks and tours Singapore City, Raffles Place

See the city through new lenses with CapitaLand's Explore The City with #Instawalk, where you can play tourist in your own backyard and earn a $20 eCapitaVoucher upon completion of the tour. The interactive two-hour tour comes in two different packages – Civic Colours takes you from City Hall to Clarke Quay, while the Bugis, Waterloo and Kampung Glam tour takes you to places like Bugis Junction, and Albert Centre Market and Food Centre. Cameras on the ready as there will be plenty of hidden gems worthy of 'gram. Don't worry about capturing bad angles – a local influencer is also set to join the tour to share some nifty Instagram photography tips and tricks.

Photograph: SCCC

38. Afterwords Travelling Exhibition

Art Singapore City, Raffles Place

Calligraphy artist Malik Mazlan and haiku poet Dave Tai are introducing new perspectives to canvases created from drafts, past projects and personal items by refreshing them with haiku and calligraphy. And from April 12, the Afterwords exhibition will travel into the heartlands following its showcase at the Singapore Chinese Culture Centre. Check it out at nine public libraries across Singapore and find out how Afterwords highlights the longevity of the written word and how wastepaper can be recycled creatively to form new works.

The Sea Show
Photograph: Eyeyah!

39. The Sea Show

Kids Exhibitions Singapore Maritime Gallery, Marina Bay

It's never too early to expose your little ones to the arts, including one that schools them on the ocean. Embark on an ocean exploration with the kids at Singapore Maritime Gallery where its Changing Gallery turns into a labyrinth of kaleidoscopic corners, featuring larger-than-life artworks, animations and installations. Designed by the artsy educational platform Eyeyah! and commissioned by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the free multimedia exhibition is a visually stimulating and thought-provoking experience that aims to spark curiosity in kids about the world around them, including the deep blue sea.

The Art Passage
Photograph: Ode to Art

40. The Art Passage

Art Raffles City, City Hall

Take your art appreciation to an unexpected location – Level 3 of Raffles City Shopping Centre. Curated by Ode To Art, The Art Passage brings you an audio-guided art tour inside a shopping mall, closing the gap between art and its viewers by displaying attention-grabbing works in a casual yet intimate setting. Eight local and international artists are set to put their masterpieces on display, starting with 66-year-old local artist Hong Zhu An whose 15 new artworks will be on show until May 31. To start the tour, simply scan the QR codes in the exhibition.

SoleMates Beer Run
Photograph: Chimi's

41. SoleMates Gin Run

Sport and fitness Running Singapore City, Raffles Place

Your sweat sesh is about to get gintense with SoleMates Gin Run. Brought to you by the same minds behind SoleMates Beer Run, the gin version is a wholesome, guided four-kilometre scenic sundown run by the bay. After working up a sweat (and thirst), make your way to a pitstop where refreshing gin and tonic or soda await. There are three pitstops along the route – Le Noir Marina Bay Sands, Brewerkz One Fullerton, and lastly, Chimi's where you'll get to refuel and be rewarded with two gins and tacos.

Peranakan Afternoon Tea
Photograph: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

42. Peranakan Afternoon Tea

Restaurants One-Ninety Bar, Orchard

There is now an easier, daintier way to enjoy the hearty flavours of Nonya cuisine – through a curated afternoon tea. One-Ninety Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore has collaborated with Candlenut to create a weekend-only Peranakan Afternoon Tea ($48/$68) where Chef Malcolm Lee turns time-honoured recipes from his one-Michelin-starred restaurant and distils them into bite-sized treats. Get ready to bite into a lesser-seen pang susi, filled with spiced chicken and candied winter melon for a sweet-savoury treat; kueh pie tee that comes stuffed with white coconut curry and lobster; roti jala, a traditional lace-like pancake with grooves perfect for soaking up Candlenut’s signature chicken curry, and more.

Sikhs in Singapore
Photograph: Indian Heritage Centre

43. Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold

Things to do Cultural centres Indian Heritage Centre, Rochor

Some of the first Sikhs in Singapore came from the Punjab region of India in the late 19th century, sailing from the port of Calcutta to join the Sikh Police Contingent under the colonial administration here at the time. But that's not the only story to tell. Uncover the lesser-known-stories of migration and settlement, and celebrate the rich heritage and culture of the Sikh community in Singapore with the Indian Heritage Centre's second community co-created exhibition: Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold. It's also the centre's first-ever exhibition on Sikh heritage.

The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure
Photograph: Crispian Chan / Raffles Hotel Singapore

44. The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure

Theatre Interactive Raffles Hotel Singapore, City Hall

Get to know the storied halls of our grande dame with an interactive play set in the iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore. The first-of-its-kind virtual interactive play invites you to be part of an enthralling detective whodunnit tale and investigate the missing Peranakan treasure – the crown jewel of the hotel's fictional "Treasures of the Straits" exhibition. With the magic of 360-degree virtual reality (VR), you'll also get to explore the hotel's historic grounds and venture through its illustrious halls that have hosted important moments in history – all while piecing the clues together and deciding how the story unfolds. 

Photograph: Samuel Wong/Oasis Skin

45. #ShopGreener

Things to do Takashimaya, Orchard

The department store in Ngee Ann City is unveiling a new sustainability-focused programme that aims to push the Japanese retail giant’s commitment to global sustainability. It also taps into the growing consumer awareness and demand for more eco-conscious retail options. From April 1 to May 31, #ShopGreener with Takashimaya’s rollout of exciting consumer activations, eco-conscious brand offerings, an eco-food bazaar and a one-of-a-kind recycled art installation in collaboration with ITE art students to encourage Singaporeans to live more sustainably and shop mindfully.

Through the Eyes of a Child: Art by Quek Hong Shin
Photograph: Quek Hong Shin

46. Through the Eyes of a Child: Art by Quek Hong Shin

Art Drawing and illustration Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), Tanjong Pagar

No fancy time machine involved, get ready to step back in time with the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre's new exhibition Through the Eyes of a Child: Art by Quek Hong Shin. Witness the vanishing collective memories – from a time when coconut trees towered over attap houses, and children played in the busy back-alleys of old Chinatown – come back to life. It also spotlights the people and places inspired by the artist while he was growing up, as well as  14 artworks from his popular book series The Amazing Sarong, The Incredible Basket, The Brilliant Oil Lamp and The Marvellous Sugee Cake, along with new illustrations created specially for this showcase.

Objectifs Documentary Award 2020 Exhibitions
Photograph: Sarah Isabelle Tan

47. Objectifs Documentary Award Exhibitions

Art Photography Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking, Rochor

Objectifs is bringing the awe-inspiring works of upcoming Asian photographers, who are also recipients of the third Objectifs Documentary Award, to the foreground. Starting with Alaga by local artist Sarah Isabelle Tan, the exhibitions accentuate works that feature elements of collaboration between the artists and the individuals with whom they share intimate, long-term domestic relationships. Local artist Sarah Isabelle Tan's showcase features personal histories, family archives, and a series of images and texts made together with her long-time Filipino domestic worker.

Paw-verbs on the Lawn
Photograph: Malay Heritage Centre

48. Paw-verbs on the Lawn

Things to do Literary events Malay Heritage Centre, Rochor

Meow reasons to head down Kampong Gelam. Bringing the cat (or ‘kucing’ in Malay) in these proverbs to life, Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) teams up with popular Japanese artist Juno for Paw-verbs on the Lawn. Anyone who has followed Juno (@mofu_sand) on Instagram will be familiar with her adorable cat illustrations, depicting her love for the feline. And now, you can see it in the flesh as 30 of her vivid cat illustrations are featured as standees alongside 10 common Malay proverbs on the lawn of the heritage centre. This marks the first physical showcase of Juno’s cat art in Southeast Asia.

Goodman Arts Centre
Photograph: Goodman Arts Centre/Facebook

49. Goodman Open House

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

Explore how nature inspires art at this year's Goodman Open House, which is back as a virtual arts festival after its regular physical edition in 2019. Get up close and personal with resident artists from Goodman Arts Centre, browse visual art at your own pace in a digital gallery, explore the dance form, and get your own hands dirty with a range of art-making sessions.

Photograph: HOW HWEE YOUNG

50. Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of COVID-19 in Singapore

Art National Museum of Singapore, City Hall

There's a new exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore – and it's very relevant to the times we're living in. In fact, it's the museum's first major exhibition that charts the Covid-19 pandemic in Singapore. Called Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of Covid-19 in Singapore, it documents contemporary events and developments in Singapore by collecting related artefacts and stories from the everyday Singaporeans.

Wu Guanzhong: Learning from the Master
Photograph: National Gallery Singapore

51. Wu Guanzhong: Learning from the Master

Art Galleries National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

The National Gallery Singapore welcomes all art types to celebrate the genius creativity of Chinese painter Wu Guanzhong who is known for seamlessly blending Chinese ink and Western modernism. The latest exhibition demonstrates his position as an influential art educator through the artistic exchange between him and his students at the Central Academy of Art & Design who attended his outdoor sketching classes. Together, they birthed new artistic styles from formalist aesthetics and individualistic experimentations. These are presented through sketches by Wu, selected drawings by his students and rare archival material including photographs, manuscripts, notes and art journals that document Wu’s beliefs on art education and his pedagogical concepts.

Chloe Chua
Photograph: Leon Chia/Singapore Symphony Orchestra

52. SSOPlayOn!

Music Singapore City, Raffles Place

Under the banner SSOPlayOn!, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra's (SSO) digital season continues with more concerts to be streamed from the stage to the comfort of your sweet digs via Sistic Live. Highlights include Miracle of Music (February 26) which comprises two violin concertos by J. S. Bach alongside Telemann’s Don Quixote Suite, VCHpresents Chamber: Haydn’s Emperor & Tchaikovsky’s Florence (March 19) which pairs Haydn’s ‘Emperor’ String Quartet and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenirs de Florence, and A Gift to the Universe (May 21) which features Singapore’s star young violinist, Chloe Chua.

HK-SG Digital Travel Bubble
Photograph: Daryl Qilin Lam

53. HK-SG Digital Travel Bubble

Things to do Literary events

Plans for the Hong Kong-Singapore physical travel bubble may be up in the air at the moment, so take travel plans into your own hands with the HK-SG Digital Travel Bubble. Co-presented by Sing Lit Station and The Substation, this ekphrastic series sees eight Singaporean and eight Hong Kong poets playing pandemic pen pals – exchanging photographs of their favourite nooks and crannies from their city. Each poet then writes a poem inspired by their own photograph, and the photograph received from their partner overseas.

A Voyage of Love and Longing
Photograph: National Museum of Singapore

54. A Voyage of Love and Longing

Things to do Exhibitions National Museum of Singapore, City Hall

A new interactive exhibition is set to dwell in the newly refreshed Goh Seng Choo Gallery at the National Museum of Singapore. Something you won't find in history books, A Voyage of Love and Longing marries illustrations from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History with Malay literature – think lyrics from love ballads, classical texts and pantuns (rhyme quatrains) – to give you an insight into the natural history collection from a fresh, lyrical angle. See how the drawings on display portray the flora and fauna featured in tales of love and longing from the Malay world through interactive installations and activities.

Publico Best Bar Voyage
Photograph: Publico

55. Best Bar Voyage

Bars and pubs Publico Ristorante, Raffles Place

Publico, together with the World’s Best Bars, is bringing the best international cocktail experience to our shores, kicking off with drinks from Caprice Bar at Four Seasons Hong Kong (36th on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list), with three exclusive libations. From now till the end of March, look forward to libations that include the Golden Raisin Fizz ($24) and Oro Nero ($24) with white miso butter and Bacardi Reserve Ocho. Come April to May, Publico will switch things up with a menu curated by Sydney-based Maybe Sammy, featuring a modern spritz with kombucha, chardonnay, and peach; as well as Candy Man with lychee and raspberry shrub, Aperol, and Grey Goose.  

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition
Photograph: Lucasfilm Ltd

56. Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

Things to do Exhibitions ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay

You don't have to wait until May the Fourth to be the ultimate Fanboy. This January, get to know the characters of Star Wars on a whole new level as The Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition finally lands on our shores, making Singapore the final stop of its global tour. The Force is strong with close to 200 original props, costumes, models and artwork from the film franchise occupying the ArtScience Museum. It's not your typical movie exhibition either – it takes you on a customised, interactive identity quest to gain new insights into how the characters were developed, and gives you the opportunity to discover your own personal identities in the Star Wars galaxy.

Photograph: One Percent/Shutterstock

57. Vel Vel: A Sonic Walk

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

In Singapore, Thaipusam sees Hindu devotees seek blessings, fulfill vows, and offer thanks with a massive, colourful procession, honouring Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war. As such large events aren't likely to be able to proceed this year, The Arts House has planned something in celebration of Thaipusam. Instead of the streets, it's taking the thanksgiving festival to the digital space with the multidisciplinary audio-visual-text experience Vel Vel: A Sonic Walk. Through a web app, you can follow the virtual edition of the festival’s pilgrimage route which includes the historic neighbourhoods of Little India, Selegie and Fort Canning, and discover its cultural significance along the way.

Home, Truly
Photograph: National Museum of Singapore

58. Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present

Things to do National Museum of Singapore, City Hall

Sing Kit Chan's Home all you want but do you really know what makes Singapore home? Showcased across five key themes, the National Museum of Singapore's latest exhibition features artefacts and photographs from the National Collection and members of the public, as well as audio-visual footage, sounds, scents and special digital features that reveal the personal stories of over 100 Singaporeans. Like a time capsule, Home, Truly chronicles the past and present, expressing our identity and collective memory as Singaporeans. You can also check out the digital companion @ Home, Truly from your humble abode too. Just get ready for a heavy dose of nostalgia.

Finbarr Fallon
Photograph: Finbarr Fallon

59. Sub/merged & An Unnatural History


Fresh off Heman Chong's Walking in the City, Singapore Art Museum (SAM) presents two larger-than-life artworks for the latest presentation on the hoardings surrounding the buildings. Finbarr Fallon's Sub/merged imagines a subterranean city of the future, while An Unnatural History by Darel Seow with Lee Xin Li explores the struggle between man and nature. Both of the commissioned artworks feature digital elements that extend the experience of the works beyond the hoardings.

Orient Express
Photograph: Jérôme Galland / Arab World Institute

60. Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express

Art Contemporary art Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

Hear ye, hear ye, the Orient Express is coming to town. Following the 2014 exhibition in Paris, marking the 130th anniversary of the legendary train, the pop-up attraction Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express is set to take over the West Lawn of Gardens by the Bay with a series of showcases that unveils a fairy-tale universe related to travel, culture and gastronomy. Fix your eyes on some of the most extraordinary objects and documents to showcase centuries of history that retraces the legacy of the train, allowing you to discover events that transformed the world and shaped the map.

Earth Alive
Photograph: Science Centre Singapore

61. Earth Alive

Kids Exhibitions Science Centre Singapore, Jurong East

Together with world-class scientists from Earth Observatory of Singapore, Science Centre Singapore launches the Earth Alive exhibition to school visitors of all ages about the world we live in. Expect larger-than-life lessons through life-size interactive displays, and learn how the changes on our planet impact the environment and cause natural phenomena such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Be mesmerised by the five-metre inflatable globe installation Gaia, send dramatic P and S waves of an earthquake down a giant slinky, shape a landscape with sand, and more.

Malay CultureFest 2020, Urang Banjar: Heritage and Culture of the Banjar in Singapore
Photograph: Malay Heritage Centre

62. Urang Banjar: Heritage and Culture of the Banjar in Singapore

Things to do Exhibitions Malay Heritage Centre, Rochor

As part of this year's Malay CultureFest, the super informative exhibition at Malay Heritage Centre spotlights the heritage and culture of the Banjar community. Get a better understanding of Singapore’s smallest sub-ethnic Malay community through ethnographic objects, photographs, community stories, treasured family belongings, and other exhibits that are weaved together with their insights and anecdotes. Unlike your usual museum exhibition, you can witness the artefacts come alive through an Augmented Reality AR) experience, while the kids can hop on the on-site excavators to dig for hidden treasures, or be a diamond trader for a day at My Babak's Studio. 

DigiMuse Presents: Virtual Showcase
Photograph: Psxcharmaine Studio

63. DigiMuse Presents: Virtual Showcase

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

Go beyond the museums with the virtual edition of DigiMuse. Explore Singapore’s heritage through a variety of digital formats that are fun and innovative, ranging from baking videos for a taste of local flavour to Augmented Reality (AR) experiences that allow you to “try on” and get up-close to national treasures. There's even an online shop dedicated to Singapore’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. These are all developed by local creatives in collaboration with the National Heritage Board (NHB) to encourage all to explore and engage with Singapore's heritage and culture.

OH! Open House, Ang Kia Yee
Photograph: Ang Kia Yee

64. Days — and counting

Art Mixed media

Does the new norm feel like a surreal dream? To capture these strange times, OH! Open House is rolling out a "sleepwalking" digital art experience titled Days — and counting. Doubling as an immersive virtual trail, the experience takes place over three seasons, embodying the notion of dreams through audio, text, and moving images. Season 1: Walls Crumble serves up some TV nostalgia. Through the old-school Teletext, traverse a surrealist narrative of a sleeping man's dreamscapes. Delve deeper into the idea of home during the circuit breaker with unique artworks by local artists Ang Kia Yee, Hunny & Lummy, Kevin Fee, Pat Toh, and Tristan Lim – all without leaving the comfort of your couch or bed.

Singapore Community Radio
Photograph: Singapore Community Radio

65. Singapore Community Radio

Music Singapore City, Raffles Place

Turn up the volume for a brand new local radio show – sort of. First launched in 2017, Singapore Community Radio returns with a brand new look and programmes that are curated and produced by an entirely new team. Spearheaded by creative director Darren Tan, the team aims to spotlight the diverse Singaporean voices on a shared platform, while capturing its ethos of championing music creative cultures in its programmes. Look forward to both live and pre-recorded content, ranging from podcasts and video interviews to live DJ sets, available to stream for free via Twitch and Mixcloud Live, as well as Facebook Live for selected shows.

SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture
Photograph: Dewi Nurjuwita

66. Singapo人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture

Things to do Exhibitions Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), Tanjong Pagar

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) resumes activity on with its inaugural permanent exhibition which debuted in March this year. Explore what it means to be uniquely Chinese Singaporean through five specially curated interactive zones that spotlight elements that shaped the distinctive Chinese Singaporean identity – from food, language, and traditions to popular culture and music.

The World of OIWA, SIFA v2.020
Photograph: Arts House Limited

67. SIFA v2.020

Theatre Singapore City, Raffles Place

Gutted at the postponement of SIFA? To make up for it, SIFA presents its digital portal, better known as SIFA v2.020 where you can get all your art fix. Expect a line-up of engaging programmes and virtual events including talks led by theatre directors and artists, workshops you can take part at home, and special performances.

Esplanade Offstage
Photograph: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

68. Esplanade Offstage

Music Singapore City, Raffles Place

The show must go on – line. The exclusive online broadcasts of selected music performances at the centre are available to watch for free. These include other videos, stories, and podcasts on other arts too. 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.

Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Photograph: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

69. VCH Community Concerts

News City Life

Singapore Symphony Orchestra's (SSO) beloved free community concerts are making a comeback this March. Mark your calendars, because this year's programme kicks off with the first concert on March 19 and March 21 at Victoria Concert Hall, SSO's home since 1980. Both concerts are conducted by associate conductor Joshua Tan and include performances of works by Grieg and Tchaikovsky. If you're planning to go, remember to book tickets beforehand as there are only 150 tickets available for each performance.

RG5 Memories at Time Capsule
Photograph: Singapore Flyer

70. Time Capsule at Singapore Flyer

Attractions Theme parks Marina Bay

Singapore Flyer's new attraction takes you through two levels and 700 years of Singapore's history, and we can already imagine families and young children ooh-ing and aah-ing over the dazzling light displays, holograms and interactive media. Every journey needs a guide, and the red-dot inspired robot called R65 is your companion for this one. Out of nine zones, standouts include the Island of Myths, a forested room with screens dedicated to a holographic tale of Sang Nila Utama, a wayang kulit display of the myths of the five rajas, and leaves that light up with extra stories and trivia when you wave your hands over them.

National Gallery Singapore
Photograph: National Gallery Singapore

71. #GalleryAnywhere

News City Life

National Gallery Singapore has just launched an online platform for art lovers amidst the 'circuit breaker'. Called #GalleryAnywhere, it is the Gallery's one-stop access to an array of rich digital and virtual experiences to keep art lovers engaged and entertained with art. The portal offers five distinct segments: Browse, Watch, Listen, Play, Explore – each replicating the different experiences you'd get at the Gallery.  #GalleryAnywhere also features content that allows audiences to connect better with artworks they see in the Gallery. Join artist Chua Soo Bin as he tells you first hand the stories behind three of his photographs in the Truths & Legends exhibition, or listen to musician JJ Lin talk about his masterpiece, Journey of a Yellow Man.

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