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The biggest and best things to do in Singapore this week

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 ten, 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.


Singapore Heritage Festival

The Singapore Heritage Festival returns with an exploration of Singapore’s lesser known stories, led by performances, heritage food and a fascinating look at the world of broadcast. Revisit well-loved shows in theatre company Sweet Tooth’s Studio 6, join the revelry of cultural performances at the Bukit Pasoh Street Party, and feast on outdoor installations and stories of Little India’s past at the Ramayana Extravaganza.

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Singapore City , Singapore Until Sunday May 14 2017

Monster Ultra

Go on this fully self-supported extreme 200km trek around Singapore. A route map is supplied but you're free to venture across the island on your own, covering Pasir Ris all the way to Jurong. Participants have 48 hours to complete the challenge and are required to report locations back to the organiser every six hours.

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Singapore City , Singapore Monday May 1 2017

Hand to God

After shows in Broadway and West End, Hand to God makes its Asian debut. Darkly comedic and potty-mouthed, this play takes no prisoners as it explores the life of a troubled teen. And not an average one at that – the God-fearing protagonist is coming to terms with his father’s death and seeks solace in his mother’s puppet group, only to find the marionettes coming alive  in hellish form. 

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Singapore Repertory Theatre , Clarke Quay Wednesday May 3 2017 - Saturday May 6 2017

Hong Kong Shop Cats exhibition

Take a closer look at Hong Kong’s busy trades and the cats that rule their retail shops through a series of photographs. It began when Dutch photographer Marcel Heijnen moved to Hong Kong and started photographing cats in shops, markets and alleyways. Oh, and the occasional shop dog makes an appearance, too. These are catalogued on his Instagram and website Chinese Whiskers, and will be on display at Artistry as part of the exhibition's first showcase outside of Hong Kong. Some of these images have been collated into the first photobook in the series, Hong Kong Shop Cats, which will be available for sale at Artistry. Come meet the artist during the opening night on April 13. Heijnen will be promoting his book and selling limited edition prints of the felines for your keeping.

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Artistry , Bugis Until Saturday June 3 2017

Precious Eggs: Of Art, Beauty and Culture

Wax, crystal, chicken, marble, reindeer horn and ostrich: if you’re wondering what these have in common, they're all part of an exhibition featuring 148 one-of-a-kind eggs. And not just any eggs, but ornate and delicate pieces – some of which were even hand-carried – from the Liechtenstein National Museum. Admire a glass egg containing ashes from the Mt Helena volcanic eruption of 1980; a chicken egg with tiny horseshoes nailed onto its surface; and a pair of imperial porcelain factory eggs from 1914 that survived the civil revolutions and World War I.

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Singapore Philatelic Museum , City Hall Until Sunday October 8 2017

La Cage aux Folles

Life’s peachy for George, a host in a thumping nightclub set in the heart of Tanjong Pagar. But when his son declares his intentions of marrying the daughter of a conservative politician – one who’s set on banishing the colourful local nightlife scene – all hell breaks loose. The 11-time Tony Award-winning musical features favourites such as ‘I Am What I Am’ and ‘The Best of Times’, led by director Glen Goei and starring Ivan Heng, Hossan Leong and Frances Lee.

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Until Sat May 13


Tulipmania returns to Gardens by the Bay, this time taking inspiration from famous and influential Dutch artist, Vincent van Gogh. Think massive floral displays inspired by van Gogh's self portraits and his famed art piece The Starry Night. Admire over a hundred varieties of tulips and hyacinths, including the Darwin hybrid tulips, in full bloom in the Flower Dome. 

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Gardens by the Bay , Bayfront Until Sunday May 7 2017

Durian Fiesta at Goodwood Park Hotel

Goodwood Park's annual Durian Fiesta is back, this time with six brand new tantalising creations. There will be a total of 14 premium cakes and pastries, each made with only the best D24 or Mao Shan Wang durians. Our favourites include the D24 Starry Starry Night Ice Cream Cake (from $13), a new cake with a durian ice cream centre wrapped in charcoal sponge. Popular picks like the D24 mousse cake (from $11), D24 puff (from $9) and Mao Shan Wang ice cream tubs ($19) are also available. During Durian Fiesta, Goodwood Park's Sichuan and Cantonese restaurant, Min Jiang, will also offer D24 fried sesame balls (from $11.80), a crispy dim sum dish stuffed with warm durian pulp.

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Goodwood Park Hotel , Orchard Until Monday July 31 2017

The Universe and Art

Have a glimpse of humanity's fascination with the universe at this exhibition, jointly curated and organised by Mori Art Museum and ArtScience Museum, which features artefacts from the Asian Civilisations Museum. Divided into four sections, you'll get to peruse historical religious texts on the cosmos and learn about the birth of astronomy. Then, explore new astronomical advances, black holes and dark matter, as well as questions about alien life, robotics and the future of mankind through artworks. Finally, view and ponder about art pieces that are specifically designed to be flown and exhibited in space. There's also a host of activities including guided tours, workshops and a screening of Look at the Earth from the Universe – a compilation of videos that looks at humanity from the viewpoint of the cosmos, as interpreted by artists. 

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ArtScience Museum , Promenade Until Sunday July 30 2017

The $200 Show: Actually Affordable Art

For just $200 or less, you’ll be able to take home quality art from urban art space Kult Gallery. The $200 Show: Actually Affordable Art is a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek jab at the art industry’s more extensive art trade shows, which showcase artworks with price brackets not easily accessible by the common man. Trade the haughty cheese-and-wine affairs for beer and chips while you browse the gallery’s archives – featuring works by local and international artists, including silkscreen prints, original illustrations, resin-cast sculptures and more.

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Kult Gallery , Little India Until Monday May 22 2017

Tang and Tranquility

Browse the artworks of 2016 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) winner Tang Kok Soo at his solo exhibition, featuring mix-media pieces from his Stone and Cityscape series. All paintings on display are for sale. 

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UOB Art Gallery , Raffles Place Until Friday May 19 2017

The Social Realism of Agan Harahap

One of our generation’s most prolific contemporary artists brings his solo exhibition to Singapore. Taking inspiration and appropriating paintings from Indonesian art maestros of the ’40s to ’60s, Agan Harahap reflects on his version of social realism in our current world: where different facets of culture vie for our attention amongst the noise of fake news, hoax and media wars that have become part of our society’s daily consumption.

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Mizuma Gallery , Telok Blangah Tuesday May 2 2017 - Sunday May 21 2017

On Sharks and Humanity

This travelling art exhibition marks the launch of Parkview Museum, a new art space in Parkview Square. Highlighting environmental issues such as shark protection and ocean conservation, the exhibition also explores the links between sharks, humans and the environment. Expect over 30 artworks from contemporary artists all over the world, including Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong.

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Parkview Museum , Bugis Until Monday June 26 2017

An Oriental-Peranakan Fairy Tale at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant

The little Nyonya, Jeanette Aw teams up with Wan Hao's executive chef, Brian Wong, to create a special Cantonese and Peranakan menu. This four-course Oriental-Peranakan fusion menu features dishes like braised chicken buah keluak served with blue pea flower fried rice and double-boiled salted preserved vegetable and duck soup with bird’s nest dumplings. Available for lunch and dinner all day, this exclusive menu is only available for a limited period of time so try it fast.

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Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant , Orchard Until Wednesday May 3 2017

5:5 pop-up store

Get your dose of hallyu fashion at this multi-label concept store that’s curated according to five themes: Bare Essentials, Hue New, Liquid Dream, Pink Permeated and Ready Set Glow. It carries items from 25 Korean independent labels such as Salad Bowls, Brown Breath, Sculptor and Lápiz Sensible. The catch? There are only 25 pieces of each item – so the early bird catches the worm. 

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Suntec City Mall , Promenade Until Friday June 30 2017

Into the Wild

A rainforest sprouting from the floors of the ArtScience Museum? You'll get just that, thanks to a virtual reality adventure that'll take you on an immersive journey into the thick of South-East Asia's rainforests. Spot orangutans and endangered Sumatran tigers, then plant a virtual tree – because for every one planted, an actual tree's planted in Rimbang Baling, Sumatra.

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ArtScience Museum , Promenade Until Sunday December 31 2017

Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies

To mark – not commemorate – the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, there'll be an exhibition set in the Old Ford Factory, which was where the British surrendered to the Japanese forces on February 15, 1942. Spread across four zones, take in the diary entries, identity cards and war campaign documentary paintings on display, then reflect on the solemn beginnings of our nationhood.

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Singapore City , Singapore Until Friday May 31 2019

LOCK ROUTE: Public Art @ Gillman Barracks

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.

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Gillman Barracks , Labrador Park Until Friday June 30 2017

Collecting Magic: From Stamps to Wands

Relieve the magic world of Hogwarts at Singapore Philatelic Museum's Potter-themed exhibition. Harry Potter stamps from all over the world, including the first licensed stamp set issued by Taiwan, are on display alongside other collectibles and movie memorabilia including a statue of the beloved Dobby the house elf, a replica of the Monster Book of Monsters and an intricate Gringotts Wizarding Bank done up in LEGO bricks. There are interactive multimedia exhibits involving wands and moving portraits to engage the younger ones as well. Of course, don’t forget your cameras – you get to hop onto Platform 9 ¾ and ‘fly’ like a Quidditch player in the photo section. 

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Singapore Philatelic Museum , City Hall Until Sunday June 18 2017

Future World

The ArtScience Museum’s first-ever permanent exhibition is a world of high-tech, immersive digital art installations. Featuring 15 works by award-winning Japanese art collective teamLab, Future World will be constantly updated with new works over the years. Highlight pieces include 'Crystal Universe', where visitors can enter a room filled with over 170,000 LED lights that change colours, and 'Universe of Water Particles' – an 8-metre-tall digital waterfall whose water particles tumble down logs in accordance with the laws of physics.

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ArtScience Museum , Promenade Until Sunday December 31 2017

Studio Ghibli Artworks at Polar Bear Gallery

Studio Ghibli fans, get excited: a selection of original celluloids from director Hayao Miyazaki are on permanent display at Polar Bear Gallery, including scenes from My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Admire them alongside works by Japanese fantasy artist, Naohisa Inoue, who’s behind the surrealist background art for Whisper of the Heart, a Studio Ghibli filmIf you’ve got some money to spare, prices start from around $6,000 for a Miyazaki film celluloid or an Inoue artwork.

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Polar Bear Gallery , Bugis Friday May 5 2017 - Sunday July 29 2018

Danh Vo - Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission

The Vietnam-born, Denmark-raised artist’s first outdoor installation in Singapore is a special commission for the National Gallery’s Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden. Vo’s pieces explore cross-cultural identity, history and politics, especially those in relation to 20th century Vietnam.

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National Gallery Singapore , City Hall Until Thursday August 31 2017