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The best things to do in Singapore this week (Nov 28- Dec 1)

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

Written by
Time Out Singapore editors
&
Izza Sofia
Contributor
Cheryl Sekkappan
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Singapore is always bursting with life and adventure – from new exhibitions popping up everywhere to activities to embark on together with your friends or family. We have put together an extensive list of things to do in our little red dot.

Catch Maroon 5 at the National Stadium this Nov 28 and sing along to hit songs like This Love and Payphone, or have a merry million moments as A Universal Christmas returns to Universal Studios Singapore. Culture Cartel 2022, the biggest street culture event of the year, will be held at *SCAPE Singapore from December 1 to 4, so don’t miss that. Admire the blooms at Gardens by the Bay or head to the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) a juggernaut programme comprising 101 films from 55 countries.

Beyond that, we also have stellar art showcases – from indie film festivals to sprawling contemporary art exhibitions. Ready to fill up your calendar? Pick whatever strikes your fancy!

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  • City Hall

After a two-year hiatus, Esplanade’s Voices – A Festival of Song is back as a full festival. Tune in to a medley of voices across choral, opera, a cappella, pop, xinyao, and more from December 1 to 4. Familiar faces are returning, including suave a cappella group The King’s Singers from the UK, and Acappellago from the Philippines. Other names you might recognise include L’arietta Productions, Sing’Theatre, The Dandy Doo-Wops, and Singapore Lyric Opera. Besides, there are fun workshops and singalong activities too!

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You will be thrilled to know that Maroon 5 will be performing at the National Stadium this November 28. Organised by Live Nation, the band will kick off its world tour in Asia in Singapore. Other cities it will be performing in include Manila and Bangkok. Ticket prices have also been released: $128, $168, $198, $218, $238 and $278. Snag one here www.ticketmaster.sg.

Maroon 5 last performed in Singapore in 2019. The band’s top-charting songs include This Love, Payphone, Harder to Breathe, and She Will Be Loved. The band recently released their seventh studio album JORDI back in June 2021, which includes celebrities like Megan Thee Stallion, Blackbear and Stevie Nicks.

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  • Marina Bay

Set to take place at the Bayfront Event Space, the Great Bay Fiesta comprises three key segments – a carnival, a circus show and a food festival. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with family-friendly rides such as Bumper Cars and Flying Dumbo at the Great World Carnival. Try your hand at classic carnival games including Pyramid Cans, Basketball and Hook a Duck. Next to the carnival is the Great Cirque des Cascades, a brand new circus entertainment show featuring performers from all over the UK. Presented by international circus act Gandey’s Circus, Around The World in 80 Minutes invites you to step inside the Big Top for a breathtaking journey filled with thrills, laughter, and excitement. Indulge in the best of global and local fairground eats here. Try the Thai cuisine from TikTok famous Indy Pancake Cartoon, and an ice cream booth serving all-new Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough peace pop. Wash it all down with a cold beer at the beer garden. 

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  • Orchard

This street culture convention is making a comeback this year, and it will take place over four days and feature almost 200 participating brands, creative talents, designers and personalities across art, fashion, music, tattoos and toys. Shop for street apparel from brands like Paradise Youth Club and Patta. NFTs will also be part of this year’s event. To be held at *SCAPE Singapore from December 1 to 4, Culture Cartel 2022 is poised to be the biggest street culture event of the year.

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  • Marina Bay

This floral display pays tribute to the various seasons of flowers that Flower Dome has brought to visitors over the years. Snapdragons for spring, delphiniums for summer, zinnias for autumn and cyclamens for winter – these are just some of the colourful blooms visitors can look forward to. In a nod to the holidays, Yuletide-themed decorations are also seen in the flower field. Check out the Christmas tree made out of poinsettias, and an ice cavern that houses beautiful seasonal flowers that’s “frozen” in icicles. In a season about giving, 10,000 Christmas ornaments used in the floral display have been handpainted by beneficiaries from The Salvation Army, It’s Raining Raincoats, Migrants x Me and Gardens by the Bay’s volunteers.

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  • City Life

If you needed a reason to visit the Night Safari, then here's one – the park has just welcomed four new Tasmanian Devils, a first in Singapore. Visit these iconic predators from Australia at the public exhibit at the end of Night Safari's Wallaby Trail. Crumpet, Snickers, Jesse and Panini are part of the insurance population managed by the Save the Tasmanian Devil Programme, led by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania, to save the species from extinction. Get your tickets now to meet them up close.

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  • Sentosa

Celebrate the holidays at Universal Studios Singapore as A Universal Christmas returns to everyone’s favourite theme park. Be dazzled as Santa’s Circus Extravaganza lights up the night at New York and catch the float parade led by Ringmaster Santa Illumination’s Minions, DreamWorks Animation’s characters and more, as they make their way to Santa’s Big Top where a snowfall is waiting at the North Pole. Try out the fun-filled games at the Jolly Game Booths, do some Christmas shopping, or simply indulge with Santa’s Wonderful Treats, including desserts. For more information, visit Resorts World Sentosa.

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Try your hand at over 20 stations of unlimited games, rides and activities at Mega Carnival. Running from Nov 19 to Feb 5, this carnival at D’Marquee Downtown East features VR experiences, dinosaur-themed attractions and more. Show off your competitive side at the arcade zone and race your friends at the Daytona race, or challenge your friends to an LED air hockey game. Dinosaur enthusiasts can look forward to special dinosaur-themed attractions and rides too. There will be dino balls, sand pits, tree slides, merry-go-rounds and even the Viking, saucer rides and a dino egg trampoline to enjoy. Tickets to the Mega Carnival can be purchased here.

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Led by youths, this event aims to celebrate the aspirations of youths who are shaping the Somerset Belt into a vibrant communal space. Featuring over 20 ground-up projects, some of them include Gotong Royong, Tunes of Somerset Belt and Parkour @ The Belt. Catch Tunes of Somerset Belt, a concert which tells the story of five individuals who have been contributing to the landscape of Somerset Belt through original music pieces inspired by their stories. At Parkour @ The Belt, participants learn how to engage in high-intensity sports like parkour with safety in mind. This project features competitions, performances, workshops, and challenges for all fitness levels to provide an accessible and safe space for youths to discover and explore parkour. Gotong Royong, which refers to the spirit of volunteerism, encourages youth to bond regardless of racial and cultural backgrounds. It integrates aspects of Malay culture into new technology with dance challenges, traditional games and arts and crafts. The exhibition consists of three parts, namely Shared Hardships, which will tap on Malay music, Reflection, which will showcase Malay motifs and batik, and Stronger Together, a dikir barat performance.

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  • City Life

The bird park will be having its last hurrah before its final day of operations come Jan 3. Don’t miss out on a lineup of family-friendly activities as part of its campaign, A Flight to Remember. The park is also offering $10 admission for local residents now to Jan 3. Expect to see different rides and games over at the Celebration Caw-nival or or walk down memory lane at Flamingo Lodge. Sign up for the Nostalgic Signature Tour, wherein families can learn more about the heritage of Singapore’s oldest wildlife park, and get up close with the birds through feeding sessions at African Treetops and Waterfall Aviary.

  • Film

Get your dose of independant cinema at the 33rd edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), this year with a juggernaut programme comprising 101 films from 55 countries. The programme is looking as inclusive as ever, with a Central Asian film opening the SGIFF for the first time. Don't miss Assault (2022) by famed Kazakhstani director Adilkhan Yerzhanov, a darkly comic thriller that centers on a group of villagers who band together to liberate elementary school students who have been taken hostage by a group of armed, masked men. Throw your support behind local and Southeast Asian films found in the Asian Feature Film Competition, Southeast Asian Short Film Competition and Singapore PanoramaTickets for SGIFF are priced at $25 for the Festival Opening and $15 for all other films, with special bundle deals and discounts for select cardholders and members. For the full SGIFF film line-up, programme details, and ticketing, visit sgiff.com

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  • Orchard

Dior’s latest enchanting new installation invites you to step into a world of wonder. Entitled The Atelier of Dreams, walk through three experiential zones. The first,  a grand chandelier, comes decorated with a multitude of J’adore Eau de Parfum bottles. The second immersive space is lined with mirrors and intricate gold constellations, perfect for those who wish to spruce up their Instagram feed. A beautiful Dior dining hall awaits in the final room, where you’ll get a look at the brand’s limited-edition holiday fragrance and cosmetic collections. 

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  • Concerts
  • City Hall

Discover new earworms at Mosaic Music Series, which will be bringing stellar acts from Singapore and around the world to Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay for nights of irresistible live performances. Catch a wave with the surf-rock tunes of South Korean band Say Sue Me and immerse in the expansive sound of instrumental rock legends MONO

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  • Film events
  • Marina Bay

The ArtScience Museum presents Sight Through Sound: Ryuichi Sakamoto, a breathtaking film programme that looks back at the Japanese composer’s four decades of sonic evolution. His stirring compositions – spanning musical styles and genres – have brought celebrated and award-winning films to life. These include the iconic Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), Tony Takitani (2004) and Proxima (2021). Catch these movies at more at ArtScience Cinema to witness the incredible growth and insatiable reinvention of a modern musical genius. 

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  • Exhibitions
  • City Hall

Your favourite robo-cat will be calling at the National Museum of Singapore this November. Running this November 5 to February 5, the exhibition will bring together a selection of contemporary artworks that reinterprets Doraemon in our changing world. Come down and view the artworks, which include original drawings from the legendary manga artist Fujiko F Fujio and other 27 Japanese artists and art groups that will showcase Doraemon’s cultural impact in contemporary history. View the artists’ memories of Doraemon and their take on Japan’s beloved icon through paintings, graphics and photography. 

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  • Raffles Place

Put on your thinking cap and get ready to solve puzzles at Monumental Hunt in the Civic District, a puzzle hunt organised by the National Heritage Board (NHB). Explore nine of our National Monuments in search of hidden treasure. Search for clues, test your lateral thinking and word-game skills, and learn about the history and heritage behind some of our most iconic monuments.

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  • Marina Bay

For all fans out there, good news: Gardens by the Bay has an Avatar-themed event at the Cloud Forest as part of their 10-year anniversary celebrations. Already, the Cloud Forest bears a certain resemblance to fictional world Pandora, a landscape that’s forever filled with lush greenery and majestic waterfalls. When the transformation is completed, there’ll be five different zones, featuring bioluminescent backdrops, ethereal creatures, and plenty of flora and plantlife. Here, it’s a walkthrough event, so it’ll practically feel like you’re strolling through the grounds of Pandora. 

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  • Art
  • Harbourfront

Say hello to Natasha, the name given to Singapore Biennale 2022. This year, the sprawling arts festival will take you to multiple locations across Singapore – and even beyond our shores to the Southern Islands. Start at the heart of it all at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, which has three levels of contemporary art spanning multimedia installations, immersive experiences, and workshops. Then join Natasha beyond the four walls of traditional art galleries and into everyday spaces, including the Singapore Flyer, International Plaza, 22 Orchard Road, and regional libraries. At the Southern Islands, contemplate your relationship with nature, social practices and myths, through the likes of Fermentation Garden, an exploration of time and domesticity. For the full list of exhibitions, programmes, and workshops, visit singaporebiennale.org

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  • Harbourfront

Sometimes, all you need is a messy plate of curry rice to make your day. If you’re in need of that, head over to the famous Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice’s new outlet at VivoCity. Serving a generous plate of the good stuff, tuck in to various curry dishes, their signature pork chop and braised pork belly. Seven different menu sets are available for you to choose from, each served with chap chye and two sauces – a braised pork sauce and curry sauce. 

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  • Sentosa

Eat to your heart's content at Sentosa's first food festival – Sentosa Food Fest 2022. The massive food festival encompasses Sentosa Grillfest, a restaurant trail comprising 12 venues, a food truck fiesta at Palawan Green, and a craft beer jamboree. Sup on grilled meats at the grill festival stretching Beach Plaza and Scentopia, or live it up and restaurants like FOC Sentosa and Bedrock Origin. To accompany your food truck favourites will also be free movie screenings courtesy of Movies by the Beach. And at Southside, look forward to brews by local and international brands alongside cooking workshops and more food-related programmes. 

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An 80-metre-high Sentosa SkyJet, a refresh of the iconic Sentosa Musical Fountain from the 1980s, and an international food street – these are the exciting new attractions that have opened at Sentosa's new Central Beach Bazaar. Situated just steps away from Sentosa's Beach Station, these new additions will be joined by simulation rides and carnival games to be announced at a later date. For now, round up family and friends to view the magnificant jet fountain, the tallest fountain in Southeast Asia. Stick around for Wings of Time, an outdoor night show complete with water jets, laser light projections and pyrotechnics. The iconic Musical Fountain is also back – this time with two five-minute performances featuring nostalgic musical numbers from the 1990s. Over at International Food Street, food trucks dish out cuisines from London, Tokyo, Mexico and more. 

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Singapore’s first craft beer truck will be travelling across the CBD from Sep 5 to Dec 4 with a range of local brews. Run by homegrown craft beer brewery Pink Blossoms Brewing, take a pick from the selection of signature craft beers including Lean on Me ($7.9 for 8oz, $14.9 for 16oz) – a New England Pale Ale with citrus and stone fruit hop aromas – and Hundred Years ($7.9 for 8oz, $14.9 for 16oz) – a full-bodied “milk stout” with espresso and chocolate flavours. The mobile taproom will be at Capital Tower on Mondays and Wednesdays, Ocean Financial Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays and The Promontory @ Marina Bay on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The BeerTruck will be open from 4pm to 9.30pm on weekdays and 12pm to 9.30pm on weekends at the respective locations.

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Gardens by the Bay’s latest floral display celebrates Mexico: it's dubbed Hanging Gardens – Mexican Roots, and the exhibition is filled with keystone elements of Mexican culture. Look out for the Chac Mool, a Mesoamerican sculpture associated with ancient cultures such as the Aztecs and Mayans. There's also an 18m-long double headed serpent located in the Flower Dome, made up of 3,000 tilandsias. From now to September 25, there's also an exciting lineup of Mexican-themed activities and events like culinary demonstrations, craft workshops, music and dance performances, and film screenings. 

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  • Music
  • Classical and opera
  • City Hall

The first half of the 2022/23 season brims with top musical talent from all over the world, who will grace us with classics from greats like Schubert, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and more. Headlining the season is Canadian virtuoso violinist James Ehnes, who returns to the Victoria Concert Hall on October 23 with a rare full-solo violin recital paying tribute to Bach, Paganini and Ysaÿe. Other international stars will be lighting up the stage for VCHpresents, including soprano star Evelina Dobračeva, pianist Andrew Litton  alongside his wife violist Katharina Kang Litton

In November, the crowd-favourite Baroque Festival returns with enchanting classical pieces. Led by Baroque specialist Peter Hanson, VCHpresents Baroque Festival: The Aroma of Music promises a lively night filled with celebrated pieces like J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata and Handel’s famous Water Music Suite. Catch our very own Singapore Symphony musicians in performance too, such as SSO’s Associate Principal Violist Guan Qi's stirring programme of pieces whose composers have been inspired by their homeland, including Singapore.

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  • Marina Bay

A beautifully bizarre exhibition is coming to town. Titled Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected, the showcase features hyper-realistic sculptures that imagine a world where crossbreeds of animals and humans exist. Australian artist Patricia Piccinini spent the last three decades learning about the relationship between humans and nature, and biotechnology advances. The result? These strange and realistic human-animal hybrids that are made of silicone, fiberglass, resin and other unorthodox materials like human hair on display. Running from August 5 to January 29 2023, tickets are priced at $18 for adults and $14 for children.

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Trace the evolution of the beloved pasar malam at Lelong! Lelong! Pasar Malam in Singapore, a free travelling exhibition by the National Heritage Board. It begins at Sembawang Public Library from now till July 30, before moving on to Toa Payoh Public Library (August), Ang Mo Kio Public Library (September), Sengkang Public Library (October), and Jurong West Public Library (December).

Through exhibition panels, archival photos, sourced goods and items, as well as anecdotes from patrons and stallholders, Lelong! Lelong! Pasar Malam in Singapore brings to life the history and vibrancy of night markets past and present. Go back to the complex origins of the pasar malam, trace its rising popularity and the arrival of carnival rides, explore festive bazaars, and dig into the innovations behind modern night markets. At the end of it, engage with interactive panels and leave behind your own vision of an ideal pasar malam.

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  • Public art
  • Harbourfront

As the sun starts to set, the spaceship buzzes to life. Multi-coloured lights flicker, warping the images of Tanjong Pagar Terminal reflected in the ship's silver panels. The crackle of a radio transmission floats through the air, blending with the distinctive sound of wayang music. This is Wayang Spaceship, a public artwork by local artist Ming Wong. Designed as a travelling Chinese theatre, the stage now sits onsite at Singapore Art Museum. The unceasing trade and commerce of the container seaport form a backdrop to the hulking theatre-spaceship, which stands witness to technological progress and our place in the cosmos.

After the Singapore Art Museum closes each day, the Wayang Spaceship returns to its roots as a Chinese opera theatre. Bask in a symphony of light and sound – Ming Wong has creatively pieced together scenes from Chinese opera and science fiction films from the 1950s to 1970s, to tell the story of a scholar-warrior as he moves through past, present and future. The artist also worked with Liam Morgan and Wu Ju Han to design the lightboxes, projection and soundscape to express his vision of a "Chinese opera from the future". The Wayang Spaceship will be at The Singapore Art Museum until 2024, so you have plenty of time to check it out.

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  • City Life

Take a trip to Night Safari this month because there are new additions to the wildlife encounters that may just delight you. Say hello to two new unique nocturnal mammals, the Brazilian Porcupine and grey-handed Night Monkey and the debut of Night Safari’s first walk-in exhibit for its civets. Here, guests can also explore the Leopard Trail and watch Common Palm Civets and small-toothed palm civets in their habitat. The porcupine and night monkey are part of the new mixed-species habitat that will feature other small arboreal mammals native to South America.

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The Year of the Tiger truly lives on – and you can see this in its life-sized glory at Gardens By The Bay. The park is currently hosting the largest number of life-sized tiger sculptures in Singapore as part of WWF-Singapore's AR-mazing Tiger Trail, a campaign to raise awareness of tiger conservation and environmental issues we are facing in the world today. 

Pick up a free Tiger Trail Passport from the information signboards at the Main Entrance and Canopy before you embark on your journey. Keep your eyes peeled – the tigers are located along a trail that will take you around the park from the Flower Dome all the way to The Meadow. Learn fun facts about the Gardens while searching for the tigers and make sure you collect the unique emboss stamp designs from each tiger. 

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