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The best things to do in Singapore this week (Dec 6-9)

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

Written by
Time Out Singapore editors
,
Cheryl Sekkappan
&
Izza Sofia
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Whether you're in a feel-good festive spirit or you're more anti-Christmas than the Grinch himself, there is definitely something for you in our list of the best events and things to do this December. This week, catch a short film at True Colours Film Festival, eat your heart out at Burger & Lobster or enrol yourself at a macrophotography workshop in Sentosa. You can try out all three activities as well, we won't judge.

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  • Film

Film buffs, this one's for you. Switch up those Netflix and chill nights with 35 award-winning features, short films and dialogues that highlight the common thread of presenting new and sometimes radical human perspectives in these shifting times – and you can watch 'em for free.

Presented by The Nippon Foundation, the second edition of True Colors Film Festival opens on December 3, which also marks International Day of Persons with Disability. It features films including Feeling Through (2019), the world's first film featuring a DeafBlind actor and Best Summer Ever (2020), the first Screen Actors Guild-registered musical to feature a fully-inclusive cast and crew.

There'll also be a bonus program exclusively for audiences in Japan and Singapore with three-time Oscar-winning film Nomadland (2020) and animated film Zootopia (2016). 

Audiences from all around the world can also mingle with like-minded folks during the dialogues, which brings together film directors, actors, advocates and hosts to have honest discussions about the issues spotlighted in their films. Hear first-hand from directors Doug Roland (Feeling Through); Tunku Mona Riza (REDHA) who chats with actor and educator, Aidli Mosbit; Amanda Lukoff (THE R-WORD) who chats with sibling and self-advocates, Tasneem Majeed and Allan Cai; and photographer Rick Guidotti – whose work is the subject of the film ON BEAUTY – who chats with actor and host Oon Shu An.

The features can be streamed on The Projector Plus, while shorts can be viewed anywhere in the world where Vimeo can be accessed. For the bonus program, check out the Virtual Screening Room. For more information, visit truecolorsfestival.com.

Celebrate Christmas with Burger & Lobster
Photograph: Burger & Lobster

Celebrate Christmas with Burger & Lobster

Sink your claws into juicy burgers and succulent lobster this Christmas at Burger & Lobster. The eatery has developed Christmas sharing menus for you to go enjoy with family and friends. The Jewel Changi Airport outlet has a Christmas Sharing Combo featuring a wild Atlantic lobster, Cranberry Lobster Roll, Venison Burger and a choice of either chocolate lava cake or cheesecake tart for dessert. The Raffles Hotel outlet offers a Christmas 2021 sharing menu that includes a flute of Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label, starter, mains and Blood Orange Semifreddo for dessert.

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Enrol yourself in this macrophotography workshop which teaches you how to shoot nature’s tiny creatures and make them appear larger than life. Aside from learning the basics of macrophotography, you will also discover different ways to shoot these insects using your phone and view them in an entirely new perspective. Basics of optimal settings for shooting such as angle, timing, settings and ISO will also be taught.

  • Kids
  • Performance

Start the year-end holidays by heading over to A Universal Christmas at Sentosa, where you and your friends are in for a jolly good time. Meet Otto from Illumination’s Minions 2: The Rise of Gru or follow the Universal Rockin’ Railway and spot the festive Christmas trees along the way! While you’re there, meet and greet with other characters and party with Puss in Boots at the Milk Bar. For tickets, visit Resorts World Sentosa.

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Battle it out with stars in FIFA and Mobile Legends

Gaming enthusiasts can now gear up and test their skills against the stars of Team Flash, a professional e-sports organization at this highly-anticipated Gamers Staycay at Orchard Hotel Singapore. Held over four exclusive weekends from November 26 to December 19, each staycation package comprises a two-night stay filled with clinics and e-sports activities. Train with some of the stars in popular games, such as Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB), FIFA, E-racing and Brawl Stars and stand to win attractive prizes in mini-tournaments. Priced from $400 for 2 pax, the Gamers Staycan package includes daily breakfast and $20 F&B credit.

Gear up for an expedition to explore these prehistoric animals

Come face to face with over 60 life-sized dinosaurs at the Brickosaurs World happening now till May 3. Visitors to Mandai Wildlife Reserve will be able to get up close to these creatures from prehistoric times ranging from the mighty T-Rex and Stegosaurus to tiny raptors. The installation is constructed using 1.5 million LEGO bricks, and took almost 9,000 hours to complete. In addition to the dinosaur trail, visitors can also try their hand in dinosaur bone digging and other various craft workshops.

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Boost your child's creativity with Apple's coding initiative

Teach your kids the fundamentals of coding with Apple’s virtual coding sessions for children ages 8 to 12. From November 22 to December 31, Apple’s ‘Everyone can Code’ initiative lets your young ones explore the basics of coding, learn to problem solve and explore other activities using Swift Playgrounds on iPad or Mac. Kids will navigate through the world of coding via interactive puzzles and playful characters, and familiarise themselves with the language used by professional app developers. Learn more about these activities at the Apple page.

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Organised by aNERDgallery and supported by National Arts Council Singapore, Mancapat presents a Javanese cosmological worldview of life as a series of continuous loops. It serves as a guide in their lives and this is reflected in their textiles, architecture and communities. This exhibition aims to portray the continuity of life beyond death through a series of textile-making tools, traditional woven textiles from Tuban and East Java and art installations by artists Agatha Lee “Agy” (Singapore), Marina Gosali (Indonesia) and Noor Iskandar (Singapore).

Tired of the same old restaurants? Pelago is offering a private home dining experience serving exclusive, intimate and innovative gourmet eats. Prepared by some of Singapore’s top chefs, foodies can look forward to indulging a varied range of cuisines including omakase experiences, fusion cuisines as well as Pan-Asian, Korean and Peranakan dishes. Served in the comfort of a private home setting, the private dining experience promises engaging interactions with the chefs as well. In addition, five consumers can stand a chance to win a ticket to an exclusive pasta-making workshop to make Su Filindeu, the rarest pasta in the world. More Pelago’s private dining experiences can be found here. Prices start from $78 per pax.

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  • Restaurants
  • City Hall

When it comes to amazing sourdough bakes, Tiong Bahru Bakery (TBB) has been delivering consistently over the years. This time the bakery is stepping it up with the TBB Sourdough Workshop – so you can start making your own sourdough bread at home. 

If you haven't been to the most recent TBB outlet at Fort Canning Foothills – you should. The sprawling space has a dining and retail section where you can enjoy brunch surrounded by the lush greenery and also pick up loaves and TBB merchandise, and next to it is a dedicated space for the kitchens and also where the workshops will be held. 

Workshops will be guided by Chef Paul Albert, TBB's sourdough expert and baker – but he won't be the only main character here. Participants will also be working with (and taking home some!) his 160-year-old sourdough mother which was given to him and he developed in his time in Brazil.

There will be two types of workshops: Beginner Classes and Intermediate Classes that will give you a hands-on session creating your own bakes on top of learning other basics of sourdough baking like maintaining a starter and introduction to the types of flour. Not only will you be able to bring home your bakes at the end of the day, each participant will also go home with a baking starter kit that includes a Banneton, the recipe, ingredients and more. 

  • Things to do
  • Jurong East

Who says it doesn't snow in Singapore? It certainly does at Snow City – and they're bringing the temperature down even further with a brand new exhibition for more wintry cheer this Christmas festive season.

From November 3 onwards, head down to the attraction to visit Singapore's very first Ice Hotel Gallery. This new permanent exhibition replaces the Arctic Snow Playground, and features impressive sculptures and furniture entirely carved out of ice. 

Don your warmest winter wear and step into chilly temperatures of -5 degrees Celsius. Lounge at the Ice Bar, which has been furnished with chairs, couches and tables fashioned out of blocks of ice. Admire scenes of flora and fauna, depicted in intricate ice sculptures carved by local award-winning artisan Jeffrey Ng. Check out local icons captured in ice, including the Merlion, Sir Stamford Raffles and more. 

The fun doesn't end there. Rediscover the rest of Snow City – entry to the Ice Hotel Gallery includes access to the rest of Snow City's attractions. Have a snowball fight in the Snow Field and zoom down powdery hills at the Arctic Snow Slide. 

Tickets are priced at an affordable $17 onwards. There is also a 20 percent discount when you purchase a special admission bundle (two adults and two children), with a further 10 percent discount on merchandise at the retail shop. Ready to check out this Arctic wonderland? Get your tickets via ticket.snowcity.com.sg or Klook with SingaporeRediscover Vouchers. 

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  • Shopping
  • Orchard

Love We Bare Bears? The characters from Cartoon Network's hit animated series will soon be featured in a special capsule collection created in collaboration with six homegrown brands. From November 19 to January 6 2022, pick up We Bare Bears-themed merchandise – including Yumi Active yoga mats, Rooki Beauty kits, Photo Phactory coasters, Pearly Lustre earrings, La Tierra or Joannalsm fashion apparel and limited edition EZ-Link cards exclusively at Design Orchard.  Complementing the pop-up will be life-sized 3D models of the adorable bears on Level 1, 2 and in the windows of the retail space, where you're free to snap a shot for the memories. 

  • Music
  • Pop
  • Marina Bay

If you've missed live gigs as much as we have, then don't miss out on the This Is Live! Concert Series happening this November and December. Kicking things off is Mandopop Evenings, a cosy and intimate set happening on November 19 and 20 at the Flower Field Hall in Gardens by the Bay. 

Expect two sets per day – at sunset and after dark – where both emerging and prolific local performers will be taking the stage to cover the best of Mandopop tunes. Catch performer Leon Lim put his spin on the best hits of 'heavenly kings' such as Jay Chou, Eason Chan, JJ Lin and Wang Leehom, as well as powerhouse vocalist Skye Sirena, who will be belting out the emotive songs of Chinese pop divas such as A-Mei, Jolin Tsai, Stefanie Sun and Hebe Tian. She'll also be teaming up with singer-songwriter Wilson Huang to cover popular karaoke duets and power hits by the likes of Gary Chaw, Shin, Chang Yu-sheng, Terry Lin and G.E.M. 

English music fans need not despair – come December 17 and 18, CK STAR Entertainment will also be holding an English music concert under the This Is Live! series, so just hold out for more details about the line-up. But if you're already raring to go for Mandopop Evenings, then head to Klook for more details and to snap up your tickets (from $58). 

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Fly Me to Japan
Photograph: Mount Faber Leisure

7. Fly Me to Japan

Impress your date with this experimential dining experience that reminds you of all things Japan. Mount Faber Leisure Group has teamed up with the Japan National Tourism Organistion to bring you Fly Me to Japan, where locals can embark on a culinary journey through a four-course dinner menu on Singapore’s iconic cable car. Priced at $385 per couple, this sky dining experience offers breathtaking views of Harbourfront while savouring the authentic flavours of Japan prepared by Executive Chef Kenny Yeo. The experience is a truly a treat for travel-starved jetsetters who are hungry to experience the beauty of Japan.

  • Art
  • Geylang

At Art Seasons Gallery,《不/存在》Absent But Present is a duo-exhibition with Beijing-based artist 罗清 Luo Qing (b. 1970). Both artists explore the realms between desired connection and utter alienation, as artists approaching these ideas from our respective artistic directions and contexts. They talk about the distances between people, whether it's physical, mental of psychological – and how Covid-19 has pushed relationships remote and created more isolation and intolerance between people.

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  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • Orchard

Get into the spirit of Christmas this November with the dazzling annual light-up along Orchard Road. This year, the theme is Christmas in Bloom, representing the resilience of businesses along our famous shopping stretch and the hope for better things to come in the new year.

On November 13, 3.1 kilometres of roads from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura will come alive with lights, arches, and a medley of blooms. As you approach the junction of Orchard Road and Scotts Road, you’ll be greeted by the 12-metre-tall main arch, adorned with red, white and gold poinsettias and accompanying Christmas tree décor. Another welcome arch sits on Tanglin Road, adorned with red and rose gold poinsettias to welcome celebration and mirth. Meanwhile, Tanglin, Orchard and Somerset will be bathed in the warm glow of spangled lamp posts and grand LED decorations.

For that special Christmas touch, a giant outdoor projection will be cast on the face of Mandarin Orchard Singapore for the first time ever. Starting from November 1, catch Singapore's tourism mascots, Merli and friends, as they experience an extraordinary digital journey of Christmas on A Great Street. To amp up the fun, download the PopAR app to experience cool augmented reality effects. 

It's been a long time since we've enjoyed music broadcasts in public spaces – but music is in the air again this Christmas after a three-year hiatus. In November, explore and shop along the stretch between ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City to the jolly tunes of popular Christmas carols. 

There's no reason to miss out on Christmas On A Great Street, not when there's an immersive virtual tour you can participate in. From November 19 onwards, visit christmas.orchardroad.org to travel through 10 hotspots along Orchard Road to meet local buskers and bands, including Cold Cut Duo, Daniel Sid and Circus of Altrades, performing Christmas carols and covers of the latest hits. You can also catch the grand light-up via Facebook Live on Community Chest's Facebook page from 7pm to 8pm on November 13. For more information about Christmas on A Great Street, visit orchardroad.org.

  • Things to do
  • Festivals

French art de vivre, or the art of living, encompasses all aspects from cuisine to film, music and art. The annual Voilah! France Singapore Festival returns for yet another year to bring the best of French culture to Singapore's sunny shores. Presented by the Embassy of France in Singapore, this year's edition runs from November 3 to December 10. 

At a time when we need it most, this year's edition is a 'Feel Good Edition', aiming to highlight the partnership between France and Singapore while celebrating the spirit of joy and hope. Get your culture pants on, because this year's line-up includes a diverse range of on-site and virtual experiences Francophiles will enjoy. 

In case you haven't heard, France has been added to the list of countries Singaporeans can now travel to quarantine-free. But if you're not packing your bags just yet, you can dive into authentic French experiences through a unique Singaporean lens and discover a slice of France close to home. This year's exciting line-up includes over 50 programmes focusing on culture, education, science and lifestyle. 

The festival opens with The Little Prince – A Musical Journey, which features the music of French composer Thierry Huillet, and presented in memory of Maestro Adrian Tan. Catch the passages of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's text narrated by Hossan Leong, intimately woven with the music performed by the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Chan Wei Shing. But here's the most exciting part: the musical extravaganza will feature the use of hologram technology, the first in a theatrical musical production in Singapore.

Other programmes music lovers shouldn't miss are Like Nothing Else (November 4 at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay), Le Grand Jazz (November 5 at Capitol Theatre) and La Fontaine In Music (November 8-9 at SOTA Concert Hall), which celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of Jean de La Fontaine, one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century.

Film buffs can look forward to a curated line-up at the French Film Festival from November 11 to 28, with a special programme dedicated to movie director Agnès Varda, the godmother of the French New Wave. Opening concurrently from November 12 to December 31 is a VR experience of the now-defunct Tanjong Pagar Railway Station at the National Museum of Singapore. 

And last but definitely not least, what's French culture without a smorgasbord of gastronomical experiences to satiate your taste buds? Head to ATLAS for a French-inspired edition of Sundays at ATLAS which includes free-flow cocktails and grazing board with French specialities such as saucisson, Bayonne ham, liver pate, Provencal olives and more; or indulge in a classic lunch menu specially curated for vOilah! by the three Michelin-starred Chef Sébastien Lepinoy from Les Amis.

Then, pair the magical flavours of Peranakan cuisine with the best of French wines in the comfort of chef Ruqxana’s home; or dig into the limited-edition pandan flan at Tiong Bahru outlets across the island. 

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  • Bars and pubs

Drink your way around town with the return of the Singapore Cocktail Festival (SGCF). Over 60 events – from brunches to bar crawls – will be taking place from November to December, including a tie-up with London Cocktail Week and the country’s exciting drinking scene.

Some 36 of the island’s top bars will present one special cocktail as part of the City Takeover – each cheekily themed after music (to make up for the silence at dining establishments).

Indulgent cocktail brunches will also be happening across 10 different bars throughout the month. Some highlights: Astor Bar will present a four-course seafood spread, complete with free-flowing tipples ($138) on Nov 20; while Low Tide will serve up a locally inspired Nasi Kerabu Brunch ($130) on Nov 14.

The SGCF will also take curious imbibers on a boozy journey to London. On Dec 1 and 2, hop on the Taste of London Crawl ($100) which will present collaborations between Manhattan and Artesian (No. 41 on The World’s 50 Best Bars list 2020); The Elephant Room and Coupette (No. 23 on The World’s 50 Best Bars list 2019); and many more. Otherwise, raise a toast to the best of local bars with the SGCF Discover Bar Crawl ($70), and get up-close with the drink masters behind these top watering holes.

  • Hotels
  • Luxury hotels
  • Chinatown

To help satiate the travel itch, Parkroyal Collection Pickering now offers a Bait and Breakfast staycation that includes a one-night stay at its Signature Suite and a three-hour private fishing trip around the Southern Islands. The Signature Suite includes living and dining areas, and 24-hour in-room dining, with magnificant views of the Singapore skyline. Then, sail away onboard the Wellcraft 330 Coastal yacht while learning the art of fishing from experienced anglers. Equipment, accessories and bait will also be provided. You can also enjoy a stopover at Lazarus Island to bask in the sunshine. The package is limited to two guests per trip, and you can book it here. Promotion ends Dec 31.

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  • Restaurants
  • Outram

Chef Gaggan Anand will be taking over the space at the Mandala club to host his highly-anticipated pop-up from November 3, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Known for his famous Gaggan restaurant in Bangkok, which has scored one of the top spots on the coveted list of Asia’s Best Restaurants for four consecutive years, Gaggan will be in town together with a team of 20 staff for the duration of the residency, including his kitchen crew and restaurant manager. Expect meticulously curated degustation menus featuring seasonal ingredients and locally-sourced produce, all infused with Gaggan’s creativity and innovation. His other concept, the Mexico-meets-India hybrid, Ms Maria and Mr Singh, will serve light bites and cocktails in the lounge area. 

  • Sport and fitness
  • Running

The Great Eastern Women’s Run (GEWR) will return in November and this time, it will host its first-all women virtual run. Together with two charity organisations - Breast Cancer Foundation and Daughters Of Tomorrow - the GEWR aims to use the race as a platform to raise awareness and funds towards supporting underprivileged women in society. GEWR will feature five different categories: 5km, 10km, 21.1km, 2km for mothers and daughters aged five to 12, as well as a new 113km category to commemorate the company's 113th anniversary. Distances for all categories will be recorded via mobile app MOVE by Liv3ly from November 14 to December 15. 

 

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Raffles Place

The widely popular Minions are hitting up Clarke Quay in a themed pop-up café from October 28 to January 2. Look foward to a range of brightly-hued treats that will put a smile on your face. The picture-perfect menu includes Minion-themed Japanese favourites such as a wagyu lunch plate ($28), as well as locally influenced meals, like prawn noodles ($22) lavished with scallop and clams. Indulge your sweet tooth with the too-cute banana boat ($18), and end your trip with a pit-stop at the merchandise store to pick up exclusive items that can otherwise only be found in the Japan outlet.

  • Art
  • Painting
  • City Hall

If you're in need of some quiet contemplation, head down to Pan Pacific Singapore's Public Art Space on level 2 of the hotel to take in the paintings and prints of artist Tsuyumi Miwa. Titled Fleeting Moments, this exhibition from October 16 to January 31 seeks to evoke thoughts and memories of its audience through moments captured from everyday life. Over two weekends in October, you'll also get the chance to meet the artist – to complement the hotel's signature Japanese-inspired afternoon tea, Miwa will be live calligraphing patrons' names in Japanese on a card featuring one of her works. 

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  • Things to do

As we approach the ghoulish month of October, thrill-seekers or anyone looking for interesting experiences in the city can expect to mark these two hair-raising Halloween events on the social calendar. Sentosa has a dark history of duelling pirates who fought to their deaths – which makes it the perfect setting for these events. 

Set sail on the spookiest cruise ship this Halloween – the four-masted 22-sail luxury tall ship Royal Albatross will be changing it up from its usual luxe vibes to a distressed look, complete with tattered sails – a fitting ode to Sentosa's dark past. The tall ship will also be bringing back the popular Ghost Ship Cruise and The Barkest Night, a Halloween-themed dog cruise this October. In case you're wondering, it is indeed a reference to the Batman movie The Dark Knight in which the Royal Albatross features in for a cameo moment. 

Howl-loween Dog Cruise: The Barkest Night, October 27

Gather all your pup friends and come celebrate the very first Halloween dog costume party on a tall ship happening for one night only. Savour a lavish three-course dinner alongside your dog who will also be digging into a specially prepared fancy feast. All packages include a welcome mocktail, free-flow soft drinks, and a goodie bag filled with treats to bring home. You'll be having a howling good night!

Prices start from $175 per pax, get your tickets here.

Ghost Ship Cruise 2021, October 29-31

Leave all your mortal worries behind on the mainland and hop on the Ghost Ship Cruise for a night of spooky fun out at sea. The excitement begins as soon as you step aboard the cruise, where you will be greeted by a specially concocted mocktail. Afterwards, pull up a seat and partake in a delightfully ghoulish three-course Halloween-themed dinner. Make sure you come dressed for the festivities because there will be a mystery prize (worth $200!) awarded to the best-dressed partygoer. The Halloween night is not complete without some proper screams and scares – pay a visit to the Haunted Captain's Cabin after hours if you dare. 

Prices start from $195 per pax, get your tickets here.

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  • Things to do
  • Quirky events
  • Rochor

They say don't play with your food but at this instant-noodle wonderland, that's exactly what you should be doing. Slurping Good! is a whimsical themed experience playground brought to you by Invade (the same people behind Eatbox) which features thirteen interactive zones over two storeys dedicated to the ultimate comfort food: instant noodles. 

Explore the vibrant and aesthetically pleasing interactive rooms where you will discover murals, installations, games – and even an indoor slide for both adults and kids – revolving around the ingredients that make instant noodles so good – like egg, meat, seafood, veggies, and even cheese. Some highlights include the 1.7-metre-tall instant noodle cup installation which warrants a pic or two. The installation is in collaboration with instant noodle powerhouse Nissin themselves and in that room, visitors can get creative and share their dream Cup Noodles flavour. 

It's not just photos and a sudden appetite for instant noodles you will be leaving with. All visitors will receive a complimentary tote bag containing a Slurping Good! retail voucher that can be at the merch store, an F&B voucher that can be used at the Soul Good Noodle Bar located in Eatbox, a pack of Nissin instant noodles as well as an instant noodle claw machine tokens to try your luck. The exhibition runs daily from 10am to 10pm until January 22, 2022.

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  • Art
  • Raffles Place

Who says that oldies can't have fun? Indulge in a trip down memory lane with Silver Arts 2021, back for a 10th edition from September to December this year. Unlike last year's purely digital format, this year's festival will bring a lively mix of physical and digital programmes – encompassing live music performances, plays, digital workshops and more. This week, join local artist Marc Nair on a tour of Tiong Bahru, bop to the tunes of hit folk songs with Evergreen Symphonic Jukebox, and more. 

  • Art
  • Marina Bay

ArtScience Museum is celebrating its 10th birthday with Orchestral Manoeuvresfeaturing over 32 artists and composers from eight countries who explore sound through sculpture, installation and music. Curated by ArtScience Museum, this exhibition features some of the world’s leading artists whose explorations of the sonic landscape encourage visitors to listen more closely to the sounds around us. Expect sound art projects, early music notation, experimental scores, noise-making sculptures, video installations and contemporary artworks. One of the key highlights is a presentation of The Forty Part Motet by Janet Cardiff, which will be showing for the first time in Southeast Asia.

 

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  • Art
  • Sculpture
  • City Hall

The Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden perched atop the National Gallery Singapore is now home to a new large-scale installation by Antony Gormley. On display from August 6 to October 30 next year, Horizon Field Singapore (2021) will be exhibited alongside three other sculptures that trace four decades of Gormley's practice: Sense (1991), Close V (1998), and Ferment (2007). Placed at key locations throughout the Gallery, these works form a sequence of what the artist calls “acupuncture points” within the architecture, activating their surroundings and provoking connections with their audience. 

  • Art
  • Digital and interactive
  • Marina Bay

The ArtScience Museum's new VR Gallery launches on July 10 with Hyperrealities, a VR exhibition featuring works from beloved contemporary artists Olafur Eliasson, Marina Abramović and Anish Kapoor. This is the first time some of them are using VR, augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality technologies to present their ideas. Nevertheless, these masters of art have you in for a treat: their multi-sensory artworks will have you gaping at elusive rainbows, feeling the visceral horror of rising sea levels, and taking a trip into – yourself. 

 

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  • Kids

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.

  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • Jurong East

View the largest collection of Leonardo Da Vinci's discoveries in Southeast Asia at Singapore Science Centre. This special exhibition gives you a glimpse into his genius across art, nature and science over 10 zones in the centre, through more than 50 life-size reproductions of his extraordinary inventions and 15 reconstructions of iconic fine art studies and paintings such as Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Want to see physics in action? Children, in particular, will enjoy the hands-on and interactive displays that draw on the Renaissance genius's scientific musings and experiments. 

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  • Art
  • Digital and interactive
  • Marina Bay

Videogames are about to level up as they go from the small screen to the big gallery. Set to make its global premiere in Singapore, the multi-sensorial exhibition Virtual Realms re-imagines videogames as a captivating 21st-century art form – one that avid gamers and contemporary art lovers can appreciate together. Taking centre stage are six large-scale, immersive commissions by the world's leading videogame developers and media design studios. You know it’s going to be good when it’s co-curated by celebrated videogame designer – and the brilliant mind behind Tetris Effect and Rez Infinite – Tetsuya Mizuguchi.

  • Art
  • Public art
  • 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 Balestier precinct and Kampong Gelam, while those in Little India, Kreta Ayer/Chinatown, and Geylang Serai will be rolled out by 2022. 

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