Need ideas on what to do or where to go this weekend? Fill up your itinerary with our guide to the best parties, shows, art exhibitions and more happening around town this Thursday through Sunday.
Tulipmania returns to Gardens by the Bay, this time featuring more than 90,000 tulips from over 40 varieties. The exhibition takes on a whimsical spin with the flowers set in a town filled with 'giants'. So walk among the massive creatures and admire the colourful and bright flora, including the Yellow Flight and Irene Parrot.
In line with their aim of cultivating passion and appreciation for the arts across all demographics, rest assured that NAFA's series of specially curated festival markets has something for everyone. Check out Flea Party – the biggest daily flea market in Orchard – to snag some good deals. Looking for some extra cash? Rent a booth so you can put your pre-loved clothes up for sale.
When's the last time you've sent someone a letter? Revisit the good ol' pre-internet and email days and rediscover the joys of handwritten letters with Singapore Philatelic Museum's two-part exhibition, which showcases more than 200 award-winning decorative envelopes from the Washington Calligraphers Guild and over 150 unique stamps like holographic and chocolate-scented ones and other philatelic materials.
What do you know about the Orang Laut (sea people) or Mak Yong (traditional Malay dance)? Artist Zai Kuning explores the almost forgotten history and culture of the Malays by reimagining the ancient maritime kingdom of Srivijaya – the result of Kuning’s two decades of research.
Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City. Masterpieces of the Musee national des arts asiatiques-Guimet
Travel back in time to the Khmer Empire to discover over 140 rare and beautiful Khmer masterpieces including sculptures, watercolours and drawings, as well as French archaeological etchings and photographs from the late 19th century. Expect a slew of Cambodian-themed activities paired alongside the exhibition, including performing arts showcase, talks and workshops. The exhibition is also part of the Voilah! French Festival Singapore 2018.
The annual French festival returns for its fourth edition, featuring the best of French culture, creativity and innovation. Events take place all over Singapore: there's going to be film screening events, art exhibitions, music performances and more. Keep up-to-date with the festival's entire programme on its website.
What does it mean to live and die, and how do you make the days from now until then count? That’s what the 15th edition of the Esplanade’s The Studios, themed Between Living and Dying, aims to explore. Catch five works by independent Singaporean playwrights including A Good Death by Faith Ng, How Did the Cat Get So Fat? by Zizi Azah and Leda and The Rage by Edith Podesta.
Sound artist Tarek Atoui presents his first solo show in Southeast Asia at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art. The Ground debuts Atoui’s collection of recordings of underwater environments, human and industrial activities and the sounds of Singapore’s harbour.
Known for his woven photographs, Vietnamese American photographer Dinh Q. Lê is the latest to partner with STPI in its artist collaboration programme. Featuring some of the artist's best print works, including his sold-out photo-weaving series Splendor and Darkness, the showcase also presents his first-ever 3D weaving project.
Dive into the fascinating world of Italian contemporary art at The Parkview Museum's latest offering. Presenting artworks from the 60s to today, the exhibition showcases pieces from influential Italian artists – Aldo Mondino, Mario Schifano and Roberto Barni among others – and charts the development of artistic movements that sprouted on the scene.
Dive into the world of sharks and other wonderful marine creatures at the National Geographic’s first ever Ocean Record Breakers exhibition. Meet the sand tiger shark – the aquarium’s newest resident known for its rows of ragged teeth and vicious appearance – and learn how to capture stunning aquarium photos from the pros. Sign the little ones for a full-day workshop which features guided tours, exclusive documentary screenings and interactive activities in both the S.E.A Aquarium and the revamped Maritime Experiential Museum.
Bust out your cameras – the Marina Bay precinct is looking a lil brighter than usual this month as it lights up for the annual sustainable light art festival, i Light. Spanning three weeks, from March 9 to April 1, this year’s showcase – which extends from Marina Bay to Esplanade Park – displays over 20 installations that use energy-saving lighting and environmentally friendly materials.
Chiang Mai-based contemporary artist Rirkrit Tiravanija presents his latest work, untitled 2018 (the infinite dimensions of smallness), an immersive maze installation that blurs the line between art and audience. Made entirely out of bamboo, the maze stands at 4m and is inspired by traditional scaffolding seen in Asian countries like Hong Kong and Thailand. At the centre of the maze lies a minuscule tea house, where visitors can enter to experience an authentic Japanese tea ceremony.
Looking to refresh your waredrobe? You're in luck. Head down to The Luggage Market to pick up some new-old items. There'll be over 45 booths hawking preloved goods straight out of – you guessed it – luggages. The flea market will be on every Sunday so come rummage through all the luggages and pick out your next hottest outfit.
On display at Artscience Museum are more than 200 works from prominent streets artists from around the globe, including Banksy, Futura 2000 and Shepard Fairey. Featuring paintings, installations and video archives, the exhibition looks back at the history of graffiti and how its changed over the decades.
Avengers assemble! Be a part of the superhero squad at this immersive exhibition featuring life-sized wax figurines of Iron Man and Captain America, and a 4D experience of your favourites fighting villains on the streets of Singapore. Sounds like something we think every Marvel fan need to check out.
Discover more about the rich Indian heritage through this interactive exhibition. Presented by the Indian Heritage Centre, visitors get to learn more about the diverse Indian community in Singapore through various motifs, patterns and design. On display are textiles and crafts objects that have been preserved ‘till this day, which are typically still being used for modern festive celebrations and rituals.
More than 200 rare artefacts from London's Natural History Museum are travelling across the seas to make its Southeast Asian debut at Singapore's Artscience Museum. Featuring a carefully curated selection, come see a display of artworks, gems and books from famed discoverers such as Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace. Go back to prehistoric times and marvel at specimens that have shaped today's science. You can even get up close with the Jadarite – a mineral found in Serbia that's said to resemble the likes of Superman's kryptonite (although sorry to burst your bubble but sadly, it doesn't glow in green).
Anime addicts – there is a new anime-themed exhibition in town. To celebrate the 100 years of anime, the Singapore Philatelic Museum is introducing the Anime X Stamps exhibition. It features an impressive compilation of more than 700 stamps from 80 titles including some from Singapore and Japan. Snatch the chance to see limited edition collectibles, including rare original production sketches of Naruto. Spot your favourite anime characters from Pokémon, Studio Ghibili and Attack on Titan on unique stamps throughout the exhibition.
But mark these dates down: from November 19 to December 27, there'll be Animania Sunday. Hum along as local pianist Pianominion performs well-loved anime pieces, snap a photo with cosplayers (psst – a sailor moon character will be roaming around), play dress-up at the yukata booth or learn a new skill at the sushi-making demonstration. Ever wondered what you’ll look like in cartoon form? Find out at the live anime-style portraiture station.
Can you help Professor Crackitt find his lost parrot, Wattnot? Take on the mission and make your way through the professor's laboratory, featuring a large mirror maze with plenty of twists and turns (so be careful not to bump into his things!).
Learn more about the science behind lights, colours and reflection as you wander through the whimsical labyrinth and encounter the professor's crazy inventions. Take a peek into a giant kaleidoscope, create fun rainbow-coloured shadows and get the chance to 'shake hands' with your own reflection. Science can be pretty cool, huh?
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 Southeast 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.