The World Cup fever is still going strong – catch a free screening at these places or chill out at one these sports bars – and to cap off a brilliant month, the International Champions Cup (did someone say Arsensal?) is making an Asian pit stop in Singapore. Eat away at Singapore Food Festival and join in Time Out Singapore Dining Series: Balik Kampong Heritage Dinner. Else, get your creative juices flowing at these art jamming studios or pick up a new language at these language schools. Or (finally)make good on your New Year's resolutions and finally start going to a gym (or punch a bag at a MMA gym) – here are some gyms with a view that'll make exercising that tad bit more tolerable.
For more events, be sure to check out our calendar of events below.
Our July 2018 highlights
Heritage food in Singapore goes beyond the usual chicken rice and chilli crab. Our culinary landscape is held together by a rich tapestry of dishes from the myriad of cultures that make this city home. Time Out Singapore is proud to present its first ever Dining Series the Time Out Singapore Balik Kampong Heritage Dinner happening on July 25 and 26 as a part of the Singapore Food Festival.
In an age where convenience, efficiency and speed reign, it’s a challenge to slow down and catch a breath. Let us take you back to the good old days where people gathered over a meal that’s been laboured over for hours and prepared from the heart.
The dinner is an exploration of traditional Eurasian, Peranakan, Malay and Chinese food beyond the conventional, presented by some of Singapore’s top chefs. It sees Damian D'Silva of Folklore, Han Li Guang of Labyrinth, Haikal Johari of Alma by Juan Amador and Pang Kok Keong of Antoinette team up to present a seven-course dinner ($150 nett, including alcohol pairing) that will satisfy and enlighten guests about Singapore’s culinary history.
Gear up football fans, some of the biggest clubs in the world are heading to Singapore this July to face off at the 2018 International Champions Cup. Already in its sixth edition, the annual football competition will see Arsenal, Atlético de Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain go head-to-head at the National Stadium. Taking on a new format, this year's tournament features 18 football clubs playing 27 matches across United States, Europe and Singapore – making us the only Asian pit stop for this season. All the matches will be broadcasted live on Mediacorp's Toggle, including the three Singapore events.
As a country of food lovers, it's no surprise we have an official festival celebrating our love for grub. Highlights include the 50 Cents Fest at Chinatown Food Street, where local favourites go for the princely sum of, you guessed it, $0.50, as well as other events involving Park Bench Deli, beer yoga, making rainbow lapis and Curry Day by Old Chang Kee. Here are 6 ways to stuff your face during Singapore Food Festival 2018.
Media freedom, surveillance, racism and the value of our national heritage and history – these are some of the social themes explored in the eight plays staged during this year’s edition of the Singapore Theatre Festival. Presented by local theatre company Wild Rice, the annual festival spotlights established, emerging and undiscovered homegrown playwrights.
Bask in the presence of the ever-glamourous Sasha Velour, RuPaul's Drag Race season 9 winner and reigning queen, as she slays the stage with a 75-minute one-woman-show – transported straight out of Brooklyn's incredible nightlife scene. Expect nothing short of this artsy queen's signature numbers including Cellophane, This Woman's Work, Don't Cry Out Loud and other brand new creations. With her iconic bald head and striking unibrow, Sasha is definitely here to turn heads and to celebrate all things drag.
Get this: twelve of Singapore’s biggest comics are getting together to give you a happy ever laughter like no other. Up for its fourth season, the biggest live stand-up comedy event returns from 11 to 29 July at Capitol Theatre. Book tickets to see your favourite funny man (or woman) roast each other for the ultimate comedic showdown. This year’s cast includes Kumar, Suhaimi Yusof, Sebastian Tan, Irene Ang, Koh Chieng Mun, Selena Tan, Preetipls, Fakkah Fuzz, Alaric Tay, Sharul Channa, Rishi Budhrani and Judee Tan.
The wait is finally over. The chill-bass duo will be making a stop in Singapore as part of their A Moment Apart tour. The Grammy-nominated band will be taking over The Coliseum this July, with a setlist of tracks from their highly-anticipated third album as well as hits from the yesteryears. Seems like All We Need is an electronic night filled with dreams and nostalgia à la Odesza.
Guess what? Looks do matter, even if you’re not competing in a beauty pageant. The biennial Singapore Garden Festival is proof of that, with top local and international designers congregating to show off their green thumbs. Prepare to be floored by a variety of horticultural masterpieces. The main highlight of this floral festival is the impressive orchid showcase in the Flower Dome and a ‘secret garden of edibles’ – whatever that means. Pick up a wide variety of gardening tools and some grub at the marketplace too.
Free events in July
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.
In collaboration with Guest Curator, Susie Lingham, The Private Museum launches You, Other; I, Another – an exhibition showcasing artwork based on the realities lived by nine artists. It features works by Vincent Twardzik Ching, Regina De Rozario, Victor Emmanuel, amongst others. See their visions come to life from now until 22 July at The Private Museum.
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.
It's full-on football frenzy at Singapore Sports Hub this World Cup season. Catch live screenings for most matches including knockout stages and final match, meet the Singapore Lions football team, try your hand – or shall we say, foot – at football-related workshops and tournaments. Expect live entertainment, music performances, food and beverage stalls and daily prizes to be won. The festival rounds off with the International Champions Cup.
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 wardrobe? 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.
All about championing emerging local artists who aren't shy when it comes to pushing artistic boundaries, Gajah Gallery presents the second edition of The New Now series. Due to the success of the series, it is now a permanent fixture on the gallery's list of exhibitions. Seven young artists, including Gerald Tay, Jay Ho, Muhammad Masuri, Ong Si Hui, Shayne Phua, Tan Shao Qi and Vivian Loh, take over the art space with their unconventional artistry, aesthetics and concepts. Treat your eyes to gorgeous visuals that incorporate a variety of techniques frrom painting and sculpting to photography and paper cut.
What’s normal and what’s not? And how far are we willing to push the boundaries? Explore all that and more in local artist Aiman’s second solo exhibition of dreamlike paintings that draw inspiration from fairytales while weaving in darker themes of cruelty with references to religion, eroticism and mythology.
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.
The Little Prince is probably one of the world's most widely read books – we all know the famous, oft quoted phrases from this French book published in 1943 from our childhood that has since been translated into 300 languages. Throwback to your salad days (or introduce your kids to this book) with this exhibition dedicated to this iconic book through rare philatelic materials, hand-drawn illustrations and artefacts – some of which have never been exhibited outside of France.