Spread over 10 days, the 16th edition of the Chinese arts and music festival returns with over 200 family-friendly programmes including puppet shows and concerts. One highlight not to miss is Einstein in the Carpark, a commissioned site-specific piece by performance group Emergency Stairs that transforms Esplanade’s basement carpark into its stage.
Forget a true love’s kiss, happy endings and all that jazz. In Andsoforth’s latest pop-up theatrical dining series aptly named Adventures in Grimmsneyland (no, not Disneyland), fall into the wicked and raunchy side of the fairytale world where your princesses and princes are maybe not who they seem. Step through Mirror Mirror and roleplay as villagers, farmers or bystanders as you embark on a whimsical adventure. While you watch the story unfold, appetising dishes inspired by each fairytale are whipped up and served. And of course, in true Andsoforth fashion, the event’s location a secret so you’d wanna sign up to get all the deets.
Read on to find out the best Chinese New Year activities happening around town, which performances to catch and the top restaurants to book for your reunion dinner.
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From electrifying LED dragon dances to animals prying festive treats from fire crackers, Singapore’s 4 wildlife parks – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari, and Singapore Zoo – proffer a refreshing way to usher in the Lunar New Year with the myriad of engaging activities that they have in store. Snap photos with the auspicious God of Fortune mascots that will grace all four parks with their presence or embark on a Zoo-diac trail to see what the Year of the Dog has in store for you. After working up an appetite, savour specially curated festive delicacies like mandarin orange cheese tarts and almond and peach cakes.
This Chinese New Year, it’s out with the rooster and in with the dog. New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street get dolled up with bright lights including sculptured lanterns of – you guessed it – adorable pups. Get auspicious trinkets and traditional delicacies at the festive street bazaar, join in on song and dance performances and bask in all the celebrations. Pro tip: head to the carpark on level 6 of People's Park Centre for a bird's eye view of the family of dogs between Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road.
Here’s a theatre performance you won’t forget: Diva to the Death is a one-of-a-kind supper dinner affair where classy jazz culture clashes with the brash world of getai (which literally means ‘song stage’ in Mandarin). Held at Monti at 1-Pavilion, the interactive performance by Singaporean playwright Jonathan Lim transforms the waterfront restaurant into a playground (or is it warzone?) as you dine on a ‘culture clash’ themed supper menu.
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