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Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations  2021
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The best things to do in Singapore this week (Feb 8-14)

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

By Time Out Singapore editors and Cam Khalid

Looking for things to do? Read on for our guide to the week's recommended things to do. If you manage to tick off all on this list, head back to our home page for daily updates on the cream of the crop, and whatever else Singapore has to offer before our next hotlist gets a refresher.

Phase 3 is finally upon us, and you can now gather with up to eight people – hurrah to not having to cut the sixth person from social gatherings anymore. This week, celebrate Chinese New Year with events such as River Hongbao, and wear your heart on your sleeve this Valentine's Day with All Walks of Love and more.

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A Voyage of Love and Longing
Photograph: National Museum of Singapore

1. A Voyage of Love and Longing

Things to do Exhibitions National Museum of Singapore, City Hall

A new interactive exhibition is set to dwell in the newly refreshed Goh Seng Choo Gallery at the National Museum of Singapore. Something you won't find in history books, A Voyage of Love and Longing marries illustrations from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History with Malay literature – think lyrics from love ballads, classical texts and pantuns (rhyme quatrains) – to give you an insight into the natural history collection from a fresh, lyrical angle. See how the drawings on display portray the flora and fauna featured in tales of love and longing from the Malay world through interactive installations and activities.

River Hongbao 2021
Photograph: River Hongbao

2. River Hongbao

Things to do Festivals Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

Every year, the iconic River Hongbao transforms The Float @ Marina Bay into a vibrant, cultural festival to ring in the Lunar New Year with a bang – courtesy of the spectacular fireworks, of course. But this year, it's taking down a notch at a new venue: Gardens by the Bay. See the Gardens illuminate with 24 life-sized kaleidoscopic lantern sets in the shape of peacocks, butterflies and the 12 zodiac animals, including the mighty ox. Unlike the previous editions, this year's won't feature any live performances but you can still look forward to pre-recorded dance and getai performances screened on-site every night as well as live-streamed on the River Hongbao website and Facebook page.

The Macallan Experience
Photograph: The Macallan Experience

3. The Macallan Experience

Bars and pubs Raffles Hotel Singapore, City Hall

Sample one of the world’s most exceptional single malt Scotch whiskies, The Macallan, in a fully immersive and integrated experiential space. To match The Macallan's rich heritage, the experience is set amidst the unrivalled elegance of the Raffles Hotel Singapore. It promises to take guests through a sensorial and memorable whisky journey with a state-of-the-art sensory cinema, an interactive kinetic art installation, and an archival gallery. Over at the whisky lounge, treat yourself to the finest range of exquisite single malts and curated cocktails. Private masterclasses and tasting experiences are also available to book.

Publico Best Bar Voyage
Photograph: Publico

4. Best Bar Voyage

Bars and pubs Publico Ristorante, Raffles Place

Publico, together with the World’s Best Bars, is bringing the best international cocktail experience to our shores, kicking off with drinks from Caprice Bar at Four Seasons Hong Kong (36th on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list), with three exclusive libations. From now till the end of March, look forward to libations that include the Golden Raisin Fizz ($24) and Oro Nero ($24) with white miso butter and Bacardi Reserve Ocho. Come April to May, Publico will switch things up with a menu curated by Sydney-based Maybe Sammy, featuring a modern spritz with kombucha, chardonnay, and peach; as well as Candy Man with lychee and raspberry shrub, Aperol, and Grey Goose.  

All Walk of Love
Photograph: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

5. All Walks of Love

Things to do Exhibitions Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), Tanjong Pagar

Discover the true meaning of love at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre's visually-captivating exhibition, All Walks of Love. Covering all aspects of love from romantic relationships to lifelong friendships, the interactive showcase features informative and Instagrammable corners such as a life-sized see-saw and a romantic backdrop, recalling your fond playground memories or your first love. The exhibition invites you to walk down memory land and revisit the key milestones in life while discovering how love plays a part from the cradle into adulthood, especially in Chinese-Singaporean culture.

Chinese New Year at Singapore Sports Hub
Photograph: Singapore Sports Hub

6. Chinese New Year at Singapore Sports Hub

Things to do Singapore Sports Hub, Kallang

Chinese New Year may be celebrated a little differently this year, but that's not stopping Singapore Sports Hub from bringing the same joy and excitement this festive season. For the month of February, break a sweat with a prosperous 888-metre Huat Run around the 100Plus Promenade, take a dip in the pool of fortune for an extra splash of good luck at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, and get into the festive spirit with Singapore Sports Hub as it illuminates the night sky in festive colours (from February 7 to 19, 7pm to 11pm).

Lunar New Year Celebrations at the National Museum of Singapore
Photograph: National Museum of Singapore

7. Lunar New Year Celebrations at the National Museum of Singapore

Things to do Festivals National Museum of Singapore, City Hall

Huat are you doing this Lunar New Year? Rounding up your friends and family for a celebration at the National Museum of Singapore, of course. The festivities start early with a spectacular lion dance show in the morning. The afternoon is then filled with live music performances of your favourite festive tunes, as well as a special calligraphy workshop and presentation. And while you're there, be sure to create a personalised festive souvenir to take home.

Valentine Vendetta
Photograph: Valentine Vendetta

8. Valentine Vendetta

Sex and dating Food and drink events Chimi's, Raffles Place

Calling all singletons – are you game to go on a blind date? Bring your charm to the 10th edition of singles party Valentine Vendetta. Teaming up with dating platform NADA (Not.A.Dating.App) and taking a different approach this year, the V-Day affair swaps its usual party setting for a sit-down dinner at Mexican cantina Chimi's. Participants are required to fill up a form prior to Valentine's Day where they'll be placed at a table of eight, all pre-arranged according to their compatibility so as to avoid those awkward one-on-one convos, and painful silences. But that's not all – they'll get to steal hearts through a speed dating segment, ice-breaker activities, and more, all set against the stunning Marina Bay cityscape.

running, singapore, marina bay
Photograph: Shutterstock

9. Season of Love Virtual Series

Sport and fitness Running Singapore City, Raffles Place

Instead of the usual chocolate and rose combo, get both your hearts a-racing this Valentine's Day with 42Race's virtual race. Happening from February 12 to 14 and again from March 12 to 14, the sweat sesh invites couples to pair up and challenge themselves to the track or take a romantic sunset or sunrise jog around the city – at any time, any place, and any pace. Each successful run comes with a complimentary limited edition charm bracelet that makes a gorgeous gift. Plus, you can engrave it to make it extra special. There are also necklace chains and matching tees to add on. Register online before February 11.

Aqua Gastronomy: Spring Edition
Photograph: Resorts World Sentosa

10. Aqua Gastronomy

Restaurants Chinese SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa

Aqua Gastronomy returns for its final edition this Chinese New Year. Step into one of eight underwater dining pods or head to one of the whimsically-decorated tables, and indulge in a five-course spread against the breathtaking backdrop of the marine landscape – think reef manta rays, hammerhead sharks, and giant groupers gliding by. Expect delectable Chinese New Year menus, as well as auspicious yet healthy Yusheng and festive creations offered by Feng Shui Inn, Osia Steak and Seafood Grill, Ocean Restaurant, and Syun. And while you savour the flavour, listen out for the mesmerising ancient tale of an underwater celebratory feast as told by the Lady of the Ocean.

Sky High Hawker, Bao by Cé La Vi
Photograph: Cé La Vi

11. Sky High Hawker

Things to do Food and drink events

Satiate your appetite for local fare atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands where some of Singapore's most innovative chefs are whipping up their best dishes as part of Sky High Hawker. Sample the creations of Gino Goh from Chop Chop Biryani, Renee Tang from Jelebu Dry Laksa, Andy Heng Jun Sheng from Mrs Pho, Manjit Kaur from Moghul Mahal, Chung Deming from The Quarters, and John Paul from Gubak Kia – from $10 a pop. Save some space for a bao-burger by Cé La Vi Group Executive Chef Joey Sergentakis and desserts by Cé La Vi Pastry Chef Kelvin Chia. Then wash it all down with cocktails by resident mixologist Andrew Hyman.

running, singapore, marina bay
Photograph: Shutterstock

12. AIA iRun for Vitality (Ang Bao Edition)

Sport and fitness Running Singapore City, Raffles Place

Smash your fitness goals with the second edition of AIA iRun for Vitality – this time, with a Chinese New Year twist. The free virtual run invites you to lace up your best running trainers for Individual, Team or Corporate challenges, with a chance to win attractive prizes as you unlock significant milestones along the way. There will be live leaderboards for you to track your run, especially if you're partaking in the Individual and Corporate challenges. These are recorded based on the total distances you clock, and the final rankings, as well as the winners, will be announced on the 42Race Facebook page on March 10. Registration is open from now until February 7.

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition
Photograph: Lucasfilm Ltd

13. Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

Things to do Exhibitions ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay

You don't have to wait until May the Fourth to be the ultimate Fanboy. This January, get to know the characters of Star Wars on a whole new level as The Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition finally lands on our shores, making Singapore the final stop of its global tour. The Force is strong with close to 200 original props, costumes, models and artwork from the film franchise occupying the ArtScience Museum. It's not your typical movie exhibition either – it takes you on a customised, interactive identity quest to gain new insights into how the characters were developed, and gives you the opportunity to discover your own personal identities in the Star Wars galaxy.

Chinatown, Singapore
Photograph: Kit Suman/Unsplash

14. Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

This Chinese New Year, it’s out with the rat and in with the ox. From now until March 12, Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and the Garden Bridge are all dolled up with bright lights including handcrafted lanterns of the zodiac star and his zodiac pals. Beyond the attention-grabbing display, get auspicious trinkets and traditional delicacies at the Festive Street Bazaar, which continues online too. Gather the fam for virtual games, contests and online workshops via the Chinatown Festivals social media page.

Photograph: One Percent/Shutterstock

15. Vel Vel: A Sonic Walk

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

In Singapore, Thaipusam sees Hindu devotees seek blessings, fulfill vows, and offer thanks with a massive, colourful procession, honouring Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war. As such large events aren't likely to be able to proceed this year, The Arts House has planned something in celebration of Thaipusam. Instead of the streets, it's taking the thanksgiving festival to the digital space with the multidisciplinary audio-visual-text experience Vel Vel: A Sonic Walk. Through a web app, you can follow the virtual edition of the festival’s pilgrimage route which includes the historic neighbourhoods of Little India, Selegie and Fort Canning, and discover its cultural significance along the way.

Photograph: Hydeout

16. Hydeout: The Prelude

Music Singapore City, Raffles Place

The answer to Singapore's growing appetite for new music experiences, Hydeout is the region's first multi-genre music festival to shake up the scene by packing as much uncurbed fun, global sounds, and eye-catching art in one massive space. While its 2020 debut at Gardens by the Bay was cut short by the circuit breaker, it’s taking a digital spin with an immersive online experience featuring performances set against stunning backdrops that encompass both the virtual and physical realms. The star-studded lineup includes beach-blonde pop starlet Rita Ora, R&B darling Tinashe, EDM’s poster boy Martin Garrix, progressive house star Nicky Romero, and even Singapore’s very own DJ and producer Myrne.

Baroque Archipelago
Photograph: Wong Jing Wei

17. Baroque Archipelago

Art Mixed media Mizuma Gallery, Bukit Merah

Besides the riveting exhibitions of Singapore Art Week, continue your art appreciation journey at Mizuma Gallery. Stroke your chin as you observe the compelling pieces of Baroque Archipelago, a group exhibition curated by Tan Siuli. Bringing contemporary art and fashion together to highlight current issues and heritage, Indonesian artists including Agan Harahap, Budi Agung Kuswara, Lulu Lutfi Labibi, Mella Jaarsma, Octora, and Toton have reinterpreted and reworked Indonesia’s rich traditions to create compelling works.

Photograph: Science Centre Singapore

18. DiscovHER

Kids Quirky events

DiscovHER is back at Science Centre Singapore to pay tribute to the incredible women of STEM. Organised in celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, it invites young learners to learn more about female scientists, engineers, inventors, and more who changed the world with their scientific breakthroughs in a series of specially curated on-site and online activities.

Rise in Valour
Photograph: ION Orchard

19. Rise in Valour

Things to do ION Orchard, Orchard

ION Orchard is kicking off the Chinese New Year festivities in style with gorgeous décor inspired by the vibrant colours of Chinese culture and the noble tradition of the lion dance. And that's not all – there's the immersive, multimedia Seasonal Light Show at ION Sky, a selection of Chinese New Year retail and dining options, and a host of rewards for ION+ Rewards Members. The ION Orchard Chinese New Year experience then continues online via its Facebook page where you can catch a virtual lion dance performance, participate in the Red Packet Lucky Dip, and more.

Moo Moo PARK
Photograph: Mithra

20. Moo Moo Park

Art Digital and interactive Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), Tanjong Pagar

Accelerate for the very first drive-through art exhibition in Asia. Say what? The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre is starting the Year of the Ox with an immersive outdoor experience that brings together art and technology to spotlight the Chinese culture in Singapore as well as the importance of sustainability. At the comfort of four-wheeler helmed by drivers at the exhibition, you can learn about the ox's cultural significance through the digital masterpieces of eight local artists including Almostasthma, André Wee, Antz, Puffingmuffin, and Mithra which have been transformed into 3D installation art, selfie filters, and augmented reality murals.

Yayoi Kusama
Photograph: Ota Fine Arts Singapore

21. Yayoi Kusama: Recent Paintings

Art Galleries Ota Fine Arts, Bukit Merah

The mention of Yayoi Kusama immediately brings to mind eclectic and colourful polka-dotted artworks and infinity installations. But ardent fans would know that the Japanese contemporary artist started as a monochrome artist in her early days – specifically, in the 1950s when she pioneered her Infinity Net paintings. They were monochromatic canvases filled with thousands of tiny dots. At Ota Fine Arts Singapore's latest exhibitionthe artist is once again showcasing her monochromatic prowess. This marks Kusama's first solo presentation in Singapore since her large retrospective at the National Gallery Singapore in 2017.

Dahlia Dreams
Photograph: Gardens by the Bay

22. Dahlia Dreams

Things to do Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

Gardens by the Bay's Flower Dome sees in the Year of the Ox with a breathtaking floral display featuring 2,000 dahlias all entirely grown in-house for the very first time. These beauties are showcased alongside a host of Chinese New Year floral classics like azaleas, chrysanthemums, and cymbidiums, as well as auspicious elements and symbols to usher in new beginnings filled with good luck and positivity. While you take a stroll through the Flower Dome, keep an eye out for installations of the dragon and ox hidden between the blooms.


NHB Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign
Photograph: Cheryl Sekkappan

23. Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign

Museums Singapore City, Raffles Place

There's more reason to go museum hopping this Lunar New Year. The National Heritage Board's Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign is back with 32 Museum Roundtable institutions – that means 32 unique red packet designs for each participating museum and gallery. Challenge yourself by paying a visit to all the venues, including the likes of Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum, Eurasian Heritage Gallery, ArtScience Museum and more, to pick up customised ox-themed hongbaos. For the first time, ticket redemptions are not tied to entrance tickets – but do check out the I Love Museums Facebook page for special criteria you have to fulfil before heading down to the museums. Don't worry, they're as simple as filling out a form or following social media pages.

Got To Move 2021
Photograph: The Arts Fission Company

24. Got To Move

Dance Singapore City, Raffles Place

What’s in a dance? Find out by jumping into one of the many free activities and programmes of Got to Move (GTM). Presented digitally for the first time this year, the annual nationwide dance movement celebrates the power of motion across various genres. Put on their dancing shoes and experience the art form in new ways with five interactive digital dance programmes. Hear the stories of the city's emerging dancers on GTM's social media pages and witness the beauty of inclusivity that dance can bring to communities through its Dance x Social videos.

Carlos Quijon, Jr.
Photograph: ADM Gallery

25. In Our Best Interests

Art Nanyang Technological University, Jurong West

Out of the Cold War grew intensive cultural exchange between African and Asian intellectuals, activists and revolutionaries as they explored new vectors of solidarity across borders. This exhibition traces these legacies through contemporary artworks and archival material. Focusing on Southeast Asia as a geopoetic imagination alongside a post-WWII global anti-colonial resistance to racism, the exhibition gives you a closer look at early regional imaginations such as Maphilindo (a proposed, nonpolitical confederation of Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia) and contemporary appropriations of Afro-Asian histories. Watch a series of webinars to learn more about Afro-Southeast Asian history and solidarity, and contemplate what it means to work for "our" best interests in the face of Covid-19.

Usher in the Fun
Photograph: Resorts World Sentosa

26. Usher in the Fun

Things to do Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa

Usher in the Year of the Ox at Universal Studios Singapore with characters like Kung Fu Panda's Po, Shrek and gang, and the super adorable Minions in their best Chinese New Year ensemble. The magnificent Majestic Dragon is also making a comeback, and you can capture an exclusive festive wefie with it during its exclusive meet-and-greet session. Fans of Transformers, on the other hand, can look forward to a meet-and-greet session with Optimus Prime and Megatron who are set to surprise selected guests with greetings in Mandarin. And as always, there are thrilling rides at the theme park to make it a season to remember.

Spring in the Sea
Photograph: Resorts World Sentosa

27. Spring in the Sea

Things to do SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa

No Ox at S.E.A. Aquarium but plenty of good vibes to put you in the festive mood. Come face-to-face with many incredible marine critters such as seahorse, vase and scroll corals, and slingjaw wrasse that are representative of happiness, wealth and luck, as well as the scrawled cowfish which is a symbol of strength. Fortune seekers can also follow the Trail of Fortune to hunt for hidden gold ingots while meeting living symbols of prosperity.

Stone Stacks
Photograph: Miaja Art Collections

28. Stone Stacks

Art Painting Miaja Gallery, River Valley

Award-winning artist Stefanie Hauger's solo exhibition Stone Stacks marks her departure from the use of acrylic paint which was once her medium of choice. Instead, she returns to oil and a more painterly, narrative approach in this series which is a reflection of the challenges she confronted in 10 years of her life. Featuring brush strokes in energetic colours, each painting represents one of these years and acts as a landmark of soul-searching, burying unwanted emotions and remnants of pain.

Yip Yew Chong
Photograph: Yip Yew Chong / Art Porters Gallery

29. Something, Somewhere, Somewhen

Art Galleries Art Porters Gallery, Outram

You've definitely seen Yip Yew Chong's works around, whether it's murals of bird cages in Tiong Bahru or vibrant, district-inspired commissions in Chinatown. His murals are splashed across some of the country's most popular enclaves. After all, he is one of Singapore's most popular street artists. On January 12, his birthday, Yip Yew Chong is bringing his artworks from the streets to the gallery in his first solo exhibition Something, Somewhere, Somewhen. Art collectors can soon take home a piece of Yip Yew Chong's iconic mural art for their homes.

Wan Hao Pop Up
Photograph: Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant/Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

30. Wan Hao Pop-Up

Restaurants Chinese Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Orchard

Whet your appetite at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant's limited-time pop-up with the best of Cantonese pastries including egg tarts, char siew buns, and cookies. Baked fresh daily by the restaurant's award-winning culinary team, the pastries are masterfully handcrafted and elevated with quality ingredients as well as time-honoured traditional recipes and techniques – just like how grandma does it. While you walk down memory lane with the signature classics, sample a variety of new creations with local twists that will pique your palate.

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020
Photography: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

31. Wan Qing Festival of Spring

Things to do Festivals Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Novena

Gather the fam and usher in the Year of the Ox at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall with lion dance and festive drum workshops, heritage walking trails, and craft activities for the kids. Capture this memorable day out with a family photo by the memorial hall's outdoor installation Double Prosperity which features two large 'Foo Dou' Guardian Lions. The celebrations continue online where you can learn the ways on how to huat your home to usher in the new year, the dos and don’ts when watching a lion dance performance, and the recipe for fried nian gao, a sweet rice cake. The little ones can also cosy up for the story of the Ox and the characteristics of the Chinese zodiac.

The Wizard's Den
Photograph: The Wizard's Den

32. The Wizard's Den

Things to do Food and drink events Singapore City, Raffles Place

Calling all witches and wizards – grab your wand as Australia's unique wizard-themed pop-up bar experience is landing on our sunny shores. It's one of the few places in the Muggle World (ie. earth) where you can channel the powers of your favourite coven icon, from Harry Potter to Sabrina, and create 'riddikulus' cocktail concoctions with a twist. Participants have to take part in challenges – think tricky riddles and mind-boggling puzzles – to unlock the ingredients for their concoctions. With the help of a trusty potion master, things get boozier with a swish and a flick from there.

In true hush-hush wizard fashion, the experience takes place at a secret location, lasting for 90 minutes, and includes one welcome drink and two potions. You'll also be kitted out in a robe and wand, in which you'll have to return before stepping out of the magical lair – you wouldn't want to blow your cover as a witch or wizard, do you? While tickets have yet to be released, you can register your interest online and be the first to know when the golden tickets are up for grabs. There's nothing like starting the new year with a little magic.

Kampong Glam, Sultan Mosque
Photograph: Ronnie Chua/Shutterstock

33. Aliwal Tracks

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

Once reigned by Malay Sultans, Kampong Glam is a historical precinct rich with vibrant sights, scents and sounds. And with Aliwal Tracks, you can rediscover this cultural enclave through the lens of some of the city's leading street, urban and traditional artists and creatives. The 13-part web series features digital performances, behind-the-scenes footage and virtual exhibitions centered around the everyday sounds of the neighbourhood. Get ready to explore hidden street art, age-old stories from residents as well as sounds and beats of Kampong Glam from the comfort of your couch.

El Masnou
Photograph: El Masnou

34. Otah & Friends

Things to do Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

From the same masterminds behind the Bubble Tea Factory comes Singapore's first otter-themed escapade. The otter-this-world experience brings together two local favourites – otters and photo-taking. Spanning 2,500 square feet of a fantasy world, the immersive 45-minute story-based experience challenges visitors to seek Otah out before the cookies in his oven burn. The challenge is to explore his home in search of him, while being treated to a feast for the senses as you step through the door.

Home, Truly
Photograph: National Museum of Singapore

35. Home, Truly: Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present

Things to do National Museum of Singapore, City Hall

Sing Kit Chan's Home all you want but do you really know what makes Singapore home? Showcased across five key themes, the National Museum of Singapore's latest exhibition features artefacts and photographs from the National Collection and members of the public, as well as audio-visual footage, sounds, scents and special digital features that reveal the personal stories of over 100 Singaporeans. Like a time capsule, Home, Truly chronicles the past and present, expressing our identity and collective memory as Singaporeans. You can also check out the digital companion @ Home, Truly from your humble abode too. Just get ready for a heavy dose of nostalgia.

Finbarr Fallon
Photograph: Finbarr Fallon

36. Sub/merged & An Unnatural History


Fresh off Heman Chong's Walking in the City, Singapore Art Museum (SAM) presents two larger-than-life artworks for the latest presentation on the hoardings surrounding the buildings. Finbarr Fallon's Sub/merged imagines a subterranean city of the future, while An Unnatural History by Darel Seow with Lee Xin Li explores the struggle between man and nature. Both of the commissioned artworks feature digital elements that extend the experience of the works beyond the hoardings.

RG5 Memories at Time Capsule
Photograph: Singapore Flyer

37. Time Capsule at Singapore Flyer

Attractions Theme parks Marina Bay

Singapore Flyer's new attraction takes you through two levels and 700 years of Singapore's history, and we can already imagine families and young children ooh-ing and aah-ing over the dazzling light displays, holograms and interactive media. Every journey needs a guide, and the red-dot inspired robot called R65 is your companion for this one. Out of nine zones, standouts include the Island of Myths, a forested room with screens dedicated to a holographic tale of Sang Nila Utama, a wayang kulit display of the myths of the five rajas, and leaves that light up with extra stories and trivia when you wave your hands over them.

Orient Express
Photograph: Jér?me Galland / Arab World Institute

38. Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express

Art Contemporary art Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

Hear ye, hear ye, the Orient Express is coming to town. Following the 2014 exhibition in Paris, marking the 130th anniversary of the legendary train, the pop-up attraction Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express is set to take over the West Lawn of Gardens by the Bay with a series of showcases that unveils a fairy-tale universe related to travel, culture and gastronomy. Fix your eyes on some of the most extraordinary objects and documents to showcase centuries of history that retraces the legacy of the train, allowing you to discover events that transformed the world and shaped the map.

Earth Alive
Photograph: Science Centre Singapore

39. Earth Alive

Kids Exhibitions Science Centre Singapore, Jurong East

Together with world-class scientists from Earth Observatory of Singapore, Science Centre Singapore launches the Earth Alive exhibition to school visitors of all ages about the world we live in. Expect larger-than-life lessons through life-size interactive displays, and learn how the changes on our planet impact the environment and cause natural phenomena such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Be mesmerised by the five-metre inflatable globe installation Gaia, send dramatic P and S waves of an earthquake down a giant slinky, shape a landscape with sand, and more.

Progressive Disintegrations
Photograph: Wei Leng Tay

40. Progressive Disintegrations

Art Photography Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking, Rochor

Objectifs' final major exhibition of 2020 features an installation of new mixed-media works by three local artists, including Chua Chye Teck, Hilmi Johandi, and Wei Leng Tay, at the Chapel Gallery. Take a deep dive into a pool of ideas perceived through looking at an image and how a photograph, as a document, object and artefact, can be re-examined through a series of transformation, fragmentation and remaking.

Chijmes Christmas dome
Photograph: CHIJMES

41. Christmas at CHIJMES

This festive period, Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES transform into a magical wonderland – filled with light installations, a massive Singing Tree, and giant Nutcracker soldiers. But the main highlight: picture-worthy dining domes for you to share a meal with loved ones. Gift-hunting is also made easier at the Land of Sweets at the Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski. Browse from over 20 Christmas booths, selling everything from tea sets to self-care essential oil. The celebration continues with light projection shows, Instagram-friendly installations, and an 8-metre tall Singing Tree that will belt out holiday tunes at various time slots.

Malay CultureFest 2020, Urang Banjar: Heritage and Culture of the Banjar in Singapore
Photograph: Malay Heritage Centre

42. Urang Banjar: Heritage and Culture of the Banjar in Singapore

Things to do Exhibitions Malay Heritage Centre, Rochor

As part of this year's Malay CultureFest, the super informative exhibition at Malay Heritage Centre spotlights the heritage and culture of the Banjar community. Get a better understanding of Singapore’s smallest sub-ethnic Malay community through ethnographic objects, photographs, community stories, treasured family belongings, and other exhibits that are weaved together with their insights and anecdotes. Unlike your usual museum exhibition, you can witness the artefacts come alive through an Augmented Reality AR) experience, while the kids can hop on the on-site excavators to dig for hidden treasures, or be a diamond trader for a day at My Babak's Studio. 

Lite On!
Photograph: Downtown East

43. Lite On!

Art Mixed media Downtown East , Pasir Ris

As the gift that keeps on giving, Downtown East is pulling out all the stops this festive season with multi-sensory light and art installations, as well as 12 new retail, dining, and lifestyle venues to create more memorable moments with loved ones. From now until March 21, the lifestyle destination illuminates for Lite On!, an arts programme that showcases four Instagram-worthy works by local artists Speak Cryptic, BOD, Space Objekt, and Shophouse & Co. These visually stimulating yet meaningful mixed-media pieces take inspiration from imagined landscapes, existing spaces, and everyday things. Take a sonic trip in a pyramid, walk through a kaleidoscopic tunnel, surround yourself with playful illustrations, and pop bubbles on the bubble-wrapped staircase.

DigiMuse Presents: Virtual Showcase
Photograph: Psxcharmaine Studio

44. DigiMuse Presents: Virtual Showcase

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

Go beyond the museums with the virtual edition of DigiMuse. Explore Singapore’s heritage through a variety of digital formats that are fun and innovative, ranging from baking videos for a taste of local flavour to Augmented Reality (AR) experiences that allow you to “try on” and get up-close to national treasures. There's even an online shop dedicated to Singapore’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. These are all developed by local creatives in collaboration with the National Heritage Board (NHB) to encourage all to explore and engage with Singapore's heritage and culture.

Margins: drawing  pictures of home
Photograph: John Clang

45. Margins: drawing pictures of home

Art Photography ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay

Observe Singapore from the perspective of 15 local contemporary photographers in ArtScience Museum's new exhibition, Margins: drawing pictures of home. Part of the Singapore International Photography Festival, the showcase unearths under-represented stories, and landscapes, and even amplifies the voices of people who are often unheard in pictorial form. It also articulates Singapore's rich migrant histories, the blended cultural ancestries, and the everyday lives of its diverse population – in the hopes of encouraging visitors to imagine home beyond the boundaries of their own lives.

Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films.
Photograph: Trinh T. Minh-ha

46. Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films.

Film NTU CCA Singapore, Kent Ridge

Get a different perspective of Asia through the lens of multi-hyphenated artist Trinh T. Minh-ha. Taking a page out of ancient Vietnamese myths, 19th-century Vietnamese poem The Tale of Kiều, and Miyazawa Kenji’s novel Milky Way Railroad, the filmmaker produced captivating films like Forgetting Vietnam (2015), Night Passage (2004), The Fourth Dimension (2001), A Tale of Love (1995), and Shoot for the Contents (1991) which are being showcased as an exhibition at the NTU CCA. The first part of her latest cinematic work What About China? is also being screened at the arts space until February 28.

Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films.
Photograph: Trinh T. Minh-ha

47. Speaking/Thinking Nearby

Film Singapore City, Raffles Place

Go beyond NTU CCA's star on-site exhibition Trinh T. Minh-ha. Films. with the arts space's online film programme Speaking/Thinking Nearby. The programme brings a selection of films that echo a wide field of discussions negotiated by Trinh to the forefront. Addressing topics such as the ethics of representation in ethnographic film, migration, global socio-political developments, and feminist discourse, these thought-provoking films are sure to spark interesting dialogues with other filmmakers, scholars, and even viewers.

BTS Map of the Soul Showcase
Photograph: @bighit_merch/Twitter

48. BTS Pop-Up: Map of the Soul

Things to do Plaza Singapura, City Hall

In celebration of its 7th studio album Map of the Soul, the global phenomenon that is BTS is setting up shop at Plaza Singapura, making Singapore one out of the three lucky cities in Asia to host the 'dynamite' physical showcase. The blue-tinted pop-up store invites fans to browse around 300 exclusive merchandise including wardrobe essentials and home accessories. Some of these wares are not even sold anywhere else – that's how exclusive it is. Expect a main showroom full of merch, and Instagram-worthy spaces that mirror the concept and music video sets from the Map of the Soul record.

OH! Open House, Ang Kia Yee
Photograph: Ang Kia Yee

49. Days — and counting

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

Does the new norm feel like a surreal dream? To capture these strange times, OH! Open House is rolling out a "sleepwalking" digital art experience titled Days — and counting. Doubling as an immersive virtual trail, the experience takes place over three seasons, embodying the notion of dreams through audio, text, and moving images. Season 1: Walls Crumble serves up some TV nostalgia. Through the old-school Teletext, traverse a surrealist narrative of a sleeping man's dreamscapes. Delve deeper into the idea of home during the circuit breaker with unique artworks by local artists Ang Kia Yee, Hunny & Lummy, Kevin Fee, Pat Toh, and Tristan Lim – all without leaving the comfort of your couch or bed.

The Dream from the Other Side
Photograph: Singapore Art Museum

50. The Dream from the Other Side

Art Multiple venues

See the evolution of Singapore’s cityscape through the eyes of local artist Melissa Tan at the SAM Mini Mobile Museum. The travelling art exhibition is making its way to Woodlands Regional Library from October 28 to December 13, before heading to Jurong and Tampines regional libraries between December 16 to March 21 to showcase the latest commission The Dream from the Other Side, featuring works by Melissa that explore the continual evolution of Singapore’s topography. These works can also be viewed online from November onwards on SAM's website.


Singapore Community Radio
Photograph: Singapore Community Radio

51. Singapore Community Radio

Music Singapore City, Raffles Place

Turn up the volume for a brand new local radio show – sort of. First launched in 2017, Singapore Community Radio returns with a brand new look and programmes that are curated and produced by an entirely new team. Spearheaded by creative director Darren Tan, the team aims to spotlight the diverse Singaporean voices on a shared platform, while capturing its ethos of championing music creative cultures in its programmes. Look forward to both live and pre-recorded content, ranging from podcasts and video interviews to live DJ sets, available to stream for free via Twitch and Mixcloud Live, as well as Facebook Live for selected shows.

Planet or Plastic
Photograph: Jordi Chias

52. Planet or Plastic?

Art Photography ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay

To school you on the global plastic pollution crisis, ArtScience Museum is teaming up with National Geographic to showcase the museum's first exhibition since its post-circuit breaker re-opening. The exhibition sets out to raise awareness through more than 70 powerful photographs and videos as seen through the lenses of National Geographic photographers and explorers who have witnessed – and are still doing so – the devastating impact of plastic pollution on the natural world, especially in the oceans. Highlights include award-winning underwater photographer Jordi Chias' image of a loggerhead turtle ensnared in an old plastic fishing net.

An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season
Photograph: National Gallery Singapore

53. An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season

Art National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

As part of the art initiative, Proposals for Novel Ways of Being, National Gallery Singapore introduces its latest visual feast: An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season. The Gallery's space is decked by the immersive, mixed-media installations, sound and movement performances, and site-specific artistic interventions of 10 young Singapore-based artists including Kin Chui, Priyageetha Dia, Aki Hassan, Ila, and Norah Lea. These intriguing works aim to turn on the light bulb on new ways of thinking and doing, all for a more humane future.

Diana Rahim
Photograph: Diana Rahim / Singapore Art Museum

54. Time Passes

Art Singapore City, Raffles Place

Another art exhibition under the Proposals For Novel Ways of Being banner, this collaborative effort by Singapore Art Museum and National Gallery Singapore is conceived as a corridor of time that echoes the indeterminate passage of our days as we navigate the pandemic that is still raging on, as well as the detritus it leaves behind. A reference to the middle chapter in Virginia Woolf's novel To The Lighthouse, Time Passes features works that manifest acts of care-taking through the handling of different materials, and the commitment towards uncovering possibilities of living and relating even during tumultuous times.

SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture
Photograph: Dewi Nurjuwita

55. Singapo人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture

Things to do Exhibitions Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), Tanjong Pagar

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) resumes activity on with its inaugural permanent exhibition which debuted in March this year. Explore what it means to be uniquely Chinese Singaporean through five specially curated interactive zones that spotlight elements that shaped the distinctive Chinese Singaporean identity – from food, language, and traditions to popular culture and music.

Photograph: National Gallery Singapore

56. #SmallBigDreamersAtHome

Kids Singapore City, Raffles Place

Got #SmallBigDreamersAtHome? Let the little Picassos tap into their imagination with creative play including interactive games, guided art tutorials, and immersive art-viewing experiences at the first online art festival in Singapore. The programmes are designed to unleash their inner artist, all while learning about the inspiring artworks from Singapore and Southeast Asia, including those within the National Collection.

The World of OIWA, SIFA v2.020
Photograph: Arts House Limited

57. SIFA v2.020

Theatre Singapore City, Raffles Place

Gutted at the postponement of SIFA? To make up for it, SIFA presents its digital portal, better known as SIFA v2.020 where you can get all your art fix. Expect a line-up of engaging programmes and virtual events including talks led by theatre directors and artists, workshops you can take part at home, and special performances.

Esplanade Offstage
Photograph: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

58. Esplanade Offstage

Music Singapore City, Raffles Place

The show must go on – line. The exclusive online broadcasts of selected music performances at the centre are available to watch for free. These include other videos, stories, and podcasts on other arts too. Home audiences can cosy up for Haruka Nakamura Piano Ensemble and Aspidistrafly's first avant-garde joint showcase, Mandopop duo StellaVee's catchy pop tunes, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and DJ KoFlow's genre-defying performance, and more.

National Gallery Singapore
Photograph: National Gallery Singapore

59. #GalleryAnywhere

News City Life

National Gallery Singapore has just launched an online platform for art lovers amidst the 'circuit breaker'. Called #GalleryAnywhere, it is the Gallery's one-stop access to an array of rich digital and virtual experiences to keep art lovers engaged and entertained with art. The portal offers five distinct segments: Browse, Watch, Listen, Play, Explore – each replicating the different experiences you'd get at the Gallery.  #GalleryAnywhere also features content that allows audiences to connect better with artworks they see in the Gallery. Join artist Chua Soo Bin as he tells you first hand the stories behind three of his photographs in the Truths & Legends exhibition, or listen to musician JJ Lin talk about his masterpiece, Journey of a Yellow Man.

What to expect in the next few weeks


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