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Published November 4, 2022, 10:38 AM
by Jonathan Castillo
In a bid to become the events and entertainment capital of Asia, Singapore has truly transformed into a global arts city that is constantly reverberating and alive with color offering a diverse range of activities for all ages. From live music, concerts and festivals, theatre productions and comedy clubs, art installations, street art or sports culture and mega events–Singapore boasts a vibrant entertainment scene that rivals some of the world’s most attractive cities.
For the expressive theatre aficionados
From internationally renowned acts to local productions, the Lion City has you covered with a wide array of theatres both big and small featuring a spellbinding lineup of productions to ignite your passion for the performing arts. This includes the likes of The Esplanade, one of Singapore’s pioneering performing arts scene that has housed iconic local plays; Marina Bay Sands Theatres, the place to be for high-profile international productions; Victoria Theatre, host to Candlelight series and Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Capitol Theatre, a culturally rich historic theatre from the 1930s; and W!LD RICE, a homegrown theatre company that spotlights culturally relevant productions.
A self-professed proudly Singaporean theatre company comes alive with a mission to tell stories that are thought-provoking, challenging, inspiring, and relevant in more ways than one. With three or more productions a year, these performances are in a league with the very best of theatre internationally. A definite must-do for theatre aficionados.
The Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands is set to come alive with The Sound of Music this 22 November to 9 December. The world’s best-loved musical and highly acclaimed original production makes its way back to the Lion City with a brand-new international production. Join the Von Trapp family as they sing their way into the hearts of fans both young and young-at-heart.
The 33rd edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is set to take place from November 24 to December 4 and is the largest and longest running film event in Singapore. It showcases international films while also providing a global platform to spotlight the best of local talent.
For the sports enthusiasts
Sporting events have made a welcome comeback on the Little Red Dot with a slew of mega events set to reinvigorate Singapore’s sports scene. Aside from playing host to the HBSC International Rugby Sevens, English Premier League invitationals and MMA Fights, Singapore is set for speed this autumn.
Avid runners and loyal fans of the annual Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon can dust those running shoes and start training for Singapore’s most-anticipated run. There will be a few categories to choose from including the 42km, half marathon, 10km, 5km, Kids Dash and Double Up. With the high volume the run attracts, early registration is recommended as only limited slots are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Singapore’s art scene is a colorful blend of world-class museums, exhibitions and art spaces, combined with the raw, emotive expressions found in street art and iconic wall murals splashed across Singapore’s diverse neighborhoods.
This highly immersive museum is unlike any other as this iconic cultural landmark in Singapore provides a platform where art, science, culture and technology fuses together to produce works that art jaw-droppingly impressive. Comprising 21 gallery spaces, this museum has also housed exhibitions by well-known artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh and others. The year-round Future World Exhibition: Where Art Meets Science digital interactive installation is one that should not be missed!
Live your childhood fantasies and let your wildest ice cream dreams come true at the Museum of Ice Cream along Loewen Road. It is well-known for its interactive exhibits featuring 14 installations such as the sprinkle pool and more. Visitors will also be treated to five unique ice cream treats along the way.
Ice Cream Museum
They say a picture paints a thousand words. Well, this 40-metre-long mural along the back wall of the 177-year-old Thian Hock Keng Temple by Yip Yew Chong echoes the life stories of Singapore’s early Hokkien migrants, depicting the hopes, struggles and sacrifices of Singapore’s earliest generation that has shaped modern Singapore.
Uniquely christened Natasha, the seventh edition of the Singapore Biennale is slated to run from 16 October 2022 to 19 March 2023. Established in 2006 as the country’s pre-eminent platform for international dialogue in contemporary art, this latest installation sees the collective collaboration of four curators from around the world – Binna Choi (South Korea/ the Netherlands), Nida Ghouse (India), June Yap (Singapore) and Ala Younis (Japan), who together will explore an artistic direction shaped in part by the impact of Covid-19 over the region and what it means to be living in our present conditions.
For the soulful music connoisseurs
Live performances, concerts and festivals are back in full swing with global music icons, legends and heavy hitters gracing the halls and amphitheaters of Singapore’s stadiums, theatres and entertainment venues this year.
The exhilarating lineup includes the likes of:
Switch up the regular tourist haunt for a night of belly-aching guffaws with Singapore’s best stand-up comedy acts.
Founded by comedian Umar Rana, Singapore’s biggest and most popular weekly stand-up comedy show features international, local and regional comedians every Tuesday night at Hero’s, Circular Road. The upcoming lineup includes powerfully funny punchlines from Artur Akhmetzyanov, Jacky Ng and Prakash Daniel.
The newest comedy club to hit the streets of Bras Basah, the Lemon Stand promises to tickle your funny bone with wisecracks from veteran headliners such as Jinx Yeo and ‘Qam’ (Qamarul Haziq). The new space also welcomes budding jokers to take to the stage with open mic nights Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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