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Best Performances, Tours & Free Activities To Catch At Esplanade In December, As It Celebrates 20 Years Of #MyDurian

How to join in the festivities and snag that front-row seat.
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Whether you’re an arts enthusiast but have not visited Esplanade since the COVID-19 pandemic started or new to exploring activities at the arts venue, you’re in for a unique creative experience.

Since raising its curtain on 12 October 2002, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay has marked its spot on the arts calendar, bringing world-class performances and art to Singaporeans. The fun continues as the premier arts centre celebrates 20 years of #MyDurian. This December, you can catch a show or an exhibition, book a tour, partake in New Year’s Eve countdown or do all — everyone’s invited to #MyDurian!

Catch some of the best performances and exhibitions in town

Mouse over “What’s On” on Esplanade’s website to find a full calendar of events, including festivals, free programmes and tours. Don’t know which ones to choose? Check out these highlights.

Stream of Memory

As part of its In New Light: A Season of Commissions programme, Esplanade presents Stream of Memory by the internationally acclaimed Papermoon Puppet Theatre (Indonesia) featuring Singapore creatives and dancers. A non-verbal puppetry inspired by the disappearing rivers and our connection with nature, it follows Sang and Jun as they befriend Kali and discover who the giant is. This is an hour-long, family-friendly production that you and your six-year-olds (recommended) will enjoy.
Dec 13 – 18; Singtel Waterfront Theatre. Tickets from $30.

Home Grooves: A History of Singapore’s Live Music Venues

In PopLore – A Year of Singapore Popular Music, Home Grooves: A History of Singapore’s Live Music Venues chronicles 60 years of offering colourful live music spaces in an exhibition of archival photographs and memorabilia (like musical instruments, albums and costumes), video interviews and music playlists. Call it a love letter to Singapore’s iconic live music spaces from the 1960s to the present. Be transported back to the Swinging Sixties when your grandparents were youths and places such as National Theatre and Golden Venus were all the rage, or explore the indie and jazz music scenes of recent decades.
Till Aug 18, 2023; Esplanade Concourse. Free admission.

Singtel Waterfront Theatre

Esplanade — or simply #MyDurian as it has come to be affectionately known — is an architectural marvel, where artsy dreams are made of. But in order to entertain its visitors with more Singapore and Asian stories, a new multi-format, mid-sized venue was planned to fill the gap between its existing large performance halls and smaller studio spaces. Taking five years to materialise, the Singtel Waterfront Theatre along the Esplanade waterfront opened its doors recently.

Building Dreams documents the building of the Singtel Waterfront Theatre in a photo exhibition by Bob Lee, formerly a Lianhe Zaobao photojournalist.

Building Dreams
Hear the stories from people who literally built it: the architect who designed the multi-configured theatre; the contractor who navigated the construction complications, manpower shortages and government restrictions during the pandemic; and the Esplanade staff handling project management, technical production and customer experience.
Till Mar 31, 2023; Singtel Waterfront Theatre (along the facade and level two foyer). Free admission.
The Next Wave 

And how better to bid adieu to 2022 than with a series of New Year’s Eve concerts? In line with Esplanade’s December theme of “Come Together” – where new and old friendships are being celebrated; artists and kindred spirits come together for a time of collaboration, reflection and revelry – the NYE line-up, titled The Next Wave, opens to the public for free and will feature local artists (pictured above, from left) Narysal, motifs, Shazza and more.
Dec 31, from 6.45pm at the Esplanade Concourse and Outdoor Theatre.

Gather your family/friends for a tour

Want to learn about architecture photography from seasoned lensmen? Or are you keen on some vocal training at the Lee Wei Song School of Music? You can do both and more, by signing up for When Stars Align, one of Esplanade’s six guided tours. When Stars Align is a series of four tours, each lasting 1.5 hours, inspired by four horoscope elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water.

In ‘Fire’, based on the concept of igniting a love of history and architecture, you will gain an understanding of what Esplanade – with its Concert Hall, Theatre and other front-of-house spaces – is all about. ‘Earth’ lets you get in tune with world-class acoustics of the Concert Hall (with a chance to view Singapore’s largest pipe organ up-close) and pick up architecture photography tips along the way. ‘Air’ provides visitors with a rare backstage tour and an introductory voice demo workshop, while ‘Water’ comprises a night tour inside Esplanade’s Concert Hall and Theatre as well as waterfront dining with views guaranteed.

Remember to dress comfortably, and make sure your phone battery is at full charge because you will be snapping away during the tours.
Dec 18: Earth and Fire tours; Dec 19: Water and Air tours (all tours are suitable for aged six and above, except Air tour which is recommended for those aged 12 and above); $35 per person. For enquiries, email tour [at] esplanade.com () or call 6828 8377 (12pm – 6pm daily).

Take a piece of #MyDurian home with you

Fancy a memento to commemorate all these festivities? There are #mydurian pins to be given away. Simply snap a photo of yourself at Esplanade and tag #mydurian in your public Instagram post, then show it to the staff at Esplanade Visitor Centre to redeem a pin. Limited to one redemption per person. Esplanade Visitor Centre is open daily 12pm-8pm at the Mezzanine Level.

Become a member of Esplanade&Me and enjoy up to 20 per cent discounts on In New Light shows, retail, and Esplanade Offstage for unlimited access to stories, videos and podcasts.

For more info, go to Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s website. Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is at 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981.

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