What: Raffles City: Disney’s “Mickey Go Local” Exhibition Get your hands on specially-created, Singapore-themed Mickey Mouse products in celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary and Singapore’s 53rd National Day. They include household items, fashion merchandise and accessories, all of which pay homage to our rich heritage and culture. These unique figurines were created by individuals from various walks of life, including President Halimah Yacob and artistes JJ Lin, Nathan Hartono, Kit Chan, Li Nanxing. Felicia Chin, as well as film director K Rajagopal. The CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF) will also be donating $10 per hashtag for every photo taken with the figurines and uploaded onto Instagram with hashtags. All proceeds will go towards the President’s Challenge. Till Aug 29. 10am–10pm. Level 1, Raffles City Shopping Centre. Free. Visit www.capitaland.com/sg/malls/rafflescity/en.html for details.
What: Singapore Night Festival 2018 Singapore’s largest outdoor performing arts festival features various street, theatrical and music performances by local and international artists. Highlights include ‘Ember Rain’, an interactive sculpture by local collective Starlight Alchemy where festival goers can use a bike to produce showers of sparks from a pagoda-inspired tower, exploring how great innovations can come from a single spark; ‘Su a Feu’ by Spanish percussion troupe Deabru Beltzak and local percussion group MOTUS; UK’s Lords of Lightning perform with lightning bolts and electricity; ‘Aquatic Dream’ where the lawn at the National Museum of Singapore will be transformed to look like the world’s oceans; as well as ‘FierS a Cheval’ by Compagnie des Quidams, featuring large, illuminated horses in a roaming act. Armenian Street will also be transformed into a work of art in the installation Graffiti Alive through the use of motion sensors and lights, while The Festival Village will include local acts, booths selling sustainable goods and food. Performance nights are on Aug 23 to 25. Aug 17–25. 7.30pm–12 midnight. Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct. Free. www.nightfestival.sg
What: Baybeats 2018 Presented by Esplanade, this alternative music festival showcases prominent Singaporean and international acts such as Singapore’s Akeem Jahat and Yung Raja x Fariz Jabba, as well as Zamaera from Malaysia. Local bands like Caracal and Wormrot will return to perform for the last time at the Powerhouse Stage, which will be torn down to make way for the new Esplanade’s waterfront theatre. Also, catch the debut of six local bands under the Baybeats Budding Bands mentorship programme, such as Trust The Chaos, Glassmouth and Osr 313. Aug 17–19. Various times. At the Esplanade. Free. www.esplanade.com/baybeats
What: Power Station Art Market The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and The Local People will transform the Turbine Hall in Pasir Panjang Power Station into a spectacular one-day only music and cultural extravaganza. Singapore’s second power station after St James, the iconic red-bricked property will be opened to the public on Hari Raya Haji. Along with a theme of “electrical flux”, there will be art exhibitions, an art market, a “live” vocal battleground featuring rock stars Shirlyn and The UnXpected versus local award-winning a cappella group The Apex Project, followed by Lunarin and Silent Disco Asia. Aug 22. Noon–12 midnight. Pasir Panjang Power Station, 27 Pasir Panjang Road. Free entry. bit.ly/PowerStationArt-Market
AUG 17-19, 24-25
What: Mox Parade In conjunction with the month-long Singapore Night Festival, MOX Parade’s indie artisanal goods market will be back this month. Enjoy one-stop pop-up stores ranging from handmade crafts and jewellery to vintage collectibles, available over two weekends. Aug 17–19, 24–25. 1pm–9pm. SOTA (School of the Arts), Level 1 Zubir Said Drive. Free.
What: The Singapore Bike Show 2018 ‘Ride On!’ as the third edition of Asia’s comprehensive bike show returns to Singapore this month. Be awed by stunt performances by international stunt riders, participate in bike forums, safety talks, and enjoy a showcase of motorbikes, scooters, bicycles and e-scooters as you grab great bargains on these two-wheeled toys. Aug 17–19. Fri, Sat, 10.30am–9.30pm; Sun, 10.30am–7.30pm. Singapore Expo Hall 5. Free. www.singaporebikeshow.Com
TILL AUG 22
What: Orchid Extravaganza Floral Display The floral display pays tribute to the multicultural heritage of Singapore, with the creative assistance of local award-winning filmmaker Royston Tan. The display will feature more than 14,000 orchids of over 120 varieties. There will be guided tours and various Peranakan-themed events by the Gunong Sayang Association, such as handicraft demonstrations, performances, fashion shows and workshops. Till Aug 22. 9am–9pm. Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome. Admission charge to the conservatories applies. www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/whats-on/calendar-of-events.html
The Fun Stuff
What: Travel Revolution 2018 This travel fair will feature a wide array of travel agencies among other travel exhibitors where visitors can explore new locations and travel activity offerings. Visitors also stand a chance to win attractive prizes from a lucky draw, like air tickets, hotel stays at Marina Bay Sands, one-year unlimited access to Ready Lounge for 2 and a one-year unlimited redemption of ReadyWifi service. Aug 3–5. 11am–9.30pm. Marina Bay Sands Level 1 Expo Halls A & B. Free admission. www.TravelRevolution.sg
What: Twilight: Flea & Feast — Proudly Local This indoor bazaar (previous pic) features over 100 stalls selling street food, clothes, accessories and other handmade craft items. Visitors will also get to enjoy performances by buskers, as well as movie screenings. All vendors at the event will be local as part of Twilight’s National Day theme: ‘Proudly Local’. Aug 3–5. 10am–10pm. Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, Halls 401-402. Free. www.twilight.com.sg.
The Fun Stuff (cont'd)
What: Paws for a Good Cause: Pet Adoption Drive City Square Mall will host a series of adoption drives for over 70 dogs and cats together with key pet welfare associations. The first collaboration is with Purely Adoptions, where both dogs and cats will be put up for adoption. Visitors who are keen on fostering these animals can also drop by to gain a better understanding of the process involved. Aug 4. 10am–4pm. B1 Fountain Square, City Square Mall. www.citysquaremall.com.sg
What: Hyperplay: ASEAN Esports x Music Festival Presented by Singapore’s Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and National Youth Council, Hyperplay is the first ASEAN League of Legends eSports tournament, and will star teams from 10 countries competing to win its cash prize. It will also host a concert, featuring Nick Jonas, Alessia Cara, CL, Afgan, Slot Machine and The Sam Willows. Aug 4–5. Sat, noon; Sun, 4pm. Singapore Indoor Stadium. Admission is free. Tix from www.apactix.com/events/detail/hyperplay-2018 on a first-come-first-served basis.
What: M1 Patch! A Theatre Festival of Artful Play This inaugural festival by The Theatre Practice features a mix of local and international theatre productions, fringe events and workshops centred around thoughtful play. Immortalx and Utopiazoo explore how plays can teach vital life lessons and discuss real-world issues. The Ordinary and The Unspectacular portrays the agelessness of play and Artist Farm shows the influence of play on artistic creation. It also includes a master class on clowning by theatre master Philippe Gaulier, along with a series of other fringe events exploring the different facets of play through storytelling sessions, outdoor screenings and game nights. Aug 1–31. Various times. The Theatre Practice, 54 Waterloo Street. Tix: $32-–$38 from Sistic*; except for Artist Farm & fringe programmes from patchaf.peatix.com. www.practice.org.sg.
TILL AUG 4
What: 13.13.13 Life is almost perfect for William and Samantha as they live together in unmarried bliss till things unsaid, and things agreed, unravel their agreement. 13.13.13 explores the form and substance of relationships, digging into the tenuous bonds that bind and betrayals that break. Written by Shen Tan, a new playwright developed in TheatreWorks Writers’ Lab. Directed by Tan Shou Chen, performed by Sharda Harrison, Thomas Pang, Jo Tan. Rating: Advisory 16 (mature content and some coarse language). Till Aug 4. 8pm. TheatreWorks, 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road. Tix: $38 from Sistic.
AUG 1-SEP 7
What: The Cat in the Hat Based on the all-time favourite book by Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat has been developed into a magically witty play by Britain’s National Theatre, which will be faithfully reproduced by SRT’s The Little Company. Presented in Mandarin. Recommended for ages 2 and above. Aug 1–Sept 7. Various times. KC Arts Centre — Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Road. Tix: $26–$49 from Sistic. www.srt.com.sg
AUG 23-SEP 29
What: Before It All Goes: Architecture from Singapore’s Early Independence Years Photographer Darren Soh will display his long-term documentation of some of Singapore’s most iconic buildings in his new exhibition. Fifty of his images will be presented, featuring sites such as the Golden Mile Complex, Queenstown Cinema and Rochor Centre, among others. There will also be a seminar held by Darren on architectural photography. Aug 23–Sept 29. Tue–Sat, noon–7pm; Sun, noon–4pm. Closed Mon & PH. Objectifs, Chapel Gallery, 155 Middle Road. Free. Seminar by Darren Soh: $45 from objectifs.com.sg/darren-soh-seminar.
AUG 2- JUN 9, 2019
What: Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore (pictured) Lim Cheng Hoe (1912–1979) was the leading watercolour artist of his generation and co-founded the Singapore Watercolour Society. This exhibition features over 60 artworks, sketches and archival materials that highlight Lim’s mastery of outdoor watercolour landscape painting. Aug 2–June 9, 2019. Daily, 10am–7pm; except Fri, 10am–9pm. National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road. General admission: $20; free for Singaporeans/PRs. Additional entrance fees apply to special exhibitions. www.nationalgallery.sg
TILL AUG 12
What: Motionless Boundary A group exhibition featuring the works of 12 artists from Singapore and Taiwan who has been engaging with traditional approaches to picture making and image construction, challenging and reshaping historical strategies and reframing philosophical questions surrounding notions of originality, subjectivity, and spiritual transcendence. Till Aug 12. Tue–Sat, 11am–7pm; Sun, 11am–6pm. Closed Mon & PH. Element Art Space, 22 Lock Road #01-35, Gillman Barracks. Free. www.elementartspace.com
What: Malay Pioneer Series: Women in Action Set between the late 1920s and 1970s, the exhibition recovers the history of the Malay women’s movement, which has largely been forgotten in recent memory. It features the political rallies, beauty pageants and pulp magazines of the period, which allowed for ideas around female emancipation and modernity to take hold amid transformations in local society, and developments in post-war Malayan politics. Aug 1–31. 10am–9pm. Tampines Regional Library. Free. www.malayheritage.org.sg