WHAT'S HAPPENING IN JANUARY 2020
CHINATOWN CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS 2020
DATES: 4 – 24 Jan 2020
VENUE: Chinatown (Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge)
A few weeks prior to Chinese New Year (CNY), the streets of Chinatown will be decorated with handcrafted lanterns depicting Chinese zodiac animals and symbols. They are part of the CNY Street Light Up, which will be launched with the Official Light Up and Opening Ceremony on 4 January 2020. Happening from 4 January to 22 February 2020, the Street Light Up will also feature lion dancers and fire-eaters who will perform at Kreta Ayer Square. From 3 to 24 January 2020, the Festive Street Bazaar will take place along Chinatown’s streets. The neighbourhood will be lined with booths overwhelmed with goods of red and gold to symbolise good luck and prosperity. On the eve of Chinese New Year itself, Chinatown will be abuzz with the Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party. Held at the Kreta Ayer Square and open to all, live music performances and a spectacular display of fireworks will usher in the new year amidst a festive atmosphere.
DATES: 10 Jan – 9 Feb 2020
VENUE: Little India
Originating in South India to celebrate a good harvest, Pongal is about new beginnings, thanksgiving and paying respects to elders. In Singapore, Little India comes alive with cultural rituals, ethnic performances and a festive light-up, which coincides with Thaipusam. Campbell Lane usually turns into a mini festival village, with street stalls selling everything from Indian outfits and jewellery to festival snacks.
ARTWALK LITTLE INDIA
DATES: 10 Jan – 18 Jan 2020 (with activities happening on 10, 11, 17 & 18 Jan)
VENUE: Various locations in Little India
ARTWALK Little India is a multidisciplinary public art project set in the cultural precinct of Little India. Through artworks such as wall murals, performances and music centres around the theme “Passage of Time”, the project aims to bring to life the history and traditions of Little India, as well as the personal stories of its community through a multi-sensory art experience.
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LIGHT TO NIGHT FESTIVAL
DATES: 10 – 19 Jan 2020
VENUE: National Gallery Singapore, The Arts House, Asian Civilisations Museum, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall
The marquee event of Singapore Art Week, Light to Night Festival returns to the heart of Singapore’s Civic District, bringing a fusion of art, innovation and ideas. During the two-week festival, the most iconic cultural institutions of the Civic District will be transformed with light, sound and movement under the theme of Invisible Cities. An extensive line-up of programmes is set to bring visitors on an exploratory journey through invisible geographies of the Civic District and discover how perceptions of places are shaped by influences like memory, desire, loss, cultural forces, history and media.
SINGAPORE ART WEEK
DATES: 11 – 19 Jan 2020
VENUE: Multiple locations
Art takes over in January as Singapore Art Week (SAW) kick-starts the local arts calendar with a stellar line-up of over 100 arts events happening around the island. These include art fairs, gallery and museum exhibitions, talks, and public art trails. Visitors can also admire art projected onto Singapore’s historic landmarks in the Civic District during the Light to Night Festival and party among pop-up installations at Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks. SAW also attracts international art collectors and industry professionals through S.E.A. Focus, a boutique art fair focusing on Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art, underlining Singapore’s reputation as a vibrant arts hub.
ALIWAL URBAN ART FESTIVAL
DATES: 18 Jan 2020
VENUE: Aliwal Arts Centre
The Aliwal Urban Art Festival is an annual celebration of Singapore Art Week supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore. Visitors will be immersed in carefully-curated art inspired by international street culture – from graffiti to graphic art, rock to afrobeat, skateboarding to breakdancing. Organised by Aliwal Arts Centre, the festival’s location in Kampong Glam is apt as the district has been named one of Singapore’s coolest neighbourhoods by international press, with its rich history and culture, mixed with on-trend shops and cafes.
DATES: 23 Jan – 1 Feb 2020
VENUE: Marina Bay Floating Platform
This event is an eye-opener for visitors who want a taste of Chinese culture and heritage. The big draw is the interactive lantern set pieces and lavish performances at this Chinese New Year celebration by the riverside. Fireworks are also an integral part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, and visitors can be dazzled by a 12-minute long display of fireworks during the Fireworks Spectacular, which will take place on four special nights (3, 4, 9 & 10 Feb). The firework display will be spread over three timeslots on each of the four nights and the usual nightly fireworks will take place on the other nights. There will also be food stalls, amusement rides, carnival games and cultural performances.
CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR
DATES: 25 – 26 Jan 2020
VENUE: Multiple locations
Also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is undoubtedly the most important event in the Chinese calendar, and was traditionally a time to honour both traditional deities and familial ancestors. You’ll be able to soak in the festive mood with various spontaneous celebrations across the island. Keep your eye out for colourful processions, seasonal markets and lively lion dances, as friends and local family members meet up, exchange Mandarin oranges and feast on festive dishes.
DATES: 31 Jan – 1 Feb 2020
VENUE: F1 Pit Building to Marina Bay floating platform
The Chingay Parade marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore. The event brings together colourful floats and performances that celebrate the country’s four main races—Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian. Every year, Chingay promises exciting highlights, including water, fire, snow and lighting effects; ethnic performances by local talents and international acts; and stunning pyrotechnics and firework displays. The People’s Association—the local grassroots organisation which organises Chingay Parade—also brings the parade to some of Singapore’s heartland neighbourhoods on subsequent weekends after the main parade.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN FEBRUARY 2020
DATES: 8 Feb 2020
VENUE: Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple @ Serangoon Road & Sri Thendayuthapani Temple @ Tank Road
Anchored by a large, colourful annual procession, Thaipusam sees Hindu devotees in Singapore seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks. The festival is celebrated in honour of Lord Subramaniam (also known as Lord Murugan), the destroyer of evil who represents virtue, youth and power. The festival generally lasts for 2 days. On the eve, a chariot procession bearing a statue of the Lord Murugan begins from Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road to Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple at Keong Saik Road. The Thaipusam ceremony starts in the early hours of the morning. The first batch of devotees carry milk pots and wooden kavadis (ceremonial devices used for religious self mortification in Hinduism). Some pierce their tongues with skewers and carry a wooden kavadi decorated with flowers and peacock feathers balanced on their shoulders. Other devotees carry spiked kavadis that require elaborate preparation.
DATES: Ongoing till 9 Feb 2020
VENUE: Singapore Zoo
The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, Rainforest Lumina is a multimedia night-walk presented by the Singapore Zoo as part of its 45th anniversary celebrations. Visitors can look forward to a mesmerising, audiovisual experience with ten interactive zones. Merging story and setting, Rainforest Lumina will feature a distinctive narrative where visitors will meet the Creature Crew, a quirky group of unlikely heroes who will take visitors through a magical adventure like no other. The Creature Crew believes that nature, humans and animals all have the power to give back to the rainforest. Visitors are invited to come play, sing and discover the enchanted world of Rainforest Lumina.
HSBC WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (HWWC)
DATES: 27 Feb – 1 Mar 2020
VENUE: Sentosa Golf Club
Golf fans and spectators will be filled with excitement for the 12th edition HSBC Women’s World Championship (HWWC) when the world’s best female golfers battle it out on the New Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club. Considered the Asia’s Major, the tournament brings together all the winners from the previous Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) season as well the top 20 players from the Rolex® Women’s World Ranking of that year. Enjoy breathtaking golf action as well as an exciting line-up of music and food offerings off the greens.
GARDEN BEATS FESTIVAL
DATES: 29 Feb 2020
VENUE: Fort Canning Park
Garden Beats is an experimental festival, built for a community that thrives on a passion for music and the arts. They aim to inspire generations ahead by leading a movement towards a greener future. Certified as Singapore's first carbon-neutral music festival since 2018, Garden Beats believe that sustainability is a conscious journey, and continue to take little green steps to reduce environmental footprint. This year's green initiative addition includes working with OneTreePlanted, to help restore and reforest our green planet. With only US$1 you can plant a brand new tree. Purchase your ticket to find out how you too can contribute!
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MARCH 2020
i LIGHT SINGAPORE
DATES: 6 – 29 Mar 2020
VENUE: Marina Bay
Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival returns for the eighth time. Curated around the theme ‘Re: Light, Re: Live, Re: Imagine’, this edition of i Light Singapore will take place in the month of March 2020. The festival will illuminate the Marina Bay Singapore with innovative and sustainable light art installations, created by artists from Singapore and around the world.
DATES: Ongoing till 22 Mar 2020
VENUE: Multiple locations
The 2019 Singapore Biennale returns, with Patrick D. Flores, curator of the University of the Philippines’ Vargas Museum, serving as its artistic director. The international contemporary visual arts exhibition has become a must-see event, with a wide range of work by East, South and Southeast Asian artists. The last Biennale featured the works of 63 artists and art collectives from around Asia. The event drew more than 600,000 visitors and included live performances, hands-on workshops and talks conducted by Biennale artists. Titled ‘Every Step in the Right Direction’, the Singapore Biennale 2019 will focus on the potential of art to impact and influence the world.
FOUR HORSE ROAD 2020
DATES: 25 Mar – 19 Apr 2020 (Tue – Sun, 8pm)
VENUE: The Theatre Practice (54 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187953)
TICKET PRICE: $68 (Excludes $4 Booking Fees)
Discover the well-kept secrets and hidden stories of one of Singapore’s oldest streets.
Spanning over 150 years of Singapore history, Four Horse Road is an intimate experience on an epic scale. Rediscover our present through the lens of the past and journey across three heritage buildings along Waterloo Street.
This time, it’s bigger and better. The Theatre Practice’s unforgettable promenade theatre experience returns with a mix of brand new stories and crowd favourites.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN APRIL 2020
HSBC SINGAPORE RUGBY SEVENS
DATES: 11 & 12 Apr 2020
VENUE: National Stadium at Singapore Sports Hub
From tight scrums to exhilarating tries, rugby fans can witness the world’s top 16 rugby nations battle it out for the Singapore title in this two-day event – the biggest celebration of rugby in Southeast Asia. Off the pitch, visitors will be entertained by an extensive range of highlights including a Family Fun Zone, Splash Party, rugby-themed games and live music.
WORLD GOURMET SUMMIT
DATES: 20 – 27 Apr 2020
VENUE: Various venues around Singapore restaurants and hotels
The World Gourmet Summit (WGS) is Asia’s premier gastronomy festival that celebrates fine cuisine, excellent wine and unique dining experiences. Gourmands will be treated to a thematic culinary experience with a stellar line-up of masterchefs chefs and themed masterclasses. It will feature a diversified line-up of culinary stars – from young, up-and-coming chefs, to renowned culinary influencers from across Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, as well as North and South America, each presenting the best of the world’s exciting cuisines.