April is a sensory month, with gastronomic, visual, aural and tactile treats. From food to fashion to film, the most vibrant and celebratory events await.
World Gourmet Summit 2016
Now in its 20th year, the World Gourmet Summit brings together a stellar cast of international culinary stars, home-grown talents, visiting industry personalities and discerning individuals who appreciate fine wines and cuisines. Indulge in the best of what Singapore’s gourmet scene has to offer with chef-hosted multi-course meals, wine pairings, workshops, masterclasses and more.
When: Now to 24 April
Samsung Fashion Steps Out
One of Singapore’s largest fashion events, Fashion Steps Out turns Orchard Road into a runway. During this six-week fashion frenzy, celebrate Spring/Summer ’16 with both local and international brands. Events, fashion shows, fashion installations, exclusive MasterCard promotions and more await as Orchard Road turns from a shopping district to a fashion showcase.
When: Now to 8 May
Where: Orchard Road
Painting with Light: Southeast Asian Film Series
Southeast Asian film has a history spanning over a hundred years, and Painting with Light shines the spotlight on the best cinematic stories from this period. This is the inaugural edition of Painting with Light, and it pairs a classic and a contemporary film from a national cinema in Southeast Asia. Curated by Philip Cheah, both films will focus on the same issue, showing how society’s views have changed – or not.
When: First weekend of each month, from now to June
Where: National Gallery Singapore, Auditorium
Voilah! French Festival in Singapore
This annual French festival is back, with a bespoke showcase of more than 40 diverse and exciting events around Singapore over seven weeks. Unleash your inner je ne sais quoi and sample the best of France’s culture. From film and music to gastronomic treats, Voilah! 2016 is a multi-sensory festival experience with something for all.
When: 15 April to 31 May
Ge Tai - The Musical 歌台音乐剧
Getai – literally “musical stage” – is a loud, boisterous and colourful performance of song and dance that usually takes place during the lunar seventh month. Ge Tai – The Musical brings the audience backstage and shows what actually goes on behind the scenes. Starring local getai stars Desmond Ng and Hao Hao, other getai stars making an appearance in this musical include the Baobei Sisters and international stars such as Sakura Teng, Zhuan Xue Zhong and Yang Xiao Ping.
When: 20 April to 29 May
Where: Resorts World Theatre
Shakespeare Lives in Film
2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, and The Artshouse is showcasing six classic film adaptations of his work. Witness for yourself Laurence Olivier’s Academy Award winning performance as Hamlet and the ground breaking casting of Laurence Fishburne as Othello, the first major cinematic production of the work to cast an African-American in the title role.
When: 21 to 24 April
Where: The Artshouse
The zany animals of Madagascar are back in an all new live theatrical show! Reunite with Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and the plotting penguins as their madcap adventures are recreated for the stage. With brilliant storytelling and infectious dance and music, audiences of all ages are sure to enjoy the action.
When: 21 to 24 April
Where: MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Van Cleef & Arpels, the Art and Science of Gems
The ArtScience Museum hosts yet another blockbuster exhibition with the participation of the French National Museum of Natural History. Discover the origins of minerals and the extraordinary craftsmanship that defines this legendary jewellery brand. Over 450 pieces of jewellery selected from the Van Cleef & Arpels Collection are displayed, alongside more than 250 gems and minerals from the renowned Collection of the French National Museum of Natural History. Not to be missed for anyone with an eye for gems and jewellery.
When: 23 April to 14 August
Where: ArtScience Museum
Singapore Comedy Fringe
Get ready for raucous, raunchy and rollicking laughs at the Singapore Comedy Fringe 2016. Some of the best regional and international stand-up comedic talents will be performing, including Harith Iskander from Malaysia, Paul Ogata from USA, Pete Johansson from Canada and Matt Kirshen from the UK. Also get ready to discover rising comedy stars from Singapore, Malaysia, India and Hong Kong at this 18-and-above-only event.
When: 26 to 30 April
Where: SOTA (School of The Arts) Drama Theatre
Shakespeare in the Park - Romeo and Juliet
The annual production of Shakespeare in the Park takes a tragic-romantic turn this year with Romeo and Juliet. Year after year, Shakespeare in the Park has been a runaway success and this year’s promises to be no different. Directed by internationally renowned director, Daniel Slater, pack a picnic basket and soak in the lyricism and poetry of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.