After seeing 2015 off, it’s time to welcome 2016 with a bang! A multitude of festivals and other events are ready to help you start off your new year with great music, sporting action and food for thought.
ASEAN Basketball League
If you’re a basketball fan, why not watch a match or two of the ASEAN Basketball League while you’re in Singapore? The Singapore Slingers have matches every Sunday in January and will be facing off against rival teams from Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. Take a gander at the new Sports Hub while you’re there – it cost a cool $1.3 billion to build! You can also do some shopping at Kallang Wave Mall if you’ve got time.
When: 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 January
Where: Singapore Sports Hub
EXO PLANET #2 – The EXO’luXion – in SINGAPORE
EXO is only one of the hottest Korean boy bands right now, and they’re back in Singapore for the second time on their tour Exo Planet #2 – The Exo'luxion. The first tour was a sold-out success, and the second is even more hotly anticipated. This multi-million album selling group will put up electrifying performances of their hit songs during the concert, so grab your tickets while they’re still available!.
When: 9 & 10 January
Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium
M1 Singapore Fringe Festival
Art & the Animal is this year’s theme for the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. The 19 programmes curated by festival director Sean Tobin and his team will examine the oft fraught and complex relationship between humans and animals. From human savages to rabbits, a range of animalistic types will provide the lens through which social issues are examined. Four of the works were also specially commissioned locally for the festival. Raw and provocative, Fringe 2016 promises a gripping line-up of programmes.
When: 13 to 24 January
Singapore Art Week
One of the biggest and most exciting events on Singapore’s art calendar, Singapore Art Week brings to our shores artists, galleries, collectors and art lovers. There will be fantastic art fairs, film screenings, performances, tours and talks over this nine-day festival. Take time out of your trip to peruse the festival guide and pick out some less well known venues to experience a side of Singapore that most visitors won’t get to see.
When: 16 to 24 January
Andy Warhol: Social Circus
Hosted by The Ryan Foundation, which aims to promote arts education and nature conservation, this is an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s polaroid portraits of pop luminaries such as Warhol himself, Bianca Jagger, Andre Leon Talley, Tina Chow and Martha Graham. As the largest collection of Warhol’s polaroids ever shown in Asia, this free exhibition is not to be missed for art aficionados.
When: 16 to 29 January
Where: Gillman Barracks
Steve McCurry - 'The Iconic Photographs'
World renowned photographer Steve McCurry will be in Singapore for a private preview of this exhibition of his photographs. The photographer, perhaps best known for his award-winning photograph Afghan Girl, selected 53 photographs from his body of work for this exhibition. Spanning Afghanistan, Burma, China, Thailand, Pakistan, Turkey, Tibet, Sri Lanka and India, McCurry’s striking images have seen him honored with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry.
When: 16 January to 21 February
Where: Sundaram Tagore Gallery
KidsFest 2016 is bigger and better than ever before, with six productions shown over four weeks at the SOTA Drama Theatre. This January, bring your kiddos to watch performances of the beloved children’s books The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. Enjoy the musical adaptation of the award-winning book The Gruffalo, and the energy and humour of Room on the Broom. There are even discounts when you purchase tickets to more than one show!
When: 21 January to 14 February
Where: SOTA Drama Theatre
St. Jerome's Laneway Festival Singapore 2016
What started out as a series of weekly shows in a hole in the wall bar in Melbourne, Australia, has grown into an international music phenomenon. With its roots as an indie music festival, Laneway now also showcases indie pop and rock music. The lineup includes bands from USA, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Philippines, the United Kingdom and – of course – Singapore. Don’t miss local bands Riot in the Magenta, Intriguant and Cashew Chemists to get a taste of what Singapore’s music scene has to offer the world.
When: 30 January
Where: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay
Chua Ek Kay: After The Rain
Chua Ek Kay (1947 – 2008) was a Singaporean artist who specialised in Chinese ink paintings. As one of Singapore’s leading ink painters, he combined traditional Chinese painting forms with Western art theories and techniques, and was also inspired by Australian aboriginal cave paintings. After The Rain is a collection of 38 works by the artist, showcasing his affinity with water. Watery reflections, lotus ponds and rain are often referenced in his paintings.
When: Now to 3 May
Where: National Gallery Singapore
With Love from Snoopy, Charlie Brown & the Peanuts Gang Exhibition
Make your way to the Singapore Philatelic Museum to join Snoopy, Charlie Brown and friends from the Peanuts comic strip! Held in conjunction with Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, you can learn about Charles Schulz and his creation of these lovable characters. Rare stamps artwork, stamps and first day covers issued by Portugal, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, USA, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong will be exhibited here!
When: Now to 30 April
Where: Singapore Philatelic Museum