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Best Things To Do In Singapore In November 2019

Artbox, Anime Festival Asia, and more coming to you this month.

Artbox, Anime Festival Asia, and more coming to you this month.

Artbox, Anime Festival Asia, and more coming to you this month.

1 of 21 Nov 1: Booze and Boos at Smoke & Mirrors

Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, but come on, no one’s about to go all out partying on a random school night. Smoke & Mirrors has the perfect balance of eerie-sistible fun that won’t tip you over the edge, so you can still head out the next day feeling human. Booze and Boos is the rooftop bar’s take on a Halloween shindig, where special cocktails created by head bartender Jorge A Conde will be available ($18++ each). The first 50 guests to arrive will receive a special surprise. And if you come dressed to impress the Halloween powers that be, you could stand a chance to win a 2D1N weekend stay at Grand Park City Hall (worth $500), a $200 cocktail experience at Smoke & Mirrors or a bottle of Black Tears Cuban spiced rum.

Nov 1, 7pm til late, Smoke & Mirrors, #06-01, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, S 178957. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/2988301974577218/.

  • 2 of 21 Nov 1-10: Singapore Writers Festival

    The Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) is back for their 22nd edition with the theme “A Language of Our Own”. The festival will be exploring the use of language in a multilingual society like Singapore, including Singlish and even emojis. Get up close with authors from US, Korea, Jamaica and the UK at workshops, film screenings, and more.. There are over 250 programmes over 10 days, and if you get a Festival Pass, you'll enjoy unlimited access to more than 100 programmes. Good news for the youths as there’s a new festival focus called SWF Youth Fringe, where more teen centric topics like K-dramas, memes and Young Adult fiction will be explored.

    Nov 1-10, various timings and locations at Civic District. Festival Passes start from $25, SWF Youth Pass at $15. More info at www.singaporewritersfestival.com

    Photo: Singapore Writers Festival/Facebook

  • 3 of 21 Nov 2-3: Street Superior Festival

    The premier sneaker and streetwear convention is back for another year. Spanning over five floors at *Scape, hypebeast central will feature sneakers, skate decks, toys, and more. The theme this year is ‘Customisation’, so expect to catch fresh creatives duking it out in customisation sneaker battles, as well as custom art showcases, among a slew of other festival activities. The largest private collection of Supreme skate decks in Asia will be revealed to the public eye for the first time, so skate fanatics, you’ve got something to look forward to.

    Nov 2-3, 12pm-10pm, *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, S237978. Tickets are $15 for one day entry and $20 for two day entry. More info at www.streetsuperior.com

  • 4 of 21 Nov 2-3: The Conscious Festival by Green Is The New Black

    Want to learn more about leading a sustainable and green life? Slink over to the fifth edition of The Conscious Festival, where the free-to-enter marketplace will feature over 100 pop-up stores by socially conscious brands selling jewellery, bags, shoes and more. Fancy a bite? The marketplace will also be serving up a variety of vegan food and drinks. Saving the Earth while having fun? Sounds like a plan. For a deeper insight into the zero-waste and sustainable lifestyle, attend one of the four ticketed talks, which will explore topics ranging from sustainability in fashion, to the role of zero waste in a climate crisis.

    Nov 2-3, 11am-7pm, South Beach, 26 Beach Road, S189768. Free entry to the MARKETPLACE, tickets for TALKS start from $22. More info at https://greenisthenewblack.com/festival/

  • 5 of 21 Nov 14: Pinball Wizard Ladies’ Night Launch

    Retro arcade game bar Pinball Wizard is introducing Ladies Night on Thursdays, which will feature R&B and hip hop tunes from the good ol’ 90’s and noughties. What’s more, women will get complimentary pretty drinks, such as glitter pink G&Ts and sparkly peachy vodka sodas, from 10pm. To kick things off on the inaugural Ladies Night here, homegrown artist Preetipls will perform at 10.30pm. Complimentary entry all night long.

    Nov 14, from 9pm til late, at Pinball Wizard, #B1-29 Sim Lim Square, 1 Rochor Canal Road (entrance facing Prinsep Street). Open Tue and Wed at 6pm-1am, Thu and Fri 6pm-3am and Sat 6pm-4am. More info at www.pinballwizard.sg.​​​​​​​

  • 6 of 21 Nov 15-17, 22-24: Artbox Singapore 2019

    Get your cameras ready for the ‘gram because massive pop-up market Artbox is coming back for its third run. Keep your eyes peeled for the Garden of Creation, a 12,000 square-foot experiential art playground where you can participate in 3D-printing accessories, perfumery workshops, and Artbox Jagua tattoos. Looking for a photo op? Strike a pose at The Heart of Eden, a 40-foot shipping container decorated with flowers, trees and mirrors, which will provide the perfect chio backdrop for your pictures. Fuel up with a wide array of food from Singapore and Malaysia and shop for fashion and lifestyle products brought to you by retailers hailing from around the region.

    Nov 15-17 and Nov 26-28, 3pm-11pm, The Grounds@Kranji, Singapore Turf Club (Carpark B), 1 Turf Club Avenue, S738078. Free. More info at http://www.artbox.sg/

  • 7 of 21 Nov 16: Battle of the Reds 2019

    Football fans, rejoice. The Battle of the Reds 2019 will see the former members from the Liverpool Reds, Manchester Reds and Singapore Reds, face off against one another in 40 minute round robin matches. With legendary players like Manchester United’s striker Dimitar Berbatov, Liverpool’s goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek and Singapore’s striker Fandi Ahmad playing the field, fans can expect a night of intense matches.

    Nov 16, 5.30pm onwards, National Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, S397629. Free. More info at http://sportshub.com.sg/

    Photo: Masters Football Asia

  • 8 of 21 Nov 16: Goodman B-Sides 2019

    The Goodman B-Sides is the perfect event for those who love art, or just want to escape the hustle and bustle of life for a moment. Opt to join a trail to explore the Goodman Arts Centre where you can sneak a peek into an artist’s studio. There are also a slew of other activities you can enjoy, like art workshops, pop-up performances and a lifestyle market.

    Nov 16, 12pm-7pm, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Rd, S439053. Free. More info at http://www.goodmanartscentre.sg/

    Photo: Arts House Limited

  • 9 of 21 Nov 20-30: A Spoonful of Sherman

    If the name of musical stage show A Spoonful of Sherman sounds familiar, it’s probably because Oscar-Winning brothers Robert and Richard Sherman wrote lyrics to the catchy song that is A Spoonful of Sugar from Mary Poppins. The musical follows the story of three generators of Sherman family songwriters played by local musical theatre talents Hossan Leong, Aaron Khaled, George Chan, Vanessa Kee and Mina Ellen Kay. Get ready to bop along to the Sherman family’s famous nostalgic tunes from films like Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Jungle Book.

    Nov 20-30, various show times, School of The Arts – Drama Theatre, 1 Zubir Said Dr, S227968. Tickets from $40. More info at http://www.singtheatre.com/

  • 10 of 21 Nov 20-24: Chinatown Opera Festival 2019

    Get ready for the first ever opera festival held in Singapore. Enjoy Hainanese, Hokkien, and Cantonese opera with performances from troupes such as the Chinese Theatre Circle and the Guangzhou Hongdou Cantonese Opera Troupe. There'll be free activities such as game stalls, a colouring station, a photo booth, and opera props display so the whole family will be entertained. With a segment called “Pop Music and Chinese Opera” dedicated to the youngsters, there is definitely something for people of all ages. Come dressed in your best opera costume and participate in the ‘Chinatown Opera Fest Contest” and you may just win a brand new iPhone 11.

    Nov 20-24, 2pm to 10.30pm, Banda Street Carpark, 2 Banda Street, S059962. General Admission tickets at $10, Premium Seating tickets at $20. More info at http://www.chinatown.sg/

  • 11 of 21 Nov 22-24: Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2019

    Art lovers and collectors, it’s time to get busy at the Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2019, back for its 10th year in Singapore. The fair will feature work from local, regional and international talents which are all priced below $15,000, with 75 per cent of pieces being offered at under $7,500. An additional ticket is required to get you into the Arty-Licious Evening happening on Nov 22, where you can sit back and enjoy a night of exclusive art talks, workshops, performances and music.

    Nov 22- 24, F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, S038975. Various timings. Tickets from $16. More info at http://www.affordableartfair.com/fairs/singapore

  • 12 of 21 Nov 28-Dec 8: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and the musical will be staged in Singapore for the first time. The musical follows titular character Sweeney Todd’s return to London after being banished by a corrupt judge who raped his wife. He goes on a killing spree to exact revenge. The bodies are, well… Anyone craving human, er, we mean, meat pie? Well, you would probably like those from Tony Award winner Lea Salonga’s character, Mrs Lovett. With a killer cast and a four-decade-old soundtrack to die for, what more can you ask for?

    Nov 28- Dec 8, various show times, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands 10 Bayfront Ave, S018956. Tickets from $55. More info at https://www.srt.com.sg

    Photo: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group

  • 13 of 21 Nov 29: Ronny Chieng Tone Issues Tour in Singapore

    Award-winning comedian and Crazy Rich Asian Ronny Chieng is back in Singapore after 4 years with a brand new stand-up comedy show. The 33-year-old law student-turned funnyman was born in Johor Bahru, raised in Manchester and Singapore. Chieng has been making a name for himself in the Hollywood, starring in Crazy Rich Asians being a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and even landing his debut Netflix comedy special that he just filmed. Before catching that on Netflix when it drops, may we suggest catching Ronny in the flesh right here on our shores.

    Nov 29, 7pm onwards, Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive, S038981. Tickets from $68. More info at https://www.ronnychieng.com/ ​​​​​​​

  • 1 of 29 Nov 29-Dec 1: C3 Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2019

    All aboard J-pop fans, Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2019 is back! Themed ‘AFA Airways’, the three day event is a paradise destination for all things Japanese Pop Culture – anime, cosplay, gaming, film and anisong. Strap in and expect to enjoy performances from a stellar line-up of celebrity singers, who will be performing at the I Love Anisong 2019 concert over three nights. Famous cosplayers from around the region, like duo Baozi & Hana from China, will be attending as well. There will be an exhibition area with themed booths, anime-related merchandise, and a dedicated area with booths selling fan-made merch.

    Nov 29-Dec 1, 10am-8pm, Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre (Levels 3 & 4), Raffles Blvd, S039593. Tickets from $15. More info at http://www.c3afa.com/sg19

    Photo: C3 AFA SG 2019

  • 15 of 21 Oct 3-Nov 17: Voilah! France Singapore Festival

    Bonjour! If you’re planning on visiting France or just learning more about its culture, then why not pay Singapore’s signature French festival a visit? There are over 50 programmes spanning a wide array of topics, including food, tourism, science and sport. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a string of concerts, exhibitions, foodie events, and more. The festival opens with a one-night only performance by renowned French cellist Gautier Capucon alongside the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the well-loved French Film Festival makes its return with more than 25 French box office hits. Foodies will have a field day with the sumptuous line-up of champagne and cognac masterclasses, dinners and wine and cheese appreciation sessions in store.

    Oct 3 to Nov 17, various timings and locations. Ticket prices vary. More info at http://www.voilah.sg/

  • 21 of 29 Oct 19-Dec 18: Bubble Tea Factory

    Why drink bubble tea when you can be bubble tea? That’s the existentialist question that boba fans will be asking themselves when they prance around in the Bubble Tea Factory, a utopic Insta-wonderland inspired by Singapore’s fave beverage, happening at *Scape from Oct 19 to Dec 18. Spanning over 7,000 square feet, the whimsical experiential pop-up has 10 multi-sensory rooms, all brimming with cute ’grammable installations. Everything you love about BBT has come to life, upsized. You can soak in all this bubble tea goodness without having to worry about calories, for the most part. Read our full review here.

    Bubble Tea Factory is on Oct 19 to Dec 18 at *Scape. 4pm-10pm weekdays, 10am-10pm on weekends. Tix at $24 (weekday) and $28 (weekend). More info at https://www.thebubbleteafactory.co/.

  • 17 of 17 Oct 26-Mar 29, 2020: Disney: Magic of Animation

    Discover how Disney magic comes to life for the first time in Singapore at ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition which reveals behind-the-scenes secrets behind 90 years of animation history. Pore over 500 art pieces — original drawings and concept art included — curated by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. The exhibition also features interactive features such as projections, audio-visual displays that will take you on a walk down memory lane. The icing on the cake is the debut of original artwork from the upcoming, highly-anticipated Frozen 2. For more pix and info, click here.

    Oct 26 to Mar 29, 2020, ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, S018974. Tickets from $12. More info at https://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/disney-magic-of-animation.html

  • 11 of 17 Ongoing: Future World: Where Art Meets Science

    Since its inception here in 2016, Tokyo-based interdisciplinary collective teamLab’s super photogenic dreamscapes have become a must-see for visitors, Singaporeans and ’gramaholics, of course. Who doesn’t love traipsing around in the trippy Crystal Universe? But if you’ve visited ArtScience Museum’s permanent exhibition once and think you’ve seen it all, think again.

    Future World has just been refreshed and with an all-new gallery and two new artworks for your viewing — and Instagramming — pleasure. You’ll find the all-new features in the City in a Garden gallery, one of four galleries (Sanctuary, Park and Space complete the line-up). If you haven’t realised by now, City in a Garden is a riff on Singapore’s Garden City status and the theme of integrating nature back into the concrete jungle, and takes you through fields of flowers, lush meadows and even an aquarium. Find out more here.

    Future World: Where Art Meets Science is on at ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. Open 10am-7pm daily (last admission 6pm). Tix and info at www.marinabaysands.com.

    Photo: teamLab

  • 19 of 21 Ongoing: Junior Presents Petite Chalet

    What better way to escape the haze than to duck into a hipster cocktail bar that has fashioned itself after an alpine ski lodge? Junior, the rotating bar concept tucked away in a back alley in Tanjong Pagar, has just launched its new concept, Petite Chalet. You’re teleported to the Alps by way of its refreshed décor, whimsical cocktails and hearty bar bites, all inspired by the alpine retro ski scene. Start off with Supernature ($25), an immensely refreshing high ball of vermouth, celery soda, ginseng-like herb gentian, sherry and green herbs. Also not to be missed is the Garden Gnome ($25). It may be served in these cute retro mugs but what’s inside packs a punch — it’s a strong concoction of tequila, absinthe, cucumber, gentian, lime, mint and dill. Comforting bar nosh is also available — don’t miss the delicious traditional dish of tartiflette ($18), scalloped potatoes and lardons swathed in scrummy, gooey brie and gruyere. After a few tipples, you may start to feel like you’re on a ski vacation in Switzerland, rather than muggy, hazy Singapore.

    Junior is at 43 Tanjong Pagar Road (enter via alley on Cook Street). Open Mon to Sat, 7pm-midnight. Tel: 81211462.

  • 29 of 29 Ongoing: National Heritage Board’s Uncles Love Monuments Travelling Exhibition

    Forget about snapping Insta-worthy pix of our monuments and take a moment to appreciate the beauty of our historic landmarks through sketches done by three artists from the silver generation. This exhibition features poignant sketches of 18 national monuments like the Sri Mariamman Temple and Sultan Mosque. It travels through seven locations islandwide, beginning with the Jurong Regional Library (until Jun 29), before moving on to the likes of the Marine Parade Public Library and library@harbourfront.

    Until Dec 30, selected NLB libraries. Free admission for Singapore Citizens and PRs. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/NationalHeritageBoardSG/.

    Photo: Francis Theo

  • 14 of 17 Ongoing: City Hall: If Walls Could Talk

    History goes high tech with this digital projection exhibition (replete with an interactive digital wall brimming with artworks) about the lesser-known snippets of Singapore’s history. Witness historical events that have moulded Singapore into what she is today, including the swearing-in of Yusof Ishak as first President of Singapore, the reveal of our national flag in 1959, and more. With gripping, lively projections and storytelling, you’ll feel as if you were living through these events that have cemented themselves into our nation’s history.

    From Sep 1 to Aug 29, 2021, 10am-7pm, City Hall Wing, Level 3, City Hall Chamber, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road S178957. Tickets from $10. More info at https://www.nationalgallery.sg/

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