Step into the mid-year with tonnes of exciting events in Singapore, including Ultra Music Festival, the DBS Marina Regatta, a Downton Abbey exhibition, Britney Spears live and more.
Reality check, good peeps: we’re six months into 2017 and there’s no way we’re slowing down! Feel over the moon this June and get pumped with 30 exciting events that are bound to lift your mid-year spirits – such as a themed run in the gardens, an EDM music festival, humorous plays, glamorous parties, and what is June without the Great Singapore Sale? Get those calendars out.
1. See through the lens of Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama, #girlboss and one of the world’s most influential artists, will display an exhibition called “Life is the Heart of a Rainbow” from 9 June at the National Gallery. Immerse yourself in her paintings, sculptures, videos and installations, including never-before-seen works, which dates back to the 1950s. Expect infinity mirror rooms, intricate nets, dots and pumpkin motifs which separate this artist from the rest.
2. Smell the flowers at Gardens by the Bay
In conjunction with Gardens by the Bay’s fifth anniversary, prepare to be dazzled by “Blue Beauties” in the Flower Dome ’til 30 June. Uncommon amongst plants, the true blue hues of agapanthus, hydrangeas and delphiniums, as well as the French-inspired garden, are worth admiring, smelling and sticking one for the ’gram.
3. Colour me timbers with Faber-Castell
Colour the town red (or any colour you like, really!) at the Faber-Castell Art Festival 2017, happening from 27 May to 4 June! Faber-Castell will be presenting the inaugural festival at Marina Square in a – get this – castle setting. With lots of illustrations, workshops from established artists, an exhibition (where you can buy the art), and even a chance to get into the Singapore Book of Records, this kaleidoscopic event has everything you’d wanna see in an art festival.
4. Unleash your inner Nyonya or Baba
For the first time ever, there’s gonna be a month-long Peranakan Festival at Claymore Connect, and it’s shaping up to be quite a celebration for all Nyonyas and Babas. Highlighting the fascinating aspects of this Straits Chinese culture are weekly highlights such as sarong kebaya exhibitions, demonstrations of traditional games like congkak, cooking classes teaching recipes for traditional desserts and cookies, and even how to make your own Peranakan-inspired flower arrangements AKA bunga rampai.
5. Show how street you are
To really soak in the essence of Singapore’s raw art culture, you gotta hit the streets. The Singapore Street Festival is back from 1 June to 2 July, and is packed with a variety of events that offer great opportunities for young talents to display their skills and potentials in performing arts such as music, dance and theatre, visual arts, fashion and design, entrepreneurship, technology, sports health and lifestyle trends.
6. Dragon boat your way to Marina Bay
The DBS Marina Regatta returns to The Promontory at Marina Bay for its sixth edition and, like always, it’s much more than just an adrenaline-pumping showcase of dragon boating. This year’s regatta (a veritable dragon boating festival) will bring Potato Head Bali’s legendary Coconut Bar to Singapore, along with Ultra Music Festival DJs and a massive 11,000 square feet inflatable water obstacle course.
7. Shop for your crib
Danish home furniture showroom, BoConcept, will kick off its GSS celebrations with a Mini Home Fair on 1 June, at Paragon Shopping Centre. On top of that, there’s a neat 20% storewide sale as well. BoConcept is known for its fuss-free and beautiful contemporary pieces that are equal parts functional and aesthetically pleasing.
8. Bag a new laptop or tech gadget
If your laptop’s starting to slow down and your headphones are falling apart, you’re in luck – Singapore’s longest-running tech fair is just a week away. The PC Show at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre will offer guests stellar deals on the latest tech gadgets from respected brands such as Acer, Asus, Canon, Fujifilm, Samsung, Lenovo, HP, Dell and many more.
9. Get high with this beach party in the sky
If you like both the glitz of the CBD and the laid-back vibes of the beach, we’re pleased to tell you that 1-Altitude’s Summertime Madness is back for its fourth instalment from 2 to 3 June. The annual beach party in the sky will see the multi-concept lifestyle destination – and one of the best rooftop bars and clubs in Singapore – transformed into a seaside soiree with fringe activities and musical acts.
10. Party with The Lo & Behold Group
The Lo & Behold Group will be displaying yet another gargantuan showcase of their influence, with a month-long festival featuring events at seven of its prime establishments. A unique event will be hosted every weekend with a specially curated programme. Brace yourselves for a culinary showdown between top local chefs at the Food Fight event at Extra Virgin Pizza (2 June), indulge in your fave tipple at The Rabbit Hole’s gin workshop (8 June), and look forward to Tanjong Beach Club’s Bottomless Brunch (17 June) for brunch with a beachy view.
11. Relive the walk of fame at Singapore’s most famous hotel
Marking the 130th anniversary of the iconic Raffles Hotel is the Walk of Fame – History tour, where you can step in the shoes of famous peeps who once called this legendary hotel their temp home, including the British Royal Family, as well as the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Plus, movie buffs will be able to recognise some sites that were featured in old films. Catch the hotel in full form before it starts its six-month restoration process.
12. Lose yourself in contemporary dance
Soak in the melodious music and majestic dances, and be entertained by a variety of local and international artists displaying their works at the M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival from 2 June to 7 July. This annual fest is known for its bold curation and diverse range of programmes, including workshops and technique classes.
13. Unwind this Negroni Week
Dark, mysterious and complex, the Negroni is a cocktail that holds a special place in our hearts. If you’re as passionate as we are about this classic aperitif, then you’ll definitely want to mark your calendars for Negroni Week from 5 to 11 June. Taking place at some of the best cocktail bars around the city, the festival will showcase a selection of inventive Negroni-inspired cocktails that will redefine the classic drink.
14. Celebrate an anniversary like no other
Headlining The Council Anniversary on 8 June is none other than Bulgaria’s KiNK, one of the circuit’s best live techno acts – if you wanna see a real live DJ, get schooled by the interactive antics of this legend, often multi-tasking on drum machines, turntables, and all sorts of gadgetry. And he’ll be supported by some of Singapore’s finest, including Darker Than Wax co-founder and saxophonist extraordinaire, Kaye; and The Council’s own residents, Ulysses, Julien Brochard and CATS ON CRACK.
15. Contribute for a good cause
We featured some of the most breathtaking views of the Lut Desert in Iran on our Instagram, taken by inspiring group, Woman on a Mission, on their 200km walk through the desert. Check out more of these beautiful views (and bag a few prints) at their charity event and photography exhibition – Sands of Time – on 8 June at Ola Beach Club. All proceeds will go towards underprivileged and troubled women and girls in Singapore and Iran.
16. Enjoy a night of Beethoven
Sink into the deep musical sea of Beethoven with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysèes, led by artistic director and principal conductor, Philippe Herreweghe, on 9 June. Marking the 190th anniversary of the famous pianist’s death, two of Beethoven’s well-loved symphonies will be performed using instruments that were present during his lifetime.
17. Stuff yourself silly at Geylang
It’s that time of the year again when Ramadan rolls around, and Muslims prepare for a month of fasting and spiritual cleansing. And for foodies, it’s also an exciting time: Geylang comes alive again with street food stalls dishing out everything from traditional grub to Insta-worthy hipster eats. This, coupled with the colourful lights lining the streets, film screenings, cultural performances, loud Raya music and huge crowds, always makes for a festive atmosphere.
18. Shop ’til you drop at the Great Singapore Sale 2017
When June rolls in, you know what that means? A shopaholic’s dream come true, the Great Singapore Sale 2017 starts from 9 June to 13 August with massive discounts off the racks of brands like Zara, H&M, and as well local fave, Charles & Keith. Keep your eyes peeled for major sales at participating designer brands, electronic stores, hotels and F&B outlets islandwide. Expects discounts to sky-rocket up to 70%! Wallets on the ready, and bag yourself some sweet deals!
19. Let loose at this EDM music fest
Ultra Music Festival makes its return on 10 and 11 June with EDM legend Tiësto, one of the biggest (and certified best on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll) DJs in the world with his untouchable contributions to trance and big-room house. Another giga-sized name is the man touted as the former’s protégé – and household name amongst the EDM kids – Hardwell. But if you belong in the camp of old-school progressive house, then you won’t wanna miss the three-hour back-to-back set of tastemakers, Sasha and John Digweed. Check out our ultimate guide for the entire low-down.
20. Catch Naruto and friends live
Anime fans, rejoice! Live Spectacle Naruto will return to Singapore this month after two years! This theatrical adaption will take on a new twist of the well-loved ninja manga, which sees Naruto and his gang all-grown up. This new production will be accompanied with improved staging, visual effects, songs and actions, aside from the brand new plot.
21. Relive an episode of Downton Abbey
Still can’t get over the season finale of Downton Abbey? Hey, we’ve all been emotionally attached to a TV drama one way or another. But soon, you can start reeling in the nostalgia; head down to Marina Bay Sands on 17 June and revisit the multi-award winning period drama at the Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, and delve deeper into the lives of the characters you love.
22. Party like it’s the roaring 20s
Get transported to the golden age of Hollywood – the 1920s and 1930s. Hosted by the party squad, The Lo & Behold Group and Sunshine Nation, the Electro Ball 2017 is not to be missed! Held from 10 to 11 June, head over to the Black Swan and swing along to ragtime jazz performances, and surround yourself with flirtatious showgirls. Let loose and soak in this three-floor cinematic odyssey.
23. Witness a battle of chefs
Ever witness a non-verbal play about cooking? Catch Bibimbap vs Chilli Crab at Resorts World Sentosa from 10 June to 22 July! Using street elements like live beat-boxing and b-boying, this local adaptation of a new brand of “Bibap” tells the rivalry between a Korean and Singaporean chef, served with tonnes of light-hearted comedy, impressive choreography, upbeat music and madcap antics.
24. Have a slammin’ good time with WWE
Come 28 June, the larger-than-life superstars of WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) return to Singapore to let bodies hit the floor, in a showcase of heartstopping manoeuvres, theatrical techniques and unparalleled charisma. Look out for hard-hitting strong style of Samoa Joe, the feisty ferocity of Sasha Banks, the razor-sharp offence of Finn Balor, the unorthodox aggression of Seth Rollins, and the perilous submissions of Asuka!
25. Sing along with these alt-rockers
Arizonian alt-rockers, The Maine, return to Singapore as part of the Lovely Little Lonely World Tour, supporting their brand new album released last month. Rock out to singles like “Bad Behaviour”, “English Girls” and “Into Your Arms”, as well as genre-defying tracks off the powerhouse album.
26. Board this plane of play
Based on the play by Marc Camoletti, catch “the year’s sexiest play” from 23 June to 22 July at Victoria Theatre. Directed by Pam Oei, and starring Rodney Oliveiro and Oon Shu An, this mile-high play tells a ménage à quatre fantasy of a modern-day Casanova and his air stewardess girlfriends who are unaware of each other’s existence. Wonder how long this scheming bachelor can last without getting caught? Fasten your seatbelt for the takeoff of Boeing Boeing!
27. Get artsy at SIFA
What if we told you you could (a) visit actual homes of residents around the island, (b) expand your circle of buddies by cooking with strangers, (c) be an extra in an actual Punjabi banquet film set, and (d) get handsy in an art workshop? Well, you can do it all at the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2017 (SIFA). Whether you’re at SIFA to soak up the novelty works of local and international artists, or participate in bizarrely rad activities, there’s something for everyone at the coolest arts fest in town.
28. Sip on Japanese sake
Love a good ol’ sake? Unwind and check out the largest sake event in Singapore on 24 June! Discover over 250 labels of Japanese sake selections from 43 sake breweries across the Land of the Rising Sun, including seasonal sakes, all-time faves and limited editions, at the Sake Festival Singapore 2017.
29. Bow down to pop royalty
Grammy-winner and Princess of Pop, Britney Spears, is set to hit the road on an international tour, stopping at the Philippines, Japan and Hong Kong, before making her way down to Singapore for a one-night-only event and her first-ever headlining show. Unleash your inner pop diva and sing along to hits like “… Baby One More Time”, “Oops… I Did It Again”, “Toxic”, and her current single, “Slumber Party”.
30. Run with DreamWorks characters
Run around with the characters from Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How To Train Your Dragon and Madagascar at the first ever DreamWorks Run in Asia! Put ‘em runners on and enjoy a fun run with your fam at Gardens by the Bay. Don’t forget to rub shoulders with the adorable characters and snap pics with them!