There’s never gonna be a lull – roll up your socks for tons of exciting things to do this month
Oh, 2018 you’ve been good. But 2019 promises to be even better… especially since we’re celebrating Singapore’s Bicentennial. Brace yourself for a constant supply of incredible things to do in Singapore and with our January roundup, we’re just getting started!
Side note: If you’re wondering what to do with yourself come Saturday, hop over to our weekend guide for our top 10 things to do in Singapore.
Art: Unhomed Belongings by Lucy Liu and Shubigi Rao
12 Jan – 24 Feb
Bet you didn’t know Hollywood actress Lucy Liu is also a visual artist. She and her visual penfriend Singaporean artist Shubigi Rao are all set to present their creations at the National Museum of Singapore this month. Part of Singapore Art Week 2019, Liu’s installation Lost and Found and Rao’s Pulp (Volumes 1 and 2) aim to give new meaning and peculiar characteristics to seemingly ordinary objects.
Unhomed Belongings by Lucy Liu and Shubigi Rao, National Museum of Singapore 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
For more art shows and exhibitions in 2019
Film: Movies from the Middle East
Till 16 Jan
The Middle East is always in the news but often for the wrong reasons. For a change of perspective, witness some of the most creative movies to come out of the region. Sign up to watch award-winning movies that are bound to intrigue, amuse, surprise and provoke.
Middle East Film Festival 2019, Golden Village Vivocity 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-30 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Film: Japanese Film Festival
18 Jan – 10 Feb
Whether you’re a fan or just curious about Japanese films, this festival welcomes you. We’re particularly intrigued by the opening film ‘One Cut of the Dead’, a horror comedy that offers a cheeky take on the usual terror of typical zombie flicks. Bloody scenes, not your thing? There are 30 other films to choose from.
Japanese Film Festival, Shaw Theatres Lido, 350 Orchard Road Shaw House Level 5/6, Singapore 238868
Festival: Light to Night Festival
18 Jan – 24 Feb
This one is gonna be a goodie too. The Light to Night Festival this year will spread across six weeks and two amazing editions. Catch art inspired by personal stories and memories during the Singapore Art Week from 18 – 27 January. Right after for Singapore Bicentennial commemoration, Light to Night will see specially curated reflections from artists, writers and performers who will reimagine Singapore history!
Light to Night Festival 2019, across various locations in Civic District
Art: Singapore Art Week
19 – 27 Jan
We’re loving January already – Singapore Art Week is all set take over popular neighbourhoods and drenches them in art. Imagine nine thrilling days with 100 odd events across five precincts. Plot your life according to the calendar and hit up exhibits, talks, performances, workshops, film screens and other immersive activities.
Singapore Art Week 2019, various locations
Art: Aliwal Urban Art Festival
Yasss, #AliwalUAF19 is coming our way with its sixth edition with a whole lotta urban art and a giant celebration of subcultures. The lineup includes everything from dance battles, graffiti & graphic art, skateboarding, an alternative Kampong Glam walking tour, great live music and tons of workshops. There’s a streetwear and art market with goodies from local indie artists, a drone race with an obstacle course (waaat!) and an epic closing party too. Save the date, people!
Aliwal Urban Art Festival, Aliwal Arts Centre 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918
Party: Now that’s what I call boyband music! at Nineteen80
Listen up, 90s babies – Nineteen80’s is throwing a boyband music party to get you all kinds of nostalgic. Practise those synchronized dance movies: this throwback sesh celebrates days when MTV’s Most Wanted had Backstreet Boys, N’sync, Boyzone and others on loop. BTW: Remember Blue, the boyband that gave us One Love and All Rise? They’re coming to town. Head to our story about all the concerts lined up this year for the deets.
Nineteen80, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-05, Singapore 088444
For more parties in January 2019
Concert: BTS World Tour Love Yourself Singapore
And if you haven’t bagged tickets to Korean boy band BTS’s concert this January, we cannot help you! Tickets sold out seconds after it was released – no surprised there. Why are we still telling you this? ‘Cos it’s BTS!
BTS World Tour Love Yourself Singapore, National Stadium, Singapore
For more concerts and gigs in 2019
Sustainability: Earthfest 2019
EarthFest is back for a fourth edition and we couldn’t be happier to see this sustainable bash grow from strength to strength! This year, it’s all about ‘happiness through responsible living’– think minimalism, zero waste and carbon positive habits. Head to the breezy Marina Barrage for talks by Green Is The New Black, a book swap by Secondsguru and more!
Earthfest 2019, Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
Shop: Singapore Really Really Free Market
As part of EarthFest, the Really Really Free Market will be back! And yes, everything is really free, from items like books, toys and food, to services like tarot card reading, poetry writing and hair cutting. Guess there’s no reason not to go, amirite?
Singapore Really Really Free Market, Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
For more pop-up markets and sales in January 2019
Shop: Design Orchard opens
Singapore’s very own mecca for 61 homegrown labels (read all about Design Orchard here) is opening its doors this month and you’ve got to make a voyage to Orchard Road to check it. The retail space, curated by Naiise, promises to be a hotspot for amazing local designs by fresh, emerging and established brands – we’re talking the likes of Matter, Ginlee, Esse, The Paper Bunny, Oo La Lab, Re:erth, Gnome & Bow, Pew Pew Patches, David’s Daughter and others.
Design Orchard, 250 Orchard Rd, the junction of Orchard Road and Cairnhill Road, Singapore 238905
Food & drinks: La Kopi 2019
25 – 27 Jan
If you find it humanly impossible to go a day with your kopi, this festival at the Expo will give you the buzz. Spend a weekend sampling and learning about all kinds of coffee, traditional and modern, with a side of your favourite snack time treats. Plus, watch barista competitions live, play childhood games (marbles and hopscotch, anyone?) and learn a thing or two about block printing.
La Kopi 2019, Singapore Expo Hall 5B
Food: Zander Ng x The Clifford Pier
Till 26 Jan
Since his win, Singapore’s first MasterChef Zander Ng has been rather busy collaborating with restaurants and chefs for special menus. And after a super successful run at Artichoke and The Fullerton’s Annual Christmas event, Zander is taking over the kitchen at The Clifford Pier to give classic dishes his signature twists. Look out for his har cheong calamari, cider-brined kurobuta pork chop and sticky date pudding.
Side note: Zander does a mean compost cookie with a local twist and he shared the recipe with us!
Zander Ng x The Clifford Pier, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
Art: President’s Young Talents exhibition
Till 27 Jan
Have you seen the President’s Young Talents exhibition yet? Make your way to the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) to experience newly commissioned artworks by five local contemporary artists – Yanyun Chen, Weixin Quek Chong, Debbie Ding, Hilmi Johandi and Zarina Muhammad.
President’s Young Talents exhibition, Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535
Party: Ce La Vi presents Bob Sinclair
Ce La Vi’s club lounge is all set to host a special guest. Head to the rooftop to catch Bob Sinclair taking over the music on 25 Jan. French electronic music producer and DJ who gave us popular songs like World Hold On, Love Generation and such will be spinning his chart-toppers.
Ce La Vi presents Bob Sinclair, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, Singapore 018971
Party: Bang Bang x Moët Chandon: Sean Kingston Showcase
Save the date, Sean Kingston fans! The ‘Beautiful Girls’ singer is coming to Bang Bang for an exclusive showcase in collab with Moët Chandon. Catch him perform crowd-favourites live as you hit the dance floor with your pals.
Bang Bang x Moët Chandon: Sean Kingston Showcase, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595
Art: iLight Singapore 2019 – Bicentennial Edition
28 Jan – 24 Feb
January looks bright for us all. Another can’t miss festival – iLight Singapore is back and it’s bigger than ever for the Bicentennial Edition. Start plotting – we’ve got 32 amazing artworks to play with including 31 sustainable ones <insert oooos> and a multimedia show. The theme? Connectivity when it comes to Singapore’s history, culture and relationship with the rest of the world over the last 700 years. Who else is excited?
iLight Singapore 2019 – Bicentennial Edition, various locations
Party: Ladies Night at Kilo: Women in Tech & Creative World
That’s one helluva Ladies Night! We’re loving Kilo Lounge’s new idea that lets you mingle and party with the boss ladies crushing it in the tech and creative fields. Brownie points to Kilo for acing networking sessions with courage juice!
Ladies Night at Kilo: Women in Tech & Creative World, 21 Tanjong Pagar Rd, #01-02/04, Singapore 088444
Event: A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi Airport
Potterheads assemble, Christmas has come early and will last all the way till February for y’all. Changi airport is extra magical now that it has recreated iconic sets – think Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Hogsmeade Village. Make a weekend out of it at A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi Airport – go play Quidditch while balancing on broomsticks, practice your spellcasting (It’s leviOsa, not levioSA), get fitted at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions and loiter around Diagon Alley like you’re up to no good.
A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi Airport, across terminals
Art: Minimalism: Space. Light. Object
You’ve heard the buzz. One of the most talked-about art exhibitions in town is being held across two locations – National Gallery and ArtScience Museum. Make time in your busy schedule to catch 150 artworks based on the trending philosophy of minimalism (no brownie points for guessing). It’ll change you for the better…
Minimalism: Space. Light. Object, till 14 April 2019, two locations, National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum, Singapore
What you missed!
Shop: Keepers Red Letter Sale 2019
11– 13 Jan
You know we love a good Keepers haul. And there’s no better time to shop around than at the Keepers Red Letter Sale (read: the largest Singapore Designers Sale). Brands there include Artisan of Sense, Frank Skincare, Butterknife Folk and too many others to list! And if discounts of up to 80% off don’t get you off the couch, we don’t know what will.
Keepers Red Letter Sale 2019, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
Party: Eatmepoptart X Eatbox presents Bacon Beats
11 – 13 & 18 – 19 Jan
Y’all already know Eatmepoptart throws a mean party every single time. Fresh off their boat party in Dec 2018, we’re now looking at five days of the sizzling local bands and DJs that’s guaranteed to get the boogie going. Familiar names like KiDG and weelikeme will join the lineup alongside the up-and-coming acts like Houg for an extravaganza of sorts.
Eatmepoptart X Eatbox presents: Bacon Beats, Downtown East D’marquee, 1 Pasir Ris Cl, Downtown East, Singapore 519599
Shop: Well + Good Market
12 – 13 Jan
Local and international wellness brands are set to descend on the Well + Good Market for a weekend of feel-good eats and treats. If taking care of your health is on your New Year’s resolutions list, let this be your first step to owning your health.
Well + Good Market, Urban Park @ Tanjong Pagar Centre, 1 Wallich Street, Singapore 078881
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