Weekends are for living better, steeping in art, a blowout at the barracks and jaw-dropping lion dances!
There’s never a month that celebrates the arts as much as January. But it doesn’t just stop at there, there are epic parties tailor-made for a good time, extra special pop-up food menus and the prettiest Chinese New Year lights and sights.
Art: Singapore Art Week
Move over, December! January is totally a bigger celebration. The much anticipated Singapore Art Week has taken over some of our favourite neighbourhoods and we aren’t complaining! Singapore is drenched in art and this weekend is one for the books. Plot your life according to the SAW calendar and hit up exhibits, talks, performances, workshops, film screens, Light to Night festival, S.E.A Focus and other immersive activities.
Singapore Art Week 2019, various locations.
Wellness: Honeycombers presents Live Better: A Day Out with Virgin Active
Saturday, 26 Jan
What are you doing this Saturday? Hanging out with us, of course! It’s time to Live Better – spend a day with us and Virgin Active at Sofitel City Centre’s spectacular rooftop pool. We’ve planned the perfect day with inspiring talks and fitness activities that will get you ready to take on the year in fine form. Expect a fab marketplace, tons of freebies and prizes worth $3000 and a goodie bag. Join us for a series of fitness sessions that includes yoga, pilates, express core and Grid Bodyweight with Virgin Active. What about the pool, you ask? Sign for a cool session of Aquaspin (spinning under water) – a revolutionary workout that’s all kinds of amazing. Get all the deets here!
Honeycombers presents Live Better, Sofitel Singapore City Centre Rooftop, 9 Wallich St, Singapore 078885
Art + Party: Art After Dark x SAW at Gillman Barracks
Friday, 25 Jan
Gillman Barracks fabulous night party meets art session is back, right in time for Singapore Art Week. Head over to the art contemporary arts cluster this Friday for visual art and electrifying music. Expect 34 galleries featuring works from 92 artists from all over the world, artists talks and performances, live music, good bites and oodles of fun!
Art After Dark x Singapore Art Week 2019, Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Rd, Singapore 108937
Food: Nikkei cuisine at Osaka x Nami
Here’s a bit of history that you probably didn’t know. Back in the 1800s, several people from Japan moved to Peru, South America to find work. And with time, their Japanese food amalgamated with local Peruvian cooking to create Nikkei cuisine. And Osaka, voted one of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2018 for its Nikkei food, has landed on our island for a pop-up at Shangri-La’s Nami Restaurant and Bar. This weekend, catch the dinner-only seven-course menu that beautifully blends the best of two worlds. Chef Juan Urrutia and his team have specially flown in with exotic South American produce and serve up an incredible meal. We’re still dreaming about the refreshing nikkei ceviche with scallops, white fish and wasabi sauce and the chirashi black causa – a squid ink spiked mashed potatoes with a delish seafood spread (crab, shrimp, ikura, tuna), all injected with special chilli drizzle. Foodies, this nicely portioned menu that’s presented like art is one for the books. And give all five Peruvian-inspired cocktails a try – it’s the weekend, after all.
Osaka Cocina Nikkei Pop-Up, Nami Restaurant & Bar, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Level 24 Tower Wing, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Festival: Chinese New Year celebrations at Chinatown
It’s starting to look a lot like CNY! The lanterns are up, the lights are lit and its officially time to celebrate. If you haven’t strolled down the roads to catch the pretty lights, make time this weekend. Stock up on goodies and decoration at the festive street bazaar, the nightly stage performances, the 12th International Lion Dance Competition and traditional Cantonese opera at Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre.
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2019 celebrations, various locations in Chinatown
Party: The Hoe Down
Friday, 25 Jan
TGIF, immaright? Leave it to The Glory Hoes to bring you a night with an unpretentious vibe that’s all about embracing queer life. Drag queen performances will bring out your inner diva, while beats from the 70s all the way to the 00s will keep the dancefloor pumping.
The Hoe Down, Intermission Bar at The Projector, 6001 Beach Rd, #05-00, Singapore 199589
Bang Bang x Moët Chandon: Sean Kingston Showcase
Saturday, 26 Jan
Sean Kingston fans, it’s your lucky weekend! Head down to Bang Bang to catch the ‘Beautiful Girls’ singer live. Spend Saturday singing and dancing along to his crowd-favourite anthems with your gang.
Bang Bang x Moët Chandon: Sean Kingston Showcase, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595
Party: Ce La Vi presents Bob Sinclair
Head to the rooftop club atop MBS on Friday night to catch DJ Bob Sinclar spinning. The French electronic music producer and DJ behind anthems like World Hold On, Love Generation and such will keep you dancing into the night.
Ce La Vi presents Bob Sinclair, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, Singapore 018971
Art: Arts Weekend Civic District
You cannot escape the celebration this weekend, even if you tried. Among all the lovely artsy festivals and events, it’s also the last weekend of the month. Say hello to Arts Weekend Civic District that’s bringing us art skins on our fave monuments, an installation at Esplanade Park and a whole lotta food, drinks, crafts and music on the Empress Lawn.
Arts Weekend Civic District, various location in Civic District
Food & drinks: La Kopi 2019
Kopi lovers, this festival at the Expo is meant to give you the buzz. Spend the weekend sampling and learning about all kinds of coffee (from the traditional and the modern). Explore a world of snack time treats, watch barista competitions live, play childhood games like marbles and hopscotch and learn a thing or two about block printing.
La Kopi 2019, Singapore Expo Hall 5B