It’s all about design in the month of March, courtesy of Singapore Design Week But there’s also gigs, film festivals, marathons and loads more...
Now that we’ve done and dusted with the ang pao giving, let’s get on to planning your month of March. From marathons to run (still not too late to start on that fitness regimen) to electronic dance picnics, it’s a super packed month, starting with the arrival of the Singapore Design Week
Light up the bay area!
9 March – 1 April
i Light Marina Bay will see the iconic Marina Bay light up with 22 enthralling light art installations and heaps of activities that the public can look forward to. This year’s festival will also see a bigger focus on sustainable artwork. Organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the sixth edition of the sustainable light art festival will feature installations created by artists from Singapore and around the world and designed with energy-saving lighting, recycled or environmentally-friendly materials.
i Light Marina Bay, 9 Mar-1 Apr, Marina Bay district
Singapore’s premier and largest weekend shopping event returns
Championing local fashion brands and independent labels since its inception, Singapore’s prestigious weekend bi-annual shopping event, Boutique Fairs presents a stronger, highly curated fashion-focused list of vendors this March that will be showcasing their spring and summer collections, with some, exclusively launching their collections at Boutique Fairs. With over 230 booths and brands like Mmerci Encore, Esse, Anothersole and Africology, you’ll probably spend some time (and money!) there so gear up!
Boutique Fairs March 2018, 16-18 Mar, F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, Singapore 038975
Check out the anchor event of Singapore Design Week
5 – 18 March
With the theme ‘A State In Play’, SingaPlural 2018 is a celebration of the stage of work even before design begins. In Play, there are no failed experiments, only experiments with unexpected outcomes. Explore these experiments and prototypes at SingaPlural 2018, organised in tandem with the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC), with support from DesignSingapore Council, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board, and SPRING Singapore.
SingaPlural 2018: A State in Play, 5-18 Mar, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969
Navigate your way through modern art
Does getting lost in a maze sound intriguing? What about a hand-built bamboo maze with a special treat located at its centre? Now that we’ve got your attention, we dare you to navigate through National Gallery Singapore’s latest interactive exhibition: untitled 2018 (the infinite dimensions of smallness). A collaboration with internationally renowned artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, the rooftop installation will be here in Singapore till 28 October 2018.
Rirkrit Tiravanija’s bamboo maze, 24 Jan – 28 Oct, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
Get your power ballad face on at Evita
Ends 4 March
With more than 20 major awards to its credit, the original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Evita comes to Singapore in February 2018, directed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince. Evita charts the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.
Evita The Musical, 23 Feb-4 Mar, Grand Theatre, Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, 4 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018973
The carnival’s (still) in town
Singapore’s “biggest carnival”, The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival will occupy an area the size of three-and-a-half football fields. Expect rides galore (over 40 rides and games brought in from various European countries), indulgent festival grub, music and entertainment, and lots of fun. We already had our go at the carnival and boy, was it a whole lot of fun. Bring the whole fambam!
The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, Until 1 Apr 2018, The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space
Our favourite street party is back!
Once again, the great Keong Saik Road will be grounds for another Urban Ventures street party – and we’re not complaining. As always we’re looking forward to some great food, music, entertainment and this round, design as the street party will be part of the Singapore Urban Design Festival 2018. See you all out on the streets in March!
Urban Ventures Street Party – Vol. 9 (by Lopelab), 17 Mar, Keong Saik Road
Culture hits the streets
9 March – 1 April
Kick off the weekend on with the Esplanade’s Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, featuring a slew of over 100 free performances and activities through to the next 10 days. On Saturday, head to Asian Civilisations Museum for a lion-dance performance and other family-friendly activities under Saturdays@ACM before you settle in with your picnic mats for an evening of music at Empress Lawn for the Music@Empress concert. Don’t miss the very special GOLD 50: The King’s Singers with the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir at Victoria Concert Hall too! Round off your Sunday exploring on-going exhibitions at The Arts House and National Gallery Singapore.
Arts Weekend Civic District, 9 Mar-1 Apr, various locations around the Civic District.
Sprawling around the precinct
16 – 17 March
As part of their efforts being the place manager of arts and heritage district, Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB), The National Heritage Board (NHB) will be organising the BBB Arts Sprawl which is a regular event series where a sub- zone is activated for each edition of the event. Held over two-days, NHB aims to create a vibrant, energetic and inclusive arts and heritage district through an array of exciting programmes, street art and many more within the sub-zones of Bras Basah.Bugis. Taking on a design slant, Arts Sprawl returns to Queen Street as part of Singapore Design Week 2018 with a variety of activities ranging from performances, art workshops, art market, interactive installations and many more.
Bras Basah.Bugis Arts Sprawl x Singapore Design Week, 16-17 Mar, all along Queen Street
Watch a Japanese film
2 – 18 March
After a year-long hiatus, the Japanese Film Festival returns in Singapore on 2 March. Celebrating the unique stories and characters of Japanese cinema, this season premieres with Survival Family, a dystopian dramedy. The full lineup of films to be screened is yet to be released but stick around!
Japanese Film Festival, 2-18 Mar, TBA
The man to watch: Daniel Caesar
13 – 14 March
Breakout star and Canadian R&B soul singer and songwriter Daniel Caesar is finally bringing his world tour to Singapore. It’s been quite a ride for him – from his early singles which saw him collaborate with renowned live hip-hop/rock hybridists BADBADNOTGOOD to becoming massively popular following several self-released online releases, including the 2016 single entitled “Get You,” featuring vocalist Kali Uchis. Caesar began performing live more frequently in order to quell the newfound demand for his music. Work on new tracks continued between his concert and festival appearances, and 2017 brought more well-received material: the single “We Find Love” and his debut album Freudian. Daniel Caesar – Freudian, 13-14 Mar, The Pavilion at Far East Square, 28 China Street, #01-01, Far East Square, Singapore 049570
Can’t go wrong with street food in Singapore
30 – 31 March and 1 April
The second edition of the event features a specially curated line-up of 15 establishments, featuring local street food favourites from Michelin-listed restaurants and hawker stalls from the Michelin Guide Singapore 2017. New in the line-up for this year’s edition includes hugely popular Man Man Unagi with their signature Una-Don, local favourite New Ubin Seafood with their highly raved Heart Attack fried rice and one of Singapore’s few Peranakan restaurants, Blue Ginger with its popular durian chendol. Besides local hawker favourites, you can also get to enjoy creations from Michelin-starred restaurants such as Joël Robuchon Restaurant which will be creating two exquisite desserts and Song of India with their exciting selection of Naans paired with Butter Chicken. All participating establishments will be showcasing the dishes at dirt cheap prices starting from $3! Heads up, the queues will be wild!
The Michelin Guide Street Food Festival, 30-31 Mar and 1 Apr, Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Beach pop in the tropics
After six years since their crazy, sweaty debut in Singapore, American indie-rockers Beach Pop make their return back to our shores. The band have come a long way since we last saw them in 2012, with three new full-length releases on their repertoire, they’ve only gotten bigger. The long-awaited return of Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils, showcases a band in bloom. Charting into new musical territory with a refined songwriting style, it’s an album that captures flashes of life in New York grounded in personal experience and their signature laid-back style.
Beach Fossils – Live in Singapore, 12 Mar, EBX Live Space, 5 Pereira Road, #01-02, Singapore 368025
In perfect (Fifth) Harmony
From boybands to girl groups, global pop sensation Fifth Harmony will perform in Singapore, as part of their latest ‘PSA tour’! Fans can expect to hear songs from their highly anticipated upcoming album, FIFTH HARMONY including their lead single, ‘Down’ feat. Gucci Mane, plus all the hits from their sophomore album 7/27 such as mega hit, the ARIA accredited 6 x Platinum ‘Work from Home’, Platinum second single, ‘All In My Head (Flex)’ and top 20 radio hit,‘That’s My Girl’.
Fifth Harmony – PSA Tour – Live in Singapore, 14 Mar, Zepp @ Big Box, 1, Venture Avenue, Singapore Singapore 608521
Singing the desert blues
Hailing from a Tuareg tribe descendant of nomadic people, the iconic Grammy Award-winning Saharan blues band, Tinariwen band will treat audiences to their mesmerising desert blues grooves and electrifying stage presence. Rooted in traditional Tuareg music but influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, Tinariwen’s music addresses political awakening, problems of exile, repression, and sovereignty reflecting the political turmoil of their native Northern Mali as the country struggles for independence. Over the years, Tinariwen amassed a devout following after an arduous journey of having their music bootlegged and traded around the region. Finally in the late 1990s, western musicians discovered Tinariwen and for the first time, their songs left the Sahara and were introduced to the world.
Tinariwen in Singapore, 24 Mar, Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Run the Marathon of Hope
The inspiring legend of Terry Fox paved the way for charity runs against cancer. Deeply moved by the plight of young cancer patients, the cancer hero decided to run across Canada to raise funds for research despite losing his right leg due to bone cancer at an early age. The Singapore edition of the run will have you surrounded with feel-good company as you take part in the non-competitive 5km or 10km races. All funds from the run will be awarded to local cancer research.
Terry Fox Run 2018, 11 Mar, Angsana Green, East Coast Park
Fitness with a side of rowdiness…
Being desperate for a wash after a marathon is only natural, but trust us when we say that one shower won’t be enough once you’re done with this rowdy run! In collaboration with i Light Marina Bay, prepare to rave and run at this paint-splattering pandemonium along the Marina Bay waterfront, where you’ll be doused with ILLUMI Glow Water as you dash across five music zones like a whizzing, glow-in-the-dark human kaleidoscope.
ILLUMI FEST RUN, 31 Mar, Marina Bay Waterfront
Catch top female golfers in action
1 – 4 March
Putt this golf-meets-music extravaganza in your schedules! See the world’s top women golfers compete for championship, including China’s Shanshan Feng and 20-time tour winner, Cristie Kerr. It’s also four days of good vibes with performances from Singapore’s emerging bands, but the show doesn’t end there – if you’re one for KPop, don’t miss out on the boys from MONSTA X, who will strut their stuff in The Coliseum at Resorts World Sentosa after.
HSBC Women’s World Championship, 1-4 Mar, New Tanjong Course, Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Rd, Singapore 099892
You’ve got to be really fit…
One for the seriously fit, the Metasprint series is not your average marathon. Instead, it comprises an aquathlon at Palawan Beach, a duathlon at the F1 Village and a triathlon at East Coast Park from February to April. Swimmers can enjoy a swim and run combo at its aquathlon, while its duathlon is best suited for beginners where the flat grounds and closed, smooth roads of the F1 Village is great for both running and cycling. But if you’re up for a challenge, its triathlon at East Coast Park involved the whole shebang: swimming, cycling and running individually or as a team.
MetaSprint Series, 11 Mar, various locations.
Run for Cancer
10 – 11 March
Run for a good cause with the Singapore Cancer Society. Returning for its second year, the overnight event – Relay For Life 2018 – encourages participants to walk around a designated path in teams. Each team is asked to have a member on the path at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Teams are also encouraged to help raise awareness and raise funds for the fight against cancer.
Singapore Cancer Society: Relay For Life 2018, 10-11 Mar, National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub, 1 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397629
Emerald Hill opens its gates
3 – 4 March
Discover the story of Emerald Hill through secret tours, art, and performances in homes and private spaces. Emerald Hill, a former nutmeg plantation, is a perfect illustration of the relationship between botany and commodities that circulate the Empire – but there is a dark side too. Scientific exploration exists alongside exploitation of new lands. Valuable crops are stolen, smuggled, and monopolised. Explore, collect, and piece together your very own story of Emerald Hill in 19th century Singapore.
OH! Emerald Hill Open House, 3-4 Mar, Emerald Hill Rd, Singapore
Happy International Women’s Day
In the spirit of International Women’s Day, join the Association of Women for Action and Research at the free community lunch! You can chat with the volunteers to find out more about AWARE, learn more about the free services provided for women, or listen to a talk on women standing tall and supporting each other. There’s games and quizzes to keep everyone entertained, and also a clothes and book swap where you can donate or pick up wonderful pre-loved items. Check out more #IWD events happening in Singapore in our full guide.
Free Community Lunch by AWARE Singapore, 10 Mar, Blk 3A Dover Crescent, Singapore 131003
The rise of indie magazines
3 – 4 March
With the rise of indie magazines in Singapore, one wonders – how do these makers find their editorial voice? Is magazine making a lucrative project? How can print, culture and literary lovers show their support for their favourite niche magazines? How do these magazines feed our culture? The makers behind Musotrees Magazine, Mynah Magazine, STAPLE Magazine, SAND Magazine, The Maker Journal and The Ideology show up for a weekend showcase at BooksActually’s Great World City Pop Up – Read To Teleport. Apart from selling magazines & merch, they will also answer your burning questions about running a publication in these times.
Meet The Magazines, 3-4 March, Read To Teleport, Great World City (1 Kim Seng Promenade), Singapore 237994
Groove to beats at a picnic
It’s always a multi-sensory treat with the folks from Sunshine Nation! This year, they’re back with Garden Beats Festival: the go-to fest for electronic music meets food. Get ready for ’80s funk-inspired music from Canadian multi-instrumentalist Pomo; fun beats from Hernandez Brothers; party-perfect tunes from andhim; crowd fave Youngr; Singapore indie duo .gif and more. This year the festival is going carbon neutral (high five to that!), and hosting a conscious market. Bring your own picnic spread and blankets, and remember that the excitement doesn’t stop there: all Garden Beats 2018 tickets come with an after-party entrance at mao.
Garden Beats, 3 Mar, Fort Gate, Fort Canning Park, River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
Keeping literature lit
9 – 11 March
Celebrate Singapore stories this March with #BuySingLit. Advocating ‘Buy Local, Read Our World’, homegrown book publishers, retailers and literary non-profits have come together to encourage more people to discover and embrace Singapore’s literature. Check out readings, workshops and bazaars happening throughout the festival period!
#BuySingLit, 9-11 Mar, various locations
Miss the 90s? Well, it’s back
The 90s are back with the ‘I Love 90s’ Tour featuring a line-up of some of the hottest acts… yup, from the 90s. Superstar boy bands (remember those?) 911, 5ive, and supergroup S Club will be performing the hits that shaped the wackiest decade of our lives for over two hours. Sweet! Get ready to relive the 90s again so better rock up in period-appropriate attire.
I Love 90s Tour, The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre,1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-01, Singapore 138617
Level up your knowledge on these Singapore spots
10 – 11 March
Shophouse & Co brings back Design Trails for the fifth year with a brand new name and format. A key programme of Singapore Design Week, the newly branded City Ramble Design Trails will take participants further from the city centre this year; to discover unique places and experience design through stories, demos, workshops and installations. Get up close and personal with design through any of its three pillar experiences: Stories, Heritage, and Process. Just where are we going? You’ll have to sign up to find out!
The City Ramble Design Trails, 10-11 Mar, TBA
Now, sissy that walk
Iconic BFF Drag duo, Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls will be bringing their hilarious comedy and lip sync show to Singapore for the first time, and comedy queen and host, Lady Bunny, will also be joining this performance as a special guest. Witness the eleganza! And gag on the shade of it all in a night of unforgettable madness with the world’s most talented drag performers.
Ru Paul’s Drag Race Kim Chi & Naomi Smalls with Comedy Queen & Host Lady Bunny, Kallang Theatre, 1 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397688
Happy birthday Kumar!
Until 11 March
Of course Singapore’s favourite comedian and drag queen superstar will be throwing a golden jubilee of her own when she turns 50! Get personal and comfy with this Singapore icon, and also get ready to swallow some hard truths along the way if you find yourself put in the spotlight! Regardless, you’ll be laughing out loud all night.
Kumar50, 28 Feb-11 Mar, Capitol Theatre, 11 Stamford Road, Singapore 178884
Local music in a botanical setting
Catch the sunset with live music from the burgeoning local scene in this quarterly event by NAC and ExxonMobil, featuring indie-pop act M1LDL1FE (pictured) and Charlie Lim’s soulful tunes. Bring along your favourite people, as well as a well-packed picnic basket for the best Sunday afternoon chill-out sesh!
NAC-ExxonMobil Concert in the Park, 11 Mar, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanical Gardens, 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
You’ll always need some furniture
8 – 11 March
Also part of Singapore Design Week, you can look forward to the annual International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS), held in conjunction with the ASEAN Furniture Show (AFS) and NOOK Asia at the Singapore EXPO. IFFS 2018 will feature a comprehensive range of furniture, furnishing, decorative accessories, interiors and fittings by a diverse portfolio of quality exhibitors from almost 40 countries. It will be a multi-sensorial show experience that introduces technology, celebrates design and facilitates connections so visitors can expect innovative and inspired design and high-quality furniture, interiors and fittings.
IFFS 2018, Singapore EXPO, 1 Expo Dr, Singapore 486150
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