Presenting you our first guide of 2020... Looks like January is going to be lit!
2019, who? We’re not looking back as 2020 promises to be even better… and if January is a prelude to what’s in store this year, we’re stoked! We’ve got cool concerts, art festivals and parties comin’ up – basically a constant supply of exciting things to do this month!
Art: Singapore Art Week
11 – 19 January
The eighth edition of Singapore Art Week is all set to take over popular neighbourhoods and drench them in art. Imagine nine thrilling days with over 100 art events across Singapore. Plot your life according to the calendar and hit up exhibits, talks, performances and other immersive activities.
Singapore Art Week 2020, various locations
Eat: Le Petit Chef at Grand Hyatt Singapore
Those who missed out on this immersive dining experience last year will be glad to know that Le Petit Chef is continuing its run till 31 June 2020! So embark on this culinary journey and travel the Silk Road with Marco Polo as you sample dishes that pay tribute to the locales.
Le Petit Chef at Grand Hyatt Singapore, lunch 12pm-2pm, afternoon tea 3pm-5pm, dinner 6pm-8pm, 8:30pm-10:30pm; until 31 June 2020, Mezza9’s wine cellar, La Cave, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228211
Art: Stealing Public Space
11 January – 23 February
Comprising 25 artists and 31 historical and newly-commissioned works by established and emerging artists, Stealing Public Space explores Southeast Asian contemporary art in public spaces. Traverse the grounds of The Substation for conversation-starting art pieces.
Stealing Public Space, various timings, The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
Drink: The Nyetimber Secret Garden at 1880
Until 29 Feb 2020
Head over to 1880 as the space is transformed into a boozy garden, making way for English sparkling wine Nyetimber. Nyetimber Classic Cuvee and Rosé will be going by the glass and bottle, and no judgments if you choose the latter all for yourself.
The Nyetimber Secret Garden at 1880, various timings, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909
Festival: Chinatown’s Chinese New Year 2020 celebrations
4 January – 2 February
Chinatown, once again, comes to life at this time of the year. Starting with the official light-up ceremony on 4 January, there’ll be loads to do this month, including a festive street bazaar, a lion dance competition, nightly stage performances and a heritage and food trail. While most of the activities end on 24 January, the Chingay floats will make an appearance on New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street on 2 February.
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2020 celebrations, various locations in Chinatown
Eat: We Bare Bears X Kumoya pop-up cafe
4 January – 12 April
Love We Bare Bears? The cartoon trio will be taking over Kumoya Cafe till April! From the food to the decor, this is the first fully-themed We Bare Bears pop-up cafe in town, and fans can also look forward to exclusive merchandise up for grabs!
We Bare Bears X Kumoya pop-up cafe, Tue – Thu & Sun 12pm-9:30pm, Fri – Sat 12pm-10:30pm, Kumoya Cafe, 8 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199320
Shop: Cantai Market
Taking place in the vibrant neighbourhood of Little India, this craft market will offer a smorgasbord of eclectic items, from ceramic wares and grass straws to artisanal candles and even handmade lip balms! You can also look forward to henna art and diya painting.
So Cantai Market, Fri 12pm-5pm, Sat 11am-6pm, outside Indian Heritage Centre, 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924
16 January – 15 March
Known for its immersive art exhibitions, teamLab is showcasing seven digital exhibits at the futuristic Gardens by the Bay. Oh, and did we mention they’re totally ‘gram-worthy?
#futuretogether, various timings, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Concert: Bon Iver Live
Indie fans need no introduction to Bon Iver, but if you’re living under a rock, just know that the band created the worldwide hit, “Skinny Love”. They’ll be back this time ‘round to promote their new album, ““i,i”, so fingers crossed they’ll perform the classic track that was responsible for a gazillion cover versions.
Bon Iver Live, 8pm, #04-01, The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
Party: Ce La Vi presents DJ Jazzy Jeff
This rooftop club is all set to host a special guest. Known for his chart-topping collaboration with Will Smith on “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble” and “Summertime”, hip-hop DJ Jazzy Jeff will be helming the decks all night.
Ce La Vi presents DJ Jazzy Jeff, 10pm-late, L57, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971
Shop: Changi Recommends “Around the World” Travel Fair
17 – 19 January
Already planning your trips this year? Don’t miss out on this travel fair as it covers all the bases. It’s packed with unbeatable offers for hotel bookings, attraction tickets, travel insurance and overseas WiFi routers!
Changi Recommends “Around the World” Travel Fair, 10am-10pm, Jewel Changi Airport, Cloud 9 Piazza (Level 5), 78 Airport Blvd, Singapore 819666
Art: Aliwal Urban Art Festival
Kampong Glam is all set for the seventh edition of Aliwal Urban Art Festival. The line-up includes everything from alternative music and skateboarding to dance battles, live graffiti painting and even an alternative walking tour of Kampong Glam. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your shopping bag as there’ll be an art market with goodies from local indie artists.
Aliwal Urban Art Festival, 4pm till late, various locations.
Concert: Of Monsters and Men Fever Dream Tour
After making a comeback in 2019 with Fever Dream, Icelandic indie folk-pop band Of Monsters and Men will be stopping by our sunny shores for a one-day shindig at Fort Canning Green. Expect hits such as the critically-acclaimed “Alligator”, the first single from the band’s third studio album.
Of Monsters and Men: Fever Dream Tour, 7pm, Fort Canning Park, River Valley Road, Singapore 179037
Party: Kampong Boogie presents Chinese New Year & Hip Hop!
Grab your friends for a fun reunion party at Kampong Boogie. You know the drill for this cool rooftop party – there’ll be eats, tipples and feel-good music by DJs Chunk, Suren and Alx to get you down to boogie.
Kampong Boogie presents Chinese New Year & Hip Hop!, #08-02, Victoria Wholesale Centre rooftop, 101 Kallang Avenue, Singapore 339508
Eat: Australia Day BBQ
Rooftop bar 1927 at Sofitel So Singapore is throwing a poolside bbq this Australia Day. There’ll be sausages and beef sliders, Little Creature beers, beer pong and Aussie radio station Triple J’s Hottest 100 grooves keeping you company all afternoon.
Australia Day BBQ, 2pm-late, 1927 Rooftop Bar (rooftop of Sofitel So Singapore), 35 Robinson Road, Singapore 068876
Party: Ice Cream Sundays x Darker Than Wax: Open Door #4
Teaming up with underground music label Darker Than Wax, Ice Cream Sundays is going to rock your Monday. Once again, the party will be held at an unexpected place: an old ship-repair factory amidst art installations! So, if you’re tired from all the CNY reunions, you know what to do.
Ice Cream Sundays x Darker Than Wax: Open Door #4, 3pm-10:30pm, 2 Cavan Road, Singapore 209843
Festival: Chingay Parade Singapore 2020
31 January – 1 February
One of the biggest street parades in Singapore is back! This year, the theme is “Colours in Harmony”, and it sees a dazzling display of lights, ethnic costumes, ginormous floats, cultural performances, fireworks and even flying dragons! Okay, so the flying dragons are actually remote-controlled gizmos, but who’s asking!
Chingay Parade Singapore 2020, 8pm-9:45pm, The F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, Singapore 038975
What you missed!
Film: Eating Animals
Are you on the Veganuary bandwagon? Head to our favourite indie theatre for the Singapore premiere screening of Eating Animals, based on the best-selling book by Jonathan Safran Foer. You’ll get to nibble on cruelty-free sushi before the movie and stick around for a panel discussion with industry experts on veganism.
Eating Animals, 7:30pm-10:30pm, #05-00, The Projector, Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road, Singapore 199589