14 Exhilarating Events And Food To End This Month On A High Note

We’re finally halfway through November and we can practically smell the candy canes and artificial snow (foam) on Orchard Road.

With just 2 more weeks to go until Christmas season is in full swing, here are more events and food for you to tank through to December.

Let’s do this!

Play & Discover

1. The Addams Family Musical Comedy

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Along with Uncle Fester, Grandmama, Lurch the butler, and Thing the hand, everyone’s favourite fictional household, The Addams Family, will be here in Singapore from 15 Nov – 3 Dec, bringing us a musical comedy featuring an original tale.

The story goes that Wednesday Addams – all grown up now – has kept a shocking secret that only Gomez knows; she is in love with a young man from a normal, respectable family. Find out what chaos ensues when the eccentric Addams clan meet with Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

Fans of The Addams Family, this is a hilarious show you won’t want to miss. Tickets are already on sale and are priced from $86.80* – $146.80*, so grab yours while they’re still available!

Purchase your tickets to The Addams Family here.

The Addams Family
MES Theatre at Mediacorp, 1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507
15 Nov – 3 Dec 2017
CAT 1: $146.80* | CAT 2: $120.80* | CAT 3: $86.80*

*Discounted prices available only on Hapz.

2. Let’s Go Jalan Jalan

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Let’s Go Jalan Jalan” is a food and music festival that brings all the most iconic things about Singapore – both new and old – to one place.

Happening from 17 – 19 Nov, this three-day event will take place at the nostalgic The Three Peacocks @ Labrador Park and will feature over 100 varieties of food and merchandise stalls.

Expect popular local cuisines such as Ice Blended Rainbow Dash, Rickshaw Noodles, traditional “You Tiao” with soya bean drink, the old school ice cream uncle, and more!

The event is pet-friendly and wheelchair-friendly, so bring your ah maah gong, and even your furry ones to this festival come November! You’re sure to have a good ol’ time at this chill, hyper-local extravaganza!

Let’s Go Jalan Jalan
The Three Peacocks @ Labrador Park, 8 Port Road, Singapore 117540
17 – 19 Nov 2017
17 Nov: 5pm – 12.30am | 18 Nov: 10am – 12.30am | 19 Nov: 10am – 12.30am
Admission: Free

3. OCBC Cycle 2017

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The annual OCBC Cycle is back!

Happening from 18 – 19 November, OCBC Cycle is Singapore’s most happening cycling event. An event that brings together cyclists young and old, from the greenest to the most seasoned, everyone is welcome to be a part of this cycling fiesta.

OCBC Cycle 2017 has something for everyone, with 3 riding categories for people who just want to have a good time.

The Straits Times Ride is undoubtedly the highlight at this cycling extravaganza. A Super Hero-themed ride, come dressed in your favourite Marvel or DC heroes and heroines!

The Mighty Savers® Kids and Family Ride guarantees a great time for even the youngest of the pack. Children from as young as 2 years old can sign up, with the youngest tots taking part in the 100m course and older children getting 20 or 30 minutes on the circuit.

If you’d like to take it easy and go for a leisurely ride, go for The Corporate Bike Ride. Pick between the 23km The Straits Time Ride and the 42km The Sportive Ride, and take on the city with a group of at least 15 cyclists!

If you know you’re long overdue for some exercise, or just like sweating it out with like-minded people, register for OCBC Cycle 2017 here! And make sure to take your best pals along because everything is better when you do it with a friend!

OCBC Cycle 2017
Venue: Singapore Sports Hub 
Date: 18 – 19 Nov 2017

4. It’s The Ship

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Date: 17 Nov – 20 Nov 2017
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The Projector is not your average cinema. On 17 November and 25 November, they’re screening Ridley Scott’s definitive Final Cut of the 1982 version of The Blade Runner, complete with extended scenes and never-before-seen special effects.

There will also be an afterparty at The Intermission Bar at The Projector, where Perilune will be playing for the attendees.

Tickets for the 17 November screening have been sold out but tickets for the 25 November are still available for purchase Website

6. Arts In Your Neighbourhood

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Arts In Your Neighbourhood is back, and this time, it’s taking a journey to the West.

An initiative by the National Arts Council that happens twice a year, Arts In Your Neighbourhood has taken over neighbourhoods like Toa Payoh, Yishun, and Woodlands previously, bringing arts experiences to the doorsteps of Singaporeans living in these areas.

From 9 – 26 November, Arts In Your Neighbourhood is giving Jurong residents the same treatment with its interactive arts programmes that show a different side of Jurong.

Expect visual arts installations, performances, trails, stories, and more by established artists and arts groups happening across Jurong.

For the month of November, pop by these installations, watch these performances, or go on the trail! Who knows, you just may come away with newfound appreciation for your neighbourhood!

Arts In Your Neighbourhood
Address: Various locations
Date:  9 – 26 Nov 2017

7. Harry Styles Live In Singapore 2017

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In case you didn’t hear the screams from the fangirls, Harry Styles is coming to Singapore for a one-night only performance at The Star Theatre on 23 November 2017!

Fans can expect hits from his self-titled debut album such as “Sign of the Times”, “Two Ghosts” and “Kiwi”, just to name a few.

Tickets are already sold out for the 2017 show but you can grab tickets for his May 2018 concert 8. Sole Superior 2017 [caption id="attachment_31507" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Sole Superior 2017 Facebook[/caption]

Sneakerheads of Singapore, listen up! Singapore’s premier sneaker and streetwear convention is returning for its fifth instalment on November 25.

As with every year, Sole Superior will be giving away a truck load of goodies. Every ticket comes with a raffle entry to a prize pool of over S$30,000 worth of products, ranging from snapbacks to feet heat.

A new addition this year is the Sole Superior Afterparty, jointly presented in partnership with Moonbeats Asia, which will be held in a secret warehouse in Tai Seng featuring top international DJs Falcons, The Whooligan and Yeti Out. For more info on the afterparty, check out the Facebook event page here.

Get your tickets on Sole Superior’s e-ticketing page 9. Treasures Of The Natural World [caption id="attachment_31277" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Image Credit: marinabaysands.com[/caption]

Come 25 November 2017, the ArtScience Museum will host the ‘Treasures Of The Natural World‘ exhibition, which showcases the most significant treasures of the natural world.

Carefully selected from over 80 million specimens, over 200 treasures from London’s prestigious Natural History Museum will travel to Southeast Asia for the first time.

There will also be a treasure hunt, specially designed for children, families and schools, for the younger visitors to embark on a series of adventures, learning about nature and searching for wildlife.

Opening on 25 November 2017 through till 29 April 2018, do not miss out on this wondrous exhibition!

Tickets can be purchased here.

Treasures Of The Natural World
Venue: ArtScience Museum
Date: 25 Nov 2017 – 29 Apr 2018
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Organised by Maison Du Whisky, Whisky Live Singapore is South-East Asia’s premier whisky and spirits event that began in 2010 and this year it is back for it’s eighth instalment from 25 November to 26 November!

The event sees over 70 whisky and spirit brands gathering for tasting, and also featuring some of the world’s most famous distilleries as well as upcoming notable brands.

This year, the event moves to Robertson Quay: TheatreWorks and Singapore Tyler Print Institute, and features top level masterclasses, a lineup of Singapore’s best cocktail bars, food partners and more!

Ticket prices go from $99 for a standard discovery pass for 1 person, to $900 for a 10 person group pass.

Hurry and purchase your tickets Venue: Singapore Tyler Print Institute, 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore, 238236
Date: 25 Nov – 26 Nov

11. MØ Live In Singapore

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If you’ve listened the DJ Snake’s “Lean On”, then you’ve heard singing. Danish singer and songwriter Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted, better known as MØ, is coming to Singapore on 26 November for the first time ever!

Performing with a full band, gather your friends an dance along to MØ’s beat-driven electropop and amazing vocals!

Tickets go from $78 for early bird tickets, to $272 for the Dance Buddies package.

Purchase your tickets here!

MØ Live In Singapore
Venue: Zouk Singapore, 3C River Valley Road, The Cannery, Singapore, 179022
Date: 26 Nov 2017
Price: Early Bird: $78, Standard: $88, Dance Buddies Package: $272 (excluding booking fee)
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Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Date: 29 Nov 2017
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Etsy Made Local is back for its second instalment this Christmas!

Etsy Made Local is a national initiative that celebrates collectors, artisans and crafters from local communities in South-East Asia and Australia.

On 25 November, Etsy artisans will be selling their handmade products and vintage wares at the Capitol Piazza in celebration of the spirit of our local community.

Admission is free so bring your friends and family down!

Etsy Made Local 2017
Venue: Capitol Piazza, 13 Stamford Road, Singapore, 178905
Date: 25 Nov 2017


14. Tsuta Duck Ramen

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Ramen fans, there’s a new ramen coming to you, and this one comes courtesy of none other than Michelin-starred ramen restaurant Tsuta.

For their first year anniversary in Singapore, Tsuta has come up with not one but two ramen dishes, and the star ingredient is a meat we Singaporeans eat plenty of: duck.

After experimenting with different recipes and cooking methods for a year, Chef Yuki Onishi created 2 ramen dishes: the dry Kamo Abura Soba ($10), and Kamo Paitan Soba ($11) which is served in soup.

These ramen dishes will only be available from 4 November onwards and are exclusively available in Singapore. The next time you’re craving a hearty bowl of ramen, be sure to head down to your nearest Tsuta to eat it!

Address: Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road, #01-01, Pacific Plaza, Singapore 228210
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6734 4886
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Jurassic Park Stomps Into Esplanade With A Complete Orchestra And We’re Quaking

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park, the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra presents “Jurassic Park In Concert” at the Esplanade Theatres, from 22 to 23 December.

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Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Date: 22 – 23 Dec
Price: $105, $185, $255
The Smell Of Burning Rubber Is Still In The Air But You Can Already Buy GP 2018 Tickets

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10 Awesome Events And Addictive Eats To Start Off August Right [1-15 Aug]

Nothing gets us more excited than the start of a new month, and this August gets us especially excited!

With National Day just round the corner, there’s a whole slew of fresh activities and yummy new eats that remind us of why we love living in Singapore.

This month’s line-up includes outdoor movie screenings, the hottest Kpop stars on our shores, a coffee festival, and fresh food spots to pamper your tastebuds at. Whether you’re a movie buff, avid concert-goer or full-time foodie, here are some ways to keep having fun the first half of August!

Here’s a calendar of 10 of the newest events and eats to head to this month!

Play & Discover

1. Films At The Fort

If the combination of good films, food and wine sounds like heaven to you, read on.

Films At The Fort by Casillero del Diablo is this years fanciest open-air cinema event!

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Catch award-winning new releases, cult classics and documentaries on the big screen, under the stars.

A team from The Providore will be onsite to serve up a freshly prepared menu. There’s dinner, dessert and snacks to keep your tummy happy.

There’s also a bar selling wine, sparkling wine, beer and cider at prices that won’t break the bank.

So spread out your picnic mat, clink glasses, and lay back for a chill evening as the sun sets.

Films At The Fort
Address: Fort Canning Green (Fort Canning Park)
When: 3 – 20 Aug, 5pm till late

2. KBS Music Bank World Tour

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Calling all diehard K-Pop fans!

Get ready to sing and dance your heart out at the highly anticipated KBS Music Bank World Tour.

Fans can expect a star-studded lineup, with some of K-pop’s biggest stars taking the stage.

The one-night-only concert’s power lineup includes SHINee, CNBlue, BTS, Red Velvet and Mamamoo.

KBS has been a huge driving force behind the Hallyu wave, from debuting rookies in the K-pop world to charting the leading K-pop hits.

So grab your tickets and be treated to a night of non-stop chart toppers!

KBS Music Bank World Tour
Address: Suntec Convention Centre Hall 601-604, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore 039593
When: 4 Aug, 7pm – 10pm
Admission: $148 – 288/person
Ba dum tss!

This month’s Singapore Drum Fest is a festival unlike any other music festival you’ve ever experienced.

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Drum Fest brings the world’s best drummers and musicians to our shores for an unforgettable experience.

This year’s killer line-up is sure to attract fans from all over the world.

Those in the circle will know international drumming star Meytal Cohen and her bassist Anel Pedrero Orantes. There’s also Juan Carlito Mendoza, Jost Nickel, Federico Paulovich and Stanley Randolph.

Local talents Benjamin Lim, Anson Koh (Drum Off 2016 Open Category Champion) and his band will also be playing!

Drum Off contestants hail from 9 countries including Japan and USA, and are sure to put on an impressive show.

Singapore Drum Fest: Ultimate Drummers Weekend
Address: Max Atria, Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Singapore 486150
When: 5 – 6 Aug, 10am – 7pm

If you closely follow the Voice of China, now’s your chance to watch one of their most loved contestants IRL!

G.E.M. is coming to our shores with her brand new “Queen of Hearts” World Tour.

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Hong Kong’s new reigning Queen of Pop will be rocking it out at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The talented singer will be belting out original songs in Chinese and Cantonese, in conjunction with her latest album, “Heartbeat”.

The last time she was here was in 2015, with her sold out 73-show tour. This year, she promises a bigger, better and more breathtaking show, so make sure you get your tickets for it!

G.E.M. “Queen Of Hearts” World Tour
Address: Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, 397691
When: 13 Aug
Contact no.: 3158 7888
Admission: $128 – S$248
There really isn’t a shortage of international stars on our shores this month.

Our favourite British indie pop act, Bastille, is taking centre stage here too!

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Watch lead singer Dan Smith, keyboard player Kyle Simmons, bassist Will Farquarson and drummer Chris ‘Woody’ Wood in the flesh.

You’re probably most familiar with the infectious track ‘Pompeii’ off their 2013 debut album ‘Bad Blood’.

In 2016, Bastille returned with catchy singles ‘Good Grief’ and ‘Send Them Off!’

These are songs that have become the alternative anthems of the last few years.

If you didn’t catch Bastille’s dazzling sold-out show at The Coliseum in 2015 and at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix in 2016, make sure you don’t miss this one!

Bastille – Live in Singapore
Address: The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-01, 138617
When: 14 Aug, 8pm
Contact no.: 6348 5555


6. Epicurean Market

This isn’t your ordinary food and wine fair.

The Epicurean Market gives you three days of direct access to world-class food, wines and spirits, all for a fraction of the usual price!

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There will also be an exciting lineup of masterclasses for you to upgrade your culinary and bartending skills with.

Participating restaurants include the award-winning Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda, and more!

Epicurean Market
Address: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
When: 11 – 13 Aug
Contact no.: 6688 8826
Imagine having a single voucher you can use at over 50 restaurant brands. ​

Well, Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS) lets you do just that at the best value festival ever!

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This year’s focus is on the trendy salted egg yolk, homely pandan, and the all-time favourite, chilli crab sauce.

As a tie-in with the Singapore Food Festival, each eatery will also be highlighting a locally inspired dish.

Expect dishes such as chicken rice risotto (Joo Bar), chilli crab (Palm Beach Seafood) and chicken tikka pizza (Cali Café and Bar).

Singapore Restaurant Festival
Address: Various participating restaurants
When: 1 Jul – 30 Sep

8. Singapore Coffee Festival

Calling all cafe hoppers and caffeine addicts!

The Singapore Coffee Festival 2017 is Singapore’s first ever coffee-centric festival.

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Be spoiled for choice with over 100 exhibitors from the coffee and café industry.

The festival showcases local craftsmanship in specialty coffee, as well as Singapore’s unique and rich kopi heritage.

Besides being a one-stop shop for those interested in all things coffee, there will also be a wide range of brewed drinks, beans, gadgets and machines available for purchase.

Singapore Coffee Festival
Address: Marina Bay Cruise Centre, 61 Marina Coastal Drive, 018947
When: 3 – 6 Aug
Imagine going shopping and not having to pay for anything.

Well, that’s exactly what the Singapore Really Really Free Market lets you do!

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The market will showcase all sorts of goods–and services!

Things you can expect to see include second-hand stuff, basic yoga lessons, and even tarot card reading.

There are also sing-alongs and mutual shoulder massages to really foster that community spirit.

So come join in and feel a different, more caring and sharing side to the economy we’re used to!

Singapore Really Really Free Market
Address: Lorong Ah Soo, Blk 138
When: 13 Aug, 2pm

10. Singapasar

Happy birthday, Singapore!

With National Day just round the corner, enter Singapasar, just one of the many nation-centric events that’ll pop up this month.

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It brings together the best and the newest collections of Singapore, under one roof.

Expect to find locally designed and made products including furniture, food, apparel, bags, beverages, accessories and many more.

All of these items have their own story to tell about our Singaporean identity, history and culture.

This is where you want to shop and soak in some festive cheer this National Day!

Address: National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
When: 4 – 6 Aug

Sounds like an amazing month, doesn’t it?

We can’t wait to head out and get busy at all these exciting activities this August!

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10 Fresh Events And Food Spots That Have Just Popped Up In The Second Half Of July [16-31 July]

We’ve been having a whale of a time the first half of July.

The rest of the month doesn’t disappoint too! There’s a whole host of amazing activities and yummy new eats we can’t wait to try out.

This month’s line-up includes a Disney concert, international football stars on our shores, a dainty tea festival, and new food spots your tastebuds will thank you for. Whether you’re a music fan, party animal, or self-confessed foodie, here are some ways to keep busy the second half of July!

Here’s a calendar of 10 of the freshest events and eats to head to this month!

1. Disney in Concert: A Dream Is A Wish

“A dream is a wish your heart makes”.

So if you’ve been dreaming of reliving your childhood, let Disney In Concert take you back!

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Join in to awaken a little mermaid who longs to be human, a lion cub who struggles to find his place in the circle of life, two sisters who wish to warm a frozen relationship, and more!

Their stories are told through the talents of four Broadway-caliber singers, original Disney film footage and sweeping orchestral scores performed by Base Philharmonic Orchestra.

Here, the magic of Disney storytelling comes to life once again and reminds us that anything is possible!

Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish
Where: Grand Theatre, Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956
When: 14 – 15 Jul | Fri: 8pm; Sat: 2pm & 8pm
Contact no.: 6348 5555

2. Baybeats

Grab your gear, roll up your cuffs, and gather your troops.

Baybeats is back, and it’s the biggest music festival of its kind in Singapore and the region!

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This year, it presents a fist-pumping line-up of both Singapore and international acts.

The line-up covers genres including folk, pop, metal, post-rock, emo, punk, electro and everything in between.

Baybeats aims to gather the best of our homegrown talent in music-making, while creating a festival village that brings together local indie crafters.

Best of all–it’s free!

So reach out, touch faith and rock on at Singapore’s very own alternative music festival.

Where: The Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
When: 14 – 16 July
Contact no.: 6828 8222
Shout out to all the party people!

The first edition of the Rasa Fiesta Singapura Block Party is just around the corner!

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After a week of Rasa Fiesta Singapura Bar Adventures, come to Jiak Chuan street for the hottest party this month.

On the street, you will find dancers, limbo games, beer pong, live DJs and workshops.

Then, duck into participating outlets Lime House and Phat Cat Laundry for a drink, or check out the street booths!

Food vendors from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and the French Carribbean will also be here to satisfy your appetite.

There’s even a special free kids playground area so Mums and Dads can also have a drink!

Rasa Fiesta Singapura Block Party
Where: Jiak Chuan Road / Keong Saik Street
When: 15 Jul, 3pm – 10.30pm

4. TED x Pickering Street

If you spend your time on YouTube binge-watching TED Talks, you’ll wanna check this out.

TED x Pickering Street is a self-organized TED event for our own little community in Singapore.

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Great ideas can and should be shared, regardless of language, and TED hopes to achieve this with this bilingual, language-blind TEDx event.

At TED x Pickering Street, live speakers from all backgrounds will spark deep discussions and connections.

Because sometimes, inspiration lives right next door without us even knowing it!

TED x Pickering Street
Where: ArtScience Musuem, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
When: 15 Jul, 1pm – 6pm
The Botanic Gardens is known for its occasional chill, picnic-style concerts.

This month, we have one supported by The Straits Times!

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Join the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor Jason Lai at the park for an evening of well-loved classics.

The more musically inclined may recognize some pieces from the line-up, which includes “Morning Mood” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, Third movement (Poco allegretto) from Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90.

There are also selections from West Side Story, Cinema Paradiso: Theme, First Youth, Love Theme, and “Ritual Fire Dance” from El amor brujo.

What’s best? Admission is free!

So make it a day to remember, and don’t forget your picnic mat!

The Straits Times Concert at Gardens
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
When: 22 Jul, 6pm
Contact no.: 6602 4200

6. The xx: I See You Tour

If indie music is your groove, this indie phenomenon must be a central part of your playlist.

London-based band The xx is landing on our shores this month with their I See You Tour!

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Formed in 2005, The xx are Romy Madley Croft (vocals, lead guitar), Oliver Sim (vocals, bass guitar), and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler).

The xx reveal that they are exploring a more playful, eclectic and expansive musical direction, winning new and old fans with singles such as ‘On Hold’ and ‘Say Something Loving’.

They’re also travelling with electronic/R&B musician Sampha, one of the UK’s most soulful rising artists!

This one-night-only concert promises to be an unforgettable experience – don’t miss it!

The xx: I See You Tour
Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, 397691
When: 25 Jul, 7pm
Contact no.: 3158 7888
Heads up, football fans!

The 2017 International Champions Cup is set to be held in Singapore this month.

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The International Champions Cup (ICC) is the world’s premier summer football tournament, bringing the best in football to iconic venues around the globe.

ICC Singapore will feature Chelsea FC, FC Bayern and FC Internazionale in a round-robin three-match tournament.

The fixtures in July will mark the first time these top European teams have played each other in Singapore.

So grab your jerseys and head to the Singapore National Stadium to catch your teams in action!

2017 International Champions Cup
Where: National Stadium,  1 Stadium Dr, 397629
When: 25, 27, 29 Jul, 7.35pm
Contact no.: 3158 7888

8. The O.P.E.N.

Ready to gain new insight into our world?

The O.P.E.N. is a public engagement initiative from the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) that offers just that.

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A pre-festival of ideas before SIFA, The O.P.E.N. presents 5 weeks of exploration.

It presents a curated selection of events through diverse platforms, including film and creative displays.

You’ll be sure to come across fascinating questions and eye-opening insights about our world and humanity.

The curatorial theme for SIFA 2017 is “Enchantment”, so be prepared to be taken in with the unusual and unexpected of everyday life.

The O.P.E.N.
Where: Various Locations
When: 28 Jun – 9 Sep


9. Singapore Tea Festival

If your answer to the standard “coffee or tea” question is always the latter, read on.

The inaugural Singapore Tea Festival (STF) will be making its debut at the upcoming Food Festival!

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Organised by The 1872 Clipper Tea Co., STF celebrates one of the world’s most popular beverages with a showcase of 17 homegrown tea brands.

Whether you’re a tea enthusiasts and just tea-curious, there’s something for you.

The weekend festival will feature new tea collections and signature tea blends, tea-inspired wares and modern tea bites, alongside tea-themed workshops and a tea heritage exhibition.

Adding to the mix are tea-related lifestyle offerings such as tea-pairing literature titles curated by BooksActually, lifestyle products from Naiise, and ceramic wares by Mud Rock.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, be sure to head on down!

Singapore Tea Festival
Where: B4 ION Station, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, 238801
When: 22 – 23 Jul, 10am – 10pm


10. Sunset Social Market

It’s no secret that our biggest national pastimes are eating and shopping.

Well, Open Farm Community (OFC) combines the best of both in its popular Social Market.

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The market’s tenth edition is extra special.

It’s its first foodie-friendly edition, and also the first time it’s held in the evening instead of during the daytime.

Taking its cue from local foodie culture, the two-day market will bring together some of the island’s best artisanal bakers, gourmet grocers, small-batch producers, and modern-day hawkers.

More than just a day of feasting, the market grounds will also play host to communal activities for all ages.

Think a cocktail masterclass, DIY flower crowns, and leisurely strolls through OFC’s flourishing outdoor farm.

Sunset Social Market
Where: Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
When: 22 – 23 Jul, 3pm – 8pm
Contact no.: 6471 0306

What’re you waiting for?

With so much happening this month, your weekends are bound to be a rollercoaster of fun-filled activities!

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There comes a point in every relationship where you hit a rut.

You’ve been dating your partner for a while. You’ve done movies, brunches, fancy dinners, treetop walks, and you’re honestly running out of things to do and places to go with your lady (or man). We’ve been there, we know the struggle.

If you are looking for new ways to inject fun into your relationship, why not head over to , right at the National Gallery Singapore.

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Be mesmerised by one of her infinity mirror rooms, let your inner child come alive among her trademark dots and pumpkin motifs, and check out the paintings in which 87-year-old Kusama pushes the envelope on her art.

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An exhibition that is equal parts fun and intriguing, you and your other half will lose yourselves in the splash of dots and colour of Kusama’s bold works. Before you head down, don’t forget to check outhere

 2. Silent Disco Asia 1st Birthday Party

You saw it at i Light, you saw it at the Star Wars Festival, and you probably saw it at dozens of other venues—silent discoes are a hot new trend in Singapore and it looks like it’s here to stay. If this is your first time hearing about such a thing, it’s exactly like it sounds—a noiseless dance party where instead of dancing to music blasting from speakers, you’re dancing to the tune of your own headphones.

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On 17 June, Silent Disco Asia, the group that brought this trend onto our shores, will be celebrating its first birthday with the BIGGEST silent disco in Singapore, at the place it all began: Kult Kafe. Regardless of whether you and your partner are the dancing sort, put on those dancing shoes because this is a totally different kind of party.

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Looking for something with a slower tempo? The O.P.E.N. 2017 is another event worth considering. Short for Open, Participate, Engage and Negotiate, this exploratory event spans a total of 5 weeks.

A festival of ideas that serves as a prelude to this year’s Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), it encourages the audience to consider this year’s theme: Enchantment.

True to its name, The O.P.E.N. is known to be participatory, and this final edition elevates the promise of participation and engagement.

Explore the idea of enchantment through a dizzying array of programmes across multiple mediums. Watch award-winning independent films you won’t find screened in movie theatres, engage with interactive installations, sit in on workshops, performances and keynotes, and be truly immersed in new ideas and perspectives.

In Art as Res Publicae, one of their programmes, audience will get to participate in a forum-like discussion revolving around the ‘intangible value’ of art.

What’s more, this wouldn’t be just another formal discussion. It also incorporates a play, commentators and a ‘special moment’ for the audience to participate. Keen to know how this works? Read this

An event that will engage your mind and all of your senses, you and your partner will have plenty to talk about after experiencing the diversity of works at The O.P.E.N.

After a four-year run, this year may be your last chance to catch The O.P.E.N. Make sure to register for the programmes you’re keen on attending, as capacity is limited!

The O.P.E.N. 2017
Address: Various Locations
28 June – 30 July
$45 (All programmes*), $25 (Concession pass-all programmes*), $10 (Single Entry Ticket)

*Note that one O.P.E.N. pass allows you to register for up to 6 O.P.E.N. films and up to 1 O.P.E.N. Kitchens Session

To purchase tickets, click here

4. Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth

Back for its seventh edition,
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An exhibition about our relationship with our home, this art show will have you seeing our environment in a brand new light.

Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth
Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
6 May – 27 August
Free for Singaporeans, permanent residents, and children under six. For non-Singaporeans and PRs, $6 for adults, and $3 for children.

Prices vary for programmes. General admission to Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth Family Night at the Museum is $12

To purchase tickets, click here

5. Art Day Out! At Gillman Barracks

Gillman Barracks seems to be the place to be for a growing group of art-lovers and hipsters all over the country. Drawing crowds from all over at events like Art After Dark, this art cluster off Alexandra Road definitely ranks high on our list of top hipster date spots.

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This June, its popular Art Day Out! will return for a special School Holidays edition.

Before you tune out, pegging this as a kids-only event, there will be plenty of things for the grown ups among us to do as well. Think a curation of new exhibitions and special programmes, including an interactive art tour by one of Singapore’s leading theatre companies, The Finger Players.

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Experiencing various art forms in a place that’s off the beaten path? It doesn’t get more hipster than that!

Art Day Out! At Gillman Barracks
Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108937
24 June

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To sweeten the deal, you’ll be happy to know that A List Singapore has recently created a mysterious Black Box. It will contain curated items that open the way to different arts experiences every month. In it, you’ll find tickets to arts and culture festivals, exclusive merchandise, and tons of other cool stuff.

This month, A List will be giving away its Black Box to one lucky winner!  

Look forward to EXCLUSIVE A List merchandise, The O.P.E.N. Festival passes for two and Janice Wong gourmet chocolates worth over S$200. To get your hands on this exclusive black box, all you have to do is click here for more updates.

These Epic Concerts Are The Ultimate Gift For Your Gamer Boyfriend

Dating a gamer or are one yourself? If so, you’d know that the soundtrack of a game plays an important role in creating the atmosphere and building the world of the game. Think Super Mario Bros., Diablo and Final Fantasy. Play just snippets of their music and you are instantly transported to a time you played the game.

This year, 2 popular video games we played through our childhood–and even our youth–will see their musical scores being played live in concert!

1.  The Legend of Zelda – Symphony of the Goddesses

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The Legend of Zelda – Symphony of the Goddesses
Grand Theatre, Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Date: 26 August 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Price: $65, $95, $115, $135, $155, $215
VIP Box (For 4 seats): S$860
A Reserve Box (For 4 seats): S$620
Box Seats (For 4 seats): S$460

3. Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy

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Venue: The Star Theatre
Date: 21 Oct
Time: 7.30pm
Price: $58, $68, $78, $98, $118, $138, $158, $238

Experience a whole new dimension of the video games that marked your childhood at these concerts. Not only are they an aweseme #throwback to simpler times, you’ll also be able to appreciate the music of the games like you’ve never before!

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The Sister Act Musical Delivers Fun, Laughs, And Some Divine Wisdom

Sister Act converted me. Into a fan, I mean.

For those of you who may not know, Sister Act (the musical) is based off a film of the same name, originally starring Whoopi Goldberg. If you’re a fan of the original film, this adaptation remains true to it, for the most part!

Sister Act – The Musical

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Without giving away too much, this was my experience:

The musical got off to a lukewarm start, with a song number and introduction on how the protagonist, Deloris Van Cartier, unwittingly gets herself into a sticky situation. After witnessing her mob leader boyfriend commiting a crime, she is placed under protection by the police.

One ridiculous thing leads to another, and the wannabe diva winds up hiding at the Queen of Angels Church in the guise of a nun.

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The story continues with Deloris, disguised as ‘Sister Mary Clarence’, bonding with the delightful and endearing group of convent sisters. Without spoiling too much of the musical, I’d say it culminates in a heartwarming ending reminding us not to be afraid to be ourselves, and about how friendship triumphs even in the presence of evil.

The musical was not only laugh-out-loud funny, it was also mesmerizing.

The playful sarcasm poking fun at Catholic beliefs and practices had us bursting out laughing at many points throughout the show.

The transition of props and scenes were seamless. Throughout, I was gawking at the detail and beauty of the stage set-up for the Queen of Angels Church.

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Both the main stars and the supporting cast had impressive voices that brought to life the music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s won awards for his scores on Disney classics The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.

At the end of the show, we overheard other Singaporeans singing praises of how “the pope was so good,” and how “he was so real and funny”, showing that even the supporting cast stole our hearts. Clearly, the audience had as great a time as we did, with some giving standing ovations and others dancing along during the final musical number.

If you haven’t caught the musical yet, there is still time!

Running until 28 May, catch Sister Act at the Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands! Tickets are going at $65 for Cat 5 to $185 for VIP Reserve seats.

Head here to get your tickets!

Sister Act
Venue: Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
9 – 28 May
Price: $65, $95, $125, $155, $185, $380, $620, $740. Click here for more details on prices.

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The Projector: How An Abandoned Theatre Became An Artsy Alternative Cinema

If you’ve heard of The Projector, you’ll know it is a completely alternative cinema concept.

Far from screening mainstream blockbusters, here you’ll find indie, foreign, cult favourite, classic, arthouse and local flicks.

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But how did the fifth floor of the slightly crummy Golden Mile Tower come to house this artsy two-screen cinema?

Seems like its vintage appeal isn’t constructed at all, but stems from a long history we think you film buffs should know about…

The Golden Theatre

Once upon a time, there was the The Golden Theatre.

Situated in said Golden Mile Tower along Beach Road, it was once the largest cinema in all of Singapore and Malaysia.

Think: an impressive 1,500 stall and circle seats, all inside one massive movie theatre.

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For those born before 1973, you may know its constructor, Chong Gay Theatres, who are also the ones behind the homely Kallang Theatre.

Back in the day, The Golden Theatre was well-patronised for its Mandarin films, ‘adult’ artistic films, and even Bollywood hits.

Sadly, with sparkly new shopping malls sprouting up through the ‘90s, its popularity slowly waned.

The majestic theatre split up into smaller, separate halls–Golden 1 and Golden 2, both of which then sunk into disrepair.

The Fixer Uppers

Enter creative development company Pocket Projects, and design and architectural firm FARM.

This group of passionate cinephiles banded together to breathe new life into this old, derelict, but also historic space.

And so restoration works began, in the form of The Projector.

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The two halls also received new names, along with their new lease of life.

Golden 1 became the Green Room, and Golden 2, the Redrum–a nod to Stanley Kubrick’s classic ‘The Shining’.

Fast Forward

Today, the halls are once again as bustling as they were in the good old days.

Each of the two rooms at The Projector seats nearly 200 people, and are fitted with digital projectors.

The chairs in the front section of the Green Room have even been replaced with comfy bean bags.

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They’ve also roped in Luna Films, the people in charge of curating local film festivals, to help select and bring in films to be screened.

Finally, to complete the movie-going experience, came the addition of a café to the cinema’s foyer, manned by Group Therapy Coffee. It sells classic movie snacks like popcorn, alongside burgers, pies, and cake, along with sodas, juices and their own coffee blends.

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If you’ve ever lamented the limited range of films in Singapore, you now know where to find a great independent cinema.

For all its history, The Projector itself is definitely as fascinating as the movies it screens, and is well worth a visit.

The Projector
Address: 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower #05-00, Singapore 199589
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 6.30pm – 9pm; Sat, Sun, PH: 1.00pm – 9pm; Closed on Mondays

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The Magical World Of Harry Potter Comes Alive At This Screening With Music By A Live Symphony Orchestra

Brace yourselves, Potterheads.

Here’s your chance to re-watch the first film of the beloved Harry Potter series–but with a live symphony orchestra performing the soundtrack.

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A Musical Flight To Hogwarts

For the first time ever, Singapore will experience a concert playing every note from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen. And just under it, the orchestra performs John Williams’ award-winning scores, to picture.

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Looks (and sounds) epic, doesn’t it?

We think this is one magical event true blue Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss.

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone In Concert
Address: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Date: Sat, 1 – Sun, 2 Jul 2017, 7pm
Admission: Standard: S$255, S$185, S$105, Esplanade Box: S$255, Premier Box: S$255, Restricted View: S$105
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13 Reasons Why’s Ross Butler’s Has A Very Surprising Link To Singapore

Unless you’ve been living in a hole for the past few months, you would have noticed plenty of online chatter about two TV shows in particular, 13 Reasons Why and Riverdale.

These two popular dramas have a few things in common: They’re both Netflix Original series, they’re both adapted from popular pieces of fiction (Archie comics FTW) and perhaps most importantly, they feature Ross Butler.

Ross Butler

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Born 17 May 1990, Ross Butler was born in Singapore to an American father and Chinese-Malaysian mother.

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Raised in Virginia, Butler dropped out of Ohio State University and took the leap to move to Los Angeles to begin acting. Butler is no novice when it comes to the acting game. He has had roles in a range of films and TV shows like Disney Channel’s K.C Undercover and popular TV series Teen Wolf.

13 Reasons Why: Zach Dempsey 

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Unfortunately for Riverdale fanatics, Ross Butler will not be back for its second season. Fret not, you haven’t seen the last of him just yet! Online chatter has got us hopeful that Butler’s absence from Riverdale’s sophomore season could be due to the possibility of a larger role in 13 Reasons Why.

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If you have yet to catch 13 Reasons Why, here’s the lowdown. The popular Netflix Original series starts off with the suicide of Hannah Baker, who leaves behind 13 tapes detailing the 13 reasons why she decided to end her life.

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Based on a fiction book by author Jay Asher, the series delves deep into taboo issues faced by teenagers. Themes of sex, drugs, bullying, and the effect we have on the people around us form the backbone of the story.

With a stellar cast and captivating storyline, it’s no surprise that the popular series now has a huge fanbase with a multitude of fan theories coming out of the woodwork.

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Ross Butler plays jock Zach Dempsey, who is a good guy at heart with a penchant for hanging out with the wrong crowd. We won’t spoil the rest of the show if you haven’t yet caught the binge-worthy series.

For those of you who have already finished watching the series and are experiencing some serious 13 Reasons Why withdrawals, a second season has been announced! There is no set date or details on season 2 as of yet, so we’re in for a quite a wait before we find out what happens to the students of Liberty High.


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