Gear up for a big National Day long weekend and the week ahead with our mega issue on what not to miss.
It’s time to lace up those patriotic boots and join in the celebrations for Singapore’s 45th birthday. Titled ‘Red, White and Wow!’, highlights of the event include the Pledge moment, the show-stopping floats, music stars including Corinne May and Sezaili Sezari and of course, everyone’s favorite fireworks lighting up the sky with a big festive bang.
Read our preview guide to the festivities here.
Monday, August 9 only, at the Padang. Tickets by balloting.
In conjunction with National Day festivities, the Esplanade will be hosting a range of free programs including music, art, poetry and film by local and Singapore-based artists. Themed ‘Once Upon a Singapura’, the lineup promises to showcase the rich culture and diverse heritage of Singapore.
Friday August 6 to Monday August 9 only, at the Esplanade. Free.
Once you’ve had your fill of culture, head on down to Tanjong Beach for some birthday mayhem, Tanjong Beach Club-style. The program includes a Water Gun salute, fire belly dancing, and the best of local food and more so prepare to get down and dirty this National Day weekend.
Sunday August 8 only, at Tanjong Beach Club. Free admission.
In the mood for comedy? Don’t miss Fear of a Brown Planet’s first stop on their world tour. Expect lots of controversy with their trademark confrontational style, but also lots of fun.
Friday August 6 only, at Stereolab. Tickets at $40.
Celebrated musical December Rains, which was feted as the first Mandarin musical ever written in Singapore, returns for another highly anticipated run. Helmed by celebrated director Goh Boon Teck with local superstar Kit Chan at the lead of the 20-member cast (which also includes George Chan and Jeffrey Low), this production is guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings in a major way.
Read the interview we did with Kit Chan here, and George Chan here.
Until August 15 only, at the Esplanade. Tickets from $69 to $129.
The world-renowned 10-minute play festival returns to Singapore with even more than before! Audiences can eagerly anticipate better and more from a wide diversity of upcoming playwrights, directors and actors.
Gala Finals are on from Thursday August 5 to Saturday August 7 only, at the Esplanade. Tickets at $35.
Don’t miss this unique fusion of East meets West, Jazz meets Classical standards by seasoned veterans comprising of Jeremy Monteiro and his band Tama Goh and Brian Benson – helmed by orchestra maestro Trung Yeh.
Friday August 6 and Saturday August 7 only, at the Singapore Conference Hall. Tickets from $28 to $98.
Based on the life of celebrated thespian Bai Yan, whose acting career spanned an impressive 60 years, this monologue will be performed by Nelson Chia as the closing act to the TOY 20 Festival celebrations.
August 12 to 15 only, at the Esplanade Theatre Studio. Tickets at $33.
Indie fans, it’s time to rejoice as KittyWu Records and Untitled Entertainment join forces to bring you one of the UK’s hottest indie acts right now – Delphic. Expect the quirky quartet to showcase their seamless fusion of dance floor electro mixed with rock, compounded by the band’s now-legendary dynamic stage performances.
Wednesday August 11 only, at Zouk. Tickets at $45 (standard).
Spend an evening in fun nostalgia as GV Yishun throws one last soiree before closing its doors temporarily for an entire revamp. The party includes a special screening of Super Cop, last screened in 1992, as well as a showcase of selected memorabilia collected since then.
Wednesday August 11 only, at GV Yishun. By invite only.