4 exciting things to do on 15 & 16 May 2021

The weekend of 15 and 16 May comes hot on the heels of the Hari Raya Puasa holiday – to all our Muslim friends out there, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! 

Here are some exciting things to do to continue the festivities, before further measures kick in after the weekend:

1. Geylang Serai Hari Raya Light Up

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If you have not already, head down to Geylang Serai to feast your eyes on the dazzling lights display! Ongoing until 23 May 2021, the stretch from Paya Lebar Quarter to Sims Avenue, as well as select roads in Changi and Geylang, has been lit up with 40 light installations and decorations to usher in Ramadan. Organised by the Citizens’ Consultative Committee of Geylang Serai, Marine Parade, and Kembangan-Chai Chee, the theme of the light-up is Celebrating Our Kampung Spirit.

Do not forget to look out for two large light arches at Sims Avenue and Changi Road! However, do keep in mind safe distancing measures, and remember to keep at least one-metre distance from the next group.

In conjunction with the light-up, Bazaar Kita – an online bazaar – was also launched in absence of the usual bustling on-site affair. Patrons are able to browse multiple retail options, order both pre-ordered and ready-to-eat meals, make donations to charity, catch livestreams of performances, and more.

2. Singapore International Festival of Arts

(Source: Singapore International Festival of Arts / Facebook)

The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) will take place from 14 to 30 May 2021, and transform the Arts House at City Hall into a mega arts extravaganza. Branded as An Arts Festival Reimagined for the Future, the festival offers a whopping 71 events. 

Given the latest restrictions announced, checking out the online programmes might make more sense, since audience capacity for on-site events have been further capped.

Embark on the Dance Trail, where you can use an augmented reality app to place dancers in your environment; tune into Sunset Sessions, a thought-provoking podcast series; or engage in the Impossible Conversation series,  where you can have a conversation with others based on your personal experiences. For this weekend, there will be two sessions available – Impossible Conversation on Care, and Impossible Conversation on Risk – both of which are selling fast. Grab your tickets now before they are all gone.

3. Singapore Mobility Gallery

(Source: Land Transport Authority)

Singapore is known to have one of the most well-connected transport systems in the region. After all, being able to travel from one end of the city to the other in just an hour definitely helps! But how many of us remember how transport was like in the past?

Take a trip down memory lane at Singapore Mobility Gallery, which is celebrating the Land Transport Authority’s 25th anniversary with their new exhibition, ‘Connecting People, Places & Possibilities’. Take a look at old bus ticket machines, where passengers had to press buttons to select their exact bus fare; area licensing scheme labels; as well as motor vehicle certificates of entitlement dating back to the 1990s. Besides offering a blast to the past, the exhibition also looks forward into the future, with sneak peeks at the North-South corridor, and future car-lite towns. 

The exhibition runs from 27 April until 29 October 2021, and is open from 9.30am to 5pm on weekdays. Book your slots here. 

4. Glass in Bloom

Dale Chihuly, White Tower, 1997, and other installations at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, installed 2021. (Photo by Nathaniel Willson Credit: © Chihuly Studio. All Rights Reserved)

It seems as if Gardens By the Bay is playing host to a neverending slew of exciting events – but who is complaining. Next in line is Dale Chihuly’s Glass in Bloom, which will run until 1 August 2021. 

Be amazed by more than 100 intricate glass sculptures by renowned artist Dale Chihuly, who is known for his larger-than-life blown-glass sculptures. Comprising his first major garden exhibition in Asia, Mr Chihuly has pulled out all the stops. The large ones measure up to a staggering 10 metres in height, with some weighing more than 3,500 kg! The sculptures are all painstakingly shipped from Seattle, and installed onsite. There are three parts to the exhibition: Gardens & Gallery, Conservatories, and Experience. 

Buy your tickets here. You can also redeem your SingapoRediscovers Vouchers for entrance into Gardens By the Bay!

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