It feels like January flew right by, but the month isn’t over yet! On this last weekend before February greets us, there are some exciting events around the island for those looking for a good time.
1. STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition
The Force comes to our sunny island in an epic exhibition by ArtScience Museum and Pico Pro. In a global tour that sees Singapore as its final stop, Star Wars fans will be treated to about 200 original items from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art archive and brought through an interactive quest to get to know the different Star Wars characters. The aim is to learn about your own identity as you go on this journey of self-discovery.
Standard tickets are priced at $32 (adults), $24 (concession), and $90 (family package of two kids and two adults) while Singapore Resident tickets are priced at $25 (adults), $20 (concession), and $80 (family package of two kids and two adults). Pre-purchase of tickets are strongly encouraged.
The exhibition is opened during ArtScience Museum opening hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with an extension till 9 p.m., with last admission at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
2. Light to Night Festival
Take in the entirety of the Civic District at one of Singapore Art Week (SAW)’s marquee event Light to Night. Spanning five of the most iconic cultural institutions in the vicinity, Light to Night presents a hybrid physical and digital experience that promises to delight all audiences.
The festival runs until 31 January 2021, with activities ongoing from 10 a.m. until midnight daily. Onsite admission to the festival is free and it is held across various locations in the civic district including: National Gallery Singapore, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Asian Civilisations Museum, Asian Civilisations Museum Green, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Padang, and the Arts House.
3. S.E.A. Focus Curated: hyper-horizon
Some of the region’s finest artists and galleries are gathering at S.E.A. Focus for a showcase of contemporary art. Held at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, S.E.A. Focus is an immersive, physical showcase where works of art will be displayed in a space designed by architect Randy Chan of Zarch Collaboratives.
Unlike typical art exhibitions, S.E.A. Focus bucks the tradition of art fair booths for an open concept. This unconventional format hopes to spark new connections between works of art from Southeast Asia and open up opportunities for collectors and audience members to make new and exciting discoveries.
This year’s show, titled hyper-horizon, seeks to shine the spotlight on art’s place and vitality during testing times as waves of change and possibility are rippling through the region.
Visit the novel art show at Tanjong Pagar Distripark from now till 31 January 2021, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
4. Vel Vel: A Sonic Walk
Thaipusam might be a quiet affair due to the coronavirus, but you can still enjoy the spirit and sounds of the festival digitally through Vel Vel: A Sonic Walk.
Through an amalgamation of music, sights, rituals, and colours of the past five decades of Singapore’s Thaipusam celebrations, Vel Vel: A Sonic Walk recreates the pilgrimage-walking experience through a multidisciplinary audio-visual-text experience. In this digital experience, delve deeper into the stories of people who have taken part in the rituals as well as the rich history of the route and districts the Thaipusam procession typically pass through.
Vel Vel: A Sonic Walk will also feature writers from the young theatre collective Brown Voices, who respond to their own experience of Thaipusam and the significant locations along the route that carry the memories of the pilgrims.
This experience can be accessed from 28 January 2021 until 18 January 2022 through this link. It is currently only available as a mobile experience.
Tired of going to the same old places? Perhaps you could consider re-exploring your neighbourhood, or other neighbourhoods, with the help of jalanjalan.me — a site that provides users with a guide to lesser-known spots in Singapore.
There’s a whole lot of activities to indulge in, from simply walking around, to hunting down local fare all around the neighbourhoods of Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Chong Pang, Clementi, and Jalan Besar.