Gear up this March 2018 with exciting and entertaining activities for you and your family and friends!
In its second edition, the mega 3-in-1 Singapore Festival of Fun (SFOF) rings in the March school holidays with three pillars of fun comprising Magners International Comedy Festival, Nickelodeon Fiesta and Clarke Quay StreetFest from 8th March 2018 to 18th March 2018. The festival welcomes act from United Kingdom’s (UK) famed Covent Garden street theatre, well-loved characters from Nicklelodeon and award-winning comedians from around the world. This year’s line-up is even bigger and better than before, promising absolutely the most top-notch entertainment for the whole family!
Audiences can look forward to taking part in the festivities and simultaneously dine at the numerous food and beverage establishment within Clarke Quay. StreetFest and Nicklelodeon Fiesta will take place at the Fountain Square whilst the comedy at selected bars and restaurants (Beer Xchange, McGettigan’s, Crazy Elephant, Get Juiced and Shanghai Dolly) will tickle the funnybones. “A wide range of restaurants will add to the buzz with thematic and delectable offerings that are sure to delight visitors of all ages.” said Mr Adrian Lai, Centre Manager, Clarke Quay.
Magners International Comedy Festival 8th March 2018 – 11th March 2018
The fun starts with the 5th edition of Magners International Comedy Festival on the 8th March 2018 through to the 11th March 2018. Fans of comedy will be impressed with top-billing acts such as critically acclaimed Doug Stanhope from the United States (US). UK’s Best Newcomer to Comedy 2016 Yuriko Kotani, Jim Brewsky (winner of Hong Kong’s 2014 International Comedy Competition), and Canadian Brian Aylward who is a regular in Bangkok’s comedy circuit.
Singaporean comedians Samuel See, recently seen on Channel 5’s OK! Chope will represent the Singapore versus Malaysia portion of the festival; together with Fakkah Fuzz who has a highly anticipated debut on Netflix titled Almost Banned, and Deepak Chandran who has been touring Asia with his brand of local culture musings. They will pit their wits against Malaysia’s best – Kavin Jay and Sulaimon Azmil, both notorious for their rip-roaring jokes on Malaysian culture.
Nicklelodeon Fiesta: 10th March 2018 & 11th March 2018
Back for the second time in the SFOF, the two-day Nicklelodeon Fiesta is built on the heritage theme in line with Clarke Quay’s rich history and celebrates the local passion for food. The event will feature:
1) Nine food-themed game booths where participants stand to be rewarded with limited edition Nicklelodeon collectibles
2) Stage games and photo opportunities with all-time favourite Nicklelodeon characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and one of the world’s hottest preschool shows, PAW Patrol.
3) A ‘Nicklelodeon Trail’ where kids and their families will get to discover the heritage of well-known local delights.
Clarke Quay StreetFest 13th March 2018 to 18th March 2018
The SFOF is thrilled to welcome the very best global street performers from London’s Covent Garden to Singapore for the first time. Both the young and old can gather around Clarke Quay’s Fountain Sqaure to witness the 5-day showcase of jaw-dropping feats and stellar entertainment, which features a mix of acrobatics, escapology and dare devil acts.
Get ready to watch contortionist Bendy Em twist and turn her body to squeeze into a 16 inch perspex box, with a basketball in tow. Not to be outdone, the beautiful and graceful Betty Brawn Strong Lady will shatter gender cliches by performing exhilarating demonstrations of strength such as lifting two volunteers from the crowd. Catch Jump Stilts Extreme, a bionic duo of professional stilt jumpers who will somersault and perform tricks of the highest level. Meet Pancho Libre from Mexico who defies gravity on a cyr wheel and hangs high above the crowds on a pole. Guinness World Record holder and escapologist Rob Roy Collins returns to the festival with a brand new ‘escape from chains’ routine. For selfie lovers, look out for The Tree who will be lurking around Clarke Quay.
With a plethora of world-class acts gathered at Clarke Quay, be sure to save the date during the March school holidays!
Organised by Magic Rock Pte Ltd, SFOF is supported by Singapore Tourism Board’s Leisure Events Fund, and presented by Clarke Quay and partners Nicklelodeon and Magners Irish Cider.
Visit www.festivaloffun.sg for more information, line-up and show times!
About Magic Rock
Magic Rock is a Singapore based company, whose managing director was one of the two co-founders of the renowned Beerfest Asia. With over 15 years of event organising experience, the Magic Rock team is confident it can a new dimenstion to the Singapore calendar. The goal is to create Asia’s leading comedy fringe festival – incorporating all aspects of comedy.
About Clarke Quay
Located along the iconic Singapore River at the fringe of Singapore’s Central Business District, Clarke Quay sits on a historical commercial site dating back to the 19th century. Today, Clarke Quay has been boldly restored and refurbished into five beautiful waterfront godowns under a climate controlled canopy illuminated by coloured lightning, creating a modern and cosmopolitan ambience amidst the tradition and history. Owned by CapitaLand Mall Trust and managed by CapitaLand Mall Asia, Clarke Quay plays host to a wide array of over 60 restaurants, wine bars, and entertainment outlets, attracting about one million visitors every month.
Nicklelodeon, now in its 38th year globally, has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the US and around the world, plus special events, consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nicklelodeon is one of the most globally recognised and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and families, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 milion households across 170 + countries and territories, via more than 100 + locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the US, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information about Nickelodeon in Asia, visit www.nick-asia.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.
About the Leisure Events Fund
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB)’s Leisure Events Fund supports the growth and anchoring of world-class, differentiated and celebrated leisure event experiences that can further establish Singapore as one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Proposals will be assessed based on their potential to deliver tourism outcomes such as increasing visitor arrivals and tourism receipts, strengthening destination branding and enhancing precinct vibrancy. The fund is part of STB’s Tourism Development Fund, designed to help realise STB’s Quality Tourism strategy by enhancing Singapore’s destination attractiveness. Visit STB’s grant page for more information.
Street Performers’ Biographies
With a background in gymnastics, she decided to become a street performer when she discovered that her incredible bendy contortion tricks could actually be used to entertain people. Emma practices yoga, stretching and healthy eating as part of her training in order to bend herself in to impossible positions and fit herself and a basketball into a tiny glass box.
Betty Brawn Strong Lady
Born with the grace of her mother and the strength of her father, Betty Brawn is no ordinary strong lady! She presents an exhilarating array of feats of strength as she tears thick romantic novels, twists solid metal, snaps steel chains and shatters gender cliches. She gently lifts grown men into the air as if they were feathers even spinning two men simultaneously in her signature feat, the remarkable “Human Carousell”.
These two bearded and highly skilled performers comprising Martin Mor and Logy on Fire both come from Northern Ireland. It was as if they were separated at birth. They are both fantastic street performers in their own right, but new to the scene of street theatre is their double act, which brings juggling, danger and most importantly coomedy. These funny men are a hit with all ages and sure to make the audience laugh and smile.
Jump Stilts Extreme
They are a professional extreme jumping stilts walkabout duo with years of worldwide experience. Their work involves the use of spring-loaded stilts, confidently displaying multiple tricks, flips and somersaults. They have even been known to jump over willing volunteers from the audience.
Pancho started his career in Mexico City at a time when circus was a rather inaccessible art form for Mexicans. To pursue his dream of becoming a world-class acrobat and circus performer, he trained with some of the world’s best coaches in Cuba and China. Whether he is flying around on a Cyr wheel, or performing hand stands on a pole high above the audience, Pancho’s technique and infectious smile have made him popular around the world.
Rob Roy Collins
An International performer who has wowed audiences around the world from America, Europe, Asia to Australia, Rob is always well received and able to hold a crowd in the palm of his hand by combining balance, acrobatics and escapology with a natural sense of humour, comic timing and showmanship. Rob’s daredevil stunts have included escaping upside down from straightjackets, chains, rope and handcuffs. He hols a Guinness World Record and has famously escaped from a straitjacket while hanging upside down from a helicopter in flight.
It’s alive! This giant, walking tree will astound people as it moves around among the audiences. Inspired by the Ents in Lord of the Rings, and a love of wildlife, the Tree brings nature to the party. It is so well made, that people sometimes believe it is real, until it moves! The Tree is always availabe for a selfie.
Doug Stanhope (US)
He is a stand-up comic. The Worcester, MA-born Stanhope began performing stand-up in 1990 in Las Vegas, to amuse co-workers at his dead-end telemarketing job. He made his public debut performing a five-minute set, opening for his boss’ cover band. Stanhope’s confrontational rants encompass caustic social commentary, outlandish first-person narratives, graphic sex and perversion, sometimes within the same sentence. Fuelled by equal amounts of anger, outrage and alcohol, Stanhope rails against western civilization’s slide into apathy and stupidity, always on the edge of implosion yet fully in control and never afraid to risk pissing off his audiences. He routinely sells out large theatres in Europe and in Britain.
Yuriko Kotani (UK)
A Japanese female comedian is a rare find. Winning the best 2016 newcomer in comedy at the BBC New Comedy Awards, Yuriko Kotani has and is making her mark in the competitive male dominated comedy scene. Kotani began performing stand-up in 2014. She was named as “One to Watch” by Time Out in 2015. She went on to become first runner up in So You Think You’re Funny 2015, won Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Award 2015, 3rd place in Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2015, and was nominated for Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year in 2016.
Aidan Killian (Ireland)
He is an Irish thought-provoking comedian, who performs all over the world. He has performed at 7 Edinburgh Fringes and was a highlight at Glastonbury Festival 2016/2017. In 2017, he was nominated for best comedian at The World Fringe and The Australian Times wrote “This show should be exposed to as many people as possible, as this comedian knows how to maximise funny with sincerity.”
Jim Brewsky (US/Hong Kong)
He is one of the rising stars in comedy. He is an African American Jewish guy who is married to a Chinese Jamaican woman. A victim of racial stereotypes, he deliver jokes on his personal situation with aplomb. A regular on the Hong Kong comedy circuit, he has won many awards in recent comedy festivals including Magners International Comedy Festival and Hong Kong International Comedy Competition.
Samuel See (Singapore)
He is part of the region’s new wave of stand-up comedians, with the wit, skill, and liver capacity to entertain audiences of all kinds. Based in Singapore, he has opened for comedians like Harith Iskander, Bert Kreischer, Gina Yashere, Kevin Bridges, Dara O Briain & Ed Byrne. His comedy chops in both stand-up and improv have also led him to numerous overseas performances, entertaining audiences in Melbourne, Taiwan, Malaysia, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines.
Fukkah Fuzz (Singapore)
He is the champion of a local stand-up competitions called Stand Up for Singapore both in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, Fuzz has performed twice on ‘Happy Ever Laughter’ and ‘Kings and Queen of Comedy Asia’. He is also the host of shows such as “50 ways to be a Singaporean” and “Throwback Balik Kampong”. In 2016, Fuzz was ranked 7th in the “Funniest Person In the World” competition in Finland representing Singapore.
Brian Aylward (Canada)
Most recently, Brian headlined both the Laugh NL and Taste of Home comedy tours, playing to sold out club and theatre shows across Canada. In February 2017, Brian’s solo show ‘Big In Asia’ was nominated for ‘Best Comedy’ at Fringe World in Perth, Australia. In November 2016, Brian was awarded ‘Best Stand-up Comic’ at the Canadian Comedy Awards. With an enormous presence and a consummate love for making people laugh, Aylward details his deepest frustrations with the world through his razor-sharp routines and huge sack of ridiculous stories from his travels around the world. Brian’s memorable live performances are not to be missed!
Sulaiman Azmil (Malaysia)
He is inspired by the raconteurs of yore, a lawyer with a splendiferous fascination for polysyllabic words, nothing pleases him more than to share anecdotes of his misadventures in the Nusantara, trials and travails as a tax-paying Malaysian Bumiputera and random thoughts on mistaken ethniciities to vestiges or colonialism and vexillology. He was a writer for the talk show Obviously Harith Iskander and performs stand-up comedy in both English and Bahasa Malaysia. He was one of the featured comedians on Komediri Bersama Harith Iskander as well as its English language counterpart, Komediri with Douglas Li, both shows broadcast on Astro, Malaysia’s premier digital satellite TV channel.
Kavin Jay (Malaysia)
He is one of Malaysia’s most underrated comedians. He is a rapid-fire grumpy joke telling machine. He may be grouchy but he does it with such panache that you can’t help but burst into laughter. He is an integral part of the comedy revolution in Malaysia. Since his first performance in 2006, Kavin has grown in leaps and bounds and is involved in many major comedy shows and projects. His intense sense of humour has tickled ribs and charmed audiences of many denominations. He has performed all over the world e.g. Singapore, India, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Australia, and the UK.
Scott Mitchell (UK based in Singapore)
He was a finalist at China International Comedy Festival 2017 and Fringeworld Perth Australia 2016. He opened for and supported Phil Nichol, Yuriko Kotani, Brendon Burns, Phil Kay, Stuart Goldsmith, Russell Howard and many more.
Jocelyn Chia (Singapore)
She is a New York based stand-up comedian originally from Singapore. A lawyer-turned comedian, she was featured on cnbc.com for winning the Gotham Comedy Club’s Funniest Lawyer Competition. She has been a guest comedian on the Howard Stern Channel of Sirius XM, and a guest host on MTV. She made her stand-up television debut on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, hosted by William Shatner. She is also a two time winner of the Moth Storyslams, and enjoys weaving storytelling into her stand-up. She won the 2016 Ladies of Laughter Competition, and in 2017 she received the ‘Rising Star Award – Comedy’ at the Asian American Television Film Festival.
Deepak Chandran (Singapore)
He is a Singapore based comic who has headlined clubs across South East Asia. Finalist of the HK comedy festival 2016, Runner up of Bangkok comedy festival Deepak’s rise in the comedy world has been spectacular. His comedy is mostly observational with a twist of realism and of course tastes like curry!
Neon Lights festival returns for a three-day celebration of the best indie acts
Singapore’s biggest indie music festival, Neon Lights, is back for a third instalment this November with a stacked line-up spanning three days. The festival returns to Fort Canning Park from November 9 to November 11, complete with headline acts and indie legends from all around the world.
After successful runs in 2015 and 2016, local indie fans were left disappointed when Neon Lights took a break last year. The organisers made a promise the festival would return in full strength in 2018 and that it did. Festival director Declan Forde said they were thrilled to be returning and had put a lot of thought into the line-up to ensure both quality and diversity so everyone could enjoy the festival to the fullest.
Kicking things off on November 9 is Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna who will be serenading the crowd in her first public performance in over a year.
Fans of Interpol are also in luck because the band from New York will be making their Asian debut with a full set on November 10.
Other acts include the likes of Caribou, Riot !n Magenta and Cigarettes After Sex amongst others. For the full line-up, as well as schedules, head on down to the website.
Neon Lights runs November 9 to November 11, 6pm to 1030pm on November 9 and 2pm to 1030pm on November 10 and 11. Individual day tickets start from $99 for adults and $25 for children and can be purchased via the website or SISTIC.
Things to do this weekend in Singapore (21 Sept – 23 Sept)
This week’s an exciting one. We’ve got a 2000-2018 dance party, art exhibitions (some all the way till 3am) and something for all you tea-lovers out there. With these many options on your plate, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
1. Art After Dark x 6th Anniversary Celebrations (21 Sept)
Celebrate Gillman Barracks’ 6th anniversary with another run of their Art After Dark! It’s the perfect way to kick off your weekend – there’ll be live performances, interactive art experiences and delicious food served all the way till 3am.
When you’re done exploring the two new gallery openings presented by Ota Fine Arts and Yavuz Gallery, or traversed through our very own Nguan’s photography, you can rock out to the tunes of Pleasantry and The Pinholes. Definitely grab that late night bite from the likes of Park Bench Deli and Handlebar.
Address: Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
Time: 7pm onwards
Ticket pricing: Free
2. Singapore Tea Festival 2018 (21 Sept – 23 Sept)
Quench your thirst with this year’s comeback of Singapore Tea Festival. With more than a hundred blends of tea, 30 tea and tea-related brands, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
There’ll even be dialogues and workshops where you’ll about learn skills such as modern kombucha making from industry leaders. To redeem a complimentary Yixing Purple Clay glazed porcelain cup, all you’ve got to do is register at teapasar’s booth!
Address: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Time: Fri: 3PM-10PM, Sat & Sun: 10AM-10PM
Ticket pricing: Free
3. V A N I T A S Group Art Exhibition (21 Sept – 23 Sept)
This brings a group of talented women into the spotlight. Featuring six independent female artists, VANITAS is a group show which explores themes like mortality, the transience of life and the futility of pleasure.
Be wowed by the dark art styles of @sarahthursday, @erikartoon, @mothhead_, @peithedragon, @yelselogy and @sanatoriium. Remember to bring some spare cash to purchase some of their merch!
Address: kult, Block C2-5, Emily Hill, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120
Time: Fri: Opening Night @ 5pm, Sat & Sun: 12PM-8PM
Ticket pricing: Free
4. Xiao Kopitiam #2 (22 Sept)
Pop by this reimagined kopitiam for maybe the chillest weekend you’ve had in a while.
Dig into LAD & DAD’s comfort British fare – think bangers & mash and beef stew (we can attest to the amazingness of this dish), get a intricate henna design from the famous @henn.drawn or just grab a personalised haiku at the typewriter.
Address: 21 Moonstone Lane, Poh Leng Building #09-01, Singapore 328426
Time: Lunch: 3PM-10PM
Ticket pricing: Free
5. The Passion Pop-Up (22 Sept)
Support your local businesses and female entrepreneurship at this pop-up. Try out delicious treats from That Vegan Cake, juicy burgers from Hustle Co and more.
The Passion Panel, filled with names like Isabel Lee of An Acai Affair and Beckie Liu of Haikini,
will delve into how they sparked off their passion for entrepreneurship, developing it into an actual business. It’s not all work, though. Play beer pong or sign up for a HIIT session with Charity Chan, a personal trainer!
Address: 52 Craig Road, Singapore 089690
Time: 11AM – 4PM
Ticket pricing: Free
6. High School Never Ends (22 Sept)
Blast it back to your childhood or travel all the way to the present at HopHeads’ latest escapade, featuring 2000s-2018 electronic dance pop and the hottest radio hits.
Their parties are so popular that all their online tickets have been sold out. Your best bet is to head straight to the door for a ticket, then straight into the most nostalgic night of your life.
Address: 178 Clemenceau Ave, Haw Par Glass Tower B1-00, Singapore 239926
Time: 10PM – 4AM
Ticket pricing: Door tickets $20, inclusive of one drink
Tokidoki x River Safari: A Whale of a Time Awaits
What do you call something that provides comfort, is pleasant to have and is part of a larger establishment? A manatee (amenity)!
Jokes aside, manatees are the co-stars of the event at River Safari this September, as tokidoki’s Mermicorno characters are making a splash at Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park.
Designed by Simone Legno, the characters of the internationally recognised lifestyle brand are featured within the park as 10 life-sized sculptures, including the three newest members Submarino, Jade and Fortuna.
Hop on the Mermicorno x River Safari Trail and win exclusive, limited-edition tokidoki x River Safari enamel pins. All you have to do is answer two questions that are rotated each week. (they’re really easy, but I shan’t reveal them so as to not take away your fun.) Unfortunately, three of the five weeks have passed — but you still have the chance to bring Cerulean (week 4) and Jade (week 5) home. They run out of stock very quickly, so be sure to get there early!
Mermicorno x River Safari Trail
Venue: Around the park
Timings: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Joining Mermicorno and Manatee are mermaids, whose graceful performances and bubbly interactions in the aquarium are not to be missed. Watch as they swim elegantly among the manatees, nature’s very own mermaids of myth.
Venue: Amazon Flooded Forest
Timings: 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm (20 minutes)
Make sure you and your loved ones catch a photo op with Canola, our lovable mascot. Fun fact: Canola, the actual manatee and animal icon of River Safari, just turned four in August!
Meet our Manatee Mascot
Venue: River Safari Entrance
Timings: 10:00am & 4:30am
Other activities include Colour Us Cute at the Mermicorno meets Manatee colouring wall, River Trail Encounters, where the park guides will share stories about the manatees along with their quirks and habits, and Amazing Encounters Await, granting you the opportunity to get up close in behind-the-scenes tours, Manatee Mania and Amazing Amazonia.
Colour Us Cute
Venue: River Safari Entrance:
Timings: 10:00am – 5pm(Weekends only)
River Trail Encounters
Venue: Amazon Flooded Forest
Timings: 12:15pm & 5:30pm (20 minutes)
Amazing Encounters Await*
Venue: River Safari Visitor Services Counter
Timings: Manatee Mania – 9:30am, Amazing Amazonia – 1:30pm (1 hour)
*Additional tour fees apply, and pre-registration is required.
At the end of your enjoyable day out, don’t forget to grab tokidoki collectibles such as plushies, key chains and blindboxes from the River Safari retail store to complete your Mermicorno experience!
There’s also an Instagram contest giveaway — all you have to do is share your most creative posts tagged #tokidoki and #RiverSafari on your public Instagram account for a chance to win a Manatee Mania tour and River Safari admission tickets for 2 adults worth $300.
Water you waiting for? Dive right in!
Activities runs until September 30, 2018, on weekends only, unless otherwise stated. For more information, please visit http://www.riversafari.com.sg/tokidoki.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729726
Opening hours: 10:00am – 7:00pm (last entry at 6:30pm) daily
Ticket prices: Adult – $32, Child – $21