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Weekend activities to do from 23 March 2018 to 25 March 2018

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1. Japan Spring Fever at Gardens by the Bay

Come witnesss the annual floral display set amidst a Japanese-style garden. Look forward to tea houses, traditional rickshaws and torii gates.

Sakura Matsuri is on from now till 8th April 2018, daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm at Supertree Grove and Flower Dome. The event is free; admission charges to Flower Dome applies.

For more information, visit here and here.

2. Art-Zoo Inflatable Park

 

 

The attractive zoo-inspired inflatable park that took place at The Float @ Marina Bay last year is back with even more lovable colourful creatures that’ll excite both the young and old. Expect 15 massive bouncing zones featuring animals such as gorillas, rhinos, hedgehogs and even imaginary ones like the Yeti.  There’s even a majestic 19m-tall rainbow unicorn (that’s about four and a half double-deck buses ­­­stacked on top of one another!) to slide down from! Hurry down and experience the bouncy fun for yourself!

Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay
Date: 9th March 2018 to 1st April 2018 daily
Time: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Admission is ticketed

It opens earlier at 3pm on weekends, public holidays, eve of public holidays and during school holidays. The last entry is at 9:30pm daily.

Entry tickets can be bought from artzooworld.com or at the gates. Tickets that are booked online are priced at $17.80 for a single ticket, and a bundle of four tickets are priced at $16.80 per ticket. Tickets purchased on site at the box office is priced at $18. All ticket prices include booking fee of S$0.80 per ticket. Children under 24 months get in free with each paying visitor.

3. OH! Open House

Lined with chic bars and eateries, Emerald Hill was formerly a nutmeg plantation site and this art walkabout by OH! Open House brings you around the precinct to uncover tales and its history during the colonial era. Sign up for its walking tours – that’s a total of three 30-minute tours and an exhibition – which lets you peek into various residents’ homes to witness art installations and performances by 18 artists, including Singaporean producer Tan Kheng Hua, photographer Lenne Chai and South Korean artist Ju-Ae Park, among others.

OH! started in 2009 as an art walk that brought art out of museums and galleries. It evolved from there, challenging perceptions about where art can and cannot exist. The 2010 edition, OH! Marine Parade, put art in HDB flats, in which 80% of Singaporeans live. It proved that art can have a place in all of our lives. By 2014, OH! had grown beyond an art walk into a non-profit art organisation. Our programmes do 3 important things:

1. Provide alternative ways to experience art, outside of museums and galleries

2. Give local artists opportunities to experiment with site specificity — to unlock or even give new meanings to our everyday spaces

3. Challenge audiences to think deeper about the immediate environment they inhabit, and the larger context of Singapore.

Today, OH! Open House redefines everyday spaces through art by challenging artists to create new work responding directly to an existing space – a specific neighbourhood, or history, or even a home.

Admission Pass: $30 per pax (excludes ticketing fee) for three 40-minute tours and a finale exhibition.
Starting Point: 37 Emerald Hill Road @ Chatsworth International School.

Duration: 2.5hrs

Time: Tours start from 11am. Last entry at 5pm.

Language: English

For more information on tour FAQs and ticket prices, visit here and here.

Posted by OH! Open House on Tuesday, 13 February 2018

4. Arts In Your Neighbourhood

Arts in Your Neighbourhood returns this year from now till 25th March 2018 with nearly 50 arts activities happening in 16 locations across the island. With so many activities in this season, there is surely something suitable for everyone!

An initiative by the National Arts Council, Arts In Your Neighbourhood brings enriching arts experiences right to your doorstep! Enjoy interactive arts programmes by established artists and arts groups held at various spaces across the island.

Fun and enriching arts experiences for the whole family await you this March, as Arts in Your Neighbourhood returns for its 10th edition! This season, they explore the town of Ang Mo Kio through a variety of visual art works and interactive arts performances. (For the full programme schedule, visit https://artsforall.sg/AYN.)

Take a trip down memory lane and explore Ang Mo Kio’s kampung days with their public art installations. Witness the transformation of a neighbourhood carpark into a mini art carnival ground with LOPELAB’s Nomadic Art Caravan, and embark on a photo walk facilitated by professional photographers to see Ang Mo Kio through different lenses.

Set imaginations alight with magical theatre performance Nadine & The Enchanting Pots – children can also live the story by weaving through two activity houses! Immerse yourself in a world of fantasy with giant roving puppets in the Asian debut of The Birdman and his Chimera Orchestra.

This season, they also celebrate the unique abilities and life stories of artists with disabilities, through collaborations with ground-up inclusive movement Superhero Me’s Superhero We Festival and international music and dance groups Epic Arts and ILL-Abilities™.

For the full programme schedule, visit https://artsforall.sg/AYN.

5. Ode to Wonderland

From 3rd March 2018 to 8th April 2018, Mizuma Gallery is pleased to announce Ode to Wonderland, a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Eguchi Ayane.

In her third solo exhibition, the first in Singapore, Eguchi Ayane presents new works inspired by her childhood, her recent residency in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and her inner thoughts. The works in this exhibition invite the viewers to reflect on their perspective on life and mortality, as quoted from Charlie Chaplin, “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long shot”.

The event is completely free.

Venue: 22 Lock Road #01-34 Gillman Barracks S108939

Date and Time: Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 am to 7:00pm. Sunday is opened frmo 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. For more information, visit www.mizuma.sg or email them at info@mizuma.sg.

6. Attack of the Archives

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EXHIBITION dates: 2nd March 2018 to 31st March 2018
EXHIBITION Hours: Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Sunday BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Venue: Kult Studio & Gallery, C2-5, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Emily Hill, S(228120)

BRACE YOURSELVES:
Mark your calendars for the brand new show with artwork that has mapped our journey through the years. Probably best described as a display of Kult as you know it – a little off-centre, a little off-colour but always redefining what ‘art’ is for yo momma.

Attack of the Archives exhibition will showcase artwork that reflects the years of urban and street culture in Singapore and beyond. The gallery will showcase local artists such as MojokoSpaz (Laurie Maravilla) and Daniel Yu, along with celebrated names such as Ben Frost (Australia), koloWn (Philippines) and Idlebeats (China).

QUICK CHANGE:
Something caught your eye? Take it off the walls and bring it home on the spot. They will fill the space up with something else immediately. Come back weekly for a fresh new lineup of art from our archives.

7. Adventures in Grimmsneyland 

Adventures in Grimmsneyland- an alternative fairy tale dining experience.

For close to a century, we have been fed with stories of princes and princesses, happy endings and dreams of grandeur for the ordinary man. Well, not here in Grimmsneyland!

They will be flipping the fins off the mermaid, picking the peas out of the cinders, giving sleeping beauty a rude awakening, granting the gift of abs to those sexy chiseled dwarfs, and possibly, most likely, maybe, god willing give you an ending you’ll never forget.

Play the role of villages/farmers/bystanders in the stories. Go through Mirror Mirror into the world of the princesses you thought you knew. Interact or observe that’s up to you, but you can be sure that all is not what it seems, for when one story ends another begins.

Last but not the least; get 4 dishes inspired by the fairytales served in each world and a magical alcoholic drink at the start of your journey.

Check out this article:  CMYK: A Carnival of Food, Art, and All Things International

Experience lasts approximately 1h 50mins, all are welcome to hang out at the galaxy bar after!

The portal to Grimmsneyland will close on 21st April and its your last chance to witness a happy ending.

15, 16, 17, 22, 23 March have been sold out.

Available dates:
24, 29, 30, 31 March
5, 6, 7 April
12, 13, 14 April
19, 20, 21 April

Tickets are priced at Thursdays: $88, Fridays:  $98 and Saturdays: $108
Tickets sold are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Choose your dates and timeslots wisely!
8. Witness to War: Remembering 1942
With more than 130 artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions, Witness to War: Remembering 1942 explores how Singapore’s fall during the second World War was part of a wider campaign waged by the Japanese Empire across the Pacific. The exhibition invites visitors to uncover the rich and complex world of untold stories centered on the fall of Singapore. A solemn and reflective exhibition that should be seen by all.
This free event is held at 93 Stamford Rd, S178897.
Opening hours: Singapore History Gallery 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Singapore Living Galleries 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
9. Very Special Arts Ltd Exhibition: Hail! Chinese Culture

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In collaboration with Pan Pacific Singapore, a series of three art exhibitions featuring artworks by VSA’s artists with disabilities, will be showcased at the hotel’s public art space from February to July 2018. A total of 9 artists (grouped according to themes) will be participating in these exhibitions to present and sell their art pieces to the public.

The first showcase in the line-up is themed “Hail, Chinese Culture”, to celebrate the arrival of Spring as well as Chinese New Year in February. Featuring mixed-media paintings based on Chinese poems by Chng Seok Tin, as well as Chinese ink paintings by Teresa Tan Yan Lie and Lee Mun Choong, the exhibition aims to highlight the spirit and beauty of Chinese culture.

Venue: Public Art Space at Pan Pacific Singapore (Level 2)

Date: 31st January 2018 to 30th March 2018

10. True Colours Festival 
The True Colours Concert brings together some of the Asia Pacific’s most accomplished performing artistes with disabilities in a multi-faceted celebration of talent. It features a line-up of star performers such as Australian jazz crooner Tony Dee, violinist Adrian Anantawan from Canada, Malaysian rock group Caliph Buskers, international street dance crew ILL-Abilities, Singaporean pianist Dr Azariah Tan, celebrated ballet dancers Ma Li & Zhai Xiaowei from China, France’s Got Talent 2016 second runner up Aliénette Coldfire from the Philippines, the unique Digital Orchestra from the UK and more. The True Colours Concert is presented by The Nippon Foundation and UNESCO, produced by Very Special Arts Singapore and promises to delight your senses and make your heart soar!

VSA is proud to present to you True Colours Festival, The Asia-Pacific Celebration of Artistes with Disability. It comprises the following:(1) Indoor Concert – presenting artistes from the Asia-Pacific and some guest countries. Happening at Singapore Indoor Stadium.

23rd March 2018: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

24th March 2018 & 25th March 2018 : 6:00 to 7:30 pm

For more information, please visit here: https://truecolours.sg/

(2) Arts & Disability International Conference 2018 (ADIC2018) –

22nd March 2018 : 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sands Expo and Convention Centre (MBS)

23rd March 2018 : 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, Enabling Village

Day 1 Conference Package costs $150 per pax

Day 2 Workshop at $50 per pax or Lecture at $20 per pax

Conference fee includes free entry to Indoor Concert

For more information, please visit here: https://adic2018.sg/eng/pages/content/Registration/Registration

(3) Outdoor Festival Village @ OCBC Square – Booths from other VWOs, Interactive booths- Ask Me Anything!, Guide Dogs, Walking in the Dark, Stage Performances, Film Screenings that features/ are directed/produced by people with disabilities.

23rd March 2018, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

24th March 2018 & 25th March 2018, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

(4) Visual Art Exhibition @ Visitor’s Centre, Kallang

23rd March 2018, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

24th March 2018 & 25th March 2018, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

(5) Theatre @ SportsSG Auditorium

Very Special Theatrics & No Strings Attached (NSA) Matinee – 24th March 2018 & 25 March 2018, 4:00 pm

No String Attached’s World Premier, 24th March 2018 & 25th March 2018, 3:00 pm

(Note: Information is accurate at time of print and may be subject to changes)

11. We Are Able! 

n celebration of the abilities and achievements of persons with disabilities, the biennial We Are Able! is back this year with the theme, “Enhancing Possibilities, Celebrating Abilities”.

This is a public awareness event organised by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) in collaboration with Tote Board to promote inclusion. In the spirit of empowering individuals, the ‘voices’ of persons with disabilities themselves will take centre stage in this year’s celebration.

For the first time, a group of persons with intellectual disability (ID) and development disability (DD) will take the stage to tell their stories and express their aspirations during the event. They are trained under a new initiative, “Our Lives, Our Voice”, which is initiated by the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) and the Down Syndrome Association (DSA) and funded by NCSS. This is a two-year pilot project that aims to empower and develop more than 70 persons with intellectual disabilities aged 18 and above, to speak up about their own needs and be “voices” for their community.

In addition, a group of young adults with various disabilities from the Disabled People’s Association (DPA), will share about their experiences living with a disability and their motivations for doing advocacy work during “Talking Disabilities”, a dialogue session planned and presented by them.

Date: Saturday, 24th March 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Venue: Our Tampines Hub (Central Plaza)

Special Guest: Mr. Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development
Keynote Speaker: Professor Oh Joon, Former President of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Former South Korean Ambassador to the United Nations.

12. Bach in the Subways 

In 2015 the T’ang Quartet and Lorong Boys introduced Bach in the Subways to Singapore and inspired many. In subsequent years the movement took root thanks to the excellent work of Play It Forward.

In 2018 special guest Dale Henderson, Bach in the Subways’ founder, joins Singapore as part of the #Bach333 initiative!

Bach in the Subways takes place from 21st March 2018 to 25th March 2018 at various locations, including a 10-hour marathon at Union Station on 24th March 2018  from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Visit here for more information about the line-up of programmes!

13. Car-Free Sunday

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Participants at the Car-Free Sunday on 25th March 2018 will be able to learn juggling and other tricks from circus performers and enjoy a complimentary health screening, among other activities.

Experienced circus performers from Bornfire Community Circus will be at Esplanade Park to teach participants how to juggle and perform other tricks.

Free basic health screenings will be available at Connaught Drive, and members of the public can also learn to operate AED machines from the Singapore Heart Foundation’s volunteers.

In addition, participants can enjoy shoulder massages offered by the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped mobile massage team.

Cyclists and personal mobility device users can learn safe riding practices under a new safe riding programme by the Land Transport Authority.

Trainers will guide riders through a training circuit where they can practise skills to ride safely and learn the new rules and code of conduct under the Active Mobility Act.

Over at the Telok Ayer Conservation Area, those up for a bit of nostalgia will get to enjoy oldies from the 50s and 60s, ancient folk songs, and traditional Chinese opera performance by TAS Theatre, a non-profit performing arts company, at the pavilion of Chong Wen Ge.

There will also be a group sing-along session.

Free trishaw rides will also be available, with the route passing iconic landmarks such as the Esplanade and Fullerton Hotel. The three-wheelers will be manned by volunteers from Cycling Without Age and cycling groups, but participants can also choose to ride them personally. Priority will be given to the less mobile and the elderly.

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Bike-sharing company ofo, as sponsor of the event, will provide bicycles for rent at a cost of S$1.50 for unlimited rides over 60 days, with a special pass.

14. #CraftForGood

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In this session, they will be drawing and creating mindfulness coloring sheets for senior residents of Orange Valley Nursing Home and special friends IMH AND crafting birthday cards for special friends in IMH (Institute of Mental Health) and families in transition at AWWA (Asian Women’s Welfare Association). We hope to bring some simple joy to them with our hand-crafted cards and drawings. We will be collaborating with the youth volunteer group, The Matchsticks of IMH.

• What to bring
Just yourself and a dose of fun and creativity! Not an artistic person? Fret not, they will be providing all materials, including stationery and past sample artworks for your reference. Nonetheless, it will be great if you could bring along examples of artworks with some local elements, e.g. local landmarks, fruits and food (to create & draw coloring sheets). You are also free to bring along your own craft materials, if you would like to share them (for crafting of cards)!

• Important to know
Please kindly note that photos of this volunteering event will be taken for publicity purposes for Be Kind SG and Naiise. These photos will not be used for any other purposes.

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: 2 Handy Road The Cathay #B1-08 S229233

15. Anaki Rocks the City

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Get ready to rock the city! Welcome to 2 days of fresh authentic voices as Anaki Rocks the City So Shiok 2018 brings you 23 Lion City bands with homies from around the world who are rocking it on our home soil. Witness all walks across genres come together as one at this super sick 2-day outdoor music fest.

100% original. 100% love. There are absolutely no tickets sold.

Anaki Rocks the City is their big up to the diverse talent on our home soil since 2011 – the underground, overlooked and the cool people who don’t conform to an artistic norm. More importantly, it transcends genre, race, nationality, gender or any divisive label. Because together, they are the anthem.

Get to know the bands performing and check their website for the full line up, set times, music and the bands’ take on working together, guilty pleasures and not-so-secret fantasies. Chat them up if you want to launch your very own EP or play a gig here.

16. Cinerama Closing Weekend | Lights, Camera, Action!

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On the last weekend of March, join them as they celebrate the final two days of#cineramaSG! Shop for local designed and produced artisanal merchandise at the SAM x The Local People 35MM Art Market. Enjoy and engage with fun activities, workshops and live music sessions at SAM at 8Q.


**ACTIVITIES**

SAM X TLP 35MM ART MARKET VOL. 2
24th March & 25th March 2018
10:00 am to 7:00 pm
SAM at 8Q, Plaza


SHADOW PUPPET BOOTH
24th March 2018 & 25th March 2018
10:00 am to 7:00 pm
SAM at 8Q, Workshop Space 2

PIT BALL PHOTO BOOTH
24th March 2018 & 25th March 2018
10:00 am to 7:00 pm
SAM at 8Q, Plaza

LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCES
24th March 2018 & 25th March 2018
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

LEATHER WORKSHOP
24th March 2018
2:00 pm onwards
SAM at 8Q, Plaza
Spaces are limited. While stocks last.

CREATE YOUR OWN CLAPPERBOARD
25th March 2018
Every hour. Starting from 2:00 pm. Last session is at 6:00 pm.
Workshop Space 2
Spaces are limited. On-site registration is required.

Admission is free for all. Just remember to hashtag #cineramaSG.

17. #HumansofSynergy: 40 years in the making 

Marking its celebratory milestone this March at the newly unveiled University Cultural Centre, #HumansofSynergy brings together NUS Dance Synergy’s exceptional dancers, and demonstrates what has kept the group strong and committed over 40 years of dance-making, to inspire the next generation of dancers.

Dates:  23th March 2018 & 24th March 2018 (Friday & Saturday)
Time:    8:00 pm
Venue:  University Cultural Centre Theatre, NUS


Ticket prices

Early bird : $21 (Stalls), $18 (Circle)   [Valid till 16 February]
Standard :  $24 (Stalls), $20 (Circle)

Book your tickets here.

Which is your favourite event of the weekend? Share with us in the comments below! Happy weekend ahead!

18. Yoga for a good cause!

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Come practice yoga amidst lush greenery at this unique yoga event at the Botanic Gardens! Release all your worries and stresses of the city and embrace the tranquility of Yoga in the Park.

This is a special yoga class conducted by STYLEGUIDE and PushPullGive to help raise funds for Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support, an organisation that envisions a more inclusive society where every pregnant teenager needing support will not feel estranged or marginalised.

As of 2015, Babes — which is the only voluntary welfare organisation in Singapore that deals with teenage pregnancy — has reached out to 436 girls. The Report on Registration of Births and Deaths published by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority in 2013 showed that there are an average of 1,300 cases of teenage pregnancies annually.

This special yoga class will be conducted by Elaine, a mindfulness meditation coach, speaker, facilitator, yoga instructor and reiki healer. Her focus is on the integration of mindfulness, neuroscience, yoga, and somatic embodiment. She is the director and founding teacher at Yoga Tribe and also conducts Yoga classes for PushPullGive.

Come and enjoy this special yoga event for a good cause!

Please bring your own yoga mat.



The yoga session will take place at the Plant House, which is near the Cluny Road entrance from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. Get your tickets here

19. The Art of Being Present

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Through 8 weeks of mindfulness practice with art-making, participants will undergo a journey of self-discovery. This programme is particularly suited to individuals who may find themselves sometimes overwhelmed by life’s demands, as well as those who would like to contemplate issues and concerns within a safe space.

PROGRAMME DETAILS
Saturday afternoon for 8 weeks from 24th March 2018 to 19th May 2018
(Break on 14 Apr).
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm | Venue: Shan You Counselling Centre
Cost: $180* for 8 weekly sessions
*Programme participants who are willing to provide feedback / data at three intervals (Before the start of programme, end of the programme and 1-month after the end of programme) would qualify for a $100 rebate in programme fees. Participants will qualify for the $100 rebate if they attend at least 6 out of 8 sessions and provide complete information at the 3 data collection periods. The option to participate in the evaluation study is only applicable for participants who attend only 1 programme at each run.

CURRICULUM
This programme utilizes the visual arts to cultivate insights and enhance our sense of well-being through these themes:
1. Affirming the individual
2. Mindfulness
3. Body awareness
4. Emotional attunement
5. Self-journey
6. Goals
7. Strengths
8. Closure

Art making activities include:
– Creating an art journal
– Creative reflection of an individual’s experience of Mindfulness practice
– Self- portrait by creating an image or sculpture
– Mask painting, etc

Mindfulness activities include:
– Body scan
– Mindfulness meditation
– Loving-kindness meditation, etc

ABOUT THE TRAINER:
Pearlyn believes that the arts have the potential to express when words fail to convey. With clinical experience from Australia and Singapore, Pearlyn focuses on building mental health and wellbeing through the therapeutic qualities of art and mindfulness practices. Outside of her art therapist hat, she enjoys doodling and crafting of all sorts. Pearlyn received her Master of Art Therapy qualification from La Trobe University (Australia).

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8 New Year’s Eve Celebrations to end 2018 in Singapore

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It’s finally time, 2018 is coming to a close. No current plans to end the year? We got you covered!

Before we bring in the “New Year, New Me” memes and start coming up New Year Resolutions that we “commit” to, here are a few places to celebrate and spend the last moments of 2018 with your beaus.

To new beginnings!

1. Block Party Countdown 2018 at Clarke Quay

Photo Credits: CapitaLand Malls

Unleash your inner child in this year’s epic Block Party Countdown at Clarke Quay’s Fountain Square! The block party theme, “PLAY”, will feature vibrant coloured interlocking play blocks, specially constructed three-dimensional structures, and a pedal-powered illuminating LED wall, all designed to bring a fun and imaginative playground element to the party.

Get your Instagram-worthy photo moments and interact with dancing green toy soldiers and unicorn mascots that will be roaming the area.

Hosts, DJs Gerald Koh and Kimberly Wang from 987FM, will kick the party into gear high with music from award-winning local bands, Shirlyn and The UnXpected, and entertainment from plenty of fun stage games prepared.

After the countdown, remember to not leave as the party continues all around the various clubs and bars at Clarke Quay!

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For more information: https://www.capitaland.com/sg/malls/clarkequay/en/events/block-party-countdown-2018.html

Address: Clarke Quay Fountain Square, 3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024

Time: 9PM – 1230AM

Ticketing Price: Free

 

2. Mediacorp Let’s Celebrate 2019 at The Promontory

Photo Credits: Toggle SG

Why watch the live telecast when you can be there? This year’s celebration is hosted by Chua Enlai and Sonia Chew at The Promontory.

Dance your way through the night in a Dance Party done by Republic Polytechnic’s Electronic Music Production.

Catch performances by local acts such as Taufik Batisah, Joanna Dong, Gentle Bones, Shabir, Sufi Rashid, Yung Raja & Fariz Jabba, Shak and the Baits, Joie Tan and Nadi Singapura.

Jarrell Ng, Newly-crowned SPOP SING! winner, and finalists, Marcus Tay, Daryl-Ann Jansen and Karena Yeo, will be performing as well.

There will be also a collaboration between Mediacorp celebrities, Pierre Png, Romeo Tan, Carrie Wong, Sheila Sim and Joel Choo, and ten of Singapore’s top fashion models, to put up a special item with homegrown singer Aisyah Aziz, to showcase some of the works done by local designers.

And of course, it isn’t a New Year’s celebration without the iconic mass display of fireworks! An explosion of technicolour fireworks will light up Singapore’s beautiful skyline at the stroke of midnight.

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For more information: https://tv.toggle.sg/en/channel5/shows/lets-celebrate-2019

Address: The Promontory at Marina Bay, 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940

Time: 730PM – 130AM (Doors open at 7PM)

Ticketing Price: Free

 

3. Star Island Singapore Countdown 2019 at The Float at Marina Bay

Photo Credits: Star Island SG

If fireworks are the only thing that sparks your interest in New Year celebrations, you won’t want to miss the multi-sensory technicolour fireworks and light show at The Float at Marina Bay. Be the first in Singapore to experience the futuristic magic of fireworks as Star Island Singapore will debut for the first time outside of Japan.

It is a one of a kind fireworks musical with a new action-packed universe of world-class fireworks, 3D surround sound, synchronised light displays and performances.

Individual LED bands will be given so attendees can fully immerse themselves in the multi-sensory show.

Pre-show activities such as the Food Truck Fest with various food and delights and a bazaar selling quirky items will also be featured.

For more information: https://star-island.sg

Address: The Float at Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039805

Time: 5PM – 130AM

Ticketing Price: $30 – $148

 

4. New Year’s Eve Countdown at Esplanade

Photo Credits: Esplanade Theatres On The Bay Singapore

Music lovers, this is your chance! Esplanade is hosting six hours’ worth of dynamic music at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre to usher in the new year. The celebration will be carried by celebrity host, Timothy Nga.

Be entertained all night long with performances by Nick Zavior, Amni Musfirah & The Hustlers, NovoBloco and Bloco Singapura. Spend the last moments of 2018 moving to the grooves and dancing to the beats!

For more information: https://www.esplanade.com/festivals-and-series/come-together/2018/new-years-eve-countdown

Address: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981

Time: 7PM – 1AM

Ticketing Price: Free

 

5. New Year Countdown Celebration at Heartbeat@Bedok

Photo Credits: Heartbeat@Bedok

Newly-opened early this year, Heartbeat@Bedok is hosting its first countdown party.

Catch a performance by TMD (Too Much Drama), a multi-lingual band from Singapore and put your dancing to good use and help break the record of the “Largest Silent Disco” in the Singapore Book of Records, by dancing non-stop for 5 minutes.

Participants are provided with a wireless noise cancelling headphone and can choose between channels of disco, house and rock. What are you waiting for? Every thing is provided, you just have to show up and dance into the new year!

Address: Heartbeat@Bedok, 11 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 469662

Time: 7PM – 1AM

Ticketing Price: Free

 

6. Our Tampines Hub Countdown 2019

Photo Credits: Our Tampines Hub

Join Our Tampines Hub for a fun-filled evening with local celebrities, Jade Seah and Suhaimi Yusof.

There will be community performances, and for the first time ever, 10-minute synchronised fireworks, laser and wave flames display at the stroke of midnight.

Our Tampines Hub has got you covered. Attendees will be given a party pack and a special eco-gift for the new year.

Address: Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523

Time: 7PM – 12AM

Ticketing Price: Free

 

7. Sentosa Siloso Beach Party 2018

Photo Credit: Sentosa

Calling all beach fans, here’s where you can have a beachin’ time! The annual beach party is back once again for its 12thedition.

The iconic party promises a night of non-stop fun with a medley of international and local DJs from all around the world and spectacular fireworks.

Jay Hardway, South Holland producer best known for his collaboration with Martin Garrix, will be headlining the party this year.

The full list of acts are DJ Kaylova, DJ Luane, Make You Freak, Twins Gone Wrong, DJ Ezra Hazard, DJ YouKeep, DJ Jensen, DJ Caden, DJ Xin, DJ Kevin O’Hara, DJ Boy and DJ Natchang.

The stellar DJ line-up will keep you pumping adrenaline all night as you party next to the coastal waves and sand.

For more information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/silosobeachparty

Address: Siloso Beach, Sentosa

Time: 6PM – 6AM

Ticketing Price: $48 – $108

 

8. New Year Eve Party at Wave House Sentosa

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Spend the night riding the waves at Wave House Sentosa’s countdown party!

Join the exhilarating flowboarding experience by riding the FlowRider and the FlowBarrel. It is an endlessly fun ride with the waves creating a safe, non-curling, endless sheet of water flowing over a composite vinyl surface, much like a trampoline. For a more sporty new year’s celebration, experiment and perform tricks by carving up and down the surface, just like you would in other board sports!

Apart from the waves, there will be comfortable sofa seating where you can chill and count the hours away to 2019. Choose from a variety of extravagant food and drinks from the restaurant and bar whilst listening to the feel-good music.

For more information: https://wavehousesentosa.org/nye_party/

Address: Wave House Sentosa, 36 Siloso Beach Walk, 099007

Time: 9PM – 4AM

Ticketing Price: Free (18 years and above only)

 

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C3 AFA 2018: A taste of Akihabara in Singapore

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Since the days of Naruto in 480p to present day Boruto in HD, Anime Festival Asia (AFA) has been a staple for local fans of anime and Japanese pop culture. The annual affair has grown tremendously since it first reached our shores back in 2008, solidifying its status as a pilgrimage of sorts, akin to the wonders of Akihabara.

Back for its tenth anniversary, AFA 2018 proved to be the best its ever been with performances from a star-studded lineup at the I Love Anisong concert series, renown cosplayers and more exclusive merchandise than ever before. Didn’t get to attend? Fret not, here’s everything you missed from the greatest anime exhibition of the year.

Walk in and you’ll be greeted by this massive Gundam model. I don’t know about you but the sooner we get actual functional Gundams the better!

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Fans of Gunpla were also in for a treat with this huge selection. There’s even more selections at the back!

Of course, AFA wouldn’t be complete without the game taking Japan (and frankly, the world) by storm. Whether you love or hate the Gacha mechanics of the game, it’s hard to argue with Fate Grand Order’s (FGO)’s success. Staying true to the game mechanics, at the center of the exhibition was a summoning circle where fans could place their phones to summon in-game characters.

Gaming was also a huge part of AFA this year. Apart from FGO, Honkai Impact also featured a booth where players could compete in time trials. Scattered around the exhibition were also other games such as Taiko Drum Master, Touhou and even PUBG.

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My favourite part of AFA though, was undoubtedly the food. It was like a taste of Japan without actually flying there!

Photo Credits: C3AFASG 2018

The Day Stage also featured a ton of prominent celebrities and guests, from Eri Sasaki (pictured) to the creators of Pop Team Epic and even famous cosplayers such as Hakken (pictured).

And this pretty much sums up AFA in one picture. It’s a celebration of all things Japan. It’s quirky, fun, and fans can be another side of themselves, even if it’s for just a day.

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What to expect at C3 Anime Festival Asia 2018

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Celebrate a decade of Japanese pop culture at C3 Anime Festival Asia (AFA)’s tenth anniversary. The three-day event promises anime fans and Japanese pop culture enthusiasts the very best of content and experiences straight from Japan.

For the first time, AFA will be holding a red carpet event in front of Suntec to usher in the event. An online portal will also be launched as part of the Anime for a Cause initiative, where fans can participate in lucky draws to win items donated by celebrities and partners.

Tickets to the ever-popular I Love Anisong concert series are selling fast thanks to a star-studded lineup featuring the likes of TrySail, GARNiDELiA and May’n.

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Concert tickets start from SGD$88 for one-day general admission, or SGD$158 for one-day VIP tickets. All VIP tickets come with an autograph opportunity and one Anisong lightstick. Attendees will also get access to special showcases and guest talkshows.

Full concert line-up and details can be found here.

Cosplay enthusiasts are also in luck with celebrity cosplayers from around the world making an appearance. Expect Angie, KANAME and Siutao amongst others.

Local cosplayers are also in luck with the chance to pit their skills and craft to emerge victorious at the World Cosplay Summit Singapore Preliminaries. Winners will fly to Nagoya, Japan next year and battle it out with the best cosplayers across the globe. Competition guidelines can be found at here.

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Of course, what would AFA be without anime? Fans can expect exclusive premieres for January 2019 shows such as Mob Psycho 100 2. Voice actors from Frame Arm Girls, Love Live! Sunshine!! and Sword Art Online Alicization, amongst others, will also be at the event.

Anime merchandise will also be available. Stock up on the latest merch from Bandai, GOODSMILECOMPANY, and others.

AFA 2018 runs from November 30 to December 2, 1oam to 8pm daily. Tickets for the exhibition start from SGD$15 for one-day admission. More details on ticketing and activities can be found here

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