Check out the top things to do in Singapore this weekend!
1. Battle of the Hoods
HoodChampions, an initiative by the Singapore Kindness Movement, provides neighbours with the opportunity to team up and participate in a range of fun activities while earning points for their neighbourhood.
Cooking enthusiasts can take part in the Interhood Chilli Crab Cook-Off Competition, where home chefs attempt to produce the best tasting and winning dish. Others can take part by fighting to emerge victorious in a variety of Hood Games.
For those interested in leaving their artistic mark on something, they can join in the neighbourly efforts to paint 10 Singa Benches, which will subsequently be displayed at various malls and Community Centres.
Free refreshments will be available while stocks last, and the first 200 to register will get to redeem attractive goods from sponsors.
Sign up for this free event now! http://bit.ly/hoodchampions
2. Leap for Good Hackathon 2018
- Cash prizes up to S$1,000 per team;
- A three-month social enterprise membership at LEVEL3
- The chance to be fast-tracked to the next stage of LeapForGood and prototype their solutions!
- Programme & Challenges
- Idea Pitching & Team Formation
- Discovery Experiences (With Etch Empathy and Jolly Companion)
- Ideation Workshop
- Social Enterprise Model Canvas Workshop
- Subject Matter Expert Consultations
- Mentor Consultation & Pitch Clinic
- Presentations with Q&A
- Results Announcements & Award Ceremony
LeapForGood is a programme designed to help passionate change-makers take thoughtful and innovative ideas, and turn them into real and sustainable business solutions. Every year, we invite aspiring social entrepreneurs and companies/organisations to join us in creating solutions to address emerging social needs in Singapore. This year, our focus is on the Work, Life & Play of Seniors and Caregivers returning to work.
3. EA Roundtable: What is ‘social impact’?
Effective altruism (EA) is about answering one simple question:
How can we use our limited resources to help others the most?
But first, how do individuals and groups define “impact”?
Join this roundtable and help each other better understand:
1) how you conceptualise impact,
2) how you measure impact, and
3) how we can be more effective in creating a greater impact.
EA Singapore’s mission is to promote an evidence-based approach in the ways we do good, to create a bigger impact in the world.
They think that through the use of rigorous research and careful analysis, they can find important causes to work on.
They believe in helping others as much as possible; and are a community of people focusing their efforts on trying to address some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Come share and discuss with each other at this roundtable.
Whether you’re someone experienced in the space of social impact/impact evaluation or you’re personally involved in giving to various causes, we want to hear from you.
Help us understand how we can all do good better from Singapore.
This event is free – RSVP here: https://easg-roundtable-01.peatix.com/
Organised by EA Singapore, and kindly supported by A Good Space (https://www.facebook.com/AGoodSpaceSG/).
Date: 5th April 2018
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #04-88 S059817
4. ILLUMI RUN SG
Heads up everyone!
[ILLUMI FEST X PRUDENTIAL GIVEAWAY]
CALLING ALL ILLUMI FEST RUNNERS! They’ve partnered with Prudential to host an exclusive giveaway with prizes worth over $3000 just for you! Stand a chance to win that shiny new iPhone 8, or other attractive prizes like the JBL Flip 3 speakers or JBL Earphones! Will you be the lucky chosen one?
To be eligible for this giveaway*:
1) You must be registered for ILLUMI Fest Run 2018.
2) Fill in your particulars and answer a simple question to qualify with this link: http://bit.ly/2u2akzG
It’s that simple!
*This giveaway closes on 30th March 2018, so be sure to enter before then.
5. OSIM Sundown Marathon 2018 (LEAD UP RUN)
6. HDB’s Let’s Play
Looking for fun activities to do with your family and friends? Great news, Let’s Play is back again! Join them for exciting games and workshops at the Town/ Community Plazas over the following weekends! Details: http://www.hdb.gov.sg/cs/infoweb/community/creating-vibrant-places/town/community-plazas.
7. Open Call for children between four to six for new Singapore Kindness Movement’s video series!
Is your child generally outgoing and confident? Does he/she like the spotlight or know how to turn on the charm the minute a camera is pulled out? Does he talk about Singa and the Kindness Cubbies all of the time? If you answered yes, then this is his/her chance to shine!
Your child will be receiving a $10 cash voucher as a token of appreciation if he/she is selected!
Venue: Nyee Phoe (Gardenasia) – 240 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718898
Time: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm on Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sunday
It’s a rain or shine event, the market and makan locations are sheltered.
CASH IS KING – please bring cash as cards are not accepted and the nearest ATM is not near.
Bus schedules are attached and you can catch event shuttle from KRANJI MRT STATION BERTH 3, every 30 minutes from 11: 30 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, and 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. Take the handy shuttle as parking spaces are limited.
Save the Earth and bring your own grocery bags! Vendors were told to use less plastic.
They are working with the Young Entrepreneurs Association, Singapore to host 12 guest vendors from Indonesia and Thailand at the ASEAN pavilion. Check out what the regional partners have to offer!
Find out how you can support the local agricultural movement by stopping at the Singapore Young Farmers and Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) booths.
Want to enjoy a special Gutedama egg hunt? Head over Gardenasia’s Facebook page to register for Sunday’s hunt! Saturday’s is already full. You can also enjoy the Gudetama cafe in the countryside.
9. Michelin Street Food Festival 2018
The highly anticipated MICHELIN Guide Street Food Festival returns after the sell-out last year! The second edition of the event features a specially curated line-up of 15 establishments, featuring local street food favourites from Michelin-listed restaurants and hawker stalls from the MICHELIN Guide Singapore 2017.
New in the line-up for this year’s edition includes hugely popular Man Man Unagi with their signature Una-Don, local favourite New Ubin Seafood with their highly raved Heart Attack Fried Rice and one of Singapore’s few Peranakan restaurants, Blue Ginger with its popular Durian Chendol. Besides local hawker favourites, you can also get to enjoy creations from Michelin-starred restaurants such as Joël Robuchon Restaurant which will be creating two exquisite desserts and Song of India with their exciting selection of Naans paired with Butter Chicken. All participating establishments will be showcasing the dishes at value-for-money prices starting from $3!
Limited tickets are available. Book your tickets now and get to enjoy the street food favourites all in one place!
Venue: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Every ticket purchased admits ONE person. Free admission for children aged 6 and below.
Regular Entry: S$30
Enjoy S$30 worth of coupons to use at all stalls participating in the festival during the two-hour session. S$30 top-up is available at the event.
VIP ticket holders will be seated at VIP area and served a glass of welcome champagne, a portion of food from all stalls at the Street Food Festival and free flow beer, still and sparkling water.
1. Joël Robuchon Restaurant @ RWS (Awarded 3 Michelin stars)
2. The Song of India (Awarded 1 Michelin star)
3. Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle (Awarded 1 Michelin star)
4. A Noodle Story (Bib Gourmand)
5. Bismillah Biryani Restaurant (Bib Gourmand)
6. The Blue Ginger Restaurant (Bib Gourmand)
7. Man Man Unagi (Bib Gourmand)
8. New Ubin Seafood – Singapore (Bib Gourmand)
9. 168 CMY SATAY (Listed in MICHELIN guide Singapore 2017)
10. Char (Listed in MICHELIN guide Singapore 2017)
11. Haig Road Putu Piring (Listed in MICHELIN guide Singapore 2017)
12. KEK Seafood Alexandra (Listed in MICHELIN guide Singapore 2017)
13. MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining (Listed in MICHELIN guide Singapore 2017)
14. Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle (Listed in MICHELIN guide Singapore 2017)
15. Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Listed in MICHELIN guide Singapore 2017)
10. City65 Music Festival
Party all day long at CITY65 Music‘s 2nd Annual Music Festival, to live performances from Singapore’s trailblazing genre-smashing artistes.
A line-up of musicians made in Singapore, and damn proud of it.
From the internationally acclaimed JAWN, fresh off the summer festival circuit in Australia, to the avant-garde The Steve McQueens who’ve been dropping neo-vintage soul-funk in Japan, to rising star Lincoln Lim shooting into success on the back of his debut single, and old-school local looping legend Randolf Arriola, who has inspired us all.
Venue: Fort Canning Park, Fort Fate, Singapore
Time: 11:00 am to 10:30 pm
Visit here for more information on the programme line-up and ticketing.
11. The Analog Assembly
Venue: The Projector, 6001 Beach Road #05-00 Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589
Time: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Date: 31st March 2018
Gear up for a day of live DJ sets, high fidelity tunes on wax, and vinyl crate-digging through thousands of used and new records, as The Analog Assembly returns for its third reiteration this month at The Projector.
The vinyl buy/sell/trade fair, The X∆ (“The X-Change”), will commence at 2:00 pm, featuring thousands of vinyl records, CDs, cassettes and music magazines for sale.
Continuing from the success of past Assemblies (in 2015 and 2016), The Analog Assembly’s 3rd edition will play host to eclectic lineup of vendors made up of ardent analog music aficionados, stalwarts of the Singapore music scene, as well as renowned vinyl record retailers.
Meet vendors from music publications and local record labels, along with young and budding DJs and avid record collectors who will be trading vinyl records in a plethora of genres that reflect their unique personalities. A curated selection of established Singapore vinyl dealers including The Analog Vault, The Analog Room, For The Record, Surface Noise, and record label Ujikaji Records as well as books collector The Arkhivist will be putting up their own music collections for sale too.
As The X∆ commences at 2:00 pm, grab a coffee or drink at Intermission Bar – at The Projector and enjoy live DJ sets by Candy Says and Ramesh Krishnan.
This event is free!
From 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, The Analog Assembly will kick off with a live DJ set by Candy Says, formerly a part of indie collective 4imaginaryboys. The DJ twosome has played for music festivals, clubs and bars, and their often-dusted records cover alternative rock, indie electronica, shoegaze, folk, punk, post-punk, and the occasional Kanye.
Taking over the decks at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm., is Ramesh Krishnan, a true connoisseur of quality beats who not only shares his love for music through his own podcast – Meshradio, but has also earned the reputation as being one of the most respected and multifaceted DJs in Singapore. Having helmed residencies at many major clubs and throwing it down with the best in the world, and armed with a cache of rare tracks and floor fillers, witness him weave seamlessly through genres from jazz and boogie to tech house and even drum and bass with artistic ease.
About The Analog Assembly:
Based in Singapore, the Analog Assembly was established in 2015 as an organizer of pop-up events that aims to champion the analog music culture, and provide forums for the meeting of like-minded analog music aficionados.
About the venue:
The Projector revives two cinema halls and the 5th floor foyer of the historic Golden Theatre as an independent cinema and creative platform that brings together a great selection of films, one-of-a-kind events, versatile spaces and delectable fare. At the foyer, the Intermission Bar serves draft beer, wine, coffee, and a comprehensive menu of treats and snacks. The Great Escape, the always-happening outdoor bar located outside The Projector, next to the car park, has become home to crazy post-screening after parties.
12. Easter Vintage Champagne Brunch
Date: 1stApril 2018
Venue: Colony (Level Three)
Time: 12 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
Colony presents a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” themed vintage Champagne brunch extravaganza filled with Easter gourmet delights including gold braid eggs with avruga caviar and shaved parma ham infused with truffle, Easter pie with black forest ham and ricotta, baby lamb with Mediterranean herbs and green vegetables, and chocolate Easter eggs. Children can look forward to an Easter crafts station, and a special appearance by Willy Wonka.
Five lucky diners who find a “Golden Ticket” hidden within their Easter chocolate bar will stand to win exciting prizes such as an overnight staycation in a Deluxe Marina room inclusive of breakfast for two persons, or a 90-minute Relaxation Massage at The Ritz-Carlton Spa.
SGD 468 per adult (includes unlimited pours of Dom Pérignon)
SGD 228 per adult (includes unlimited pours of Möet and Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc 2008 and Rosé 2008, an Easter-themed mocktail and house pour red/white wines)
SGD 99 per child (six to 12 years of age)*
SGD 49.50 per child (three to five years of age)*
*Includes unlimited pours of soft drinks and fruit flavoured sparkling mineral water
Pre-payment is required.
13. Easter in the Park: Fairies & Pixies
The annual Easter in the Park event at Hotel Fort Canning returns this April with an exciting line-up of activities for the whole family. Look forward to an afternoon of fun and games including the Pixies Easter Egg Dash, Enchanted Garden Piñata Bonanza, bouncy castle and a best-dressed fairy and pixie contest.
Dig into the scrumptious Easter buffet spread, complete with a kids’ buffet station in the Grand Marquee. Prepared by Hotel Fort Canning’s Executive Chef Tan, menu highlights include fresh live tiger prawns, mussels and ground masala spice wagyu beef meat balls. Vegetarians also have a variety of options, including roasted church-Style American pumpkin and potatoes and baked Easter zucchini, onion, carrots and corn. After your mains, head to the dessert bar and indulge in tasty treats such as Easter bunny cookies, bread and butter with raisin pudding. Little ones have their very own kids’ station which will serve delightful favourites such as mini pizzas, chicken nuggets and penne with tomato sauce.
Date: 1st April 2018
Time: 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
Their resident rabbit is back and needs your help in making this Easter a fun filled day! Come help Harey Houdini and partake in egg-citing activities at our Easter Sunday Special.
All activities are free! Limited slots available, sign up now at here.
15. Straits Family Sunday: Easter Sunday
Find bunnies and other interesting animals in the galleries during an interactive guided tour. Dress up in your Easter best, or don a sarong kebaya or batik shirt with the whole family. And don’t miss the chance to create your own artwork to bring home.
16. Violah! French Festival Singapore 2018
The annual French festival returns for its fourth edition, featuring the best of French culture, creativity and innovation. Events take place islandwide. There will be film screening events, art exhibitions, music performances and more. Keep up-to-date with the festival’s entire programme on its website.
17. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Check out the premiere video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8DiryB7OzA
For the first time in Singapore, the National Theatre will be staging its Olivier and Tony Award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, jointly presented by Singapore Repertory Theatre and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.
Together with Kim Pearce, Resident Director of Curious, there will be a series of workshops that aim to deepen your knowledge and appreciation of Simon Stephen’s award-winning play.
Tickets and showtimes, along with the programme booklet can be found here.
Come celebrate all things Vietnamese with Music@Empress. The music gig under the stars returns this month to feature the likes of fusion pop acoustic group 16s Band and a special Dan Da performance by Thao.
Date: 31st March 2018
Venue: Empress Lawn
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
This event is free! Like their Facebook page for the latest updates!
19. Under Armour’s Test of Will Urban Fitness Challenge: Push Your Limits of Strength, Endurance and Determination
Under Armour’s Test of Will is a distinctively modern, uniquely urban fitness challenge for the large community of advanced athletes, high achievers and aspirants across Asia who are driven to succeed and push their limits.
Test of Will celebrates human performance, functional fitness and the training lifestyle. Participants will push the outer limits of strength, endurance and determination as they test themselves against their peers and the best athletes in Asia.
To sign up, head Testofwill.com,
Fee: $20 registration fee
Date: 7th April 2018 and 8th April 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Venue: Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City
The competition is built around a 4 minute circuit consisting of 4 functional exercises designed to challenge your strength, endurance and power. Each exercise will be done for 1 minute followed by a 20 second rest period before moving on to the next exercise. Points are scored for each of the exercises.
- Over Under
- Deadball Squats (20kg for men, 12kg for women)
- Kettlebell Farmers Walk (28kg for men, 20kg for women)
- Bear Crawl
Each participant will have their own judge to count and record the good reps that they complete.
For the first time, Test of Will 2018 will include 3 age categories:
- 18 – 34 years old
- 35 – 44 years old
- 45 years and above
The workout exercises will stay the same across all age categories.
Why Should I Sign Up?
Everyone who registers for Test of Will 2018 wil receive an exclusive Under Armour TOW 2018 T-shirt (pictured below) along with other great prizes from our sponsors. Sizing guide for the TOW 2018 T-shirt can be found at www.underarmour.com.sg/en-sg/size-fit-guide.
In addition, the top 3 male & female participants from each age category will be awarded a limited edition #TestofWill2018 medal in place of a regional finale. The overall highest scoring male and female participants in each country will receive a cash prize of SGD 1,288 on top of other prizes.
8 New Year’s Eve Celebrations to end 2018 in Singapore
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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!
Address: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Time: 7PM – 1AM
Ticketing Price: Free
5. New Year Countdown Celebration at 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
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
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
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)
C3 AFA 2018: A taste of Akihabara in Singapore
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!
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.
My favourite part of AFA though, was undoubtedly the food. It was like a taste of Japan without actually flying there!
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.
What to expect at C3 Anime Festival Asia 2018
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.
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.
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.