As Singapore’s annual pinnacle performing arts festival, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) presents captivating and diverse works across theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts. First launched as the Singapore Festival of Arts in 1977, the festival has gone through several evolutions and inspired generations of arts lovers and practitioners. Today, the highly-anticipated festival is a high-point on Singapore’s arts and cultural calendar.
Under the helm of Festival Director Gaurav Kripalani from 2018–2020, SIFA continues its festival mission to champion the creation and presentation of Singaporean and international works. At SIFA 2019, The Arts House will once again be transformed into the Festival House. With meaningful engagement opportunities from artists talks, workshops, discussions and the festival bar—House Pour, the Festival House breaks down the walls between artists and audiences to create unique experiences and inspiring artistic encounters.
Culture Cartel is a consumer trade show that highlights the best of Asian street culture in different aspects like art, toys, tattoo, and fashion. These elements will be featured through brands and retail shows, art exhibitions, installations, and more. Other highlights include live talks and panel discussions, workshops, live performances, and bike circuit.
The Affordable Art Fair, the leading showcase for affordable contemporary art, returns from 16 – 18 November 2018. All set to turn the city pink for it’s ninth Autumn Edition, the fair will be offering a fresh plethora of local, regional and international talents featuring 80 galleries.
To be held at the F1 Pit Building, the Affordable Art Fair will showcase a wide range of contemporary art all priced between $100 to $15,000 with 75% of the art offered at under $7,500.
Offering hands on advice, and educational guidance to all newbie art lovers as well as established art collectors; the Affordable Art Fair is defined by making art accessible and as welcoming as possible, and ensuring that everyone can fall in love with art.
“Coming Together As One Through Art” is a series of four pop-up art installations by the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) to raise awareness about the societal issues of yesteryear that continue to exist today and to showcase the impact when people in the community band together for a common goal.
The first in this pop-up art installation series looks at the topic of money and the social issues related to it, such as moneylending and financial inclusion. Visitors can also find ‘instagrammable’ moments from the mirror room to the exterior façade.
Through imaginative art installations and audio stories, it aims to get people to ponder on this societal topic while discovering more about the history of one of the earliest community self-help organisations that emerged in Singapore – credit co-operatives, which were formed nearly a century ago to provide affordable financial solutions for the people and they continue to serve people’s needs today.
On weekends, there will also be fun activities including a lucky draw!
Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2018 (STGCC) is celebrating their 10th anniversary on 8 & 9 September, 2018. This is expected to be their biggest event that brings together the best of East and West pop culture. Participants can have fun while dressed as their favorite superhero or video game character!
The Championships of Cosplay is one of the highlights of STGCC. The winner will represent Singapore at the Crown Championships of Cosplay finals at C2E2 2019 in Chicago, USA.
Kids will have their time to shine at the Kids’ Cosplay Parade! Your child can come as a princess, warrior, superhero, or villain! The Kids’ Cosplay Parade is open to kids aged 5 to 12 years old. No registration fees needed!
Modern and Beyond is an annual exhibition showcasing artworks from the Modern Art Society Singapore aimed at educating and heightening the public appreciation of modern art. With over 53 members, the MASS is one of Singapore’s most established art associations with prolific artists such as Baet Yeok Kuan, Lim Choon Jin, Goh Beng Kwan, Lim Poh Teck, Leo Hee Tong, Yeo Siak Goon and recent UOB Gold award recipient Abu Jalal Sarimon in their ranks. In addition to the art showcase, the exhibition will feature live art demonstrations by members of the MASS over two weekends to evoke dialogues between fellow artists and the community.
Singapore Dance Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary with the most compelling and exquisite works at Esplanade Theatre on 27 and 28 July .
This special event will present four works: Timothy Harbour’s world premiere which is created especially for SDT’s 30th anniversary, the company premiere of Nils Christe’s SYNC (created for The Washington Ballet), as well as Choo-San Goh’s Double Contrasts and Configurations pas de deux.
More than a stunning repertory set to stage, this performance is a celebration of milestones, memories, and moments! This will be a wonderfully treasured weekend for the company, its loyal supporters, donors, and friends.
Singapore Theatre Festival is a thrilling theatrical event in which contemporary Singaporean theatre is celebrated through new and original local works.
Since 2006, Singapore Theatre Festival has presented 33 productions in collaboration with local theatre companies and artists. The festival takes pride in working with undiscovered, emerging and established playwrights like Alfian Sa’at, Eleanor Wong, Huzir Sulaiman, Chong Tze Chien, Ovidia Yu, Joel Tan, and Thomas Lim to bring the very best of Singapore theatre to more audience.
- Press Gang: S$50 – S$75
- Supervision: S$50
- Building a Character: S$45
- When the Cold Wind Blows: S$45
- F.E.: S$45
- One Metre Square: Voices from Sungei Road: S$50 – S$75
- Faghag: S$50
- An Actress Prepares: S$45
Ultra is a major outdoor music festival that is held annually in over 20 countries around the world. The festival was founded in 1999 by Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes in Miami, Florida. From the USA, the festival expanded to other countries including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, South Korea, South Africa, Japan, Indonesia, Spain, Croatia, and Colombia.
The Ultra music festival was first held in Singapore for one night as Road to Ultra during the Formula One race weekend in 2015. Ultra returned in 2016 as a two-day music festival which is now known as Ultra Singapore.
Ultra Singapore 2018 features 3 stages: The Main Stage, the Live Stage, and the Resistance Stage, and the biggest names in EDM for adults aged 18 years old and older to enjoy a full 2-day party.
‘Logic Chromatic’ is the first major solo show by Soph O investigating the push and pull between the natural organic world and our constructed, man-made realities.
The new body of work presented draws reference from the artist’s constant preoccupation with her own psychological and physical displacement, inviting dialogue around the themes of lived vs. imagined realities, the notion of ‘unnatural nature’ as well as evolutionary dislocation.
Soph O explores these themes through her experimentation with form, materials and processes, creating an immersive show of paintings, illustrations, works on wood and site-specific installations.
Soph O is a Singaporean visual artist who collects and draws imagery that borders between the mundane and extraordinary. Her practice revolves around capturing transient moments and everyday stories translated through the notion of repetition, reiteration and recurrence onto drawings, paintings, digital illustrations, installations and murals.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts, New Zealand in 2010 and has explored various forms of her work in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, London, Ireland, Belgium, Austria, France, Spain and Mexico.
StoryFest 2018 is an international storytelling festival held in Singapore for the second year in a row. The event features various performances with the following highlights: “Beowulf” by The Telling Theatre, “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives” by Maimouna Jallow, and “The Illusion of Truth” by Mara Menzies.
Performances that are suitable for family audience include “Legend of the Nordic Gods” by Jesper la Cour Andersen of Denmark, Magic, “Mystery & Mayhem!” by Mara Menzies of Kenya, and “Story! Story! Story Come!” by Maimouna Jallow of Nairobi.
There are also workshops and master classes for aspiring storytellers. Free activities like Story Cloth Making and the Story House, which encourage story sharing, listening, and conversations, are just perfect for kids.
Singapore International Festival of Arts 2018 is the 41st edition of this annual event. It began in 1977 as a biennial event that showcased of the vibrant art forms found within Singapore’s diverse communities. This year’s festival is staged under a new Festival Director, Gaurav Kripalani, who is introducing the S$10 front row tickets for students, among other new policies.
For three weekends, audiences can choose from various showcases in music, dance, literary arts, and visual art, across more than 10 performance spaces.
Among the highlights of Singapore International Festival of Arts 2018 is the Southeast Asian Premiere of George Orwell’s “1984”. This stage adaptation of the literary classic was created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan. “1984” is a Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production, presented by Singapore International Festival of Arts, GWB Entertainment in association with State Theatre Company of South Australia.
Click HERE for the full list of programs.
- Festival House
- Esplanade Theatre
- Empress Lawn
- Victoria Theatre
- Victoria Concert Hall
- SOTA Studio Theatre
- SOTA Drama Theatre
- Armenian Church
- KC Arts Centre
- The Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts is an annual cultural festival in Singapore that celebrates its multi-cultural heritage. The event coincides with the Lunar New Year and for two weekends, Chinese artists from different genres showcase their talent.
This year, “I Came at Last to the Seas” headlines the festival. It is a stage play that tackles Chinese diaspora, the impact of displacement, and the six roots of sensation in Buddhist philosophy. Top local actors will work together with those from Hong Kong and mainland China to bring this theatre show to you.
Kick off the Lunar New Year celebration with the 11th International Lion Dance Competition! Drown in the rhythmic beat of the drums and witness the amazing stunts by competitors from Singapore and Asia Pacific. This annual event is one of the top crowd drawers in Chinatown every Chinese New Year so don’t miss it!
Imagine a series of performances and art installations against the backdrop of Marina Bay. That’s what Let’s Walk is all about. It is a modern take on art and performance which was started by Singaporean artist, Amanda Heng. In 2018, Let’s Walk will be adopted as the theme for the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. Amanda Heng will conduct a Walking Workshop with art and design students from different institutions. The public is free to join the walk which will begin at The Substation and end at Merlion Park.
The week-long SVBC event will culminate with a celebratory concert with the Vienna Boys Choir. The singing group is considered to be the youngest ambassadors of Vienna, serenading the world with their angelic voices. Singaporeans will get a chance to interact and learn from the Vienna Boys Choir during SVBC Week and hear them sing at the finale concert. The choir will be accompanied by the Kids’ Philharmonic Orchestra.
Affordable Art Fair returns to Singapore this November! Products from Urban Uprising, You Hong Gallery, Galerie Envie D’Art, Cascade Art Space, Tay Gallery, The Cat Street Gallery, Yinogo Contemporary Art etc. will be showcased in over 65 galleries. The display has everything from traditional ink painting, abstract canvases, stunning sculpture, editioned prints to eye-catching photography for you to enjoy.
Yamaha Music brings back the Asia-Pacific Electone Festival this October at the Capitol Theatre in Singapore. 23 contestants from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand will compete for a chance to attend the Yamaha Electone Concours Final in Japan this December.
The first Electone Festival was held in Japan in 1964 and was originally named All Japan Electone Concours. It became an international competition in 1974 and was later renamed to its current festival name.
Singapore Night Festival is now celebrating its 10th year of bringing together the best in music, culture, and art in the heart of Singapore’s art and museum district. Choose from a variety of performances which include music, dance, improv theatre, and magic, among others. This annual festival is presented by the National Heritage Board.
Films at the Fort is presented by Chile’s top wine brand, Casillero del Diablo. Film enthusiasts can enjoy award-winning masterpieces in an open-air cinema setting with gourmet food and wine. Film lineup includes classics like “Grease”, “Thelma & Louise”, and “Life is Beautiful”. Catch this year’s Oscar Best Picture Winner, “Moonlight”, on August 1, 2017.