March 2018 SG Arts Events Guide

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It's the song you sing in the shower, the snapshot you took at the café, and the cup of coffee you drink to get the day started.

Art. It’s all around you—and its presence is especially apparent in Singapore this March.

Here’s the lowdown on Singapore’s best arts events this month—including a festival to celebrate Singapore’s literature scene, a street party and a free concert in the park!

iLight


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See the city in a new light as the installations of iLight 2018 paint the town with vibrant hues! Among this year’s 22 installations include showcases by artists from 14 countries, including Singapore.

Besides the installations, festival goers can also feed their tummies (and Instagram) at Gastrobeats, attend workshops and purchase original designs by over 50 makers from Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and Malaysia at the Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD), or just chill out to the live music at Illumi Bar—the LED pop-up cocktail bar made entirely out of reusable plastic tanks.

Discover the programmes available at iLight 2018 here.

Psst… if you’re in the Marina Bay area, also check out the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival—25,000 square metres of games, rides and food running through 1 April 2018!

 

When: 9 March - 1 April 2018, main event 7.30pm to 11pm (extended to 12am on Friday and Saturday nights)

Where: Marina Bay Waterfront

Getting There (By Bus): Board Bus 162 or 700 at Far East Plaza and alight at OUE Bayfront after 9 stops

Getting There (By Train): Raffles Place MRT Station, 4 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minutes walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel)


Arts in the Neighbourhood


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This March, the biannual Arts In Your Neighbourhood arts festival will be invading Singapore’s heartlands in Ang Mo Kio!

Held over three weekends, from 8 to 25 March, the festival will be bringing a spectrum of enriching arts experiences inspired by the heartlands to the heartlands! Interactive art installations in a nomadic art caravan, immersive theatre performances, film screenings, and photography trails inspired by the town’s history? Yes, please!

View the complete Arts in Your Neighbourhood March 2018 (Ang Mo Kio) programme booklet here.

Find out more about the Arts in Your Neighbourhood initiative here.

 

When: 8 - 25 March 2018, various timings

Where: Various venues in Ang Mo Kio

Getting There (By Train): Ang Mo Kio MRT Station, 6 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minutes walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel)


Singapore Design Week



We’ve got an old favourite back in town! Running from 5 -18 March, design enthusiasts and aficionados can look forward to a series of exciting activities littered all around Singapore! Here are some programmes and activities that caught our eye:

Bras Basah.Bugis Arts Sprawl

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In line with Singapore Design Week 2018, this special edition of the celebrated Bras Basah.Arts Sprawl takes on a design slant with a range of activities including workshops, fashion runway, live performances, film screenings, a flea market and more.

View the programme line-up here.

 

When: 16 and 17 March 2018 (Friday and Saturday), 4pm - 10pm

Where: Various venues along Queen Street

Getting There (By Bus): Board Bus 36, 36b, 77, 124, 162, 167, 171, 174, 190, 518 or 700 at “Orchard Stn / Tang Plaza” (Orchard Station / Tang Plaza) and alight at “Bencoolen Stn Exit B” (Bencoolen Station Exit B) after 4 stops

Getting There (By Train): Bugis MRT Station, 4 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minutes walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel)


District Design Dialogue Holland Village (DDD)

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Think themed house party—but 10 of them all at once. That’s what the District Design Dialogue Holland Village is all about.

Spread over nine days, 10 black-and-white terrace houses at Chip Bee Gardens will be transformed into an experiential platform where over 50 independent vendors from fashion, food, music and craft will showcase the best of local and international design—from a T-shirt exhibition by EYEYAH!, to a cookie and wine tasting workshop by Spatula & Whisk.

There’ll also be acoustic gig sessions and activities for the kids! So bring your whole family along!

 

When: 10 - 18 March 2018, Saturdays and Sundays, various timings (typically 12pm - 10pm)

Where: Various venues in Holland Village

Getting There (By Bus): Board Bus 7 or 77 at "Bef Orchard Stn Exit B" (Before Orchard Station Exit B) and alight at Holland Village after 11 stops

Getting There (By Train): Holland Village MRT Station, 10 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minutes walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel)


Urban Ventures Street Party - Vol. 9

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Look forward to a thrilling weekend of arts, music and culture as DJs, Drag Queens and local acts, take over Keong Saik Road at the Urban Ventures Street Party - Vol. 9!

Brought to you by LOPELAB, the same folks behind the Nomadic Art Caravan of the Arts in Your Neighbourhood initiative, this rain-or-shine street party will fill your day with a host of highlights including an AR photo booth, artisans market, and even a yoga class!

View the full line-up of events here!

 

When: 17 March 2018 (Saturday), 2pm - 10.30pm and 18 March 2018 (Sunday), 2pm - 12am

Where: Keong Saik Road

Getting There (By Bus): Board Bus 143 at Far East Plaza and alight at "New Bridge Ctr" (New Bridge Centre) after 8 stops

Getting There (By Train): Chinatown MRT Station, 4 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minutes walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel)

View the entire list of events going on during Singapore Design Week 2018 here.
 

Outdoor Concert at Singapore Botanic Gardens


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Bathe in the warmth of the setting sun and enjoy melodies of local acts, M1LDL1FE and Charlie Lim, at the quarterly NAC-ExxonMobil Concert in UNESCO World Heritage Site, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Pack along a picnic mat and some snacks and you’ve got your Sunday family day (or date) settled!

If you’re lucky, you may even make a new furry friend (some park-visitors like to bring their canine pals along to these outdoor events)!

 

When: 11 March 2018 (Sunday), 5pm - 6.30pm

Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens

Getting There: A short 10-minute bus ride or a slow 30-minute stroll from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel


Textures - A Weekend with Words


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If your form of paradise is the written word, you’ll be kept busy with Textures, The Arts House’ brand new festival that celebrates Singapore’s literary scene.

Featuring over 30 programmes from workshops, live performances, readings, panel discussions, exhibitions, to a bazaar where you can #BuySingLit, it’s safe to say Singapore’s bibliophiles will be verily occupied this weekend.

View the programme line-up here.

Download the festival booklet here.

 

When: 9 - 11 March 2018 (Friday - Sunday), various timings

Where: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

Getting There (By Bus): Board Bus 190 at Far East Plaza and alight at "High St Ctr" (High Street Centre) after 8 stops

Getting There (By Train): City Hall MRT Station, 3 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minutes walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel)


Ice Cream Sundays: Boogie at the Barracks


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Make Sundays great again with Ice Cream Sundays at Gillman Barracks! We’re talking great music, mouth-watering food, and immersive art exhibitions from 2pm - 10pm.

Spend your time exploring the immersive walk-through of Polish artist Marcin Dudek’s subcultural works inspired by the anxieties of the working class, dancing to the line-up of house, disco, funk and soul, or stuffing your faces at the popsicle, sausage and drink stands.

 

When: 11 March 2018 (Sunday), 2pm - 10pm

Where: Gillman Barracks

Getting There (By Bus): Board Bus 175 at "Bef Orchard Stn Exit B" (Before Orchard Station Exit B) and alight at "ISS Intl Sch" (ISS International School) after 15 stops

Getting There (By Train): Labrador Park MRT Station, 16 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minutes walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel


  
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