Still think the nineties produced the best Britpop tunes? Well, on this night you can routinely mosh, grind and maybe even do a running man to all your nineties heroes including Blur, Oasis, Pulp, Placebo, Dubstar, Garbage, Ash, Elastica and many more! It’s going to be a nostalgic evening dedicated to kick ass Britpop from the nineties!
Singapore’s biggest Lunar New Year event comes in the form of a 10-day extravaganza of lights, sights, and sounds. Usher in the Year of the Rat with special choreographed fireworks, interactive exhibits and intricate handmade lanterns. And be sure to try the authentic taste of local traditional bites from the different Chinese dialect groups here. Free admission.
23 January to 1 February
2 pm to 11 pm
The Float @ Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Ave, 039805
Are you spontaneous and living on the edge? Are you habitually unprepared but excited about the possibilities on the other side? Bring your most out-there ideas – sing a song about nowhere, show the poems you’re sure are your most deranged (and brilliant!) or act out the scenarios that can only be devised in the moment at this popular open mic session designed as a platform to test your original material. $6 at the door and sign up here if you’d like to participate.
Destination: Ink – The Open Open Mic presents: Improvisation
8 pm to 11.30 pm
Miss Chinatown, People’s Park Complex #06-01/02, 1 Park Road, 059108
Celebrated on January 26 yearly, Australia Day marks the country’s National Day. Join in on the fun in Singapore from our curated list of events:
- Mikkeller Social Night: Australia Day Pub Quiz
- Snags & Schooners: Australia Day Party
- Singapore Pub Crawl – Australia Day
- Australia Day Poolside BBQ
- Smack My Beach Up: Australia Day 2020
- 1-Altitude Presents Aussie Day
- Camp Brew: Australia Day with 4 Pines
- Australia Day at BQ Bar
- Australia Day at Little Creatures
Check out the full list here.
Australia Day celebrations in Singapore
23 to 26 January
Usher in the Year of the Rat with live performances and a rousing countdown celebration with local artistes in the heart of Chinatown. Be entertained by the lively performances including a medley of festive songs, skits and interactive games. The countdown party culminates with rousing firecrackers and what’s a new year celebration without a spectacular display of fireworks?
No plans on the eve of Chinese New Year? Head over to the heartlands and enjoy an auspiciously delicious menu inspired by Chef Chris’ childhood as he reminisces with recipes cooked lovingly by his Por Por (Grandma). From Penang favourites, to Hakka delights, to Mongolian cuisine, this private dining experience is your chance to relish a Chinese New Year tradition Singapore. Tickets at $118.
Foodies, it’s time to get your grub on at Makan By The Bay — cited to be the biggest outdoor halal food and shopping festival. Sink your teeth into tasty eats from the Famous Satay Burger, House of Lobster, Ministry of Wings and more! There’ll also be celebrities from Singapore and Malaysia performing the event. Free admission.
Makan By The Bay
24 to 26 January
2 pm to 10 pm
Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Avenue, 018970
Join The Opera People (featuring soprano Ng Jingyun and conductor Lien Boon Hua) in a special performance of Luciano Berio’s Folksongs at the National Gallery. Experience how Berio created a contemporary voice for these traditional and popular songs from countries as far-ranging as Armenia, Occitan in France, Azerbaijan and the United States.
Kick off the long weekend with a dazzling celebration of afro and afro-inspired music with DJ Bishop from Lagos, Nigeria — alongside DJ K and DJ YeongAra. Special guest Soul and Gospel singer Ibiyemi will be making an appearance, and the best dressed guest of the evening will be rewarded with a prize! The dress code? Afro Bling. Entry from $10 at the door.
Ladies, join the Amazing Trekkers Club (a mountaineering community tailored for women in Singapore passionate about trekking) for a special Chinese New Year hike on Pulau Ubin! Starting from the west, you’ll walk to reach Puaka Hill — the highest point on the island for a breathtaking view of an old quarry, known as Ubin Quarry. Then you’ll continue the walk to the east to Chek Jawa Wetlands and walk around the Mangrove and Coastal Boardwalks. Tickets at $15 adults, $10 for students and children (boys and girls are welcomed).
The Istana, the official residence of the President of Singapore, is holding its first Open House of 2020 on the second day of Chinese New Year! Performances will be held on the Istana grounds and you can tour selected function rooms to have a peek at the special gifts presented to Singapore’s Presidents and Prime Ministers over the years. Volunteers will also be conducting guided tours at the venue. $2 at the door, free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.
This Chinese New Year long weekend, be treated to a soundtrack that traverses the global dance music spectrum — from Afrobeat to Asian funk, Brazilian boogie, Chicago house and more. Plus, you’ll be dancing among large-scale art installations (presented by the Singapore Arts Club) at a former ship repairs factory! Tickets at $25.
Want more? Check out other Singapore events happening in January!
By Muneerah Bee, January 2020 / Photos: respective events and Facebook
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