In the blink of an eye, it’s once again the start of a brand new year. If you are still in a merry mood after last month’s year-end festivities, you will have reason to rejoice as Chinese New Year falls on January 25 this year. Whether you are gearing up for the celebrations or simply anticipating the long weekend, you will find a variety of things to do this month from attending amazing concerts to doing your part for the environment. Here are the best events happening in Singapore this January.
Jay Chou Carnival World Tour
If you are a fan of Jay Chou, don’t miss out on starting the new year with the King of Mandopop. His 8th world tour will celebrate his 20-year career which began in 2000 after he released his debut album Jay. Previously having only performed single shows in Singapore, he will be performing two nights at the National Stadium for the first time. As further testimony to his enduring popularity, Jay is once again the most-streamed artiste in Singapore in 2019, a feat which he also achieved in 2018. With 14 albums to his name, fans can look forward to seeing him perform past and current hits from his repertoire of more than 150 songs. It will truly be a great start to 2020. Tickets start from $198 (excluding booking fee).
Eric Nam Before We Begin Asia Tour 2020
Korean-American singer Eric Nam is no stranger to Singapore. He starred in Viu’s original production No Sleep No FOMO where he went ghost-hunting in Labrador Park and scavenger-hunting at Mustafa Centre. He also hosted K-pop event HallyuPopFest in 2018. This time round, Eric will be back in town for his world tour titled after his latest album Before We Begin. His first all-English project, the songs draws inspiration from his life and experiences with lyrics that reflect on relationships and his journey as an artiste. General entry tickets are priced at $80, early entry tickets at $120 and VIP tickets at $230 (excluding booking fees). VIP benefits include admission to a Meet & Greet event, photo-taking session and one exclusive signed merch item.
Jan 11, 8pm, at The Pavilion at Far East Square. Tickets are available via his official website.
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Singapore Art Week
Get ready for art to take over the city as Singapore Art Week brings interesting exhibitions, art installations, and lifestyle events to the public. With over 100 events taking place at various venues ranging from art precincts and museums to family-friendly neighbourhood community centres and SAFRA clubs, there is something for everyone. You can immerse yourself in the richness of Little India’s heritage at ARTWALK Little India where you can participate in activities such as walking tours, interactive workshops and drama performances, or head down to Art After Dark X Singapore Art Week 2020 at Gillman Barracks to enjoy stimulating visual art and electrifying live music.
From Jan 11 to 19, at multiple locations. Visit here for more information. Image: Singapore Art Week
Light To Night Festival
As part of the Singapore Art Week, the Civic District will transform into a creative space with spectacular art installations during the Light To Night Festival. This year’s programme line-up revolves around the theme Invisible Cities, and features amazing art and exciting activities across iconic cultural institutions in the district such as The Arts House and Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall. If you are a fan of escape rooms, the National Gallery Singapore will be holding its first large-scale Escape Game where you will have to solve a decades-old mystery by investigating secrets in the Gallery’s Supreme Court Wing. You can get tickets for the escape game here. On the weekends, the roads in the Civic District will be closed to create a food street where visitors can catch live performances while enjoying yummy bites.
From Jan 10 to 19, at multiple locations in the Civic District. Visit here for more information.
Image: National Gallery Singapore
Lewis Capaldi Live in Singapore
Do you have the song Someone You Loved in your most-played list this year? You can get the chance to see it performed live when Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi comes to Singapore for the first time. The breakthrough soulful single charted in more than 29 countries all over the world, stayed at number one in the U.K for seven weeks, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart in the United States. His raw and powerful vocals together with his introspective songwriting have captivated legions of fans, and his debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent became a best-seller in the U.K. and achieved Gold status within two weeks of its release. Tickets to the gig are no longer available, but if you are one of the lucky ones who have already gotten their tickets to see him, you will be in for quite a show.
Jan 11, 8pm, at Capitol Theatre. Tickets are available via APACTix.
Image: Lushington Entertainments Singapore
Besides extravagant floats and dazzling displays of lights, lasers, pyrotechnics and fireworks at this year’s Chingay Parade, you can also expect new and unusual elements such as remote-controlled LED flying dragons and male pole dancers. The annual street parade, which has the theme of Colours in Harmony this year, is a celebration of the different and diverse communities in Singapore. It will showcase multi-ethnic cultural performances by local and international acts in eye-catching costumes as well as present a new take on traditional art forms with stilt walkers being joined by performers bouncing on sky runners. Tickets start from $28.50 for non-Passion card holders and $22.80 for Passion card holders (excluding booking fees).
From Jan 31 to Feb, at F1 Pit Building. Tickets are available via APACTix.
Image: Chingay Parade Singapore
Bon Iver – Live in Singapore
The American indie folk band will be returning to Singapore to enthral audiences with their captivating music after their sold-out show in 2016. Fronted by gifted songwriter Justin Vernon, the band won Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for their album Bon Iver in 2012 which produced critically acclaimed single Holocene. Fans can expect to hear them perform new music from their latest album i,i, which has been nominated for Album of the Year, and single Hey, Ma which has been nominated for Record of the Year in the upcoming Grammy Awards. Tickets start from $89 (excluding booking fee).
Jan 17, 8pm, at The Star Theatre. Tickets are available via Sistic.
New Year Coastal Clean Up
If you are thinking of starting your year by doing something meaningful, why not join Seven Clean Seas, a local community beach cleanup group, for a cleanup session at Sembawang? They aim to remove plastic from the marine environment and has removed over 50,000kg of ocean plastic from Singapore’s coastlines alone. A little effort goes a long way and every plastic that is removed helps to reduce marine pollution and conserve bird and marine life.
Jan 5, 1:30pm, at PAssion WaVe@Sembawang, 60 Jalan Mempurong, Singapore 759058. Visit here for more information.
Image: Seven Clean Seas
Of Monsters and Men Fever Dream Tour
After last performing here to a full house at The Coliseum at Hard Rock Singapore in 2016, Icelandic indie folk/pop band Of Monsters and Men will be back here for their latest tour. It is named after their newest album Fever Dream which features hit singles Alligator and Wild Roses. Formed in 2010, their debut album My Head is an Animal was an immediate success and catchy lead single Little Talks gave them international success, with both reaching Platinum status in the United States. Their music has been featured on official soundtracks of franchises such as The Hunger Games and The Walking Dead, and the band members have even made cameo appearances in Game of Thrones. Standard tickets are priced at $108 while VIP tickets go for $188 (excluding booking fees).
Jan 18, 7pm, at Fort Canning Park. Tickets are available here.
Image: Of Monsters and Men’s Instagram
Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations
If you are looking to get into the festive mood for Chinese New Year, Chinatown is the place to be. Take photos of the Street Light-up which will feature handmade sculptured lanterns of this year’s Zodiac animal, the Rat along with the other 11 animals in the Chinese Zodiac, shop for everything from New Year goodies to decorations and clothing at the Festive Street Bazaar, or watch with bated breath as esteemed lion dance troupes show off their skills and perform stunts while battling it out in the annual lion dance competition. On the eve of Chinese New Year, countdown with Mediacorp artistes as they perform rousing medleys of festive songs, skits and interactive games, and usher in the Year of the Rat with firecrackers and a spectacular fireworks display.
From Jan 4 to Feb 22, at Chinatown. Visit here for more information.
Image: Chinatown Festivals
BOWS Wedding Show
Planning for a wedding but have no idea where to start with your preparations? You might want to pay a visit to Singapore’s largest outdoor wedding show, BOWS (Blissful Outdoor Wedding Show) where you can shop for all your wedding needs under one roof. Check out vendor booths from bridal boutiques, photographers and videographers, venues and other wedding essential and you might even end up snagging some great deals . To sweeten the deal, couples who pay deposits upfront at the show stand a chance to win cash rebates, with a total of $50,000 worth of rebates to be given away. Terms and conditions apply.
From Jan 3 to 5, at 11 Rochor Canal Road. Visit here for more information.
Image: Blissful Brides Magazine’s Instagram
River HongBao 2020
Head down with friends and family to soak in the festive atmosphere at this extravagant Chinese New Year event. There will be daily firework displays lighting up the Marina Bay skyline and plenty of photo ops with more than 20 elaborate lantern displays throughout the venue. Learn about the history of Hongbaos or red packets at an exhibition which showcases hundreds of unique designs, and catch different performances by local and overseas acts every night. If you are feeling peckish, grab a bite from the street food stalls offering yummy delights. There will also be carnival rides and games providing fun for the whole family.
From Jan 23 to Feb 1, at The Float @ Marina Bay. Visit here for more information.
Image: River HongBao
M1 Singapore Fringe Festival
This year’s theme for the annual festival of theatre and mixed art is My Country and My People, which is named after Singaporean poet Anne Lee Tzu Pheng’s iconic 1976 poem. Festival goers can catch theatre and dance performances, or immerse themselves in interactive works that all seek to explore this theme and question what unites a country and if it comes at a cost.
From Jan 8 to 19, at multiple locations. Visit here for more information. Image: M1 Singapore Fringe Festival