We’re just a week into the new year and there are already a lot of exciting events coming up for the rest of January. From K-pop concerts (BTS! Taeyeon!) to exhibitions, here are fun events you can attend with your family, friends or bae. Scroll through the gallery to start marking your calendar.
‘s… Taeyeon Solo Concert, Singapore Expo Hall 1 — Jan 12
K-pop stars rejoice! Taeyeon, South Korean singer and leader of the iconic K-pop girl group, Girls’ Generation, will be landing in Singapore for a live solo concert this January — marking this the first time she is here as a solo act. We can’t wait for this soprano powerhouse to make use of her impressive two-octaves and five-notes vocal range to belt out some of her top singles, such as I (2015), Rain (2016) and Fine (2017). Tickets are priced from $148 to $228. Get yours from Sistic.
Lucy Liu and Shubigi Rao: Unhomed Belongings, National Museum of Singapore — Jan 12 to Feb 24
You probably know her for her roles in the Charlie’s Angels films and television show Elementary, but Lucy Liu has another side to her as well — that of an artist. The Asian American actress will be in town to hold an art exhibition with Singaporean artist Shubigi Rao. Co-presented by the National Museum of Singapore and The Ryan Foundation, Unhomed Belongings will feature works such as Lost And Found, an installation of discarded objects which Liu picked up in her travels and has hidden in around 200 hand-made books, as well as Rao’s “tongue-in-cheek” installations which include, in her own description, “creating archaeological archives of garbage” and “writing How To manuals for building a nation and a culture from scratch”. Admission is free. Visit here for more information.
Mind(less) Wilderness, Miaja Gallery — Jan 17 to Mar 1
The human brain has huge potential for renewal and growth. Singapore-based artist Nandita Mukand seeks to explore this phenomenon in her solo exhibition at Miaja Gallery, which is part of Singapore Art Week. Titled Mind(less) Wilderness, the artist makes use of plants to demonstrate human psyche, pondering over how plants effortlessly adapt to a variety of environmental conditions, similar to humans adapting to their circumstances. However, she observes how familiar thought patterns can often form restrictive webs and restrict true potential. Admission for this exhibition is free. Visit here for more information.
‘11’: A Performance Piece by Dawn Ng, Telok Ayer Arts Club — Jan 17, 24, 31 and Feb 14
This January, Telok Ayer Arts Club will be teaming up with artist Dawn Ng to present an experiential performance piece that takes its cue from the themes of affinity and human relationships, as well as the rhythm and pulse of city life. Titled ‘11’, this performance will see 11 pairs of strangers in 11 intriguing storylines of city life, with each depicting interactions that comprise truth, hope, humour, vulnerability, loss and longing. Admission costs $48 per person, which includes a welcome cocktail. Drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get your tickets.
Angela Zhang Journey World Tour 2019, Singapore Expo — Jan 19
Taiwanese Mandopop singer Angela Zhang is back in Singapore with another mesmerising concert after three years. Expect her to wow the crowds with her impressive vocals as she croons some of her all-time top charting classics, like My Lost Happiness (2004), Aurora (2004) and Invisible Wings (2006). The best part? This concert falls on her birthday, so you would literally be her birthday gift. How memorable. Tickets are from $108 to $238. Click here to get them now.
BTS World Tour ‘Love Yourself’ Singapore, National Stadium — Jan 19
Though tickets are sold out, it’s worth mentioning that one of the most iconic K-pop boy bands, BTS, will be taking Singapore by storm with their Love Yourself World Tour this January. If you’re a fan and managed to get your seats (lucky you!), be prepared to be charmed by some of their hits, such as Blood Sweat & Tears (2016), Spring Day (2017) and Fake Love (2018). Who knows, organisers might release more tickets? Here’s hoping. Visit Apactix for more information.
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Colours of India, Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre — Jan 24 to 27
Known for being one of the largest shopping and entertainment extravaganzas in Singapore, the Singapore International Indian Expo is back for its 9th edition with Colours of India. Expect a wide variety of activities, entertainment and promotions at this vibrant four-day long event, such as dance performances and booths selling jewellery, traditional costumes and more. Admission is free. Visit their website for more information.
Spartan Race, National Stadium @ Singapore Sports Hub — Jan 26
Listen up, fitness aficionados. Challenge yourself with the Spartan Race, known to be the world’s best obstacle race course. Specially designed to pull you out of your comfort zone, this race isn’t your everyday marathon — you’re expected to push your limits with stadion-like activities, such as running, climbing, crawling through walls, terrain and other challenging obstacles. Ticket prices start from $158 to $175, and finishers will receive a medal, a trifecta medal edge piece, a race t-shirt, a sling bag, a cap and free professional photos. Click here for more information.
Psyche! By Australia’s Top Mentalist and Mind Reader, Capitol Theatre — Jan 26
Known for receiving a standing ovation from the audience and judges for his thrilling water tank escape in 2008’s Australia’s Got Talent, Phoenix is coming to Singapore to blow your socks off with a mind-boggling award-winning live show. Called ‘Psyche!’, this performance uses micro-expression training, psychological tricks, body language reading, lie detection and visual effects to trick your minds. Also, you’ll be treated with his astonishing water escape that will come with spectacular finale at the end of the show. Tickets are from $48 to $140 (VIP) for adults and from $40.80 to $119 (VIP) for children. Visit Apactix to get them now.
Sean Kingston Exclusive Showcase, Bang Bang Singapore — Jan 26
Unless you live under a rock, you must have, at one time, jived to the infectious ditty of Beautiful Girls (2007), sung by Jamaican-American reggae singer and songwriter, Sean Kingston. You’ll now be able to hear this song live, as Kingston is making a special guest appearance at nightclub Bang Bang this January for an exclusive showcase. Expect other tunes such as Fire Burning (2009) from his second studio album at this one-night-only event. Ticket sales at door costs $45. If you’d wish to make table reservations, limited advance tickets will be available here. Do take note that entry is strictly before 12.30am for online ticket holders.
Image: Bang Bang
iLight Singapore Bicentennial Edition, Several Locations — Jan 28 to Feb 24
Returning for its Bicentennial Edition, iLight Singapore will feature sustainable light art installations that are curated to the theme ‘Bridges of Time’, where it invites artists and audience to reflect on Singapore’s history, growth, and her connection with the world in the last 700 years. This year, the art festival will expand its locations, from the original Marina Bay vicinity to include the Civic District, Singapore River, as well as the Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning. Admission to this spectacular art festival is free. Visit their website for more information.
Image: iLight Singapore’s Instagram