In just the blink of an eye, we are nearing the end of the year. Many of us are starting to unwind after a long year and looking forward to going for our hard-earned vacations. However, with the amount of exciting activities happening this month, we are pretty sure that you will have a great time right here in Singapore. Take your pick from epic concerts, enriching literary and film festivals, a large-scale outdoor flea market and much more. You might just wish that the month can be a little longer to have more time for everything! Here’s our round up of the best events happening in Singapore to check out this November.
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In this digital day and age, more and more people are getting more screen time at a younger age and Singaporeans are no exception. With one of the highest childhood myopia rates in the world, many parents are not aware that the progression of myopia can be slowed down by instilling good habits such as daily outdoor activities In order to encourage Singaporeans to be proactive about their eye health while also helping those in need, contact lens brand ACUVUE has kickstarted the #Sight4More campaign. For every eye health check done at a participating optical store, ACUVUE will give free eye checks and school-based eye health education to four children in underprivileged communities throughout Southeast Asia via the Sight For Kids program. Their goal is to ultimately help 150,000 children. If you want to be part of this initiative, start by purchasing any ACUVUE e-ticket on their Official Store on Qoo10. Use the MyACUVUE app to book an appointment at any participating outlet and visit the store for your eye health check. New MyACUVUE members get a $20 welcome reward when they download and register the app. Existing members can also contribute by redeeming the Sight for Kids Lifestyle reward. This will allow you to support 8 children with eye health education and vision screening.
From now to Dec 31. Visit its website for more information.
Aspiring writers and book lovers you are in for a treat. At the festival this year, you can meet best-selling authors like Min Jin Lee who wrote Pachinko and attend lectures by Roxane Gay who wrote Bad Feminist, Marlon James who wrote A Brief History of Seven Killings and acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer among many other events. There are more than 100 free and ticketed workshops, dialogues and discussions panels which centre around the theme “A Language of Our Own”. You can opt to get a Festival Pass or purchase tickets for the individual events that you are interested in.
Another K-pop act that will be making their way to our shores this month is PENTAGON. The nine-member boy group was formed on survival show Pentagon Maker in 2016 and have captured the hearts of fans through their catchy songs and quirky personalities. The members are heavily involved in the songwriting process of their releases, and they proved their mettle through the success of their 2018 single “Shine”, which catapulted them into the spotlight and earned them their first Top 10 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart. This will be the group’s first full concert in Singapore, and we will be the last stop on their world tour. Universe, get ready to show the members your passionate support during their finale concert! Tickets range from $98 to $228 (excluding booking fee).
On Nov 2, 6pm, at The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are available through APACtix.
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The ever-youthful Rainie Yang returns to Singapore for a concert after she last performed here in 2013. The multi-talented singer made her debut in now-defunct girl group 4 in Love and has gone on to achieve success as a singer, actress and television host. Her 2005 single “Ambiguous Love” kicked off her solo career and she has gone on to produce other hits such as “Take Me Away”, “Rainie Love” and many more. The theme of this concert is youth and it also represents the journey of her fans who have been together with her ever since her debut at a young age. Tickets range from $108 to $198 (excluding booking fee).
On Nov 9, 7pm, at The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are available through APACTix.
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Are you a K-Pop fan who can’t get enough K-Pop in your life? Look out for KAMP, a K-Pop festival that will kick off in Singapore and make its way around the world. Fans will be treated to two days of exhilarating performances from the current hottest artists. With performances lasting 30 to 40 minutes for each artist, you will get more bang for your buck as each stage is almost like a mini solo concert. On Day 1, rock out to NCT 127, GFriend, Ha Sung Woon and Chung Ha. Continue the concert experience on Day 2 with Super Junior, WJSN, Momoland, Stray Kids and Sonnet Son. Besides enjoying the concert, fans can get up-close-and-personal with their favourite artists at KAMP Grounds. Ticket-holders will get to interact with the artists through red carpet events and even stand a chance to get artist-signed balls. Tickets start at $100 and CAT 1 tickets are priced at $295 (excluding booking fee).
From Nov 9 to 10, at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets are available through SportsHubTix.
Looking for a short getaway? Sail away for the weekend and get ready to party with a huge line-up of artists featuring headliners such as Quintino, Nervo, Ben Nicky and more. Apart from interactive performances, expect novel-themed pop-up parties onboard. Taking place on the award-winning Genting Dream, there will also be facilities like spas, cinemas, a casino and many more. If you love breaking out into a sweat, you can also participate in various activities, including rock-climbing, zip-lining and going on water slides! Those who are unable to make it can still join in the fun by getting the exclusive fashion merchandise collection PMC x ITSSG. Working with Malaysian street fashion label Pestle & Mortar Clothing, the collection compromises of festival tees, tank tops and a bum bag that has designs referencing pop culture and classic IT’S THE SHIP motifs like Steve the Duck. Check out designs and prices on Pestle & Mortar’s website. Shipmates will be able to purchase the merch onboard too.
From Nov 13 to 15, board and disembark at Marina Bay Cruise Centre. More information is available on its website.
Now’s the time to start shopping for Christmas gifts! There’ll be plenty of deals and discounts on tech items at The Tech Show 2019, and you can expect to walk away with even more goodies thanks to special spend & redeem promotions, as well as a sure-win instant lucky dip.
Have old PCs, notebooks, smartphones, and other IT products that you don’t need anymore? Bring them to The Tech Show, where you’ll get cash vouchers for trade-ins! There’ll also be repair services available. Talk about a one-stop shop.
From Nov 14 to 17, Suntec City Level 3 (11am-9pm) and Level 4 (12pm-9pm). Visit their website for more information.
Few of us might ever have the chance to go to the Amazon but come November, we will be able to see some of the treasures the region has to offer at Gardens By The Bay. Fifty varieties of exotic orchids will be on display, with many of them having their own interesting features. Look out for species like the Cattleya luteola that has pale yellow flowers giving off their scent to attract pollinators from as early as 4am and Warczewiczella amonica that has white flowers considered to be the largest and most beautiful in its genus.
From Nov 14 to Mar 29, Cloud Forest at Gardens By The Bay. Get tickets from its website.
Artbox is back and it’s bigger and better. This year, the pop-up outdoor market has moved to more spacious grounds at Kranji and will have more than 300 booths by regional and local vendors. Besides a mouth-watering array of street food, you can also shop to your heart’s content. There will be tons of unique goods and new fashion brands for you to choose from. Don’t forget to get your photo ops with the signature container structures which will be decorated with a floral concept in line with this year’s ethereal theme, Eden. Feeling artsy? Visit The Garden of Creation, where you can do interesting activities like 3D-printing your own accessories or attending a watercolour workshop. There will also be live entertainment and portrait sketching so start jio-ing your friends and family to head down for a fun-filled weekend outing!
From Nov 15 to 17, 22 to 24, at Singapore Turf Club (The Grounds@Kranji). Check its website for more information.
Mandopop fans and regular karoke-goers will no doubt be familiar with the songs of Taiwanese singer Christine Fan, more commonly known by her stage name FanFan. Having made her debut in 2000, she will be holding her first concert in Singapore after almost 20 years. Known for hit songs like Journey and Black and White, her love songs are seen as being representative of her relationship with Taiwanese entertainer Blackie Chen. This celebrity couple famously dated for 10 years before getting married in 2011 and their solid marriage is still the envy of many. For this tour, she has released a new track also titled Road To Happiness. Fans can look forward to her performance of this single which is in a music style that has previously never been tried by the veteran singer. Tickets range from $108 to $198 (excluding booking fee).
On Nov 16, 8pm, at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets are available through SportsHubTix.
Who says that Sesame Street is just for kids? Celebrate 50 years of Sesame Street and Counting in this run tour that has come to Asia for the first time. The 5km run is suitable for participants of all ages, from first timers to seasoned athletes. You will also get specially-designed T-shirts, bibs and finisher medals to commemorate the event. After the run, continue the fun and relive your childhood by taking part in activities at interactive booths featuring beloved characters like Cookie Monster and Elmo. Tickets are priced at $42.
On Nov 17, at Our Tampines Hub. Tickets are available on its website.
Back for its 30th edition, the Singapore International Film Festival will showcase over 90 films from 40 countries. The festival will open with homegrown director Anthony Chen’s Wet Season, which explores the relationship between a Chinese language secondary school teacher played by Yeo Yann Yann and her student played by Koh Jia Ler. This is Anthony’s second film after his award-winning Ilo Ilo, which also starred both actors. Also look out for acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-da’s The Truth. Previously having won the Palme d’Or for Shoplifters in 2018, this is his first film that is shot outside of Japan and not in his native tongue. Set in France, it stars Catherine Deneuve as a famous French actress who has recently published her memoirs only to have it challenged by her daughter played by Juliette Binoche. On top of watching the screenings, festival attendees can also look forward to mentorship programmes, masterclasses and dialogues with attending filmmakers.
From Nov 21 to Dec 1, at various venues. Visit its website for the full festival line-up and ticketing details.
Image: Still from Wet Season
For this year’s edition of the 2-day outdoor music and arts festival, catch heavyweight acts such as Halsey and Honne who have previously performed in Singapore, and Mumford & Sons who will be playing their first show not just here but in Southeast Asia too. An exciting mix of international and local artists will be joining them on-stage to give festival-goers a memorable concert experience. Off-stage, expect to see live art, installations and roving acts encouraging spectators to reflect on the impact of our hyper-consumerist culture. There will even be a Silent Disco party for you to jam out to the music of your choice!
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Looking for items to gift for Christmas? Head down to i’mable Gift Market, SG Enable’s very first inclusive gift market. The event will not only see a wide range of items on sale, but also workshops and activities. Expect apparels, home and decor items, accessories and stocking stuffers crafted by persons with disabilities. You can also shop celebrity wardrobes at the MediaCorp Charity Sale.
November 23, from 10am to 6pm, at Enabling Village, 20 Lengkok Bahru Singapore 159053.
Keen to check out the latest technology for your home and lifestyle needs? Head down to SITEX to see the new gadgets that are on offer and snag some great deals. Get hands-on experience at 4 zones showcasing the best products for gaming, smart home set ups, health and fitness, and travel. Those who are looking to upgrade their gadgets can also utilize the Trade In programme. Consumers who spend a minimum of $100 in a single receipt will have a chance to redeem a mystery box prize and one grand prize will be up for grabs in a lucky draw.
From Nov 28 to Dec 1, at Singapore Expo Hall 5 to 6. Visit its website for more information.
Musical fans will remember Lea Salonga for her iconic role in Miss Saigon while Disney fans will remember her as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in 1992’s animated film Aladdin. The Tony award winner will be starring in the Singapore debut of highly acclaimed musical thriller Sweeney Todd, which Tim Burton turned into a movie in 2007. It tells the tale of Sweeney Todd, a vengeful barber who has returned from exile after being unjustly framed. Together with Miss Lovett, the artful owner of a meat pie shop, they devise a devious plot and set out to exact vicious revenge. Tickets range from $55 to $145 (excluding booking fee).