How is it March already? We’ll soon be into the second quarter of the year, and things look like it’ll be exciting, if the events in March are anything to go by. From a return visit from a certain Korean actor to gaming tournaments, you’ll have plenty to do in Singapore in March this year. Scroll through the gallery to start marking your calendar.
March 1 to March 9
If you love gaming, you wouldn’t want to miss out on Singapore’s largest VR gaming tournament. The game will see participants battling out on Beat Saber, a rhythm game that is a blend of Tap Tap Revenge, Dance Dance Revolution, and Fruit Ninja. All you gotta do is slash the beats on the screen with a saber in the correct colour, and in the direction of the arrows. The gaming tournament will be held at 14 participating malls from March 1 to 31, 2019. What’s in it for you? Participants stand a chance to win a total of S$35,000 in STAR$® and prizes! Head to The Star Vista or Bugis+ on March 1 for the qualifying rounds, which will end on March 29. More info on the tournament here.
Now to March 10
Directed by local actress Selena Tan and starring Siti Khalijah and Judee Tan, this theatre production was so highly acclaimed that Dream Academy brought the show back for another run. Khalijah as Meenah and Tan as Cheenah are rip-roaringly good. They tackle topics like proper Ramadan etiquette and the differences between Malay and Chinese spirits with humour, in a dialogue filled with local lingo. Tickets cost $60 and up, available at Sistic.
Now to March 10
A study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that Singapore has the second highest rate of cyberbullying in the world. It is this endemic issue that the play Late Company wants to address. The play from Pangdemonium and directed by Jordan Tannahill centres around two families, where the son of one seemingly has caused the son of the other to lose their life. The trigger: A bout of cyberbullying. Stars Adrian Pang, his son Xander Pang, and Janice Koh. Tickets are available from Sistic at $25 and up.
Now to March 10
Art, the playwright posits in the show’s trailer, begins with an error followed by a sequence of corrections, which seemingly parallel life. Written by Dana Lam, Still Life by Checkpoint Theatre follows the lives of two women and their journeys with art. Starring Dana and Jean Ng, the play is a discussion about how people see themselves and their lives, and how they make meaning out of life. Tickets cost $45 from Sistic.
March 1 to 17
Design Orchard, a new mall dedicated to showcasing local designs and labels, is hosting a weekend-only pop up cafe. Helmed by sugar manufacturer Jewels Rock Sugar and fashion brand Ying the Label, the event is also supported by food and beverage brands Kombynation Co., Six Foot Coffee, Rainbow Lapis and The Quarter, so you can take a break from shopping with some kombucha, coffee or local treats. Best of all, you get to #supportlocal. For more information, click here.
Image: Design Orchard’s Instagram
Luxurious private members’ club 1880 is hosting a “debaucherous revelry” for Mardi Gras that promises to be a blowout celebration with outlandish disguises and good music that will have you grooving to the beat. Members go in for free, while non-members have to pay $48+ per pax. There are limited number of tables up or grabs and a table of 10 would require a minimum spend of $1,000. While you’re there, don’t forget to admire the spectacular facilities, such as the 2.5m-tall aluminium-clad cylinders which are soundproof phone booths. RSVP your attendance at email@example.com. For more information, visit here.
March 4 to 17
Now in its sixth run, the Singapore Design Week touts itself as one of Asia’s premier design festivals that challenges design thought by bringing together local and international designers to showcase, discuss and engage in meaningful conversations. Activities include getting your portfolio critiqued by creative directors (Creatives Against Humanity), visiting artwork exhibitions to attending master lectures and networking sessions (such as SingaPlural). Most events are free with registration required, and you can get more information here.
Image: Singapore Design Week’s Instagram
After performing to a sold-out audience in 2015, Irish indie rock band Kodaline is back for more. They will be performing songs from their latest album, Politics of Living, released in 2018. Here’s hoping that they won’t leave out classics like “The One” and “Honest”. Tickets via Sistic for $128.
You need no introduction to the group behind songs like “This Love”, “She Will Be Loved” and “Girls Like You”. The American pop rock band, fronted by Adam Levine, is here in support of their album, Red Pill Blues. The venue: the National Stadium. Tickets can be purchased from Apactix and cost $98 and up.
March 7 to 10
Proponents of Singapore literature will be familiar with the yearly Textures event co-commissioned by The Arts House and #BuySingLit. This year’s theme is “Love and Loss (and some things in between),” which explores how words are used to express and understand our emotions as we engage with the world. From performances, exhibitions, panel discussions and workshops, the festival has both paid and free admission events. For more information, click here.
March 7 to 24
National Arts Council’s Art In Your Neighbourhood is back for their 12th run and the focus is Tampines — Singapore’s third largest new town and a former rubber plantation and site to sand quarries. While most of the festivities are occurring in Tampines, such as pop-up music stage Tiger in Tampines and a roving music truck by Ding Yi company, there are activities lined up islandwide as well. For full programme information, click here.
Image: National Arts Council
March 8 and 9
Fans of Hong Kong hit TV series Heart of Greed should not miss this production, starring Ha Yu, Louise Lee, Michelle Yim and Louise Yuen, together with Elena Kong and Lau Shek Yin. Secret follows the familial infighting over money and assets following the death of tycoon Ren Renzhong (Ha Yu). Expect lots of laughter as the plot twists unfold. Tickets costs $88 and up, available at Sistic.
Done in conjunction with the International Women’s Day (March 8), Japanese fast fashion label Uniqlo is conducting a styling workshop to commemorate women who strive to find a balance between work and life. Conducted by stylist Lena Kamarudin, the workshop is happening at the brand’s Suntec City store and there will be three sessions for 30 pax each. Admission is free but registration is required due to limited spaces. Get your slot here.
Bianca Del Rio is the inimitable winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6, and returns to Singapore for a second outing. Expect the drag queen’s brand of derisive humour as she pokes fun at issues encompassing life, travel, family and social media. Tickets are $108 and up from Sistic.
Presented by Sunshine Nation, Garden Beats Festival is the first carbon neutral music festival in Singapore. Revel in music from a slew of performers including American pop music producer Yung Bae, British indie rock band The Kooks, and South African DJ Black Coffee. There will also be talks on topics like conscious eating, sustainable fashion, and zero waste living. More information can be found at the official website. Tickets are $128 and up, and can be purchased here.
After starring in hit South Korean TV dramas like Reply 1988, Love in the Moonlight and Encounter (alongside Song Hye Kyo), Park Bo Gum quickly became a household name. He is the youngest artist to be named Actor of the Year by Gallup Korea and topped Forbes’ Korea Power Celebrity list in 2017. This is your chance to meet the 25-year-old. Tickets at $158 and up from Apactix.
Image: StarSpeed Entertainment’s Facebook
March 9 to 31
Lovers of all things Nihon, listen up. Soak in three weeks’ worth of Japanese culture and entertainment at the Sakura Matsuri, a cherry blossom festival, at Gardens by the Bay. View blooming sakura blossoms at the Flower Dome while enjoying Japanese food, products and games from the country at the Nippon Street, where you can even rent the traditional yukata (a summer kimono). Moreover, you can immerse yourself with cultural programmes such as the wadaiko (Japanese drums) and chado (tea ceremony). Finally, end the celebrations with performances by celebrity cosplayers, anime singers and pop culture performances. For more details, click here.
Image: Gardens by the Bay’s Facebook
Show support for persons with Down syndrome by attending this event at Our Tampines Hub. With the theme “Leave No One Behind”, the event is organised by the Down Syndrome Association Singapore (DSA), and it marks the 14th year the World Down Syndrome Day has been commemorated in Singapore. Aimed at raising awareness and building a more inclusive society, the event will begin with a community walk launched by Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung. A family carnival will also be held, with activities and entertainment that include aikido and zumba performances by members of the DSA. The funds raised will contribute to the DSA’s support services, educational and enrichment programmes. More information can be found at their Facebook page.
Miss Wanna One? Here’s your chance to see one of the members again. Yoon Ji Sung will be here for a fan meeting in March! Expect him to sing songs off his first mini-album Aside. All fans will be able to participate in a Hi-Touch event, while random fans will be selected for group photo opportunities and to receive signed posters. The fan meeting will take place at Zepp@Big Box and ticket prices start from $122. Tickets will go on sale on March 2.
March 15 and 16
Marking the start of the Heritage Festival (March 15 to Apr 7), Peranakan Museum is hosting a farewell street party before the museum closes for refurbishment. Activities include a fashion show, a wedding procession, a bazaar selling collectibles, dining under the stars on tok panjang (feasting at a long table — a longstanding Peranakan tradition) and nyonya-inspired craft workshops. Enjoy these and more while you enjoy classic hits played by a live band. The festivities are happening between 6pm and 11pm and admission is free. For more information, click here.
Image: Peranakan Museum
British synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, comprising Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, has sold more than 50 million records since its debut in 1981. This is a super throwback from the singers of West End Girls and It’s a Sin. Tickets are $128 and up from Sistic.
Text: Ho Guo Xiong