The Singapore Writers Festival is back this year with over 250 events across 10 days. The theme of this year’s program is “The Prospect of Beauty” and festival attendees are invited to discuss hard-hitting topics like the environment, economic progress, morality in literature and unrealistic projections of female beauty. There are over 200 local and international writers in attendance, including big names like science fiction writer Raymond E. Feist, notorious feminist and social critic Naomi Wolf and literary stalwart Paul Theroux
Fans of William Shakespeare will not want to miss the original production of one of the Bard's most popular plays, directed by Dominic Dromgoole (artistic director at the Globe). The production will also feature Renaissance costumes and staging.
Irish-Norwegian world music duo Secret Garden will be heading to Singapore for a one-night only concert of their greatest hits, thanks to Universal Music Singapore. Secret Garden are hugely successful in Europe, winning Eurovision for Norway in 1995 and selling over 4.5 million albums worldwide. The band made history after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1995 with "Nocturne", an entry that was more of an instrumental piece than a song. In the 40-year history of this prestigious pan-European television extravaganza, an instrumental piece had never before won.
An affectionate and cheeky retelling of the beloved Chinese fantasy classic, Monkey Goes West is an epic thrill ride that will bring you from Haw Par Villa to Jurong West - by way of a colourful world filled with mythical monsters and naughty fairies. When orphan Ah Tang runs away from home after quarrelling with his adoptive family, he finds himself transported to a new, strange land. There, he befriends a trio of fellow travellers: Wukong, the cheeky Monkey King; Pigsy, a brave but always-hungry warrior; and Sandy, a stubborn but loyal river ogre. This latest Wild Rice production is written by Alfian Sa'at, with music composed by Elaine Chan, and directed by Sebastian Tan.
Superstar DJ, Paul Oakenfold will be performing at Attica Singapore for the official after party of the International Music Summit Asia Pacific. One of the world’s most prolific DJs and producers and with a career spanning over three decades, Oakenfold has held the world’s number #1 spot in DJ Magazine’s 100 Top DJs, won several Grammy awards and worked with artists from Madonna to Justin Timberlake and U2.
Watch the classic J.M Barrie tale come alive in this theatrical production which promises highflying action, thrilling swordplay and popular tunes from the likes of Robbie Williams, Josh Groban and Westlife given a makeover by musical director Matt Dunkley
Organised by Singapore's long-reigning superclub Zouk, this outdoor dance music festival features world-class acts and this year's edition will feature UK trio Above & Beyond, Dutch breakout star Nicky Romero, Martin Garrix, Skrillex, Richie Hawtin and more.
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Renowned local talents such as Stefanie Sun, Kit Chan and Dick Lee unite with a line-up of over 60 well known celebrities from Singapore to commemorate 50 years of local pop culture and diversity at the most anticipated countdown event of the year, Celebrate SG50! Ring in the New Year and dance the night away with DJ Tinc at the biggest outdoor party.
The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore is back on our shores in December. SGIFF celebrate its 25th anniversary from December 4th to 14th with a focus on groundbreaking Asian cinema and discovering new film talents from Southeast Asia. During the 10-day festival, film buffs can look forward to a series of international films with a focus on pioneering Asian cinema. Highlights from the festival are Unlucky Plaza by Ken Kwek, Red Amnesia by Wang Xiaoshuai and Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
If you're spending the year-end holidays in Singapore, check out Local People’s latest night market which will feature a huge range of handmade local products by indie designers, illustrators and artisanal food producers, plus local bands playing live music.