If you’re visiting Singapore in January, you’ll certainly be starting 2020 off with a bang. Chinese New Year celebrations abound on our island during this time of the year, alongside a whole slew of concerts and art-themed events.

Arts and Theatre

Wide shot of Light to Night Festival

Light to Night Festival

The iconic beauty of Singapore’s Civic District comes to life with art, creativity and ideas at the Light To Night Festival.

Inspired by the theme ‘Invisible Cities’, the third edition of the festival features an exciting line up of programmes that span both day and night, as writers, performers and artists bring visitors on a mind-expanding journey.

The event centres on five of the Civic District’s most iconic cultural institutions—National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, The Arts House, Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Keep an eye out for activities in spaces like the Padang, Empress Lawn and Esplanade Park.

Date: 10 Jan–19 Feb

Venue: Various locations across Singapore’s Civic District

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Wide shot of people at Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks

Singapore Art Week

One of Singapore’s most beloved celebrations of the arts, Singapore Art Week comprises over 100 events, happening all across Singapore.

Among many other activities, you’ll be able to uncover the prodigious talents of Southeast Asian artists at S.E.A. Focus, feast your eyes on a fusion of Javanese aesthetics and Singaporean history at Justice for All, and revel in Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks.

From fairs and exhibitions to walking trails and in-depth discussions, this event has something for every art lover.

Date: 11 Jan–19 Jan

Venue: Various locations across Singapore

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M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

Contemporary, thought-provoking and cutting-edge art take centre stage at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, which gears up for its 16th edition in 2020.

This year’s festival centres on the theme ‘My Country and My People’, with artists, dancers and theatre practitioners alike exploring the notions of patriotism, individuality and national identity.

Date: 8 Jan–19 Jan

Venue: Esplanade – Theatres on The Bay

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Art Encounters

Gain insight into the rigours of creation with Art Encounters, a mobile studio and museum featuring art that evolves as it travels around the island. Each of the space’s locations will host an artist-in-residence, who will create and exhibit a new work of art.

The inaugural programme features Lionel Sabatte, one of France’s most respected contemporary artists.

Date: 12 Jan–26 Jan

Venue: Orchard Road (in front of Mandarin Gallery or Orchard ION)

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History and Culture

Wide interior shot of Flower Dome

Dahlia Dreams - The heavenly race floral display

Inspired by the Lunar New Year, this enchanting floral showcase tells the mythological story of the Chinese zodiac animals. Weave your way through the Flower Dome’s elaborate topiaries and traditional pavilions, and indulge in an unforgettable visual feast.

Date: 17 Jan–23 Feb

Venue: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome

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Lion dance performance and audience

Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts

Discover the rich traditions of Chinese arts at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. This annual cultural festival brings you an exciting array of ticketed and free programmes that span theatre, music and the visual arts. Expect to be enchanted by performances from local and international artists alike!

Date: 31 Jan-9 Feb

Venue: Esplanade – Theatres on The Bay

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Celebrations and Festivities

Have a Wild New Year!

Animal lovers can take a walk on the wild side at this Chinese New Year-themed event, happening across the Singapore Zoo.

Keeping in theme with this year’s Chinese zodiac animal, rodents of all shapes and sizes take centre stage at the festivities. Marvel at the Gambian Pouched Rats of Sub-Saharan Africa, and keep an eye out for Cloud rats from the Philippines.

The event will be accompanied by lion dance performances, themed mascots and a special Zoo-diac trail that will uncover your fortunes in the upcoming year.

Date: 24 Jan–9 Feb

Venue: Singapore Zoo

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Wideshot of Sentosa bridge.

Sentosa Celebrations CNY 2020

Fun-filled performances, live music and zodiac-themed décor abound on sunny Sentosa. Soak in the sun at this island resort’s beautiful beaches and enjoy a plethora of themed activities to usher in the Chinese New Year.

Date: 25 Jan–9 Feb

Venue: Sentosa

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Chingay 2019 Finale - Future Dreams

Chingay Parade Singapore 2020

Join Singaporeans as they celebrate the largest street performance and float parade in Asia. An annual celebration of Singapore’s multicultural tapestry, this year’s extravaganza is themed ‘Colours in Harmony’, and will feature a mix of dazzling spectacle and dynamic performances.

Grab some street food and participate in games at the Carnival along the parade route, and don’t forget to drop by NS Square for River Hongbao to marvel at the lanterns and fireworks.

Date: 31 Jan–1 Feb

Venue: F1 Pit Building

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Music and Sports

SMBC Singapore Open

The world’s top golfers return to Singapore to compete for glory at the SMBC Singapore Open. Voted ‘Best Tournament of the Year’ by the Asian Tour, this unmissable sporting event will see 156 players showcasing their skills and competing for the prize of US$1 million.

Date: 16-19 Jan

Venue: Serapong Course, Sentosa Golf Club

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Jay Chou Carnival World Tour

The King of Mandopop returns to Singapore for two nights of spectacular music and live performance, with his 8th world tour. Die-hard stalwart and new fans alike can expect to be serenaded with familiar classics and electrified by the singer’s latest hits.

Date: 10 Jan–11 Jan

Venue: National Stadium

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Bon Iver

Iconic indie folk band Bon Iver return to Singapore for a captivating, one-night only performance, hot off the release of their latest album i,i. The Grammy-awarded six-piece is famous for its contemplative lyrics, rich composition and haunting melodies.

Date: 17 Jan

Venue: The Star Performing Arts Centre

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