1. Singapore Experience Lab
Singapore Experience Lab at Singapore Visitor Centre @ orchardgateway

Come join us at the Singapore Experience Lab, a showcase of Singapore's past, present and future tourism products in the comfort of a conserved shophouse. Visitors can join a 30-minute experiential tour, where they will be taken on an immersive journey which introduces Singapore's hidden stories and off-the-beaten track experiences, narrated through augmented reality, interactive project mapping, bespoke installation and doodle art. The lab tours are scheduled daily at 10.30am, 11.30am and 4pm. Please approach the staff if you would like to join the tour.

Date: Till May

Venue: Singapore Visitor Centre @ orchardgateway

Website: Singapore Visitor Centre

Nearest MRT: Somerset


2. Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.
Domus Collection and Tatsuo Miyajima Installation view at Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2016. Photo by Alex Davies, image courtesy of the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

See more through less at the first exhibition on Minimalism in Southeast Asia spanning two major venues. Experience the coming together of Asian and Western art in their most essential forms.

Date: Till 14 Apr

Venue: National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum

Website: Minimalism: Light. Space. Object.

Nearest MRT: Bayfront and City Hall


3. Pongal Festival (Harvest)

Pongal is a traditional Indian festival that fetes the arrival of spring and the harvest. Tamil Indians celebrate this auspicious event in honour of the Hindu sun god, Surya, and the cattle that tirelessly plough the paddy field and produce milk for man. Head to Little India to discover how this harvest festival is celebrated through a month’s worth of exciting activities, traditional performances and dazzling street decorations.

Date: 11 Jan to 10 Feb

Venue: Various locations including Campbell Lane, Hastings Road, Indian Heritage Centre, Serangoon Road

Website: Pongal Festival (Harvest)

Nearest MRT: Little India


4. M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2019: Still Waters
Performer during M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

Every year, the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival celebrates exciting and thoughtful works created by Singaporean and international artists. Fringe 2019 will showcase a total of 13 works across diverse genres, examining hidden narratives—including personal, societal and national narratives—including personal, societal and national topics. Look out for Sean Cham’s cheeky photographic exhibition entitled This is Where, which will be displayed at selected bus shelters across the island.

Date: 16-27 Jan

Venue: Various locations including Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, NAFA Studio Theatre and Centre 42

Website: www.singaporefringe.com


5. Dahlia Dreams
Poster of Dahlia Dreams event at Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome celebrates Chinese New Year with over 100 varieties of dahlias set against a beautiful Chinese garden backdrop. In addition to the brightly coloured dahlias, the distinctive “thousand-bloom chrysanthemum”—a stunning dome composed of hundreds of uniformly spaced blooms from a single chrysanthemum plant—a sight you won’t want to miss. Performances and activities for the whole family will also be held throughout the Gardens.

Date: 18 Jan to 24 Feb

Venue: Gardens by the Bay

Website: www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

Nearest MRT: Bayfront


6. ARTWALK Little India 2019
One of the art installations at ARTWALK Little India

Enjoy pop-up art installations, permanent murals, performances and screenings across Little India, which pay tribute to both the history and modern-day life of this cultural district.

Date 18 Jan to 2 Feb

Venue: Little India

Website: www.artwalklittleindia.sg

Nearest MRT: Little India


7. Singapore Art Week 2019
Art piece displayed in a gallery at Singapore Art Week

The jewel of Singapore’s visual arts scene, Singapore Art Week is an annual celebration that invites you to stroll through art installations, purchase art at diverse art fairs, and participate in interactive performances. During this seventh edition of Singapore Art Week, visitors can also party in arts venues with great music, food and drinks.

Date: 19-27 Jan

Venue: Various locations across Singapore

Website: Singapore Art Week


8. Aliwal Urban Art Festival 2019
Street performers at Aliwal Urban Art Festival

More than just a showcase of local art, the Aliwal Urban Art Festival is your chance to get to know local creators. At this friendly gathering of musicians, visual artists and performers, you can observe the new identity of Singaporean art that is gradually taking shape. Discover fascinating aspects of urban art through a walking tour during this one-day non-ticketed festival.

Date: 19 Jan

Venue: Aliwal Street

Website: www.aliwalartscentre.sg

Nearest MRT: Nicoll Highway


9. Chinese New Year Light-Up
Lady admiring the Chinese New Year decorations and lights in Chinatown

Also known as the Spring Festival, the Lunar New Year is one of the most important festivals in the Chinese calendar. Celebrate it with locals and soak in the festive atmosphere when you visit Chinatown for the light-up, which will abound with mesmerising decorations and boisterous revelry.

Date: 19 Jan to 6 Mar

Venue: Chinatown

Website: Chinese New Year

Nearest MRT: Chinatown


10. Light to Night Festival 2019: Traces & Echoes
Key visual for Light to Night Festival 2019: Traces & Echoes Photo by Elements of Life by Flex Chew

Every year, this urban arts festival celebrates the stunning Civic District of Singapore. With a bevy of food, collectibles and artistic experiences, it aims to make art accessible, bringing a range of creative expressions to a wide audience across numerous iconic venues.

Date: Art Week Edition – 18-27 Jan; Bicentennial Edition – 28 Jan to 24 Feb

Venue: National Gallery Singapore

Website: i Light Singapore

Nearest MRT: City Hall


11. i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition
Art projection on Merlion along Singapore River

An anchor event that will kick-start Singapore’s Bicentennial festivities, i Light Singapore - Bicentennial Edition will feature sustainable light art installations centred on the theme “Bridges of Time”. This festival will bring artists and festival-goers together, to reflect on Singapore’s history and development over the years. You can look forward to an enhanced experience this year as the festival will extend beyond Marina Bay to include the Civic District, Singapore River and Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning.

Date: 28 Jan to 24 Feb

Venue: Singapore River and Marina Bay

Website: www.ilightsingapore.sg

Nearest MRT: Bayfront, City Hall and Clarke Quay


12. Blessings from the SEAA

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the S.E.A. Aquarium™ palace, where the Goddess of Abundance and the mighty Underwater Sea Dragon will bless you with a harmonious 2019! This adventure for the whole family highlights eight majestic sea animals and what they symbolise in Chinese culture. Kids can participate in craft workshops and all guests will have the opportunity to experience a Special Underwater Show.

Date: 25 Jan to 19 Feb

Venue: S.E.A. Aquarium™

Website: www.rwsentosa.com/seaa

Nearest MRT: HarbourFront


13. Opening of Design Orchard
Artist’s impression of the front view of Design Orchard

A bevy of local brands across categories like fashion, lifestyle products and souvenirs will be offered at the new Design Orchard, which will house a retail showcase on its first floor and an incubator and events space on its upper floors.

Date: From 30 Jan

Venue: 250 Orchard Road

Website: www.designorchard.sg

Nearest MRT: Somerset


14. A Craftsman’s Journey: From Dream to Reality
Participants getting some hands-on fun during the workshop

Join us to experience how Passion is made Possible with our Singaporean Craftsmen! Our craftsmen will be at the Singapore Visitor Centre @ orchardgateway to showcase their talent and share how they pursue their dreams. Take part in the exclusive interactive workshops conducted by our craftsmen, where you will get first-hand experience in making and tasting local produce. The interactive workshop is scheduled every Thursday to Sunday at 10.30am & 11.30am. No registration needed.

Date: Till 27 Jan

Venue: Singapore Visitor Centre

Nearest MRT: Somerset