Start 2023 with a bang, and indulge in an unforgettable line-up of events this January. 

Arts, culture and tradition are in the spotlight this month, with traditional festivals like Chinese New Year and Pongal, as well as contemporary cultural events like the M1 Fringe Festival. Here’s the lowdown on what’s happening this month.

Chinatown Chinese New Year Light Up

Chinatown Chinese New Year Light Up

Usher in the Year of the Rabbit in style with the Chinatown Chinese New Year Light-up. This one-and-a-half month long celebration, which will include both virtual and live events, which means that you can celebrate in both the vibrant district of Chinatown and from the comfort of your hotel room.

Expect to be dazzled by gorgeous lantern displays, thematic rabbit motifs and a whole bunch of exciting activities.

Date: 3 January – 19 February 2023
Venue: Chinatown

M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2023

Feed your imagination and discover new heights of inspiration at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. A long-running staple on Singapore’s arts calendar, this annual event features a range of contemporary and thought-provoking live performances.

2023’s edition of the festival is shaping up to be no less spectacular. Be enthralled by OK Land, a play which delves into issues of class and poverty, and dig deep into issues of migration and social work with Borderline, directed by Sophie Besse.

Date: 4-15 January 2023
Venue: Esplanade (Theatres on the Bay) and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

Light to Night 2023

The city comes alive with art and inspiration after dark at the Light to Night Festival

Taking place in the heart of the city, the seventh edition of this beloved festival is themed ‘Here and Now’, and features a range of illuminating artwork. Expect to the enthralled by luminous installations, enchanting projections and thought-provoking works of art from both local and international artists.

Date: 6-26 January 2023
Venue: Civic District

Singapore Art Week 2023

Singapore Art Week 2023

Discover new realms of unbound creativity at Singapore Art Week, an annual affair that celebrates the unity of our city’s diverse and vibrant arts community. Visitors to the festival can expect a range of scintillating panel discussions and public exhibitions of sculptures, paintings and digital artwork, alongside a range of hands-on workshops.

Date: 6-15 January 2023
Venue: Various Locations


Set in the colourful districts of Little India and Katong-Joo Chiat, ARTWALK Singapore invites you to explore the streets of Singapore while discovering art beyond galleries and museums. Admire wall murals in unexpected spaces, participate in a range of workshops and be enchanted by an exciting line-up of live performances. 

Date: 6-15 January 2023
Venue: Little India and Katong-Joo Chiat


A brand new event on Singapore’s buzzing art’s calendar, ART SG is shaping up to become one of Southeast Asia’s   leading art fairs. The inaugural launch of ART SG will host artwork  from around 150 leading international galleries alongside installations, experimental film, thought provoking talks and performances.

Date: 12-15 January 2023
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre

Pongal Festival

Pongal Festival

A rich world of culture and heritage awaits you along the streets of Little India with this year’s Pongal Festival. Taking place over a month, this traditional harvest festival boasts merriment and myriad activities, from festive villages and street lights to workshops and cultural performances.

Date: 7 January – 5 February 2023
Venue: Poli@Clive Street (Open Field)

River Hong Bao 2023

River Hong Bao 2023

The rich world of Chinese culture and tradition awaits you at River Hong Bao. First started in 1986, this annual event is a vibrant affair that places the authenticity of Chinese culture in the spotlight.

River Hong Bao 2023 will be held at Gardens by the Bay, and visitors can expect to be enchanted by giant lanterns, nightly stage performances, themed exhibitions, lanterns riddles, and other exciting activities. 

Date: 20 –28 January 2023
Venue: Gardens by the Bay