Garden Beats Festival
Touted at Singapore’s annual music and picnic festival, 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. But it’s not just about the music — there are also yoga sessions, craft and wellness workshops as well as eco-friendly talks on key topics like conscious eating, sustainable fashion, and zero waste living. More information can be found at the official website.
When: March 9
Where: Fort Gate, Fort Canning Park
Entry: Tickets are $128 and up, and can be purchased here.
The Feather Blade Pop-Up Steakhouse
Enjoy free steaks when you visit this casual steakhouse pop-up on opening day, March 2! We’re not kidding. Inspired by the renowned Flat Iron steakhouse in London, founder Sheen Jet Leong partnered with The Establishment Group to open a pop-up steakhouse here, where you can expect to indulge in hearty, juicy steaks in a fussfree environment.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday in March and April (5.30pm to 1am)
Where: Zui Hong Lou, 90 Club Street
Meenah and Cheenah (Rerun)
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.
When: Till March 10
Where: Capitol Theatre
Entry: Tickets cost $60 and up, available at Sistic.
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.
When: Till March 10
Where: Victoria Theatre
Entry: Tickets are available from Sistic at $25 and up.
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.
When: Till March 10
Where: 72-13 Home of TheatreWorks
Entry: Tickets cost $45 from Sistic.
Pop Up Cafe, Design Orchard
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.
When: March 1 to 17 (weekends only)
Where: Design Orchard, 250 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238905
Singapore Design Week
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).
When: March 4 to 17
Where: Multiple Locations
Entry: Most events are free with registration required, and you can get more information here.
Maroon 5 Red Pill Blues Tour
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.
When: March 7
Where: National Stadium
Entry: Tickets can be purchased from Apactix and cost $98 and up.
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, there’s so much to look forward to!
When: March 7 to 10
Where: The Arts House
Entry: The festival has both paid and free admission events. For more information, click here.
Don Quixote Presented by Singapore Dance Theatre
Don Quixote is a Spanish classic novel written by Miguel de Cervantes. Published in 1605, it is a story of whimsical twists, love, betrayal and eternal devotion. The Singapore Dance Theatre will restage its highly lauded production which will see a story filled with toreadors, flamenco dancers and dryads.
When: March 7 to 10
Where: Esplanade Theatre
Entry: Tickets cost $40, $60 or $80 and can be purchased via Sistic.
Secret The Play
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.
When: March 8 and 9
Where: Kallang Theatre
Entry: Tickets costs $88 and up, available at Sistic.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Nine-time Grammy winner Wynton Maralis returns with the Lincoln Center Orchestra for two nights. In this showing, they’ll be paying tribute to jazz greats, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Expect jazz classics that will have you up on your feet.
When: March 8 and 9
Where: Esplanade Concert Hall
Entry: Tickets are $58 and up from Sistic.
Uniqlo Keeping The Balance, In Style Styling Workshop
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.
When: March 8
Where: Suntec City
Entry: Admission is free but registration is required due to limited spaces. Get your slot here.
Bianca Del Rio 2019 Tour – It’s Jester Joke
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.
When: March 8
Where: Shine Auditorium
Entry: Tickets are $108 and up from Sistic.
As part of the month-long showcase by The Future of Our Pasts, Project IDIOM takes a look at local classical music through works of composers like Leong Yoon Pin, Diana Soh and Emily Koh. Performers include Take 5, a piano quintet; pianist Nicholas Loh; and award-winning choral group The Graduate Singers.
When: March 9
Where: Esplanade Recital Studio
Entry: Tickets are free with registration. Get them here.
2019 Park Bo Gum Asia Tour: Good Day: May Your Everyday Be A Goodday
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 also the youngest artist to be named Actor of the Year by Gallup Korea. He also topped Forbes’ Korea Power Celebrity list in 2017. This is your chance to meet the 25-year-old.
When: March 9
Where: The Star Theatre
Entry: Tickets at $158 and up from Apactix.
Sakura Matsuri, Garden Dome
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.
When: March 9 to 31
Where: Gardens by the Bay
Entry: Admission charge to Flower Dome applies.
World Down Syndrome Day celebration
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.
When: March 14
Where: Our Tampines Hub
Armenian Street Party 2019: Living Peranakan
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.
When: March 15 and 16
Where: Peranakan Museum
Entry: The festivities are happening between 6pm and 11pm and admission is free. For more information, click here.
Fei Yu Qing 2019 Farewell Concert
Famous Taiwanese ballad singer Fei Yu Qing, also known for hits like Qian Li Zhi Wai (Faraway) with Mandopop singer Jay Chou, announced his retirement last September. This is the last time the singer will perform in Singapore, so break out the tissues. His farewell concert in Taiwan sold out within 21 minutes, so don’t think, just book.
When: March 16 and 17
Where: Resorts World Ballroom, Resorts World Convention Centre
Entry: Tickets are $28 and up. For more information, click here.
Faust / Us
Local Mandarin theatre company, Nine Years Theatre, reimagines the German classic, Faust. This tale features a contemporary setting, and a female protagonist. In the story, Faust trades her soul with Mephistopheles in exchange for freedom from the shackles that bind her. Faust / Us marks the directorial debut of writer Cherilyn Woo. The show will be performed in Mandarin, with English and Mandarin subtitles.
When: March 21 to 24
Where: Drama Centre Black Box
Entry: Get your tickets for $38 each at Sistic.
Ula by Bharathaa Arts
Local Indian dance institute Bharathaa Arts is staging a production based on ula, a body of Hindu literature that dates back to the Pallava period (273CE to 897CE). Images of the gods will come alive in this traditional dance performance. Music featured will be from the late Bhagavatulu Seetarama Sarma, who’s known for his contributions to dance and music, especially the dance-drama genre.
When: March 22 and 23
Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio
Entry: Tickets at $25. More information from the Esplanade website.