And just like that, we’re a quarter way through to the year 2019. Where did the time go? But fret not, with the Good Friday long weekend on the horizon and all these exciting events — from the opening of Changi’s Jewel to a Pokemon GO! Safari Zone, and even a Taiwan-inspired night market — to occupy our time, April promises to be way more enjoyable. It’ll pass by in a flash! Mark your calendars and round up the family, you wouldn’t want to miss these events:
After what seems like forever, the highly-anticipated Jewel at Changi Airport is finally opening its doors this month! Boasting 280 shops and F&B outlets, including buzzy restaurants like Shake Shack, the space features a five-storey garden and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall called Rain Vortex. It’s situated next to Terminal 1 and linked to T2 and T3 via air-conditioned linkways. Public previews for Singapore residents will be held from 11 to 16 April, so be sure to book your free tickets ASAP!
When: 17 April Where: 78 Airport Blvd Entry: Free, sign up for previews here
The Vintage Fair
On the first weekend of April, local furniture label Journey East is hosting Singapore’s 5th shopping event featuring vintage goods. Vintage furniture hunters will be able to browse from a curated range of vintage fashion, collectibles and decor items from brands like Enamel Inc, Littlereddotvintage and eelloo. Important: All transactions are to be done in cash, so leave your credit cards at home!
When: 6 – 7 April Where: Journey East showroom (#03-02 Tan Boon Liat building) Entry: Free!
Photo: The Vintage Fair/Facebook
In perhaps THE movie event of the year, the highly-anticipated end to Marvel’s Avengers is finally here. The movie, which stars fan favourites Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannsson and more, will also feature the latest Marvel superheroine, Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson. Find out what happened in the aftermath of Thanos wiping out 50 per cent of all life in the universe, and how the remaining Avengers will band together to fight him…
When: From 24 April
Watch the trailer here:
Rewild Our Planet
In celebration of Earth Day this month, put on your virtual reality goggles and make a trip down to Singapore’s first Social Augmented Reality (AR) experience, brought to you by WWF, Google, Netflix and Artscience Museum. Both kids and adults will be thrilled to experience Netflix’s new documentary series Our Planet in an immersive way, so you’ll feel like you’re actually in the Arctic or the jungles of Borneo. Visit here for more information.
When: 6 April – 2 June Where: ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Inspiration Gallery, Level 4 Entry: Free!
World Gourmet Summit
The 23rd World Gourmet Summit is back with multiple tastings, special menus, and awards to be given out in its annual month-and-a-half-long celebration that highlights the best in local and global cuisine. One noteworthy event in their lineup is the Gastro-Market Place that will be held at the Chijmes Lawn on April 23, from 6pm to 10pm. Not only will you be able to taste and purchase local produce and ingredients, 20 per cent of the ticket sales (it costs $10 per pax) will be donated to the Singapore Children’s Society. The event will also be cashless. Go to the World Gourmet Summit’s website for full information and lineup of their events.
When: 1 April to 12 May Where: Various restaurants and venues islandwide Entry: $10 per pax
Pet and animal lovers unite — Singapore’s biggest pet fair is back for its sixth consecutive run at the Singapore Expo. Not only will you be able to shop for the latest and most stylish accessories for your beloved pets, you can also purchase yummy treats and supplements for them (gluten-free dog food anyone?). Classes will also be conducted and the topics range from animal healthcare, nutrition and wellness, to massages and animal first aid. Last but not least, you can bring your dogs to get groomed by the Fur4Hope charity dog grooming event where 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to canine shelters.
The fundraiser is co-hosted by the Animal Arts Academy and Pet Lovers Centre, with prices for services such as hair/nail care and hair cut ranging from $5 to $20. The first 200 participants to register for the charity event via online booking will receive a goodie bag worth $20. Pets are of course, welcomed. For full information details, head to their website.
When: 12 – 14 April Where: Singapore Expo Hall 7 Entry: Tickets cost $5 for a one-day ticket or $12 for all three days via PetExpo website or at the door.
Wonderland @ Artscience Museum
Giant teacups, costume displays, animation, puppetry and a myriad of audiovisual and light projections — these are just some of the many exhibits that you can interact with at ArtScience Museum’s collaboration with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Celebrating Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic tale, Alice In Wonderland, get ready for a colourful and mind-boggling experience as the show brings you through the various iterations of Alice in popular culture.
When: 13 April – 22 September Where: ArtScience Museum Entry: Tickets cost upwards of $11 and you can get more information from their website.
Photo: Phoebe Powell
Taiwan 4 Divas concert
If you grew up listening to Hokkien music, or you are looking to spoil your parents and grandparents by treating them to a night of melodic hits, then the Taiwan 4 Divas concert is for you. The four veteran songbirds, Fang Rui Er, Wu Xiu Zhu, Lee Yi Jun and Cai Qiu Feng, will entertain you with a nostalgic night of revelry with Chinese and Hokkien classics.
When: 14 April Where: Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa Entry: Tickets cost upwards of $48 and are available via Sistic.
Pokémon GO Safari Zone
If you’re still deeply in love with Pokemon GO, here’s a piece of good news for you: In partnership with Niantic and The Pokémon Company, Sentosa will become a safari zone for players to catch rare, shiny and never-before-seen Pokémon, such as Tropius, shiny Shuckle, Unown and more as you explore the island. While you do have to register for a spot in the zone, people who missed the chance can still experience normal gameplay on the island. There are over 100,000 slots up for grabs so hurry, register for free and go catch ’em all.
When: 18 – 22 April Where: Sentosa Entry: There are over 100,000 slots up for grabs so hurry, register for free and go catch ’em all.
Shilin Night Market Pop-Up
Even if you’ve never been to Taipei, you should still be familiar with its renowned Shilin market — considered to be the largest and most famous night market in the city. Invade, the same organiser who brought Bangkok’s Art Box to our shores, is bringing this popular night market concept to The Grounds@Kranji, located at Singapore Turf Club. You can expect a wide array of offerings spanning across categories of food, fashion, lifestyle and design goods, interactive arcade games, KTV booths, live music performances and lantern installations. We’re hoping that we can get favourites such as fried chicken cutlet, mee sua, grilled beef cubes, baked potato with cheese and assorted toppings and, of course, bubble tea.
When: 19 to 21, 26 to 28 April Where: The Grounds@Kranji (Singapore Turf Club Carpark B) Entry: Admission is free and it is a rain or shine event.
The Phantom Of The Opera
This Tony and Olivier award-winning musical needs little introduction. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical hit Phantom Of The Opera — which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018 — returns to Singapore once again to charm its audiences with its heartbreaking story and soaring musical pieces. The musical traces the life of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. He falls deeply for a young soprano, Christine, but she loves another. The 37-strong cast will be supported by an 11-piece live orchestra. To get in the mood, you can try watching Nicole Sherzinger performing as Christine with four “Phantoms” at the 2011 Royal Variety Performance on Youtube.
When: 24 April – 26 May Where: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands Entry: Tickets cost upwards of $75 via Sistic and Marina Bay Sands website. (Psst, Singtel users can get 10 per cent off their tickets, while stocks last.)
‘Til The End Of The World, We Meet In No Man’s Land
Singaporean singer-songwriter Inch Chua recently braved the harsh elements to explore Antarctica, as part of 2041’s International Antarctic ClimateForce Expedition, an organisation founded by Robert Swan that rallies for the use of clean energy. Her experience forms the basis of TheatreWorks’ new production, Til The End Of The World, We Meet In No Man’s Land, a play that will feature original songs and the first full-length script written and performed by Inch.
When: 25 April 25 – 4 May Where: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road Entry: Tickets cost $48 via Sistic.
Ed Sheeran Divide World Tour 2019
We hope you’ve got your tickets, because they’ve already sold out! Performing his latest album Divide to a sell-out crowd in Singapore, concertgoers can expect multiple platinum hits such as Shape of You, Castle on the Hill and Galway Girl. The English singer has more than just his records to celebrate as he recently got married to childhood friend and former high school classmate Cherry Seaborn. If you’re thinking of buying his concert tickets from scalpers, don’t, because the tickets sold are personalised with the buyers’ names.
When: 26 April Where: National Stadium
Explore The New Paragon Level 3
From now until 21 April, check out Paragon’s newly-opened shopping haven at Level 3, where there are tons of opening deals and activities to enjoy. Take part in their Photography Studio Photo Contest and you might just win exclusive prizes. On Saturdays, there are also bespoke activities to enjoy!
Multiple award-winning magician duo Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass are bringing their sold out show to Singapore. Promising a night of mentalism and exciting illusions, the duo, who also placed second on America’s Got Talent, will keep you entertained and confused at the same time. Get set for a fun night of magical wonder with their jaw-dropping sequences.
When: 27 April Where: Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa Entry: Get your tickets via Sistic from $68.
The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree
A little girl’s innocent friendship with an old tree — and her ensuing grief that it is about to be cut down to make way for new houses — is the premise of this heartbreaking play by esteemed playwright Kuo Pao Kun. The production, which was penned in 1987, has been a popular piece among schools and drama groups for its insightful questions on the disastrous effects of modernisation on Mother Nature and on culture. This rendition will be directed by Ang Gey Pin, who leads an ensemble of promising and emerging actors from the Young People Performing Arts Ensemble.
When: 5 and 6 April Where: Drama Centre Theatre Entry: The show will be in Mandarin and cost either $23 or $27. Buy them via Sistic.
Photo: Young People’s Performing Arts Ensemble/Facebook
Singapore Badminton Open 2019
Fans of badminton definitely shouldn’t miss Singapore’s most prestigious badminton competition, the Singapore Badminton Open. The event gathers champion shuttlers from all around the world to battle it out for a US$355,000 (around S$482,480) grand prize. World and Olympic champions such as Kento Momota, Lilyana Natsir, Tontowi Ahmad and Ratchanok Intanon have reigned supreme at this yearly competition.
When: 9 -14 April Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium Entry: Tickets cost upwards of $20 via Apactix.
Photo: Singapore Badminton Open/Facebook
Namewee 4896 world tour ENCORE
Outspoken Malaysian hip hop singer-songwriter Namewee, whose real name is Wee Meng Chee, is back in Singapore as part of an encore to his 4896 world tour. First finding fame on YouTube with his unconventional tunes, Namewee really cemented his fame after collaborating with Wang Lee Hom on the 2017 song Stranger In The North. We’re hoping that he will perform that hit, as well as other hilarious viral songs such as Tokyo Bon 2020 and Thai Cha Cha, at the concert in April.
When: 27 April Where: Resorts World Ballroom, Resorts World Convention Centre Entry: Tickets costs at upwards of $28 via Sistic.
The Studios 2019: My Grandfather’s Road
Written by theatre-maker and producer Neo Kim Seng, My Grandfather’s Road is a collection of stories that delve into his experiences growing up on Neo Pee Teck Lane, a side road named after his grandfather. This latest iteration adds new stories and reflections to the existing canon. Furthermore. the production talks about how the interplay of memory and history shapes our present identity.
When: 18 – 21 April Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio Entry: The show is free seating and tickets cost $35 via Sistic.
Text: Ho Guo Xiong / Additional reporting: Elizabeth Liew