Exciting parties, markets and exhibitions galore

  • By Adam Kerr
  • | Jan 10, 2018

Okay, enough sulking. Perhaps it’s time to get off your ass and actually enjoy yourself after two weeks of introspection. Netflix’s latest guilty pleasure The End of the F***ing World can wait. Besides, there’s a whole bunch of exciting parties on both Friday and Saturday, with renowned DJs—both international and local—helming the decks of Singapore’s nightlife institutions. Then spend Sunday at a pretty nifty exhibition held in a 1930s air raid shelter.

Friday, Jan 12

Kilo Laughs presents: Story Party. Photo credit: Kilo Lounge's Facebook page

Besides music, the one thing we all have in common is our experiences with the good, the bad, and the ugly side of dating. Come hear stories that will make you laugh, cry and feel things at Story Party, a live storytelling show of professional storytellers sharing their true anecdotes of dating. Post-show hook-up sold separately. Through Jan 13

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of one of Singapore's longest-running house and techno nights, ONE, helmed by the inimitable Aldrin, and his sidekick TrevD, at Kilo Lounge. This music series has made a home in many nightlife institutions since its inception at Zouk in 2003. Jan 12

Singapore-based group Havana Social Club takes over The Projector's Intermission Bar for their first 2018 live performance of music from Cuba and Latin America. Vaporize the dancefloor, shake that booty and have unadulterated fun with your buddies. Jan 12

Spanish techno and house duo Animal Picnic is set to grace the cage at Headquarters for a night of meandering and hypnotic rhythms and bass. Jan 12

A new month calls for a new Katong Square Lifestyle & Vintage Market, which, with its vinyl records and vintage goods, touts itself as Singapore’s only true blue vintage flea market. Resident booths include familiar names like The Retro Factory, Memory Lane and The Great Vinyl Exchange; but be sure to hit up the “casual booths” for preloved bargains. Jan 12-14

Asian Film Archive’s (AFA) annual flagship and visual art series, State of Motion, is back for its third edition. This time, they’ll be exploring film as a medium of cultural and ideological changes of Singapore during 1955-1965, featuring 10 films that were produced in that decade such as Seniman Bujang Lapok (1961), Hang Tuah (1956) and Hang Jebat (1961). There’ll also be exhibitions, public art walks, panel discussions and guided film location tours to give a deeper perspective on the topic. Jan 12-Feb 11

Alternative gallerists kult have collaborated with German cultural organization Goethe-Institut to curate a sartorial exhibition on games and politics as a reflection of the political nightmare that was 2017, and the conversations we should continue to have. Open your mind and have your hand at the Games and Politics over at Kult Studio & Gallery. Jan 12-Feb 1

Rev up your weekend with the annual Singapore Motor Show, as more than 20 motoring brands flex their latest and hottest wheels at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre. Through Jan 14

If you fancy yourself a cinema enthusiast, the Singapore Art Museum’s latest exhibition Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia is a must-go. In a series of immersive, multi-medium installations, the exhibition brings together the works of 10 artists and art collectives from across the region. Here are five you should check out. Through Mar 18, 2018

On the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, the National Museum of Singapore remembers 1942, with their first large-scale, blockbuster war exhibition featuring more than 130 artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions. It’s the biggest collection of war stories to date, but go because the exhibition explores events and portrayals of World War II beyond just your textbook syllabus. Through Mar 21, 2018

Get your adrenaline pumping at Singapore's largest carnival. The massive Prudential Marina Bay Carnival will span across 25,000 sqm (or the size of three and a half football fields) at The Promontory and Bayfront, and boasts more than 40 rides and games—most of which are from the UK, Germany and Italy. Through Apr 1, 2018

Saturday, Jan 13


Not sure what we did to deserve this, but twice in three months? We caught esteemed German tech house duo Ame at Zouk in Oct (Frank Wiedemann put on a great live set), and now they're back to blow us away with a DJ set, this time at the industrial-chic Kilo Lounge. Jan 13

Your resolution to save money may be a lost cause, but the one to eat healthier doesn’t have to be. The trusty Farmers Market at Loewen Gardens is back on the second Saturday of the New Year, with a good mix of organic vegetables, bread, wine, olive oil and fresh honey on sale. This month, brands to catch include Avo & Co., Foster Foods and BottlesXO. Jan 13

Enter the world of Berlin's and Sweden's electronic music scene as Mao presents a cosmic double bill featuring German acid house stalwart Milton Bradley aka Alien Rain and Swedish producer Ulf Eriksson. Jan 13

Two-year-old reggae and dub collective Lion Steppaz Sound is throwing its second edition of their dancehall party series at Canvas, complete with custom-made soundsystem and sick dancehall party vibes. Jan 13

If you have a penchant for urban exploration but have nowhere else to go, you might want to drop by Raid; a three-week-long exhibition taking place at the historic Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter. Eight promising artists will be presenting their interpretation of the site through sculptures, installations and conceptual art. Jan 13-Feb 3

A cursed gem, a dodo and a giant stuffed sloth walk into a museum; the punchline is that they’re here to stay till the end of April. Treasures of the Natural World , the traveling exhibition from the Natural History Museum in London, makes its first and only stop in Southeast Asia at the ArtScience Museum, bringing over 200 of the London museum’s star artefacts Through Apr 29, 2018

The problematic issues surrounding climate change and the ocean take center stage at this exhibition presented by the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. Featuring contributions by 12 artists, filmmakers, composers and researchers who made trips to islands in the Pacific, The Oceanic focuses on large-scale human interventions in oceanic ecospheres. Through Mar 8, 2018

Sunday, Jan 14

Fleet Foxes

Secret Sounds Asia, the same guys behind 2017’s Two Door Cinema Club, The xx and Cigarettes After Sex gigs, are bringing American indie folk band Fleet Foxes to Singapore. This will be the band’s first time performing here. Jan 14

Look forward to more than just a market at the third edition of EarthFest, which will take over the Marina Barrage for a one-day only extravaganza. There will be a fair of planet-friendly foods, a farmers market featuring local businesses and their sustainable products, and an eco-carnival with low-carbon games. In addition, vendors and guest speakers will be sharing on fair trade, local and organic food, responsible investing, biodegradable options, waste and more; so come hungry to learn. Jan 14

Singapore Really Really Free Market is back and open to all. The free-for-all extends from items like books, CDs, toys and clothes to skills like tarot card reading and poetry writing. This edition’s organized in conjunction with EarthFest, so heads up that non-vegan items are not allowed. Jan 14

In a stunning collab between National Gallery Singapore and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, Claude Monet and his contemporaries grace our sunny island with over 60 Impressionist masterpieces in Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay, featuring works like the dreamy Le Bassin aux nympheas, harmonie roseThrough Mar 11, 2018

Curated by acclaimed art historian Lorand Hegyi, The Artist’s Voice, brings together the works of 34 contemporary artists from around the world, to reflect on socio-political issues and the human conditioning through mediums ranging from sculpture and video. Through Mar 18, 2018

You'd think a traveling exhibition from the London Natural History Museum would be hard to top, but ArtScience Museum's upcoming shtick will trace 40 years of street art, from its controversial beginnings as expressions of counterculture, to its current standing as a major pillar of contemporary art. Art from the Streets will feature the works of the world's top street artists, such as  Banksy, Shepard Fairey and more. Jan 13-Jun 3