Events to look forward to in 2021
If you are making plans for 2021, be sure to add arts and culture events to your to-do list. The arts calendar in the first quarter of the year is looking lively with the return of the popular Singapore Art Week, as well as other small-scale live performances such as concerts and plays, with Safe Management Measures in place. Read on for our top picks of events to look forward to in early-2021 and be sure to save the dates.
Discover art in unlikely places
Singapore Art Week
Don’t miss this annual celebration of Singapore’s visual arts scene. The 2021 edition, a joint initiative by the National Arts Council, Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board, will feature more than 100 physical and digital arts events. Highlights include S.E.A Focus, which showcases contemporary art from Southeast Asia, and Light to Night, which will see the Civic District transformed with light projections. Singapore Art Week runs from 22 to 30 Jan. Learn more about it here.
Relax to classical music
Ng Pei-Sian Plays Shostakovich
Sit back and enjoy the performance by Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist Ng Pei-Sian in this full-length digital concert. He will be performing Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto as well as the Beethoven’s “Heroic” Third Symphony, and accompanied by the orchestra under the baton of Hans Graf The concert is pay-as-you-wish and it will be available online from 8 to 22 Jan. Book your tickets to Ng Pei-Sian Plays Shostakovich here.
Experience Chinese culture anew
Learn about Chinese culture through a series of fun onsite and online activities at this Chinese culture festival presented by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. The festival, on from 15 to 24 Jan, includes an interactive exhibition that looks at love and its expression in Chinese Singaporean culture, an immersive escape room, and a fashion design competition. Start planning your visit to RE•MIX 2k21 here.
Watch a play about love
Where Are You?
If you need a reminder to seize the day, and the year, catch this play about mortality and grief. Staged by local theatre company Wild Rice, the play is directed by up-and-coming theatre artist Sim Yan Ying, and stars actors Al Hafiz Sanusi, Hafeez Hassan and Deborah Hoon. This theatre production is held at Wild Rice @ Funan from 4 to 6 Feb. Learn more about Where Are You? here.
Attend a local arts festival
M1 Singapore Fringe Festival
Immerse yourself in this annual festival of theatre, dance, music and visual arts presented by artists from Singapore and around the world. The event, which comprises onsite and online shows, runs from 20 to 31 Jan. Highlights of the festival include the multimedia performance Havoc Girls & Kamikaze Boys, which delves into the psychology, emotions and experiences of youths, and Pandan, a play that explores the choices we make in our day-to-day lives. Get your tickets to M1 Singapore Fringe Festival here.
(Photos: National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Wild Rice Theatre, Singapore Fringe)