Things to do, watch, listen this week: 17 to 23 May

Things to do, watch, listen this week: 17 to 23 May

If you are looking for new ways to practice self-care from the comfort of your home, check out the arts and culture activities happening this week for inspiration. Visit the Stamford Arts Centre virtually through an interactive tour, reflect on conversations by cultural practitioners in an easy-listening podcast series, or watch independent films from around the world as part of the Singapore International Festival of Arts. Read on for our top picks of arts and culture activities to enjoy this week.


SAC 360 Tour

SAC Entrance arts and culture

Immerse yourself in the Stamford Arts Centre’s (SAC) online interactive 360 Tour, which is part of the centre’s virtual open house programme. Shot with 360-degree panoramic photography, audiences can navigate around the arts centre and learn about the different traditional art forms that are practised in the centre. Learn more about SAC 360 Tour here.

Literary Arts

Sunset Sessions

Sunset-Sessions arts and culture

Sit back and tune in to a series of illuminating podcasts by multimedia art programming consultant MAMA MAGNET. The programme, which is on until 29 May, is presented in collaboration with the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), and it features international and Singapore creatives such as conductor Jason Lai, founder of BooksActually Kenny Leck and poet ArunDitha. The podcast series explores art at the intersection of climate, sustainability and compassion, and are available on Soundcloud and Spotify after each broadcast. Learn more about Sunset Sessions here.


Singular Screens 2021

Singular-Screen arts and culture

Enjoy 14 experimental films from all over the world with this film programme, curated by the Asian Film Archive for SIFA. The diverse, independent films range from Ouvertures, a film from France and the United Kingdom that reflects on the legacy of Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L’Ouverture, to The Mole Agent from Chile, which centres on a private investigator hiring an elderly man to go undercover in a nursing home. The screenings, held at Oldham Theatre, are on until 30 May and some films may have an advisory rating of NC16 for its mature content. A selection of films will also be available on-demand from 31 May to 12 Jun. Get your tickets to Singular Screens 2021 here.


Generation M: The Music Made Us

generation-m-the-music-made-us arts and culture

Don’t miss this intimate showcase, which offers insights into the music-making journey of six musicians in Singapore, including Malay pop queen Rahimah Rahim and country rocker Mel Ferdinands. Held at library@esplanade until 6 Jun, the exhibition incorporates audio, photographs and personal effects of the six musicians. Learn more about Generation M: The Music Made Us here.

Visual Arts

Dale Chihuly: Glass In Bloom

Dale Chihuly arts and culture

Feast your eyes on more than 100 colourful large-scale installations and glass sculptures by world-renowned American artist Dale Chihuly at Gardens by the Bay. On until 1 Aug, the exhibition features an extensive collection of the celebrated artist’s stunning works. Get tickets to Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom here.

(Photos: National Arts Council, Singapore International Festival of Arts, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Chihuly Studio)

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