What to see, watch and listen during the National Day long weekend #18

What to see, watch and listen during the National Day long weekend #18

Celebrate the National Day long weekend with fun-filled arts and culture activities, and bond with your loved ones at the same time. Catch a free, live concert online, rediscover new sites in Singapore through the eyes of artists, or celebrate Singapore’s birthday via the popular video game Animal Crossing. Keep reading for our picks of what to see, watch and listen during the National Day long weekend.


Where The River Always Flows V

where the river flows

Immerse yourself in this free, virtual concert by homegrown collective the TENG Ensemble. Listen out for their unique take on pop songs by international artistes such as Billie Eilish and Bruno Mars  infused with Chinese music elements; as well as music from the group’s The Forefathers Project, inspired by Singapore’s diverse Chinese dialect music traditions. Tune in to Where The River Always Flows V here, and if you enjoy the concert, consider contributing to TENG Goes Digital, the group’s initiative which brings their digitised content to seniors and other beneficiaries.

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Celebrate National Day On Animal Crossing

If you have been swept up by the Animal Crossing video game craze, you will be happy to know that you can celebrate Singapore’s National Day in style via the game. Local illustrator Aida Sa’ad has designed traditional ethnic costumes, as well as outfits of iconic Singapore figures, that can be worn by your onscreen character. Download these limited edition outfits, get dressed up, and post an in-game selfie to stand a chance to win prizes. Download your free Animal Crossing outfits here and find out more about the contest.


Our HeARTlands

our heartland

Read about the places that move artists’ hearts in this series of articles by online art magazine Plural Art Mag. A hundred local artists were invited to share about their favourite places around Singapore -and created new works in response to the sites. The creative result: a series of interactive sliders which juxtapose the sites and the artists’ new works, published in the form of short essays online. On National Day, Plural Art Mag will also unveil 80 artworks by visual artists which depict arts and culture landmarks in Singapore. Find out more about Our HeARTlands here.


Museum And Heritage Institution Open House Weekends

open houses national day

Don’t miss the line-up of National Day-themed activities, both online and on-site, at the open houses of the National Museum Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, Indian Heritage Centre, Malay Heritage Centre and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall during the National Day weekend. Go on an adventure, solve puzzles and learn about Singapore’s arts and culture, as well as heritage, with the whole family. For a safe visit to the museums, be sure to follow the safe distancing measures for each museum and institution.


Songs From Home

songs from home

Enjoy an original medley of Australian and Singaporean songs in this virtual performance by the Melbourne and Singapore Symphony Orchestra which celebrates 55 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Singapore. Tune in to Songs From Home from Friday, 7 August on Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook or Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Youtube.

(Photos: The TENG Ensemble, Animal Crossing Celebrations, Plural Art Mag, National Museum Singapore and Singapore Symphony Orchestra)

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