What’s On This Weekend: 16 to 18 August 2019

What’s On This Weekend: 16 to 18 August 2019

Yearning for another long, relaxing weekend? Don’t miss arts and culture events happening this weekend which will help you maximise your fun and soothe your soul. Watch a family-friendly puppet show, catch a thought-provoking theatre production, or sneak in concerts featuring well-known pieces of music. Read on and start making plans.

Mr Dong Guo

Bond with loved ones, both old and young, at this family-friendly puppet show based on a classic Chinese folktale. It is performed in Mandarin by homegrown theatre company Paper Monkey Theatre at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Details here.

Celebration In Dance

Treat yourself to an evening of dance by Royal Academy of Dance students in Singapore. The show, held at the Esplanade Theatre, will also feature performances by the Singapore Dance Theatre. Details here.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Watch the Shakespearean classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream come to life in this 1960 opera by famed composer Benjamin Britten. The opera is performed by New Opera Singapore at Victoria Theatre. Details here.


Explore themes of home and identity in this light-hearted yet heart-warming monologue about a Singaporean who comes of age in London. The play is written and performed by actor Jo Tan. It is presented by homegrown theatre company The Finger Players at the Drama Centre Black Box. Details here.

Literary Arts

Don’t miss films, performances, talks and exhibitions at The Arts House that explore what it means to be Singaporean. Held over the weekend to commemorate National Day, the event focuses on the relationship between self, place, space and the sense of belonging. Details here.

OMM: Zarathustra!

Enjoy an aural feast at this concert featuring masterpieces performed by the Orchestra of the Music Makers. The headline item, Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896) by Richard Strauss, is well known as the opening theme song for the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The performance, held at the Esplanade Concert Hall, will also feature choral group Symphonia Choralis and conductor Lü Shao-Chia, the music director of Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra. Details here.

(Photos: Paper Monkey Theatre, Justin Koh, New Opera Singapore, The Finger Players, The Arts House and Orchestra of the Music Makers)

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