Things to do this weekend: Singapore Art Week, Dahlia Dreams and M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

Things to do this weekend: Singapore Art Week, Dahlia Dreams and M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

Weekend fun

Text: Azrin Tan

Phase 3's been introduced — and so, more and more of our favourite eateries, bars, and attractions have opened up their doors to customers. With that being said, bigger events still remain on hold. Not to fret though. This week, visit an auspicious floral exhibit at the Gardens, get your culture fix with the biggest art week in Singapore, and engulf in a theatre-centric festival.

EXHIBIT | Dahlia Dreams at Gardens By The Bay

You can count on the flower domes of Gardens By The Bay to always treat you to a fantastical show of flowers and timely performances. Usher in the new zodiac year with the bright and colorful display of about 2000 dahlias — all grown in-house for the very first time by our own horticulturalists. The dahlias are splayed across the dome alongside popular New Year favourites such as azaleas, chrysanthemums and cymbidiums. The dome will also house exciting installations such as a lantern globe with golden moon gates where 200 red lanterns encapsulate you for a Insta-worthy shot, and take yourself into a historical throwback as you enter the Chinese Pavilion built for fortune and joy. There will also be glorious performances of lion dances to ring in the auspicious year ahead.

From 15 Jan to 21 Feb 2021. Find out more here.

CULTURE | Singapore Art Week 2021

Hailing all art fanatics. The Singapore Art Week is back with a vengeance this year, prepped with stunning visuals and unexpected presentations of various art forms. You can count on SAW to be truly a time when Art Takes Over as the nine-day celebration features the largest series of commissioned works ever from across Southeast Asia, especially Singapore. Apart from their signature Light to Night festival, some of the highlight spots include Creative Unions at Funan: where the entire mall will be turned into a gallery in its own right. The creative venture features art-meets-retail concept, with eclectic features on commuter bicycles, sumptuous gelatos and native mushrooms.  Other highlights through the Art Week of course include photograph exhibits such as Progressive Disintegration at Bras Basah or technology-meets-nature angled artworks atGillman Barracks. If you're looking to experience it all from behind your screens, that's more than possible through their SAW 2021 Digital which features virtual exhibits and live talks and discussions.

From 22 Jan to 30 Jan 2021. Find out more here.

CELEBRATE | Chinatown Street Light-Up

The biggest festive season for most of us is coming to town, and so what better way to reel the Year of the Ox in than to visit Chinatown itself? After all, the culture district is guaranteed to be adorned in spectacular lights, sculptured lanterns of the Ox, golden ingots and creative designs. The opening ceremony is also one not to be missed as it will feature lion dances, and various cultural and acrobatic performances. Of course, as with most events as of late, its virtual side is hardly a disappointment; with special feature films focusing on renowned Chinatown merchants, and traditional delicacy workshops such as how to bake the signature pineapple ball by Kele.

From 23 Jan to 12 Mar 2021. Find out more here.


What better way to celebrate Chinese New Year, than to join the Singapore Cultural Centre on their slew of activities already prepared for you. And don't think that tradition is all they've got here because like in the name itself, the event is set to be a modern and fresh taken on Singaporean Chinese culture, prepared by youths for youths. Check out visually-enthralling installations at the All Walks of Love exhibit, take part in an immersive escape game, and even check out fashion pieces that combine tradition and modernity for the inaugural Fashion Design competition. Don't forget the RE.MIX Music Station for Mandopop lovers and a whole dance workshop where street dance meets Chinese dance.

From 15 Jan to 24 Jan 2021. Find out more here.

THEATRE | M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

It's really a cultural bonanza this season. The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival's got your back if you're looking to attend a full scale festival of live art that will be presented by both local and international artists. Its thematic focus? A quiet riot – that is much in line with finding space for the arts, and specifically theatre, in the midst of the global pandemic at hand. But with ever more pressing social concerns that perhaps arose in the light of said pandemic, this festival wishes to challenge the norms even further, and bring about an even higher sense of awareness to the table. Highlight works to be anticipated include a line could be crossed by Koh Wan Ching and Andrew Sutherland, and Brian Gothong Tan and NAFA's Havoc Girls & Kamikaze Boys. Virtual space opportunities include live streamings of the productions and a special webinar for young female activists to discuss their journeys in social justice.

From 20 Jan to 31 Jan 2021. Find out more here.