The Singapore Grand Prix may have come and gone, but there are still plenty of great reasons to visit the Little Red Dot. Between October and December, Singapore will host boundary-pushing and controversial stage productions, huge A-list concerts, an affordable art fair and a mega beach party featuring a roster of world-renowned DJs.
Copyright: Kafka On The Shore
Major Theatre Productions
Haruki Murakami’s cult hit, Kafka On The Shore, will be staged with an all-Japanese cast at The Esplanade from 30 to 31 October. For those unfamiliar with the book, the plot revolves around the stories of 15 year-old Kafka, on a quest to find his mother, and an old man searching for a lost cat. The Yukio Ninagawa production has already received rave reviews internationally, and it’s sure to be a hit among Murakami fans.
Another stage adaptation of a dystopian literary classic is making its debut at The Esplanade on 4 to 8 November. An adaption of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange will be directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones and performed by an all-male cast. If that is not reason enough to watch, the production had a sell-out run in SoHo, London.
Copyright: Ebizo Ichikawa XI
Fans of traditional theatre will love a showcase by Ebizo Ichikawa XI from 17 to 18 October at Marina Bay Sands’ MasterCard Theatres. The famous Kabuki, film and television actor from Japan’s prestigious Ichikawa kabuki family will be headlining two never-before-seen plays Uwanari, which has not been performed in a hundred years and Mimasu, a brand new piece created for the Singapore audience.
Copyright: Cirque du Soleil: Totem
And possibly the most crowd-pleasing show of the lot, Cirque du Soleil will be returning from 28 October to 22 November at Bayfront and this time, it will feature 46 circus artists, actors, musicians and singers from 17 countries. Cirque du Soleil: Totem touches on the theme of human evolution with flamboyant costumes and a grandiose display of theatrics, acrobatics and digital effects.
Copyright: Taylor Swift, AEG Live
Pop star Taylor Swift, who needs no introduction, is performing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from 7 to 8 November and of course, she will be belting out hits from her chart-topping album, 1989. Be prepared for a sold-out stadium of screaming fans.
80’s rockers Def Leppard are back after 19 years and the British band may rehash anthemic songs like “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Love Bites” and “Hysteria” at the Suntec Convention Centre & Exhibition Hall on 24 November .
Also not to be missed: the legendary Elton John will be making his way down to The Star Theatre from 1 to 2 December and fans can look forward to hits like “Rocket Man” and “Bennie and The Jets”.
Elsewhere, new indie music festival Neon Lights will be held at Fort Canning Park from 28 to 29 November and its first wave of line-up includes big names like Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice, 80’s disco band Chic with Nile Rodgers, electronic duo Flight Facilities and French bossa nova band Nouvelle Vague. Best of all, there are more under-the-radar and acclaimed musicians to discover, such as American folk act Sun Kil Moon and Icelandic experimental techno duo Kiasmos.
Copyright: Affordable Art Fair
Art lovers should make time for the popular Affordable Art Fair, which is exhibiting works priced between SGD100 to SGD10,000 at the F1 Pit Building from 12 to 15 November . The event will be hosting 85 galleries representing 600 artists from Southeast Asia and Europe, and if you consider yourself a complete art novice, check out art dialogues at the Art Education Space and art workshops. There are even coffee cupping sessions by local company Common Man Coffee Roasters.
Of course, no year-end visit to Singapore would be complete without its most famous beach party, Zoukout, which is happening 11 to 12 December at Sentosa’s Siloso Beach. The full DJ list includes star acts like Axwell and Ingrosso (two-thirds of Swedish House Mafia), Tiesto, Nervo, Paul Oakenfold and Armin Van Buuren. The main draw may be the stellar music, but there are also other highlights such as costumed buskers, art installations, a large-scale carnival featuring a variety of food stalls and major fireworks on the second day of the event.
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