Hello, February!

Published on 26 January 2017

Things to do & stuff to see. We bring you some of the highlights happening in February!

Huayi — Chinese Festival of Arts 2017

This edition of Esplanade’s popular annual festival features Shakespearean adaptations starring Hong Kong movie legends, contemporary dance, fusions of traditional pingtan music with jazz, and even Young Artist Award winner Liu Xiaoyi’s audacious adaptation of an Austrian anti-theatre work. 3-12 Feb, various times, various venues in the Esplanade.
More information here.

Detention Katong

Dream Academy’s shiny new musical is a campus comedy set in, yes, Katong, about supposed sweet Singaporean schoolgirls searching for their badder side. Starring theatre bigwigs such as Sebastian Tan, Suhaimi Yusof, Neo Swee Lin, Munah Bagharib and Inch Chua alongside fresh faces, including Valerie Choo and Melissa Gan. 17 Feb-5 Mar, Tue-Fri 8pm, Sat & Sun 3pm & 8pm, Esplanade Theatre. Tickets at www.sistic.com.sg

Mamakan Collective

Believing art appreciation can sometimes involve more senses than sight, this collective created the tasty art project GastroGeography of Singapore. Join them on edible art adventures involving tasting local flora, and draw connections between food, art, memory, history and culture as you wander through various sites in the heart of Singapore. 5 Feb, 8.30am-11.30am, SAM at 8Q (Glass box), 8 Queen Street. Tickets at peatix.com

Watch Local 2017: Singapore Telemovies

Always a champion of of local photography and film, Objectifs now presents a festival of telemovies. The quality of a film doesn’t depend on the size of the screen it’s made for. See some seminal Singaporean movies specially created for the small screen, showcasing the work of some incredible artists, including Hollywood actor Chin Han and new Cannes Film Festival darling K Rajagopal.

7-11 Feb, various times, Chapel Gallery, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, 155 Middle Road. Register for this by-donation event at watchlocal2017.peatix.com

Metaphors Be With You

This bimonthly spoken-word showcase presents seven compelling true personal stories shared by numerous participants according to a given theme — this edition’s is ‘Scars and Tattoos’. Get heartbreaking, hilarious and honest glimpses into seven lives at this increasingly popular event. 25 Feb, 7.30pm, Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity, 22 Dickson Road #02-01. Tickets at methodactingasia.com/event/mbwy-xv


Classical musician/clown Adrian Garratt has combined his seemingly conflicting specialities to create the alter-ego Sid Bowfin, the comical classical musician. At his concert in Singapore, Crazy Classics With Sid Bowfin, expect to hear Mozart, Vivaldi, Rossini and Pachelbel as well as a couple of pop surprises… if you can hear anything over the sound of your own laughter. Suitable for the whole family! 25 Feb- 12 Mar, Mon-Fri 9am, Sat & Sun 10.30am & 2.30pm, Drama Centre Black Box. Tickets at www.sistic.com.sg

When not making audiences cackle as self-proclaimed ‘manic idiot’ Sid Bowfin, Garratt leads the London Phoenix Orchestra and performs in plays on the West End.


The charming star of internationally award-winning film Apprentice now headlines the play Prism, a restaging of Goh Boon Teck’s 2003 tale about inter-culturalism and the unstoppable march of progress, this time directed by award-winning actor Rei Poh. Again, Firdaus Rahman plays the conflicted face of authority — instead of a hangman’s apprentice, he is now a government official tasked with evicting 33,000 residents from a city slated for demolition. 23 Feb-5 Mar, 3pm & 8pm, Drama Centre Theatre. Tickets at www.sistic.com.sg

Chingay Parade Singapore 2017

Want it all, and want it now? This fabulous annual parade has always been a marvellous melange of multi-ethnic performances, fabulous floats and pyrotechnic displays. This year, also expect water, fire and snow effects so you can experience the gamut of the elements right here in tropical Singapore. 10 & 11 Feb, 8pm, F1 Pit Building. Tickets at www.sistic.com.sg

IT'S FREE - The Narrative Frames mentorship

The Narrative Frames mentorship was a video editing/spoken-word poetry writing programme conducted by poet Marc Nair as part of the PRESSPLAY youth arts festival. Come listen to participants discuss their experiences and watch the videos of their powerful and honest work. 11 FEB, 4PM, [email protected] ORCHARD (Register at www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary)

“Weekends are the perfect time to catch up with friends and family. It’s my absolute favorite thing because the whole week is about work, so it’s nice to just shut the brain off for awhile.”
NATHAN HARTONO Singer-Songwriter

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