These events, all fabulous fixtures in the Singapore calendar, are getting such an awesome boost for SG50 they absolutely must be mentioned.
End 2014 with the bigger, better Marina Bay Singapore Countdown to 2015. The bay area will light up with carnivals, bazaars and outdoor concerts featuring the biggest local music acts, an eight-minute musical fireworks display, plus 25,000 glowing wishing spheres set afloat in the Singapore River.
From February to March 2015, witness an upsized Chingay Festival enlivened with more than 8,000 multi-cultural performers from local community groups and international cultural troupes.
And we hardly need to remind you to catch the National Day Parade on 9 August 2015, which will be a Golden Jubilee super-spectacle by maestro of music, theatre and fashion, and Cultural Medallion recipient Dick Lee.
Meanwhile, the Singapore International Festival of the Arts, running from June through September 2015 and themed Post Empire, will look to both the past and future of made-in-Singapore performance art. Expect big-budget commissions of new works and revivals by top local artists and art groups, including dance pioneer Goh Lay Kuan, multi-media artist Brian Gothong Tan, fashion designer Reckless Erica and classical Indian dance maven Santha Bhaskar.
Finally, October will see the long-awaited birth of the National Gallery Singapore from the union of two old local architectural fixtures: the former Supreme Court and City Hall. Be the first to check out a collection of visual art from Southeast Asia dating from 19th century to the present day, spread over a whopping 64,000 square metres.