8 things to do in January to fill your weekends with fun and entertainment

Head off on a great start with some of these upcoming events in January 2021. The AVENUE ONE team has carefully selected the best pop-ups and events that would really set your New Year right. Are you excited? Here you go!

Otah and Friends


Treat your kids to a fun-filled day with Otah and Friends! Gardens by the Bay has been turned into Singapore’s first otter-themed escapade, bringing together two local favourites– photo-taking and otters.

The challenge for this 45-minute story-based experience is for visitors to seek Otah out before his cookies in the oven burn. Explore his home in search of him, and be treated to a wonderful experience!

From now till 26 February. Tickets go at $15 per person and groups of five will enjoy a special rate of $12 per person. For more details, visit Otah and Friends’ official event website.

Home, Truly: Growing Up With Singapore, 1950s to the Present

The National Museum of Singapore presents Home, Truly: Growing Up With Singapore, 1950s to the Present in collaboration with The Straits Times, as part of the newspaper’s 175th anniversary.

Featuring photographs and artefacts, including those contributed by members of the public, as well as audio-visual footage, sounds, scents and special digital features, Home, Truly explores the moments and experiences in Singapore’s past and present that express our identity and collective memory as a people.

The exhibition is free admission and available until 29 August. For more information, visit the National Museum of Singapore’s official website. 

Time Capsule by Singapore Flyer


It’s time to revisit the Singapore Flyer if you haven’t recently. Make sure to visit Time Capsule, a new attraction, when you’re there. Spanning two levels of the Singapore Flyer, the Time Capsule is a multi-sensory attraction of Singapore’s rich history, heritage, culture and landscape.

Embark on an immersive and interactive journey with R65, your time-travelling companion. Travel 700 years back to the nation’s founding years shrouded in legends and myths. Fast forward to the city’s awe-inspiring future filled with aspirations and dreams.

It’s a history visit made 100x more fun!

Tickets go at S$10-15. For more information, visit Singapore Flyer’s official website. 

ThisConnect: Threading Worlds Exhibition


Made up of artists Hun Ming Kwang and Quinn Lum Fu Loong, ThisConnect.today’s exhibition features seven bodies of work, each discussing a different dimension of the human connection.

Titled ThisConnect: Threading Worlds, the exhibition challenges the meaning of connection, and features real stories of personal struggle, loss and pain by members of the public in Singapore.

Through this deeply personal, immersive, and experiential exhibition, ThisConnect.today hopes the audience begins to consider the importance of taking care of their mental and emotional health.

This exhibition is free entry to the public. Locations and exhibition period are detailed in the poster above. For more information, visit Thisconnect.today’s official website.

M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2021 – Quiet Riot!

Are you a fan of Singapore Fringe Festival? Good news! The festival will be back this January 2021, with an exciting programme of nine events curated around the theme Quiet Riot!

In selecting Quiet Riot as the Fringe theme for 2021, Singapore Fringe Festival intended to feature art that explores meaningful transformation and revolutionary change, attained through dogged and peaceful resistance.

The line-up for nine events from Singapore and around the world are thoughtfully grappling with topics such as the climate crisis, censorship and culture, all resisting in their own way.

From now till 31 January. The 17th edition of the Fringe will be presented both in theatres and via video on demand. for more information, visit Singapore Fringe’s official website. 

Baroque Operatic Delights


The Singapore Lyric Opera is proud to present an evening of rare Baroque operatic jewels with some of the most talented local singers supported by the SLO Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Joshua Kangming Tan.

Soprano Joyce Lee Tung and baritone Alvin Tan will join Conductor Joshua Kangming Tan on stage to delight the audience with fiery recitatives and beautifully lyrical arias and duets showing their elegance, angst, and passion through the deliveries of stylish singing from this unique era that are not usually heard in Singapore.

Happening on 15 January. Tickets go at S$10 per person. For more information about the event, visit Art Republic’s website.

Singapore Art Week 2021

Singapore Art Week – the pinnacle of Singapore’s visual arts calendar – returns for its 9th edition. Join in as “Art Takes Over” the streets as well as the digital realm, with arts experiences for all to enjoy.

Look forward to an exciting array of over 100 arts events involving more than 300 artists and curators from Singapore and beyond, ranging from collector talks and public art installations, to immersive virtual art experiences and hands-on workshops.

Signature events like the Light to Night Festival, S.E.A. Focus and ARTWALK Little India are returning with new offerings as well.

With SAW 2021 threading across both physical and digital platforms, immerse yourself in the festival’s online offerings right from the comfort of your homes, or head around the island to get up close and personal with your favourite artists and artworks.

From 22 to 20 January. For more information, visit www.artweek.sg for the full SAW 2021 event line-up.

Singapore Libraries and Archives

Heads up bibliophiles! 2021 will see more services at National Library Board (NLB)’s libraries and archives. NLB announced more details in a Facebook post last December.

Starting on 4 January, time limits places on weekday archives and library visits will be scratched. Walk-in visitors will also be allowed, and you don’t have to book their slots online before enjoying the libraries’ physical facilities on the weekdays.

For visits during weekends, you can make online bookings here. You can also check here or the NLB mobile app for the real-time crowd capacity in our libraries and archives before visiting

NLB is also set to slowly resume public programmes except guided tours in the coming year. There will also be an increase in the capacity of the Oldham Theatre in the National Archives of Singapore to 66 people, with safe distancing measures in place.

For more information, you can visit the NLB official Facebook page.

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