The COVID19 situation doesn’t look like it’s easing up and the Singapore government has advised against unnecessary travel. This will mean that we may have to shelf our travel plans for a while.
While staying at home binge-watching Netflix shows may sound like the safest plans, we get it if you’re suffering from a bit of cabin fever. Here are 11 activities slated to happen in April that you can consider adding to your to-do list.
But of course, always check back to the relevant sites for the latest news about the event you’re interested in, as there are new updates about the pandemic. Also practise good hygiene and remember to stay away if you’re feeling unwell – but you probably already know these!
1. The News Gallery: Beyond Headlines
The new exhibition exploring media and information literacy launches at the National Library on 14 March, and is a permanent exhibit. What’s more, some of the exclusive rich resources from the library branch will be put on public display, and there’ll be interactive activities for you to take part in, making the tough-to-digest topic of media literacy easier to understand.
Visit the exhibit at Level 11 of the National Library Building from 14 March onwards.
2. Tori Kelly’s Inspired By True Events World Tour 2020
You may know R&B singer Tori Kelly from her American Idol 9 days, or from BTS member Jungkook’s cover of her mellow hit song Paper Hearts. Be charmed by the songbird’s lilting, ethereal voice and heartfelt lyrics as she belts songs from her latest albums, Unbreakable Smile (2015) and Hiding Place (2018) during her Singapore leg of her Inspired By True Events world tour on 17 April 2020.
From 9 March 2020 grab your tickets at SISTIC (or call +65 6348 5555), which starts from SGD108.
Note: This concert has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 .
3. World Gourmet Summit
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Craving Cantonese Cuisine? This February, head down to Peach Blossoms at the newly revamped PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay as Chef Edward Chong will be preparing a special menu to celebrate the World Gourmet Summit 2020! Stay tuned as the menu will be released soon! #worldgourmetsummit #wgs2020 #peachblossoms #parkroyalcollection #cuisine #food #european #french #wine #foodandwine #cuisineandwine #whisky #yumyum #nomnomnom #marinabay
Finally something for the food snobs: one of the few haute cuisine events in Singapore, prepare yourself for a evening of fine food and wine at the World Gourmet Summit happening on 20 April 2020. Feast upon celebrity meals by top-notch chefs, and sip prized pours by renowned wine makers from regions like Bordeaux, in SIngapore’s famed diners like Hua Ting Restaurant, and Tippling Club. Take a break from your meals and listen in on gastronomic talks with world-renowned Michelin-star chefs or pitch in at hands-on cooking workshops.
Reservations open late March 2020, at World Gourmet Summit’s official website.
4. Wine Tasting night
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#humpday It’s the middle of the week, so remember to pause and take a breather in the midst of the hustle and bustle. Our tranquil cafe spaces are great for offering that little escape from work, so feel free to drop by anytime to recharge alongside a cup of coffee or tea!
If you’re seeking a new experience after work hours with your friends or even by yourself, you may be interested in this wine-tasting session at the swanky The Providore Downtown. Sample different varieties of wine for free like the Marques de Vargas Gran Reserva or Alain Graillot Syrocco (Morocco), as you enjoy their delectable range of food and live band performances. The wine-tasting event takes place on 3,10, 17, and 24 April 2020.
View more information and the full selection of wine on Eventbrite.
5. Grandmother Tongue by W!LD RICE
Kick back and enjoy a show by popular production group, W!LD RICE at Funan from 2 April 2020. Back by popular demand after two sell-out runs, Thomas Lim’s funny, insightful play examines the social costs of our mother-tongue language policy and the erasure of dialects in today’s Singapore. In ways both humorous and heartbreaking, Grandmother Tongue explores how our identities are bound up with the languages that we use and the ones that we lose.
Buy your tickets at SISTIC, from SGD25 onwards.
6. Lost Cinema 20/20
For film geeks: this film draws links and juxtapositions between filmmaking and the nature of dreams, Lost Cinema 20/20 (2-5 April 2020) highlights the curious state of awareness when we dream, while exploring how our subconscious creates cinematic narratives that blur the lines between imagination and reality. Through a conversation with the rich visual culture of films—including those from the golden age of Singapore cinema—the work deconstructs tropes in filmography and looks at what shapes and defines our shared subconscious.
Book your tickets to this one and a half hour show at SGD35 on Esplanade’s website.
7. EXPLORE with LEGO
Enhance your kids’ (and your own) creative capabilities and critical thinking with a fun session of LEGO! In celebration of UN World Creativity and Innovation Week, LEGO encourages all participants to solve problems hands-on creatively with blocks specially created for this event on 16 April, where you’ll build models in response to questions. At SGD45-58.52, you’ll receive your own LEGO model, as well as a notebook and a problem-solving guide.
Get your tickets and view more information on this event at Eventbrite.
8. Aromatherapy Spa Meditation
What better way to eliminate your stress and tension from work with a 2-in-1 Aromatherapy Spa Meditation session? Aromatherapy is 6,000 year old practice of using naturally derived oils to soothe the mind and senses based on scents, working to relieve stress and improve the mind and health. At SGD35.52, you’ll leave feeling refreshed and ready for work again!
Book your slot at Eventbrite on 3, 10, 17 and 24 April 2020.
9. Heritage Tile Study
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A new lady joins the lineup! A welcome find and possibly one of the rarest tiles at Bukit Brown Cemetery. Located in Hill 3, this tiled beauty is quite easy to get to. But covered by bushes, it would only take someone as determined as my right hand man, cemetery caretaker Ah Beng Soh, to uncover this gem. Image the long route that these tiles from Europe took by ship and truck to reach their destination in the then outskirts of Singapore! I've just assumed that this image is of a lady…do you think so too?!
Make your weekend on 25 April a fulfilling one with this volunteering event at Bukit Brown Cemetery. If the location hasn’t scared you off, you’ll learn much about the beautiful, intricate tiles that line the tombs of Bukit Brown from artist Jennifer Lim as you clean a few abandoned tombs. Each tile is imported from places like Belgium, England and Japan from over a century ago, so be sure to sign up for this event to catch a glimpse of these unique pieces!
However, this event requires some bending down, and the organiser recommends sufficiently fit people for this trip.
Sign up for free at Eventbrite.
10. Found Poetry class
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“Fall in love with curiosity and hushed conversations…” ❤️ Take old pages from a book and find new meaning within the words you see in our Found Poetry Class. Our next class will happen on 17th January, Friday, 7pm. We’ll also be having a Sunday afternoon session this month. Find all of our classes via this link: https://7f5r.eventbrite.sg/ . . . Where there is Zentangle… there is mindfulness and calm… #everythingisart + #tangledpursuits = #7F5R . . . #Zentangle #foundpoetry #poetry #czt #certifiedzentangleteacher #penandink #blackandwhite #sgczt #cztsg #ZentangleSG
Love words and poetry? This unique session not only teaches you the art of poetry, you’ll get to create one yourself- out of an old book, no less! Taking inspiration from the trendy poetry form blackout poetry, where one singles out words from a page of text to form a poem, you’ll even get to add touches of whimsy to your very own poem with illustrations and patterns. This course requires participants to have taken part in Zentangle 101 classes before, which you can find on their page here.
Reserve a spot on Eventbrite at SGD69 on 5 April 2020.
11. Raw Desserts Workshop
Treat your friends and family to plant-based desserts when you take part in this workshop on 25 April that teaches you how to make three gluten and dairy-free desserts, including a Pistachio and Lime “cheesecake”. The host, Elika Tasker, will provide the ingredients as well as demonstrate and give nutritional health tips throughout the session, so you can easily whip these guilt-free treats up back at home!
Prices range from SGD65 for members, and SGD75 for non-members, at Eventbrite.