8 arts and culture events in April you should not miss – from Wonderland to Hell

Sometimes going out can become mundane, it’s either restaurants, cafes or your usual hangout spots. If you’re already planning your schedule for April, consider the upcoming art and cultural activities. We’re talking about interactive exhibitions, gigs, musicals and even photography exhibitions. Make your usual catch up with friends a fruitful one, while you discover new insights. Here are eight exhibitions and events we think are most exciting in April and that you should certainly add to your weekend to-do list.

1. ‘Wonderland’ Exhibition

Photo: Phoebe Powell

Go down a rabbit hole, into Alice’s Wonderland.

Celebrating Lewis Carroll’s timeless tale of Alice’s adventures, ArtScience Museum brings in interactive exhibition that will be a fun and magical experience for people of all ages.Immerse yourself in the bold theatrical sets and audiovisual artworks, and experience the magical world of Alice and her adventures yourself!

Sit in for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, where the audio and visual changes, transforming from one scene to another. Choose from four map characters – the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, the Queen or the Mad Hatter – when you start the exhibition and you’re ready to embark on a magical adventure.

Date: 13 April – 22 September
Time: 10am – 7pm daily
Fees: Adult ticket at SGD16 for Singapore Resident and SGD12 for children, senior citizens and students
Location: ArtScience Museum

2. Skechers Sundown Festival 2019

A yearly affair, Skechers Sundown Festival is back again this year to celebrate Asian art, music and culture. There will be three days of music performances, curated art installations, film screenings, market bazaar, street food and fringe entertainment. The highlight is of course the music performances that features over 50 music artistes from all across Asia. You definitely wouldn’t want to miss Higher Brothers’ performance on Day 2. The mega Chinese hip-hop group from 88rising will also be there; the group has been earning festival slots internationally with their signature ‘Made in China’ style.

On Day 3, join K-Pop superstars iKon and beloved local artistes, Charlie Lim and Linying for a night of great music. Find the full lineup here.

Date: 19 – 21 April
Time: Day, 1 3pm – 3am; Day 2, 12pm – 3am; Day 3, 12pm – 11pm
Fees: 3 Day unlimited entry pass SGD160, 2 Day pass SGD130, and 1 Day pass at SGD70
Location: Siloso Beach, Sentosa

3. The Vanishing, or Time Goes Away

Take a walk down memory lane considering what was lost and what we’re losing. Through a series of events and installations, look at Singapore in nostalgia, and explore the theme of vanishing and losing.

Don’t miss the interactive playground modeled after the famous dragon playground, where tidbits of Singapore culture are served up on a nostalgic playground with a contemporary twist.

Whether this is part of your childhood or not, come reminisce or rediscover the histories and memories in this interactive playground. Explore other workshops and sessions on its event page.

Date: Now till 7 April
Time: Tues –Fri, 2pm –7pm; Sat – Sun, 12pm – 8pm; Closed on Monday
Fees: Free admission for galleries and installations
Location: The Substation, 45 Armenian St, Singapore 179936

4. The Phantom Of The Opera

If you were to only watch one musical in April, this is the one to go for. This timeless classic and all-time favourite tells a tale of a beautiful soprano who becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who keeps his identity hidden behind a mask as he lives out his life beneath the Paris Opera House. Though this is not the first time the musical open in Singapore, it’s just lovely to experience the haunting and emotional story of The Phantom and Christine all over again. The story and set aren’t the only elements that are captivating, the scores by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s are one of the best masterpieces in musicals – you’ll definitely enjoy classic tunes like ‘Think Of Me’, ‘The Music Of The Night’ and ‘All I Ask For You’ . 

Get tickets here.

Date: 24 April – 26 May
Time: Tue – Fri: 8pm, Sat: 2pm & 8pm, Sun: 1pm & 6pm
Fees: Ticket price starts from SGD75
Location: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands

5. Haw Par Villa Twilight Tour: Journeys to Hell

Ready to go to hell? Haw Par Villa has reopened and will be opening up the gates to the iconic 10 Courts of Hell every Friday night. Get deeper into the afterlife culture, when moonlight falls on the park’s intricate sculptures and dioramas.

Discover the story behind the King of Ghosts, afterlife myths and traditions through an illuminating trail. It’s more than just hell, but the rich philosophies and culture behind life and judgment itself.

Get a sneak preview of the upcoming Hell’s Museum in the tour, where perspectives of the afterlife across various religions will be shown. Finish the in hell journey with a traditional ritual.

Tickets available here.

Date: Every Friday
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Fees: SGD20 for adults and SGD10 for kids
Location: Haw Par Villa, 262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628

6. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

World-renowned London-based fine art photographer David Yarrow showcases his pin-sharp black-and-white signature prints in his solo exhibition It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.

28 fine art photography prints are displayed over two gallery floors, featuring limited edition prints from Yarrow’s recently completed project in Montana with iconic supermodel Cindy Crawford. The collection captures the beauty of endangered wild animals in remote places such as Borneo, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia and Iceland. Collectors can get their hands on a copy of his iconic image “Cara Cigar”, shot with model Cara Delevingne.

Date: Now till 11 April
Time: Mon – Sat, 10am – 7pm, closed on Sundays.
Fees: Free admission
Location: Miaja Art Collections, 9 Muthuraman Chetty Road, APS building Level 4, Singapore 238931

7. Battlefield Lens Photographers of Indochina Wars


Explore 80 photographs of the Indochina Wars shot by internationally renowned names such as David Douglas Duncan, Don McCullin, Tim Page, Larry Burrows, Philip Jones Griffiths and photographers all over the world. Many of these photojournalists risked, and even gave their lives during the Indochina wars.

Don’t miss this private collection that opened up for exhibition. Through their lenses, witness the war that spanned close to three decades in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The vintage prints captured raw historical moments and sentiments of war time.

Date: Now till 10 April
Time: 12pm – 8pm, daily
Fees: Free admission
Location: Selegie Arts Centre, 30 Selegie Road, Singapore 188351

8. Between the Lines – The Chinese Cartoon Revolution

Study the links between the 1911 Revolution in China and the emergence of Chinese cartoons in Singapore. A collection of close to 150 Chinese cartoons from the late 19th century to the first half of the 20th century, this exhibition lets you explore art and history, through a period where these cartoons served as agents of political change and became tools of the revolutionary movement to end imperial rule in China.

What’s more interesting is how these political cartoons from China spread to the shores of Singapore, leading to their appearance in local newspapers as a form of political and social commentary. Trace back the roots and the relationship between China and the Chinese diaspora in the Straits with this exhibition.

Date: Now till 7 July
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm, daily
Fees: Free admission
Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874