New events in Singapore: What to do in January 2023

Events in Singapore (January 2023)

If you’re looking for new events, activities and programmes to take your date to, enjoy family time at, or hang out with your friends – you’re on the right article.

Here’s a list of exciting events happening in January 2023 you can fill your calendar with.

Look forward to everything from performances, family-friendly activities, and showcases you can attend.

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2023

When: Now till 19 February
Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874
Fees: Vary according to activity. Book here.

Children Festive Chinese Drums Workshop. Photo courtesy of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall has rolled out a series of events and activities in celebration of the Year of the Rabbit.

The exciting line-up include lion dance and festive drumming workshops, temple tours and heritage trails, storytelling, craft activities for the little ones, and more.

Finally, capture your Lunar New Year OOTDs with the adorably ginormous rabbit installation of Bit Bit Forest at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

See all events here.

MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing

When: Now till 26 February
Where: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
Fees: S$13.50 instead of S$18 when you book on Klook (Lunar New Year sale)

MENTAL_ Colours of Wellbeing

This exhibition invites you to a welcoming place where you can confront societal bias and stereotypes around mental health.

Featuring 24 interactive exhibits, art projects and large-scale installations by international artists, makers, scientists and designers that reflect a range of perspectives on mental health and ways of being, this exhibition also has seven artworks by Singaporean and regional artists that explore the topic from a uniquely Southeast Asian perspective.

Light to Night 2023

When: 6 January to 26 January
Where: Civic District
Fees: Free

Ephemeral by Atelier Sisu_ (Image Courtesy of Markus Ravik)
Ephemeral by Atelier Sisu_ (Image Courtesy of Markus Ravik)

National Gallery Singapore’s Light to Night Festival – a marquee event of Singapore Art Week – makes its post-pandemic return to the Civic District. This edition of the festival features a
myriad of art-meets-lifestyle activities, Singapore premiere of artworks by artists from
around the world, as well as new immersive day-to-night installations.

The theme, “Here and Now”, calls for reflection of one’s time and environment – an appropriate invitation to mark the new year – and draws attention to art as a platform to document and respond to one’s lived experiences.

Look forward to a series of installations that are best experienced in person, live performances and insightful dialogues, among other entertaining programmes.

Visit the festival’s microsite for the full line-up.

Hop into Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

When: 13 January to 5 February
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Fees: S$80 instead of S$88 when you book on Klook

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Universal Studios Singapore celebrates Year of the Rabbit with fun-filled and auspicious activities.

These include:

  • Park-wide Festive Meet and Greets where you get to exchange well-wishes with a host of characters in their Lunar New Year best, including DreamWorks Animation’s Po and Tigress from Kung Fu Panda, DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek, Princess Fiona, Puss and Kitty, as well as Alex, King Julian and Gloria from Madagascar. Sesame Street’s Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Oscar and Abby as well as Woody and Winnie Woodpecker join in the fun too. Keep an eye and ear out for Optimus Prime and Megatron, whose special Chinese New Year greetings in Mandarin are sure to delight guests.
  • Watch Illumination’s Minions celebrate the New Year with an exciting performance. Fans are in for a treat with Kevin in his specially designed bunny outfit.
  • During this period, enjoy an exciting night programme with extended weekend opening hours until 8pm on select nights. Stay and Lo Hei with The Stars over three Chinese New Year weekends: 21 to 24 January 2023, 27 to 29 January 2023 and 3 to 5 February 2023.
  • Enjoy a special yusheng experience with Sesame Street friends. Join Elmo, Oscar, Abby and Cookie Monster at the New York Public Library bedecked with dozens of glowing red lanterns, as they add ingredients and blessings to the yusheng dish for extra wealth and prosperity, and toss to a year of abundant luck.
  • Watch the Dance of the Dragon lights up the night in majestic fashion with a neon dragon, colourful new dragon poi, as well as dancers and drummers wearing brilliant LED lights.
  • Hollywood Boulevard is lined with beautiful pink cherry blossom trees that adorn the streets.
  • From 22 to 30 January 2023, there will also be daily angbao giveaway where you’ll stand to win exciting goodies such as Universal Express passes, retail or food vouchers, plushies and more, while stocks last!
  • Get your hands on exclusive merchandise featuring the Minions dressed up as their favourite Chinese Zodiac animals, and tuck into an abundance of tasty treats inspired by the flavours of spring.

Joo Choon Lin: Dance In The Destruction Dance

When: 13 January to 16 April
Where: SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Road, Gallery 2, Singapore 089065
Fees: Free

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Joo Choon Lin, ‘pEARs ‘ — — — ‘ in §pring’. 2018. Image courtesy of FOGSTAND Gallery & Studio

A multi-sensory exhibition by Singaporean artist Joo Choon Lin, this will feature a series of performance activations and installation, exploring how the present is an illusion, and things are not what they seem.

The exhibition will invite audiences into a sensorially rich landscape that reimagines perceptions of form, reality, and human consciousness through everyday objects.

The artworks will be activated through a two-part theatrical performance, pEARs ‘ — — — ‘ in §pring (2018) transforming the gallery space into an atmospheric environment that will reveal a world of possibilities and interpretations that lie between reality and fiction.

Check out other events that Singapore Art Museum is putting up for Singapore Art Week on its website.

Swing in the Skies at Las Palmas

When: 17 January, 7pm – 9pm
Where: Las Palmas on Level 33 of Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena, 99 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329568
Fees: S$15, including entry and one mock tail. Book here

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Las Palmas will be turning its picturesque poolside venue into a dance floor for a special event led by renowned swing dance instructors, transporting guests to the heyday of 1940s dance hall parties for one night only.

Guests will be treated to the merry tunes of jazz, captivating dance performances, and intro swing dance lessons against the backdrop of breathtaking Singapore skyline.

The event will feature a live band and internationally recognised instructors, including Sinclair Ang, founder of Jazz Inc. collective who has performed in over 20 countries across Europe and Asia Pacific, and Sing Lim, teacher at SwingStation SG who’s won countless international competitions including the US Open.