New events in Singapore: What to do in August 2022

Upcoming events in Singapore (August 2022)

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 August 2022 you can fill your calendar with.

Look forward to everything from performances and exhibitions to festivals and movie nights.

Nothing is Forever: Rethinking Sculpture in Singapore

When: Now till 5 February 2023
Where: The Spine and Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery at National Gallery Singapore
Fee: Free

Nothing is Forever

Delve into an expanded account of sculptural practices since the 19th century in this exhibition. Featuring over 70 works, this is the first critical exploration of sculpture in
three decades told through artistic concerns that range from the monumental and the spiritual, to the corporeal and performative, as well as the shifting notions of the object in the making of sculpture.

The exhibition seeks to reveal the changing roles of sculptors as tensions between fine art and craft, the permanence of art and its ephemerality continue to be surfaced.

Wu Guanzhong: Travelling with the Master

When: Now till 30 October 2022
Where: National Gallery Singapore
Fee: General admission applies. S$20 for a standard ticket. Free for Singaporeans and PR. Book on Klook for discounted tickets.

Wu Guanzhong_ Travelling with the Master

National Gallery Singapore’s latest exhibition Wu Guanzhong: Travelling with the Master is set to instill a new sense of wanderlust as it takes visitors on an intriguing journey of the artist’s life and art through the lens of everyday people. The exhibition, conceived at a time when travel was curtailed during the pandemic, explores various aspects of “travelling” through the curatorial interventions of a group of long-serving museum volunteer guides, also known as docents.

This also marks the Gallery’s first-ever co-created exhibition with the docent community, presenting 47 artworks by Wu Guanzhong from the National Collection and rare archival materials alongside the docent-curators’ personal stories and recollections. This new approach of co-creation champions diverse voices and continues the Gallery’s ongoing and dedicated efforts to being an inclusive and welcoming People’s Museum.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

When: 5 & 6 August, 8pm
Where: Sands Theatre
Fee: From S$65 for D Reserve tickets. Book on MBS website.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Following sold-out worldwide tours, the internationally-acclaimed hit show The Simon & Garfunkel Story is returning to Singapore for two nights only. The show was a sell-out when it was last staged in Singapore in 2017.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. It tells the story from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the ‘60s to their dramatic split in 1970. It culminates with the famous “The Concert in Central Park” reunion in 1981 with more than half a million fans in attendance.

Using state of the art video projection, photos and original film footage, the show also features a full live band performing all of their hits, including Mrs. Robinson (featured in the 1967 film The Graduate), Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound, and many more. This show will set audiences in a nostalgic mood, reminiscing the bittersweet moments from Simon and Garfunkel’s past.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story features Adam Dickinson as Paul Simon and Cameron Potts as Art Garfunkel – both raved for their resemblance to the famous duo.

My Community Festival 2022

When: 5 – 21 August
Where: Multiple locations
Fee: Varies based on programmes

my community festival

Organised by non-profit organisation My Community with support from the Singapore Tourism Board, – the third edition of the festival centres on the theme of ‘My Home Sweet Home’ and will give festival-goers exclusive access to the private spaces of the many communities in Singapore, including their homes, workplaces, places of worship, and communal spaces.

This year’s programme will also spotlight three neighbourhoods – which will become “festival villages”, and feature workshops and thought-provoking tours that allow visitors to discover more about the area’s history and uncover hidden gems.

This year’s line-up is the biggest so far with 64 unique and riveting tours and experiences split across eight programme series. Each programme will be led by a member of the community who can bring different perspectives and understanding of home and community, as they share intimate memories and knowledge about their personal spaces.

The anchor programme series this year is “My Home, Truly” which pays tribute to the different types of homes in Singapore. Tour participants will get to meet various groups of people ranging from foreign workers, animal shelter workers and students who will take them into the places where they lay their heads in. Participants can look forward to visiting spaces including a foreign worker dormitory, Singapore’s last kampung, and rental flats in Jalan Besar to hear heartwarming stories about creating homes out of these diverse types of housing.

For more information, visit the My Community Festival website.

Cinewav @ Marina at Keppel Bay

When: Multiple dates (see writeup), 7.45pm
Where: Marina at Keppel Bay
Fee: S$35. Book on Klook.

Cinewav @ Marina at Keppel Bay

Watch popular films on outdoor recliner chairs comfortably while enjoying the breeze at night. You’ll get to watch the movie on the big screen and listen on your phone HD audio using your own phone and headphones for a better audio experience.

Here’s the screenings that are scheduled in August:

5 Aug (Fri) – Julie and Julia
12 Aug (Fri) – The Martian
13 Aug (Sat) – Close Encounters of the Third Kind
19 Aug (Fri) – Jumanji : Welcome to the Jungle
20 Aug (Sat) – From the Vine
26 Aug (Fri) – Jimami Tofu
27 Aug (Sat) – Little Women

Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected

When: 5 August 2022 – 29 January 2023
Where: ArtScience Museum
Fee: Singapore resident – S$18 (adult), S$14 (concession), S$50 (family) | Standard ticket – S$21 (adult), S$16 (concession), S$58 (family). Book on MBS website.

Patricia Piccinini_ We Are Connected

ArtScience Museum calls this one of its most evocative exhibitions to date; this exhibition will draw visitors into a strange and wondrous reality where animal-human hybrids exist.

Staged in collaboration with the Institute for Culture Exchange, Germany, this exhibition brings together more than 40 important artworks, making this Patricia Piccinini’s first major solo showcase in Southeast Asia.

For the uninitiated, Piccinini is regarded as one of the world’s leading contemporary artists, and she has spent the last three decades exploring the evolving relationship between humans and nature, especially in the
face of biotechnology advances such as genetic engineering. She represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and has had major solo shows around the world.

Look forward to artworks in the exhibition that emphasise the bioethical challenges associated with humankind’s manipulation of nature, highlighting relevant issues such as existence, climate change and technology. Piccinini used silicone, fibre glass, resin, and unorthodox components like human hair, all woven together to create her hyper-realistic creations. Despite appearing unsettling and alien, the sculptures in the exhibition have a surprising warmth.

Singapore Night Festival 2022

When: 19 & 20 August, 26 & 27 August
Where: Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct
Fee: Ticketing charges apply for selected programmes, otherwise it’s free

singapore night festival 2022

Reimagine the night at Singapore Night Festival 2022 as the living spaces within the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) district transforms into an eclectic and unexpected experience over two weekends this August.

Watch the façade of iconic landmarks spring to life in brilliance, as familiar spaces surprise with new stories waiting to be told and animated storytellers enchant the crowd. Promising something for everyone, look forward to an exciting line-up of arts, heritage and cultural experiences brought together by partners and stakeholders in the BBB district.

Here are two of the programmes you can look forward to.

Heat of the Night

When: 19 & 20 August, 26 & 27 August
Where: BBB precinct
Fee: S$10. Book on Klook for an exclusive discount of S$1.

night festival heat of the night

Experience a rush of memories this Singapore Night Festival 2022 and join a self-guided race down memory lane in the BBB precinct. Fastest racers will be in the running to win attractive prizes, on top of bragging rights!

Gather your friends and families to solve clues and uncover stories behind some beloved spots of the BBB city centre through interactive activities.

Cathay Hotel: The Curse of the Missing Red Shoe

When: 19 & 20 August, 26 & 27 August – 7.30pm, 8.45pm, 10pm | 24 & 25 August – 7.30pm, 8.45pm
Where: Cathay Green, Orchard Road (opposite Cathay Cinema)
Fee: S$33. Book on Klook for a discounted price.

cathay hotel the curse of the missing red shoe

Watch the past come to life at Cathay Hotel: The Curse of the Missing Red Shoe, an immersive theatre performance taking place within a re-creation of the historical Cathay complex.

The detective story begins at a hotel where a mysterious curse from more than 60 years ago led to the separation of two lovers and changed the ending of the Cinderella-esque Cathay film Lion City (1960), which inspires this production.

In this anti-fairytale, we encounter the reappearance of iconic characters from the Cathay universe such as Mat Bond, Orang Minyak, Pontianak, Mambo Girl and ASP Latiff.

Entering into a surreal version of old Singapore, where memories are confused with cinematic imaginations, everyone helping with the investigation could be a suspect.

This is a Vertical Submarine production written and created by Justin Loke. The performance is directed by Jeremiah Choy and features local actors such as Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai, Munah Bagharib, Rizman Putra and Andrew Marko.

UA Combine

When: 20 August
Where: Pasir Panjang Power Station
Fee: S$100 for participants; spectator tickets are free, limit to two per order, entry on a first come first serve basis. Book on UA Combine website.

ua combine singapore

Under Armour is running its inaugural UA COMBINE competition to establish the ultimate benchmark in athlete performance. To date, a “combine” is synonymous in the United States as a scouting competition designed to establish the benchmark of fitness needed by up-and-coming athletes. Now, this unrivalled training competition will allow athletes from any sport or training discipline to compete against others in their country and truly test their limits.

With events set to take place across four countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and Thailand, the UA COMBINE 2022 season will kick off in Singapore on 20 August. Registration for UA COMBINE 2022 will be open to 300 competitors (150 males and 150 females) per event. All athletes taking part in UA COMBINE will also receive a head-to-toe Under Armour competitor kit.

Athletes competing in UA COMBINE will be tasked to participate in a total of eight physical and mental tests devised by Under Armour‘s Global Head of Athlete Performance, Michael Watts.

Each test will challenge the athlete’s agility, stamina, vertical, power, endurance, strength, speed, and cognition. Points will be earned for each completed test and athletes will be ranked according to their final result.

The eight tests will focus on:

  • Agility: Arrowhead Change-of-Direction Speed Test
  • Stamina: Pull-up Beep Test
  • Vertical: Standing Vertical Leap Test
  • Power: 20m Sled Push
  • Endurance: 20m Beep Test
  • Strength: 3RM Bench Press
  • Speed: 40 Yard Dash
  • Cognition: Reaction Inhibition Test

UA COMBINE 2022 medals and cash prizes of S$5,000, S$2,500 and S$1,000 will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed athletes in both the men’s and women’s divisions respectively.

VCHpresents series in August

Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) inspires music-goers with their new VCHpresents series, which will deliver a slew of enthralling performances for the rest of the year, celebrating some of the greatest names in classical music including the likes of Schubert, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and more.

Look forward to appearances by both local and international artists including Singaporean organists Phoon Yu, soprano Evelina Dobračeva, Canadian violinist James Ehnes, conductor Andrew Litton and his wife violist Katharina Kang Litton, and more. Notable highlights include VCHpresents Baroque Festival: The Aroma of Music in November, where Canadian violinist-conductor Peter Hanson will lead the SSO to perform Bach’s celebrated Coffee Cantata and Handel’s lively Water Music Suite. Musicians of the SSO will also come together in December to create some magic in the air as they present Schubert’s famous Trout Quintet and Mendelssohn’s popular Piano Trio No. 1.

Here’s the line-up for August.

VCHpresents Organ: Franck – Three Chorals

When: 21 August 2022, 4pm
Where: Victoria Concert Hall
Fee: S$5. Book on SSO website.

sso three chorals

Organist Phoon Yu will pay homage to legendary Belgian-French composer-organist extraordinaire César Franck, whose music has shaped generations of organists and composers, particularly of the French vein. The performance will feature the revered Trois Chorals – the Three Chorals for Grand Organ – the pinnacle of Franck’s legacy, written at the very end of his life.

VCHpresents Intimate Moments: The Music That Belongs, with Guan Qi 乐享时光: 与关旗同寻“音乐的故乡”

When: 30 & 31 August 2022, 7.30pm
Where: Victoria Concert Hall Dance Studio
Fee: S$20. Book on SSO website.

sso intimate moments

Join SSO’s Associate Principal Violist Guan Qi and musicians of the SSO as enthrall you with a programme of pieces whose composers have been inspired by their homeland, including Singapore.

Upcoming events in Singapore (July 2022)

Here are the events that had happened in July 2022.

MUZIK LAGENDA

When: 27 August 2022, 8pm
Where: Victoria Theatre
Fee: From S$75 for Cat D tickets. Book on Book My Show website.

muzik lagenda

After a two-year hiatus, MUZIK LAGENDA is back and pays tribute to the region’s top Malay music icons. Newsantara Asia’s Co-Managing Partner, Founder, and Singapore’s award-winning artist Awi Rafael will feature as the Music Director for the showcase.

The triple act special show will be a 90-minute concert featuring for the first time popular female songstress of rock music, ELLA, alongside the stellar & evergreen singer Zamani Slam. A potent combination of two great music legends in one show, belting out their memorable duets, hits, and popular songs!

Singapore Vegan Festival 2022

When: 27 August, 10am – 8pm
Where: Raffles City Convention Centre, Level 4, Stamford Ballroom
Fee: S$12.50 Book on Klook.

EatRoamLive presents the fourth edition of the Singapore Vegan Festival (SVF). This year, new, exciting activities have been incorporated to engage the whole family in celebration of the booming plant-based food scene in Singapore.

An annual event, this year the Festival features sustainable healthy food options, food innovations for the future, and an impressive line-up of local and international chef masterclasses, informative panel discussions, networking sessions, interactive workshops as well as a plethora of vegan food, drink and shopping experiences – all in one location at the Raffles City Convention Centre.

 

Hydrangea Holidays at Gardens by the Bay

When: Now till 14 August
Where: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome
Fee: S$12, but you can enjoy 20% off tickets when you book with Klook

hydrangea holidays

Travel to Netherlands without hopping on a flight as you step into the Flower Dome.

Enjoy a hydrangea floral display at Gardens by the Bay – a first-ever showcase in Singapore – in partnership with the Netherlands Embassy and JOURNEY by TOUCH Community Services.

Besides the beautiful flowers, you’ll also be charmed by the landscape that’s replete with windmills, canals, townhouses, and a lighthouse that’s inspired by the iconic red-and-whit West Schouwen Lighthouse.

The Sound of Music tickets are now on sale

The Sound of Music
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Tickets for the forthcoming Broadway production, The Sound of Music, are now on sale.

The beloved musical is slated to kickstart its global tour in Singapore from 22 November 2022 at Sands Theatre. The Sound of Music is a classic that made popular some of the most memorable songs performed on the musical theatre stage, and they include My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, Edelweiss, The Lonely Goatherd, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, and its title song The Sound of Music.

Boys and girls from Singapore have also been picked from a series of auditions to play the roles of the Von Trapp children in the Singapore season.

Tickets are now available on the Marina Bay Sands website and Sistic website.

Melbourne Brunch Festival

When: 1 – 31 July
Where: Various restaurants
Fee: Varies. Book on Chope.

melbourne brunch festival
This month-long event organised by Global Victoria and Agriculture Victoria ropes in 11 restaurants in Singapore, offering special brunch menus that showcase top quality fruits, vegetables, diary, and beef from Victoria.

Participating restaurants include Cafe Natsu, Terra Madre, and The Masons Table, just to name a few.

Dishes you can look forward to include a set (S$68++) that includes Bass Strait Beef’s Angus striploin with chimichurri, broccolini, and brown butter almond mash with two cocktails at Tess Bar & Kitchen, and Yarra Valley trout roe (S$14++) and smoked crème fraîche on pappadums by Meatsmith Little India.

Check out the full list of venues and their offerings here.

The Sharul and Kumar Show 2

When: 12 – 15 July, 8pm | 16 & 17 July, 4pm & 8pm
Where: KC Arts Centre
Fee: S$52, including S$2 booking fee. Get your tickets here.

The Sharul and Kumar Show 2

Sharul and Kumar are back for a second edition, after their successful first run in March.

The new edition, The Sharul and Kumar Show 2: Darker, Dirtier, Sexier, will see the duo sharing about their taboo experiences and bringing light and laughter to the darkness.

They will be answering questions from the audience, so come prepared to be roasted alive.

Racial Harmony Day activities and events

Racial Harmony Day falls on 21 July and in celebration of this annual event, the National Heritage Board has lined up a series of activities and programmes to foster harmony and understanding among all communities in Singapore. .

Free drop-in activities at Malay Heritage Centre

When: 23 & 24 July, 11am – 4pm
Where: Malay Heritage Centre, Courtyard
Fee: Free

A variety of craft activities related to Racial Harmony Day will happen across the weekend.

Create your own keris and haj belt using the centre’s Craft-efact kit by getting inspirations at the  Cerita (Stories) special exhibition. Besides this, you can try your hand at designing and block printing on notebooks.

Taste of Culture: A Cooking Demo by Ruqxana, Cookery Magic

When: 23 & 24 July, 5pm – 6pm
Where: Malay Heritage Centre, Courtyard 1
Fee: Free

Malay Heritage Centre - Taste of Culture A Cooking Demo by Ruqxana, Cookery Magic

Culinary instructor Ruqxana, from Cookery Magic, will be demonstrating her recipe of an iconic dish that combines Chinese, Indian, and Malay flavours.

Besides having the chance to taste it, you’ll also get a copy of the recipe to try it yourself at home.

Tales from the Nusantara: Kain Songket Ibu (Mother’s Songket)

When: 24 July, 11am – 12.30pm (English) | 2pm – 3.30pm (Malay)
Where: Malay Heritage Centre, Permanent & Special Exhibition Galleries
Fee: S$8

This interactive storytelling session will be brought to you by Shahril Samri, the founder of Pantunism, a platform which aims to promote the art of Pantun (Malay Poetry). He also loves imparting the importance of the Malay language to children.

In this session, the audience will be following the story of Danial, whose Ibu (Mother) gifted a songket (woven textile) to him.

Overjoyed, Danial decided to wear it as a samping (waist wrap) to school on Racial Harmony Day but a mishap was set to befall upon him.

Embark on an adventure with Danial to find out whether he succeeded in caring for this precious gift  in the story of Kain Songket Ibu.

Following the session, join a guided tour session of Malay Heritage Centre’s final special exhibition Cerita (Stories) to see artefacts related to the story.

This session is suitable for families with preschoolers and above.

Rentak Warisan: Racial Harmony Special

When: 27 July, 8pm
Where: Malay Heritage Centre Auditorium & Online
Fee: S$10

A bi-monthly showcase in collaboration with Singapore’s original Malay music ensemble, Sri Mahligai, Rentak Warisan will be putting up a special edition in celebration of Racial Harmony Day in July.

The band will feature songs that have elements of multiculturalism and the adaptation of musical traditions for other cultures.

Banana Leaf Dining Etiquette Workshop

When: 16 & 17 July, 11.30am – 1.30pm
Where: Indian Heritage Centre
Fee: S$10, register here

Indian Heritage Centre - Banana Leaf Dining Etiquette Workshop

Learn the art and etiquette of Indian banana leaf dining.

There’s no better way to do so than to attend a workshop that lets you experience eating a traditional Tamil vegetarian meal by hand and get to know the nuances behind the serving sequence of the vegetarian meal.

Suitable for participants aged 12 and above.

Experiential Little India Discovery Trail

When: 16 & 17 July, 10.30am – 12nn
Where: Indian Heritage Centre
Fee: S$10, register here

Indian Heritage Centre - Experiential Little India Discovery Trail

This guided cultural trail lets you journey through one of the most colourful historical precincts in Singapore, where goldsmiths, textile merchants and spice traders showcase the cross-cultural commonalities that are uniquely Singaporean.

Free drop-in activities at Indian Heritage Centre

When: 16 & 17 July, 10am – 4pm
Where: Indian Heritage Centre, Lobby
Fee: Free

Indian Heritage Centre - Free Drop-in ActivitiesGet a henna done or join one of the fun-filled family activities such as creating banana leaf bookmarks and designing customised brooches with ornate Indian motifs.

Live Cultural Performances @ Indian Heritage Centre

When: 16 & 17 July, 11am – 12nn | 1pm – 2pm | 3pm – 4pm
Venue: Indian Heritage Centre, Lobby
Fee: Free

Indian Heritage Centre - LIVE Cultural Performances

Watch a line-up of multi-racial cultural performances to usher in Racial Harmony Day celebrations at Indian Heritage Centre. Feel free to get up and dance along the energising line-up!

Permanent Gallery Guided Tours

When: 16 & 17 July, 2pm – 2.45pm
Where: Indian Heritage Centre, Lobby
Fee: Free, limited slots available at a first come, first served basis

Indian Heritage Centre - Permanent Gallery Guided Tours

Join a free guided tour of permanent galleries at the Indian Heritage Centre to learn about the rich history, culture and heritage of the Indian community in Singapore.

You’ll get to discover star artefacts that include the spectacular late 19th-century Chettinad Doorway and the mesmerising tiled Multan façade, among other attractions.

Live Showcase and Appreciation of Traditional/Classical Musical Instruments

When: 30 & 31 July, 11am – 11.45am | 2.30pm – 3.15pm
Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 2nd Floor Gallery
Fee: Free

Enjoy a live performance by three classical musicians as you learn more about traditional musical instruments such as the oud, Indian bamboo flute and the dizi.

Free drop-in craft activities at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

When: 30 & 31 July 2022, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Little Paradise Room
Fee: Free

Activities include customising a tote bag with block prints and making a shadow puppet figurines.

These fun activities let you learn about the shared commonalities across the major ethnic cultures in Singapore.

Drive-in Movie Screening @ Downtown East

When: 30 Jul, 7.30pm – 10pm
Where: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Downtown East, Begonia Open-air Carpark, Singapore 519599
Fee: S$32 per car. Get your tickets here.

Drive-in Movie Screening @ Downtown East

Watch 2021 hit comedy Free Guy on a 488-inch wide screen as well as Cinewav’s all-new audio solution for an extraordinary movie experience.

Ryan Reynolds stars in this movie as a mild-mannered bank teller named Guy, who learns he’s really a background character in an open-world video game.

As he comes under Assault by players and objects within the game, mistreated as a “non-playing character” (NPC), and faces the problem of the game’s owner wanting to end the game, he teamed up with a woman (Jodie Comer) who’s both a human and a character in the game, to become the hero of his own story.

Movie night snacks  – Golden Egg Truffle Mayo Croissant and drinks – are also included in the bundle.

Singapore Garden Festival

When: 30 Jul – 9 Aug
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City
Fee: Free

singapore garden festival

International garden and flower show, Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) is back this year, and is set to dazzle visitors with creations by award-winning designers, local industry partners, students and the community.

After a four-year hiatus, the event is back with a new free-to-attend format and at two new locations – ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City.

Look forward to the return of the Orchid Competition, Edibles Competition and Singapore Gardeners’ Cup as well as the crowd favourite, Show Garden Competition.

Three award-winning international designers; Tony Alexander Woods (UK), Pierre-Alexandre Risser (France), and Christian Troy Jenkins (Australia) will be competing for the first time at SGF together with Eliam Eng and Andy Eng, Henry Steed and B Gurumurthy.

Other highlights include the Floral Competitions and Floral Installation Displays, Landscape Design Challenge, and the popular MarketPlace, where visitors can get their hands on gardening and landscape products, plants, and arts and crafts.

Find out more at the SGF website.

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