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Art lovers will be able to expand the boundaries of their imagination at a range of exhibitions, art fairs and after-parties. Get ready for bold new collaborations and showcases.


1. Singapore Night Festival

Singapore Night Festival

Photo: Singapore Art Festival 

One of the most spectacular – and largest – art festivals in the city, the Singapore Night Festival has grown from seeing 60,000 festival-goers to more than 500,000 since its inception in 2008. The 12th edition from Aug 23-31 combines design, engineering and art displays with interactive light installations, transforming the Bugis-Bras Basah art district into an illuminated playground from 7.30pm. Feast your eyes on the mesmerising visuals projected on the facades of buildings, including the National Museum of Singapore, the Armenian Church, Stamford Court Clock Tower and more. Other projection works include The Legend of Ramayana by Spectaculaires, which will be projected onto the Banyan Tree at NMS, and Project:Dome, which will showcase five artworks within a pop-up experiential dome on the Singapore Management University’s Campus Green.

2. Singapore Art Week

This is the pinnacle of Singapore’s visual art calendar. The 2019 edition of Singapore Art Week (SAW) drew nearly 600,000 attendees for its nine-day outing in January. From exhibitions, gallery openings and public art to lifestyle events and art fairs across the island, this year’s SAW programmes were held at non-art venues such as shopping malls, too, to reach out to more people. SAW – a joint initiative by the National Arts Council, Singapore Tourism Board, and Singapore Economic Development Board – also added the new boutique art fair, S.E.A. Focus, featuring more than 20 local and international galleries at Gillman Barracks. Visit


3. Singapore International Festival of Arts

What began as an initiative to celebrate Singapore’s diverse culture through art is now the country’s signature arts festival. This year, 11 shows were sold out, including the stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 by British playwrights Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, and 0600, an immersive theatrical tour of the National Gallery Singapore by local arts collective Ground Z-O. Described as “(art) curation quietly stitching its way through the fabric of the city” by The Guardian, the Singapore International Festival of Arts is a discerning curation of interesting local and global acts. Look out for its 2020 edition from May 15-30. Visit