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Can you believe that we’re already halfway through the year? It seemed like yesterday when we were all busy making new year’s resolutions — resolutions we have yet to uphold, again.

Don’t fret — there’s still time to make amends. But first, to take your mind off your worries, why not take a look at what you can do to mark the mid-way point of the year? June promises to be entertaining and exciting, trust us. Not only is there a public holiday (Hari Raya Puasa falls on June 5), it’s also the month-long school holiday, and there are a whole roster of events to fill your social calendar with. From music performances (hello, Ultra Music Fest!) to kid-friendly activities to a celebration of Japanese liquor, here are the events you can look forward to in June.


Week 1: June 1 to 8

1. SEA STATE 9: proclamation garden, National Gallery Singapore — Now till Oct 27


NEW! The third and most recent roof garden installation, the NG TENG FONG ROOF GARDEN COMMISSION: CHARLES LIM YI YONG is now open!⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Titled “SEA STATE 9: proclamation garden”, this installation sees artist Charles Lim Yi Yong (@deadfishlongkang) transform the landscaping of the Level 5 roof garden with plants found in reclaimed areas from Changi to Tuas and the Southern Islands, offering not only a greater biodiversity of flora but also an inquiry into Singapore’s history of land reclamation.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ An ever evolving work in progress as the plants grow and live, “SEA STATE 9: proclamation garden” invites multiple visits as you consider the narratives of transplantation, adaptability, and perhaps redundancy, told through the lives of these plants. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ LEARN MORE at⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ #NationalGallerySingapore #CharlesLimYiYong #SEASTATE #proclamationgarden #NgTengFongRoofGarden

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Did you know: 25 per cent of Singapore’s land come from our land reclamation efforts? In partnership with local artist Charles Lim Yi Yong, the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden at the National Gallery Singapore will be showcasing an installation that features the plants found in the reclaimed areas, such as Changi, Tuas and the Southern Islands. Not only will you get to learn more about the biodiversity that Singapore has to offer, the exhibit also aims to look at the history and narrative of land reclamation efforts. The exhibition is free of charge and you can get more information via the museum’s website.


2. Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019, National Gallery Singapore — Now till Dec 29

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From creating different sounds with a ping pong ball on wind chimes to crossing a 16-metre bridge that looks down into an endless rock formation, these are just two of the 11 interactive installations created by 13 local and Southeast Asian artists at the National Gallery as part of their 2019 Gallery Children’s Biennale.

Aimed at triggering a child’s imagination with fun, inspirational and educational artworks, the Biennale is a place for the young and the young at heart to discover the world round them. There will also be screening of films in collaboration with Singapore International Children’s Film Festival, alongside other exciting tours and artist-led workshops. Admission is free for Singaporeans and PRs and more information can be obtained via their website.


3. Jazz It Up! A Jazzy Celebration of Chinese Songs, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Auditorium — June 8 and 9

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Fans of xinyao and classic Chinese hits will love this jazzy production conducted by music director Jeremy Monteiro, and associate music director Weixiang Tan. Guest vocalists include singer Joanna Dong, who was a finalist in the Sing! China competition, US-based Melissa Tham and Jasmine Chen, one of the singers from Crazy Rich Asians. You will be treated to a night of songs from recent Chinese hits to classic favourites from singers such as Teresa Teng, Tracy Huang Ying Ying and Fong Fei Fei. Tickets cost upwards of $38 via Sistic.


4. Ultra Music Festival, Ultra Park — June 8 and 9


If electronic music festivals are your thing, then the Ultra Music Festival is an event you can’t miss. Skrillex, Martin Garrix and Axwell are amongst the many international DJ names that are set to perform. In short, break out your best festival looks and get set for two days of sick electronic music beats and revelry. Tickets costs upwards of $158 and are selling fast on their website, which you can also get more information from.


Week 2: June 9 to 15

5. Jeong Eun Ji 1st Singapore Concert, Zepp@BigBox — June 9

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Fans of South Korean girl group Apink would find her familiar. After all, Eun Ji is the group’s main vocalist and has released three mini albums since her solo debut. Set to perform her latest album, Hyehwa, we’re hoping that Eun Ji will be performing some of her best songs including Being There, The Spring and Hopefully Sky. Tickets cost upwards of $118 via Apactix and 500 lucky VIP ticket holders ($248) will have a chance to attend the pre-concert sound check before the show.


6. The Ultimate Karen Mok Show in Singapore, Singapore Indoor Stadium — June 15

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With over 30 albums under her belt, Cantopop superstar Karen Mok is coming back in Singapore with a concert to celebrate her 25th anniversary. Who would have thought the bombshell songstress was in the industry for that long? The two-time Golden Melody Awards Best Female Singer is also the creative director of her concert, where fans can look forward to both her classic favourites and newest hits. We hear that there will also be a special musical highlight at the concert that combines western and oriental musical styles such as tango, opera and Chinese folk music. Tickets cost upwards of $108 via Apactix.


7. Children’s Festival 2019, Gardens by the Bay — June 15 to 30

Need somewhere to let your kids run wild, have fun and expend their energy? Bring them to the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay this upcoming Children’s Festival where the area will be transformed into a carnival based on the upcoming Toy Story 4 movie. Inspired by characters such as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, there are various exciting activities, including Bo Peep’s Adventure, an obstacle course, and carnival game booths. Finally, finish the day with a special Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4 inspired-edition of the Garden Rhapsody, a light and music show also inspired by the movie. Admission is free and you can get more information via their website.


8. Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture, Asian Civilisations Museum — June 15 to Sept 15

Remember the glamorous, OTT yellow dress that Rihanna wore to the 2015 Met Gala that later spawned a flurry of memes? It was created by Chinese couturier Guo Pei, who will be showcasing her 29 embroidered couture creations as part of Asian Civilisations Museum’s Season of Chinese Art. Not only can you learn more about Chinese artistic traditions and how Guo Pei uses culture and traditions to imbue life to her works, this is probably the closest we can get to encountering Riri in real life. Admission is $12 for Singaporeans and PRs, and $20 for foreigners. More information can be obtained via their website.



Week 3: June 16 to 22

9. Loudness – Rise To Glory Tour – Live In Singapore, The Pavilion @ Far East Square — June 16

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An icon in the Japanese heavy metal and rock music scene, fans of the band will be heartened to hear that the group has reunited and is ready to entertain with their signature sound that has since set the ground for subsequent heavy metal rock bands. The band’s return to Singapore will feature tunes from its latest album Rise to Glory. Tickets cost upwards of $88 via Sistic and the event is free-standing.


10. INALA – A Zulu Ballet, Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands — June 19 to 22

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Get ready for a night filled with exhilarating dance and energetic music performances with Inala, a production that is a unique combination of South African and Western cultures. Twenty five dancers, singers and musicians will be performing choreography created by multiple award-winning Mark Baldwin OBE and current and former members of the Royal Ballet and Rambert, with music by The Soweto Gospel Choir. Tickets cost upwards of $55 via Sistic.


11. Goodman Open House 2019, Goodman Arts Centre — June 22

Here’s another place to let your children (and yourself) develop their interest in the arts — the Goodman Open House is back with The Play-full Edition. You can expect over 20 workshops from learning how to make rubber stamps to how perfumes are made to making your own wind-chime. Plus there are a whole host of performances for you to enjoy too, including dance, drama and music. Admission is free and there are paid ticketed activities that you have to register for online via Goodman Arts Centre’s website.


12. Sake Festival Singapore 2019, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre Hall 406 — June 22

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Admirers of the Japanese culture have to mark this Sake Festival in their calendar. Over 450 labels of Japanese sake — from small, niche names to well-known modern breweries — will be available for tasting at the event. To complement the drinks, there will also be food and snacks cooked on the spot by well-known Japanese restaurants in Singapore. And bring your credit cards too because the event will be cashless. Last admissions will be at 4.30pm and you can get the tickets at $40 each via Sistic.


Week 4: June 23 to 30

13. WWE Live Singapore 2019, Singapore Indoor Stadium — June 27

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Grew up getting entertained by the wrestling matches of WWE? Then you’ll want to catch them live when they come to Singapore on June 27 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Combining sports and entertainment, WWE stars such as Seth Rollins, Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman are slated to perform live. Get set for a night of adrenaline-pumping revelry and drama. Tickets cost upwards of $48 while ringside tickets cost $498 each via Apactix.


14. Pink Dot, Hong Lim Park — June 29

The annual Pink Dot event is back. Celebrating the freedom to love, the non-profit event, which is now into its 11th year, supports the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community in Singapore. Besides the pinnacle event in the evening where everyone lights up pink glow sticks for an amazing photo op, the event will also have music and dance performances in the afternoon. Else, you could bring your family and have a picnic on the park grounds. With everyone dressed in all-things pink there, it’ll be a fun way to bond. Admission is free but only Singaporeans and PRs are allowed to enter the park grounds with a valid photo ID. More details can be found on their website.


15.  L’Atelier Rouge Boutique Fair , Bar Rouge Swissotel The Stamford 


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Shop til you drop! Bar Rouge presents it’s first every boutique fair, L’Atelier Rouge on Sunday, 30 June. Shop like never before as you peruse through a range of curated premium brands and goods at the top of one of the most iconic buildings in Singapore. They’re taking retailing to new heights (literally).

If shopping at the highest nightclub in Asia isn’t enough for you, take heart that you’ll be supporting the environment too!

A sustainability-focused affair, partners on board this unique boutique fair have a strong eco-friendly approach, providing premium ethically-sourced and sustainable products. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags or purchase a limited-edition L’Atelier Rouge canvas tote. 

Bar Rouge will be having an exciting giveaway leading up to the event. Head over to their  Instagram and Facebook for more details.