For those who have been looking forward to the awesome month of May (which has blessed us with public holidays Labour Day and Vesak Day) — congratulations, you’ve made it! May promises to be a fun month, with plenty of events to fill our calendars with.
From exploring the President’s office and enjoying a cocktail or two to listening to singers Jason Mraz and Troye Sivan charm us their latest hits, you’re gonna wish that May never ends.
Here are some events you should check out.
1. Istana Open House, The Istana — May 1
Photo: The Istana
For just a few times a year, the usually heavily guarded and serene office of the President of Singapore will spring to life as it welcomes thousands of visitors through its open doors. If you haven’t seen what life is like in The Istana, pay a visit on May 1, Labour Day, for its open house from 8.30am to 6pm. Besides getting a chance to marvel at the colonial architecture and learning about the heritage of this important building, you can also enjoy a bustling line-up of performances and activities and even have a picnic with your loved ones. Moreover, the Istana is celebrating its 150th anniversary and you can purchase commemorative tokens and Flashpay cards there. Entry is free for Singaporeans and PRs and $2 per person for everyone else. More information is available at The Istana website.
2. Peroni Sunset Cinema, Tanjong Beach — May 2 to 15
Sip on an icy cold cocktail as you tuck into food from Tanjong Beach Club and enjoy a lovely cool sea breeze — all while watching a film. Doesn’t that sound like a dream? Live out that fantasy at the Peroni Sunset Cinema, where you get to catch movies such as biographic dramedy Green Book (2018), biographic legal-drama On The Basis Of Sex (2018) and crime drama The Mule (2018) while lounging in deck chairs with wireless headphones. While some dates are already sold out (you can’t see Lady Gaga belting out Shallow by the beac, unforch), you can check out their website for other available dates. Tickets cost $31.80 each via their website and the screening will only be cancelled if the weather conditions pose a risk.
3. Troye Sivan ‘The Bloom Tour’ Singapore, The Star Theatre — May 3
Don’t be fooled by his skinny frame and elvish good looks — South African-born Australian singer-songwriter-actor Troye Sivan packs smooth vocals that are at once soulful and soothing. First spotted doing song covers on YouTube, Troye has since received a Golden Globe nomination for his song Revelation in coming-of-age film Boy Erased (2018). Set to perform his latest album Bloom, concertgoers can expect hits such as My My My!, Dance To This and Animal, but we’re hoping that the 23-year-old performs favourites including Youth and Wild. Tickets cost upwards of $98 and are available via Apactix.
4. Jacintha Is Her Name Concert, Esplanade Recital Studio — May 4
Local songbird Jacintha Abisheganaden is a household name, especially if you favour jazz music. The singer-thespian will be performing hits such as Somewhere over the Rainbow, Moon River and tunes from her 2018 album Fire & Rain. The performance will also be supported by music director Mei Sheum, Dr Sydney Tan on bass, Tama Goh on drums and Sebastian Ho on guitar. It’ll be a night of stirringly good music. Tickets cost $45 via Sistic.
5. TGIF Music Station, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre — May 3 and 17
Photo: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Show your support for our local talent by grooving to their live performances held at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC). Performing familiar nostalgic tunes and the latest hits, the roster of performers include Project Superstar winner Kelvin Chen Wei Lian, pop singer-songwriter Zeeaura and pop-folk artist Charlie Lim. Set on two dates, May 3 and 17, the program is split into a lunchtime session at Tanjong Pagar Centre and evening session at the concourse of SCCC. Admission is free and you can get more details at their website.
6. Jus2 <FOCUS> Premiere Showcase in Singapore, Zepp@BigBox — May 4
Fans of South Korean boy band GOT7 listen up. This is your last chance to catch its sub-unit Jus2 — consisting of JB and Yugyeom — in action as Singapore will be the final stop for the duo’s tour. Performing their debut album Focus, you can definitely expect them to perform most of the tracks there. But here’s hoping that they entertain us with some of GOT7’s hits as well. Tickets costs upwards of $148 via Apactix.
7. GastroFest, Shangri-La Hotel — May 5
Photo: Shangri-La Hotel
Do you live to eat? The inaugural GastroFest at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is set to satiate your tastebuds. You can expect an array of mouthwatering cuisines from in-house restaurants Waterfall Ristorante Italiano and The Line as well as partnering establishments TONO Cevicheria, Meatsmith, Springleaf Prata, Coconut Club and The Pantree. If you fancy a tipple to accompany your meal, East Imperial and Drinksfellas will be serving up curated gin and tonic cocktails, bouquet wines and champagne. All of these while live music performances set a relaxing ambience. A wonderful way to spend a Saturday, we think. Tickets costs upwards of $228 for adults and you can make your reservations via their website.
8. Singapore Cocktail Festival 2019, Empress Lawn — May 10 to 12
Not that we ever need a reason to drink, but The Cocktail Festival is presenting booze in such an intriguing manner that it’s hard not to put our names down straightaway. Boasting a lineup that includes international and local renowned bars such as Tippling Club, Jigger & Pony, Smalls from Bangkok and Keepers from Seoul, expect unique creations such as a sweet and spicy Tián Mì Mì from Madame Fan Bar and banana and miso infused Peel & See from Smoke & Mirrors. There will also be live music and food so it’ll be an awesome party. Tickets cost upwards of $34 via Sistic and the SCGF website.
9. This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls, Drama Centre Theatre — May 10 to 26
What happens when an innocence bout of flirting goes awry and the lady gets sexually assaulted? With the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, more sexual assault stories are getting unearthed and destabilising the lies and power dynamics that keep victims silent. Created by playwright Ken Kwek after conducting over 100 interviews with victims, this production is aimed at giving voice to the shamed and damned victims and stars thespians including Oon Shu An, Pam Oei and Adrian Pang. Tickets cost upwards of $25 via Sistic.
10. Jason Mraz Good Vibes Tour, The Star Theatre — May 11
With his unique blend of folk-pop sound and positive lyrics, it comes as no surprise that American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz has amassed a loyal fanbase and two Grammy awards under his belt. Jason is set to perform his latest album Know that features catchy tunes such as Have It All, Unlonely and More Than Friends. Of course, we’re hoping that Jason also performs fan favourites including I’m Yours, Make It Mine and I Won’t Give Up. Tickets cost upwards of $98 via Apactix.
11. Jeff Chang 2019 Continuum World Concert Tour in Singapore, Singapore Indoor Stadium — May 11
Known as the “Prince of Love Ballads”, veteran Taiwanese singer Jeff Chang returns to Singapore with his latest concert titled Continuum. But what sets this apart from past concerts is that Jeff himself is involved in every detail, from the concept to stage lighting and effects. The show will also be supported by a music team led by Golden Melody music director, Jim Lee, and band members who have worked with artists such as Shakira and Alanis Morissette. Get set for a night of soulful ballads and nostalgic favourites from this mesmerising singer. Tickets costs upwards of $18 via Sportshub.
12. European Union Film Festival, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium — May 10 to 19
Ladies and Gentlemen... finally the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) returns for its 29th edition, reflecting the diversity of perspectives, histories and cultures from across Europe. Featuring the best contemporary European cinema, the 29th EUFF runs from 10 to 19 May 2019 at the National Gallery Singapore. This year, EUFF presents 27 films from across Europe with Romania as the featured country. To know more about the movies, check out: http://www.euff.sg or follow @EUFFSG on Facebook. For ticketing services, please visit: https://www.sistic.com.sg
A group of strangers on a train interact with each other and realise that they have more in common than they thought. That’s the premise of the Romanian film Beside Me, one of the many showings at this year’s European Union Film Festival. Happening at the National Gallery of Singapore, this year’s presentation spotlights Romania as the feature country and celebrates the cultural heritage of Europe with films from other nations including Ukraine, Austria and Malta. Tickets (per show) cost $11 via Sistic.
13. Katya: Help Me I’m Dying – Live in Singapore, Shine Auditorium — May 12
Known for being the runner-up of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Star 2, Katya has amassed fans with her flamboyance and unique and derisive sense of humour. As one of the most popular queens to come out of the competition, you can expect a night filled with laughter as Katya shows off her various hilarious personas and characters. Tickets cost upwards of $88 via Sistic.
14. Lauv Asia Tour 2019, Capitol Theatre — May 15 and 16
Lauv is no stranger to performing in Singapore, after all he opened for Ed Sheeran’s sold-out concerts for the Divide World Tour back in 2017. Known for his smoky vocals, his two-day gig at Capitol Theatre has already sold out, which attests to his singing prowess and popularity. For the quick few who managed to snag a ticket, you can expect songs such as The Other, There’s No Way and I Like Me Better from the young, talented American singer-songwriter.
15. Civilised, The Necessary Stage Black Box Theatre — May 15 to 26
JUST OUT: Tix sales for Civilised, our next main season production from 15-26 May, is now on @sisticsingapore! We promise an audacious ride through the complexities and violence of colonisation past, present and future. Find out more and grab your tickets via the link in our bio. . . . #thenecessarystage #civilised2019 #sgtheatre #sgart #decolonisation
Singapore has come a long way, from a humble fishing village to a thriving, modern metropolis. But the journey has not been smooth; in fact, it has been a wild and complicated ride, according to The Necessary Stage’s new production, Civilised. Written by esteemed playwright Haresh Sharma, the play examines Singapore’s colonial past and its present-day veneer of glamour. It casts the spotlight on one’s relentless pursuit of economic success and explores the idea of freedom of speech. Underlying all this is the question: Does civilisation come at a cost? Tickets costs $36 via Sistic.
16. Singapore International Festival of Arts, multiple locations — May 16 to June 2
The annual pinnacle arts festival is back, and with genres spanning from theatre and dance to art and film, you’ll be spoilt for choice with this year’s lineup at the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA). SIFA aims to celebrate local and international works and has become a must-go event for art lovers. Held across various locations islandwide, fascinating shows include the Displaced Persons’ Welcome Dinner, a production that looks at how humanitarian workers deal with the refugee crises, an intimate and moving performance by eminent Japanese musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto titled Fragments, and Frogman, a supernatural thriller that uses a virtual reality experience. Prices vary between shows and you can get the full information via the SIFA website.
17. ONE: Enter The Dragon, Singapore Indoor Stadium — May 17
Fans of martial arts, mark your calendar right now. If you love watching athletes battle it out in a ring, then the One Championship showcase is an event you wouldn’t want to miss. While not much has been released about the event, you can expect a headline match between reigning champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki against Singapore’s Christian “The Warrior” Lee. Tickets cost upwards of $28 via Sportshub and you can get more info at One Championship’s website.
18. AIA Glow Festival, Sentosa Island — May 25
Photo: AIA Glow Festival
It’ll be a chill weekend of unwinding by the beach, participating in yoga classes and revelling in live music from local and international musicians if you head down to the AIA Glow Festival. International headliners include yoga teachers such as Marysia Do and Patrick Beach, both of whom will be conducting classes, while Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies, hit London band Rudimental and local band The Sam Willows are set to perform. This is a rain or shine event so remember to bring your raincoats. Tickets cost upwards of $59 each and you can get more information from their website.
19. Adam Cheng n Liza Wang Reminiscing 50th Hong Kong Drama and Cantopop Concert, Resorts World Ballroom — May 25
Mother’s Day might be over by then but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat your parents and grandparents to a night filled with nostalgic tunes and golden melodies. Adam Cheng and Liza Wang, both titans in the Hong Kong entertainment industry, join forces to dazzle and enchant with resplendent costumes and hit songs. Tickets cost upwards of $38 via Sistic.
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