Dance, Theater, and Music

Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Continuing series of guest conductors and instrumentalists; chamber music and piano performances. Held at both Victoria Concert Hall and Esplanade Theater. 11 Empress Place or 1 Esplanade Drive; tel. 65 6338 1230.

Singapore Repertoire Theater
Traveling Broadway productions like Kiss of the Spider Woman and locally produced plays; Little Company stages children’s plays for kids up to age 12; Young Company provides theater training to kids and young adults. 20 Merbau Road; tel. 65 6733 8166.

National Museum of Singapore
Recently renovated with a modern glass extension on the back. Sponsors many performing arts exhibits, classic cinema, workshops, and lectures. Café and restaurant are perfect for a quiet Sunday brunch. Fee to view collection upstairs. 93 Stamford Road; tel. 65 6332 3659.

Performing arts from local bands to modern dance to poetry readings. Gallery hosts emerging artists and photographers. Sponsors film festivals and screenings of locally produced films. 45 Armenian Street; tel. 65 6337 7535.


Clarke Quay
Options range from British-based Ministry of Sound to Hooter’s; lively entertainment district on the Singapore River; includes restaurants, bars, and clubs; great place for a pub crawl. 3 River Valley Road.

Tanglin Village
Former military base now home to contemporary restaurants, wine bars, dance clubs, and gourmet food shops. Check out the PS Café, a favorite eatery of fashion designers and Singapore’s beautiful people. 28b Harding Road; tel. 65 6479 3343.

St. James Power Station
Array of clubs located inside a refurbished waterfront power station; includes dancing at Dragonfly and jazz in the Bellini Room. Interior design ensures that one club’s sound doesn’t interfere with another. Cover charge. 3 Sentosa Gateway; tel. 65 6270 7676.

Emerald Hill
“Triumvirate of Ice Cold Beer, Que Pasa, and No. 5, each have their own distinct personalities”—Geraint Price, Editorial Director, Expat magazine. Classic watering holes, alfresco seating; located in historic district near Orchard Road. Great two-for-one happy hour at Ice Cold. Emerald Hill Road; tel. 65 6732 0818 No. 5.

Seventeen years after its doors opened, the first Euro-styled dance club in Singapore is still going strong. Discotheque, nightclub, and bar; famous European DJs and dark motif in a series of renovated warehouses. Hosts ZoukOut all-night beach dance party on Sentosa Island every December. Cover charge. 17 Jiak Kim Street; tel. 65 6738 2988.


Chinese New Year
January or February, depending on the lunar cycle. Chinatown turns into a giant lantern-lit market; shops sell seasonal cakes and cookies. Chinese lion dances performed around town to ward off evil spirits for the upcoming year.

January or February. Ancient Tamil Hindu festival of penance and thanksgiving; devout men attach spikes and metal hooks to their skin to carry steel-arch kavadis (decorated structures bearing offerings) and then proceed from one temple on Serangoon Road to another on Tank Road.

Mid-November-January 2. Orchard Road is transformed into a spectacular array of twinkle lights and Christmas displays. Area malls and hotels make it a tradition of trying to out decorate one another.

Dragon Boat Festival
June or July. Dragon-theme boats complete with large teams of rowers and a drummer to set the pace; races in Marina Bay or one of the city’s other reservoirs; honors revered Chinese scholar Qu Yuan.

National Day
August 9. Massive military parade and fireworks spectacular celebrates the day when Singapore was ousted from Malaysia. Held on a floating stage on the marina basin in the heart of the business district.


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