A big birthday bash, a Broadway musical, and Rihanna’s Met Gala ball gown.
Celebrate the country’s birthday
With the theme “Our Singapore,” this year’s National Day celebrations on August 9 will not only commemorate the country’s 54th year of independence but the 200 anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival here.
To mark these milestones, the National Day Parade will be moving back to the Padang, where many important events in the country’s history took place, including the first post-independence NDP in 1966. Although you can’t watch the parade, you can catch the fireworks displays around the City Hall, Raffles Place, and Marina Bay areas. Just be sure to find your spot before 8pm.
Then on August 10, the mobile column—a drive-past of a dozen awesome military vehicles—will be heading out to the heartland estates of Jurong East, Woodlands, Bishan, Punggol and Geylang Serai. Check ndp.org.sg for more details.
See a magic carpet fly
Watch the hit Broadway musical, Aladdin, the musical adaptation of the 1992 Disney film. Running at the Sands Theatre in Marina Bay Sands until September 1, you’re guaranteed to have a shining, shimmering, splendid time listening to hits such as “A Whole New World,” and seeing the fabulous sets and over 300 stunning costumes. Tickets start at S$68. Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave; ticketing hotline +65 6688 8826; marinabaysands.com
Experience Ghost Month
Get a glimpse of local culture as Singapore observes the Ghost Month. According to Buddhist and Taoist beliefs, the spirits of the dead will roam the earth during the seventh lunar month (that’s August in the Gregorian calendar). To appease these restless souls, joss paper, incense sticks, hell money, and paper models of cars, jewellery and any material thing the dead might need in the afterlife will be burned as offerings. Aside from these, there will be getai or live performances to entertain them. Feel free to watch – just don’t sit on the front row.
Have a lit time at the arts and heritage district
Happening from August 23 to 31, the Singapore Night Festival brings dynamic performances and mesmerising light installations to the Bras Basah and Bugis precinct. Among the many arts and culture experiences to look forward to this year is Argentinian group Fuerza Bruta’s action-packed aerial acrobatics spectacular. Get your tickets here. nightfestival.sg
Be inspired by Chinese art and couture
It’s your chance to get a close look at the golden cape worn by pop star Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala ball. The iconic garment, plus 28 other stunning dresses by Chinese couturier Guo Pei, will be showcased at the Asian Civilisations Museum’s Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture. To show how traditional art influences contemporary aesthetics, the dresses will be juxtaposed with actual Chinese artworks from the ACM’s collection. Tickets are available here. acm.org.sg
Enter a cabinet of wonder
Head for the big top at Bayfront Avenue and be entranced by Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities. The extravaganza, which is directed by Madonna collaborator Michael Laprise, was hailed by critics as one of the troupe’s best shows ever, and follows The Seeker, who believes in an invisible world where the “craziest ideas and grandest dreams await”. Be prepared to be amazed as the wonders in his curio cabinet come to life. Get your tickets here. Under the Big Top, Bayfront Ave; cirquedusoleil.com
Enjoy alternative beats by the bay
Whatever alternative genre you’re into, you’re sure mto find your jam and your peeps at Baybeats 2019. Happening from August 23 to 25, local and international acts will be performing across five stages at the Esplanade. Launching this year is the LiveWire stage, where you can expect an “eclectic array of sounds from indie rock to hip hop and more”. Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Dr; esplanade.com
Cebu Pacific flies daily to Singapore. cebupacificair.com