The Singapore Art Week returns alongside New Year's Day parties and CNY hoedowns

You don’t hear this very often, but it’s the dawn of a new decade. That’s why we gotta welcome 2020 the best way we know how: with crazy bashes that’ll give us (un)forgettable nights. In the first week of January alone, find multiple pool parties, themed revelries and even fun brunches to head to. But don’t forget that the first month of each year is also host to the annual Singapore Art Week, so look forward to art activities and events that’ll allow you to showcase your creative side. Better start marking your calendars folks, an entire year lies ahead.

PARTY
Welcome the new year at LeVeL 33’s first-ever BBQ party. From 12pm-3pm, guests can indulge in an extensive menu promising mouth-watering, charcoal-grilled skewers, free-flow desserts, and more. Get their house-brewed beers and just soak in the good vibes as you enjoy the mesmerising view of Singapore’s skyline at their lounge. Jan 1

PARTY
If you have an affinity for water, dive into the new year at the SO 2020 Pool Party. Spend your New Year’s Day partying poolside with DJs Katdawgx and Val as they helm the decks from 2pm onwards. Get 20% off bottles thanks to The 1927 Tribe, and have free-flow sliders and fries with ‘em purchases. Jan 1

FOOD/PARTY
Take it to Sentosa to ring in the new year. Tanjong Beach Club will be hosting a hearty coastal brunch as DJ YuJin dishes out hot beats, so you know it’s gonna be a good one. Jan 1

FOOD
Had too much to drink this new year’s eve? Then have a detox brunch at none other than The Alkaff Mansion’s Wildseed Cafe. There’ll be nutritious brunch specials plus delicious brunch sets going at only $30. Jan 1

FOOD/DRINK
Here’s another place to cure your hangover blues. Have a delectable brunch buffet at SO Sofitel Singapore, where you’ll find authentic Italian pasta, a chef’s carving station with a selection of premium cuts including a whole stuffed turkey with Marsala wine sauce, and a dessert bar to satisfy your sweet tooth. Not to mention there’ll be an array of breakfast favourites, like eggs benedict with glazed Christmas ham, warm crepes with maple syrup and of course, hash browns. Jan 1

FOOD/DRINK
Kult Kafe knows you’re in need of a recovery session too. That’s why they’ll be hosting one with mellow music, $10 Bloody Belcans all day, and even vegetarian tandoori barbecue and rotis. It’s free entry and dog-friendly, so you know who to bring. Jan 1

FOOD/DRINK
Enjoy traditional Japanese new year nosh at MBS’ Kyoto-inspired restaurant Koma. For just five days, the Japanese establishment will be offering its own Osechi Ryori, a gorgeous and tasty medley of traditional Japanese new year food, packed in special boxes called jubako. All dishes presented are believed to contain special meanings and fortune, so head down to get a taste of Japan and find out what’s what. Jan 1-5

ARTS
Happening in conjunction with SAW’s Light to Night Festival is The Arts House’s Prologue 2020, which will run throughout the month of January. Particularly inspired by Italian writer Italo Calvino’s ambitious novel Invisible Cities, the formidable arts association will turn their homeground into an intimate gathering of multidisciplinary performances, installations and interactive activities. Jan 1-31

PARTY
Continue kicking it in 2020 as Sim Lim Square bar Pinball Wizard throws its Flip-O-Rama party, for you to get your groove on with the greatest hits from the nineties to noughties. The best part? Free entry runs all night. Jan 3

PARTY
Detroit homeboy Richie Hawtin is bringing his unique techno sound to Singapore, and Marquee’s letting you be a part of the fun. Get tickets to guarantee a wild night on Friday evening. It's only the best way to start the weekend. Jan 3

COMEDY
Singapore’s drag queen of comedy will once again deliver a funny and hilarious stand-up at Canvas this January. You already know the deal, The Kumar Show starring Kumar himself will get into topics surrounding our sunny island (in the funniest way possible), and this month’s edition will be no different—although we do hope he throws some NYE and CNY jokes into the mix. Jan 3

PARTY
Go Back 2 The Phuture with Zouk, as they present Lenerd and DJ Rattle on Friday night. Chart-topping hits by 50 Cent, Eminem, College Dropout-era Kanye, and even Linkin Park will all be played for you to get low. Jan 3

PARTY
No better way to head into the new year than with a throwback party celebrating some of the wildest years of this millenium, right? Come Saturday night, Cherry Discotheque will be hosting a 2000s-themed party that’ll have you jamming to iconic hits by Fergie, PCD, Sean Kingston, and more. Somebody call 911. Jan 4

MUSIC
If you’re one for screamo and death metal, you’ll want to head to The Night Comes For Us: Kodrat EP Launch of Con-formed. It’ll be a seriously dark evening filled with furious blackened grindcore made more insane with affiliates of the syndicate, like death metal band Dyeth and thrash crossover group Vexxon. Jan 4

PLAY
Love the thrill of escape rooms? Then go down to Escape Room at My Queenstown: Murder Mystery Night to see if you can solve a murder that happens within the compounds of a museum at Queenstown. Jan 4-Feb 1

PARTY
Vibe hard at Marquee on Saturday night as they present their ever-popular Don’t Kill My Vibe party for the first time this year. Local DJs will take charge of the evening, so get 'em early bird tickets that will only set you back only $20. Jan 4

MARKET
Created for fans by fans, J-Culture creative market Arata offers cool, pre-loved official anime merchandise which you can cop at some of the best prices around. But of course, there are new merch pieces by talented local and overseas artists as well. Head down to browse over 60 artists booths, contribute to a toy donation drive and enjoy non-stop music by DJ Dano. Jan 4

PARTY
DJs Ollie'des and Nicolette are going to get the party started at Pinball Wizard on Saturday night, so join them as throwback tunes play on repeat for you to get jiggy with it all night long. Jan 4

EXHIBITION
Fans of Disney's Frozen, step into A Frozen Wonderland at Changi Airport this year-end as the world of Frozen 2 come to life. Meet characters like Elsa and Olaf, brave the elements in an experiential zone, enjoy an Arendelle-inspired festive market at Jewel, and so much more. Through Jan 5

FESTIVAL
Find exciting acts surrounding the theme of "My Country and My People", inspired by Lee Tzu Pheng’s iconic poem of the same name, at the 16th edition of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. Get your festival passes quick for complete access to cool performances and even a surprise piece. Jan 8-19

FOOD/DRINK
Best known for their truffle fries, you can now begin your CNY celebrations at the one and only PS.Cafe as they host a Truffle Thursday food party of sorts at their Attic Lounge Bar. Jan 9

DRINK/SHOP
Have a drink and shop for a personalised gift at the same time at The Johnnie Walker Gifting Studio. Make sure to stop by the Terminal 3 departure transit area if you're travelling, and bag yourself bottles of Johnnie Walker, Talisker, Tanqueray and more at this pop-up. Personalise each bottle with a message on the spot, enjoy sweet treats by famed local pastry chefs the likes of Janice Wong and Cheryl Koh, and even get to try sips from selected bottlings before you buy. Through Jan 9  

FOOD/WORKSHOP
Perfect the art of sushi-making with Commune Kitchen as they host a hands-on cooking class at the uber chic Downtown Gallery. There are vegetarian and gluten-free options; learn to make your own sushi rice and get familiar with folding and rolling techniques. Lunch and a drink will be provided too. Jan 10

PARTY
TGIF Remix Music Station returns this 2020 to kick off their inaugural Remix festival. It’s predominantly a mandopop party, so find local talents like Olinda Cho and Ian Fang at the scene, although rising star Jasmine Sokko will be there to offer some tunes too. Jan 10

MUSIC
Fans of Mandopop ought to know this one. Since his debut during the 2000s, Taiwanese musician Jay Chou has been capturing the hearts of many in Asia thanks to his melodic tunes. He continues to wow us, as he performs on his Jay Chou Carnival World Tour. Tickets start from $198; more information available here. Jan 10-11

PLAY
Find a new, new year’s tradition as AJ Hackett Sentosa hosts a New Year’s Dive, based on the Dutch tradition of leaping into the sea to celebrate the beginning of a new year. Enjoy Dutch games, music by Dutch DJs, drinks and more. Jan 11

FOOD/DRINK
Take an edible journey through Turkey and the Middle East with Makan Matter’s The Hungry Hopefuls dining pop-up come Saturday night. A seven-course dinner plus a possible after party comes at just $80 per pax, for an honest and delightful spread. Jan 11

MUSIC
Renowned breakout star Lewis Capaldi will be in Singapore for the very first time on Saturday at the Capitol Theatre. Having toured with musicians like Sam Smith, Niall Horan, and Rag’n’Bone Man, the Scottish singer-songwriter offers dozens of songs showcasing his raw vocal talent and piano work. Expect to hear his hit single “Someone You Loved” live. Jan 11

PARTY
Watch out for a progressive trance, progressive house and electro party at Zouk’s main room as German DJ and producer Neelix will please partygoers with beats that made him a hit at festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and Tomorrowland. Jan 11

MUSIC
The Singapore Island Culture Club is back to present a slew of intimate parties, and their first one will be at White Label Records at Ann Siang Hill. The multi-talented Ginette Chittick will be around to deliver feel-good tunes, from cosmic disco grooves to indie dance and more. Jan 11

MUSIC
K-pop fans, take note. Korean-American singer-songwriter Eric Nam is kicking off his Asia 2020 tour and will be heading our way to present songs off his Before We Begin album. Jan 11

ARTS
Back to present a slew of free art exhibitions and events across our tiny island, the Singapore Art Week is in its eighth edition this year. With over 100 showcases, trails, film screenings, performances and discussions available, SAW 2020 will truly be the best time to hop around Singapore, as #ArtTakesOver. Jan 11-19

WORKSHOP
Look beyond colouring books for art therapy. At Colourfully’s upcoming workshop, get to understand the true meaning of art therapy, facilitated by Annelaure Vuillermoz, an art psychotherapist who will ensure a safe and supportive environment. You’ll of course get to make art, but also reflect on your creative process besides learning how to practice it. Jan 12

FESTIVAL
At the Hollandse Club Singapore, take part in the Welkom Festival that allows you to join in fun competitions, watch a ballet show, work out at an aquafit sesh, and have your day commemorated with an underwater photograph. Jan 12

FOOD/DRINK
Find the largest paella in Singapore at El Tardeo’s La Fiesta, where you can party the Spanish way with hot food, drinks, live latin music and good company. Jan 12

COMEDY
Here’s an interesting, new comedy show for you. Powered by PowerPoint slides (Google Slides, actually), PowerPoint Karaoke is a show where absolutely everything is made up, the slides are nonsense and the presenters don’t know what they’re talking about. It’s funny, fun, involves audience participation, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. You won’t want to miss this. Jan 14

ARTS
To learn about the uphill battle for space and how artists and curators alike deal with it, head to The Substation’s Stealing Public Space: Artist Panel with Curator. Artists like Justin Loke of Vertical Submarine, and Yadanar Win will be present to share some of their ideas on realising artworks. Jan 14

WORKSHOP
Make your own mini ceramic wares with just a mini electrical wheel and simple tools at The Hive Lavender's pottery workshop. You’ll even get to take home a miniature ceramic table-top decoration set that can be used to hold plants, objects, and other decor pieces. Jan 16

FOOD/DRINK
An epic cook-off is set to take place on Thursday evening as Middle Eastern restaurant Fat Prince and burger-bao joint Bao Boy pit kebabs against baos for an exciting night filled with food, banter and music. Jan 16

PLAY
If you think you’re a puzzle whiz, then take it to Nineteen80’s Puzzle Bobble Tournament to showcase your skills. You’ll stand to win some very attractive prizes too. Jan 16

PARTY
Hip-hop heads, it’s time to gather to witness the arrival of the magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff. From working alongside with the iconic Fresh Prince, winning Grammy awards to receiving praises from renowned rap artists like Eminem, Kanye West and Busta Rhymes–DJ Jazzy Jeff shows how his expansive talents stand the music evolution's test of time. It’s a pure #TGIF celebration of hip-hop music at Ce La Vi this Friday night. Jan 17

PARTY
His name has been thrown around quite a bit, and for good reason. Coming to Singapore to showcase his mastery of electronica is Fedde Le Grand on Friday night at Marquee. We’re really looking forward to hearing his famed remixes of Coldplay’s “Paradise”, but also “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit” and “Sparks“. Jan 17

MUSIC
Following their sold-out debut in Singapore in 2016, American indie band Bon Iver will return in 2020 with their latest critically-acclaimed album i,i in tow. Definitely don’t miss the Grammy-clinching folktronica group and their infectious tunes. Tickets from $89; more information available here. Jan 17

PARTY
Things are about to get real snuggly at Canvas on Friday night as This Is Cozy, a female-centric hip-hop and R&B night will be hosted at The Riverwalk’s popular nightclub. The first 100 ladies will receive free entry at the door; get ready to have a hoedown on the dance floor as DJs like Clammr and DJ Highness will be spinning tunes by Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Cardi B and more. Jan 17

MUSIC
Returning again this year for a music-filled weekend is Noise Singapore, with their All Things New x Noise Weekend. Acts like Islandeer and Rangga Jones will be performing; expect and enjoy an exciting line-up of Singapore’s up-and-coming talents. Jan 17-19

FOOD
Presenting a Lunar Soiree this lunar new year is Mimi at The Riverhouse, with three different set menus showcasing its modern Chinese specialities. All set menus include the Mimi Prosperity Akagai Yu Sheng, which offers premium ingredients like Akagai ark clams, and even abalone when you top-up just $10. Jan 17- Feb 9

ARTS
Celebrate the rise of subculture once again at the annual Aliwal Urban Art Festival. Come Saturday, head down to Kampong Glam, as it will once again be turned into a funky, street-centric showcase of visual art, alternative music, dance performances and skateboarding. Jan 18

MUSIC
Popular Icelandic indie band Of Monsters and Men will finally be coming to Singapore as part of their The Fever Dream Tour. Although we’re excited to hear new tunes like “Alligator” live, we’re also hoping they’ll do us a solid and sing the classics like “Little Talks” and “Dirty Paws”. Tickets from $108; more information available here. Jan 18

PARTY
For cuban beats and latin house music on a Saturday night, you’ll have to head to Ce La Vi’s club lounge. They’ll be hosting their Conmigo night, which will offer a taste of Spain, with live entertainment from Ramesh K and Havana Social Club. Jan 18

CONCERT
Watch as weeks of collaboration culminate in a spectacular showcase concert, with young, aspiring musical talents performing their original Made-In-Singapore song at the Gardens by the Bay. It’ll be a celebration of music and heritage through the mash-up of tunes inspired by time. There’ll be special appearances by established artists and surprise activities too, so look forward to those as well. Jan 18

MARKET 
Spend a wholesome day at Camp Kilo Charcoal Club as Sunday Social returns to the scene with good music, fashion and food. Artisanal crafters and bakers will be there, plus hearty roasts courtesy of the BBQ spot. Jan 19 

DANCE
A video game will be coming to live as The Flux Collective organises a Dance Fighter I open style dance battle, modelled after the classic video game, Street Fighter. Dancers will get to decide what genres or styles they’ll like to compete, and engage in 1-on-1 battles within a stipulated time frame. It’ll be far too exciting to miss. Jan 19

MUSIC
Emo kids, get ready for American hardcore punk band Knocked Loose’s live show in Singapore at the *Scape Ground Theatre. Presented by Uncouth and supported by local bands, we’re stoked for them to perform songs like “Mistakes Like Fractures” and “In the Walls”. Jan 22

DRINK
The first in the Friends of Manhattan Series of 2020 features New York City's famed Katana Kitten. Owner and top bartender Masahiro Urushido himself will be taking on the guest shift, where he'll be wowing us all with his signature cocktails done with equal parts precision and whimsy. Jan 22 

EXHIBITION
Thailand's contemporary photography scene comes into the spotlight at DECK's latest showcase, GAP: a distinct to reality. Four Thai photographers present works that question how much of reality can photographic images truly portray. Admission is free. Through Jan 22

EXHIBITION 
The STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery is hosting Memento Mori, showcasing 70 unique works and 30 editioned pieces by Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo. Through Jan 24

PARTY
Hotdogs and hip-hop music on Chinese New Year? Yes, please. Feast while you party it up, ol’ school style at Victoria Wholesale Centre's rooftop. All your favourite DJs will be setting the mood, like DJ Chunk of the Pushin’On Crew, Suren who plays at Ce La Vi, and more. Check out The Great Escape party hereJan 25

PARTY
After multiple home visits on CNY day one, unwind at Zouk Main Room, as the local nightlife behemoth will be bringing music duo Plastik Funk to our shores for a party unlike any other. Jan 25

PARTY
Support the ESA Animal Shelter at the SO/Pool Party - Charity Edition. 100 percent of the door sales and all profits made by Tito's Handmade Vodka will be heading the animal shelter’s way. For eight hours, eight DJs will be on rotate, with the likes of Sivanesh of Ce La Vi and Ice Cream Sundays’ Jake Camacho Toppings helming the decks. Jan 25

PARTY
Take it to Tanjong Beach Club again for their Smack My Beach Up: Australia Day 2020, where they’ll be celebrating the Land Down Under in all its glory. Be sure to don blue, white and red when you head over; DJ Andrew M will be spinning tunes to get you in the mood to boogie. Joining in the festivities will allow you to help a good cause as well, as the beach club will donate 10 percent of their sales on Australia Day to the Australian bushfires. Jan 26 

PARTY
Throwing what we’re sure will be another awesome party is Ice Cream Sundays and Darker Than Wax. This CNY weekend, head down to a former ship repair factory for their Open Door #4 collaboration which promises an intriguing and exciting affair like no other. Dance among large-scale art installations and get tipples from their pop-up bar, and groove to beats by DJs of both crews. Jan 27

PARTY
Instead of partying down at the clubs, head to music folks Sub:stance’s showcase of techno, at a secret location. Titled Void Decks, the party might actually be held at a HDB void deck, who knows (one can only hope)? Best to leave you to find out. Jan 31 

PARTY
Ending January off on a high note is Marquee and Steve Aoki, as the legendary EDM DJ will be helming the decks of the famed party venue till late. Let’s just hope we don’t get caked. Jan 31

FESTIVAL
The Chingay Parade is back, and this time, their dynamic showcase is themed “Colours in Harmony”, to showcase Singapore’s multiculturalism and diversity. Approximately 6,000 volunteer performers will be involved in co-presenting this People’s Parade, and some of the highlights include the world’s biggest and longest flying dragon, the release of 200m-long firecrackers, as well as the beloved cultural performances by local talents and international acts. Jan 31-Feb 1


Sharon Chin, In the Skin of a Tiger: Monument to What We Want (Tugu Kita), 2019. Image courtesy of Singapore Art Museum
 

EXHIBITION
The Singapore Biennale has returned for its sixth edition, promising over 150 artworks in various mediums across 11 different venues in our city. During the opening weekend, look forward to unique artist performances, guided tours led by curators and artists, as well as fun workshops. Through Mar 22

EXHIBITION
Discover Singapore’s early history at On Paper: Singapore Before 1867 which features over 150 paper-based artefacts that tell the story of Singapore’s early history. Carefully preserved pieces like the 17th century Portugese navigational chart that points to the existence of a Shahbandar in Singapore and a key document that established the Straits Settlements as a Crown Colony of Great Britain in 1867 can all be found at the National Library Building. Through Mar 22

EXHIBITION
Explore the 200 years leading up to the establishment of an entrepot in Singapore in 1819, beginning with the trade in the East Indies which attracted the Dutch and the British during the early 17th century. You'll embark on a journey through An Old New World, which features over 220 artefacts including pieces on-loan from institutional and private collections. Through Mar 29

EXHIBITION
Attain a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of your favourite Disney animated films as the ArtScience Museum will be presenting Disney: Magic of Animation, for the first time ever in Southeast Asia. Over 500 pieces of art from a wide array of films will be displayed at this landmark exhibition, including artist sketches, audio-visual displays, projections and interactive activities. Through Mar 29

EXHIBITION
Discover what might lie ahead by checking out small, human-scale acts of innovation and contemplation at 2219: Futures Imagined. The ArtScience Museum exhibition will feature some of the best installations yet, with a HDB apartment set within the space, a satire newspaper, and more. Through Apr 5