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Events in April 2015

The nation mourns as Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, passed away peacefully on 23 March 2015. This April, learn more about him in a tribute memorial exhibition, or if you prefer to look on the brighter side of life, immerse yourself in various art forms.

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew

A giant amongst men who has been described as authoritarian, draconian and yet is affectionately referred to as ah gong (grandpa) by the younger generation of Singaporeans, Mr Lee Kuan Yew had an immeasurable impact on the growth and direction of the country. Learn more about him and how he shaped Singapore in this memorial exhibition paying tribute to Singapore's first Prime Minister.

When: 25 March to 26 April 2015

Where to go: National Museum of Singapore

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Beauty and the Beast

Relive the magic and romance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in the flesh with this award winning musical. Produced by the same people behind The Lion King, this musical features not only the beloved songs from the animated film but also includes additional songs and lyrics. The musical has already played in 13 countries to over 35 million people and is in Singapore for a limited time only.

When: 21 March – 19 April 2015

Where to go: Marina Bay Sands

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SIFAS Festival of Indian Classical Music & Dance

Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-cultural heritage is world-famous, and as part of the SG50 celebrations, the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) has organised a Festival of Indian Classical Music & Dance. Listen to spiritual and mystical voice recitals, or enjoy the passionate dance performances that will be put on as Bollywood singers and well-known dancers make their way into town just for the festival.

When: 26 March to 12 April 2015

Where to go: Esplanade

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Vintage Toys from Over 40 Countries

The MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys) Museum of Toys is a private museum belonging to a Singaporean collector. One of the largest collections of its kind in Southeast Asia, this whimsical museum is now featuring over 50,000 pieces of vintage toys and childhood memorabilia from countries such as Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and even Bulgaria. Who knows? You might just rediscover a part of your childhood here.

When: Now to 30 April 2015

Where to go: MINT Museum of Toys

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SINGAPORE STRIPPED! (R18) A Comedy Roast of The Lion City

Who says Singapore’s lacking a sense of humour? Touting itself as the SG50 show that the government doesn’t want you to see, SINGAPORE STRIPPED! promises to be full of risqué material that is not suitable for those under 18. With characters Crispy the Talking Cock – a demented robot chicken – and his human sidekick Cindy Fung, SINGAPORE STRIPPED! will reveal a different side of Singapore.

When: 01 April to 20 June 2015

Where to go: Paulaner Clarke Quay

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The Studios: fifty

Celebrate five decades of local English theatre with this selection of five full-length productions and 16 sets of dramatised readings, totalling 50 plays. Part of the national arts centre’s year-long SG50 celebration, this programme will showcase new and upcoming directors alongside veterans. The performances span various genres, and provide an excellent chance to sample what Singapore’s literary scene has to offer.

When: 02 April to 10 May 2015

Where to go: Esplanade

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Southeast Asian Film Festival 2015

Now in its fifth edition, here’s a golden chance to catch a curated selection of some of the most powerful cinematic works from the region. Films from Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia and of course Singapore will be shown in addition to collaborations with Taiwan, Netherlands, France, Portugal, Serbia and more. Post-screening discussions with selected directors will also be conducted.

When: 10 April to 03 May 2015

Where to go: SAM at 8Q

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The Piano Guys Live in Singapore

YouTube sensations The Piano Guys are making their way to Singapore again! Having played to a sold out audience the last time they were here, here’s your chance to enjoy an evening of their signature blend of pop songs and classical music live instead of streaming it over YouTube. With over 3.7 million channel subscribers and 600 million views, you know these guys won’t disappoint.

When: 13 to 14 April 2015

Where to go: The Star Theatre

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Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2015

The Affordable Art Fair is back! It aims to spread awareness of art for everyone, and features art that can be had for anywhere between S$100 to S$10,000. 75% of the art displayed can be had for under S$7,500 and the clear labelling of prices ensures that you will know exactly what you can afford. There will be activities for children at the free Children’s Art Studio, with free art tours and interactive artist studios so go ahead and bring the whole family down!

When: 17 to 19 April 2015

Where to go: F1 Pit Building

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Shakespeare in the Park - The Tempest

The Singapore Repertory Theatre is putting on their annual Shakespeare in the Park performance and this year, it’s The Tempest. Pack a picnic basket (don’t forget the wine!) and unwind under the stars as the magic of Prospero’s tale is cast over the audience.

When: 29 April to 24 May 2015

Where to go: Fort Canning Park

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