With Hari Raya Adilfitri coming up this month, you can be sure that there’s a lot of celebrating to prepare for! Browse the Hari Raya bazaars for delicious food, work off the calories at a triathlon or just chill out to the coolest jazz tunes this month.
Hari Raya Bazaars
The festival of Eid is known as Hari Raya Adilfitri, or Hari Raya Puasa in Singapore. It falls on the first day of the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. The month of Ramadan, which precedes Hari Raya Adilfitri, is a month of fasting. But this doesn’t mean you can’t participate in the festivities even if you aren’t Muslim. During Ramadan, there are Hari Raya bazaars with a bewildering number of stalls peddling food, clothes, jewellery, home décor and more! Head down to the Geylang Serai or Tampines Bazaar after dinner to enjoy the biggest buzz, and explore to your heart’s content.
When: Now until 16 July
Where: Geylang Serai (next to Paya Lebar MRT Station) or Tampines Central 5 (next to Tampines MRT Station)
Jazz in July
Jazz enthusiasts can look forward to an entire month of jazz programmes presented by the Esplanade. Not only will there be performances by featured artistes, Singapore’s eminent jazz veterans will also walk you down memory lane in the Throwback Series where they share their challenges and triumphs in Singapore’s jazz scene from the 1960s onwards. Don’t miss the free Big Band Sundays performances for a clapping and swinging good time!
When: 1 to 31 July
Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas
Set your imagination free with this exhibition for “everyone and anyone with a head for ideas and a heart for adventure”! Featuring artists from Singapore and the region, Imaginarium is filled with interactive and immersive artworks. If your kids are aged between four and 12 years old, why not bring them to the artist workshop, Create through Doodling? Spend an afternoon bonding with your children through art, and learn to create characters using basic shapes. Workshop participants will then use the newly created characters and bring them to life by creating a group narrative.
When: Now until 19 July. Workshop is on 19 July.
Where: Singapore Art Museum
Part of the annual da:ns FESTIVAL presented by the Esplanade, the da:ns FOOTWORK workshops are a series of introductory classes conducted by professionals for just about everyone! It doesn’t matter if you have little or no dance experience, come on down and join in the fun. Youth & Adult workshops include ladies night classes, date night classes for couples and salsa socials. If your children are aged between seven and 10 years old, try out the Parents & Kids classes! Grandparents are welcome too. Little tots aged three to six aren’t left out either, with the Twinkle Toes workshops designed especially for them.
When: Now until October
Where: The Esplanade
Towards the Future - SCO Celebrates SG50
The SG50 celebrations keep on coming. This month, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra is commemorating Singapore’s 50th year of independence with a tribute concert. Be enchanted by the strains of Xie Xiang Ming's A Stroll in the Lion City; Law Wai Lun's interpretation of Hong San See and his symphonic cantata, Ode to Singapore; Phoon Yew Tien's arrangement of Nostalgic Medley; Eric Watson's new composition, An Independent Note, which features an excerpt of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's speech, narrated by Lim Kay Tong; and Kuan Nai-chung's Singapore Capriccio, performed by Serene Koh, winner of the National Piano Competition in 2013. Pop rock a cappella group MICappella will also put in an appearance!
When: 3 July
Where: Esplanade Concert Hall
Singin’ in the Rain
Direct from London’s West End comes this hit production of Singin’ in the Rain! Experience the magic of Hollywood’s transition from silent movies to the talkies. Packed to the brim with Tinseltown’s glamour, charm, romance and comedy, the musical’s high energy choreography coupled with the beloved soundtrack ensures a splashing good time for everyone – especially if you get tickets for the Splash Zone. 12,000 litres of water is used during each performance, and the first four rows will get their fair share of showers and splashes. Not to worry though, special Singin’ in the Rain ponchos will be provided!
When: 9 to 26 July
Where: MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands
Dragon Boat Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Duanwu Festival, commemorates the famed patriot and poet Qu Yuan. This year, the Singapore Dragon Boat Festival will be held over the weekend on 11 and 12 July at Bedok Reservoir. Head on down to cheer on the dragon boaters as they row to the beat of the drums in 500 metre and 1000 mentre races! Don’t forget to try out some zong zi, or rice dumplings, which are a traditional food for this festival.
When: 11 and 12 July
Where: Bedok Reservoir
Singapore Stories: Then, Now, Tomorrow
The Singapore broadsheet newspaper, The Straits Times, has been chronicling our nation’s news for 170 years. Visit this free exhibition and see Singapore’s fascinating history unfold through hundreds of images and headlines from The Straits Times. Beginning from the launch of the newspaper in 1845 – 120 years before Singapore’s independence – visitors will be treated to key insights on policy-making, social changes, key players and defining moments in Singapore’s history. Never before published photos will also be shown for the first time, making this an exhibition not to be missed.
When: From 17 July
Where: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands
The LKY Musical
The death of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, first Prime Minister of Singapore, in March this year plunged the nation into mourning. Tributes poured in, not just from Singaporeans from all walks of life but also from foreign dignitaries. A man who was instrumental in the turbulent saga of Singapore’s journey to independence and rise to success, you can learn more about his life in The LKY Musical, a collaboration between local and international artists. The music by iconic musician and composer Dick Lee, along with local thespian Adrian Pang in the titular role of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and veteran actress Sharon Au as his wife Mdm Kwa Geok Choo, assures spectators of a production worthy of the story it tells.
When: 21 July to 16 August
Where: MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands
Singapore International Triathlon 2015
The Singapore International Triathlon not only organises a standard race distance (1500m swim + 36km bike + 10km run), but in the spirit of inclusiveness it also offers various other distances and even relays that suit athletes from as young as under eight years old! Of course, sprint races (750m swim + 18km bike + 5km run) and relays are open for registration too, but kiddos from as young as eight can sign up for the kids race (100m swim + 6km bike + 850m run). Under eights have the Kids Scoot-athlon (700m scoot + 150m run) just for them! Enjoy the sea breeze and greenery of East Coast Park while pushing your physical limits, whether as an individual competitor or in a relay team.
When: 25 July
Where: East Coast Park, Area A2