Things have settled down after the whirlwind of national celebration in August, but that doesn’t mean September lacks for things to do! There are musicals, arts festivals and performances galore. Don’t miss out on eating mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival this month, and soak in some traditional Chinese culture at Moonfest while you’re at it.
Singapore International Festival of Arts 2015
Now in its 38th year, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is a long-standing staple of the local arts scene. Bringing together both local and international artists, festival-goers can take their pick of performances. From acts rooted in Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-cultural landscape – such as stand-up comedy Kumar’s Living Together – to performances rooted in a broader, shared human experience, SIFA is the festival to attend whether you are looking for theatre, dance, recitals or works that transcend simple categorisation.
When: 6 August to 19 September
Dick Lee The Adventures of the Mad Chinaman Upsized
Singer, songwriter, composer, playwright, art director and even fashion designer. Dick Lee has worn many hats over the course of his career as one of Singapore’s most recognisable and iconic personalities on the music scene. Having composed numerous memorable National Day Parade theme songs, he is also no stranger to composing scores for musicals, the most recent being the LKY Musical, a tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Find out more as Dick Lee chronicles his career from his childhood in the 60s to 1989 in the humorous and self-deprecating The Adventures of the Mad Chinaman Upsized.
When: 3 September
Where: Esplanade Concert Hall
COMEX is back with more highlights than ever before! Visit the tech showcase to experience the latest gadgets, including the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, which is powered by Oculus. Trade in your old and unwanted gadgets for cash vouchers to spend on your electronics haul, and drop by the GAMEX events to try new games, photograph cosplayers and trade in game consoles and handhelds for the first time. There will be lucky draws with prizes galore for visitors, auctions and even a fashion show featuring the booth babes.
When: 3 to 6 September
Where: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
SCO Celebrates SG50 International Masters Showcase: Strumming Heartstrings
The Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) has organised a series of performances in celebration of Singapore’s golden jubilee, and they’ve invited Scottish virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie to perform alongside the SCO. One of the pieces being performed, Chinese-Canadian composer Vincent Ho's ‘The Shaman’, was actually specially composed for Dame Evelyn Glennie. Enjoy an evening of stirring music with percussion accompanied by the erhu, a two-stringed bowed Chinese instrument, and the guanzi, a Chinese double reed wind instrument.
When: 4 to 5 September
Where: SCO Concert Hall
Globe to Globe Hamlet
If you’ve never caught a performance of Hamlet, this your chance. Shakespeare’s Globe, to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth in 2014, embarked on a two year tour to bring Globe to Globe Hamlet to every country in the world. Finally in Singapore, the Hamlet company have brought this adaptation to venues as varied as Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, outdoor performances in the gardens of the University of Rwanda, on the banks of the St Lawrence River in Canada and more. The project has garnered numerous awards, including UNESCO patronage in 2014 in recognition of the tour’s engagement with local communities and promotion of cultural education. Catch this once in a lifetime performance if you can!
When: 8 to 12 September
Where: Capitol Theatre
Dora the Explorer LIVE! Search for the City of Lost Toys
If your little ones are fans of Dora the Explorer, this is one song and dance spectacular that they won’t want to miss! Join Dora, Map, Backpack, Boots, Diego and their courageous friends as she uses map-reading, counting, musical and language skills to reach the City of Lost Toys to find her teddy bear. Audience participation will play a huge part in Dora’s success at thwarting sneaky fox Swiper’s antics along the way, so come prepared to think, sing and play along.
When: 11 to 13 September
Where: Resorts World™ Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
YouTube sensation Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) is coming to Singapore for the very first time! An ever-growing, ever-rotating ensemble of talents, PMJ hit fame for their reimagination of current pop hits performed in styles from the past. You never knew you wanted to hear Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance in vintage 1920’s Gatsby style, or Taylor Swift’s Blank Style sung cabaret style until you hit up PMJ’s YouTube channel. Now you can watch this dynamic group live for one night only in Singapore!
When: 13 September
Where: Kallang Theatre
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2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
It’s that time of the year when petrolheads rev up for the pinnacle of motorsports action. The Singapore Grand Prix season is upon us this month with not only the biggest motorsports stars landing on our shores but also artistes that include luminaries such as Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and more! The only night race on the F1 calendar, you can be sure there’ll be thrills and spills aplenty. Get ready for a three-day weekend of great sport, great music and great atmosphere!
When: 18 to 20 September
Where: Marina Bay
Road to Ultra Singapore
Fans of electronic music, this is for you. Road to Ultra features the top electronic music artists of today, and Road to Ultra Singapore’s headliners include DJ superstars Skrillex, Alesso and Nicky Romero! As the first Ultra Singapore event, no expenses have been spared, promising a night of cutting-edge stage production values including world-class visuals, lighting and pyrotechnics. Choose from General Admission or Premium General Admission tickets, but do it soon because they’re selling out fast. Remember, you’ve got to be above 18 to attend the event!
When: 19 September
Where: Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo and Convention Centre
The Mid-Autumn Festival brings to mind mooncakes and lanterns, but the Esplanade brings a whole new cultural aspect with Moonfest. Not only are there lantern riddles to solve, there will also be performances of Cantonese opera, a folk song concert, puppetry for the young, a Chinese musical ensemble performance, talks on Chinese chess strategies and more. With both free and ticketed programmes, families and friends can come together to enjoy traditional Chinese arts and culture over this long weekend.
When: 25 to 27 September
Where: The Esplanade
The Substation, one of Singapore’s pioneer art spaces, has a long history of supporting the arts scene in Singapore. Founded by playwright, theatre director and arts activist Kuo Pao Kun, the Substation conducts an anniversary celebration annually – Septfest. As they turn 25 this year, this year’s special commemorative Septfest will include a special festival of events that showcase the Substation’s unique history, multidisciplinary nature and community relationships through performances, films, art installations and even conferences.
When: 28 August to 27 September