It’s only the start of February and we’re already trying to catch our breath! It’s been a blistering start to Singapore’s arts and culture calendar, with Singapore Art Week (SAW) 2024 having just reached a successful conclusion. SAW in itself was the pinnacle of our visual arts year, but that doesn’t mean we’re slowing down on every event, big or small. Apart from the big-name headliners gracing our shores, there are literally dozens of events and experiences to Catch, from our bustling local theatre scene, to lesser known operas and everyday buskers. It’s just as well it’s a leap year because there is so much in store! Here’s what else you can expect from a bumper 2024:
2024 started off with a bang of some of Singapore’s biggest arts and culture events for the year! Image credit: Singapore Art Week, Arts House Limited, Coldplay
- Singapore Art Week: The marquis event of the visual arts calendar was packed with over 150 exhibitions.
- Light To Night Festival: The National Gallery Singapore reimagined art with this big visual play in the heart of the Civic District. Beyond the magical light show, there were also workshops such as the Artsplaning series where you could learn more about visual arts.
- Textures 2024: An event combining the best of visual arts, Light to Night Festival, and Singapore Literature? You just had to be there to find out how.
- Coldplay: Worth a mention here because local music heroes Jasmine Sokko and RRILEY were the opening acts for the mega concert.
It’s a festival of arts and culture as February braces itself for highlights such as the Lunar New Year and Chingay 2024. Image credit: SISTIC Singapore, Chingay, and Ed Sheeran
- Huayi: Chinese Festival of Arts 2024: This festival is a vast mix of genres over more than 30 events held at the Esplanade which range from Cantonese opera to hip hop performances and tattoo art workshops.
- Chingay 2024: What’s Chinese New Year without a parade? This year’s will feature Singapore’s longest floor projection for a street parade, at a whopping 230m.
- Ed Sheeran with Callum Scott:Just thinking out loud, what’s it like to be sandwiched between Coldplay and Taylor Swift? We seem to be having an embarrassment of riches when it comes to famous foreign music acts.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring arts and culture in March! Image credit: SISTIC Singapore, Taylor Swift, Pangdemonium, and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
- Playtime (1st Edition): This is an engaging theatre series for children aged 3 to 6, with this month’s show, Fatimah and her Magic Socks, staged at the Esplanade Recital Studio.
- Taylor Swift the Eras Tour: Great if you got tickets for this highly anticipated concert at the National Stadium.
- Matilda the Musical: The other girl-power show you should catch is this much-loved musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel, to be staged at the Marina Bay Sands Theatre
- Jack Johnson: Here for only a night as part of his Meet the Moonlight World Tour, at the The Star Performing Arts Centre.
- Rod Stewart: You might want to catch this venerable rocker whether you believe this concert is really One Last Time because he doesn’t ever look like retiring.
- Falling: Pangdemonium reprises its critically acclaimed and award-winning 2016 play.
- da:ns focus: Formerly a festival that was a stalwart of the local dance scene, the event is now a series of five themed dance-focused weekends to Catch this month.
All the world’s a stage, and April is going big on music and theatre this season! Image credit: SISTIC Singapore, Wild Rice, Bruno Mars, and Checkpoint Theatre
- Hamilton: You will not be throwing away your shot with this sung and rapped biographical super musical about one of the founding fathers of America - it runs at the Marina Bay Sands Theatre till June!
- Tartuffe The Imposter: Wild Rice’s modern adaptation of the French playwright Moliere’s biting satire looks like something apt for our times
- Bruno Mars: This popular performer brings his Moonshine Jungle Tour to our shores for three nights at the Singapore Indoor Stadium
- Secondary The Musical: Checkpoint Theatre’s original musical by Singaporean singer-songwriter Weish takes aim at our grades-oriented culture
Join us for a slew of local festivities in May! Image credit: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, National Gallery Singapore, Arts House Limited, and National Museum of Singapore
- Pesta Raya: Malay Festival of Arts: Last year’s month-long festival had over 20 events, and we’re expecting something just as packed for the 2024 edition.
- Children’s Biennale: One of National Gallery Singapore’s key events since 2017, and something that seems to get bigger and better with every year. Just check out 2023’s version.
- Singapore International Festival of the Arts: Art is a gentle calling, according to last year’s festival director Natalie Hennedige. It “is not about forcing something onto someone, but drawing others to you by being true to yourself”, she adds. And that’s enough to draw us to this year’s SIFA.
- Flipside: If last year’s non-verbal puppet play Chimpanzee is any indication, 2024’s offerings should be just as thought-provoking.
- Singapore Heritage Festival: This year’s edition focuses on the rich heritage of Singapore’s built environment.
- Niall Horan: Formerly of One Direction, now gracing the Singapore Indoor Stadium
The June holiday season calls for an exciting spread of family-friendly arts and culture events, not to mention plenty of events for folks from all walks of life! Image credit: National Heritage Board, Dream Academy, and Pangdemonium
- Children’s Season: Start them young with this annual programme from the National Heritage Board that looks to encourage museum visits for children of all ages
- Happy Ever Laughter 2024: Dream Academy’s long-running series of stand-up comedy extravaganzas featuring the best of Singapore’s stand-up performers is back. Check back here for the confirmed line-up.
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf: Pangdemonium brings this Tony Award-winning play to life at the KC Arts Centre
July calls for romantic nights of jazz and incredible bouts of laughter from the one and only Kumar. Image credit: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Kumar
- Jazz in July: As the blurb for last year’s event says, “Jazz is Free. Fun. Dirty. Romantic. Rebellious. Classy. Chaotic Jazz is all these things and more”, you’d really want to check it out at the Esplanade Theatres.
- Kumar: Singapore’s beloved comic performer is almost guaranteed to sell out the 2,000-seat Marina Bay Sands Theatre as he did last year for 15 shows.
Looking to spend a day out with the family, friends’ night out, or date night plans? The month of August is going to be an exciting one! Image credit: Esplanade –Theatres on the Bay
- Playtime (2nd Edition): The second edition of this children’s theatre programme returns with BURP, a heartening tale about a man who loves collecting sounds in glass jars, each one a doorway to a special memory or feeling.
- Singapore Night Festival: Not to be confused with the Light to Night Festival, we know the Bras Basah.Bugis district’s key event by the National Heritage Board will come alive after dark for sure.
Come for the excitement of the races during the F1 Singapore Grand Prix, stay for the fantastic music acts! Image credit: F1 Singapore Grand Prix
- F1 Singapore Grand Prix: Concerts galore, rain or shine. We can’t vouch for the race itself, but we think it’ll be business as usual as far as the big musical acts are concerned.
October brings big music festivals to our sunny little island, paired with our very own local theatre shows that you should catch before they sell out! Image credit: Baybeats, Dream Academy, AXEAN Festival, and Pangdemonium
- Baybeats Festival: Billed as Singapore’s biggest alternative music festival. We expect 2024’s edition to be packed with even more local and international acts.
- AXEAN Festival: First held in 2020, this event aims to bring global attention to Southeast Asian music, gathering artists, audiences and buyers from the region and further abroad.
- Broadway Beng: Dream Academy’s staging of the much-loved Sebastian Tan’s song, dance and stand-up show is back just a year after his last performance at the Capitol Theatre.
- Dear Evan Hansen: Pangdemonium is lining up the hits with this Tony Award-winning musical. Tickets should go fast for this one, if last year’s Into The Woods is any measure.
Arts and culture are going big in November with three events that you absolutely cannot miss! Image credit: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, and Affordable Art Fair
- Singapore Writers Festival: The flagship literary event of Arts House Limited in the Singapore arts and culture calendar featured some interesting plot twists in 2023’s edition.
- Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts to be held at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, packed over 20 events in 2023. Check back here for updates on this year’s programme.
- Affordable Art Fair: The large art event to bookend the year with. Here’s what went down last year.
End the year on a musical high with the ethereal sounds of Voices Festival and bright, cheery tunes from the hilarious Dim Sum Dollies. Image credit: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
- Voices Festival: The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay’s annual festival of vocal music features anything from Mandopop to musical theatre to opera.
- Dim Sum Dollies: Dream Academy’s famous musical cabaret trio returns for its 22nd year, in what must be a raucous year end revue as big as last December’s Crazy Christmas.
But of course, this listing is by no means exhaustive, and you could say you’re just catching the tip of the arts iceberg! There are hundreds more that will dot our calendars, some of which haven’t been planned yet. Do check back here for the latest updates and of course, exclusive Catch membership perks!
Top image credit: Baybeats Singapore