2020 starts off with a big bang as Singapore celebrates the new year with a slew of exciting events happening all over the island.
Here are some not to be missed!
Back again this year, the very popular M1 Singapore Fringe Festival brings performances such as Kebaya Homies by The Necessary Stage, and thought-provoking plays like A Tiny Country to the stage. This year’s theme is “My Country And My People”, which looks at the unity between a country and its people.
M1 Singapore Fringe Festival runs from 8 to 19 January 2020. Visit www.singaporefringe.com/fringe2020/
Singapore’s largest and most prestigious annual motoring event is back for its sixth edition in 2020. This year, visitors can expect a showcase of more than 30 automotive brands with exciting new car launches and exclusive offers, alongside activities and giveaways from non-automotive, lifestyle brands.
Singapore Motor Show runs from 9 to 12 January 2020. Visit www.motorshow.com.sg/2020/home/
Another return is the spectacular Light To Night Festival. This year’s theme is “Invisible Cities” which is inspired by Italian writer Italo Calvino. Visit over 70 tantalising art encounters and multi-sensorial experiences at the Civic District to discover the stories behind the inspiration.
Light to Night Festival runs from 10 to 19 January 2020. Visit www.nationalgallery.sg/festivals/light-to-night-2020-invisible-cities
Dance music extraordinaire Bob Sinclair will spin for one night only at CÉ LA VI Singapore. The French DJ and music producer has worked with some of the greatest names in music, including Lionel Richie, Snoop Dogg, and Sugarhill Gang.
Bob Sinclair will spin at CÉ LA VI Singapore on 10 January. Visit www.celavi.com/en/singapore/
Featuring new faces and fresh musical talents in Singapore, All Things New celebrates new music and Singapore artists who embark on brand new chapters of their musical journeys.
All Things New runs from 1 to 31 January 2020. Visit www.esplanade.com/festivals-and-series/all-things-new/2020
Pongal is celebrated mostly in South India over four days, by farmers who give thanks to ‘Surya’, the Sun God and giver of life, for the blessings of a rich harvest. In Singapore, the Pongal Harvest Festival in Singapore has four important days of celebration—head down to Campbell Lane in Little India and explore the unique festivities and daily performances held here.
Pongal Harvest Festival runs from 14 to 17 January 2020. Visit www.littleindia.com.sg/pongal
Get into the Chinese New Year festive mood by visiting Chinatown for its range of activities and events, from street light-ups and festive street bazaar to the nightly stage shows and the 13th International Lion Dance Competition.
Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations runs from 4 January. Visit chinatownfestivals.sg
Usher in the Chinese New Year with this spectacular showcase which is the first-ever collaboration with Beijing Florascape Co., Ltd. in Southeast Asia. You can expect more than 70 Dahlia cultivars, and other festive plants commonly associated with the season such as Narcissus, Chrysanthemum, Azalea and Celosia at this event.
Dahlia Dreams – The Heavenly Race runs from 17 January to 23 February 2020. Visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
Bring in the huat this year by visiting large and lustrous pineapples, bags of gold and supersized mahjong tiles at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s Roof Garden. Named Huat Huat Land, this showcase promises Instagram-worthy moments for the family with larger-than-life pineapple installations that span up to 3-metres in height, illuminated in gold as night falls.
Huat Huat Land runs from 1 January to 8 February 2020. Visit www.singaporeccc.org.sg
Themed “Colours in Harmony”, this year’s Chingay Parade will be a dynamic showcase of Singapore’s multiculturalism and diversity. About 6,000 volunteer performers will be involved, in highlights such as The World’s Biggest and Longest Flying Dragon, multi-ethnic cultural performances by local talents and international acts, plus stunning display of lights, lasers, pyrotechnic and fireworks.
Chingay Parade is on 31 January and 1 February. Visit www.chingay.org.sg