Cover Photo: 39+ Art Space

With two long weekends to enjoy this month, you know there's plenty to get up to in Singapore this May

This story was first published on May 4, 2022, and updated on May 9, 2022. 

It is officially May and now that Singapore has opened its borders and loosened most of its Covid-19 regulations, we are all set for bigger, louder and more fun activities. 

This month is particularly interesting because we have two long weekends in the mix as well as Hari Raya Puasa and Vesak day to celebrate. This exciting time means that more of us have time to get out around Singapore and to really explore and have fun this month. 

Keep reading to find out what’s happening in Singapore this May.

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1. The Monde d’Hermès kiosk

What: Hermès is setting up a Parisian Monde d’Hermès kiosk at Marina Bay where guests can immerse themselves in the latest issues of e Monde d’Hermès, savour a cup of coffee, and be enchanted by the whimsical characters of the kiosk.

Visitors will be thrilled with a variety of quirky characters that will make appearances throughout the day at the kiosk so head on down and enjoy the afternoon with them. 

Where: Marina Bay Event Square

When: May 12 to May 16

2. United Women Singapore's exhibition sale by designer, Ashdeen Lilaowala

What: Award-winning Indian textile designer Ashdeen Lilaowala will be coming down to Singapore for a very special exhibition sale in collaboration with United Women Singapore (UWS) this May. 

Located at The Seeing Eye Gallery, Ashdeen’s latest collection will be curated in partnership with Moon River Singapore with part of the proceeds from the sale going to UWS.

Where: The Seeing Eye Gallery 

When: May 12

3. In Search of Meaning: Calligraphy Series

What: This month, Gallery 1819 will be hosting established artist Aaron Gan as he brings his latest collection to the public. 

With work that has been showcased both locally and internationally, Gan’s work is highly valued for its technique and skill. In this exhibition, Gan extends beyond the techniques of watercolour painting to reach the very essence of humanity which makes it an exhibition you can’t afford to miss.

Where: Gallery 1819

When: May 12 to June 6 

4. Chivas Presents: I Rise, We Rise

What: This month, Chivas is launching a very special creative popup that will explore a blend of NFT art, music, and creative expressions that aim to elevate artists and creators.

With art showcases, ice cream Sundays and talks, this is one event you don't want to miss. 

Where: 150 Tyrwhitt Road

When: May 6 to May 18

5. Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s Cultural Extravaganza 2022

What: Back for its fifth year, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) will be hosting a Cultural Extravaganza which will feature notable Notable local art groups like Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, Nine Years Theatre, Teng Ensemble, Jazz Association (Singapore), Ding Yi Music Company, and more.

With 14 digital and on-site programmes over 38 days, ranging from musicals, concerts, interactive exhibitions, and dance productions, the event is a must to visit this month. 

Where: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

When: May 13 to June 19

6. The Asian Festival of Children's Content

What: The annual Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) will be returning for its 13th edition in a hybrid format as it embraces a world that has been made brighter with literature. 

Featuring both international and local speakers, this year's sessions will tackle current issues such as environmental advocacy, Southeast Asian history in children’s literature and the topic of war.

Where: Online and at selected National Library venues

When: May 26 to May 29

7. Singapore Heritage Festival 2022: The Wild and Wonderful at ACM.

What: The Singapore Heritage Festival (SHF) is the National Heritage Board’s signature annual outreach event that celebrates the many facets of Singapore’s diverse heritage and culture.

This year, get ready to have some fun with a whole month of hands-on activities, art installations, thematic tours, in-depth workshops and photo-worthy moments that will lead you to uncover lesser-known stories and narratives about Singapore's heritage.

Where: Online and at the Asian Civilisations Museum

When: May 2 to May 29

8. European Film Festival

What: You don't need to hop on a plane to experience European culture. Rather, you can do it right here with the Projector's European Film Festival. The European Film Festival brings the best of European cinema to Singapore and over this period, movie-lovers will be treated to 24 films from 23 countries that showcase the best of what these places have to offer. 

Where: The Projector

When: May 12 to May 26

9. Tiger Crystal Fire Stages

What: Now that Covid-19 restrictions are loosening back up, we can now look forward to the resumption of live music and festivals once again. This month, Tiger Beer is kicking it off with Tiger Crystal Fire Stages, a beer and music festival that will see a stellar cast of iconic superstars and budding home-grown talents such as Benjamin Kheng, 53A, Jack & Rai and more all while you enjoy an ice-cold pint.

Where: Timbre+ One North and Timbre+ Eastside 

When: April 30 to June 26

10. 39+ Art Space's Group Show

What:  If you are a fan of Asian art, 39+ Art Space has recently launched a new exhibition that features five extraordinary Chinese contemporary artists such as Fang Wei, Wang Yi, Lin Ke, Zhang Yunyao and Su Chang. The group show marks a rare opportunity to view works by some of the most innovative and forward-thinking practitioners for the first time in Singapore and is certainly a must-see.

Where: 39+ Art Space 

When: April 16 to June 26

11. Singapore Heritage Fest

What: Singapore Heritage Fest 2022 is officially kicking off in May and you can look forward to workshops and tours that will uncover stories about our vibrant travel industry and green city. From learning about the local history of three local cash crops to riding in style through our cultural precincts, you will most certainly be able to find something that intrigues you.

Where: Across Singapore

When: Various dates

12. Downtown East's drive-in movie

What: Now that restrictions are finally easing, Downtown East’s signature drive-in movie screening will finally be returning on May 28. The screening will take place at Downtown East’s Begonia open-air carpark and will be showing Marvel’s blockbuster Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings. Each car will be eligible for two burgers and two drinks.

When: May 28

Where: Downtown East’s Begonia open-air carpark (along Pasir Ris Drive 3)

13. Participate in WWF’s pilot initiative to reduce commerce packaging waste

What: WWF Singapore (World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore) is launching a pilot initiative designed to reduce e-commerce packaging waste in Singapore.

Till September this year, Singaporeans can participate by opting in for reusable e-commerce packages from any of the participating retailers such as Cloversoft, Thryft, Vintage Sports and more.

When: Now till September 2022

Where: At participating retailers 

14. Fernando Botero’s solo exhibition

What: This April, the Opera Gallery Singapore will be presenting contemporary Latin American artist Fernando Botero’s solo exhibition which will feature Botero’s paintings and sculptures. Be enchanted with Botero’s interpretation of mysterious places, people, objects and their moments of wonder in various forms. 

When: April 22 to May 15

Where: Opera Gallery Singapore

15. Kumar Locks Down

What: With 75 costume changes, TikTok mashups and 90 minutes of non-stop laughter, you don’t want to miss Kumar in his latest show that is set to be bigger and funnier than any of his previous ones. 

Where: Sands Theatre

When: May 12 to May 15

16. Smash by White Space Art Asia

What: Smash is a multimedia exhibition about the end of a long-standing love affair between an artist and the world of porcelain that will be taking place at White Space Art Asia. Featuring local artist Yang Derong, Smash is set to be a visceral exploration of Yang’s five-year struggle with creating and story-telling through porcelain.

The exhibition will also see a series of NFTs along with a video featuring local musician Dick Lee.

When: April 1 to May 1, 10 am to 7 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays

Where: White Space Art Asia 

17. Breast Cancer Foundation’s 8th Tee for Pink Charity Golf Tournament

What: Next month, get ready because golf enthusiasts will be teeing off at Tanah Merah Country Club in support of the Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) at its 8th Tee for Pink Charity Golf tournament.  

Donations can be made here or by cheque (crossed out to 'Breast Cancer Foundation'). You just need to indicate 'Charity Golf' on the back of the cheque. Contributions of $50 and above are eligible for a tax deduction of two and a half times the donation value.

All donations will go towards forwarding BCF’s mission through programmes and support services for the breast cancer community locally.

Where: Tanah Merah Country Club 

When: May 6

18. ‘You Won’t Believe It’s Trash’ exhibition

What: We are always told to recycle and reuse our items but Mr Simon Tan takes it to another level by giving discarded items such as cardboard boxes, broom heads and other materials a new lease of life and turning them into movie props and models at his first-ever public artwork exhibition.

When: March 25 to May 18

Where: Paya Lebar Quarter, Jem, Parkway Parade and 313@somerset 

19. Coach's Bagel Shop Popup

What: This month, Coach is collaborating with local bagel joint Two Men Bagel House for a popup that will feature a limited edition menu created by Two Men Bagel House, exclusive co-branded merchandise and bags that can be customised with bespoke Coach graffiti motifs by local artist Tiffany Lovage.

When: April 9 to May 8, 12 pm to 9 pm

Where: 39 Duxton Hill Singapore 089617 

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20. Geylang Serai's Ramadan Bazaar

What: Singapore’s beloved Ramadan bazaars have finally returned after two years of being cancelled or taken online due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Geylang Serai's Ramadan Bazaar is one you have to visit. If you want a guide to all the best food places to check out this year, click here.

When: April 14 to May 2

Where: Geylang Serai 

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21. The National Kidney Foundation's Enchanted Masquerade Ball

What: This month, The National Kidney Foundation will hold its Enchanted Masquerade Ball. The evening, which will be graced by Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Finance, is set to raise SG$800,000 which will go towards subsidising dialysis treatment and care for patients.

The event will also see entertaining programmes and performances, as well as a sumptuous dinner specially crafted by the chefs at Shangri-La Singapore

Where: Shangri-La Singapore

When: May 27

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