Cover Photo: Asian Civilisations Museum

From speciality museum events to dance festivals to a swimming pool library, the month of October has you covered with an eclectic line-up that will let you explore the city like you never had before

This story was originally published on October 5, 2021, and updated on October 11, 2021.

Singapore has once again entered into a new phase of heightened measures following an uptick in cases, but this does not mean that we can’t explore our city spaces and local cultural corners safely this October.

With events that range from multimedia art installations to museum exhibitions, there is much to do around the city if you are looking for some inspiration as you adjust to working from home again.

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The LA Comedy Live is presenting their new comedy show at the Esplanade, while the Jazz Association of Singapore is hosting a jazz extravaganza that celebrates Malay music. Here at Tatler, we round up some of the best happenings around the city.

1. Happy Hour at Asian Civilisations Museum: Wonderlust

What Embark on an evening of indulgence and artistic escapades with the Asian Civilisations Museum's Happy Hour; Wanderlust, where its in-house artists will bring you on an imaginative journey as they reinterpret objects from the museum's collection. You will have the opportunity to journey through the immersive experiences on display or get up close and personal in an artist workshop where you get to involve yourself in some arts and crafts.

When October 8 to 15

Visit their website here

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2. The Swimming Pool Library

What Brian Gothong Tan's The Swimming Pool Library takes inspiration from Alan Hollinghurst’s bestselling seminal novel of the same name to bring you an immersive, multi-sensorial production that looks at the relevance of society’s definitions of masculinity, and explores how feminine traits such as tenderness, kindness and vulnerability can also be part of masculine identity. Performed at 72-13, the event involves an exhibition of paper sketches, paintings, 3D printed sculptures and more, which will be complemented by a live performance

When October 21 to November 7

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3. The Expat Comedy Show

What Held at the Esplanade Concert Hall, LA Comedy Live is bringing the laughter to audiences with The Expat Comedy Show—the first-ever live comedy show of the year that features 6 expat comedians on one stage. Expect to have a hilarious, good laugh with comedians such as Deepak Chandran, Orion Perez and Liam McDonald as they cover topics on living in HDBs or tetris-like houses, fines, relationships with Singaporeans and local food culture.

When October 24, 8pm

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4. Pesta Jazz: A Jazzy Celebration of Malay Music

What Presented by the Jazz Association of Singapore and held at Capitol Theatre, the much-anticipated celebration of Malay jazz music features performances by local music icons such as the iconic Ramli Sarip and the mesmerizing Rahimah Rahim, where they will be joined by jazz mainstay Rudy Djoe and jazz starlet Siti Nur Iman to perform endearing Malay songs that are given a fresh jazzy twist by the Jazz Association Singapore Orchestra (JASSO)—led by Music Director and jazz maestro Jeremy Monteiro, and Associate Music Director Weixiang Tan.

When October 2, 8 to 9.30pm

Book tickets here

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5. ‘The Gift’ Exhibition

What Explore the intricate and paradoxical themes of gift giving as a social act, cultural performance and philosophical concept with the Singapore Art Museum's newest exhibition The Gift—which is a part of Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories that engages in a dialogue between the collections of the Singapore Art Museum, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, and Nationalgalerie. Curated by June Yap, Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Grace Samboh and Gridthiya Gaweewong, their exhibition uncovers the histories of collecting—of gifts received, rare discoveries unearthed, and acknowledgements of their significance.

When Until November 7

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6. Da:ns festival 2021

What Embark on an evocative dance journey with this dance festival that explores new ways of dancing in several segments—a celebration of local dance culture in GoLocal, a presentation of new artistic approaches and formats, dramaturgies and aesthetics in Through a New Lens, an empowering showcase of diversity, inclusivity, social engagement and culture in Dance Revolution and an interactive dance activity that invites visitors to reset and dance after a year-long pandemic in Participate.

When October 8 to 17

Find out more here

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7. ‘Out of Sight’ Installation

What Hosted by National Gallery Singapore and The Arts House, this interactive art installation was developed as a participatory hopscotch-inspired artwork and it aims to stimulate and engage audiences and passers-by through positive visualisation and interactive play. This text-based installation is a two-dimensional sculpture that integrates bold typography and Lawrence Weiner’s poetic play on words, and it is displayed for free in the Civic District for all the enjoy. Participants are encouraged to engage with open-ended ideas like “One Can Only Imagine The Powers That Be” and “The Destination Is Straight On” as they explore the installation.

When Until October 14

Find out more here

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8. Silver Arts

What Silver Arts is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a hybrid of physical and digital programmes for seniors and their loved ones to enjoy in-person and from the comfort of their homes. From hands-on workshops, engaging performances and interacting exhibitions, this event embraces the stories, tenacity and creative talent of our seniors. You can expect an exciting line-up of more than 30 programmes in English, Malay, Tamil, Mandarin and Chinese dialects, where there will be live performances of nostalgic songs of yesteryear like Keroncong Asmara, a reimagination of kampung life in the radio play Chap Lau and a ten-minute Tamil play Pathey Nimidam by the Ravindran Drama Group.

When Until December 2021

Find out more here

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9. Museum of Ice Cream: Halloween at The Museum

What Museum of Ice Cream Singapore is organising its limited period Halloween at The Museum event—which is presented by Citi Cards at its international flagship location in Singapore. No tricks and just treats, the museum invites all guests to come in costume and have wildly imaginative time there. Its 14 magical installations will be transformed into a haunted town that will be the best destination for “trick-or-treating” with “spooktacular” ice cream treats that are offered during this hair-raising experience.

When October 28 to 31

Buy tickets here

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10. Dover Park Hospice Virtual Sunflower Charity Dinner 2021

What Dover Park Hospice Virtual Sunflower Charity Dinner returns for a second year with an evening filled with fun activities and entertainment with Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Health, as the Guest-of-Honour. With the theme “Modern Peranakan”, this year’s dinner is hosted by Hossan Leong and it combines the rich cultural heritage with a touch of modern element. Guests will be treated to a bevy of performances and skits and they will also get to enjoy a sumptuous 4-course Peranakan menu in the form of a “four hands” dinner put together by Guest Chef Malcom Lee of Michelin-Starred Candlenut and Chef Willin Low of Wild Rocket, delivered right to your doorstep.

When October 15, 7pm

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11. ‘Welcoming Light’ at the Indian Heritage Centre

What In celebration of the upcoming Deepavali festivities, the Indian Heritage Centre is bringing you an exciting array of online programmes through an event titled 'Welcoming Light' where you can immerse yourself in the spirit of the Festival of Lights and take in the sights, sounds and revelry of the festival as we collectively usher light into our hearts and minds as individuals, as a community, and as a nation. You can enjoy a Deepavali short film and a bevy of informative videos, and there will also be a miniature replica of the Deepavali street light-up arch along Campbell Lane will welcome visitors to IHC.

When October 1 to November 14

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12. New giraffes at the Singapore Zoo

What Wildlife Reserves Singapore is introducing two new and young Rothschild's giraffes—who are making their public debut at the Singapore Zoo. Arriving from India's Mysuru Zoo after a 22-hour inter-state road journey and seven-day sea voyage, and finally to their new home in Mandai, the healthy males, Balaji and Adhil, will be craning their necks to meet visitors at the park's Wild Africa zone. The pair belongs to the threatened subspecies of giraffes, with fewer than 2,000 of its kind left in the wild. Zoo guests can look forward to coming eye-to-eye with these iconic mammals at the giraffe exhibit in the park’s Wild Africa zone, where they will slowly be conditioned for the thrice daily feeding sessions.

When September 30 onwards

Visit their website here

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13. The Chinese Opera Roving Exhibition

What The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre is working with the National Arts Council to present Chinese Opera in Singapore—an exhibition that explores the evolution of local Chinese opera and features a 360 Virtual Reality (VR) opera stage tour. The VR experience allows visitors to immerse themselves in Chinese opera footage as they learn more about what goes on behind the scenes of an opera show. Supported by the centre's arts tenant Nam Hwa Opera, a part of the exhibition will present the localisation and development of Teochew opera in Singapore, where people can learn the origin and impact of the Teochew dialect.

When October 4 to December 27

Find out more here

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14. The Rice Bowl 2021

What This year, Wild Rice is presenting the fundraising show The Rice Bowl 2021, which will feature four benefit performances of "Don’t Call Him Mr. Mari Kita" in place of its traditional Rice Ball. Uplifting, thought-provoking and exhilarating in equal measure, "Don’t Call Him Mr. Mari Kita" is a sensational musical tribute to the late Zubir Said – the great composer of Singapore’s National Anthem and beloved classics such as "Semoga Bahagia". The show is written and performed by Julian Wong, one of the country’s leading music directors, and directed with insight and visual flair by Cultural Medallion winner Ivan Heng.

When October 29 and 30

Find out more here

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15. Virtual Experience of Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition

What A major garden exhibition by Dale Chihuly, one of the world’s most-renowned glass artists from Seattle, has introduced a Virtual Experience component that will allow people from all over the world to immerse in the kaleidoscopic and captivating world of Dale Chihuly. Having just come to a close on October 3, the exhibition took place amidst the verdant tropical setting of Gardens by the Bay and it presented visitors with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience an extensive collection of the celebrated artist’s works. Whether you are an art enthusiast, or someone who did not manage to catch the exhibition in person, this Virtual Experience will provide you with an opportunity to appreciate Chihuly’s magnificent artworks. 

When Until December 31

View the exhibition here

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16. Singapore Garden Festival Horticulture Show

What Get ready to embrace nature and horticulture once again with the second edition of the Singapore Garden Festival Horticulture Show (SGF Hort Show). Graced by Mr Desmond Lee—Minister for National Development (MND) & Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration—and Ms Indranee Rajah—Second Minister for National Development and Finance—the show offers a wide variety of online activities that include talks, demonstrations, and Facebook Live sessions on gardening, aquascaping, and floral arrangement. You can even participate in the Horticultural Competition, Orchid Competition, and even competition categories – Edibles, Bonsai, Nano Tank Aquascaping, Balcony Gardens and Vertical Greenery Competition!

When October 9 to 31

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