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Start Your Year Right With These January 2020 Events

New year is always such an exciting time. There’s hope for our New Year’s resolutions (crossing fingers we sustain them!) and we’ve got 365 chances to create truly happy and meaningful memories with our families. Of course, it’s important that these bonding activities are always fun and fresh to keep everyone in high spirits.

Start the year on a high note with these events in your calendars.

 

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations

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Photo credit: Chinatown Festivals

Just as we’re winding down from the Christmas festivities, other folks are already gearing up for the Chinese New Year celebrations, with Chinatown at the forefront. Festivities begin on 4 January with the official light-up on the opening ceremony. Watch out for extravagant showcases and array of activities for every family. The whole Chinatown will also be decked with stunning lanterns, people in colourful clothes, and streets filled with festive bazaars. The celebration is themed “Ushering in a Great Year” because the Rat is the first of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals, making this event the perfect venue to welcome the new year.

Date: 4 January 2020 to 22 February 2020
Venue: Chinatown
Fee: Admission is free
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Lion Dance and drums performance at ION Orchard

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Photo credit: ION Orchard

ION Orchard, which will remain open during the first and second days of the Lunar New Year (25 and 26 January), has a lot in store for the CNY festivities. Usher the brand new year with good luck and fortune by catching Lion Dance and drums performance on 25 to 27 January, as well as 1, 2, and 8 February 2020 at the auspicious time of 3:08pm at Level 1 Atrium. Horoscope fans and interested shoppers can visit the Spring Blossom Garden at B1 to learn more about their Chinese Zodiac sign and predictions for the New Year at curated panel displays. Adorned with vibrant red flowers and classy porcelain vases, the display makes for a perfect opportunity to gather friends and family for that mandatory festive Instagram shot! These and more await families who will spend time bonding at ION Orchard this month.

Date: 25 to 27 January 2020
Venue: ION Orchard
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Poinsettia Wishes

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Photo credit: Gardens By The Bay

It’s not yet too late to witness a whimsical yuletide season when you check out Poinsettia Wishes at Gardens By The Bay. It features floral displays that put a twist on iconic landmarks and architecture in the Nordic region, including Bolgen Building in Denmark, Santa Claus Village in Finland, Hallgrimskirkja Church in Iceland, Vennesla Library in Norway, and Triangeln Train Station in Sweden. Let the charming choir Nisse serenade you too as you reminisce about the wonderful holiday celebration you’ve just had. 

Date: Until 5 January 2020
Time: 9am to 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay
Fee: Admission charge to Flower Dome applies
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Doraemon at M Malls for Lunar New Year

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Photo credit: M Malls

Celebrate the Year of the Rat at M Malls with Doraemon and friends until 8 February. More than shopping the limited-edition Doraemon-designed EZ-Charms and collectibles, you can take advantage of a host of activities including traditional lion dance performances, meet-and-greet sessions with Doraemon and his best friends Nobita and Shizuka, photo opportunity at the Doraemon inflatable display at AMK Hub Level 3, and special appearances by the God of Fortune!

Kids will be treated to various Chinese New Year fair and workshops including name calligraphy and live caricature drawing sessions and craft and lion dance workshops. Mums will also love the special deals M Malls have lined up from home, lifestyle, and food brands. 

Date: 3 January to 8 February 2020
Venue: AMK Hub and Jurong Point
Fee: Admission is free. Purchase receipts required for some activities.

Light to Night Festival 2020

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Photo credit: National Gallery Singapore

Experience art from day to night with National Gallery Singapore’s Light to Night Festival, a marquee event of the Singapore Art Week. Themed “Invisible Cities,” this celebration of art, inspired by the postmodern literature of Italian writer Italo Calvino, reimagines the Civic District through different creative collaborations. It will feature four commissioned sonnets by local writers Desmond Kon, Kevin Martens Wong, Marc Nair, and Nuraliah Norasid whose poems guided the festival programming. 

Other features of Light to Night Festival 2020 include:

  • Discussions, behind-the-scenes dialogues, and workshops with artists and subject specialists at the inaugural EN(LIGHT)EN forum and TEDxSingapore Salon;
  • Optical Maze at the Padang which will transform into a maze with playful labyrinthine walkways changing with the beat of the lights at night;
  • Floating City suspended at the Gallery’s Padang Atrium, which will treat visitors to a dream-like city where they can explore the ‘skyscrapers’ by walking through the clusters of ethereal towers from the level three sky bridge;
  • Shadows of Dust and Clouds at the Asian Civilisations Museum with a mirror that will reveal hidden messages at night, blurring the distinction between dreams and memories; 
  • Light Lane at Esplanade Park which will transport visitors to invisible ‘cities’ with whimsical gobo shadows in the day and colourful bike lanes at night;
  • Something About Home by disability arts specialist and theatre practitioner Peter Sau and six disabled artists;
  • Clement Space by researcher and multi-disciplinary artist Dawn-joy Leong and an interactive, multi-sensory tour in the dark; and 
  • The return of open books at The Arts House where you can immerse in fantasy fiction and colourful visual dioramas, enjoy a good laugh at Funny Fridays with local comedians Suhaimi Yusof and Stephanie Chan, and witness a new acoustic music arrangement at Symphonic Saturdays

There will also be recreational activities where festival-goers aren’t just mere spectators but participants too. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can sign up for True Lies: Secrets of the Gallery, a live-action large-scale escape game experience. Interact with and paint the City Hall façade with customisable city-life objects culminating in a living mural at Art Skins on Monuments, peer into a ‘new’ Civic District with the play of mirrors and reflections as you navigate around Between Two Worlds at the Esplanade Park, or step back in time by playing with the large-scale inflatable Five Stones at Empress Place. Young creatives can also experiment with blank canvases around the Civic District through a mentorship programme with tertiary design students.  

Date: 10 to 19 January 2020
Time: 10am to 12am
Venue: Civic District
Fee: Admission is free. Certain programme admission charges may vary.
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Disney’s Frozen 2 Sing-A-Long Experience

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Are your kids still not over Elsa and Anna’s new adventures in the movie Frozen 2? Relive the film’s best songs at Golden Village’s very own Disney’s Frozen 2 Sing-A-Long Experience at GV VivoCity. Dress to impress in Frozen 2 costumes as your child might just bag the best dressed contest and bring home prizes. Hand painting and other exciting activities await kids too.

Date: 11 January 2020
Time: 4:30pm
Venue: GV VivoCity – GV Max
Fee: S$19
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Singapore Art Week

Unleash your child’s inner artist at the 8th edition of Singapore Art Week (SAW) with the theme “Art Takes Over.” The festival will feature engaging tech and digital elements, public art installations, and lifestyle events for the whole family. For those looking for a learning-filled experience, there will also be talks, tours, fairs, and gallery openings to check out.

Highlights to catch with your kids are: 

  • S.E.A. Focus featuring 20 leading galleries by 35 artists from Singapore and around the world. It aims to showcase contemporary art from Southeast Asia and provide a platform to foster greater appreciation and engagement with the art and artists from the region;
  • CBD Arts Trail, which gives participants access to hidden artworks located in the central business district that are not often accessible to the public;
  • Understanding Arts Conservation, which will teach participants about what goes on behind the scenes in the conservation of artworks. There will also be talks and workshops that shed light on the various processes applied for artworks across different mediums;
  • Five Stones, where you can indulge in a playful public artwork which highlights the familiar childhood game. Those who know the game will revisit personal memories, shared histories, and what it’s like to gather around this simple game;
  • Art Week at Bras Basah Complex: Joint Exhibition by Ten Galleries. If you’re wondering how art bridges the gap between traditional Chinese and Western influences, this exhibit will showcase just that;
  • ARTWALK Little India 2020: This multidisciplinary public art by LASALLE College of the Arts and Singapore Tourism Board present a wondrous line-up of activities that will evoke the memories of the past, the calmness of the now, and the excitement of tomorrow; and
  • Of Gardens & Dreams – Public Art Showcase at Taman Jurong. This event is Singapore’s first residential art gallery featuring public artworks that celebrate the neighbourhood’s connectedness with nature and the lively spirit of its residents.

SAW 2020 is a joint initiative by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Tourism Board, and the Singapore Economic Development Board. 

Date: 11 to 19 January 2020
Time: Varies per activity
Venue: Varies per activity
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Art Is Everywhere

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In line with the celebration of Singapore Art Week, Brave New Worlds will hold a series of free parent-child art workshops recommended for families with kids aged 4 to 8. There will be three different workshops including: 

  • Colours of Singapore, where participants get to paint semi-abstract local architecture by select artists;
  • Textures of Public Art, where kids and parents can create their own public artwork using the techniques of frottage and collage; and
  • Chinatown Exhibition and Drop-in Art Activity, where participants can learn more about Chinatown through the works of local artists Choo Keng Kwang, Chua Mia Tee, and Ang Ah Tee. 

The sessions will be held in three different locations: SAFRA Punggol, SAFRA Toa Payoh, and Our Tampines Hub.  

Date: 11 to 19 January 2020
Time: 10am to 12pm, 2 to 4pm
Venue: SAFRA Punggol, SAFRA Toa Payoh, Our Tampines Hub
Admission: Free
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Blast’20 – A Chinese New Year Concert 回响’20 春节音乐会

Join Reverberance as they celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 through the story of Nian (年) in an all-new exciting and interactive way, but with a twist! Learn more about Chinese wind and percussion instruments as they bring you through a journey of discovery with the Nian Beast. Nian lived peacefully in the beautiful ocean for centuries until one day when it discovered a strange foreign object stuck to its tail! When Nian tried to seek help from his friends, he noticed there were similar foreign objects everywhere!

Date: 18 January 2020
Time: 7:30pm to 9pm
Venue: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906)
Admission: $28 and $18 
Click here for more information.

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