This week kicks off Singapore Art Week with delightful mix of art fairs, talks, exhibitions, trails and more. Both Pongal Festival and EarthFest remind us of the importance of living in harmony with nature. And, Chinatown gets ready for Chinese New Year with its Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony. Thaipusam will also take place on 21 January.



*Please note this is a partial listing. And there are other free/frugal events happening elsewhere, especially at parks, museums, libraries, and community centres.


Continued from Previous Week

Source: LiSHA
Pongal Heritage Experience
Ends 18 Jan
10am - 4pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Indian Heritage Centre, Campbell Lane, & Hastings Road
A variety of interesting activities are lined up for you to learn the culture and significance of Pongal Festival, from rice and dairy farming (there will be cows and goats there!), to traditional Indian folk dancing, and bullock cart racing (known as the Rekla Race).
Source: Esplanade
Esplanade Presents: All Things New
Ends 31 Jan
Cost: Free admission
Venue: Esplanade
Celebrate new music and welcome fresh faces as Singapore artists embark on brand new chapters of their musical journeys.
Source: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Ends 24 Mar
4pm - 11pm
Cost: Free admission
Venue: Bayfront Event Space
The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival is back with new thrilling rides and carnival games. There will also be special themed nights and performances on the weekends. Entry is free, but games cost $5 - $8 to play, and rides are $9, except for the Mach 5 which is $14.


Upcoming Events

SAW: Adaptations
17 Jan - 9 Feb
Tue - Sat: 12pm - 7pm | Sun: 12pm - 4pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Gillman Barracks
Part of Singapore Art Week (19 – 27 Jan), Adaptations features artists who work with technology in different capacities and formats. From high-tech Artificial Intelligence to low-tech mechanical devices, these artworks implement tech as an artistic medium.
Source: Artbox Singapore‎
18 Jan - 20 Jan (2nd weekend)
3pm - 11pm
Cost: Free admission
Venue: Downtown East
Eatbox is a boutique selection of Artbox, featuring 50 local and regional F&B brands, alongside a range of curated live music and urban art. Admission is free and open to the public.
Source: Singapore Art Museum‎
SAW: Art Week at SAM
18 Jan - 27 Jan
10am - 7pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q
Part of Singapore Art Week (19 – 27 Jan), explore the wonders of contemporary art with a range of art experiences at SAM. Highlights include SAM Community Carnival, SAM Late Nights, a special effects makeup workshop, outdoor movie screenings, art immersive AR & VR workshops, and more.

Source: National Gallery Singapore
SAW: Light to Night Festival 2019: Traces and Echoes
18 Jan - 24 Feb
Cost: Free
Venue: Civic District & Marina Bay
Light to Night Festival is an annual urban art event that celebrates the stunning Civic District of Singapore. Experience artworks and events inspired by histories and stories across the various indoor and outdoor festival locations.
Source: Vegepod Singapore
Gardeners Day Out
19 Jan
9am - 3pm
Cost: Free
Venue: HortPark
Gardeners' Day Out promises an entire day of gardening and lifestyle activities for everyone. Favourite highlights include Gardeners' Market, free talks and demonstrations, free garden tours of HortPark, and kids' activities like storytelling and handicrafts.
Source: Aliwal Arts Centre
Aliwal Urban Art Festival 2019
19 Jan - 20 Jan
10am - late
Cost: Free
Venue: Aliwal Arts Centre
Aliwal Urban Art Festival is a curated selection of art inspired by international street culture, from graffiti and installation art, to shoegazing, skateboarding and breakdancing.
Source: Indian Heritage Centre‎
IHC Pongal Open House 2019
19 Jan - 20 Jan
Sat; 12pm - 7pm | Sun: 10am - 4pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Indian Heritage Centre‎
Celebrate Pongal at Indian Heritage Centre and join in the festivities. Learn more about this Indian harvest festival through craft activities, workshops, food tastings, performances and more.
Source: Singapore Art Week‎
Singapore Art Week [SAW]
19 Jan - 27 Jan
Cost: Free
Venue: Various
Singapore Art Week is a key visual arts event bringing together a range of quality art experiences in a 9 day celebration taking place all around Singapore. Highlights include ART STAGE Singapore 2019, Light to Night Festival 2019, Art x Tech for Good, ArtWalk Little India, Art After Dark, and more.
Source: National Arts Council
SAW: Memories of Singapore River ACM Screenings
19 Jan - 2 Feb
Various 1-hr slots
Cost: Free
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Memories of Singapore River is a documentary film (Mandarin with English subtitles) that transports us back to the days where thousands of bumboats bustled about the Singapore River and labourers toiled diligently while drenched in perspiration. For free tickets, click here.
Source: EarthFest
EarthFest 2019
20 Jan
11am - 4:30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Marina Barrage
EarthFest is a sustainable, fun, and inspirational festival featuring a planet-friendly food fair, live music, games, screenings, talks and more. Grab your free tickets at
Source: SRRFM
Singapore Really Really Free Market 59
20 Jan
11am - 4:30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Marina Barrage
The Really Really Free Market is a temporary market based on the concept of giving and building a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and improving the collective lives of all. Everything is free!
Source: Secondsguru‎
Book Swap at Earthfest 2019
20 Jan
11am - 4:30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Marina Barrage
Celebrate the joy of reading books by swapping pre-loved books with others for free. Remember to get your tickets to EarthFest and start sorting your bookshelves now. Choose a maximum of 10, and bring them to the swap.
The Great Sing-Off Finals
20 Jan
2pm - 6pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
StarHub Prepaid presents the Great-Sing off singing competition. A few hundred entries were received and the competition is now down to the final 11. Only one singer will be crowned the champion of The Great Sing-off. Don’t miss this fun-filled afternoon of live performances, free snacks, goodie bags and more.
Source: Chinatown Festivals
Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019 Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony
20 Jan
6pm - 10pm
Cost: Free
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
The Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony marks the opening of the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019. There will be performances by local and overseas troupes, firecrackers and fireworks displays, and hundreds of handmade sculptured lanterns of pigs, flowers and greetings.

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