There is no better way to kick off the new year than with this line-up.
Amidst making New Year’s resolutions and nursing withdrawal symptoms from the merry-making festivities that happened in the past month, don’t forget to spice up your January by getting out and about. Here are some fun-filled events for you to kickstart the new year with.
1. An Afternoon With The Great Singapore Poo Sale — Jan 5
Parents, listen up. Gather your little ones and bring them to meet the minds behind the book, The Great Singapore Poo Sale and Other Beastly Business. Author Maureen Yeo will host a fun storytelling session of the book, while its illustrator Gracie Chai will conduct an interactive art session for your children. Also, 2017’s National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Jayaprakash Bojan will be giving a talk sharing some of his photography experiences and the amazing photos of Singapore’s wildlife that he had taken. That’s not it — there will also be an animal-theme singalong for your kids that will be led by Vivienne Wong and accompanied by guitarist Shawn Poon. Admission is free.
2. Mind(less) Wilderness — Jan 17 to Mar 1
The human brain has huge potential for renewal and growth. Singapore-based artist Nandita Mukand seeks to explore this phenomenon in her solo exhibition at Miaja Gallery, which is part of Singapore Art Week. Titled Mind(less) Wilderness, the artist makes use of plants to demonstrate human psyche, pondering over how plants effortlessly adapt to a variety of environmental conditions, similar to humans adapting to their circumstances. However, she observes how familiar thought patterns can often form restrictive webs and restrict true potential. Admission for this exhibition is free.
Address: Miaja Gallery
For more info: Visit www.sagg.info/event/mindless-wilderness-solo-exhibition-by-nandita-mukand
3. Colours of India — Jan 24 to 27
Known for being one of the largest shopping and entertainment extravaganzas in Singapore, the Singapore International Indian Expo is back for its 9th edition with Colours of India. Expect a wide variety of activities, entertainment and promotions at this vibrant four-day long event, such as dance performances and booths selling jewellery, traditional costumes and more. Admission is free.
Address: Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre
For more info: Visit www.siiexpo.com/siiexpo-2018.php
4. Spartan Race — Jan 26
Listen up, fitness aficionados. Challenge yourself with the Spartan Race, known to be the world’s best obstacle race course. Specially designed to pull you out of your comfort zone, this race isn’t your everyday marathon — you’re expected to push your limits with stadion-like activities, such as running, climbing, crawling through walls, terrain and other challenging obstacles. Ticket prices start from $158 to $175, and finishers will receive a medal, a trifecta medal edge piece, a race t-shirt, a sling bag, a cap and free professional photos.
Address: National Stadium @ Singapore Sports Hub
For more info: Visit www.spartanrace.sg
(Also read: Marie Choo’s 10 Tips on Running Your First Marathon)
5. Operation Broken Wing — Jan 26
OBW will be back in 2019 to raise money for the disenfranchised and underprivileged youths in Singapore once again. This year’s edition will bring in a new beneficiary, Singapore Children’s Society, as well as a new category for pairs to take part in Fight For Hope, OBW’s signature fitness challenge. Go through five stations including the sandbag squats, burpees, kettlebell swings, push press, and box jumps, for one minute per station to do as many reps as you can! Sign up now to join the existing 300 individuals and 200 teams of two that are going to be participating.
Address: The Arena, Our Tampines Hub
For more info: Visit www.operationbrokenwing.com
6. iLight Singapore Bicentennial Edition — Jan 28 to Feb 24
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Returning for its Bicentennial Edition, iLight Singapore will feature sustainable light art installations that are curated to the theme ‘Bridges of Time’, where it invites artists and audience to reflect on Singapore’s history, growth, and her connection with the world in the last 700 years. This year, the art festival will expand its locations, from the original Marina Bay vicinity to include the Civic District, Singapore River, as well as the Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning. Admission to this spectacular art festival is free.
Address: Various locations
For more info: Visit www.ilightsingapore.sg
(Also read: Where to Zen in Singapore)