For our busiest month yet, you best be ready for the onslaught of Harry Styles, Shakespeare in the Park, shopping and pop-ups this May.
Watching films on the beach, Shakespeare in the Park while having a picnic, shopping Chanel at a games arcade set up… May is definitely one of our busiest months yet. It hasn’t even started but we’re eagerly waiting for it to kick off!
The return of Sunset Cinema (2 – 13 May)
You know when “Singapore summer” is near when the Peroni Sunset Cinema returns. Settle yourself in a deck chair on the beautiful Tanjong Beach Walk and enjoy films like Wonder, The Shape of Water, Battle of the Sexes, Breathe and more. Check the site for tickets and the full listing of what’s screening – seats are limited and can sell out easily! We don’t blame them, it’s the summer event to be at.
Peroni Sunset Cinema, 1-13 May, Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa
Et tu, Brute? (25 – 27 May)
Shakespeare in the Park makes its highly-anticipated return the political thriller with Julius Caesar. Only this adaptation will be brought to life against a backdrop of modern-day relations and current global affairs. Expect nothing less than spectacular stage design, costumes and acting. Did we mention? The supreme role of Julius Caesar will be played by actress-director Jo Kukathas.
Shakespeare in the Park – Julius Caesar, 2-27 May, Fort Canning Park, River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
The popular Bangkok art market returns… (25 – 27 May)
Remember the crowds and all the hype for last year’s instalment? Well, be prepared: ArtBox is making a comeback this year. Promising a space three times bigger than last year (phew), the event will see Thai creatives and entrepreneurs showcasing their various wares. There’ll be plenty of street food too to tuck into after a good round of shopping.
ArtBox 2018, 15-27 May, Bayfront Event Space (beside Marina Bay Sands)
Party up with Marshmello (3 May)
Premier party place Zouk turns 27 this year and they’re bringing in the big guns, like the helmeted and masked DJ Marshmello to make sure the party is in full swing. Making his Singapore debut at this special event, the in-demand DJ-producer made his start on Soundcloud in 2015 and is now dominating the EDM landscape with his own unique brand of hook-driven future bass. See you at the club, party people!
Zouk 27th Anniversary Weekender x Martell NCF Presents Space Oddity with Marshmello, 3 May, 3C River Valley Road, The Cannery, Singapore 179022
Celebrate 41 years of SIFA (Until 12 May)
Into its 41st year, the highly anticipated Singapore International Festival of Arts will return with 17 days of the arts. Watch a theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, a big band concert by the Duke Ellington Orchestra at the Botanic Gardens, some flashy dance performances featuring acclaimed dancers and choreographers, a jazz gig by two-time Grammy winner Jacob Collier and a lot more to come.
Singapore International Festival of Arts, 26 Apr-12 May, various locations
Take a trip with the travelling sneaker show (19 May)
Founded in 2002 in Sydney, the global travelling sneaker show Sneaker Pimps has visited over 62 major cities and held over 300 events around the globe, and now making its way to Singapore, thanks to the good folks at Collective Minds and Sole Superior. Featuring over 500 rare, vintage and limited edition sneakers and sneaker-inspired art, fashion and photography, this is one event for sneakerheads to attend.
Sneaker Pimps Singapore: by Collective Minds & Sole Superior, 19 May, Savourworld, 2 Science Park Drive, Singapore 118222
Pass time with Lui Hock Seng (12 May)
Managed to catch the exhibition by 81-year old self-taught photographer Lui Hock Seng last year? This time he’s releasing a book that will showcase some 80 black and white images by him. Titled Passing Time, the photographs from the 1960s to 1970s is a glimpse of life in Singapore in the past. The event will also feature a book signing session and meet-and-greet with Mr Lui so if you have any questions about nostalgic Singapore or DIY photography, ask away!
Passing Time Book Launch, 12 May, Objectifs, 155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977
Be a groupie for a night (3 May)
We’re all suckers for the “going solo from the boyband” narrative so if Harry Styles (of One Direction fame) is making his way to town again, count us in. Bringing special guests, indie girl group Warpaint this time, Harry Styles is set to sell out tickets, serenade and impress everyone with his newfound classic rock vibe and hits like ‘Sign Of The Times’ and ‘Sweet Creature’ as well as make all you fangirls and boys sigh and swoon all night. Try to stay calm!
Harry Styles Live on Tour 2018, 3 May, Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore 734007
Watch three title fights in ONE night (18 May)
Stick around for three fierce title fights happening on the same night at the ONE Championship. Billed as ‘the greatest rematch in martial arts history’, witness the fight between Singapore’s defending ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee and veteran Japanese martial artist Mei Yamaguchi. Other fights happening that night will be one between 19 year-old Christian Lee (Angela’s brother) and ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin Nguyen and the fight for the inaugural ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight World Championship. If Friday night’s alright for fighting, claim your perks when getting your tickets!
ONE Championship, 18 May, Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397691
CRZY for Kehlani (23 May)
R&B siren Kehlani will be making her way to town this month. It’s been quite a ride for this young artiste since she put out her mixtape back in 2014. Since then she’s enjoyed a Grammy nomination for a single, having another one of her singles featured in Suicide Squad and amazing reception following her debut album SweetSexySavage. Now you get to witness the talent live.
Kehlani – Live in Singapore, 23 May, Zepp@BIGBOX, 1 Venture Avenue, Singapore 608521
May the force be with you (5 May)
Star Wars fans know that the month of May is an important one. Celebrate May the Fourth with a fit and fun run. Competitive runners, step up to do 10km but you’re no athlete, don’t worry, it’s an event for fans, families and Star Wars geeks to gather so the 5.4km non-competitive run would suit you just fine. Will you choose the Dark side or the Light side of the Force?
Star Wars Run, 5 May, F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, Singapore 038975
French food, bohemian art (8 May – Mid June)
Besides the lovely decor, French wines and refreshing social dining experience, Merci Marcel is turning into an art space as well. The Tiong Bahru restaurant will showcase the works of artists to keep an eye on, and will kick things off with the bohemian pop-art of Taiwanese illustrator and designer Billy Ma from 8 May to mid June. More cool stuff to gaze at while you’re sipping some rosé or eating tarte flambee at Merci Marcel!
Merci Marcel x Billy Ma Exhibition, 8 May-Mid Jun, Merci Marcel, 56 Eng Hoon St, #01-68, Singapore 160056
Have a nice day with Stereophonics (8 May)
Decades later, this Welsh rockers are still going strong. Making a stop in Singapore in support of their tenth studio album, it’s important to note that their return also follows the 20th anniversary of their debut album. If you’re wondering if the band will be revisiting some of their old hits like Dakota, Maybe Tomorrow and Have a Nice Day – these guys have never disappointed the crowds here.
Stereophonics – Live in Singapore, 8 May, Zepp@BIGBOX, 1 Venture Avenue, Singapore 608521
It’s game on with Chanel (Until 6 May)
This one-of-a-kind beauty pop-up is set to be one of Singapore’s biggest beauty pop-ups. Borrowing the arcade vibes this time, the Coco Game Center lands in The Luxe Art Museum for just nine days before making its rounds to Japan and South Korea. There will be real games but the arcade game consoles are also actually booths where you can try out the Cruise 2018 Makeup Collection Éclat et Transparence, which promises to give you a sunkissed glow with summer-inspired shades, light colours and layers. There’s also a bunch of exclusive products available here at the pop-up so be ready for some light shopping…
The Chanel Coco Game Center, 28 Apr-6 May, The Luxe Art Museum, 6 Handy Road, #02-01, Singapore 229234
Making sensible scents with Candles of Light (19 May)
Store bought perfume too commercial for you? Then make your own! Local candle makers Candles of Light will guide you through an introduction to natural perfumery in a small, intimate class setting where you’ll get to understand the principles of natural perfumery, scents and their properties and also concoct your own room mist to your liking.
Introduction to Natural Perfumery, 19 May, 73 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139957
Setting new rules with Dua Lipa (4 May)
So popular she had a venue upgrade to a bigger space in Singapore, Dua Lipa is enjoying a winning streak of #1 hit singles, scooping awards, sold out shows around the world and record breaking streaming figures. Don’t tell us you don’t find her songs catchy… we dare you not to dance at her show at The Star Theatre!
Dua Lipa Live in Singapore, 4 May, The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-01, Singapore 138617
Get Fresh Off The Bloat with Margaret Cho (15 May)
Funny lady Margaret Cho is bringing her new show ‘Fresh Off The Bloat’ to Singapore. Self-described as her “sickest show to date”, you can be sure to witness Margaret Cho’s razor sharp insight with her takes on addiction, abuse, activism and Asianness. Be ready for a night of blunt jokes and laughs!
Fresh Off The Bloat with Margaret Cho, 15 May, Kallang Theatre, Kallang Theatre No. 1 Stadium Walk, Singapore 520341
Source: The Honeycombers Singapore