Jun 04 2011

What’s up in Singapore this June

Published by at 9:34 am under Events


It’s hard to ignore that the Great Singapore Sale is in full force, but there’s a lot more going on this month than just shopping. These are my top picks for June events happening outside the malls on Orchard Road:

Not your average grandma: DJ Ruth Flowers, 71.

Music

It’s been more than 30 years since Bob Marley smoked his final joint, but The Wailers are still around and on tour. Catch these legends of reggae playing their hits like “Get Up Stand Up” June 11 at the Hard Rock Hotel Sentosa. Tickets are S$68 in advance or S$80 on concert day.

Also on June 11 is the outdoor dance party MoveMove at Fort Canning Park. International DJs including the UK’s 71 year old Ruth Flowers will be providing the tunes. Organisers are also hoping to set some silly records for Asia’s largest mass sing-along and flash mob with 1,000 microphones and 7,000 people doing the “Jai Ho” dance from Slumdog Millionaire – the film’s choreographer will actually be there. Tickets are S$58 in advance or S$68 at the door, or better yet attend the free rehearsal on June 10.

The month’s biggest music event is on June 29 when Aussie pop princess Kylie Minogue will play the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets are available through SISTIC and cost S$98–348.

June is a great month for art fans to visit Singapore.

Museums & galleries

The emphasis is definitely on the art this month at the ArtScience Museum, with exhibits from renowned painters Salvador Dali and Vincent van Gogh. Admission to these special exhibits is included with the normal museum entrance fee – a hefty S$30 for adults and S$17 for children. Both exhibits are in Singapore through October 2011.

If you’re travelling with the kids you’ll be happy to learn that June is Children’s Season at Singapore’s Museums with animated films, craft workshops, interactive exhibits, and even opportunities to dress up in traditional Chinese warrior clothes.

On June 24 the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit opens at the Asian Civilizations Museum. This will be the first time these 2,000 year old statues from China will be appearing at a museum in Southeast Asia. I’ll definitely be writing a full review for Travelfish once it starts.

How many can you conquer?

Eating & drinking

Expect more empty seats at Singapore’s bars from June 16–19 because beer lovers will be at BeerFest 2011 sampling the best brews from around the world. The entertainment will be provided by cover bands playing hits from U2, Queen, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. Tickets start from S$20 and include 2 beers.

From June 9 to 26 you can get your fill of two local favourites during the “Ultimate Crab & Durian Buffet” at the Sentosa Boardwalk. I’d personally pass on the durian, but at S$38 per adult this is a pretty good deal considering you pay more for one crab in a restaurant.

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