Mar 01 2012

What’s on in Singapore March 2012

Published by at 11:24 am under Events

Singapore always has a full schedule of special events. This month Singapore offers everything from a Southeast Asian film festival to concerts by 1980s-era pop icons to a Transformers convention. Here are the details.

Rock out by the river

Rock out by the river.

Music fans may need a second job if they plan to afford all the great concerts happening this month. Fans of the ’80s will want to catch Swedish duo Roxette at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on March 6 and then Duran Duran on March 10.

If you prefer your tunes contemporary, check out Death Cab for Cutie on March 7 and Jessie J on March 20. From March 9 to 19 the Mosaic Music Festival brings eclectic indie artists like Elbow and Stacey Kent to the Esplanade Theatre, and March 30-31 is the Rock & Roots music festival at the Timbre live music bar with a line-up including Earth Wind & Fire, Keb Mo, and Buddy Guy. Tickets for all concerts are available online through SISTIC.

If you’ve come to Singapore to shop for electronics, don’t miss the IT Show 2012 from March 8 to 11 at Suntec City. The crowds and queues are crazy, but there are some great deals to be had.

From March 11 to 14 is the first Transformers Cybertron Convention at Resorts World Sentosa to complement the new Transformers ride at Universal Studios. A day pass costs S$12 and you can join an animation class or shake hands with Optimus Prime.

If you’ve worked up an appetite from all these activities, treat yourself to a fancy meal for a discounted price during Singapore Restaurant Week. From March 19 to 25 some of the finest restaurants in Singapore (including some of the celebrity chef restaurants) offer three-course meals for just S$25 during lunch or S$35 during dinner. Reservations are a must and can be made online – act fast, the popular ones fill up!

A rare chance to catch Southeast Asian cinema on the big screen.

A rare chance to catch Southeast Asian cinema on the big screen.

Moving on to the arts, the Singapore Art Museum is hosting the second annual Southeast Asian Film Festival from March 2 to 31. A refreshing alternative to the Hollywood stuff playing at the cinemas, this film festival is a rare opportunity to watch independent films from Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and locally-made films on the big screen. Tickets cost S$10 (or S$8 with a student card) and include admission to the museum.

The latest exhibit at the ArtScience Museum, Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal, makes its debut on March 17. The exhibit promises to feature Warhol’s most iconic paintings, including ‘Campbell’s Soup Can’, so will hopefully be worth the steep admission fee.

There aren’t any major holidays this month, but from March 23 and into April the Hindu Tamil community celebrates the Naravathri Festival in honour of the Mother Goddess. The festivities aren’t as extreme as last month’s Thaipusam Festival, but if you venture down to Little India you can see busy temples, traditional Indian music and dance performances, and festival markets.

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