From the carnival atmosphere of Marina Bay to immersive art around the city and fantastic live music amid the scenic surrounds of Fort Canning, March is chock-full of incredible things to do in Singapore.
Sports fans can savour the nail-biting competition and golfing prowess at HSBC Women’s World Championship. Music lovers will be treated to a star-studded line-up and a host of eco and wellness activities at Garden Beats Festival. Discover the life of the man widely considered the founder of modern Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, in the rich cultural display at the Asian Civilisations Museum, and get under the skin of the city in the Experience Lab, where visitors can see the Singapore of the past, present and future in one unforgettable visit. For thrills galore, hit the spine-tingling new rides at Prudential Marina Bay Carnival or see the art scene come alive as Singapore hosts Southeast Asia’s first minimalism exhibition at National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum.
Unique, exciting and dynamic; March in Singapore has never looked better…
1) Raffles in Southeast Asia exhibition
When: 1 February–28 April 2019
Where: Asian Civilisations Museum
Part of Singapore’s Bicentennial commemorations, this complex and exciting exhibition presents a multi-layered picture of Raffles, exploring the journey of Sir Stamford Raffles, widely regarded as the founder of modern Singapore. The exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum and the Asian Civilisations Museum and will delve into the varied opinions of Raffles; from scholarly statesman to progressive reformer and committed Imperialist, while showcasing the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Java and the Malay world.
2) Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
When: Until 24 March 2019
Where: Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Avenue
March is the last time this year to catch the city’s most spectacular free carnival. With more than 50 thrilling rides, games and attractions, the Marina Bay Carnival is a magnet for visitors and those looking for a fun day or night out in one of Singapore’s most iconic locations. The festival is open from 4pm to 11pm daily; thrill-seekers will go nuts for the new rides, including the daredevil Wave Swinger, Freak Out and Jumper Jumper. Plus, there’s a dizzying array of food stalls and live performances to enjoy. Don’t miss the roving God of Fortune and LED lion dances in the park.
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3) Singapore Heritage Festival
When: 15 March-7 April 2019
Where: Multiple venues
Singapore hosts a special Bicentennial edition of this exciting festival, which will commemorate the key milestone in Singaporean history. Its longest-running community outreach platform, the Singapore Heritage Festival aims to make heritage more accessible to the public and to encourage the public to explore its varied and beautiful culture. Running over four weekends, the festival will run programmes around precincts including Kampong Gelam and Bedok. Visitors will be able to get under the skin of these neighbourhoods, hear the hidden stories and discover fascinating people behind the precincts’ heritage.
4) HSBC Women’s World Championship
When: 28 February–3 March 2019
Where: Sentosa Golf Club
When it comes to high-calibre sporting entertainment, sink a hole in one with this year’s HSBC Women’s World Championship. Dubbed by the golfing elite and sports fans alike as ‘Asia’s Major’, this spectacular championship isn’t to be missed. Fans can expect to see international stars including Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson and sister-act Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn do battle on the immaculate greens of Sentosa Golf Club during this four-day extravaganza. The Championship will see 63 of the top female golfers on the club’s new Tanjong Course, and 2018 champion Michelle Wie from the United States is back to defend her title. Find out more
5) Garden Beats Festival
When: 4–17 March
Where: Multiple venues
Channel your inner creative and get inspired at Singapore Design Week, which brings local and international design activities to the fore. Attracting businesses, designers, everyday enthusiasts, craft lovers, educators and aspiring change-markers, the event will be abuzz with talks, debates, exhibits, city-wide installations, workshops and creative experiences. Highlights include Design Trailblazers, an exhibition which showcases winning designers from the National Design Awards (organised by the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum) and the President’s Design Award. The Millenia Walk Design PlaySpace launches during Design Week and will run until 4 April. It encourages the public to ‘play’ at any of the three immersive segments to encourage free thought and intuitive free-play when redesigning their home. With more than 300,000 participants and 115 activities, Singapore Design Week is a fantastic opportunity to learn and channel your inner creative.
7) Singapore Experience Lab
When: Until May 2019
Where: Singapore Visitor Centre
Get the lowdown on what to see and do in Singapore and learn more about its fascinating culture at the Experience Lab, in the Visitor Centre on Orchard Road. During the 30-minute experiential tour, visitors can learn about the diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods of Singapore and their history. Mini adventurers can also get involved with colouring activities that focus on some of Singapore’s most iconic sights; the city is brought to life when the children’s’ artwork is projected on a digital art wall.
Head into the Experience Lab time tunnel, which unveils Singapore’s colourful history through to the modern day and see a glimpse of the Singapore of the future. A great way to get a snapshot of what the city has to offer, the Experience Lab tours are scheduled daily at 10.30am, 11.30am and 4pm.
8) Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.
When: Until 14 Apr
Where: National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum
See more than 150 works of art by 70-plus artists from four continents at the first minimalism exhibition in Southeast Asia. This groundbreaking event is hosted across two sites, the National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum, and runs until 14 April. Art lovers can expect a wide range of historical and contemporary works, multi-faceted displays, immersive and site-specific installations. The exhibition will showcase works from artists such as Mark Rothko, Carmen Herrera, Tatsuo Miyajima, Anish Kapoor and Mary Miss. The Art Science Museum’s exhibition explores the themes of form, colour and spirituality; the exhibition at National Gallery Singapore looks at the emergence, development and legacies of minimalism from the 1950s to the present day.