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Music, dance and art festivals on the horizon!

Singapore’s calendar is filled with festivals and fairs that celebrate the arts. Here are some of the many annual events to look forward to in 2017 and 2018.

Singapore International Festival of Arts

5 August to 9 September 2017

Bringing together the best of local and international artists in theatre, dance and music, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) returns this year with the theme “Enchantment”. Visitors can look forward to plenty of performances and workshops, which this year include Spectres LIVE and Opening Draft. sifa.sg

Singapore Night Festival

19-20 August and 26-27 August 2017

Singapore Night Festival 2017 events
Don’t miss this annual arts festival

This free nocturnal extravaganza includes interactive light performances and installations, as well as dance, music and artworks by local talents in the heart of the Bras Basah and Bugis precinct – one of Singapore’s best-known arts and heritage districts. Highlights include The Wheel House by Acrojou, and The Siege: A Lightsaber Battle Experience by Fightsaber (SG). nightfest.sg

Affordable Art Fair

17 to 19 November 2017

Affordable Art Fair elephant sculptures
Colourful elephants sculptures


Offering a diverse range of contemporary artworks from both seasoned and emerging international artists, the autumn edition of this popular fair makes art accessible to everyone, with all works priced between $100 and $10,000. Educate yourself with expert advice or get your hands dirty in artsy demonstrations. affordableartfair.com/singapore

Singapore Art Week

17 to 28 January 2018

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The country’s visual arts scene is at its most vibrant during this festival, as art lovers immerse themselves in gallery exhibitions, film screenings, seminars and artist talks, to pop-up events and installations, at numerous venues across the city. One key event is Art Stage Singapore, held at Marina Bay Sands, a global gathering that connects art collectors and corporate buyers with artists, galleries, institutions and visitors. Art in Motion, meanwhile, is a tour of several Asian and international galleries dotted around Singapore’s cultural and heritage districts. artweek.sg

Singapore Contemporary Art Show

18 to 21 January 2018

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Returning with a third instalment in 2018, this fair adds diversity to Singapore’s art market, with displays of original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography, and also video and digital art from some of the world’s most interesting and promising artists. Both Singaporean and international collectors and buyers will enjoy exploring the 6,000-square-metre space. singaporecontemporary.com

More festivals to look out for in 2018

Art Stage

Art Stage is the only international fair with a Southeast Asian focus. They create a platform for rising Asian contemporary artists to exhibit their work. Held annually, this cultural event brings together art collectors, buyers and enthusiasts. artstagesingapore.com

i Light Marina Bay

Asia’s leading sustainable light art will once again illuminate Marina Bay’s urban spaces in March. Witness innovative and sustainable light art installations designed by creative talents from around the world. ilightmarinabay.sg

Laneway Festival

Spectators at St Jerome's Laneway Festival
Spectators singing along to their favourite tunes

This outdoor music event held on The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay. Presenting a line-up of diverse bands from the US, the UK, Australia and elsewhere, it aims to instil values of community, collaboration, self-expression and fun. singapore. lanewayfestival.com

M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

Held annually, this festival includes an array of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and mixed media, created and presented by local and international artists. singaporefringe.com


Featuring exhibits by designers and creators aged 35 and below, this festival returns to celebrate design in all forms and functions. singaplural.com

Singapore Biennale

Featuring contemporary artworks by artists across Southeast Asia and beyond, this festival allows viewers to explore unexpected ways of seeing the world and learn about shared histories. singaporebiennale.org

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This article first appeared in the City guide 2017/18 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!