Weekend guide (28-30 Oct): Deepavali celebrations, Singapore Biennale 2016, Singapore Fashion Week and more

Festival of Lights @ Project Oasis in Little India Join in and mark the festival of lights this weekend at Little India. Admire the colourful lights that line the street, shop your fill of Deepavali buys and eat your way through all the festive goodies at the festival village; you might even get the chance to have your fortune read by a parrot astrologer in the area too. Where: Multiple locations in Little India

When: From now until Oct 28

Prices: Free admission


The Flying Dutchman

Cursed to sail the seas until he finds his true love, the doomed ghostly sailor can only come ashore once in seven years. Staged in Singapore for the first time, this adaptation of Richard Wagner’s 19th century opera “The Flying Dutchman” will be set in Southeast Asia, with details inspired by Chinese opera, wayang kulit (Indonesian-style shadow puppetry) and other regional elements.

When: 23-30 Oct, 3pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm

Where: Victoria Theatre, 11 Empress Place

Prices: $46 to $146


Singapore Fashion Week

Remember Rihanna’s canary yellow Met ball gown in 2015? It was the work of none other than Chinese couturier Guo Pei; you’ll get to see her lavish gowns on the runway as part of the Singapore Fashion Week. The star-studded fashion line-up also includes London-based label Self Portrait, New York-based designer Naeem Khan, as well as local fashion labels Ong Shunmugam, Max Tan and Aijek.

When: 26-30 Oct, multiple showtimes

Where: National Gallery Singapore, Supreme Court Terrace, 1 St Andrew’s Road

Prices: $30 to $180


Happy Ever Laughter

Get ready for a night full of laughs, with this series of rib-tickling stand up comedy sets by 11 Singapore comedians. Let Patricia Mok, Kumar, Sebastian Tan, Hossan Leong, Fakkah Fuzz, Judee Tan and others bring out the humorous side to headlines on expat robbers, cracked trains and more topical jokes about our sunny island.

When: 26 Oct-6 Nov, 3pm and 8pm

Where: Esplanade Theatres by the Bay, Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive

Prices: $58 to $158




Long before the advent of vampires that glitter in the sun, Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of Dracula was (and continues to be) one of the most influential blood-drinking figures in popular imagination. Catch the theatrical adaptation of this horror story just in time for Halloween; it stars Keith-Lee Castle as the titular vampire and Singapore musician-actress Narelle Kheng (she of The Sam Willows fame) as Lucy.

When: 26 Oct-13 Nov, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Where: Resorts World Sentosa, Resorts World Theatre, 8 Sentosa Gateway

Prices: $36 to $168


Perspectives Film Festival
Skip the usual box office fare and settle in for films that will perplex, bemuse and have you talking about them long after you’ve seen them on the screen. Seven films themed around the Surrealist art movement have been selected for this film festival. Top picks include David Lynch’s Eraserhead, René Laloux’s Fantastic Planet, as well as The Taste of Tea, which will feature a post-show discussion with its director Katsuhito Ishii in attendance.

When: 27-30 Oct

Where: National Museum Singapore, 93 Stamford Road and The Projector, Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00

Prices: $9 to $65



Singapore Biennale 2016
How do we see the world and ourselves in relation to our shared history and multiculturalism? Discover new and site-specific works of over 60 regional artists from Singapore, Southeast Asia and beyond as they interrogate and ponder on issues of identity. Other event highlights include artist talks, guided tours, an art market and other opening weekend festivities.

When: 27 Oct-6 Feb

Where: Multiple locations including the Singapore Art Museum; go to www.singaporebiennale.org for more information.

Prices: $7.50 to $52

DANCE Passages by Singapore Dance Theatre Rope in your fellow dance-appreciating pals for the Singapore Dance Theatre’s full contemporary annual season. Passages will feature four works, including Australian choreographer Natalie Weir’s Jabula and Edmund Stripe’s Piano Concerto No 2 Opus 102, as well as a new work by Singapore choreographer Christina Chan.

When: 28-30 Oct, 3pm and 7.30pm

Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio, Esplanade Theatre Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive

Prices: $30

ENTERTAINMENT Nightmare on Bugis Street Wander through dark alleys filled with malevolent inmates, eerie-looking puppets and other spooky sights as this shopping street gets transformed into a spine-tingling venue for Halloween. Choose between two routes or opt for the full walkthrough in both zone A and B for the ultimate frightful night with other brave-hearted revellers.

When: 28 Oct-5 Nov, 10pm

Where: Bugis Street, 3 New Bugis Street, Level 2

Prices: $45 to $90


Charlotte’s Web
Bring the little ones to see E.B. White’s poignant tale of the friendship between Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the barn spider, as enacted on stage. Marvel as the quick-witted spider weaves up webs filled with ingenious messages, to help prevent Wilbur from being sent to the butcher. In line with the Halloween festivities, kids who dress in the best costumes inspired by the book will get to win vouchers from stationery brand Smiggle this weekend.

When: 28 Oct-11 Dec, multiple showtimes

Where: KC Arts Centre - Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Road

Prices: $25 to $175


Taiwan King meet Taiwan Queen concert
Do your folks just love the nostalgic Hokkien tunes and Taiwan drama theme songs by these stars? Treat them to a musical evening with Hokkien stars Ye Qi Tian, Long Qian Yu and Zhang Xiu Qing from Taiwan as they belt out their top hits and covers of beloved classics at this one-night-only show.

When: 29 Oct, 8pm
Where: Resorts World Sentosa, Resorts World Sentosa Theatre, 8 Sentosa Gateway
Prices: $38 to $148

Celebrate Deepavali, admire the Asian contemporary art at the Singapore Biennale, catch the catwalk shows of Singapore Fashion Week, get a night full of laughs at Happy Ever Laughter with local comedians, join Halloween-themed events and more things you can do this weekend.