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Jan 2014

Singapore Biennale 2013

Date: 26 October 2013 to 16 February 2014
Venue: Bras Basah Bugis Precinct
Website: www.singaporebiennale.org/
Description: A biennal art celebration of epic proportions. The rich cultures and geographies of the Southeast Asian region have historically been the corridor of the world’s major civilisations. The ebb and flow of these complex cultural interactions have yielded responses of accommodation and resistance, leaving legacies of layering and sedimentation within the varied communities. In the 21st century, the speed of transformation in Southeast Asia is perhaps beyond anything experienced by preceding generations. This change is prompting multiple conceptions and perceptions of time and our worlds, both the external and internal. Against this backdrop of past and continuous change, artists have been reflecting, mediating, envisioning, and making propositions. If The World Changed, the title of the 4th Singapore Biennale, is an invitation to artists to respond to and reconsider the worlds we live in, and the worlds we want to live in.

River Hongbao

Date: 29 January 2014 to 8 February 2014
Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay
Website: http://www.riverhongbao.sg/
Description: Singapore welcomes the Lunar New Year with a week-long celebration called River Hongbao. The name is derived from the small red packets called “hong bao” that the Chinese fill with money and give away as gifts. These “hong bao” also represent good luck and are expected to bring in prosperity. The first River Hongbao celebration happened in 1986, and since then the event has become one of Singapore’s most highly anticipated annual events related to the biggest Chinese holiday. River Hongbao 2014 welcomes the Year of the Horse at The Float@ Marina Bay from 29th Jan to 8th February 2014. 2014 also marks the 28th consecutive year since River Hongbao was first held. Organized by Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA), Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCCI), Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and People’s Association (PA), this annual event has long since become an integral part of Singapore’s Chinese New Year celebrations, attracting locals and tourists to come forth and immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere which is open to public with free admission.

Christmas by the River 2013

Date: 15 November 2013 to 2 January 2014
Venue: Singapore River
Website: http://singapore-river.com/christmas/
Description: See the River adorned with gorgeous Christmas decorations: candy canes and beautiful ornaments will decorate the three main areas of the Singapore River – Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay. Christmas by the River comprises several activities at Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay – where visitors can learn about and celebrate the magic of the Singapore River.

2Degree Ice Art

Date: 20 November 2013 to 29 February 2014
Venue: Sheares Link Bayfront Avenue
Website: http://2degree.biz/
Description: Catch some wintry cool this holiday season and let Century Ice Wonderland (CIW) bring you a slice of The International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (IISSF) from Harbin to sunny Singapore. Held inside a thermal-insulated hall kept at -15°C, the exhibition will be spilt into six themes featuring 30 pieces of ice sculptures featuring London’s Big Ben, Paris’s Eiffel Tower and Singapore’s very own Merlion. Occupying 50,280 sq feet of space and using a total of 450 tons of crystal-clear and coloured ice blocks to create a truly unique winter wonderland in tropical Singapore, don’t miss this spectacular Ice Art Exhibition at Sheares Link, Bayfront Avenue.

Christmas Sugar Mountain

Date: 20 November 2013 to 5 January 2014
Venue: Gardens by the Bay
Website: http://goo.gl/tYusc2
Description: Celebrate the holidays with an enchanting garden display designed by award-winning landscape designer, Kazuyuki Ishihara. The Flower Field transforms into a colourful display of fruits and vegetables, woven together with a magical story of love, hope and joy. The display delights the young and old with a creative arrangement of edible produce such as strawberries, pineapples, pumpkins, watermelons and tomatoes.

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