A new arts centre dedicated to the promotion of cross cultural exchanges will open in Singapore this May.
Called Temenggong House 18 • 20 and located at two historical black and white bungalows on the slopes of Mount Faber at Temenggong Road, the new centre will serve as a conducive environment for the confluence of shared experiences between communities around the region to promote Singapore as an arts and cultural hub in an increasingly globalised world.
One of Singapore oldest mosques, Angullia Mosque, closes for redevelopment which will see it transform into a four-storey building that can accommodate 2,500 congregants.
Angullia Mosque has been an iconic landmark in the area of Serangoon Road and Little India for more than 120 years.
The Mosque was built on Wakaff land bequeathed by MSE Angullia. Still standing at its present site, the first blueprints of the Mosque was dated in 1890.
Since its initial construction somewhere in the late 1890s, several upgrading works have been undertaken to maintain its functionality and relevance to its immediate community.
Angullia Mosque serves a large community of Muslims within the Serangoon Road district and many of their congregants include both the local and foreign workforce within the Serangoon Road business district.
Over the years, the capacity and infrastructure of the mosque are not able to keep up with the numbers and demands of their daily congregants.
Tarte By Cheryl Koh has relocated to level 2 of Shaw Centre. It used to be just a takeaway tart shop and it is now a new patisserie with a dining area. Enjoy the sweet creations by Asia’s Best Pastry Chef in 2016.
At the new 1,100 sq ft space, you will uncover a cosy 30-seater dining area and an expanded menu featuring a curated selection of beverages, as well as tantalising sweet and savoury treats.
One of life’s greatest gastronomic indulgences can be found at Tarte by Cheryl Koh, a spin-off by the Les Amis Group with Les Amis restaurant’s pastry chef Cheryl Koh, which opened in April 2015. In a span of a year, Chef Cheryl was awarded ‘Asia’s Best Pastry Chef’ in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in 2016.
EVOLVE Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Asia's top martial arts organization, has opened its latest state-of-the-art academy at One KM mall in the heart of Singapore’s East Coast. The new EVOLVE MMA One KM joins EVOLVE MMA’s growing stable of academies that includes: EVOLVE Far East Square, EVOLVE PoMo Mall, EVOLVE Orchard Central, and EVOLVE University, the world's largest online university for martial arts.
Designed by one of the top design firms in Singapore, EVOLVE One KM is a world-class, state-of-the-art, premium training facility with the best martial arts equipment available in the world.
The newest EVOLVE MMA academy in Singapore will see World Champion instructors in Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and Submission Grappling bring their expertise to Singapore’s East Coast.
With convenient access to the bustling Paya Lebar MRT stop, EVOLVE One KM will also offer a comprehensive selection of martial arts classes featuring Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, WarriorFit (Strength and Conditioning) and the EVOLVE Little Samurai Children’s Program.
With the world's largest collection of World Champions under one roof, EVOLVE MMA aims to deliver the best martial arts training available anywhere in the world.
Delivering on the success of EVOLVE Far East Square, EVOLVE PoMo Mall, and EVOLVE Orchard Central, EVOLVE One KM’s power-packed schedule offers executives, homemakers and students the perfect time slots to train.
Recognising the building’s heritage value, its role as a landmark in the area and the social memories it holds for the community, the building owner, Selangor Dredging Berhad (SDB) is supportive of the conservation efforts and is working closely with URA to keep the building as part of our national history.
Completed in 1954, this Art Deco Style building is a well-known local landmark along Serangoon Road. It was the bottling factory that produced popular soft drinks such as Sinalco, Kickapoo Joy Juice and Royal Crown Cola. It is also one of the last few remaining structures along the stretch of Kallang River that reflect the area’s rich industrial past, and contribute to the heritage of the Kallang River.
The two-storey L-shaped main building facing Serangoon Road will be conserved. This includes the signage tower, a representative feature that many will be familiar with. Read more about this conservation effort.
Designed by architectural firm Ong and Ong, the new Gateway Theatre is a multi-theatre venue located in the heart of Bukit Merah Central.
An arts venue built by the Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC), the Gateway Theatre project cost over $50 million to complete. It aims to be a creative arts space that promotes Made-In-Singapore works and talents of all cultures, while developing an appreciation of the arts within the heartlands of Bukit Merah and in Singapore.
The Gateway Theatre occupies the site of the former Touch Community Theatre. A wall dating back to the Dhalit cinema which first stood there has been repurposed into a decorative feature of the Sky Garden.
The space is operated by production entertainment company Gateway Entertainment, which is helmed by Faith Community Baptist Church's pastor Lawrence Khong and his daughter Priscilla.
Its two main venues are the 930-seat Main Theatre and the 200-seat modular Black Box theatre. Within the building are two studio spaces for multi-purpose use, an outdoor roof garden and small balcony gardens for open-air performances. Gateway Theatre aims to fill this building with performances big and small, of various genres and styles.
One of its kind, Gateway Theatre’s Sky Garden is a unique green space in the middle of the Bukit Merah heartland that is landscaped with manicured lawns, shade trees, a water feature and an outdoor stage. This green refuge can be transformed into a unique event space for product launches, weddings, dinner receptions and even fitness lessons.
Originally used for movie screenings in the 1980’s, the main theatre is now the prime space and heart of Gateway Theatre for arts and performances. The intimate two-tiered theatre is fully equipped with a 12m x 6.45m LED wall and an array of visual, audio and lighting systems that can meet the needs of various art genres. It’s also great for product launches, conferences, film screenings or lectures.
Gateway Theatre’s Black Box is a space for your imagination. It’s an intimate and unique space where the most innovative and engaging type of performances unfold right before your eyes. Their Black Box has flexible staging and lighting configurations to suit a wide range of events, and it’s a great space for concerts, exhibitions – even movie filming. A key feature is the three-meter high LED wall that can give new depth to a performance or conference.
The new building of Karma Kagyud Buddhist Centre located on Guillemard Road is now officially open; the new edifice infuses traditional Tibetan style with modernity – her distinct and brightly coloured façade stands out from the surrounding buildings.
They are planning to make good use of the building to benefit everyone and for people to learn the spiritual path. Various programmes and courses will be provided and they will also be involved in social services wherever needed, just as they have done actively for over thirty years.
This new building shall be a beacon to flourish the Buddhadharma both in Singapore and the region.
Karma Kagyud Buddhist Centre was established in 1981 by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa to realise the precious teachings of Buddha in Singapore. Since then, through various programmes such like classes, meditation, teachings, practices and many more, the Centre has benefited many people.
Dialogue with Time is an exhibition at Science Centre Singapore exclusively on the topic of ageing. It is a fully-guided experience and is facilitated by retirees who will lead a group of visitors through various zones in the exhibition.
The key highlight of the tour are two discussion zones where the senior guides will facilitate dialogues with visitors to overcome stereotypes or misguided assumptions associated with old age. Other interactive exhibits within the exhibition also allow you to experience and understand more about the ageing process and reconsider your perception of age.
Find out more about the exhibition highlights here.
A key element in enhancing "Sense of Place' at the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 is a first ever collaboration between Changi Airport Group (CAG) and National Heritage Board to create a Peranakan Gallery. It offers travellers the chance to learn about traditional Peranakan culture, with exhibits including a beautifully embroidered Sarong Kebaya, an antique wooden wedding bed and Peranakan porcelain ‘nyonyaware’.
The Peranakan Gallery opens to the public 24-7 and is free for all passengers who have cleared departure immigration.
Located in the Departure Transit area, the Peranakan Gallery is part of T4’s Heritage Zone.
Visitors will be greeted by a doll house model display of Peranakan shophouse architecture.
Historical portraits of pioneers many decades ago lined the walls of the 150sq m gallery.
Expect an extended design experience at the Red Dot Design Museum, with the exhibition galleries, museum shop and the design cafe & bar opening late till 2am daily!
As the only museum in Singapore that opens past midnight, the Red Dot Design Museum is an alternative night-time desitination to visit after-hours.
In 1955, the “Ständige Schau formschöner Industrieerzeugnisse” (Permanent Show of Elegant Industrial Products) was established in Villa HÃ¼gel in Essen, Germany. It evolved over the years to become the Red Dot Design Museum.
Today, the Red Dot Design Museum in Germany and Singapore presents the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design.
Red Dot Design Museum Singapore now sits on a glass building located along the Marina Bay Waterfront. The building used to be the Marina Bay City Gallery that showcase the story of Singapore’s urban transformation and the development of Marina Bay.
With the museum as the new tenant, the iconic building has been given a new lease of life with clever space transformations to include several galleries, retail, cafe and outdoor seating space to host year round design exhibitions.
Much more than a state-of-the-art retail and performance space, the new Steinway Gallery at ION Orchard - the "centre of gravity" in the retail scene, houses a selection of grand and upright pianos from Steinway & Sons including its latest innovation – the Steinway SPIRIO, a high-resolution re-performance piano, to exquisite pianos from the Steinway Crown Jewel Collection. Completing the Steinway Family of Pianos are the Boston and Essex, pianos that are designed by Steinway & Sons.
The new store’s open façade is uniquely designed similarly to one of Steinway's 130 patents - the seamless, continuous-bent rim (invented in 1878 and is done virtually the same way today as it was then). A Steinway grand piano displayed at the store front is available for shoppers to tinkle on.
Also, they can host up to 80 pax with a full-size performance stage and the store will be frequently used as a recital hall that allows musicians & audiences to connect. The rehearsal studio for artists and students, which houses two Steinway Grands, is another embodiment of Steinway's commitment to celebrating arts & culture.
The Artground is an arts centre and accessible play space for children aged 12 and under and they aim to provide positive arts experiences across a variety of art forms.
Throughout the year, The Artground will present interactive art installations that children can climb through, over and under and this changes tri-annually. This provides excellent non-directive play opportunities for children to discover and practice their motor skills.
The Artground draws inspiration from the poem, The Hundred Languages of Children.
“The child is made of one hundred.
The child has a hundred languages
a hundred hands
a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking
of playing, of speaking.
a hundred, always a hundred
ways of listening
of marveling, of loving
a hundred joys
for singing and understanding
a hundred worlds to discover
a hundred worlds to invent
a hundred worlds to dream.”
- Excerpt from, The Hundred Languages of Children by Loris Malaguzzi.
The Artground encourages everyone who visits their center to be creative by offering opportunities for the child and the artist to remain inquisitive for life. Their primary arts programmes and ancillary workshops that go beyond the arts realm, facilitate learning through play and empower children to express themselves in a hundred ways.
On the weekends, The Artground will provide a variety of art-related programmes that families with young children can engage in together. These include gardening, performing arts (music, dance/movement & drama) as well as arts & craft activities.
The Vintage Camera’s Museum, itself is set in the form of a Rolli camera, and the entry is shaped like a lens. There are around 1000 cameras on display right from replicas of the world’s biggest camera - the mammoth camera till the latest technological gadget, a 11 gram camera. Some of the other unique cameras which can be viewed in the museum are a walking stick camera, spy cameras, pigeon cameras, first 3D camera and pistol cameras to name a few. Besides, the museum also has on display, rare collection of photographs featuring interesting facets about photography including an authentic replica of the first ever photograph taken.
To understand any concept fully, one needs to understand its history. And so it goes with the camera as well. The Vintage Camera’s Museum features a detailed documentary on the evolution of cameras and its journey thus far. It also caters to the curious minds by screening interesting documentaries on some of the unique cameras of those days. One such invention was the pigeon camera.
In addition, the Vintage Camera’s Museum also has a rare collection of negatives, film rolls and books on photography.
A distinct feature of the museum is that one can take a ‘selfie’ with Lumiere Brothers, who were the pioneers in photography. Lumiere Brothers were French inventors and pioneer manufacturers of photographic equipment who devised an early motion-picture camera and projector called the Cinématographe.
Some of the cameras on display can be touched and felt for a complete hands-on experience. There is also a guided tour to help visitors appreciate the functionality and limitations of the cameras.
As Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay turns 15 this year, the national performing arts centre will be adding a new venue to its stable, enabling it to create more unique Singapore stories and shared experiences for society through the arts.
To be completed in 2021, the new building situated along the Esplanade Waterfront will feature a flexible theatre which can seat about 550 people and an outdoor activities plaza integrated with popular dining outlets at the Esplanade Annexe.
This waterfront theatre hopes to inspire our young and nurture the next generation of artists, by commissioning and producing more new works by Singapore artists and companies and taking them from home to the world stage.
With the new 550-seat waterfront theatre, Esplanade will be able to:
Develop and present a wider range of quality arts programmes for schools that inspire and challenge the young; develop in future generations empathy, curiosity and creativity; and provide them new perspectives on different cultures and our society.
Allow Singapore’s promising community, youth and traditional arts groups, especially in theatre and dance, to take that next step to reach a wider audience along Esplanade’s busy waterfront.
Work closely with both Singapore and regional artists to create new works and to take these artists and works beyond Singapore.
Present a greater diversity of leading artists and productions that inspire, given that, a majority of works produced today for major arts festivals are for a medium-sized space.
LivingwithArt is an art company that offers a wide range of customised art products for interior decoration. Visit their new flagship gallery at Tan Boon Liat Building.
Their uniqueness lies in the ability to customise the style, dimensions and execution of the artwork to the requirements of your living space. Thier art products include hand-drawn wall paintings, art clocks, sculptures and other home accessories.
Their wall paintings consist of a wide range styles such as Fengshui, Abstract, Modern Contemporary, Minimalism, Floral, Nature, and Resort for you to choose them. The sculptures can be created from a selection of metal, acrylic, clay, ceramics or wood.
All their art works are created by their in-house artists. Over the last 10 years, they have worked on various commercial and private residential projects, enhancing living spaces.
About one quarter of the retail space at the new Funan mall has been taken up and local theatre company W!LD RICE is among one of the latest tenants announced together with a few other familiar brands.
The retail mall will have 200 shops over six storeys, and is targeted for completion in the fourth quarter of 2019.
W!LD RICE will build a 18,000 sq ft, 380-seat theatre - the first facility of its kind designed and managed by a local theatre group to be located within a commercial complex.
W!LD RICE was founded in 2000 by Ivan Heng, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning theatre practitioner, and is recognised today as one of Singapore’s leading professional theatre companies.
The Stamford Arts Centre at Waterloo Street will undergo a S$7 million redevelopment and it will reopen in the middle of next year as an arts space fully dedicated to traditional arts, complete with a new multi-purpose hall, a space for resident artists and an F&B outlet, among other improvements.
The arts centre will be managed by Arts House Limited, which also manages other arts housing spaces such as Goodman Arts Centre and Aliwal Arts Centre.
The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) building located by the fringe of the Central Business District is a contemporary translation of the traditional 3-tiered unity of 'earth', 'people' and 'sky' elements in Chinese architecture. Its principal architect is DP Architects Pte Ltd.
SCCC will be celebrating its official opening with an 8-days Cultural Extravaganza from 20th of May. The extravaganza will include cultural workshops on puppetry, crosstalk, Chinese opera, and performances by local arts and culture groups.
The architectural expression of SCCC took its cues from the composition of elements and varied textures of a Chinese landscape painting. The play of composition, texture, decoration and symbolism in the different stacked zones softens the building expression. The façade is read as a progression of illustration from bottom to top, distinctive in their treatment, yet coherent as a statement.
SCCC is a non-profit organisation that aims to develop Singapore Chinese culture and promote racial harmony. They hope to reach out to Chinese and non-Chinese residents, new immigrants and the youths through a wide range of carefully planned activities.
The long-awaited S$110 million SCCC building on Straits Boulevard aims to preserve traditions, promote innovation in ideas, and enrich the multi-faceted nature of Chinese culture in Singapore.
Masjid Yusof Ishak is the 26th mosque funded by the Muslim community through the Mosque and Mendaki Fund (MBMF). It was designed with a very unique architecture, blending the traditional characteristics of a mosque with Nusantara heritage; while also addressing functional requirements. Islamic motifs and Nusantara patterns are prominently used throughout the mosque.
The new landmark in Woodlands will cater to the socio-religious needs of the Muslim community in the north. Yusof Ishak Mosque will have numerous facilities to cater to the needs of the elderly and more space dedicated to family praying areas. It was also designed for the community to fully utilise all its spaces, with a multi-purpose hall, conference room, a sizeable auditorium, seminar rooms for teaching purposes as well as a roof terrace catering to several amenities.
Parkview Museum, is a swanky new art space from the Parkview Group. Located in the heart of the art and cultural districts, Parkview Museum will be a platform for the expression and popularisation of contemporary art in Singapore with its vast column-less space and 7 metre high ceilings – certainly a hint to the immense potential of things to come.
Parkview Museum is set to open in mid-March 2017 with global travelling art exhibition, ‘On Sharks and Humanity’.
Fitness and Martial Arts (FaMA) is a training centre that promotes fitness through martial arts. They believe you're never too young, old or unfit to start!
Co-founders and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts Zoro Moreira and Bruno Amorim envisioned a place where anybody, no matter their age or fitness level, could reach their fitness goals in a fun and interesting way. They believed strongly in Martial Arts being the medium to helping people – whether they were looking to shed a few pounds, learn a new sport in their later years, or even train at a competitive level. Zoro and Bruno came together and designed special martial arts programs to suit different ages and lifestyles – soon after, FaMA was born!
Popular Japanese cheese tart shop Bake will open its first outlet in Singapore.
The cheese tarts are from Kinotoya, an established Western confectionery in Hokkaido, Japan, in 2011. They became such a hit that Bake was set up three years later in Tokyo, and specialises in selling them.
The molten mousse tart filling is made with three types of cream cheese - two from Hokkaido and one from France, and the crispy pastry is baked twice.
The refurbished colonial buildings have been transformed into a one-stop lifestyle and arts and crafts centre with a spa, a yoga and pilates studio, chocolatiers and even a luxury pet hotel Waggington. Familiar names include artisan chcoclate makers Anjali Chocolat, decorative art gallery Billkey Art and upmarket European furniture place Mobel Story.
Maison Ikkoku, voted & awarded as the "BEST COCKTAIL BAR" by the people of Singapore, has opened a new outlet at the Fort Canning Arts Centre.
Established in 2011, Maison Ikkoku is famously known for its NO MENU bespoke cocktail concept. At FORT, Executive Chef and Senior Master Mixologist, Ethan Leslie Leong applies his legendary cocktail techniques with a balanced selection of food, from soups to salads, cocktail carpaccio to handrolled maki, signature dishes & desserts. Patrons will have the opportunity to witness both artisanal chef & mixologist crafting in action.
Before the opening of Fort, Ethan went to Zurich to upgrade his culinary skills. It was this travel experience that inspired him to create FORT's menu. He spent 4 months perfecting the 6 course cocktail pairing dinner that delivers a "multi-sensory dining experience". "It was time for me to create an entire dining experience" said Chef Ethan who switched from culinary to mixology in 1995. Watch for signature dishes such as "The Sea" that brings out the aroma, taste and visuals of the deep blue ocean using sea salt sorbet, seaweed, scallop, oyster and salmon roe.
The cocktails at FORT focus on “taste profile development” – a different style of cocktail mixing, using techniques such as distillation, infusion, spherification, dehydration, emulsion, smoking and house made Tonic Water.
The restaurant’s interior is also designed by Ethan and is an eccentric mix of ancient industrial with a touch of chic using combinations of Railway Sleepers, Copper, Edison Filament and Red Velvet.
Named after Honoré de Balzac, the famous French novelist and playwright, the new Balzac Brasserie in Rendezvous Gallery serves up a slice of Paris the way its namesake does. Serving rustic French bistro classics, Balzac Brasserie is unpretentious and unassuming, but done with an amazing attention to details.
The Gentle Art Academy, the first Asia affiliate school to the eight time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champions Guilhermes and Rafael Mendes (Mendes Bros), has officially begun its first intake for its BJJ kids program.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was developed over 100 years ago and emphasizes bringing combat to the ground where a larger person's size and strength advantage is neutralized. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is recognized as being one of the world's proven most effective martial arts and was responsible for launching modern day Mixed-Martial Arts competitions such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and One Fighting Championship (OneFC).
The Gentle Art Academy's syllabus was developed by brothers Guilherme and Rafael Mendes (8x World Champions) who are based in California, USA. The main US academy has developed many junior world champions and our US kids team clinched the 2013 and 2014 team world championships, making this the Best kids program in the world!
The Gentle Art Academy is housed at an East Coast Road shophouse with 3,000 square feet of floor space with plenty of padded areas for children to learn in a safe fun environment.
Classes for kids at The Gentle Art are spilt according to age. Little ones in the Babybolos (3-5yo) will be encouraged to develop and practice their physical skills through play. They will also get to nurture key social and emotional skills while engaging in activities that require cooperation, self-awareness, and communication with peers. Older kids in the Lil’ Champion class (5-8yo) will have a chance to build up their stamina and endurance while developing fine and gross motor skills, spatial awareness, coordination, balance, agility, flexibility and sport preparation. Those in the Teen Warriors class (8- 12yo) will focus on the precision and the detailed execution of the techniques while building their core stamina and strength.
The academy has even launched yoga classes for parents during selected kids classes so that parents can get a good stretch and a workout while waiting for their kids to finish their lessons. More adventurous parents can even join the academy’s adult BJJ classes on the weekend to pick up some practical combat skill for themselves during the hour of the kids class.
Dojo, a new fusion food restaurant with pork as a specialty, has opened on the bustling Circular Road.
The love of pork runs deep for the CEO Janice Tan, as her late grandfather was a pig farmer from Seremban, Malaysia. "Dojo" is inspired by Japanese training place for martial arts, it describes its commitment in perfecting the art of fusing Asian flavours and Western cuisine.
The main highlights are pork burgers. Patties are seasoned with a secret family recipe and baked daily, served Asian style sauces and only the freshest ingredients.
Expect a cool and hipster vibe in terms of design.
Savor authentic Portuguese cuisine for the very first time in Singapore at Boca.
The ground floor is where they have the Tasca, a relaxed and cool setting for you to enjoy the special petiscos (tapas) paired with their unique Portuguese wines.
You can also just simply savour the best espresso in Singapore along with authentic crispy Portuguese egg tarts. Indulge in traditional Portuguese cuisine but in a totally modern, hip and cool environment.