St. Joseph’s Institution (SJI) has opened a new heritage gallery, in commemoration of Singapore's bicentennial year and the Tercentenary1 of the Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools – St. John Baptist de La Salle. Named Missio 1852, the gallery showcases 167 years of Josephian history and Lasallian heritage, tradition and community in Singapore. This project is supported by the National Heritage Board and the Singapore Bicentennial Office.
Founded by the De La Salle Brothers in 1852, St. Joseph’s Institution (SJI) is an independent Catholic school, whose mission is to nurture students to learn how to learn and to learn how to live, so that they can be empowered to grow into men and women of integrity and men and women for others. For over 167 years, SJI has nurtured thousands of men and women who have served the society locally and globally. Missio 1852 celebrates the contributions and achievements of the school and of these alumni who have served the society in different ways throughout the century.
The highlights of Missio 1852 include:
Profiles of distinguished Josephians – Thousands of illustrious Josephians have graduated from the gates and halls of SJI since 1852. Amongst them include Former 7th President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, DPM Teo Chee Hean, Mr Philip Yeo, Prof Leo Tan Wee Hin, Prof Jeremy Monteiro, Justice Chan Seng Onn, whose profiles are featured in Missio 1852.
The Brothers’ Logbook – The La Salle Brothers meticulously kept annual logbooks such as these, detailing notable events like inter-school competitions, important visitors to the school, spiritual bouquets and civics group meetings. It was the practice for the Brother Director to keep a diary/logbook to record key events throughout the school year, to help him when he prepares the annual report to be sent to Rome.
The Founder’s Banner – As part of the school’s emphasis on rituals and symbolism, this Founder’s banner was frequently used in events like the celebration of the apparition ofour Lady of Fatimah in the 1950s. Out of the traditional three banners used, only this one remains. These banners were originally stored away in a camphor wood chest in the Brothers’ Quarters.
The Grandfather Clock that has survived the Japanese Occupation – This clock once stood on the verandah of the Brothers' House and called all therein to prayers and class. During WWII, shrapnel damaged the clock and the marks have been preserved in its restoration. Holes on both sides indicated where shrapnel entered the clock, hit the back of the pendulum and exited on the opposite side.
Missio 1852 is open to SJI students and staff members during school hours during term time. Visit www.sji.edu.sg for details.
Blue Ocean Art is an art concept that is focused on delivering investment grade art works from all around the world to their clients and investors. Visit their newly-opened Blue Ocean Fine Art Gallery at Marina Square to find a unique piece to start or add to your art collection.
Featured in the listing picture here is a piece from artist Liu Yujun åçå.
In Liu Yujun's painting series entitled Unidentified Liquid, he has created paintings of Chinese beautiful women. Liu Yujun carefully includes images of blue liquid in a various form in his works. The images of the blue liquid seems to be mysterious and ambiguous as it has no connection with the images of beautiful women. The blue liquid symbolises a sense of insecurity.
Check out his works at Blue Ocean Fine Art Gallery.
Opening in 2021, the new theatre will fill the gap between Esplanade’s large venues and smaller studio spaces, and enable the national arts centre to further support future generations of artists and arts groups to create new works that tell Singapore and Asian stories and widen its engagement with various communities.
Esplanade is also launching a series of new fundraising initiatives, which are designed for a spectrum of supporters, from the general public, to philanthropists and foundations.
In celebration of the development of the new theatre, Esplanade and its Mall tenant Makansutra Gluttons Bay have jointly organised The Food Stage, a special street food experience that features exclusive off-menu items such as 4 Cheese Murtabak, Carrot Cake“Fries” with BBQ Wings, Laksa Seafood Stew, Soft Shell Crab Mui Fan and many more. Makansutra has also pledged a donation of $100,000 to Esplanade which will go towards Singtel Waterfront Theatre.
Please click here for details on the fundraising initiatives and more information about this project.
Savour premium DIY salad bowls and grab a cuppa from Singapore’s first commercial robotic barista.
Marina Bay Sands’ signature café SweetSpot has unveiled its all-new flagship outlet at the grand lobby of the iconic ArtScience Museum. The contemporary café marks Marina Bay Sands’ first full-fledged wellness dining concept, as the integrated resort continues to diversify its food and beverage offerings.
A destination already popular with tourists and young families, the museum is now home to the family-friendly café featuring a kid’s corner with games and activities. Visitors can unwind and bask in an expansive setting illuminated by natural daylight through magnificent glass windows.
“SweetSpot at ArtScience Museum is a step forward in our journey to elevate health and wellness dining. We want our visitors to know that eating healthy can also be a fun and flavourful experience. The new café, paired with its scenic location by the waterfront, will be a wonderful complement to our existing line-up of culinary offerings,” said Christine Kaelbel- Sheares, Vice President of Food and Beverage, Marina Bay Sands.
Debuting at the flagship SweetSpot is Singapore’s first commercial robotic barista developed by local entrepreneur Keith Tan. The fully automated 6-axis robot has been customized to make different combinations of coffee at four times the rate of any human barista. Upon payment, all to-go beverage orders are personalized before being programmed to the robotic barista. Once ready, guests can pick up their cup at the service counter fitted with digital screens indicating their names.
Choose from SweetSpot's selection of signature salads, packed with fresh, crisp and juicy greens and meats. Or build your own salad bowl—ideal for calorie counters, busy professionals and even the most finicky eaters. Bring your kids along too, as they’ve prepared healthy meals especially for them.
Get your caffeine fix with a handcrafted cup of artisan coffee, carefully brewed using premium blends that are sustainably sourced from certified farmers. For a quick boost of energy on the go, take your pick from any of their nutritious smoothies.
Don’t forget to check out their daily selection of artisan breads, cakes and tarts. And while you’re there, why not explore an ArtScience Museum exhibition or two for your regular dose of art?
Founded by designer and artist pair Max Shen and Chloe Ong; ROKU Atelier is an independent art & design studio which is open to the public for workshops and classes. They also host art, architecture and design exhibitions.
One of the founders' first collaborative projects in 2017 won the 1st prize at the Shelter International Architectural Design Competition in Tokyo, Japan. The final jury was held at the Tokyo International Forum and the judging panel was chaired by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto of Atelier Bow-Wow.
They believe in providing quality workshops by giving our customers all the expertise and advice they need on materials and techniques, regardless of skill level. They have also designed the best possible environment for art-making, to make sure everyone who comes by feels comfortable and at home in the space. Find out more about their classes and workshops here.
The Singapore Sports Hub launched the first sports, art and heritage walking trail titled The Kallang Story: A Sports, Arts and Heritage Trail, with the unveiling of the Merdeka Lions by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and the Ministry of Transport. Mr Baey was joined by some 11 community groups for a guided tour of the trail, where they were taken on a journey of Kallang’s landmarks and the area’s vibrant history.
Mr Baey said: “There is a treasure trove of stories at Kallang. This was where many of our nation’s sporting memories were forged, and is also home to Singapore’s first civil international airport. I am heartened by this Kallang Story project, which documents some interesting elements of our heritage in the year of Singapore’s Bicentennial. I encourage everyone to come explore the area with familyand friends, relive old memories, and reflect on our Singapore Story.”
The new three-kilometre educational walking trail tells the story of Kallang through 18 heritage markers, artefacts, architecture, and new artworks sited around Singapore Sports Hub. These artworks are commissioned by Singapore Sports Hub to celebrate Kallang’s heritage and local talents. The artworks will be rolled out in phases. This walking trail is a community project supported by the National Heritage Board (NHB) in partnership with Sport Singapore and Republic Polytechnic. The launch is part of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration 2019.
Members of the public can explore the 18 markers as one whole, or in three separate smaller walking trails - The Waterfront Trail, The Stadium Trail and The Park Trail. Each of the trails tells the Kallang story by highlighting prominent landmarks in the area, both past and present. The Waterfront Trailfaces the Kallang Basin, a body of water with a rich history going back at least 400 years and reveals the riverine communities who once called this area home, the traditional industries that contributed lasting place names, and the legacy of water sports. The Stadium Trail explores the grounds of the National Stadium and covers major architectural icons which played key roles in sports, politics, energy, aviation and entertainment in Singapore. The Park Trail ventures into the former grounds of Kallang Park, journeys through memories of the old Wonderland Amusement Park and ending in front of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The Merdeka Lions now sited at Stadium Roar, facing the Kallang Basin, are replicas of the original artefacts that were initially commissioned by the Public Works Department (renamed ‘CPD Corporation’) as part of the Merdeka Bridge that was built in 1955. With the widening of NicollHighway, the sculptures were then moved to Kallang Park, before being shifted to The SAFTI Military Institute.
Members of the public can look forward to spotting 14 uniquely designed repurposed benches made from the timber seats in the former National Stadium. The installation of the 14 benches has enlivened Sports Hub’s public spaces to build community interactions and create shared memories. This underscored the intent of this “Re:Bench” CommunityProject, a collaboration between Singapore Sports Hub and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
Visitors can pick up self-guided tour maps of The Kallang Story: A Sports, Arts and Heritage Trail at the Sports Hub’s Visitors Centre at OCBC Square.
Embracing Orchard Road’s heritage as one of the original Straits Chinese enclaves in Singapore (circa 1800s), The Peranakan Gallery at Claymore Connect brings to life a rich tapestry of traditions that were once prevalent in the district — long before Orchard Road gained fame as the island’s most-visited tourist destination.
This newly-launched Place of Interest is a must-visit experience depicting the timeline and evolution of Straits Chinese culture in Singapore and South East Asia. Visually immersive and enriching, The Peranakan Gallery promises to be the Orchard precinct’s eminent ode to authentic Peranakan culture.
The newly reopened & renovated Masjid Darul Ghufran mosque in Tampines now has space for 5,500 worshippers to pray at one time making it the second largest mosque (after Assyakirin Mosque) in Singapore.
Located beside Our Tampines Hub, Masjid Darul Ghufran was first completed in December 1990.
Apart from structured, formal programmes, Darul Ghufran Mosque provides specialised religion courses to cater to a variety of needs and segments of society.
Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore is pleased to announce the reopening of their new gallery space in Dempsey Hill, one of Singapore’s most vibrant lifestyle and dining hubs.
Founded by Pearl Lam, Pearl Lam Galleries is a driving force within Asia’s contemporary art scene. With over 20 years of experience exhibiting Asian and Western art and design, it is one of the leading and most established contemporary art galleries in China.
Museum @ My Queenstown along Commonwealth Drive is a community museum that showcases the story of Queenstown as Singapore's first satellite town.
Queenstown is named after the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Entirely curated and run by numerous volunteers from civic group, My Community, Museum @ My Queenstown is a small but an educational & well-arranged museum that is worth a visit.
"Our Stories: Do you remember them?" is an exhibition made possible after a 9-year collection effort. It showcases physical and digital artefacts from the community that capture Queenstown’s history & heritage.
The programme spaces on the first and second level of the shophouse museum will host a series of talks, seminars and workshops. And the archival room on the 2nd level of the museum houses a wide collection of old photographs and artefacts contributed by residents and various institutions in Queenstown.
Dhammakaya Centre Singapore (DCS) is a non-profit Buddhist meditation centre set up in September 1999. They recently held the grand opening of their new centre located at Sumang Walk.
The articulated design of Dhammakaya Centre Singapore Building is an expression of simplicity and tranquillity. Its interior spatial configurations at every storey within the building exemplifies the dedicated needs of the temple.
The magnificent Dhammachai Meditation Hall on the 2nd storey is crafted out of a column-free space that can accommodate more meditators, which is a manifestation of harmonised architecture and structural designs.
Formerly known as a food enclave in Shaw Towers Bugis, Wild Market kicks it up a notch with a wonderfully ‘wild’ multi-play concept with fun rooms housing activities including karaoke, nerf guns, video and board games – paired with communal dining and ice-cold drinks.
Mr Ruben Brandon, Co-Founder of Wild Market Pte Ltd says: “Why choose a single activity on a night out when you can enjoy a multiroom concept at Wild Market? Shoot nerf guns with your greatest nemesis as a target, sing your heart out in our karaoke room, or have a chill night out playing console games or old school board games while indulging quality beers and bites. It’s all about having a ‘wild’ night out with Wild Market.”
MICE events need not be stuffy and boring with Wild Market’s new concept. Special occasions such as solemnisations and birthdays with customers being able to rent out entire rooms and spaces within the establishment for their private use.
The spanking new Wild Market features four different rooms – Meet, Chill, Play, and Sing.
These communal spaces are free-to-use, however private rentals are available upon request with a minimum spend. The common areas at Wild Market feature a full-sized beer pong table, dart boards and a stage with live performances every Friday and Saturday.
Meet – Perfect for private dining, meetings and functions. It comprises a long 240cm table and a TV screen for presentations.
Chill – Self-explanatory, this beanbag seating room offers a plethora of board games and a gaming console complete with video games for a relaxing night out.
Play – This seasonal concept room starts off with nerf guns aimed at a target board. Add picture of nemesis on the target board to complete stress-relief therapy.
Sing – Amateur hobbyist or professional singer, this KTV room is completely soundproof and free for all.
No night out is complete without an array of mouth-watering dishes and ice-cold drinks. Wild Market serves a variety of Japanese-inspired tapas and local delights that would regale any group looking for a good night out.
Wild Market’s drinks menu from their "Wild Bar" also shows off a plethora of beers on tap, affordable wines and cocktails.
Started with the aim of encouraging entrepreneurs to try their hands at the unforgiving F&B scene in Singapore, "Bazaar" at Wild Market offers a fully-functional space for budding restauranteurs to test out their ideas at $0 rental with a month-long lease period to test the market. Interested parties can contact Wild Market via their Facebook page.
As part of enhancement plans announced earlier this year to restore the rich history of Fort Canning Park, the National Parks Board (NParks) will be refreshing the Archaeological Dig exhibition for the first time in 17 years. First completed in 2001, the 17-year-old site houses an archaeological dig site, artefacts found around Fort Canning Park and educational panels on the history of the artefacts. NParks will be improving the exhibition area to allow for more hands-on interactive spaces. Interpretation panels on the various soil layers and embedded artefacts will also be updated and improved.
The historically significant site will include a new outdoor garden and the area will be renamed Artisan’s Garden as it is believed to be the site of a 14th century palace workshop. The existing shelter of the exhibition will be expanded to include a wider gallery space, new interpretative panels and display showcases. There will be three zones within the new site. The first zone will have an introduction to the site as well as an open space for workshops. There will also be a sand pit where organised groups can experience simulated hands-on archaeological excavation activities. The second zone will have multimedia educational panels on the artefacts including recent discoveries, giving a glimpse of past life on the hill. Artefacts from the 14th to 19th centuries will also be on display. The third zone will feature interactive educational play features for visitors of all ages to learn about archaeology and the history of the site. As part of educational opportunities for visitors to learn more about archaeology and the history of Fort Canning Park, NParks will also be developing a range of archaeology-related programmes and activities.
The site will be closed from November 2018 and reopened in June 2019.
Located at 155 Waterloo Street, Stamford Arts Centre (SAC) is within the Waterloo Street arts belt, a vibrant precinct known for the diverse offerings of arts and cultural programmes and events. Following redevelopment works from 2017 to 2018 that transformed SAC into a modernised Centre with enhanced features, SAC is envisioned to be a vibrant and energetic arts centre focussed on bringing the traditional arts closer to the community, supporting content creation and artistic collaborations.
SAC provides shared facilities for hire on a short-term basis for arts activities and projects. These include five project studios, an acoustically-treated music studio, and a black box.
The SAC black box is designed to be a multi-purpose space that provides an intimate setting for rehearsals, performances or events. With a total floor area of 355 sqm, the fully air-conditioned black box provides performance capabilities with theatre grid and lighting, as well a fully integrated sound system. Retractable seats with a capacity of up to 162 persons are available for small scale performances. A modular sprung floor system is also available when required.
Telok Ayer Arts Club, a new multi-concept venue by The Supermarket Company, is now open at 2 McCallum Street in Singapore’s bustling Central Business District - at the crossroads of cultural, business and dining communes. Positioned as a fresh take on the beloved community centres of Singapore’s heartlands, it is a space for everyone that brings together art, music, food and drink in new and accessible ways.
Curators Anmari Van Nieuwenhove and Kamiliah Bahdar will invite local and regional artists to fill the space with multidisciplinary works and performances designed to jolt white-collar senses from their everyday routine. Music director Hasnor Sidik aims to overturn notions of work and play with tongue-in-cheek concepts like “Office Hours” and “Kelab Malam”, a club night in the CBD.
Head Chef Betram Leong brings his rendition of French Mediterranean cuisine, flecked with rustic, comforting and occasionally Asian flavours to an all-day dining menu. Beverage manager Din Hassan takes the best of Southeast Asian flavours and distils it into a concise but clever menu of reinvented classics and regional favourites, with a day drinking happy hour programme.
Bringing it all together is The Supermarket Company founder Sue-Shan Quek, a hospitality maven with a portfolio of well-loved cultural-culinary concepts and a penchant for art and design. Through creative residences and events helmed by multidisciplinary artists, themed club nights and more rule-bending programming, they hope to shape the way Singaporeans approach the arts.
Located along Tampines Road, north of Paya Lebar Air Base, Goldhill Memorial Centre will be a fully automated columbarium and it will also use innovative technology to optimise its space. It is expected to open around the end of 2019.
A team of veterans in the bereavement industry envisioned a heavenly destination that unites generations to celebrate the eternal bond of families. A quintessential space and rejuvenating atmosphere where ancestors peacefully rest and eternal blessings flow, Goldhill Memorial Centre was born as a reality of their commitment to immortalize legacies and family roots by leveraging into cutting-edge innovations and exceptional experiences.
Constant evolution and breakthroughs are the essence of success and prosperity. Singapore’s economic history have testified to this statement, continually innovating quickly. Interestingly, the columbarium industry has a different pace of progress despite the growing demand from the society. Singapore land scarcity and generations’ unmet expectations of memorial services drive Goldhill memorial to pioneer a new age of columbarium service.
Goldhill Memorial Centre is presenting a leap of the industry’s evolution in Singapore.
The Art Fund Gallery (TAF Gallery), a newly formed art venture in Singapore has launched their first exhibition with the installment of a series of contemporary art from Mongolia introducing 10 artists and over 100 pieces of artwork at their private gallery located on Cairnhill Road. The inaugural exhibition called Colour Up My Life features the debut of investment quality Mongolian art in Singapore.
A first of its kind and the biggest private collection outside of Mongolia, Colour Up My Life is a compendium of artwork representing Mongolia’s rich artistic heritage. This rare and beautifully varied collection depicts Mongolian landscape, horses and wildlife, nomadic life, the seasons and abstract art by 10 of Mongolia’s finest artists whose solo works have been featured in Europe and the UK and now collectively in Singapore.
Founded in 2018 by three partners with a passion for art and investment, Dr. Lanz Chan, Mr. Argun Boldkhet and Mr. Mark Foo, TAF Gallery is an art space with a mission to bring international artists, collectors, enthusiasts and art dealers together to create new possibilities and opportunities for the art community and charity organisations.
All three partners of TAF Gallery are involved professionally in various companies specializing in new technology (AI), Fintech, energy and the environment.
The gallery space is 6,000 sq ft set over two floors and is currently home to over 100 works of art by the very best Mongolian artists. Viewings are by appointment only.
Supported by National Heritage Board, Singapore, the museum was conceptualised in 2016 and completed in 2018.
Did you know that more than two-thirds of the current Bishan town was once occupied by a cemetery and a village? Since the 19th century, Bishan was a Chinese burial ground called Peck San Theng. The Cantonese community was in charge of Peck San Theng, with more than 50,000 graves spread across the region. Kampong San Theng was the main Chinese village then.
The new $700,000 heritage gallery tells the story of Kampong San Teng.
The 560 sqm gallery held its official opening on 3rd June.
Admission to the gallery is free. It is open from 9.30am to 4pm every day except on public holidays.
Richard Orlinski is the best-selling French contemporary artist in the world. The newly-opened Richard Orlinski Gallery at Marina Bay Sands is a pop art concept store where you can find his statement art pieces.
Richard Orlinski's sculptures are inspired by the « Born Wild » concept and are a reflection of a profound contemplation on animal instincts and human nature. His style is modern and never gives way to trash, extravagance or passing trends.
His leitmotiv is to make art accessible to the greatest number of people possible. While his work is exhibited in more than 90 galleries across the globe, he doesn’t hesitate to break codes by exposing for free and in the open-air in places such as the French Alps or cities like Paris or Cannes. He also enjoys displaying his work in atypical places and meeting with his fans.
Curious by nature and eager to express his creativity through other disciplines he also has a passion for music, cinema and theater. His electro-pop singles have been on top of the charts in France as well as abroad.
His autobiography has just been published by the number one French publishing company Michel Lafon.
The regional art scene is set to become more vibrant with the major revamp of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM).
SAM’s museum programming will continue throughout the revamp which is likely to cost around $90 million. Internationally renowned SCDA Architects have been appointed to manage the redevelopment of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) buildings.
SAM opened to much fanfare in 1996 in a converted museum space that once housed the former Saint Joseph’s Institution and has not upgraded its premises since. The upcoming building works will address the growing needs of contemporary art in Singapore and focus on improving the visitor experience at SAM. The project is targeted for completion in 2021.
SAM currently occupies two separate buildings – the former St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) along Bras Basah Road - a gazetted National Monument, and the former Catholic High School, located along Queen Street. The redevelopment plans include the creation of a fully contiguous museum, more spaces to accommodate museum-based learning opportunities, as well as the infrastructure to display large-scale or technologically- demanding artworks.
SAM’s museum programming continues to take place at SAM at 8Q till end of January 2019. Thereafter, members of the public can look forward to pop-up contemporary art projects at partner venues, as well as co-curated and touring exhibitions by SAM.
Prior to the commencement of the building works, a series of archaeological activities will take place at the former SJI building during Singapore Heritage Festival 2018, as part of the National Monument’s bid to deepen the public’s understanding of its history, which dates back to 1855.
The Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, a 164-year-old national monument and one of the oldest temples in Singapore, was recently re-sanctified in a consecration ceremony called the “Maha Samprokshanam” which is done once every 12 years.
Major redevelopment works at the temple, costing S$4.5 million, were recently completed.
The temple had to invite foreign experts to help in the restoration as certain specific skills were not available here. A team of 20 highly-skilled artisans, known as sthapathis, were flown in from India for the job.
In 1978, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple was declared a National Monument by the Preservation of Monuments Board. The temple also underwent major facelifts in year 1987, 1992 and 2005.
The history of Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple dates back to the late 1800s. Read more about its rich history here.
The National Archives of Singapore (NAS) building is undergoing renovations and will reopen at the end of this year. The building, which was originally the Anglo-Chinese School (Primary), will also have its Oldham Theatre expanded from a 44-seater to seat 135.
NAS houses the collective memory of our nation. This memory allows current and future generations of Singaporeans to understand our different cultures, explore our common heritage and appreciate who we are and how we became a nation.
As the official custodian of the corporate memory of the government, NAS manages public records and provides advice to government agencies on records management. From government files, private records, historical maps and photographs to oral history interviews and audio-visual materials, NAS is responsible for the collection, preservation and management of Singapore's public and private archival records, some of which date back to the early 19th century.
NAS’ repository of archival materials makes it an important research centre for those in search of information about the country's history.
Traditional Cantonese pastry bakery, Tong Heng, recently reopened their 2 outlets with updated looks and new packaging too. Their signature diamond-shaped egg tarts, remain as the well-loved local brand's best-selling pastry. Fans waited patiently while the 2 outlets were temporarily closed for renovation.
At the turn of the 20th Century Mr. Fong Chee Heng landed on the shore of Singapore from Guangdong. He was overwhelmed with hopes and happiness when he saw the opportunities in this thriving seaport. He had his aspiration for Tong Heng (Opulence of the Orient) would be a dream into reality.
From humble beginnings of a push-cart hawker, the business thrived progressively. Mr. Fong and his son Chiok Kai found a home in a shop along Smith Street in the 1920s. The Fong’s continue to cultivate and nurture the pastry business to greater heights.
Today, the business is passed on and run by the 3rd generation of the family with a full-fledged kitchen operating out of their South Bridge Road main branch. The business continues to tempt palates, winning hearts with the authentic taste of traditional delicately handmade freshly baked pastries with a modern twist.
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.