Happenings - Gigs


Chindonya - Traditional Japanese Street Performance

Chindonya is originally a form of street advertising that originated in the Edo period, where musicians were engaged to promote products on the streets. The performers used an instrument called the chindon, which is made up of two drums and a gong. These traditional Japanese street performances by The Adachi Company will feature the chindon along with a clarinet and a saxophone. Part of Super Japan - Japanese Festival of Arts.

WHERE: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Today & tomorrow, 7, 8.30 & 9.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com

Music Of Studio Ghibli

The Arpeggione Quartet will perform composer Joe Hisaishi's tunes from the animated films of Studio Ghibli. Part of Super Japan - Japanese Festival of Arts.

WHERE: Esplanade Concourse, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Tomorrow, 7.15, 8.15 & 9.15pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com

Novo Winds

Boogie to the songs of famous musicals or sing along to Chinese hits with community band Novo Winds.

WHERE: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Tomorrow, 5.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.sbg.org.sg

Limelight 2016 : Tanjong Katong Girls' School Symphonic Band

Highlights of this concert include In The Persian Market, Beauty And The Beast and Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Mon, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $14 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

An Evening With Eluveitie - A Celebration Of Celtic Folk Metal

This Celtic folk metal band will perform songs from their first record, Ven, right up to their most recent work, Origins.

WHERE: The Ground Theatre, 2 Orchard Link, *Scape, Level 2 MRT: Somerset WHEN: Tue, 8pm ADMISSION: $142 (VIP, including meet & greet), $92 (standard), $108 nett (at the door) TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: All tickets are free-standing. Tickets from www.sistic.com.sg


Giving Hope - Art & Collectibles For A Cause

This is an auction and exhibition of the works of 34 Asian artists, photographers and designers as well as a collection of vintage items and other collectibles. The proceeds will go to 2,000 underprivileged children and youth in Asia. 

WHERE: Ion Art Gallery, 2 Orchard Turn, Ion Orchard, Level 4 MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Tue, 10am - 10pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6238-8228 INFO: www.ionorchard.com & www.artnhope.com

Porcelain Painting Workshops For Charity

Learn basic painting techniques on porcelain plates from the artists of Poetic Strokes. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

WHERE: The Fullerton Heritage Gallery, 1 Fullerton Road, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Every Sat & Sun, till May 29, 2.30 - 5.30pm ADMISSION: $78 nett (adults), $38 nett (children aged between six & 11) INFO: Workshop tickets are inclusive of a slice of cake & coffee, tea or juice at The Courtyard. Tickets from fullertonporcelainworkshop.peatix.com. Go to www.thefullerton heritage.com/whatsnew


Singtel-Singapore Cancer Society Race Against Cancer 2016

The annual Singtel-Singapore Cancer Society Race Against Cancer is back for the eighth year. The race will feature two competitive categories - the 10 and 15km Competitive Run - and a 5km Fun Run. The event aims to raise awareness of cancer and the services Singapore Cancer Society provides. The society hopes to raise $1.1 million from the race.

WHERE: Angsana Green, East Coast Park MRT: Paya Lebar/Eunos WHEN: July 3, 7 - 10am ADMISSION: Loyalty rate for 2013, 2014, 2015 race participants: $38 (5km), $45 (10km), $48 (15km); normal rate: $47 (5km), $54 (10km), $59 (15km); student rate for those aged seven - 23: $29 (5km), $32 (10km), $33 (15km) INFO: Register at www.raceagainstcancer.org.sg by May 30

Mizuno Ekiden 2016

Back for the second year, the Ekiden relay race will be a competition among teams of four runners. Each transition point brings everyone together to discover the Japanese culture. A race village features Japanese food and beverages as well as games and cultural activities.

WHERE: The Promontory @ Marina Bay, 11 Marina Boulevard MRT: Bayfront/Downtown WHEN: July 16, from 4pm ADMISSION: Open category (team of four) for 42.195km - $260; open category (team of four) for 21.1km - $240; corporate category (team of four) for 21.1km - $240; five teams or more from the same company - $228 (a team) INFO: Register at www.mizunoekiden.sg by June 10


The Art Of The Tea Ceremony

Learn more about chado, the Zen Buddhism-influenced ceremony where tea is prepared and served. Part of Super Japan - Japanese Festival of Arts.

WHERE: Esplanade Concourse, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Tomorrow, 2 & 3pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com

Nice From Far, Far From Nice

At this talk by marriage and family therapist Dave Carder, find out how couples manage the responsibilities of being employees, parents and spouses.

WHERE: ACC Edu Hub, 9 Penang Road, Park Mall,13-19 MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Tomorrow, 9.30 - 11.30am ADMISSION: $25 a couple; $15 a person TEL: 6801-0730 INFO: Limited seats. Pay at the door for walk-in participants. Go to www.reach.org.sg

China's Indigenous Innovation And The Escalation Of The US-China Intellectual Property Conflict

This seminar examines the impact of China's indigenous innovation on the United States-China intellectual property conflict. Conducted by Dr June Park, a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

WHERE: East Asian Institute Conference Room, 469A Bukit Timah Road, NUS Bukit Timah Campus, Tower Block, 06-01 MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Tue, 3.30 - 5pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6516-3715/ 6779-1037 INFO: www.eai.nus.edu.sg

Country Of Focus: Japan

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Japan, 20 speakers will talk about the trends and developments in children's literature in Japan. Live English interpretation will be provided. Part of Asian Festival of Children's Content 2016.

WHERE: National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street, Level 5, Possibility Room MRT: Bugis WHEN: Wed - May 29, various times ADMISSION: $100 (Country of Focus sessions pass) TEL: 6848-8290 INFO: Register at www.afcc.com.sg

Public Forum On Lasik & ReLEx Smile

Associate Professor Jodhbir Mehta, senior consultant at Refractive Surgery Department and SNEC Laser Vision Centre, will talk about the two procedures.

WHERE: Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), 11 Third Hospital Avenue, Level 4, Auditorium MRT: Outram Park WHEN: Thu, 6.30 - 8.15pm ADMISSION: $5 (refreshments will be provided) INFO: To register, SMS your full name & mobile number to 9710-8463 or register at www.sneclaservisioncentre.com.sg


Craft Workshop: Kumihimo Bracelet Braiding

Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese braiding technique. Create a kumihimo bracelet at this workshop. Adult supervision is recommended for children under seven years old. Part of Super Japan - Japanese Festival of Arts.

WHERE: Meeting Point at Esplanade Theatre MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Sun, 3 & 5.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com

Introduction To Modern Art History: 'Bridging The Centuries' From Manet To Picasso

The lecture series is a course designed to provide a general overview of Modern Art History.

WHERE: Visual Arts Centre, 10 Penang Road, Dhoby Ghaut Green, 01-02 MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: From Tue, 7 - 9pm ADMISSION: $450 (10 sessions), $150 (five films series) TEL: 6255-0711/6733-2155 INFO: Register at www.corcovadoarts.com


2016 Big Eyes, Big Minds - Singapore International Children's Film Festival

In its sixth year, this annual film festival will present the best short films from around the world for kids aged two to 18. Highlights include the Asian premiere of Stick Man, an animated film adaptation of a well-loved book by Julia Donaldson.

WHERE: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road, Auditorium MRT: City Hall WHEN: Sun, May 28 & 29 & June 4, various times ADMISSION: $12.90 a show TEL: 6271-7000 INFO: Tickets from www.nationalgallery.sg or www.bigeyesbigminds.com

Asian Festival Of Children's Content

Held from Wednesday to May 29, this annual festival at the National Library Building promotes the creation and appreciation of children's books and content, with a focus on Asian themes. It offers workshops, masterclasses, networking sessions and a book fair.

INFO: Call 6848-8290 or e-mail afcc@bookcouncil.sg. Register or buy tickets at www.afcc.com.sg. Go to www.facebook.com/AFCCSingapore

Republic Polytechnic's Dance Festival - Momentum 2016

Republic Polytechnic's annual dance festival returns with workshops conducted by renowned instructors and choreographers, Zumba and Bollywood Fitness workouts, free fringe performances and a hip-hop competition.

WHERE: Republic Polytechnic, 9 Woodlands Avenue 9 MRT: Woodlands WHEN: Till May 28, various times ADMISSION: Free. Tickets to main showcase on May 28 at $10 INFO: E-mail trcc_events@ rp.edu.sg for tickets. Go to www.rp.edu.sg/momentum2016

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2016, with the headline 'Happenings - Gigs'. Print Edition | Subscribe