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What’s On This August 2021 In Singapore

As Singapore celebrates its birthday this month, check out some of the other cool cultural activities and exhibitions happening!

As Singapore celebrates its 56th birthday, it’s a great time to check out some of the cool cultural activities and exhibitions happening this month!

1. Chimichanga Little India – Coffee Workshop


Calling all coffee enthusiasts! Explore the origin of coffee beans and the various techniques to produce the perfect cup of coffee! Get a hands on overview on hand brewing coffee techniques while you learn about the coffee’s roasting profile and how it influences the tasting profile of the final cup. What’s more the workshop includes a gift bag of 150grams of coffee beans and a serving of Churros for you to enjoy after the class!

Chimichanga Little India – Coffee Workshop

Address: 36 Dunlop St., 209364
Date and time: 1 August 2021, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sun.)
Admission: $100

2. National Day Light-Up


Get in the spirit of National Day with the National Museum of Singapore’s National Day Light-Up! The façade projection will be happening until the end of August to celebrate Singapore’s 56th Birthday with the theme “Together Our Singapore Spirit”.

*Advisory note from National Museum of Singapore: From 1 August until 18 August, please be advised to enjoy the light-up in pairs only, remain masked up at all times and to practice a 1 metre safe-distancing at all times. Visitors may be reminded by an onsite crew to observe the guidelines while visiting the light-up.

National Day Light-Up
Address: 93 Stamford Rd., 178897 (Museum façade)
Date and time: 1 to 31 August 2021, 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Daily)
Admission: Free

3. Performance by Open Score Project


The songs, the music and the colours of the parade may not be gracing your television screens this 9 of August but the National Museum of Singapore is bringing a little musical cheer to everyone livestream performances by Open Score Project. Let this multicultural music ensemble delight you with a repertoire of popular National Day songs.

Performance by Open Score Project
Address: Livestream on National Museum of Singapore’s Facebook Page
Date and time: 9 August 2021, 4 p.m.
Admission: Free

4. Sikhs In Singapore – An Untold Story


A collaboration between members of Singapore’s Sikh community and the Indian Heritage Centre, Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold is presented in three parts. It explores the origins of Singapore’s Sikh community, showcases narratives of Sikh migrants to Singapore and offers a glimpse into the experiences of some contemporary Sikhs. A great learning journey to discover a new culture.

Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold
Address: 5 Campbell Ln., 209924
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Tues. to Thu.); 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Fri to Sat.); 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sun.)
Date: Now till 30 September 2021
Admission: Free for Singaporeans, PRs and children under the age of 6.
Adult (foreign residents and tourists): $8
Children above 6 (foreign residents and tourists): $5

5. Georgette Chen – At Home In The World


Discover the fascinating story of Georgette Chen (1906-1993) in the first museum exhibition of the artist in more than two decades. A key figure in the development of modern art in Singapore, the exhibit at The National Gallery will feature her most significant works alongside newly discovered archived materials.

Georgette Chen – At Home In The World
Address: 1 St Andrew’s Rd., #01–01, 178957
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Daily)
Date: Now till 26 September 2021
Admission: Free for Singaporeans and permanent residents
General admission ticket for non Singaporeans/PR: $20

6. All is not as it was, nothing as it will be


In this exhibition, explore how artists interpreted the ever-changing environments in Singapore from the 1940s until today. From idyllic rural scenes, to shifting urban landscapes, the showcase includes photography by modern photographers Lim Kwong Ling and Yip Cheong Fun. Contemporary practitioners Lavender Chang and Dave Lim will also be present, together with more traditional mediums of art such as oil paint and pastel by Nanyang artist Liu Kang.

*Note from organiser: Kindly book a slot before visiting our exhibition

All is not as it was, nothing as it will be
Address: 63 Spottiswoode Park Rd., Art Agenda @ 63 Spottiswoode, 088651
Date and time: 24 July to 18 August 2021. 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Tue. to Sun.)
Admission: Free

7. City Hall: If Walls Could Talk


Lesser-known stories of some of the pivotal moments that occurred within the walls of City Hall (formerly known as the municipal building) are told through an immersive multimedia experience. You can also view the online version of the exhibition on The National Gallery’s website.

City Hall: If Walls Could Talk
Address: 1 St Andrew’s Rd., #01–01, 178957 (City Hall Wing, Level 3, City Hall Chamber)
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Daily)
Date: Now till 29 August 2021
Admission: Free for Singaporeans and permanent residents
General admission ticket for non Singaporeans/PR: $20

8. Intro to Whisky Virtual Masterclass


Get a masterclass on whisky from an experienced, certified whisky expert while tasting a variety of stunning whiskies! Learn about the origin of the beverage, how it was made, and what makes Scotch distinctly different from Bourbon and Irish Whiskies. A guided tasting is included! Whiskies for the tasting will be delivered between 12 to 6 p.m. on the same day.

Intro to Whisky Virtual Masterclass
Address: Online only
Date and time: 11 August 2021, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Admission: $129

9. National Day Food Fest Liveshow Week 2021


Foodies, rejoice! Check out this exciting week long National Day Food Fest live show featuring a diverse range of cuisines. There will be giveaways, discounts and an insight into the best deals in town for the National day holiday season.

*Timings differ for each day. Do refer to the event site for more information.

National Day Foodfest Liveshow Week
Address: Online only
Date: 2 to 8 August 2021
Admission: Free

10. Where the River Always Flows VI


Enjoy a concert at home with The Fullerton Hotels Singapore and The TENG Ensemble. The sixth edition of this annual concert series will be held digitally and will be filled with invigorating performances and giveaways, including staycations. The concert repertoire, prepared in specially for national day, will celebrate the cultural heritage and multi-faceted diversity of modern Singapore. There will be something for everyone, the diverse set list ranges from video game music to timeless classics as TENG showcases what it means to reimagine Chinese music.

Where the River Always Flows VI
Online only
Date and time: 8 August 2021, 8 p.m.
Admission: Free

11. PAssionArts Photography Workshops


This intermediate two part photography workshop will teach you how to use manual functions on a DSLR camera to control the exposure of the image. It will cover topics such as the exposure triangle (aperture, ISO, exposure, noise) and teach you how to read the light metre to help you determine the proper exposure for a photograph.

PAssion Arts Photography Workshop
Address: Online only
Date and time: Stage 1: 21 August 2021, 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 2 to 3: 30pm; Stage 2: 22 August 2021, 10 to 11.30 a.m. or 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

12. Sunday Luxe Series: Indulge in Spanish Heritage with Chef Carlos Montobbio


Mark your calendars for on 22 August to indulge in some Spanish food culture! At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy has a whole array of events lined up with Head Chef of Esquina, Carlos Montobbio. A Spnaish Heritage Dinner, Spanish High-Tea, Wine Tasting, Spanish Produce Market and a Spanish Heritage Masterclass. You can register for these on its website. Tickets for the produce market are redeemable for food sampling, beverages and kids’ activities.

*Timings for different events differ, please refer to the event page for more details.

Sunday Luxe Series: Indulge in Spanish Heritage with Chef Carlos Montobbio
Address: 28 Tai Seng St., 534106
Date: 22 August 2021
Admission: Prices vary for individual events and range from $20-$168

13. National Day Parade 2021: Together Our Singapore Spirit


Though the National Day Parade has been postponed to 21 August this year, the celebratory spirit is far from dead. The event will be held at The Float @ Marina Bay, though the number of participants (only fully vaccinated are allowed to attend) will be significantly scaled down to adhere to the safe distancing regulations. However, a live telecast of the celebration will still take place.

National Day Parade 2021: Together Our Singapore Spirit
Address: Live telecast on Singapore’s national television channels
Date and time: 21 August 2021, 5 p.m.

14. August film lineup at Alliance Française de Singapour


French culture is at your fingertips! Check out Alliance Française de Singapour’s fantastic, inspiring lineup of films that will be screening at Le théâtre throughout August. From coming of age stories to documentaries, the films are part of the French Excellence programme and have been selected to enhance the cultural messaging of the current DANCE exhibition that pays tribute to Rudolf Nureyev. If you have kids, fret not! A family-friendly film entitled Ballerina, is also on the lineup!

August Film Lineup at Alliance Française de Singapour
Address:1 Sarkies Rd., 258130
Date and time: Refer to website for individual dates and timings
Admission: $13.50 for members and $15 for non members

15. MindLab Neuroscience and Neurofeedback

(MindLab Singapore)

Created by sports and clinical psychologist Santiago Brand, and mental health counsellor Silvia Wetherell, MindLab works with individuals aged 6 and above and seeks to provide state-of-the-art, evidence-based brain training with the latest technology to optimise mental and physical health of people residing in Singapore. Founder and Clinical Director of MindLab, Santiago Brand discovered that stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and divorce rates were on the rise in Singapore and that poor sleep had become a norm even more so with the current pandemic. At Mindlab, he seeks to give people back their peace of mind and strives to make them stronger and more resilient through brain training.

Using state the latest state-of-the-art technology and treatment modalities MindLab provides evidence-based brain training where the assessments and interventions are individualised and customised to provide the best healing experience possible.

Steps include an initial assessment where the team learns how an individual’s brain and body work. This enables them to determine the best intervention to meet the individuals needs. Next comes a training phase with biofeedback and neurofeedback where clients are taught to self-regulate using their own brain and body signals. The fun part? Clients can play a video game or movie by solely using their brain, controlling the feedback with their brain waves and (in a way) thoughts.

Head over to MindLab to book a free 15-minute discovery call today.

Address: 9 Raffles Pl., 57 Republic Plaza, 048619
Tel: 8433 0972
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.)

16. Get A Free Coffee With susGain + The Whole Kitchen

(SusGain + The Whole Kitchen)

To celebrate this year’s Nationa Day Theme, Together, Our Spirit, susGain + The Whole Kitchen have come together to treat Singapore residents with a free coffee. From the 6th to the 20th of August, you can enjoy a free coffee at The Whole Kitchen Café when you bring your own reusable cup. This initiative seeks to promote sustainable living in Singapore as well as to show residents that sustainability can be fun and rewarding. Download the susGain app and head down to The Whole Kitchen Cafe on Joo Chiat road to get yourself a cuppa. Oh and don’t forget to BYOC! (Bring your own cup)

About the Whole Kitchen:

The Whole Kitchen is a gluten free bakery, crafting freshly baked goods, low in sugar and full of flavour and natural goodness. We are offering freshly made, deliciously healthy food, and great coffee from Allpress. Everything we make is gluten free, all natural, nutrient-packed, refined sugar free, and made with whole food ingredients. We also cater to different eating plans; vegan, dairy. 

About SusGain:

susGain is a social enterprise that aims to close the intention-action gap and empower consumers, businesses and our community to kickstart their sustainability journey and actively work on creating positive environmental and social impact. With susGain’s free rewards app, you can turn your eco- and socially conscious actions and purchases into points, cashback, donations to local charities and trees!

The Whole Kitchen
Address: 11 East Coast Rd., 428722
Tel: 8128 3562
Date: 6 to 20 August 2021
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)

17. Vanishing Point Exhibition By Angela Echanove Photography

(Angela Echanove Photography)

Held at the Badt and Co. Flagship Store, the exhibition will feature a series of black and white fine art photography, depicting Singapore’s architecture in never before seen perspectives.

Vanishing Point By Angela Echanove Photography
Address: 290A Joo Chiat Rd., 427542
Tel: 8102 8637
Date and time: 1 August to 30 September 2021
Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Tues. to Sat.); 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sun.)

Originally by K Praveena

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