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What’s On This October 2021 In Singapore

In the month of Spookfest, check out what exciting things are on this month!

1. Halloween Town Yokai Festival @ Downtown East

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The annual Halloween Yokai Festival is now taking on a special hybrid programme – digital and at Downtown East – with a super fun crusade to help the Yokai characters. In case you’re wondering, Yokai refers to supernatural entities and spirits in Japanese folklore.

With many mini events lined up this October till Halloween, join the Yokais as they face a new foe that threatens to destroy their village. While the Yokais will be making appearances at Downtown East, their new adventure is taking a whole new level on social media for its fanbase.

From 1 to 31 October, keep your eyes peeled on Downtown East’s social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok) as the Yokai story chapters unfold each week on every Tuesday and Saturday. While you lend your support to the Yokais in their battle against the Three-Tailed Scorpion Amikiro, look out for contests and win attractive giveaways like exclusive Yokai disposable masks.

On the other hand, the digital adventures come with instructions on social media so you can help the Yokais boost their fighting prowess and rescue Kandy Onna, the heroine.

Halloween Town Yokai Festival
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, 519599
Date: 1 to 31 October 2021
Admission: Free

2. Celebrate Vegan Month with Hard Rock Cafe’s October Vegan Delights

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Look forward to indulging in nutritional goodness this October in celebration of vegan month with Hard Rock Cafe’s vegan specials available from 1 to 31 October for only $19.95++ each at Hard Rock Cafe Singapore and Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa (available for dine-in only)!

Featuring three exquisite vegan specials with an Asian touch: Thai Peanut Salad Wonton Cup, Plant Based Bolognese Filo Parcel and Quinoa Tofu Salad (as either starters or mains depending on your preference), kickstart your eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle today this month. Alternatively, peruse our top selections of restaurants serving vegetarian fare to try this month!

Hard Rock Cafe Vegan Month Specials
Address: 50 Cuscaden Rd., HPL House #02-01, 249724; 26 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, #01-209, 098138
Date and time: 1 to 31 October 2021; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Daily)

3. Little Hoppers: Dance Programme for Kids

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Join the Little Hoppers for Dance every Saturday at Gateway Theatre! Your child will learn hip hop basics with urban dance techniques and is guaranteed to have A LOT of fun.

Engaging in dance at an early age allows children to attain a greater range of movement and coordination. Through repeated dance and movement, children develop their kinaesthetic memory which will help them in their studies and every day activities. Dance also improves strength and endurance from an early age, which is necessary for a child’s physical development and level of fitness. This programme is brought to you by Gateway Arts and Distinct Creative Arts.

Module 4 Intake

When: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 October 2021; 6, 13, 20 November 2021

Programme Timing:

Boys + Girls (Age 3 and 4)
11:30 a.m. to 12:30pm (60 min)

Girls (Age 5 – 9)
1 to 2:30 p.m. (90 min)

Boys (Age 5 – 9)
3 to 4:30 p.m. (90 min)

*Price: $285 for Module 4 (8 Sessions)

*Go for a FREE trial session if you’re still unsure. Registration for Trial Session will be open 1 week in advance. Go here for more information.

Little Hoppers: Dance Programme For Kids
Address: Gateway Theatre, 3615 Jalan Bukit Merah, 159461

Date and time: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 October 2021; 6, 13, 20 November 2021 (More details above)
Price: $285 for 8 sessions

4. Enjoy a private Peranakan-Japanese Omakase experience at Takayama!

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After the recent highly acclaimed collaborations (see here for more information!), the World Gourmet Summit is proud to present another collaboration between private dining chef, Annette Tan and Takayama’s Executive Chef Taro Takayama.

We’re talking a Peranakan-Japanese 10-course omakase fusion available exclusively at Takaya for only three days! You can enjoy the exclusive menu at $330++ per person. But sign up quick, response to this event was overwhelming that an additional event night was added on 4 October.

Discover the best in the culinary world and for latest updates on WGS 2021, follow and tag us on Instagram and Facebook @worldgourmetsummit, @fat_fuku, @sgtakayama and @taro.chef

Peranakan-Japanese Private Dining Omakase Experience
Address: Takayama, 6A Shenton Way, #01-09/10 OUE Downtown Gallery, 068815
Date and time: 27 to 29 September + 4 October 2021; 7 to 10 p.m.
Price: $330++ per person

Reserve your seats on Chope.

5. Netflix October Line-up

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Not sure what to do now that we’re back to tighter restrictions, again? We’ve got you covered. Skip the passive watching and try streaming something that might tickle your brain. Peruse our list of some of the best shows to catch on Netflix that will leave you discovering meaningful lessons.

6. Singapore Garden Festival (SGF): Horticulture Show 2021

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The National Parks Board (NParks) is proud to bring back Singapore’s favourite garden and flower show, Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) with its complementary show – the SGF Horticulture (Hort) Show.

This year’s SGF Hort Show will run from 9 to 31 October 2021 with a hybrid programme comprising virtual and physical activities. The virtual programme includes a variety of talks, workshops as well as an e-marketplace to enable members of the public to shop from the comfort of their homes. On-site displays will take place at two locations, namely Singapore Botanic Gardens from 9 to 17 October and Jurong Lake Gardens from 23 to 31 October. Entry to the show grounds will be free, and details to manage crowd size in accordance with safe management measures will be advised closer to the event dates.

SGF Hort Show
Address: Singapore Botanic Gardens and Jurong Lake Gardens
Date and time: 9 to 17 October 2021 (Singapore Botanic Gardens); 23 to 31 October (Jurong Lake Gardens)
Admission: Free

7. Little Green Warriors Camp

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Shape your little ones into Green Warrior’s by joining DinoStaury’s Eco Camp! Some camp highlights include readings by Brie Benfell, activities and eco games by TED X Singapore and Eco Lititude, and tours by City Sprouts!

To top it all off, DinoStaury is collaborating with susGain, The Green Collective and Swapaholic to gift meaningful rewards to camp participants.

What to expect in the camp:

Little Green Warriors Camp
Address: 102 Henderson Rd. Sprout Hub, 159562
Date and time: 17 October 2021; 9.30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Price: $40 per participants. Register here.

8. Happy Hour at ACM: WONDERLUST

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In October, arts and culture lovers will get to explore the Asian Civilisations Museum‘s (ACM) exquisite collection in a new light with Happy Hour at ACM: WONDERLUST. Indulge in your desire to escape as artists transport your imagination as they reinterpret objects from the ACM collection. Journey through the experiences on display or get up close and personal in an artist workshop.

Happy Hour at ACM: WONDERLUST
Address: 1 Empress Pl., 179555
Date and time: 8 to 15 October, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission: Free

9. ACMtalks: Must we decolonise the museum?

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Hosted by ACM curators Conan Cheong and Faisal Husni, this talk will consider how decoloniality might take shape at the museum, with a focus on curatorial and exhibition practices, past and present.

Topics to be discussed include: How were the collections and displays of the Raffles Museum used to construct an image of British Malaya and its people? And with the transition from colonial institution to national museum housing the multicultural memories of newly created Singapore citizens, how much of the task of questioning the structures of colonial knowledge is now left for us to do?

Explore the answers to these and more with this online Zoom discussion this October.

ACMtalks: Must we decolonise the museum?
Address: Online via Zoom
Date and time: 21 October 2021, 7 p.m. (Other discussion lectures are happening every Thursday for the month of October. For more details, see here.)
Admission: Free

10. Murder at Old Changi Hospital

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Following the success of 2020’s interactive horror-mystery theatrical gameplay Murder at Mandai Camp, Sight Lines Entertainment is proud to present Murder at Old Changi Hospital, the virtual escape room murder mystery this Halloween. 

Streaming from 8 October till 7 November 2021, every Friday to Sunday at 8.30pm and 10.00pm, grab your entourage and solve the cold case plaguing Singapore’s most haunted hospital from an accessible $45/entry (for group access via one device; excluding booking fees) via TheFutureStage.com.

Ticket sales have started and – check this out – you can even grab a combo with Chix Hot Chicken to satisfy those late night munchies. 

Also, you’ll definitely want to have friends by your side for this thrilling experience. Audiences who identify the culprit will stand a chance to win the Grand Prize draw featuring a 2 Day 1 Night Luxurious Stay at Shangri-La Singapore’s Valley Wing (valued at $1,500++). 

Murder at Old Changi Hospital
Address: Online streaming
Date and time: 8 October to 7 November 2021; 8:30 to 10 p.m.
Tickets: $45/per entry. Buy tickets here.

11. Women of the Future Awards (SEA) Virtual Ceremony

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On 6 October 2021, 11 talented women from 11 countries across Southeast Asia will be unveiled as winners of the Women of the Future (WOF) Awards Southeast Asia – a movement created to celebrate and nurture the pipeline of female talent.

To be announced via a virtual ceremony, the winners will be selected from a shortlist of 61 candidates from across the region, and will be awarded for the following 11 categories: Arts + Culture, Business, Community Spirit + Public Service, Entrepreneur, Media + Communications, Property, Construction + Infrastructure, Professions, Science, Technology and Digital, Social Entrepreneur, Sport and Mentor.

Prior to the awards presentation, Minister Indranee Rajah will give the keynote speech and there will be a live panel discussion with alumnae sharing their inspirational stories. Additionally, Jimmy Choo, the world-renowned shoe designer Jimmy Choo and CEO of DBS Group Piyush Gupta will be introducing categories this year.

The WOF Programme was first founded in the UK over a decade ago by Pinky Lilani CBE DL, to acknowledge and salute the inspirational young female stars of today and tomorrow, the Women of the Future (WOF) Awards Southeast Asia is proudly supported by headline sponsor NTT, a global technology services company.

The WOF Programme aims to encourage, motivate and provide role models to inspire and strengthen the female talent pipeline, and in the process create a global community of supportive and collaborative women.

Women of the Future Awards (SEA) Virtual Ceremony
Address: Virtual
Date and time: 6 October 2021, 5:30 p.m.
Admission: Register here.

12. Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now

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Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now is a highly anticipated international art show coming to National Gallery Singapore this December! This art show will transport visitors into an immersive and multisensory world of the  “father of video art”, futurist, and internationally renowned artist Nam June Paik.

After touring the world, from London’s Tate Modern, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) and Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, the travelling exhibition makes its final stop at the National Gallery – the first and only Asian venue on the map. This exhibition also marks the monumental artist’s first major retrospective in Southeast Asia.

Ticket sales begin now and visitors can enjoy an exclusive 1-for-1 deal for early bird tickets to the exhibition. This promotion ends 31 October 2021.

Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now
Address: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Rd., #01–01, 178957

Date and time: 10 December 2021 to 27 March 2022 (Early bird promotions start now and ends on 31 October 2021)
Tickets: $15 for Singaporeans and PRs; $25 for visitors. Enjoy a 1-for-1 deal on tickets when you purchase before 31 October 2021. Buy your tickets here.

13. Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Progress in China and Singapore

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Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Progress in China and Singapore displays over 90 artefacts and archival photographs from China and Singapore from the late 1800s to 1970s, a period when women’s roles and lifestyles saw the most drastic changes. The exhibition also interprets the concept of the “modern woman” against the different historical periods.

Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Progress in China and Singapore
Address: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Gallery 5, 12 Tai Gin Rd., 327874
Date and time: Ongoing till 12 December 2021; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tue. to Fri.)
Admission: Free

By Willaine G. Tan, October 2021 / Images + text are adapted and/or courtesy of the respective press releases.

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