Singapore: Things to do in October

Formerly just a relatively unknown fishing village less than half a century ago, Singapore has surprised many with the speed of her progress. With a land area of about 710 square kilometers, this ‘little red dot’ today is a bustling cosmopolitan city filled with skyscrapers and greenery with af unique blend of culture, architecture, arts, and cuisine. Combing the best of both East and West, this garden city is rich in color and contrast. From musicals to traditional Chinese Wayang, there’s something for everyone. If you are visiting Singapore in the month of October, these are some of the things you can do.

International A Cappella Festival 2011 – Singapore plays host to the International A Cappella festival for the fourth year running and this year, the festival features some of the best European a cappella groups like world-acclaimed and multiple-award-winning act, The Real Group, from Sweden. For a lighter performance, there is Muttis Kinder from Germany and Suade from Australia. Happening at the School of Performing Arts Theatre Studio off Prinsep street, the festival is also featuring Asian sensations like The Gay Singers from Hong Kong, Green Onion from Taiwan and FlexiTones from Malaysia. With 14 concerts from the October 1st to October 30th, this music festival promises to leave one’s ears feeling extremely pampered.

Singapore Wine Festival 2011Held against the Singapore skyline overlooking the iconic Marina Bay Sands at the Customs House Pavilion is a three day al fresco wine-tasting fair held over between October 28 – October 30. Over the weekend one can meet some of the world’s most renowned winemakers/representatives and take part in free Wine Master Classes. There is also the opportunity to taste over 250 wine labels from all over the world and to complement your choice of white or red wine, there are many outstanding restaurants in the House Pavilion offering culinary delights.

‘One more metre’ exhibition and talk –  The ‘One More Metre’ exhibition features the talented individual performances and installations of four Chinese artists, Cang Xin, Ma Liu Ming, Liu Wei and Zhang Wang. Using a series of iconic photography, they seek to explore the dynamics that shape society’s perception of their surroundings and challenge the rigid and conservative society that we live in with their conceptual art. This exhibition, held at The Private Museum is free to the public and runs from September 22 to October 30.

‘Modern Masters’ Exhibition – From September 23 to October 23 2011, this art exhibition brings together an unparalleled selection of modern art in one of the most biggest exhibitions to be held in Southeast Asia. Held at the Opera Gallery Singapore, this exhibition showcases an extensive collection of masterpieces dating back to the 20th and early-21st century by the most prominently celebrated artistes from both the East and West – namely Braque Chagall, Dubuffet, Dufy, Leger, Miro, Picasso and more.

The Spanish artist and sculptor,  Baltasar Lobo will be introduced for the first time in Singapore. Famous for his unequivocal style combining roundness of volume with great perfection, Lobo’s works will be staged outdoors along the bustling streets of Orchard Road. Complementing Lobo’s pieces would be a monumental bronze sculpture, ‘Horse’ by Colombian artist Fernando Botero, measuring at a height of 3m. With the gross value of the 90 artworks featured estimated to be at US$60,000,000, this is one art exhibition not to be missed.

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