Coming Up: September-October 2020

Zen out in nature or stay safe at home with online shopping and workshops.

By Edmund Wee      2 September 2020

Silver Arts 2020

1-13 September

Celebrating creative ageing for seniors with over 140 artists and community partners, the 2020 edition showcases meaningful performances, workshops and interactive activities. Presented by the National Arts Council for the ninth year, Silver Arts returns in its first-ever digital edition with full online programming to keep our elderly safe yet entertained indoors. Seniors can look forward to 15 daily programmes and activities in English, Malay, Tamil and Mandarin.

Four new works have been specially commissioned and adapted into online presentations such as Old Songs of Redhill Market by Toy Factory Productions, and Indonesianstyle keroncong songs by Wadah Seni Entertainment, with singers from Peranakan group the Gunong Sayang Association. Loyal fans will be able to reminisce with returning artistled workshops such as Foto-Foto Memory Lab: a Writing Workshop for Seniors, a step-by-step video workshop for seniors with an interest in writing, facilitated by Amanda Lee Koe, writer of Delayed Rays of a Star, the #1 The Straits Times and Kinokuniya best-seller.

Seniors will be invited to excavate memory and generate poetry as they look at their old photos. They will then share their photos, memories and creations with the community over a 10-day journey. Further indulge with eight all-time favourite Silver Shorts films, including the 2018 release of New Bike by Kannan Vijayakumar.

Walking In The City

1 September – 6 December
Singapore Art Museum

Hoardings installed around the perimeter of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), “Walking in the City” is a series that engages with themes such as the history of the SAM buildings, and the island, society, urban development and the environment. The outdoor exhibition is created by Singapore artist Heman Chong, who represented the country at the 50th Venice Biennale. The two featured artworks are “Safe Entry” and “Writing While Walking and Other Stories”, and they reflect the creative process of art as a relationship between text, image and situation.

Great Singapore Sale 2020

9 September -10 October

Shoppers rejoice! Previously cancelled, the Great Singapore Sale is set to launch on 9 September. Being an online affair this year, shoppers can look forward to a slew of exciting online activities along with fantastic discounts on purchases. Organised by the Singapore Retailers Association in collaboration with the Association of Singapore Attractions, Singapore Furniture Industries Council and Textile & Fashion Federation, consumers can look forward to exciting flash deals, digital experiences via live streaming, and virtual showrooms and workshops. Other highlights include offers in retail, food and beverage, attractions and hotels, and chances to win prizes worth over $150,000 in the “Win: Bag It Up” contest.

Mid-Autumn Festival 2020


One of the most loved cultural festivals in Singapore, the MidAutumn Festival 2020 was originally celebrated as an autumn harvest event and is synonymous with mooncakes. Families still gather
today and bond with loved ones over a good meal, while kids look forward to a jaunt in the park toting lanterns. Those who are keen to soak up the ambience can head to Chinatown, where the annual festival light-up takes place from 19 September to 16 October with its traditional lantern showcase.

Community Garden Festival

24-25 OCT

Greenery takes centre stage in end October at the Community Garden Festival 2020. Organised by the National Parks Board, this event celebrates the passion and skills of Singapore’s gardeners through a variety of fun-filled activities such as garden displays, workshops and tours. In this year’s edition, the festival goes to green spaces across the island, including in HortPark, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jurong Lake Gardens, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Sun Plaza Park.