What’s New In April

Where to go and what to do, buy and eat this month.

By Diana Najm      1 April 2021

2021 is flying by faster than we know, and we’re now welcoming April with arms wide open. There’s so much to do, too – starting with a Good Friday public holiday and Easter Sunday brunches at cafes and restaurants in town. This month is looking very promising!

And yes, it may be April – but we’re not kidding about these ultra-exciting happenings around town. From Singapore’s answer to the Songkran Water Festival to healthy dining options and Uniqlo’s latest collection to wear on your next date with the girl of your dreams, these are the best new happenings this month.

Things To Do

Photo: El Masnou

Otah & Friends

Everyone’s favourite otter is visiting a new side of Singapore! After a successful run at Gardens by the Bay, Otah & Friends is heading to SAFRA Punggol so you have even more time to discover Otah’s colourful world!

For 45 minutes, let loose and explore every nook and cranny of Otah’s whimsical house. Otah has even planned out a whole series of otter-ly fun activities to do together. Complete the activity book to receive an Otah & Friends sticker. So, plan a play date with the adorable otter this April!

Tickets cost $12 for SAFRA members and $15 for the public, available for sale from Monday, 5 April. Get your tickets at mySAFRA portal, mSAFRA app or at Concierge Counter, Level 3, SAFRA Punggol.

12 April – 4 July
SAFRA Punggol; www.safra.sg/whats-on/otah-and-friends

Textures 2021

Bookworms, this one’s for you. Annual literary festival Textures is back for its fourth edition and for the first time, it takes on the form of a mobile truck installation and travelling library. Called ‘Bottled City’, the installation will begin at The Arts House before travelling to SAFRA Jurong (from 30 March to 4 April), SAFRA Yishun (6 April to 11 April) and SAFRA Toa Payoh (13 April to 18 April).

Visitors are invited to nurture their love for Singapore Literature by looking at the books, miniatures, paper cut sculptures, terrariums and more as they learn more about the scenes and landscapes that are part of the Sing Lit scene.

Free Admission
SAFRA Jurong (30 March to 4 April), SAFRA Yishun (6 April to 11 April) and SAFRA Toa Payoh (13 April to 18 April); www.safra.sg/whats-on/textures-2021

Paw-verbs on the Lawn

Love cats? The adorable kucings are brought to life on the lawn of the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) in a special collaboration with Japanese artist Juno of mofu_sand. You’ll find 30 cat standees on display at the lawn of MHC, interspersed with a collection of 10 common Malay proverbs that spotlight how the cat is used metaphorically to convey different aspects of human behaviour and emotions. Get your cameras ready and snap photos of the shy, elusive, intimidating, authoritative, restless, quick and even quarrelsome felines.

There are also related programmes and activities, including a performative storytelling session titled ‘The Lure of the Feline’ by theatre actor, director and playwright Gene Sha Rudyn. And there’s also a chance to win exclusive mofu_sand cat illustration button badges – prowl MHC’s grounds and galleries to ‘Find the Paw-Verb!’, which will be released weekly on MHC’s Instagram page from 16 March.

Till 30 May
85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501; www.malayheritage.gov.sg


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