Arts and Entertainment

Museums and Art Galleries   If you do not want to get actively involved as a guide to Singapore museums and join the Friends of the Museum, just visit the museums!   Get the Art Galleries Guide and complete your cultural experience by visiting the many art galleries and their various exhibitions featured.   Asian art makes a perfect souvenir or gift to bring back home and will blend in the environment of your new home in Singapore.   Escape the souring heat or a sudden downpour and take visiting friends to view the many different aspects of Singapore's culture through paintings by local artists.   The maps below show areas where art is concentrated and you can view a few galleries within short walking distance from each other.   Waterloo Street Arts Belt: 7 arts groups in various streets Little India Arts Belt: Kerbau Road, Serangoon Road - 6 arts groups Chinatown Arts Belt: 10 arts groups in Smith Street and Trengganu Street  
Singapore Museums
Chinatown Heritage Center
Art Museum
Art Galleries
Asian Civilization Museum
Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM)
National Archives Singapore
Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research
red dot Design Museum
List of Art Galleries
Fuk Tak Chi Museum oldest Temple in Singapore 43 Pekin Street MRT Raffles Place Tel: 6532 7868
red dot Design Museum 28 Maxwell Road Red dot traffic building, Singapore 069120
New Contemporary Asian Arts Centre Lasalle-SIA College of Arts Goodman Road Tel: 6 340 9169
Singapore Art Museum 71 Bras Basah Rd MRT City Hall Tel: 6332 3222
NUS Museums (Art) 50 Kent Ridge Crescent
The Substation 45 Armenian Street Tel: 6 337 7800 Website The Arts House 1 Old Parliament Lane Tel: 6332 6900
  The Esplanade 60 Raffles Avenue Tel: 6 337 3711 Website

 Art Guide   If you are interested in art view monthly listings of art exhibitions running all over Singapore in this section. The locations are conveniently divided to present you with an overview of what is happening in your neighborhood and beyond. For further information we recommend to subscribe to the monthly Singapore Art Gallery Guide which also lists all art galleries and their location in Singapore. A color code permits to select international artists presently showcasing their works in Singapore.  

Singapore art galleries exhibit local, regional and international art. But the best investment would be Asian art as prices are still modest but can expect rapid increases in the future.

Visit also the heartland galleries listed such as Telok Kurau Studios and the city's art hubs Little India, Waterloo Street and the Artis Village where local artists show their art pieces.      
Art Centres and Art Galleries
Telok Kurau Studios 91 Lorong J. Telok Kurau Tel: 6348 0535 The Esplanade 60 Raffles Avenue Tel: 6 337 3711
The Substation 45 Armenian Street Tel: 6 337 7800   Little India Arts Belt Kerbau Road, Serangoon Road 6 arts groups in 8 shop houses   Chinatown Arts Belt 10 arts groups in Smith Street and Trengganu Street   Waterloo Street Arts Belt 7 arts groups   Artist Village The Artists Village (TAV) is a contemporary art group in Singapore.  
List of Art Galleries
Chinese Opera/Wayang

Classical Music
Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO)
Singapore Lyric Opera

Cultural Shows
Singapore Tourist Promotion Board Tel: 1800 344 1335 Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI)

Dance Theatre
Odyssey Dance Theatre
Bhaskar's Academy of Arts
Singapore Dance Theatre
Singapore Indian Fine Art Society
Movies/Cinema Singapore
Western movie fans are sometimes disappointed when watching movies in Singapore due to the stringent rating system and film censoring. Those who have seen the same movie before sometimes feel sorry for some important scenes missing. There are, however, signs of a change which is due to freely available uncensored movies on the Internet. The recently introduced R 21 rating is a compromise to be noted.
Info: Film Ratings
G = General Suitable for everyone
PG = Parental Guidance Requires parents or adults to provide guidance. Scenes may not be suitable for children.
NC16 = No children below 16 Contains mature themes not suitable for teenagers below 16 Sex may be implied but not shown. violence will be moderate not prolonged or graphic
M18 =Mature 18 For viewers 18 and above. Sexual activity and homosexuality may be depicted. Realistic depiction of violence, Frontal nudity but not graphic detail
R21 = Restricted 21 For adults 21 and above, explicit nudity and sexuality in content. Strong and realistic violence.

Many cinemas offer phone bookings and online bookings and mainly accept VISA credit cards. Pick your seat online and avoid the long queues in front of the ticket counter.

Please note, that the room temperature in cinemas is sometimes uncomfortably low (about 10 C lower than outside!) and you are advised to dress accordingly - at least bring a shawl or someone to cuddle up with.
A recent survey by the Straits Times on the popularity of Singapore's movie theatres revealed, that the GC Grand at Great Word City was the overall winner of the categories seats, sound, toilets, temperature, hygiene, service, ambience, layout, booking system, popcorn and snack bar. Second came Lido, Cathay and Eng Wah. Prince came in last.  

River Cruises
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Theatre Companies
We invite all theatre companies in Singapore to publish their productions on this page. Please send us an image, the show times and ticket prices and booking facilities at least 2 weeks before your premiere.  
Action Theatre 42 Waterloo Ct. Centre Tel: 6 837 9842 Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble 15A + 17 A Smith Street Tel: 6 221 6285
Chinese Theatre Circle 5+7 Smith Street Drama Box Kerbau Road
Wild Rice 27 Kerbau Road Tel: 6 292 2695 Bhaskar's Art Academy Kerbau Road
Dramaplus Arts 33 Kerbau Road Tel: 6 299 0013 Sri Warisan Som Said Performing Arts 47 + 59 Kerbau Road Tel: 6 225 6070
YMS Arts Center Waterloo Street Plastic Kinetic Worms Kerbau Street
The Necessary Stage #B1-02 Marine Parade Community Building 278 Marine Parade Rd Tel. 6 440 8115 Singapore Repertory Theatre DBS Arts Centre 20 Merbau Rd Robertson Quay Tel: 6 733 8166 Website
The Substation 45 Armenian Street Tel: 6 337 7535 The Stage Club 41 Malcolm Rd Tel: 6 251 1380
TheatreWorks The Black Box Fort Canning Centre Cox Terrace Fort Canning Park Tel: 6 338 4077
Architects of Magical Innovation The Complete Magic Production House| Tel: 6841 8489 HP: 9048 0294
Act 3
Singapore Repertory Theatre
The Necessary Stage
Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble

Tickets Online
You can order your tickets for almost all shows and events online. Seats are allocated according to a “best seat” available system.  
Websites: Tickets online
Ticketcharge Sistic Esplanade (ticket agent for Sistic)

Venue Guides         

Leisure Activities: Classes and Courses in Singapore

  There is a large variety of courses and classes offered in all parts of Singapore and our featured selection is by no means complete. The trouble is that locations and names are changing so frequently that it is hard to keep the information updated at all times. Therefore we recommend you call the organizer prior to your first visit and inquire about the location, commencement and fees involved. It is useful to ask for a "landmark" to direct the taxi driver as sometimes it can be quite tricky to find the place. Engaging in a course or class helps to settle in quickly and is a good way to find new friends, either local or expatriate. Often classes are organized by international clubs or individual expatriates who are using the clubs'' venues. You may be able to join even if you are not a club member. Do not hesitate to drop us an email and inform us about any changes and/or of new classes you can recommend. See also Sports.
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