15 reasons to visit Singapore in 2011

15 reasons to visit Singapore in 2011

The Lion City is reviving Battlestar Galactica, opening two mega clubs and launching the world's first ArtScience museum

1. Art is alive

 Past/Present/FutureThe unmistakable beauty of Valentino's signature red gowns.

Singapore's multitude of large scale exhibitions and festivals includes the M1 Fringe Festival 2011 and Art and Education (January 5-16), where you can explore how art educates and indoctrinates.

Art Stage Singapore (January 12-16) is a showcase of works from the likes of Joan Miro, Henry Moore and Andy Warhol.

Singapore Biennale 2011 (March 13-May 15) ignores borders and focuses instead on how we form connections with each other.

The annual Huayi-Chinese Festival of Arts 2011 (February 4-13) celebrates all things Chinese, from songs to performance. Local songbird Kit Chan will return to the musical stage after a six-year hiatus.

The Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future exhibition (through February 13) showcases the fashion designer's early designs to present-day creations. This is the exhibition's only stop in Asia, so your only chance to admire Valentino's masterpieces.

Various dates, prices and locations

2. Zee Cine Awards 2011

Zee Cine Awards 2011The best of Bollywood is coming to Singapore.

Bollywood fans, make plans to be at the Marina Bay Sands on January 14. This is your chance to catch a glimpse of Bollywood A-listers Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Arjun Rampal walking the red carpet at the Zee Cine Awards 2011.

January 14. Marina Bay Sands; S$40-S$997 from SISTIC

3. Festivals galore

St Jerome’s Laneway FestivalThe Aussie music fest is the first of many in 2011.

  • St Jerome's Laneway Festival

This 11-hour long concert features Australian and American artists such as !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Deerhunter, Foals, Holy F***, Ladyhawke, The Temper Trap, Warpaint and Yeasayer.

January 29. Fort Canning Park; S$99.50-S$109.50 from SISTIC

Big Night Out

Two nights of music headlined by Stone Temple Pilots and Slash.

March 11-12. Singapore Indoor Stadium; S$98-S$168 from SISTIC

Mosaic Music Festival 2011

The 2011 lineup includes Tortoise, The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, PE’Z (touted as a samurai jazz band) and the hotly anticipated Gotan Project for sultry, dark tango.

March 11-20. Various locations; tickets from SISTIC

4. Concert mania

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift comes to Singapore.

We've lost count of the big names coming our way:

Janet Jackson

February 7. Singapore Indoor Stadium; S$88-S$248 from SISTIC 

Taylor Swift

February 9. Singapore Indoor Stadium; S$90-S$175 from SISTIC

Eric Clapton

February 14. Singapore Indoor Stadium; S$99-S$399 from SISTIC

Eagles

February 23. Singapore Indoor Stadium; S$49-S$499 from SISTIC

Elvis Costello

March 7. Marina Bay Sands; S$90-S$210 from SISTIC

5. Chippendales

The ChippendalesLadies, get those dollar bills ready.

Ladies get your scream on, the boys with chiseled bods and sexy moves are back to titilate and tease.

February 23-26. Resorts World Sentosa; S$98-S$228 from SISTIC

6. ArtScience Museum

Main GalleryThe ArtScience Museum will have you using your right and left brain.

A world first, this massive museum contains 21 gallery spaces dedicated to art and science. Galleries include “Curiosity,” which has an ascending “floating” staircase; “Inspiration,” an interactive gallery that features Leonardo da Vinci’s Flying Machine, a Kongming Lantern and high-tech Robotic Fish; and “Expression,” a multimedia gallery highlighting great artists and scientists across time and cultures.

From February 17 at Marina Bay Sands.

7. Emily of Emerald Hill

Ivan HengIvan Heng returns as Emily of Emerald Hill.

The multi-talented Ivan Heng reprises a much beloved role. It’s the same old story about the glory days of Singapore’s Peranakan community, but watch for new sets, costumes and multimedia projections.

March 3-13. Esplanade Theatres. More information from www.wildrice.com.sg

8. iFly

iFlyYou don't have to be Superman to fly at iFly.

Now you can fly like Superman without the risks. The indoor skydiving simulator uses a vertical wind tunnel to mimic what happens when you jump out of a plane. This does not mean you have an excuse to wear your underwear on the outside.

First quarter 2011. 43 Siloso Beach Walk. More information from www.iflysingapore.com

9. Battlestar Galactica re-opens

Battlestar GalacticaThe wait is over. Battlestar Galactica is set to duel again.

The dueling Humans vs. Cylons rollercoaster ride will re-open for thrills and whirls in the first half of 2011. It's about time. The ride has been closed for repairs since March 25, 2010.

First half 2011. Universal Studios, Resorts World Sentosa

10. Sundown Marathon 2011 and Sundown Ultra Marathon 2011

Sundown MarathonWhy run 42 kilometers when you can run 100?

For the avid runner, 2011’s Sundown Marathon will offer 10-kilometer, 21-kilometer, and 42-kilometer nocturnal races. Why stop there? Take the challenge of the Sundown Ultra Marathon, a 100-kilometer race before sunrise.

Sundown Marathon: May 28. Ultra Marathon: June 25. More information from www.sundownmarathon.com

11. ScreenSingapore

ScreenSingaporeScreenSingapore gives Asian films a boost.

This trade festival is a platform for film industry buyers, sellers, producers and creative talent to exchange ideas, opportunities and products. Film buffs will lap up the red carpet premieres of Hollywood summer blockbusters. More importantly it’ll also be a showcase of Asian films exported to the world.

June 5-12. More information from www.screensingapore.com.sg 

12. Pangaea and Avalon

Avalon HollywoodExpect big name DJs when Avalon launches.

Move over, Ku De Ta. In 2011, we’re going lavish and upscale with two American imports: Pangaea and Avalon. Pangaea is perfect for slick lounge lizards while Avalon brings to Singapore its brand of a mega-club experience. Both will be housed in Marina Bay Sand’s floating Crystal Pavilion.

Second quarter 2011. Marina Bay Sands.

13. Gardens by the Bay

Conservatory Dry DomePrepare your allergy meds before venturing into the Gardens by the Bay.

This ambitious project creates a City in a Garden along the Marina Bay area. Divided into south, east and central areas, the Gardens by the Bay will feature different garden zones, featuring plants from all over the world.

November. Marina Bay. More information from www.gardentsbythebay.org.sg

14. The Crane Dance

The Crane DanceRobots perform a mating dance -- kinky or clunky? Both, actually.

Created by Emmy Award winner Jeremy Railton, this 10-minute show on the waterfront of Resorts World Sentosa uses 30-meter-high and 80-ton mechanical cranes with flashing digital spectacles to enact the courtship dance performed by cranes in the wild.

December 25 onward. Resorts World Sentosa

15. The Naracoorte Cave

The Naracoorte CaveRare creatures will be crawling out of The Naracoorte Cave.

The Night Safari’s latest attraction features native cave wildlife such as the beauty snake, roof rat and tailless whip scorpion. It’s all part of a larger Australasian Trail that is scheduled to open in early 2012; we're hoping they kick off a wee bit earlier than that.

Late 2011/early 2012. More information from www.nightsafari.com.sg