16 Feb – Arunika: A Musical
ICN is an arts and cultural community that produces theatrical works every year, initiated by Indonesian students in NTU. Get ready for ICN’s latest creative production Arunika: a Musical. Arunika is the name of the half Dutch, half Indonesian protagonist of the musical contextualized in the 19th century slavery of Indonesians by the Dutch. It is also a symbolic title as the musical deals with the perspectives of both the Indonesians and the Dutch. This is a rare feat considering most stories today focus on the side of the oppressed only. Find out the result of Arunika’s struggle with both sides of her identity.
Date: 16 February 2019
Time: 2.30 & 7.30pm
Venue: Drama Centre Theatre of the National Library Building,
100 Victoria Street Singapore, 188064
Tickets start at S$18. For more information, visit https://show.icnmusical.com/ticket
7 to 17 Feb – Off Centre
The Necessary Stage’s critically acclaimed play, Off Centre, returns 26 years after its original release in 1993. Two patients meet at the former Woodbridge Hospital: Vinod, a straight-A student and charismatic school debater with severe depression whose successful parents are distant; and Saloma, an anti-social vocational student battling with schizophrenia who has a poorly educated but caring mother.The latest staging features Abdulattif Abdullah and Sakinah Dollah, who will be taking up their original roles as Vinod and Saloma respectively, as well as Aidli Mosbit as Mak.
Date: 7 to 17 February
Time: 3pm & 8pm
Venue: Victoria Theatre
Tickets start at S$36. For more information, visit https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/offcentre0219
18 Feb – Hyukoh
The four-member indie rock band Hyukoh is returning to Singapore this February, after its debut appearance here in 2017. The indie group catapulted to success after their first studio album, 23, won a 2017 Mnet Asia Music Award for ‘Best Band Performance’. In May 2018, they released their latest studio album, 24: How to Find True Love and Happiness. Audiences will find resonance with their themes on love, loss of innocence and friendship.
Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
Venue: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Tickets start at $88. For more information, visit https://www.apactix.com/events/detail/hyukoh-live-in-singapore
20 Feb – Nickelback
Canadian rock band, Nickelback will hold their first-ever concert in Singapore on Wednesday, Feb 20 2019. Formed in 1995, Nickelback has sold more than 50 million records. Nickelback released their long-awaited ninth studio album Feed The Machine in 2017, which made it to Top 5 on the Billboard charts.
Date: Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Venue: Zepp@Big Box Singapore, 1 Venture Avenue, Singapore 608521
Tickets start at S$128. For more information, visit https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cnickelback0219
23 Feb – Mitski
Following the triumph of 2016’s Puberty 2, Mitski returns with latest record Be The Cowboy, out via Dead Oceans. Mitski is known for her emotionally vulnerable music, but in her fifth album, Mitski introduces a new persona of a woman in control. You can expect powerful songs and performances based on a frigid, repressed female character who is just beginning to let her feelings spill out.
Date: Saturday, 23 February 2019
Venue: Kilo Lounge, 21 Tg Pagar Rd, #01-02/04, Singapore 088444
Tickets start at S$60 and are sold out. For more information, visit https://ticketing.igo.events/e/327/mitski-live-in-singapore
25 Feb – Josh Groban
American singer, songwriter and actor Josh Groban will be performing in Singapore for the first time at The Star Theatre on February 25. The concert is part of the 37-year-old’s Josh Groban Bridges Tour, named after his eighth album released in September that stood at second place on the Billboard album charts. Known for pop hits such as his 2003 rendition of You Raise Me Up, 2006’s You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) and 2002’s To Where You Are, fans can look forward to an operatic concert supported by a full orchestra and choir.
Date: Monday, 25 Feb 2019
Venue: The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-01, Singapore 138617
Tickets start at S$108. For more information, visit https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/groban0219
1 to 28 Feb – ION Art Gallery Highlights
There are three major exhibits this month, starting from In Celebration of the Lunar New Year from the 1st to 10th of February. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Singapore Art Society, a series of art works incorporating both Eastern and Western techniques are showcased to reflect the cultures’ dual importance in Singapore.
Michael Khoo: 80 Years of Dancing with Art, taking place from 15th to 19th February, is artist Michael Khoo’s first solo exhibition. Through the interplay of light, shadows and reflections, Khoo’s artworks offer viewers an artistic re-imagining of local landmarks, such as the Singapore River and Central Business District.
The third event, Xiamen & Singapore Cultural Exchange Exhibition, taking place from 23 to 28 February, showcases art pieces from the Singapore Art Society’s recent cultural immersion programme with Xiamen University College of Art that took place in June last year. With works from both homegrown and overseas talents, visitors can enjoy a variety of ideas and interpretations.
Date: 1st to 28th February
Time: 10am to 10pm
Venue: ION art gallery, 2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801
Admission is free.
Visuals courtesy of The Necessary Stage, Smallbone Management, Now/Live, LAMC Productions, Bao Ngo (Mitski), Bowen Smith (Josh Groban), and ION Art Gallery.