With vibrant art festivals at every turn, there’s plenty to get you art and about this week. Chill out with cool exhibitions and live tunes at Gillman Barracks’ Art After Dark, or get your mind buzzing with bold performances from the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. If the epic skate-offs at Aliwal Urban Art Festival haven’t quite slaked your taste for battle, join the throwdown between two beloved types of stuffed buns.

Go Gallery-Hopping at Art After Dark

Joining the fun of Singapore Art Week, Gillman Barracks’ bumper edition of Art After Dark is a perfect storm of live tunes, art thrills, and good grub. Go art-hopping around resident galleries such as Ota Fine Arts, Chan + Hori Contemporary, and FOST Gallery to delve into provocative Southeast Asian works. Switch things up by grooving to live music acts, or hit the food stalls for bites and booze by The 1925 Brewing CoHopscotch, and more.

Art After Dark x Singapore Art Week 2020 is happening on 17 January 2020 from 7pm till late, at Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Rd, Singapore 108937. Admission is free. 

Discover Subcultures at Aliwal Urban Art Festival 2020

Let your inner rebel loose as Singapore’s grittiest art bash returns. Now in its third run, the Aliwal Urban Art Festival will bring a throng of subcultures into the spotlight − from skateboarding to street dance, graffiti to R&B. Make your mark on the streets with RSCLS’ Live Graffiti Painting, then catch local skate talents strutting their stuff in a massive Street Jam. As night falls, beloved enfant terrible Preetipls, rap artist BigDBangla, and electro-R&B star Pyra will be serving up some slick tunes.

Aliwal Urban Art Festival 2020 is happening on 18 January 2020 from 4pm till late, at Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal St, Singapore 199918.

Join A Sizzling Fat Prince vs Bao Boy Cook-off

It’s the ultimate showdown of meaty nemeses − scrumptious kebabs or pillowy baos? Middle Eastern restaurant Fat Prince and elevated bao joint Bao Boy are heating things up with an epic cook-off. Prep your stomach for indulgences like truffle-filled Spring Pea Falafel Kebab and Chickpea Falafel Bao spiced with harissa, amidst a backdrop of funky beats by DJ Max Verrier.

Fat Prince vs Bao Boy Throwdown is happening on 16 January 2020 from 6pm onwards, at Fat Prince, 48 Peck Seah St, #01-01, Singapore 079317. 

Catch Thought-Provoking Acts at M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2020

Back for its sixteenth edition, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2020 ponders the thorny question of what unites a country − and what might be sacrificed along the way. Drawing inspiration from Lee Tzu Pheng’s iconic poem ‘My Country and My People’, this year’s Fringe features 11 diverse shows by local and international artists. Enter an eerily orderly world of surveillance and social engineering with Secretive Thing 215, or enjoy a rollicking romp through Malay history with The Necessary Stage’s Kebaya Homies.

The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2020 is happening from 8 to 19 January 2020, at various locations around Singapore. Pricing for ticketed events vary.

Jam Out With Rising Stars from The Great Singapore Replay

Who will be Singapore’s next top musicians? Head down to The Great Singapore Replay’s Showcase Concert to discover ten of our unsung talents. After months of honing their acts with established artists such as Charlie Lim and Sezairi, these ten talents will be getting us grooving with a slew of original songs, inspired by mashups of modern genres with old-but-gold tunes from Singapore’s history.

The Great Singapore Replay Season 2: Showcase Concert is happening on 18 January 2020 from 5pm to 10.30pm, at Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953. Admission is free. 

Top Image: Aliwal Arts Centre