This month, we’ll be treated not only to the fireworks spectacle on National Day, but also to a medley of concerts and stage productions, comedy shows and film screenings. Look out for some of the biggest names from around the world and within our island, such as Ronan Keating, Jimmy Carr and Glen Goei, who will be here to keep you entertained all month. And as the Rio Olympics roll on, get exercising at a yoga festival yourself. Who ever said there’s nothing to do in Singapore?

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty
Be swept away by this revival of the classic fairytale.

This supernatural love story takes a gothic twist with contemporary dance choreographer Matthew Bourne’s revival of the classic production. Telling the tale of Princess Aurora in a world of fairies and vampires, Sleeping Beauty will feature stunning visuals, rousing Tchaikovsky music and flowing choreography.

With its 2012 premiere, Sleeping Beauty completed Bourne’s trio of Tchaikovsky ballet masterworks after his Tony Award winning Swan Lake and international hit Nutcracker!. Having enchanted the crowds across the United States and the United Kingdom, it is set to continue winning hearts in Asia. One thing’s for certain – Princess Aurora won’t be the only one coming to life on the night.

When: 4-7 August 2016

Tickets are available here from S$40.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981, +65 6828 8377, www.esplanade.com

Films at the Fort

Films at the Fort
Gourmet food, fine wine, and a film under the stars is definitely our idea of fun.

Although it can get too hot and humid in the day, Singapore’s evenings are cool and breezy. Blessed with such pleasant weather all year round, we should really make the most of it — cue this open-air film screening in the setting of Fort Canning’s natural amphitheatre.

This year’s programme includes biographical drama The Man Who Knew Infinity which stars Dev Patel of Slumdog Millionaire; comedy The Nice Guys with heavyweights Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling; an Amy Winehouse documentary; romantic drama Brooklyn, which has reeled in a string of awards and nominations; as well as a Tom Hanks classic — Forrest Gump. Make an early getaway from work to stake your spot on the grass for an evening picnic and sunset drinks before the films start rolling.

When: 11-21 August 2016

Tickets are available here from S$29.75.

Fort Canning Park, Fort Canning Green, Singapore 179618, www.filmsatthefort.com.sg

Singapore International Festival of Arts

Hamlet | Collage
Russian actor Evgeny Mironov deftly switches between Hamlet’s characters, from Ophelia to Polonius and Horatio.

Inaugurated in 1977, Singapore’s annual arts festival brings local and international artists together through performance, theatre, dance and music. This year, it will kick off with a Russian production of Hamlet | Collage — played entirely by a single actor suspended above the stage in a shape-shifting, open-faced cube. Robert Lepage’s inventive take on the Shakespeare classic will transport you through the vivid settings of the tragedy, from a mental asylum to the ramparts.

Also check out Ron Arad’s 720°, a massive installation of 5,600 silicon cords arranged in an 18 metre circle, which act as an interactive screen for projected performances. It’s certainly set to be one of the festival’s greatest spectacles.

When: 11 August – 17 September 2016

Certain exhibitions are free, while tickets for different shows are available here from S$10.

Various locations, www.sifa.sg

Stories from an Island City

Stories from an Island City
Ten Singaporean stories will be brought to life on the stage.

Music, film and dance come together to tell stories of Singapore in The TENG Ensemble’s production, directed by local film and theatre icon, Glen Goei. The thespian and director, who made his transition from stage to screen out of sheer desperation, now brings this special presentation of Singapore’s culture, traditions, languages and history. Incorporating familiar motifs from heritage songs like Chan Mali Chan and Munnaeru Vaalibaa, the ensemble’s original pieces will be accompanied by scenes of the island nation by local filmmakers and elaborate dance choreography.

When: 12 August 2016, 7.30pm

Tickets are available here from S$18.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981, +65 6828 8377, www.esplanade.com

Sweat with Style Lifestyle Festival

W Singapore Pool
Build up a sweat with some Strala yoga moves, before cooling off in this stylish WET pool.

Spend a Sunday at Sentosa Cove to free your mind and work your body. Sweat with Style is bringing the hottest New York Strala yoga trend to revolutionise your approach to yoga through an emphasis on natural movements. After your workout, refuel with healthy treats and detoxing juices from Made Real, Project Açai, HIC Juice and more. Then cool off with a dip in one of Singapore’s largest outdoor pools while the DJ spins his tunes.

When: 14 August, 4pm

Tickets are available here for S$65 for one or S$120 for two.

W Singapore — Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374, +65 6808 7288, swsnow.com

Panic! At The Disco

Panic! At The Disco
The band’s latest singles, Victorious and Hallelujah, have rocketed up the charts.

American pop-rock band Panic! At The Disco is making a return to Singapore after its debut at SINGFest eight years ago. Following a two year wait since their 2013 album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, their recent release Death of a Bachelor debuted right at the top of the US Billboard 200. Be there to soak up the atmosphere as Brandon Urie belts out his high-octane anthems.

When: 16 August 2016, 8pm

Tickets are available here from S$98.

Suntec Exhibition and Convention Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore 039593, +65 6337 2888, www.lamcproductions.com

Nothing But Thieves

Nothing But Thieves
Will the boys get under your skin?

We first saw this alternative rock band when they opened for Muse’s Drones world tour, and they’ve been impressing with headline shows around Europe and the United States since. Performing live in Singapore for the first time on their Under My Skin tour, the British quintet will be the second chapter of a Rising Star Series that features emerging artists from around the world. Don’t miss their singles Wake Up Call and Trip Switch, which hit No.1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and shot their eponymous debut album to fame.

When: 18 August 2016, 8pm

Tickets are available here for S$88.

Hard Rock Café, 50 Cuscaden Road, #02-01, HPL House, Singapore 249724, +65 6235 5232, www.lamcproductions.com

Masterpiece in Motion

Masterpiece in Motion
Be mesmerised by the troupe’s graceful dances.

Showcasing the best of international choreography, the Singapore Dance Theatre is producing a triple bill of ballet works to the Esplanade this month. The highlight will be the company’s premiere of Dutch choreographer Nils Christe’s Symphony in Three Movements with the accompaniment of music by Igor Stravinsky, one of the 20th century’s most influential composers.

It will be followed by Choo-San Goh’s Schubert Symphony and Age of Innocence by Edwaard Liang, who has put his stamp on the global arena through choreography for the New York City Ballet and Shanghai Ballet, amongst many others.

When: 19-20 August

Tickets are available here from S$30.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981, +65 6338 0611, www.esplanade.com

Ronan Keating

Ronan Keating
We can’t wait for the Irish singer-songwriter to arrive on our shores.

Previously the lead singer of Boyzone, the boyband of the 1990s, Ronan Keating went solo after his group disbanded. With over 20 million records sold and experience as a The X Factor (Australia) judge and The Voice Australia coach under his belt, his solo career has been a resounding success.

Making a one night only appearance in Singapore, Keating will perform an acoustic set featuring hits from his tenth studio album, Time of My Life. Let him serenade you with his heartfelt ballads about true love.

When: 24 August 2016, 7.30pm

Tickets to get into Universal Studios Singapore are available here from S$55.

Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269, +65 6577 8888, www.rwsentosa.com

Jimmy Carr: Funny Business

Jimmy Carr
Don’t miss Jimmy Carr’s wicked humour.

If you can’t quite place this name, think of an Irish man crossed with Roger Federer, whose laugh sounds like a seal honking (all his words, not ours). One of the United Kingdom’s best-loved comedians, Jimmy Carr will unleash his deadpan delivery and dark humour on fans here when he stops off along his Funny Business world tour. Packed with edgy one-liners, politically incorrect stories and NSFW jokes, he’ll have you reeling with laughter all night.

When: 26-27 August

Tickets are available here from S$108.

University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119279, +65 6516 2492, www.la-comedylive.com

Charlotte Liu
HK Editorial Assistant