Covid-19 has ruined pretty much all of our plans for 2020 as well as affected our daily lives for the worse. From cancelled overseas trips to plenty of restrictions, the pandemic has been a wet blanket and the worst way to start another decade.
However, it hasn’t completely put a permanent halt on some of the activities that we have been looking forward to. A number of events in Singapore that were scheduled to happen across 2020 have bounced back innovatively with online versions of what they had originally prepared. While it definitely won’t feel the same as physically being there, for now, it’s better than nothing.
From the National Day Parade 2020 to Shilin-inspired Night Market, here are 8 events and activities in Singapore that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home while you #stayhome and #staysafe.
CÉ LA VI SINGAPORE
The party doesn’t have to stop even though you can’t head out to a club! CÉ LA VI Singapore will be bringing the clubbing experience to you at home so you can still let loose and unwind while bopping to some sick beats from your bedroom. Recent DJs they’ve hosted include the renowned Fabio Neural, and they’ve even held fundraising live streams for the Italian Red Cross. You can be sure that there will be more great music to come until you can physically visit the club again.
NATIONAL DAY PARADE 2020
This year’s National Day will definitely be vastly different from what we are used to. The parade will mostly be focusing on allowing Singaporeans to celebrate our Nation’s birthday online at home instead of the usual locations like the floating platform at Marina Bay.
The theme for 2020 is ‘Together, A Stronger Singapore’. The bulk of the parade segments will be moved to heartland areas and streamed on both television and internet platforms. Traditional performances such as the Red Lions free-fall jump, state flag fly-past and mobile column will take place in various locations across our little red dot. An evening show will also be held at The Star Performing Arts Centre in Buona Vista where they will feature films and performances by Singaporeans. Of course, everything will end off with a breathtaking fireworks display across multiple sites.
While it definitely won’t feel the same as any other parade we’ve attended, we are glad that we are still able to celebrate Singapore’s birthday despite what is going on in the world. It is crucial for us to remember that at the end of the day, the only way we can overcome this adversity is to stick together as a country.
When: 9 August 2020
MARQUEE ONE LIVE
Another club that has moved to the online sphere is Marquee Singapore. During this period, they will be live streaming virtual parties that you can partake in at home. They even celebrated their One Year Anniversary with a lit online birthday bash with performances by DJs such as Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero and Andrew Rayel.
For more groovy jams, hop on over to their Spotify and check out some of their playlists.
Celebrate love and Singapore’s LGBTQ community even while you stay home. This year’s Pink Dot celebration will be live-streamed on its online platforms instead of their usual venue at Hong Lim Park.
Dress up all pretty in pink and tune in at 6.30 pm on the 27th of June 2020 to watch the line-up of discussions, activities and programmes that they have in store for you. The world is in a tough place right now and a little more love will help make everything better.
When: 27 June 2020, 6.30 pm
Enjoy a slice of Taiwan with the online version of Shilin-inspired Night Market in Singapore! The bright side about this year’s online event is that you won’t have to sweat it out and battle with throngs of other people just to have the night market experience. This year, you can attend their virtual marketplace which will have four zones: Eat, Shop, Play & Fun.
Enjoy performances and shop online for food and products without having to take a step out of the house. With over 100 local and regional vendors like Mori, Playmade and D’bun, the people behind Shilin Night Market hope to be able to boost sales for these F&B & retail operators who have been badly hit by the pandemic blues.
The event will be happening across two weekends, so mark your calendars!
When: 12 June 2020 to 14 June 2020, 19 June 2020 to 21 June 2020
SINGAPORE HERITAGE FESTIVAL: DIGITAL EDITION
Want to feel like a tourist in your own country? You can do so via the Singapore Heritage Festival: Digital Edition.
This year, delve into the less-known stories of areas such as Tanjong Pagar, Pasir Ris and Kallang. Learn more about Singapore’s vibrant history via a series of virtual tours, webinars and digitally commissioned works from your bedroom. You can even attend online masterclasses that will teach you how to make your very own belachan at home.
Check out their website for more information.
When: 19 June 2020 to 5 July 2020
Photo Credit: Star Wars Run
STAR WARS VIRTUAL RUN
Never would we have ever imagined that marathons and runs will go virtual, but 2020 has proven to us once again that such unfathomable things can actually be made possible.
This year’s annual Star Wars Run goes online for the very first time and from 15 June 2020 to 30 September 2020, you can partake in this legendary run at your nearest neighbourhood park or from your treadmill. Participants can choose between the Light Side & Dark Side and clock the distances they’ve run. Once completed, you’ll receive a commemorative Finisher Trophy. 40-kilometre runners will also be able to get a limited edition 40th-anniversary gold Darth Vader trophy. May the force be with you and good luck!
Check out their website for more information.
When: 15 June 2020 to 30 September 2020
WAN QING DUMPLING FESTIVAL
Explore ancient Chinese myths and practices during Wan Qing Dumpling Festival’s very first digital edition. Also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, the dumpling festival is celebrated by Chinese communities around the world. This year, you can do so while you stay home with a line-up of family-friendly online activities such as cooking classes, quizzes, interactive craft demonstrations and contests that will be available on their Facebook page.
From learning how to make bak zhang to watching animated storytelling sessions about rice dumplings, there is something for the whole family!
When: 1 June 2020 to 30 June 2020