The Tatler Social Calendar: 13 Dates To Keep This August

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August 1, 2017 | BY Alyssa Choo, Chong Seow Wei and Hashirin Nurin Hashimi

Take one last look at a grande dame Singapore hotel before it gets a fresh new update, see what inspires an Italian jewellery house, and go on a movie date night through space.


A Last, Lingering Look At An Icon

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When August 1 to 12
What Before the iconic Raffles Hotel undergoes the second phase of its restoration, take a walk through its hallowed hallways and visit the rooms that once hosted famous guests with this specially curated tour and exhibition. 


Wonder Boy

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When In theatres from August 3
What Dick Lee's biopic, Wonder Boy,  chronicles the music legend's childhood in the 1970s. It follows  a young Dick, played by singer-songwriter and 2016 Generation T lister, Benjamin Kheng, as he forms a band dubbed The Wonder Boys to prove his musical talent to school bullies and challenge the social stigma that surrounded the music industry during that period. 


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When August 4 to 20
What Three decades on, playwright Michael Chiang is back with the long-awaited sequel to Army Daze, a coming-of-age tale about five young men going through national service. Directed by Beatrice Chia-Richmond, with an original score by Don Richmond, the production features a stellar cast including Hossan Leong, Ebi Shankara and Oon Shu An. Quite aptly, Army Daze 2, coincides with the 50th anniversary of national service in Singapore. At Drama Centre Theatre.


Forbidden City: Portrait Of An Empress

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When August 8 to 27
What Love her or hate her, empress dowager Cixi, the last empress of China, continues to captivate audiences more than a century after her death. Her beguiling story is the subject of one of Singapore’s most successful musicals, Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress, which makes a return to the Esplanade Theatre, where it was first staged in 2002. Co-presented by the Singapore Repertory Theatre, the musical sees singer-actress Kit Chan reprising her role as the empress. The cast also includes West End and Broadway star Earl Carpenter (Les Misérables), Broadway star Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins), as well as Singapore’s very own Sebastian Tan (Broadway Beng).


Epicurean Market 2017

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When August 11 to 13
What Back for its fifth year, the Epicurean Market at Marina Bay Sands is the go-to for a food and wine extravaganza. Enjoy mouth-watering dishes by award-winning chefs and refine your taste buds at the connoisseur masterclasses. At Sands Expo and Convention Centre. 


 Consentino: Anything Is Possible

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What The line between magic and reality blurs right before your eyes as illusionist Cosentino thrills audiences with death-defying escapes, mind-boggling illusions and never-before-seen magic. At MasterCard Theatres. baseentertainmentasia.com


 Singapore Night Festival

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When August 18 to 26
What Take in the beauty of night lights and exhilarating performances with the return of the annual Singapore Night Festival. Enjoy the throwback to the festival’s past decade with old favourites in a refreshing retrospective. At the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct. 


 Serpentiform: Snake Through Art, Jewellery and Design

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When August 19 to October 15
What The snake has long inspired Italian jeweller Bulgari. For this exhibition, brand and heritage curator Lucia Boscaini brings together antiquities, artworks, design objects and, of course, the Bulgari Serpenti jewels from its Heritage Collection. At ArtScience Museum. 


 Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary

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When August 16 and 20
What Ital Auto, the official Ferrari dealership in Singapore, celebrates the Italian marque’s 70th anniversary with a glamorous gala at Gardens by the Bay on August 16. It will also jointly host with the Ferrari Owners’ Club Singapore a celebratory parade on the 20th where a fleet of at least 70 Ferrari cars, led by the limitededition LaFerrari Aperta, will drive around town. 


Singapore: Inside Out

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When August 25 to 27 and November 3 to 5
What Our little red dot has no lack of talent, and the Singapore Tourism Board is doing its part to spotlight the city’s contemporary creatives with its travelling showcase, Singapore: Inside Out, in Tokyo (from August 25 to 27) and Sydney (from November 3 to 5). Themed “HyperCity”, the Tokyo edition, housed at the Bank Gallery in the Omotesando district, sees creatives from Singapore and Japan jointly explore cultural trends in a digital urban age. Meanwhile, the Sydney edition, held at Kensington Street, explores the theme of “Movement”, featuring creatives including award-winning director and 2017 Generation T lister Kirsten Tan (pictured). More details at visitsingapore.com


 Foo Fighters

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When August 26
What Two decades away from our shores and one cancelled concert later, American rockers Foo Fighters, with frontman Dave Grohl, return to Singapore with a brand-new world tour, ahead of the release of its ninth album, Concrete and Gold, in September. At Singapore Indoor Stadium. unusual.com.sg

Image: Hayley Madden


 The Sunflower Gala Dinner by Dover Park Hospice

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When August 27
What The Dover Park Hospice celebrates 25 years of sterling palliative work at its Sunflower Gala Ball this year. Themed a Sterling Affair, the dinner will see the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore transformed with gleaming silver geometric patterns and luminescent lights to inspire big-hearted guests to raise the paddle and help the organisation brighten the lives of those it supports. 


SSO Pops Concert: A Night At The Movies

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What The Singapore Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of associate conductor Jason Lai, takes you on an adventure through space with music straight from the cinema. At Esplanade Concert Hall.