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7 activities to do in April

Got some free time this month but not sure what to do? Here's our list of things to put on your schedule.

Photo credit: ION Orchard

1. Glow Garden

April 1-30

As ION Orchard celebrates eight years, the shopping mall has an eight-month calendar of celebrations, as part of its 8 Years & Beyond programme. First up is the enchanting Glow Garden, where ION2 will feature flora and fauna bathed splendidly in resplendent lights and colours, creating a visual spectacle especially in the evening. Other key highlights include a glow tunnel, a water feature and live illuminated trees. Other than the Glow Garden, visit the Light Graffiti Photography experience (which runs till April 16 only) on level 3. Held in a special light room, the space allows shoppers to create their own "light graffiti" art pieces captured using a slow-speed camera shutter.

2. Nude Femme X Laurastar pop-up store

April 6-9

With the third edition of the Singapore Yacht Show going underway in a few days, bask in style with local fashion label Nude Femme while you feast your eyes on majestic superyachts this week. Collaborating with Swiss brand Laurastar, a pop-up store at the East Pavilion of ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove featuring the brand's capsule collection of ready-to-wear classics. Expect chic flowy fabrics in muted pastels and neutrals, catered for the elegant and ever-youthful lady, as well as alluring pieces in silk, satin and lace. The booth will also feature a series of fashion installations throughout the day and live workshops from Laurastar on fabric-care tips.

3. Lao Jiu: The Musical

April 6-23

Helmed by award-winning director Kuo Jian Hong, with music composed and written by Mandopop luminaries Eric Ng and Xiaohan, this local classic by the late Kuo Pao Kun returns after a great run in 2012. Following the life of a teenage nicknamed Lao Jiu, the ninth child and only son of his family, the musical addresses the struggles he goes through in choosing between his responsibility to take up a prestigious scholarship to do his family proud, and chasing his dreams to become a traditional arts puppeteer. The 2017 production stars Sugie Phua, reprising his role as the protagonist, along with veteran actor Johnny Ng; Malaysian musical actor Peter Ong, and local singer-actor Ric Liu. The production will run at the Drama Centre Theatre at the National Library Building.

Long Way North by Remi Chaye

4. Voilah! French Festival

April 8-May 21

This salute to French creativity and innovation returns with more than 40 programmes and activities across six weeks, such as a screening at The Projector of four recent Cannes Palmes d’Or selections, and the Paradox Jungle photo exhibition by Chris Morin-Eitner, which reimagines cityscapes reconquered by nature and will debut several Singapore-specific images. Organised by the Embassy of France and Institut Français Singapour, Voilah! 2017 also features art performances, exhibition, film screenings and French cuisine.

Flora Series by Han Sai Por

5. When Space Dissolves into Luminosity; Where Flowers Bloom Amidst Rocks exhibition

April 15-29

Art lovers, this is a must-visit. This exhibition by fine art gallery iPreciation sees a collection of works by 10 talented Singaporean artists, including Han Sai Por, Chng Seok Tin, Chiew Sien Kuan, Lim Soo Ngee, Oh Chai Hoo, Chua Chon Hee, Ng Siok Hoon, Terence Tan, Lynn Lim and Yang Zhong Da. Spanning across different mediums including sculptures, paintings, prints and mixed media, the show will examine how artists today approach questions of authenticity while navigating an ever-complex world. As such, the masterpieces presented are imbued with a critical awareness of the everyday environment and the dilemmas and discontent that arise from progress.

6. World Gourmet Summit

Until April 16

Now in its 21st year, the gastronomy fair this year runs with the theme of United Nations Gastronomic Assembly, bringing the world together through an epicurean magic. Gourmands can look forward to an exquisite line-up of gourmet affairs, masterclasses, events and exclusive menus at award-winning dining spots, with over 12 masterchefs from around the world coming to town. Highlights of the World Gourmet Summit include a mescal degustation masterclass by El Mero Mero, an Australian craft beer dinner by Salted and Hung, and a tasting of 12-year-old Japanese whisky with whisky master Christian Leusder at OSO Ristorante.

7. La Cage Aux Folles

April 19-May 13

W!ld Rice restages this classic musical comedy, with Glen Goei at the helm and Ivan Heng in the lead role of Albin, a family man by day and a fabulous cabaret star by night. Held at the Victoria Theatre, La Cage Aux Folles's star-studded cast includes Hossan Leong, Sean Ghazi and Darius Tan, with a script by Harvey Fierstein and songs by Jerry Herman. Winner of 11 Tony Awards and one of Broadway’s biggest hits, the musical was staged back in 2012 and received outstanding reviews and accolades.