7 ways to express yourself for free in Singapore

7 ways to express yourself for free in Singapore
July 07 09:21 2016 Print This Article




Although Singapore continuously ranks as one of the most expensive cities in the world, not everything that is fun needs to cost a fortune. When it comes to being creative there shouldn’t be a price tag at all. Hence, here are a few creative activities that don’t cost a thing.

Party + Art in the Green Corridor

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Rail Corridor Arts Space

Unless you know where it is, you will probably miss it. Take the MRT to Buona Vista and make your way to the green footpath (the Green Corridor) underneath the street junction at the station. You will find a hidden graffiti space (a designated area) that is also known as the Rail Corridor Art Space. Backed by the National Arts Council, this space also hosts occasional parties with DJs and live graffiti painting.

Dancing at Scape

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SCAPE Singapore

Encouraging the local youth to get creative, Scape at Orchard Link offers not only different courses, but also has free outdoor venues for music dance practice. Head up to the roof to improve your moves or watch different groups rehearse.

While there are also many people practicing to play an instrument, one will also encounter occasional live concerts from local talents. You too can go on stage – if you dare.

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Skateboarding, Volleyball, and other Sports

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East Coast Extreme Park

When it comes to enabling outdoor sports, Singapore has taken many steps to facilitate different tastes. As skateboarding is a creative activity with increasing popularity, there are several skateparks all over Singapore. The most popular ones are at Somerset MRT and in the East Coast Park.

The Sports Hub alone offers several other facilities, such as volleyball and basketball courts, for free usage.


Free Concerts

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Symphony Stage at Botanic Gardens. Photo by Benjamin Ho

Surrounded by lush greenery and calming tranquillity, the Symphony Stage at the Botanic Gardens is probably one of the best musical venues in Singapore. From entertaining acapella performances to classical music concerts, the venue has seen it all. All of the concerts are for free and can be viewed from the vast sloping lawn in front of the stage. How about a picnic in park with Chopin in the background?

If you’re looking for things to do free in Singapore, why not check out some other free activities in Singapore, including free walking tours?

National Gallery and other Museums

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The National Museum

I am a true believer that art should be accessible to all. Walking through an impressive and historical building, while revisiting the artistic history of Southeast Asia – that’s my kind of fun. The National Gallery and other museums in Singapore offer free entry (Singaporeans and PR only though) to its culturally rich rooms.

Get on Stage

Have you ever had the dream to stand in the spotlight? You don’t fear performing in front of a crowd? Why don’t you join the Singapore Stage Club? Putting together several performances throughout the year, the Stage Club is a theatre community with great passion for the stage.

Not everything is Shakespeare, as one of their latest performances was a comical rewrite of the Titanic story. No matter if you are interested in costumes, writing, directing, or acting, the Stage Club welcomes anyone to take part in auditions.

Outdoor Gym

The North Eastern Riverine Loop is a must-visit for all! Photo by Eric Tee

Have fun in the outdoors for free!  Photo by Eric Tee

If you don’t want to want to join a gym (because you fear that you won’t go regularly), you might want to try out the many outdoor gym facilities in Singapore. While pretty much every neighbourhood HBD has at least one such gym, there is also an increasing amount of people that join outdoor exercises.

If you want the real deal, you might want to join one of the many free classes hosted by the Health Promotion Board. The free classes range from belly dance and martial arts to women-only fitness. The SportsHub also offers free How-To-Play classes for basketball, volleyball, badminton, and other sports. But that’s not all, as there are also yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and other courses on offer. Check their extensive schedule to find what you like.

Walking from Boat Quay to the Singapore Flyer at any given weekday at sundown, you will encounter at least one such group. Join and get fit in a creative way.

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