- When: 6- 8 April
- Where: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Catch the best in jazz, soul, blues and more with the return of the highly anticipated Singapore International Jazz Festival at Marina Bay Sands, with 12 mega-acts and a star-studded line-up of performances across the weekend. Kicking off the festival is electro-swing sensation Parov Stelar, followed by Grammy Award-winning soul songstress Lalah Hathaway and jazz-pop star Jamie Cullum. Legendary hip-hop and soul artist Lauryn Hill will also be performing in Singapore for the first time at the festival. For a sophisticated evening under the stars, take it up a notch at the luxuriously appointed private area called the Champagne Terrace, which offers partygoers an elevated view of the main stage, coupled with table service.
- When: 13-15 April
- Where: Various parts of Thailand
Celebrated since ancient times, Songkran is an important religious and cultural festival that marks the beginning of a new year for the Thai people. Traditionally, celebrations involved the pouring of water on the young and elderly to wash away sins and bad luck. While this is still practised, the festival has taken on a fun twist: full-blown water fights, where everyone, including unsuspecting tourists walking down the streets, become fair game to an arsenal of water guns, hoses and buckets. Those seeking a more tranquil experience can join the throng of devotees at the temples for prayers or offer food to monks to earn merits in accordance with Buddhist belief.
- When: 2-8 April
- Where: Bali Purnati, Bali, Indonesia
The annual Bali Spirit Festival is back, bringing together people from all walks of life who share a passion for yoga, dance, music and culture. This year’s theme is ‘Return to Source’, and sees day-time activities such as meditation, traditional Balinese performances and sound healing sessions conducted in a lush tropical setting of manicured gardens and cool shady trees. There will also be yoga classes for all levels, including beginners and children, as well as seminars on health, nutrition and personal development. Come sundown, enjoy the Bhakti music performances in an open-air venue under the stars. The festival supports several outreach initiatives to give back to the local community, by working together with international yoga teachers and musicians to raise funds for charity.
VIVE LE FRANCE
- When: 12 April - 20 May
- Where: Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Immerse yourself in all things French at the 17th Le French Festival, touted as the largest French event in Malaysia. Culture enthusiasts can look forward to the latest French films, concerts, live shows, food offerings and more. Some of the exciting highlights this year include the screening of Amok, a French theatre adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novel set in Malaysia in the beginning of the 20th century, as well as performances by rock-power trio Lysistrata, an award-winning band and a regular at some of France’s biggest festivals.
- When: 22 April
- Where: London, United Kingdom
Each spring, thousands of runners take to the streets of London as part of the Virgin Money London Marathon, one of the world’s top marathon events. The scenic route allows participants to soak in the city’s rich history and architecture, crossing the River Thames on the iconic Tower Bridge, passing through famous landmarks such as the Tower of London and Big Ben, before finishing in front of Buckingham Palace. Adding fun and cheer to the event are runners dressed up in quirky costumes, the likes of giant shoes and superhero characters. Even if you’re not a participant, it’s easy to get swept up in the festive atmosphere as the route is lined with spectators from all over the world cheering runners on to the finish line.