Kick off 2019 with some events not be missed – from the much anticipated Australian Open for fans of tennis, to an exploration of dance in London.
The biggest international tennis stars are all set to bring the courts to a fever pitch at the Australian Open. Come for the action, stay for the festivities; catch music artists such as Craig David, Bastille and top Australian acts performing at the AO Live Stage. Families may want to mark their calendars for Kids Tennis Day, when kids will have a ball of a time playing in the AO Ballpark outdoor play area. Guests also have a plethora of food and beverage options to enjoy, from fine sit-down dining experiences to pop-up eateries and food trucks. With plenty more to see and do in the Grand Slam Oval area as well as at the AO Festival and AO Film Festival, the Australian Open is undoubtedly one of Australia’s biggest events.
- When: 8 – 27 January (Tournament matches on 14 – 27 January)
- Where: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia
Music festivals are a great way to enjoy the summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival promises a good time for the youth of Australia and New Zealand. Starting out as an indie music event in 2005, the Laneway Festival has evolved into a platform that introduces fresh new music by promising young artists. This year’s list of performers hail from a melting pot of genres, from rap to hip-hop, indie rock, rock, pop, electronic, R&B, dance, and everything in between.
- When: 28 January – 10 February
- Where: Auckland, New Zealand as well as Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Fremantle, Australia
Visitors will have a rare opportunity to see Orchids of the Andes in Singapore, some 20,000 kilometres away from their native region. Around 3,000 orchids from 85 varieties are currently on display in Gardens by the Bay’s cooled conservatory, Cloud Forest. These rare varieties originate from seven South American countries – Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, spanning a more than 5,000-kilometre mountain range.
- When: Until 24 March
- Where: Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
On The Fairway
The HSBC Women’s World Championship returns to test the skills of 63 top women golfers, in what is hailed as one of the strongest fields of women’s golf outside of the five major championships on the LPGA Tour. American star Michelle Wie will be back to defend her title against strong contenders for a prize purse of USD1.5 million (RM6.28 million). Outside of the tournament, the event’s festival concept ensures that visitors will have plenty to look forward to, from food and beverages to activity booths and musical performances.
- When: 28 February – 3 March
- Where: Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore
Award-winning dance troupe BalletBoyz will soon present the London premiere of Them/Us, an innovative double bill featuring two new works set to original scores by returning BalletBoyz composers. Them is a unique collaboration involving the company’s own dancers, showcasing the individuality of the dancers through the company’s signature versatility of movement. The second part, Us, is inspired by the critically acclaimed duet by Olivier Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon that premiered in 2017, a tender piece that explores human connections. This collaboration with composer Charlotte Harding and singer-songwriter Keaton Henson asks where we see ourselves in relation to the “other”, exploring the fine balance between them and us.
- When: 5 – 9 March
- Where: Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, U.K.
Dance of Justice
Akram Khan’s critically acclaimed dance production Until The Lions returns to the stage of its world premiere at Roundhouse, London in January for a limited time only. Drawing inspiration from poet Karthika Nair’s book Until The Lions: Echoes From The Mahabharata, this production tells the story of how the princess Amba, who was abducted on her wedding day by the warrior Bheeshma and rendered unmarriageable, seeks divine favour in her quest for revenge. Combining the classical Indian dance form Kathak with contemporary dance, this unique retelling of one of the tales from the ancient Sanskrit epic will see Khan dancing the role of Bheeshma for the last time.
- When: 11 – 17 January
- Where: Roundhouse, London, U.K.