Singapore has become a popular destination for Indian tourists since it is easily accessible and offers a variety of experiences that cater to every kind of traveller – adventure seekers, families and shopaholics. The best time to visit this bustling island city is this September, when the Grand Prix Season Singapore returns for another run. Not only is it a treat for FORMULA 1 fanatics with the ninth edition of the 2016 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX; there are plenty of other entertainment, dining and cultural delights for those seeking off-track excitement.
Here’s a taste of all the things on offer this season.
The 2016 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
FORMULA 1 racing has been the holy grail for motor racing enthusiasts since its inception in 1950. From a starting season that was heavily Europe-focused, it has come a long way in the last 66 years, with races now held around the world. But the FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX is arguably the jewel of the FORMULA 1 crown. Inaugurated in the year 2008, the Singapore Grand Prix is the world’s first and only night race with over 200,000 spectators attending the race each year. The 2016 edition takes place between 16 and 18 September. The city backdrop, FORMULA 1 cars threading the barriers at up to 320 kilometres per hour and the brightly lit Marina Bay Street Circuit create an incredible spectacle!
Three-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton says “This race is always a highlight of the season: a great city, which looks really spectacular under the lights with the tricky street circuit below – my favourite kind of track to drive.”
If that doesn’t set your heart racing, look forward to an all-star musical celebration during the nightly concerts in-circuit. Think of the Grand Prix Season Singapore as one big party. International music sensations like Kylie Minogue, Queen + Adam Lambert, Imagine Dragons, Bastille, Halsey, KC And The Sunshine Band, Pentatonix and many others will be performing at the 2016 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.
Step out of the race circuit and you’ll discover that race fever has reached every nook and cranny of Singapore. Here are some other events that are set to electrify the atmosphere.
Party all night. And don’t let the day stop you.
Amber Lounge will host the most anticipated party, complete with Monte Carlo-inspired glitz and will feature the world’s only fashion show with race drivers walking the ramp! If you’re looking for something edgier, check out Boudoir Noire, which features daring cabaret-inspired performances by The Box’s troupe, specially flown in from New York and London. While there’s much to keep you entertained at night, the party doesn’t stop during the day either. Check out family-friendly Zouk Clarke Quay Bloc Party that will have you shopping, feasting and partying hard.
Eat. Drink. Repeat.
Go on a gastronomic adventure this GPSS. Try the specially curated five-course dinner at Hôtel Vagabond’s ‘Expect The Unexpected’ Dinner Theatre Performance and After-Party and immerse yourself in sophisticated world-class theatrical performances. Sip on wine at SAVOUR Wines featuring more than 400 varieties from all over the world with wine tastings going as low as S$15 (Rs. 750) for 10 portions.
If you’re fond of Peruvian food, stop by at Tiger’s Milk @ The Club. Their menu offers unique Pisco cocktails, fresh ceviche and juicy meats hot off the grill. Also try out satay — grilled and marinated meat skewers at Lau Pa Sat, a gazetted national monument. Its side street is closed off every night and transformed into “Satay Street” where roadside vendors sell delicious satay.
Cap off your GPSS holiday at Artichoke, whose special “Dude! Where’s My Food” menu includes smoked Balinese duck alongside Middle Eastern-inspired best-sellers from chef Bjorn Shen, one of Singapore’s fast-rising restaurateurs.
Photography lovers must pay a visit to the 5th Singapore International Photography Festival (10 September-29 October), an 80-photograph exhibit that gives an insight into what transpired during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Also worth a look is the Singapore International Festival of Arts (11 August-17 September), which presents an exciting line-up of international and local artistic productions, including Hamlet | Collage, The Last Supper and Paradise Interrupted. Lastly, literature lovers will enjoy the interactive Shakespeare exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, which uncovers fascinating nuggets about the playwright’s life.
Big treats for the little ones.
This one’s specially for the little tourists. The Three Little Pigs is a musical to keep the whole family entertained with non-stop laughter. What’s more, you get a 10% discount when you key in the promo code ‘GPSS2016’ when booking on this website.
Believe it or not, this was just a sneak peek; there’s even more on offer. Have a look here for a full list of what’s on.
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