Watch shows and save money
If New Year’s resolutions were not such party-poopers – no sweet treats, no impulse buys, no late nights – it might be easier to keep them. But sometimes, it is possible to keep your resolution and not live an ascetic lifestyle.
Those who want to save money in the new year and still get their fill of exciting experiences in the arts and culture are in for a treat. Deals and discounts on arts and lifestyle offerings are being pushed out by arts organisations and banks, so you don’t have to be penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to living the good life.
More on how you can save money, stretch your dollar and have as much, if not more fun in the arts this year below.
Renowned choreographer Akram Khan staged Until the Lions at the Esplanade in 2018. (Photo: Bernie Ng, courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)
The Esplanade’s membership offers both arts and lifestyle perks. It comes in two tiers – White and Black, with a one-year membership fee of $50 and $500 respectively. Cardholders enjoy savings of up to 15 per cent on shows at the Esplanade – where there are early bird specials, savings can go up to 20 per cent. They also enjoy concessions such as 10 per cent off the total bill at selected dining outlets, and exclusive invites to events, workshops and tours.
The Singapore Dance Theatre’s highlight shows in 2019 include Don Quixote. (Photo: Singapore Dance Theatre)
Singapore Dance Theatre – Season Pass 2019
The Singapore Dance Theatre’s (SDT) Theatre Pass might offer one of the most generous arts savings in town – 30 per cent off tickets to three highlight performances, including Don Quixote and Swan Lake. Those who attend SDT’s performances frequently should consider getting its Full Season Pass, which offers savings of more than 15 per cent on its performances year-round.
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra turns 40. (Photo: Singapore Symphony Orchestra)
SSO Season Pass
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) marks its 40th anniversary with a season pass that offers up to 15 per cent savings on a three-concert package. Another perk of the pass: Passholders can choose which subscription concerts they want to redeem, to suit their schedules.
Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell performs with Singapore Chinese Orchestra. (Photo: Singapore Chinese Orchestra)
Friends Of SCO
A free sign-up that immediately grants one a 5 per cent discount on concert tickets. The offer might sound too good to be true, but that is exactly what one enjoys as a Friend of SCO (Singapore Chinese Orchestra). Regular concert-goers can consider the Silver Friends of SCO, an $80 one-year membership that offers benefits worth more than $240, or the Gold Friends of SCO, a $200 one-year membership that comes with benefits worth more than $360.
Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. at the National Gallery Singapore. (Photo: Claudio Chock)
The National Gallery Singapore’s membership programme, Gallery Insider, offers both arts and lifestyle benefits, including unlimited free entry to all exhibitions, priority booking, and discounts on dining, shopping, and ticketed events at the Gallery. For Singaporeans and PRs, the $30 one-year membership fee for an individual can be easily recovered, for example, by making two visits to its latest blockbuster show, Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.
OCBC Arts Credit Card
If you have a wide-ranging appetite for arts of different forms, this card will let you enjoy discounts and priority bookings for shows with various arts groups, including the Singapore Dance Theatre and Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Ticket purchases made with SISTIC also earn the cardholder three times the OCBC rewards points.