The countdown is on to Garden Beats, an experiential and vibrant outdoor festival that celebrates music, arts, and conscious living. We’re already gearing up to dance all day, dig into fantastic food, and join thought-provoking talks with inspiring change-makers. The festival is kicking off at 1pm on Saturday 29 February and will run until 10:30pm with live acts from around the globe and tons of cool zones where you can eat, drink, shop, do yoga and learn more about green living. For those who have never been, these are just a few reasons why you don’t want to miss Garden Beats.
Stellar Live Music Acts
Garden Beats will have two stages, Garden Stage and Sunshine Stage, where you can groove to beats and rhythms by indie artists from Singapore and abroad.
With more than 6 months of planning Garden Beats Festival 2020, three artists cancellations, and multiple programme revisions, it has truly been a ride but they’ve still managed to get you some fantastic acts.
Fuel up before or after a major dance sesh with drool-worthy bites at the Food Village by foodpanda. Located opposite the Sunshine Stage, this foodie extravaganza will feature tons of savoury eats, sweet treats and plant-powered fare from some of Singapore’s most popular restaurants including Fat Prince, Juju, Kult Kafe, The Good Burger, Papi’s Tacos, Don Ho, Shake Farm, Zorba the Greek.
Cool beverages will also be on offer at five different bars scattered around the festival grounds including a dedicated wine bar. You can grab boozy and non-alcoholic drinks including Red Bull, PengWine from Chile, and craft cocktails made with Monkey Shoulder and Hendrick’s. In fact, Hendrick’s is offering special cocktails like the Miss American Pie with gin, cinnamon, honey and sparkling apple cider, and the Coco Collins with gin, coconut water and lemongrass.
Woke Wellness Workshops
Part of conscious living is tending to the body and mind, and Garden Beats offers festival goers the chance to do just that in the Zen Garden. Here you’ll find the Mind Tent with workshops on meditation, breath work, and a sleep lab. Over at the Body Tent you can join yoga classes and an invigorating ecstatic dance class. This is a great spot to chill out and practise some self-care. Sign up here.
So much more than just a music festival, Garden Beats is also a vehicle to inspire people to live more consciously. The Conscious Talks will take place at the Pavilion and feature discussions on topics like climate change, social activism, and sustainability. Speakers will include change makers and young entrepreneurs like environmental activist Rachel Tan, Aidan Mock, co-founder of the Singapore Climate Rally, and Dali Schonfelder of Nalu Gallery.
Garden Beats is Singapore’s first carbon-neutral festival and will feature green initiatives such as a single-use plastic ban, recycling stations, and vegan food offerings. The organisers also teamed up with non-profit organisation One Tree Planted, which plants trees in regions across Asia, Africa, North America and Latin America. When you purchase your Garden Beats ticket, you have the option of donating US$1 to support global reforestation.
Exciting Activities While you’re taking a break from dancing, noshing and expanding the mind, be sure to check out some of the exciting activities that are on hand, like bracelet-making and glitter face-painting by Havaianas. For a bit more motion and sound, head to the Theatre and Dance Pavilion to take in acts by stellar performance groups.
As the sun starts to set, the Pavilion will transform into a hub of theatre, dance and performing arts. Catch acts like Ellen Bryant for spoken word and R&B, Jens Ringefelt and Fernandez Gary for a handpan performance, and Inch Chua with Andy Young for a sonic art experiment. You can also take in beautiful dance and movement numbers by Actfa, Darren Ho and Nasrudeen Osman.
Garden Beats is a platform for all types of artists and Art Lane is where you will find a myriad of works and interactive installations by artists and art collectives from Singapore. Start at the Arch of Love, where you can write the names of loved ones on the arch to get the good vibes flowing, then peruse imaginative works by Samantha Lim and Ernest Goh.
Connectivity with Woov
With so much going on at Garden Beats, you might need a little help staying on top of it all. Download the Woov app to have all the deets on Garden Beats you need at your fingertips. The user-friendly app includes a festival map, a chatroom where you can connect with other Garden Groupies, and a scheduling function where you can plan your day out with your festival friends.
As recommended by the Ministry of Health, Garden Beats will be implementing the following health and safety measures:
– Hygiene Hub stations will be set-up across the festival grounds. The stations will include anti-bacterial wipes, antibacterial foam, and clean and tidy hygienic waste disposal cans.
– A temperature-measuring station will be assembled at the entrance where each festival-goer will have their temperature measured prior to entering festival grounds.
– Stationed ambulances, first-aid tents and trained medical officers will be on standby throughout the festival.**
Regular until 28th Feb: SGD $148
Door on 29th Feb: SGD $188 – subject to availability, first come first serve
VIP until 28th Feb: SGD $208
When: February 29, 2020
Where: Fort Canning Park
Tickets are on sale now. Head to www.gardenbeats.com.