Local Focus: Esplanade Theatres on the Bay

When it comes to music and the arts in Singapore, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay is easily one of the first few venues that come to mind.  Affectionately known as the “durian”, the Esplanade consists of 2 domes boasting spikes that not just look stunning, but are also specially designed to let light fall into the Concert Hall and Theatre foyer spaces while keeping heat out.

With about 3,000 performances presented by Esplanade, its collaboration partners and hirers yearly, it is widely recognised as one of the busiest arts centres in the world, and the dream stage for many local artists. 

As LIVE face-to-face events take a pause at Esplanade, it continues to offer a commendable range of virtual programmes, which members of the public can participate in from home.  Especially with Mid-Autumn Festival coming up here in Singapore, Esplanade has been rolling out Moonfest — A Mid-Autumn Celebration with activities including an online photo booth, a virtual lantern walk, various DIY guides, and of course, past stages and LIVE-streams of musical and opera performances.  Although we are currently unable to gather together physically to celebrate this festive season, we are still able to revel in the spirits of Mid-Autumn Festival with Esplanade, at absolutely no cost ~! 

With the aim of continuing to inspire audiences and to cultivate the arts scene in Singapore, Esplanade launched the Esplanade&Me membership programme in 2015, where members can enjoy year-round specials, such as savings on tickets, member events and promotions within and outside of Esplanade.  Additionally, specifically catering to 3 different demographics, audiences of Esplanade can also sign up for free to be part of PIP’s Club (for children ages 12 and under), U26 (for ages 17 to 26) or JOYears (for ages 55 and above) to enjoy discounts on selected shows. 

PIP’s Club

PIP’s Club is free for kids ages 12 and under.  Sign up for the family to enjoy discounts on selected shows and priority registration for workshops and other events.


U26 is free for ages 17 – 26.  Sign up to enjoy discounts on selected shows and access to member-only events.

Sign up today and start enjoying ~!  www.esplanade.com/membership

If you are interested in music and the arts like us here at Chamber Music and Arts Singapore, do visit Esplanade and consider its various membership programmes.  All of which contributes to making music and the arts more accessible to us ~ 

Before the pandemic, CMAS presented 2 large projects annually, many of which were held in Esplanade.  November is the usual period for our second project of each year.  Unfortunately, we had to miss one another earlier this April at the final of our trilogy of Mozart36 projects.  If you keep your fingers crossed with us; we may just be able to bring something this November ~!

So, keep your eyes peeled for the latest updates from us, as well as from Esplanade ~! 

We are all working smart to continue to bring music and the arts to you, even with physical distances in between us ~ let’s stay positive about our future, whilst keeping conscientious and healthy !