Date ideas for artsy couples

Next-level date ideas are all the rage these days from indulging in edible bouquets to dinners on luxury yachts. While those activities defo check a box on the #couplegoals list, sometimes the best kind of dates are ones with a bit more thought behind them.

An easy hack to make sure your dates go beyond the basic movie-and-dinner combo: these artsy activities. You don’t have to chiong through them on 14th February itself, either, as these 5 date ideas extend well beyond V-Day so there’ll be more opportunities to feel the love.

1. Learn how to nail that hypebeast shot at FREE photography workshops

free photography workshop singapore

For the guys out there, the path to being the perfect IG-boyfriend is paved with good intentions but mostly cmi shots. Well, spamming Meitu XiuXiu on your pics will now be a thing of the past with free photography workshops and walks.

There’ll be 4 workshops, each focusing on different aspects of photography like:

  • Basics of Photography
  • Outdoor Photography with Smartphone Cameras
  • Street-style Photography
  • Hypebeast Photography

Master all techniques and incorporate some of that #aesthetic the next time you’re uploading a pic of date night.

*To register, email, with your name, contact number, and the workshop session you’re interested in. 

Date: 24th February, 10th March & 17th March 2018
Price: Free on a first-come-first-served basis

2. Eat dishes crafted from writers’ stories

To take a leaf from Shakespeare, “If Food Be The Love Of Words, eat on.” The pop-up literary-themed dining experience showcases dishes that are based on writers’ stories – we’re envisioning Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham brought to life. Yum.

eggs benedict singapore

Not exactly green eggs and ham, but it’s a lot more appetising. 
Image credit: @thesmartlocalsg

A page-turner in your love life, this novel concept lets you eat never-before-seen dishes, and love your dinner as you fill your mind with poetry.

*Note that the kitchen does not use pork, lard, or alcohol in cooking. Only halal meat products are used.

Date: 9th March 2018
Price: $30
Address: Happy Pancakes Cafe, #10-01, 181 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238896

3. Catch a performance of Swan Lake by the American Ballet Theatre

swan lake performance the american ballet theatre

Image credit: Toulouseblog

One of the world’s best-loved ballets + one of the most prestigious ballet companies = a beautiful date night.

The American Ballet Theatre’s production of Swan Lake has been hailed for its breathtaking choreography which makes it a must-watch if you’re up for a memorable night at the theatre, without breaking the bank. You can both enjoy the opportunity to dress up too!

Grab your tickets quick – prices start from as low as $60 and discounts up to 50% off are available for NSFs, students and Singtel customers.

Date: 15th March – 18th March 2018
Price: From $60
Address: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981

4. Learn about anime through stamps for FREE

astroboy stamps singapore

Image credit: The A List

You don’t have to be an otaku to appreciate the rich history of anime. Head to the Singapore Philatelic Museum for Anime x Stamps where you’ll learn how Japanese pop culture has stamped its mark on the world.

anime stamps at singapore philatelic museum

Image credit: Singapore Philatelic Museum

Marvel at stamps bearing the design of classic anime like Howl’s Moving Castle and Astro Boy as you learn how anime has changed through the ages. But stamps won’t be the only thing to look at.

Take fanboy/fangirl worthy pics with sugoi anime props like a life-sized Piccolo costume from Dragonball Z or a figure of the Going Merry ship from One Piece!

Price: S$8; Child: S$6; Free admission for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
Date: Until 15th April 2018
Address: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807

5. Get unique homemade gifts by local artists for your bae

outdoor flea market Singapore

Image credit: Red Dot Design Museum

No Valentine’s Day date is complete without presents but instead of burning a hole in your pocket with expensive bouquets and luxury bags, bring your date to MAAD, Market of Artists and Designers.

acrylic paintings as gifts

Acrylic paintings by Soniaz Tesoro. Image credit: Red Dot Design Museum Facebook

Think of it as a zhnged-up flea market where artists will peddle out original works like paintings, pottery, and even jewellery! These homemade gifts will definitely tingle the heartstrings of your loved one.

handmade necklaces as presents for valentine's day

These unique necklaces from Rosebel are perfect for celebrating the season of love.
Image credit: Red Dot Design Museum Facebook

Price: Free entry
Date: 24th February and 9th to 18th March 2018
Address: Red Dot Design Museum, 11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940

Art activities to do with your partner this Valentine’s Day

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And win your lover’s heart.

This Valentine’s Day, stand out from the other couples by partaking in artsy events that’ll forever be etched in your memory. And don’t worry if you’ve already made plans on 14th February itself – these activities are held from late February onwards!

Get fun tips on romancing your other half with A List

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Contrary to popular belief, art isn’t just for a select group of people. There are many ways to soak in culture beyond visiting museums – without having to spend half a day Googling for them.

Simply check out A List for a consolidated list of arts and culture events happening in Singapore. The site is easy to navigate and features events sorted by week which will make it easier for you to plan that post-work date.

Find out more about A List here!

This post is brought to you by the National Arts Council.

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