Shakespeare in the Park – Julius Caesar, Singapore
2 to 27 May
Lay back under the stars and watch Shakespeare’s age-old political drama retold as a modern-day thriller, incorporating elements of contemporary current affairs and international relations. The Providore will be on site to offer drink vouchers, ice cream sandwiches and picnic hampers, with a pre-order option available.
Flower Festival, Hiroshima
3 to 5 May
Also known as the ‘energetic movement’ festival, the Hiroshima Flower Festival is held on Peace Boulevard at Peace Memorial Park to celebrate music, peace, and of course, flowers. Be greeted by a floral parade, 30 different stages and Yosakoi (traditional Japanese dance. Pick from over 80 different food stalls located along and around the boulevard during the festivities.
Singapore Cocktail Festival, Singapore
4 to 13 May
Taste, Learn and Play are the themes for this year’s festival. The Festival Village returns 4-6 May, this time setting up camp at the Empress Lawn and letting you sample creative cocktails from award-winning bartenders James Estes (Skullduggery, Kuala Lumpur) and Bob Louison (Pussyfoot Salon, Seoul). Don’t miss the Artisanal Spirits Tasting Room, which features handcrafted small-batch spirits, as well as the Asia Bar Battle, where bartending teams compete for the title. Throughout the period there will be numerous deals and workshops taking place at the leading cocktail bars and restaurants in Singapore.
People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS Festival, Darwin
Since 2003, BASSINTHEGRASS has been bringing Australians from all ages together for a 12-hour celebration of music and fun. Check out the festival’s stellar lineup of music acts such as Australian rock music legend Paul Kelly and dance electric duo Client Liaison. Winners of the Battle of the School Bands held in the Northern Territory will also be playing at the festival, giving these student bands a platform to showcase their music.
Boun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival), Laos
4 to 8 May
Take in the spectacle of parades, songs, dances and parties at the Rocket Festival, where homemade bamboo rockets are fired into the sky, calling on the rain during the wet season and to celebrate fertility. Awards are then given to each rocket for the highest flyer, the most beautifully-decorated and most entertaining. This dramatic festival is also celebrated in Northeast Thailand.
Samui Regatta 2018, Koh Samui
26 May to 2 June
The annual Regatta has grown from humble beginnings of just 11 boats in 2002, to attracting over 500 competitors from over 22 different countries last year. A variety of races will take place over the five days of competition, including long-distance racing, short sprints and cruising displays.
Vesak Day, Across the region
Celebrate the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death by bringing offerings of flowers, candles and joss sticks to the temples in the morning and doing good deeds for the rest of the day. Candlelight processions are also conducted, where devotees will illuminate statues of the Buddha. Birds, insects and animals are also released as a sign of liberation, providing freedom to those in captivity.
30 May to 9 June
Decorations are an important aspect of the 10-day Galungan festivities, held to celebrate the triumph of dharma (good) over adharma (evil). Roads are lined with penjor (tall bamboo poles adorned with offerings); local delicacies are prepared; and fearsome barong (mythical beasts) roam from home to home to restore karmic balance. After lengthy preparations, on the penultimate day of Galungan, devotees bring offerings to temples to honour the visiting spirits of their ancestors.