This year’s expanded line-up features more than 180 wellness offerings over three weeks, from fitness and meditation workshops to arts and lifestyle experiences
Singapore, 31 May 2023 – Locals and visitors will be in for a treat at this year’s Wellness Festival Singapore (WFS), as its second edition will run for three weeks, up from 10 days last year. There are also more than 180 activities across 10 precincts islandwide, promoting physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. This is an increase from the more than 130 activities offered in 2022.
Held from 17 June till 9 July, this year’s festival will give visitors more time to explore a wider range of Singapore’s wellness offerings.
Key Highlights of Wellness Festival Singapore
Organised by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), in collaboration with Enterprise Singapore (Enterprise SG), Health Promotion Board (HPB), National Arts Council (NAC), Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC), and Sport Singapore (SportSG), the festival will feature key programmes as well as several large-scale activations in popular locations. These include:
· The Wellness Experience Space: The anchor event for WFS 2023 is a multi-sensory pop-up at the Marina Bay Sands’ Event Plaza, with six different zones offering fun, innovative public installations, masterclasses as well as food and beverage. These include the ASMR Wonderland where participants can create relaxing sounds by interacting with floating cubes of textured materials; and the Mirror Scent Trail, where visitors can go on a journey along a reimagined “urban jungle”, accompanied by unique scents representing the ebb and flow of daily life. Visitors can also participate at the Active Arena by swinging across an obstacle course, balancing on a slackline or simply let out their feelings with punching bags. Other activities include sound bath jamming (a wellness practice that combines sound baths with music jamming), an array of masterclasses as well as healthy snacks and drinks for a healthier mind and body.
· Where Mind and Body Connect at Marina Bay Sands: Marina Bay Sands will invite visitors to embark on an ultimate journey of self-care through ‘Where Mind and Body Connect’ – the integrated resort’s celebration of wellness and well-being from 17 June to 19 July. In support of WFS 2023, Marina Bay Sands has lined up 30 weekend workshops across six different activities that explore new holistic ways of experiencing unique spaces such as the Rain Oculus at ArtScience Museum, Digital Light Canvas at The Shoppes and the iconic SkyPark Observation Deck. Visitors can reinvigorate and rejuvenate themselves through high-energy workouts and calming meditations while discovering the various sights, sounds and movement in the heart of the city. In addition to programmes organised by Marina Bay Sands, other parts of the Marina Bay precinct will also be activated with wellness experiences such as Yoga in the Sky at Singapore Flyer, a staycation package with a scent workshop at Fullerton Hotel and a 3-day Wellness Fiesta “Waves of Wellness” organised by Marina Central Business Improvement District.
· Zentosa LiveWELL Festival: The Zentosa LiveWELL Festival is returning to Sentosa for its second edition with over 250 activities covering five holistic pillars of wellness: physical wellness (PlayWELL), relationship building (BondWELL), mind and soul nurturing (FeelWELL), healthy eating (EatWELL) and mindful resting (RestWELL). A highlight of the festival will be an immersive mental and emotional wellness zone, FeelWELL at Fort Siloso, that will showcase art installations and poetry created by local artists Kult Studio & Gallery and Charlene Shepherdson, in collaboration with the National Arts Council and National Heritage Board.
· Gallery Wellness Festival 2023: The Gallery Wellness Festival, presented by the National Gallery Singapore, returns with an expanded line-up of more than 20 unique art-inspired wellness experiences from 17 June to 9 July 2023. This year’s festival is themed "Art Connects" with a focus on human connections and the importance of connecting deeply with our emotions and people around us. Explore the full list of programmes and register for activities at nationalgallery.sg/gwf2023.
· Wellness Offerings at Jewel: Jewel Changi Airport will host free fitness classes around HSBC Rain Vortex. These include Bounce, Zumba and Barre, all which will be set against the backdrop of Shiseido Forest Valley for an experience like no other.
· Wellness Open Innovation Challenge: Companies and solution providers in the wellness economy can take part in EnterpriseSG’s inaugural Wellness Open Innovation Challenge. Participating corporates will share challenge statements and crowdsource for innovative products and offerings that can address existing industry needs.
Wellness for everyone
With categories spanning fitness, nutrition, emotional well-being, and lifestyle, the festival features a diverse range of wellness offerings that cater to various preferences as well as individuals and groups of different ages and abilities.
Families with young children can participate in Parent-Child Art Journaling by Artcadia Studio and experience hands-on mindful art journaling activities that improve mental focus, encourage reflection and foster well-being. They can also head over to Kiztopia’s Play and Recharge programme which includes wholesome activities such as yoga, Zumba, and cookie painting, which little ones and their families can enjoy.
Seniors can also actively participate in the festival with programmes such as ENERGIZE, a series of active and wellness programmes on Taiji and dance classes held at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s concourse. Those who prefer slower-paced activities can enjoy the love language of flowers with a floral arrangement workshop with Floral Expressions by National Gallery Singapore. They can also experience Kopi, Teh and Contemporary Art, a programme organised by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) in partnership with RSVP Singapore where senior volunteer guides from RSVP Singapore will take audiences on a tour of SAM’s current exhibitions, and share their personal experiences based on the themes of the artworks.
Discover new and unexpected wellness experiences in our City of Nature
Festival-goers can look forward to experiences that refresh traditional concepts with a unique local twist.
Organised by Sphere in collaboration with Therapy Room, fitness and music enthusiasts can enjoy Beats Performance Therapy, a workout specially created for WFS 2023 using Sphere’s unique methodology (a mixture of HIIT and MetCon), accompanied by a live thematic DJ set. Animal lovers will also get the chance to be up-close and personal with animals while practising yoga at Mandai River Wonders under Animal Yoga, a creative partnership by Anytime Fitness and Mandai Wildlife Reserve.
For those seeking mindfulness and nature, Cacao Ceremony + Sound Journey by Space2B combines one of the oldest holistic healing practices, the usage of cacao, with a sound journey to elevate participants’ mood and release stress. Festival goers who enjoy walking trails can explore the natural biodiversity of Singapore’s flora and fauna through the Immersive Rainforest Trail, Reflective Mangrove Rambling and A Forest Wildlife Exploration by Untamed Tours or go on a calming walking tour, Mindful City – Walk and Talk by Canvass Mindfulness Centre which encourages participants to slow down and focus on the present moment while exploring nature.
Caffeine lovers can immerse themselves in the world of teas at workshops such as the Wellness Tea Bar by The Tea Story and Teakle Your Fancy session by MONTI. These offer a hands-on artisanal tea blending session while sipping teas and an indulgent afternoon of unique wellness teas paired with treats and guided mindfulness practices.
WFS offerings are conveniently located across the country, close to iconic precincts and public transport. These allow visitors to easily access wellness experiences while exploring Singapore.
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Ms Jeannie Lim, Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Lifestyle & Consumer), Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG) said, “EnterpriseSG is happy to support the multi-agency collaboration to enhance the wellness experience for locals and international travellers through the Wellness Festival Singapore. Given the rapidly evolving trends and emerging wellness demands by consumers, we are excited to launch the inaugural Wellness Open Innovation Challenge to bring together enterprises and solution providers to co-innovate and develop novel products and offerings."
Ms Audrey Tong, Director, Physical Activity and Weight Management, Health Promotion Board said, “We are delighted to partner with the Singapore Tourism Board to curate the fitness programmes for Wellness Festival Singapore 2023 as it is a great way to promote active living. By encouraging and guiding the fitness partners to align their practices and programmes with the Singapore Physical Activity Guidelines, we hope to support participants’ physical activity needs and inspire them to lead healthier lifestyles. With close to 40 activities offered throughout the festival by various fitness partners, individuals and families participating this year will be able to enjoy a holistic range of workouts and exercises that cater to different fitness needs and levels.”
Ms Lynette Pang, Deputy Chief Executive, National Arts Council said, “The arts play an important role in improving wellness and strengthening our communities, whether we enjoy the arts by ourselves or with family and friends. NAC is proud to be part of WFS, working alongside our cultural institutions and partners to increase arts access and bring even more diverse arts and wellness experiences to both local and international audiences. We hope the public will join us on this journey of transformation and immerse themselves in meaningful arts experiences that can enhance their overall wellbeing.”
Mr Chew Tiong Heng, Divisional Director, Business and Experience Development, Sentosa Development Corporation said, “Zentosa LiveWELL Festival on Sentosa returns with a holistic wellness compass this year, as part of the expanded line up at the Wellness Festival Singapore 2023. With more than 250 activities covering physical, emotional and mental wellness to partake in, we invite both our locals and overseas guests to curate their own personal recharging journey and discover the art of living well on this wellness island retreat.”
Mr Yap Chin Siang, Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board said, “The Wellness Festival Singapore plays a key role in positioning Singapore as a leading Urban Wellness destination that prioritises holistic well-being. We are encouraged by the success of the inaugural edition last year and are delighted to expand its programme this year to showcase the breadth of Singapore’s quality wellness offerings that are conveniently located across the country. I encourage both locals and visitors to take part in the festival, which offers many ways to experience wellness while exploring more of what Singapore has to offer.”
About Wellness Festival Singapore
Wellness Festival Singapore (WFS) offers a line-up of wellness activities and experiences that promote holistic wellbeing to locals and visitors in Singapore. The programming comprises compelling activations across the island, with both free and ticketed events and experiences. The festival is organised by the Singapore Tourism Board in collaboration with Enterprise Singapore, Health Promotion Board, National Arts Council, Sentosa Development Corporation and Sport Singapore.
For more information, visit the WFS website. Follow us for more updates on Facebook and Instagram at @wellnessfestsg
About the Singapore Tourism Board
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is the lead development agency for tourism, one of Singapore’s key economic sectors. Together with industry partners and the community, we shape a dynamic Singapore tourism landscape. We bring the Passion Made Possible brand to life by differentiating Singapore as a vibrant destination that inspires people to share and deepen their passions.