4 great things to do in Singapore this week (March 11-17)

From women's empowerment talks, to community outreach programmes to fun and comedy for families and children, there's something in store for everyone in the city this week

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If you have time on your hands this week and you worry that it may not be used productively, then fret no more as there are several worthwhile activities in store for you right here in Singapore.

Tech giant Apple is focusing on female movers and shakers in the creative industry to celebrate International Women’s Month. Listen to the motivational stories of 10 women in a hands-on session.

Alternatively you can also elevate your tech know-how with The Codette Project on March 13 (8pm-9.30pm), polish your photography skills with portrait photographer Kelly Fan on March 16 (4pm-6pm), and learn the secrets of starting your own fashion brand with Stolen’s Elyn Wong on March 17 (4pm-6pm).

Also, mark your calendar as UK pop and R&B star Rita Ora makes a pitstop on March 18 (7pm-8pm) for a Q&A session where she shares her creative process.

If you are into community outreach activities, the Down Syndrome Association Singapore is celebrating its 14th edition of World Down Syndrome Day on March 16 at Our Tampines Hub with the aim of raising awareness and exemplifying the abilities of persons with down syndrome, as well as advocating equal rights for them.

You can join in the event’s signature community walk from 8:00 am, embarking on a journey to build a more inclusive society with the ethos of “Leave No One Behind.” The activity highlights the lack of understanding within the community and importance for everyone to come together and embrace differences.

If you have children visit the Singapore Festival of Fun which includes lovable circus acts from around the globe such as The Sergeant Majors, Otto the Master of Balloons, Felicity Footloose and more who are performing from March 14 to 19.

Another free event not to be missed is the Nickelodeon Fiesta, happening from March 23 and 24. Whether you’re going with little ones or simply by yourself, this event brings out your favourite childhood characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer.

For those looking for a good laugh, get your tickets to catch some of the most hilarious comedians as part of the Magners International Comedy Festival on March 15 and 16, and from March 21 to 24. With each show set at a different bar, this festival is the best – and funniest – way to explore Clark Quay.

Finally, there’s the Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company launching its 2019 season with a timeless classic from our childhood. Written by Suzanne Lebeau and directed by theatre veteran Daniel Jenkin, this production re-tells the beloved Grimm Brothers story, Hansel and Gretel, by showcasing the perspective of the elder sister who’s been feeling rather envious of her little brother ever since his birth.

Through their dangerous adventures in the forest together, the two must learn how to look past their differences and get along – which we’re sure many of us can relate.