01 & 15 SEP

06 OCT
16 MAR


SUB AFTER DARK


SAD is a multi-disciplinary event that celebrates the peculiarities of The Substation. Our new signature programme is a madhouse art, ideas, and performances colliding in one space. SAD nights take place monthly . 

Happening monthly from September, SAD nights will leave you gobsmacked and exhausted (but hankering for more, obviously).

Admission is ticketed at $15, or $25 with two alcoholic beverages.


01 & 15 SEP

Going, Going, Gone...???


With two episodes in the month of September, Going, Going, Gone...??? kicks off with a panel discussion, and unfold into a slew of performances. 

Proceedings for both nights include a reading of Boey Kim Cheng’s 'Change Alley' by acclaimed actor Gerald Chew, a nostalgic auction of token heritage items, and performances by Marla Bendini and getai duo Baobei Sisters (宝贝姐妹)—all set against the backdrop of a Chinese opera stage.

The evenings will be emceed by the one and only Alan Oei.



1 September

Take a walk down memory lane with some of Singapore’s landscape luminaries, William S.W. Lim, Tan Cheng Siong, and Daniel Teo, who share why they’ll Never Say Die!

Guest performance: Flame of the Forest

15 September

Get insights on Singapore's intangible cultural heritage and practices from our diverse CMIO speakers delivered in their mother tongues. Panelists include Dr. Caroline Chia (C), Fauzy Ismail (M), Dr. Anitha Devi Pillai (I), and Kevin Martens Wong (O).

Guest performance: SAtheCollective




6PM–12AM
Theatre & Gallery

$15 per entry
$25 with 2 free drinks

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06 OCT

This Girl's in Love with You


October's SAD (ad)dresses the nation's favourite snug kebaya-clad icon, The Singapore Girl. Is she a problematic figure? Does she betray a wince of sexploitation behind those perfect white teeth and cherry red lips? We don't know. But we're throwing a party in her honour anyway. From a panel negotiating the murky waters of this complex character, to late-night confessions with ex-crew members and an alt-SQ army led by Becca d'Bus, This Girl's in Love with You offers the nation's most famous icon as tribute.


Programme details
and tickets coming soon.





16 MAR

Vanishing Hawkers


With offerings by academic Lo Mun Hou, November's SAD addresses Singapore's obession with nostalgia, how it has become a veritable industry in the recent years, and more importantly, why? Vanishing Hawkers looks at the death of the Singaporean hawker, the corresponding fetishisation/commericialisation of hawker centres, and somewhere in between, the anxiety around losing a facet of heritage that this country holds so dear—our local food culture.



Programme details
and tickets coming soon.