01 & 15 SEP

13 OCT
29 & 30 MAR


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. 

Designed as themed nights that coincide with our programme chapter for the month, SAD will leave you gobsmacked and exhausted (but hankering for more, obviously).

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

The Substation Theatre 

$15 per entry
$25 with 2 free drinks


Becca d’Bus & the Not #BalmainArmy
Preetipls & The Glamourettes
Ori Tahiti Singapore
Slowtalk ft. Isyraf & Mamat
Vanessa Victoria the Barmaid
Late night confessions with ex-crew members

Party styled and bedazzled by:
Polina Korobova aka Glitter Queen

Hosted by:

13 OCT

This Girl's in Love with You

We're throwing a party in honour of the nation's most famed icon, The Singapore Girl. Is she a problematic figure? Are her perfectly coiffed hair and cherry red lips still the paradigm of Asian warmth, elegance, and beauty? Were they ever? We don't know. But we're celebrating her anyway.

From an alternative Balmain Army led by Becca d'Bus, to a slew of performers, to late-night confession sessions with ex-crew members; come to be draped in batik, sprinkled with glitter, and regaled by what it means to be a Singapore Body.

The Substation Theatre 

$15 per entry
$25 with 2 free drinks


29 & 30 MAR

The Last Meal

Our last installation of SAD addresses Singapore's obession with nostalgia, how it has become a veritable industry in the recent years, and more importantly, why? The Last Meal looks at the death of the Singaporean hawker, the corresponding fetishisation/ commericialisation of hawker cuisine, and somewhere in between, the anxiety around losing a facet of heritage that this country holds so dear—our local food culture.

Afterall, got so important meh?

7PM–10PM (2 sessions/day)
Session 1: 7–8PM
Session 2: 9–10PM

The Substation Gallery

$35 per pax with drink pairing


The programme takes the form of an interactive art experience with a four-course food tasting menu designed specially by chef Ming Tan, in collaboration with visual artist and technologist Debbie Ding.