5 things to look out for at Artbox 2023

The lifestyle market will run over two weekends from Feb 24 to 26 and Mar 3 to 5.

Nicole Descalsota

Published: 24 February 2023, 4:05 PM

Lifestyle market Artbox has returned for a fourth edition, this time at an air-conditioned indoor venue of Singapore Expo Hall 6.

Organised by Invade and SGAG, the event runs over two weekends, from Feb 24 to 26 and Mar 3 to 5.

With over 200 stalls and a giant neon-light structure in the shape of an eye greeting visitors at the entrance, Artbox is back with a bang after its three-year hiatus during COVID-19. 

Here are five things to look out for at Artbox 2023: 

1. Wacky games at the SGAG stage

As co-organisers for the event, SGAG has put up a fun-filled stage with cash prizes for winners of their humourous physical challenges. 

One highlight is the Beam of Pain, a 15m-long balance beam that is lined with acupuncture mats. Those who can endure the painful challenge stand a chance to win $888. 


SGAG drew inspiration for the challenge from pebble walks at fitness corners, which tend to be much more painful than they look. PHOTO CREDIT: NICOLE DESCALSOTA


Other challenges include the National Shake Leg Challenge and the National Paper Toss Challenge, each featuring a grand prize of $888. 

Visitors can also get the chance to meet SGAG cast members at the Meet and Greet session on Feb 24 from 6.30pm to 8pm.

2. Multiple photo zones

Those looking for their next posts for the ‘gram need to look no further than Artbox. 

From trippy illusions at Fortune Town to Pocky-filled containers and a photo booth to boot, the options for aesthetic shots are numerous. 


Snap a picture at the fortune tunnel or trickeye illusion container. PHOTO CREDIT: NICOLE DESCALSOTA


For a more artsy memento, visitors can also get a caricature done at one of the booths.

3. Over 100 lifestyle retail booths

Finding a unique ornament at a night market is a special experience, and the wide variety of items available at Artbox will leave you spoilt for choice, with trinkets ranging from vintage-look tees to custom-made keychains from all over Asia. 

Artbox also collaborated with brands JELILO and tokidoki to produce merchandise for the event.


The retro arcades will take you back to the 2000s with music like Flo Rida’s Low blasting in the background. PHOTO CREDIT: NICOLE DESCALSOTA


Beyond shopping, there are also booths providing services like temporary tattoos that last about two weeks, aura reading and fortune telling.

4. Internationally-acclaimed food

Originally hailing from Thailand, Artbox is known for its night market delicacies. The local iteration incorporates Singaporean flavours to create a fusion of cuisines that is hard to find elsewhere.  

With international vendors flying in from all over Southeast Asia, there’s a wide range of authentic street food on offer. 


Savour the flavours of street food flown in just for the event. PHOTO CREDIT: NICOLE DESCALSOTA


Some overseas vendors to look out for include Thai boat noodle stall Noodleboatyutya and Cantonese restaurant TUNG JAI YANG (Forkroasting) from Bangkok, best known for its barbeque pork.

5. Performances by local and regional artists

Good food tends to taste better with live music, and Artbox features a lineup from Singapore’s leading independent record labels, including Tay Kewei, Akeem Jahat, and Alfred Sim.

Artists will be crooning slow ballads, covers of chart-toppers, and popular local original songs. 


Kick back and enjoy some lovely R&B tunes from artists like (left to right) Narysal and Dansen John. PHOTO CREDIT: NICOLE DESCALSOTA


Artbox also teased that regional artists like Zin from The Voice Thailand Season 8 will be performing. 

Admission tickets to Artbox are priced at $5 for single entry on weekdays and $6 on weekends. There is also a Groupbuy option at $23 for five tickets, and a Season Pass at $33 for full-day access across the six days.

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