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Let the countdown begin: just one more week and the National Gallery is, at long last, set to fling open its doors. In celebration of the momentous event, the museum is offering free entry to exhibitions for the first two weeks: Siapa Nama Kamu? at the DBS Singapore Gallery and Between Declarations and Dreams at the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery. On top of that, there are over 20 free events taking place in or around the Gallery. If you have time to check them all out, we recommend you do so – the full list of events can be viewed here – but if not, here are the top five happenings you should head over for. Entrance to the Gallery during the Opening Celebrations is free but you'll still need a ticket.
Singapore: Inside Out
The showcase, curated by architect and artist Randy Chan, highlights local Singaporean artists across a spectrum of disciplines. The showcase, having travelled to Beijing, London and New York City has finally made its way back to Singapore. Read our interview with Brandon Tay, one of the artists who will be participating in the exhibition.
At this two-day music festival, you'll be treated to one of the most eclectic line-ups to ever hit our shores. Saturday: CHIC feat. Nile Rodgers, Daughter, Kiasmos, Nouvelle Vague, The Field, Shugo Tokumaru, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Mr Scruff, Sun Kil Moon, Bo Ningen, Blackalicious, Songhoy Blues, Kid Koala, Hanging Up the Moon and Lost Weekend. Sunday: Damien Rice, Flight Facilities, Ride, Ratatat, Rachael Yamagata, Mercury Rev, RÜFÜS, Viet Cong, MOCCA, Jacques Greene, Julia Holter, Gengahr and Bennett Bay. Look out also for a diverse range of arts activities including dance, theatre, comedy, a circus sideshow, cabaret, workshops, and literary and visual arts performances, by over 140 renowned local and international artists. Highlights include stunts by The League of Sideshow Superstars, sets by comedians Vivek Mahbubani and Liam McDonald, and a drag revue by the glamorously outrageous Becca D’Bus and her RIOT! crew.
Love You Long Time Open Party
Get acquainted with Ann Siang Road's two coolest new openings at this street party. Bjorn Shen's Bird Bird and Cang Lai's Fat Saigon Boy put on sampler portions of their respective signature dishes ($5-$10) at this over-the-counter, kerbside-seating party, with dishes like mini bahn mi, bun thit nuong cold pork noodle salads, Thai-style fried chicken wings and seafood nugget sliders to snack on.
With its programme spread over two days, and its brands, masterclasses, pop-up bars and rare whisky experiences over two floors of The Capella Singapore, the 2015 edition of the city's most serious (and seriously fun) learning experience packs even more punch.
Social Market at Open Farm Community
Park somewhere else when you get to Open Farm Community on November 28 and 29. The grounds around the produce-forward restaurant hosts 25 vendors peddling grown-in-Singapore produce, baked goods, açai bowls and artisanally made jams by brands like Casse-Croûte, Momoco and Edible Garden City. Roving food truck Kerbside Gourmet also rolls up into OFC's hood to feed picnickers, and the antsy of pants can squeeze a bit of exercise in at the outdoor yoga and spin classes by CruCycle on site. If drinking is on your weekend agenda, stick around for a Tiki Takeover pop-up with tunes by DJ XG, cocktails and tapas happening 'til sunset.
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Kampong Buangkok Photo: GRPS It’s a far trek out, but it’s well worth the effort for a good picture. Chickens scratch in the muddy shade of jackfruit and banana trees in this traditional village of wooden houses. But go soon: the clock is ticking as watchful developers turn their eyes to Singapore’s last remaining kampong. From Buangkok or Hougang MRT, take a taxi to Lorong Buangkok, along Gerald Drive Little India Photo: Singapore Tourism Board Colourful street-life scenes can be captured any day of the week in this lively part of town, but Sunday is when the area really pulses with with activity. For the best shots, head to Buffalo Road and Campbell Lane, where bright rows of jasmine garlands hang next to heady spices and clay oil lamps. Little India MRT Punggol Beach Calling all nature photographers! With its L-shaped jetty and moss-covered rocks peeping out from the blanket of sand at low-tide this undeveloped shore is one of the few places where you can see fishermen casting nets and setting crab cages. From Punggol MRT, take a taxi or bus 82 to the end of Punggol Rd Chinatown Photo: Singapore Tourism Board Look past the ‘doll’s house’ renovations of the major tourist streets and you’ll find signs of old-style Singapore – a Taoiststyle deity-statue maker at work in Mohamed Ali Lane, barbers sharpening razors in side alleys near Thian Hock Keng Temple, and seniors playing checkers of comparing songbirds next to Sago Lane. Chinatown MRT Esplanade Bas
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