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Free: Arts & Entertainment

Your complete guide to Singapore's free art exhibitions and film screenings

By Time Out Singapore editors

Join a cult film screening

SCUM Cinema, a collective of three like-minded film buffs, specialises in the bizarre. Obscure, anti-mainstream titles – they range from Japanese pinku flicks to B-grade monster movies – are at the heart of SCUM, and it regularly holds free screenings of such twisted movies at venues like The Projector and The Arts House. Had enough of CGI extravaganzas replacing good storytelling and brain-melting visuals? Congrats, you can be SCUM, too.
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Where words and cinema collide

The library isn’t good only for tomes and penguin-bashers, folks. The National Library Board arranges movie screenings at its heartland libraries – and the library@esplanade – most of whose titles are, as you’d expect, based on those old-timey things we used to call ‘books’. Ah, those halcyon days.


Give props to the brigade of young directors

Music Music venues City Hall

At The Substation’s First Take, feast your eyes on the latest and coolest short films by up-and-coming Singapore-based directors. These are typically rough around the edges, and not all will blow you away, but it is pretty encouraging to see young local filmmakers – there’s also a Q&A session after each screening – stitch together something on a shoestring.

Every quarter of the year, next screening in Nov. 

Jam to jazz

Restaurants Rochor

Don’t let their name fool you. The Blue Monks aren’t a posse of porn-peddling priests but a jazz band that plays regular nights at the gallery/café, Artistry. (The ‘blue’ refers to the musical note.)

The outfit takes the stage anywhere from once a week to once a month, so hit up their Facebook page for updates. 


Must-see free art exhibitions

Art Arts centres
There are many free art exhibitions every month so we've rounded up the best of them to check out. Get your art fix free of charge at these exhibitions occurring during September and October 2015.

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