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Forget chicken rice and chilli crab – Singapore cuisine has so much more to offer. Time Out Singapore is teaming up with four of the city's best chefs to showcase our heritage through food.
The Time Out Singapore Balik Kampong Heritage Dinner sees chefs Damian D'Silva (MasterChef Singapore 2018 judge) of Folklore, Han Li Guang of Michelin-starred Labyrinth, Haikal Johari of Michelin-starred Alma by Juan Amador and Pang Kok Keong of Antoinette present a seven-course dinner (alcoholic drinks included) that highlights Eurasian, Peranakan, Malay and Chinese culture.
Treat yourself to exclusive dishes created especially for this two-night event, including the chefs' reinterpretation of beef rendang, otah otah and ayam masak merah. Interweaving their unique culinary heritage, the chefs will come together to demonstrate what Singaporean heritage cooking is all about – slow food that requires tremendous dedication, time and care.
Each dish is paired with four different bespoke cocktails featuring Havana Club rum, Monkey47 gin, Altos tequila and Jameson Irish whiskey that's prepared with local ingredients to match the flavour profiles of the dishes.
Time Out Singapore Balik Kampong Heritage Dinner is taking place at Folklore, Destination Singapore Beach Road, on July 26 and 27, from 7pm to 10pm, at $150 nett per pax including alcohol.
Gear up football fans, some of the biggest clubs in the world are heading to Singapore this July to face off at the 2018 International Champions Cup. Already in its sixth edition, the annual football competition will see Arsenal, Atlético de Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain go head-to-head at the National Stadium. Taking on a new format, this year's tournament features 18 football clubs playing 27 matches across United States, Europe and Singapore – making us the only Asian pit stop for this season. All the matches will be broadcasted live on Mediacorp's Toggle, including the three Singapore events.
Bask in the presence of the ever-glamourous Sasha Velour, RuPaul's Drag Race season 9 winner and reigning queen, as she slays the stage with a 75-minute one-woman-show – transported straight out of Brooklyn's incredible nightlife scene. Expect nothing short of this artsy queen's signature numbers including Cellophane, This Woman's Work, Don't Cry Out Loud and other brand new creations. With her iconic bald head and striking unibrow, Sasha is definitely here to turn heads and to celebrate all things drag.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to catch trance veteran Solarstone spinning track after track of revered club classics such as The Calling, Seven Cities, Solarcoaster and Like A Waterfall at Zouk. The ultimate raver's latest 11-minute release A State of Mind solidifies his legacy as a trance legend, so missing out on his ridiculously exhilarating shows, as well as the #PureTrance movement, would result in a serious case of FOMO.
Curated by Carolyn Kan of Keepers and SKL0 (Sam Lo the Sticker Lady), the Keepers Playground distills design, retail, food and workshops into 10 days worth of fun. From edible flower-growing workshops to robot-making classes, there truly is something for everyone. Be sure to look out for homegrown brands such as The Farm Store, Ling Wu and Carrie K as they set up retail pop-ups across all 5 levels of the National Design Centre.
Gather your beauty squad and head down to the Civic Plaza at Ngee Ann City for the biggest beauty playground in Singapore. To celebrate Sephora's 10th birthday, they're throwing a 10-day-long birthday bash right in the heart of the city with an Insta-ready funhouse brimming with immersive activities and hands-on workshops with makeup artists and educators. Open exclusively to Sephora Beauty Pass members, the Playhouse also houses thematic rooms that range from a prismatic mirror maze through a girly pink ice cream parlour to a Harlem-esque graffiti room with a palette-inspired trampoline.
All about championing emerging local artists who aren't shy when it comes to pushing artistic boundaries, Gajah Gallery presents the second edition of The New Now series. Due to the success of the series, it is now a permanent fixture on the gallery's list of exhibitions. Seven young artists, including Gerald Tay, Jay Ho, Muhammad Masuri, Ong Si Hui, Shayne Phua, Tan Shao Qi and Vivian Loh, take over the art space with their unconventional artistry, aesthetics and concepts. Treat your eyes to gorgeous visuals that incorporate a variety of techniques frrom painting and sculpting to photography and paper cut.
Everyone's favourite BBQ joint is turning two! Come down and wish a big 'Happy Birthday' to Camp Kilo Charcoal Club as the al fresco resto parties with new additions such as bottled cocktails, various sauces, fresher sides and lamb to its current menu, as well as exciting games like Giant Jenga for good ol' fun. Keeping the party going – Camp Kilo style – are a line up of DJs bringing you energetic tunes that will have you dancing from day until night.
Organised in conjunction with Streets For People – a programme by the Urban Redevelopment Authority – this year's Aliwal Arts Night Crawl pays tribute to the rattan shops of Arab Street and the craft of traditional basket-making. Look forward to an eclectic mix of interactive performances, workshops and activities that cater to the whole family.
Think Andsoforth's immersive theatrical shenanigans are only reserved for grown-ups? Not its little sister, Andsoforth Junior. Catering to children aged four and above, Tales of Grimsneyland take the little ones on an adventure through five different rooms where they can rub shoulders with characters from classics by the Brothers Grimm and other fairytales such as the Little Mermaid, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. No meals provided for this one, but snacks and drinks are available at the Galaxy Room. If you and your kid can't seem to get enough, sign up for Grimmneyland art and performance enrichment classes after the show.
Brought to you by the folks behind Toy Factory, see the anthological novel edited by Cyril Wong, Here and Beyond: 12 stories, come to live on-stage. The theatrical adaptation is directed by Stanley Seah, backed with a stellar cast set to retell stories of the city through the eyes of 12 Singaporeans including S. Rajaratnam, Yeo Wei Wei, Goh Sin Tub, Stephanie Ye, Alfian Sa’at, and more. Feast your eyes for a visual storytelling – think shadow puppetry and stunning installations – that cleverly takes the literature text out of its pages.
Singapore's very own independent theatre company is drawing its curtains for an original play by up-and-coming playwright Shen Tan. Featuring the likes of Sharda Harrison, Thomas Pang, Jo Tan and Chanel Ariel Chan, 13.13.13 follows the sudden twist of events in lead characters William and Samantha's somewhat stable life. The production explores the rollercoaster rides of relationships, strong bonds and unforgivable betrayals.
Guess what? Looks do matter, even if you’re not competing in a beauty pageant. The biennial Singapore Garden Festival is proof of that, with top local and international designers congregating to show off their green thumbs. Prepare to be floored by a variety of horticultural masterpieces. The main highlight of this floral festival is the impressive orchid showcase in the Flower Dome and a ‘secret garden of edibles’ – whatever that means. Pick up a wide variety of gardening tools and some grub at the marketplace too.
Every 2 years, the Singapore International Band Festival brings together brands from all over the world. The 6th edition of the event boasts a diverse range of outstanding acts – everything from a performance by the Anglo Chinese Junior College Concert Band to a gala concert by Thailand's Feroci Philharmonic Winds
Always wanted a behind-the-scenes look into the making of Assasin's Creed? Now's your chance. Join producer Matthew Thorpe and his team as they give you insight into Ubisoft Singapore's role in the blockbuster video game series. Find out how they combine history with game design to create content such as the Discovery Tour that has been showcased in museums and used in schools worldwide.
Here, you'll browse a variety of gorgeous (and not to mention, instagram-worthy) blooms – peonies, tulips, lavenders and roses to name a few. Customise your own floral bouquets or get creative at the DIY potpourri station where you'll find an assortment of dried petals and organic essential oils. There'll also be workshops conducted by the folks from Hello Flowers for those keen to master the art of floral arrangement.
If simply watching the beautiful game of football isn't enough to get your adrenaline going, lace up your boots and get in on the action at House of Football. In line with the 2018 International Champions Cup set to take place in Singapore, the nightlife destination entices with activities like Panna, foosball and themed nights hosted by La Liga and Paris Saint-Germain. When the hunger kicks in, go all out with finger food and booze by Harry’s and McGettigan’s Irish Pub.
Aligned with their vision of fostering inclusivity and improving the lives of migrant workers, the folks from the non-profit organisation Labour Arty bring us an eye-opening photography exhibition – Blind Spots. By offering us a glimpse into the oft-unseen facets of their daily lives, the exhibition fundamentally aims to establish rapport between attendees and these sometimes misunderstood migrant workers.
The NTU Centre for Contemporary Art delves into the study of natural materials – in a biological, social, geo-political and historical context – with their upcoming exhibition. Placing an emphasis on plants that are endemic to Asia (like mulberry and the lacquer tree), Trees of Life explores the characteristics, properties and diverse usages of these intriguing species. Beyond the exhibition itself, there'll also be complementary talks and seminars that expand on the complex issues surrounding these seemingly unassuming plants – guaranteeing an all-encompassing experience.
Get this: twelve of Singapore’s biggest comics are getting together to give you a happy ever laughter like no other. Up for its fourth season, the biggest live stand-up comedy event returns from 11 to 29 July at Capitol Theatre. Book tickets to see your favourite funny man (or woman) roast each other for the ultimate comedic showdown. This year’s cast includes Kumar, Suhaimi Yusof, Sebastian Tan, Irene Ang, Koh Chieng Mun, Selena Tan, Preetipls, Fakkah Fuzz, Alaric Tay, Sharul Channa, Rishi Budhrani and Judee Tan.
We're all in when it comes to championing Singapore's creative makers and shakers. Celebrating queerness, local photographer Leslie Kee's Out In Singapore exhibition displays portraits of 150 faces of the LGBTQ community in the city, a continuation of the photo series which started out in Japan with 1600 portraits. The photographer is known for his shooting the likes of megastars Madonna, Beyonce and Kate Moss.