Need ideas on what to do or where to go this weekend? Fill up your itinerary with our guide to the best parties, shows, art exhibitions and more happening around town this Friday through Sunday.
Soak up Singapore’s thriving creative scene during the Singapore International Festival of Arts, which runs ‘til September 9. With over 90 events ranging from plays to musicals, the festival shines the spotlight on the theme ‘Enchantment’, hoping to draw people back to optimism in the face of a changing world.
Sydney Opera House, Taj Mahal, the Acropolis – these are just a few of the world’s iconic landmarks that have been recreated into massive LEGO installations. Marvel at the craftsmanship that went into each one, and participate in the Brick by Brick art project, where you can add LEGO pieces to create a topographical map of Singapore.
Get intimate with everything Singaporean at Sentosa's So Singapore, where a slew of family friendly activities wait for you. Go back in time at the Heritage Carnival (Aug 4 to 13) and mingle with roving characters from the pre-war days or munch on local treats such as chendol, and Peranakan kueh. Come on Saturdays and you'll be treated to a performance arts like a wushu performance, Peranakan folk songs, and bian lian, a form of traditional Chinese opera. As night falls, get ready to whip your phones out – the Sentosa's Merlion lights up with an array of colours and visual effects, accompanied by music.
Everyone loves a good deal, no? From July to September, get your hands on $100-worth of Singapore Restaurant Festival (SRF) vouchers at a discounted price of $70, which offers you savings on over 50 participating restaurant brands including buffet restaurants. As a tie-in in with the Singapore Food Festival, each eatery will also be highlighting a locally inspired dish for SRF. Expect dishes such as chicken rice risotto (Joo Bar), chilli crab (Palm Beach Seafood) and chicken tikka pizza (Cali Café and Bar). Vouchers are only available to DBS and POSB cardholders.
She’s famed for her iconic polka dots and pumpkin motifs – and you’ll get to admire an extensive collection of Yayoi Kusama’s works with over 120 paintings, installations, videos and sculptures on display alongside the Japanese artist’s experiential infinity mirror rooms. It all comes together in an examination of the societal and personal challenges that Kusama’s overcome to create an impact in the world of art.
Can you help Professor Crackitt find his lost parrot, Wattnot? Take on the mission and make your way through the professor's laboratory, featuring a large mirror maze with plenty of twists and turns (so be careful not to bump into his things!).
Learn more about the science behind lights, colours and reflection as you wander through the whimsical labyrinth and encounter the professor's crazy inventions. Take a peek into a giant kaleidoscope, create fun rainbow-coloured shadows and get the chance to 'shake hands' with your own reflection. Science can be pretty cool, huh?
The inaugural Children's Biennale features ten interactive art showcases in collaboration with artists from Singapore and around the world. Immerse your little ones in teamLab's 'Homogenizing and Transforming World' exhibit that allows them to experience a digital and multi-sensory world wlthout physical boundaries. Then make for photographer Robert Zhao's showcase of 39 animals, plants and environments that have been manipulated by humans – a lesson for kids on the issues of morality and ethics.
Get the kids out of the house and let them explore immersive, tactile and interactive landscapes at Singapore Art Museum's annual family-friendly exhibition. The theme this year explores how people, flora and fauna change to adapt to their environment. Walk through hanging objects in Mary Bernadette Lee's Wanderland, explore Unchalee Anantawat's Floating Mountain, and watch the performance piece Lizard Tail by Hiromi Tango that explores the themes of adaptation and survival. A series of short films, workshops and tours are also available as part of the exhibition.
Playeum's Children Centre for Creativity launches its fourth interactive exhibition, 'Making It Home'. Perfect for kids between one and 12, watch spaces transform into different rooms such as 'The Central Space', 'The Bedroom' and 'The Kitchen'. Children get to live their dreams in make-believe plays, construct an idea of their future in movable cubes and experiment with kitchen instruments among many activities.
Chinese traditions and modernity are given a boost at the newly opened Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Steep yourself in the works of illustrator Lee Xin Li, Supermama founder Edwin Loh, filmmaker Kirsten Tan (of Pop Aye) and more. There’s art installations, photographs, short films and graphic art pieces to be admired, each exploring the values and beliefs of local Chinese culture through the eyes of the modern generation.
A rainforest sprouting from the floors of the ArtScience Museum? You'll get just that, thanks to a virtual reality adventure that'll take you on an immersive journey into the thick of Southeast Asia's rainforests. Spot orangutans and endangered Sumatran tigers, then plant a virtual tree – because for every one planted, an actual tree's planted in Rimbang Baling, Sumatra.
Wax, crystal, chicken, marble, reindeer horn and ostrich: if you’re wondering what these have in common, they're all part of an exhibition featuring 148 one-of-a-kind eggs. And not just any eggs, but ornate and delicate pieces – some of which were even hand-carried – from the Liechtenstein National Museum. Admire a glass egg containing ashes from the Mt Helena volcanic eruption of 1980; a chicken egg with tiny horseshoes nailed onto its surface; and a pair of imperial porcelain factory eggs from 1914 that survived the civil revolutions and World War I.
The titular Xiu Hai Lou Collection is the largest private collection of ink art here and claims to be among the best in the world. Marvel at the elegant strokes of ink masters from China and Singapore, and examine the influences that shaped the discipline from the late 19th to 20th century.
The Vietnam-born, Denmark-raised artist’s first outdoor installation in Singapore is a special commission for the National Gallery’s Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden. Vo’s pieces explore cross-cultural identity, history and politics, especially those in relation to 20th century Vietnam.
To mark – not commemorate – the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, there'll be an exhibition set in the Old Ford Factory, which was where the British surrendered to the Japanese forces on February 15, 1942. Spread across four zones, take in the diary entries, identity cards and war campaign documentary paintings on display, then reflect on the solemn beginnings of our nationhood.