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The best things to do this weekend (Aug 5-7)

Make the most of your weekend with our top picks of things to do, see and more.

Written by
Time Out Singapore editors
&
Izza Sofia
Contributor
Cheryl Sekkappan
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It's the National Day weekend! Which naturally means lots of events to mark the special occassion. If you're all about the red and white festivities, then we've got a ton of events for you to head out for, including a dazzling National Day light-up and a star-studded concert at Gardens by the Bay. Want nothing to do with National Day? Then we've got just the thing for you too – like a bizarre and beautiful exhibition by Patricia Piccinini, a massive thrift market, and a weekend pop-up café. Scroll down to read more about the things you can do this weekend!

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  • Raffles Place

One of our favourite things about National Day is the dazzling light-up of cultural monuments around Singapore. You can expect the same display to happen this year at the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct, where six historical and culturally significant landmarks will come alive with the National Flag colours of red and white for the third year running. At night from August 1 to 27, head down to catch the National Museum of Singapore, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Central Fire Station, The Cathay, National Design Centre, and Stamford Arts Centre come aglow. The light-up will happen every night from August 1 to 27 (till August 10 for the National Museum of Singapore) – so grab your friends, family, and camera, and join the festivities. 

  • Art
  • Film and video
  • Marina Bay

Some call Singapore a modern utopia, but what does that really mean? This National Day month, gain new perspectives of Singapore through Imaging Paradise, a curated film series by the ArtScience Museum. From feature films to documentaries, there’s much to whet your appetite – including Tan Bee Thiam’s Tiong Bahru Social Club, Tan Pin Pin’s Invisible City, and K. Rajagopal’s Lizard on the Wall, a film inspired by celebrated novelist Balli Kaur Jaswal’s Inheritance. Held in the plush comforts of ArtScience Cinema, Level 4, Imaging Paradise is screening from August 1 to September 3. Get your tickets here.

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  • Art
  • Marina Bay

A beautifully bizarre exhibition is coming to town. Titled Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected, the showcase features hyper-realistic sculptures that imagine a world where crossbreeds of animals and humans exist. Australian artist Patricia Piccinini spent the last three decades learning about the relationship between humans and nature, and biotechnology advances. The result? These strange and realistic human-animal hybrids that are made of silicone, fiberglass, resin and other unorthodox materials like human hair on display.

Piccinini is known for her realistic and captivating sculptures that showcase the ever-changing human body. While these creatures might scare some viewers, Piccinini hopes that viewers can relate to their vulnerability and find beauty in the unfamiliar. In addition, the artworks will also emphasise the bioethical challenges that are related to humankind as well as highlight relevant issues such as existence, climate change and technology. Over 40 artworks will be on display at the ArtScience Museum, ranging from the 2000s to 2021, and is divided into six sections, showcasing a variety of sculptures, videos, collages and installations. Running from August 5 to January 29 2023, tickets are priced at $18 for adults and $14 for children.

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  • Raffles Place

My Community Festival is back with its third edition this year. Running from August 5 to 21, the event is centred on the theme of My Home Sweet Home featuring 64 fully physical tours and experiences across eight programme series. Event goers get exclusive access to the private spaces of the different communities in Singapore such as their homes, workplaces and places of worship. The anchor programme enables tour participants to meet different groups of people ranging from foreign workers to kampung dwellers and Jalan Besar rental flat residents.

New programmes have also been added to this year’s edition – Find My Fixer, My Little Singapore and What’s for my dinner series. Find My Fixer programme show participants ways to restore broken items and give it a new lease of life while My Little Singapore invites you to visit enclaves such as Little Belgium and Little Philippines. The last series sees international families opening up their houses and serve cultural dishes to visitors.

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  • pop-ups
  • Geylang

Just want a super relaxed National Day weekend? Hang out at Sojao's Weekend Pop-Up Café on August 6, 7, 13 and 14. The home goods brand has curated a delicious line-up of baked goods and drinks from homegrown brands for you to enjoy in its cosy Home Goods Store. This National Day weekend, swing by to enjoy breads and pastries from Simple Café, blue cheese gelato and more funky flavours from Nom Gelato, artisanal iced coffees and teas from 1degreeC Cold Bew Coffee, and sparkling kombucha from Pourabucha

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  • Eating

Sunday brunch is no casual affair in the house of Estate. Pulling out all the stops, Hilton Orchard’s residential all-day dining restaurant delivers a mouth-watering international spread that satiates all ages. With buffets making their highly anticipated comeback, this grand Sunday champagne brunch ($158) of epic proportions makes for an indulgent afternoon. Word of advice? Wear looser pants cause you’re gonna need them – it is after all Estate’s largest buffet spread yet. Expect a dazzling spread of succulent seafood, including giant tiger prawns, snow crabs, red-hued yabbies, fat scallops and a live oyster station. 32 varietals of artisanal cheeses and cold cuts also make an appearance – and of course, a $30 for free-flow champagne. Got the kids in tow? There's even a kid-friendly zone with magic shows and activities to keep the tots occupied. Book here

  • Art
  • Tampines

From August 4 to October 31, head down to The Gallery @ ARTDIS to celebrate Singapore's 57th year of independence through 44 paintings illustrating the past, present, and hopeful future of our nation. Presented by ARTDIS, a charity dedicated to empowering persons with disabilities through art, Unseen Singapore gathers the work of 16 talented artists with disabilities to capture Singapore's rich heritage and culture through paintings of its landmarks, icons, and people. The paintings on display are also up for sale in person or on the ARTDIS website

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  • Marina Bay

Go on an adventure to the Netherlands and rediscover summertime when whimsical hydrangeas bloom in this floral display. In collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy, the Hydrangea Holidays reflects the opulent flowers and the pastoral countryside of a traditional Dutch landscape replete with windmills, canals and townhouses. The flowers colour the pastoral countryside in shades of the Dutch flag – red, white and blue. One of the highlights is the lighthouse, inspired by the iconic red and white West Schouwen Lighthouse in Haamstede, one of the tallest and largest lighthouses in the world, built in 1837 with brick and iron. 

  • Theatre
  • City Hall

Using the biological nervous system as a metaphor for society, The Studios 2022, presented by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, is centred on the concept of collective care, exploring themes of family, love, mental health, ageing and grief. 

The opening of Esplanade’s Singtel Waterfront Theatre later this year has given the platform the opportunity and space to evolve from 2023 onwards. This final season of this iteration, The Studios hopes that these programmes will help you perceive refreshing new ways of living and relating. 

The Studios 2022 runs from July 28 to September 24, with ticketed productions in the Esplanade Theatre Studio, workshops in the Esplanade Rehearsal Studio as well as free talks at library@esplanade. Tickets available here.

 

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  • Rochor

You probably know what to expect in a session of art jamming – there's a blank canvas, all the paints you want and maybe some tea to fuel your creativity. At Wildflower Studio, it'll add in something extra special to your regular art jamming: cats. 

Located in the Little India neighbourhood, Wildflower Studio combines art jamming with the concept of a cat café. ​Let the four adorable resident cats – Sundae, Saffron Sesame and Soba – and the foster kittens in their company be your muses in your artistic journey. All art jamming sessions also include some petting time with the cats. The studio also works with cat rescue groups to run a fostering program so don't be surprised if you see (cute) new faces around the studio all the time. 

There are two options to choose from, the Semi Guided Art Jam with Cats (from $48) where art facilitators will guide you in your artwork or the more casual session, Chill out with Cats ($20 for an hour) where you can choose to paint or just hang out with cats – or both – at your own time. 

  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • City Hall

If you love to reminisce about the good ol’ days, then the National Museum of Singapore’s newest exhibition is right up your alley. Of / On: Everyday Technology that Changed Our Lives, 1970s-2000s, will bring you back to a time when nary a smartphone was in sight. Instead, explore immersive sets built around the common spaces of yesteryear and reconnect with the gadgets that shaped the lives of people in post-independence Singapore.

The experiential showcase is built around four thematic zones: Work in Progress, Hello Mobile, The Art of Living and Game On. Together, these four zones take you from the office, to shops, and to home, each anchored by technological icons of the past. And we say ‘experiential’ because you’re free to interact with the artefacts, replicas and interactives at Off / On – clack away on the typewriters, pick up the telephone receiver to listen to re-enacted conversations, take a black and white photo, try out old school video games, or play with a replica cassette player.

“Through the Off /On showcase, we invite visitors to reconnect with these technologies, while inspiring conversations and curiosity among the younger generations unfamiliar with them, says Priscilla Chua, Senior Curator, National Museum of Singapore. “As we are more ‘switched on’ now than ever before, the indispensable role of technology continues to shape and change the way we live, work and play, and we hope visitors will share their unique stories and experiences with us.”

And as much as Off / On is a blast to the past, some of these interactives also make use of unique digital and gamification elements to make the experience more engaging for visitors. Just visit go.gov.sg/offon to get a unique QR code to access exclusive digital games such as the ‘Fastest Typist’ game, pop quizzes, and bonus educational content.

Adding to the fun is an after-hours escape game on selected weekends during the exhibition’s run. Pre-register in groups of 3 to 10 participants to explore the showcase space after dark, while “journeying through time” in the gallery to complete a mission: uncovering a secret device that will help prevent a shutdown of the world’s technology. More registration details will be released soon.

Of / On: Everyday Technology that Changed Our Lives, 1970s-2000s is the second edition of the Collecting Contemporary Singapore initiative, that is working to better reflect Singapore’s national identity as it grows and evolves. The exhibition runs from June 10 to October 30 and is free to enter for Singaporeans and PRs. For more information, visit nationalmuseum.sg.  

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  • Harbourfront

For the partygoers, St James Power Station is known to be one of the most happening party spots in Singapore until 2018, when the building began undergoing restoration works. The newly furbished building now houses a heritage gallery in one of its distinctive chimneys and a heritage trail that displays maritime artefacts. The heritage trail starts at VivoCity, where you will learn about the history of the Keppel area and St James Power Station. Along the way you’ll get to see a ​​harpoon gun, originally from the Soviet ship that used to dock in Singapore during its expeditions to the Indian Ocean. The heritage gallery has an intricate 3D artwork of the complex system of water, steam and electricity of the original power station. Kids can also enjoy an animated augmented reality video series that combine oral history, interviews and archival film footage to make the past come even more alive.

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

​​Seven restaurants in Singapore have placed in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022, as recently announced at their awards ceremony. 

For the fifth year running, Odette (#8) has been named The Best Restaurant in Singapore. They also received the Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award, as a nod towards the team’s warm and professional manner. Other restaurants to look out for include Meta (#20), Les Amis (#23), Zén (#37), Labyrinth (#40), Burnt Ends (#41), and Cloudstreet (#44). Meta had also won the American Express One To Watch Award.

For other accolades brought in by local restaurants, Cloudstreet pastry chef Maira Yeo has brought home the Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Award. She’s best known for her “CCB” – crackly chocolate brownie cookies, which came about while home-baking during the pandemic.

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