The best things to do in Singapore this weekend (Jan 10-13)

Make the best of your weekend with our top picks of things to do, see and more in Singapore
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By Time Out Singapore editors |
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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 Thursday through Sunday. 

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Art

Lucy Liu and Shubigi Rao: Unhomed Belongings

icon-location-pin National Museum of Singapore, City Hall
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Heard of ‘visual pen-friends’? That’s what American artist Lucy Liu – who also happens to be the Hollywood star – and Singaporean artist Shubigi Rao are. Like pen-pals, the two critic individuals became friends through an exploration of their respective artworks without meeting in person. The exchange unravelled shared interests and themes that are incorporated into their practices. Both artists are known for analysing cultures, histories, identities and relationships through their works. Intrigued? Check out the visual dialogue presented by the two artists for the very first time at the National Museum of Singapore.

Things to do, Food and drink events

Eatbox

icon-location-pin Downtown East , Pasir Ris
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Head down to Downtown East for the first ever Eatbox, a boutique selection of Artbox. As the more delicious counterpart, Eatbox offers 50 local and regional food vendors alongside an array of curated live music performances and urban artworks. With plenty of food choices, grab a bite or two while you browse through the interactive photo wall art murals and creatively repurposed shipping containers. Best part, admission is completely free! Also, on from January 11 to 13 & 18 to 19, immerse yourself in the fine tunes of live music curated by Eatmepoptart, along with their resident DJs weelikeme and KIDG till the late hours. Go on a rapturous ride surrounded with the sounds of indie-pop, punk-roll, electro and some nostalgic guilty pleasures in Bacon Beats. Tickets can be purchased here.  

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Film

The Middle East Film Festival

icon-location-pin Golden Village GV VivoCity, Habourfront
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Peep into the region’s film industry with a curated collection of movies by Middle Eastern filmmakers. Presented by the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore with the support of the Singapore Film Society, the festival showcases seven outstanding films from Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Israel, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkey. The screenings are held at Golden Village VivoCity.

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< > Sim Lim Square Art Residency

icon-location-pin Sim Lim Square, Rochor
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Skip your regular electronic stores and repair technicians, and head up to level six for some hybrid art – we’re talking creating visual art pieces with technology. The residency transforms into an open studio, workshop and exhibition – all at once – for the month of January. Witness artists come together on the opening night for panel sessions and guided tours to kick off the residency experience. For a free-and-easy viewing, the open studio is available from noon to 6pm for visitors to engage in conversations with each artist, allowing them to understand the processes and means of making art with the use of technology.

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Art

Cheng Ran – The Lament: Mountain Ghost

icon-location-pin Ota Fine Arts, Bukit Merah
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For an art experience that transcends borders of time and space, delve in the world of Chinese artist Cheng Ran. The solo exhibition showcases a variety of video works, as well as the artist's body of mixed-media installations that are inspired by western popular culture and literature. The first video installment of the Lament: Mountain Ghost draws inspiration from the ghostly imagery present in Qu Yuan's poem and features a man moving slowly as if performing a ritual. Through the mysterious ritualistic dance, the artist also presents his attitude towards a fast-changing city and the dilemma between ideals and reality.

Art

Hopes & Dialogues in Rumah Kijang Mizuma

icon-location-pin Mizuma Gallery, Bukit Merah
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Founded by Executive Director of Mizuma Galleries, Sueo Mizuma, as well as curator Hermanto Soerjanto and artist Angki Purbandono with the vision of creating a space that champions a cultural and art exchange, Rumah Kijang Mizuma opens its doors at the southern part of Yogyakarta in 2014. Bringing a slice of Rumah Kijang Mizuma, this exhibition at Gillman Barracks' Mizuma Gallery showcases new works by the Indonesian and Japanese artists that focus on their experiences with the art scenes, cultures and social lives of Yogyakarta, as well as the influence the studio has had on their views of art, art-making and life itself.

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Art

The Past and Coming Melt

icon-location-pin Grey Projects, Tiong Bahru
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See how Koh Nguang How's creative mind works with his project of print accumulation that features news clippings, print ephemera, catalogues and documentation across the span of nearly four decades. The artist also has a dig at environmentally engaged art which is an eco-sensitive practice that draws attention to ozone depletion, global warming and climate change. This exhibition focuses on this practice of his, arguing for Koh's crucial, early artistic position on some of the most pressing environmental crises and traumas of our day. The exhibition also showcases archival works as well as new recreations of previously destroyed or unavailable work and material.

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Takashimaya's Chinese New Year Festive Celebrations 2019

icon-location-pin Takashimaya, Orchard
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According to the Chinese calendar, this year we celebrate the year of the Pig – with its chubby cheeks and big pointy ears, it symbolizes a year full of wealth and prosperity. To fully embrace this abundance of great fortune, Takashimaya is holding its annual Lunar New Year fair, showcasing over 60 booths for anything and everything CNY related, from festive delicacies to symbolic home-décor, to even auspicious blooms. 

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

icon-location-pin Bayfront Event Space, Marina Bay
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A thrilling good time awaits at this gargantuan carnival. Unleash the kid in you and take a whirl on 50 rides and game stalls. After all, it's Singapore's biggest carnival ever with a plethora of rides like roller coasters and rotating towers with swinging chairs, as well as game stalls to keep the fun going. Fuel up by grabbing a bite at the food stations and be entertained by live performances courtesy of local buskers throughout the night. Alternatively, indulge in a bit of art with a curated series of art and craft workshops by local creators.   

Art

Merci Marcel x Gabriel Dufourcq

icon-location-pin Merci Marcel, Tiong Bahru
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Boho-chic French resto Merci Marcel is setting up another round of art exhibition, this time featuring Singapore-based, French artist Gabriel Dufourcq. Known for creating legendary icons out of newspaper clippings and more, the month-long showcase features unique, one-of-a-kind artworks from the artist's Find a Word for It collection. His thought-provoking artworks are made to encourage guests to think of the media's influence on the general public's perception of political and contemporary icons. Art collectors can also bag the artist's pieces ranging from $1000 to $4000, with original artworks available for $10,000.  

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Museums, History

Southeast Asia in the World

icon-location-pin Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall
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Journey further into Southeast Asia – past and present – as the Asian Civilisations Museum opens three new permanent galleries Ancestors and Rituals, Christian Art and Islamic Art, along with new items on display in the museum's Trade galleries that explore the artistic exchanges within Asia and the rest of the world. The Ancestors and Rituals gallery shines its spotlight on a diverse range of Southeast Asian artefacts that reflect the barter of ideas and cultural interactions among various tribes and communities in the region. The Christian Art gallery exhibits intricate works of cross-cultural art created in Asia that are dedicated to the religion.  The Islamic Art showcases the wealth of artistic traditions that arise from the expansion of Islam in Southeast Asia. As part of Southeast Asia in the World, the museum is also hosting a new series of trails that provide visitors an understanding of Southeast Asia's role in the world through beautiful illustrations by local artist Muneera Malek.  

Art

Jef Geys: Quadra Medicinale Singapore

icon-location-pin Gillman Barracks, Bukit Merah
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See art in nature as NTU Centre of Contemporary Arts Singapore showcases the late Belgian artist Jef Gey's debut institutional exhibition in Asia. The artist is known for his belief that art should be incorporated into everyday life, and that his practice adopts an interdisciplinary and collaborative process of extensive research and knowledge-formation. The exhibition introduces thought-provoking artistic executions that raise questions regarding hierarchies and the adaptability of nature and society, and whether conceptual artworks can go further after an artist's passing. Besides elements from Gey's Quadra Medicinale series, the exhibition also showcases two painting from Geys’s Seed-bags series, a long-term project where he discovered that the images of veggies or flowers pictured on the bag did not match the actual plant he grew. Through the paintings, Geys challenged the accuracy and truth of commercial photography.

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Things to do

A Wizarding World Holiday

icon-location-pin Changi Airport, Raffles Place
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There's nothing to be sad about if you missed your letter to Hogwarts as spaces in Changi Airport are transformed into iconic locations from the series. Robe up at Madam Malkin's Robes for all Occasions and stroll down Diagon Alley. You can also take a trip to the High Street of Hogsmeade Village and window shop at Zonko’s Joke Shop and Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop. Keep your eyes sharp because Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry can be seen in the distance. There's more to do than just sightseeing – get spellbound by daily live shows and simulated snowfall at the Terminal 3 Departure Hall. After an enchanting day, you would want to bring home some souvenirs. Choose from a bespoke range of Wizarding World-inspired plush toys, scarves and travel pillows available as purchase-with-purchase premiums at Changi Airport along with a variety of merchandise available at two pop-up shops located in Terminals 1 and 3.

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Photo: Anders Sune Berg
Art

Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
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Championing the art of 'less is more', National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum team up to debut the biggest minimalism exhibition in Southeast Asia from November 16 2018 to April 14 2019. Held within the confines of the two iconic museums, the experiential exhibition gives visitors the freedom to view, interpret and experience the immersive displays in a variety of ways – allowing for different ways to appreciate the aesthetics of Asian and Western minimalist art. A far cry from the bold and eccentric showcases that usually dominate the galleries, the exhibition tones it down a notch by illustrating minimal art that emerged from its birthplace of New York and how it has developed in the US West Coast and Asia through to the rest of the world. This contemporary take on avant-garde art considers the spatial, social and political contexts of the subject matter, and has influenced some of the best unconventional creations in music, performances, fashion and design history – think musician Steve Reich, artist Tony Smith and fashion designer Jill Sander, among others.  Feed your curious mind with captivating paintings, impressive sculptures, spatial installations and other masterpieces by key artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Robert Morris, Frank Stella, Kim Lim, Mona Hatoum, Anish Kapoor and Ai Wei Wei, as well as special commissions by Sopheap Pich and Jeremy Sharma.  The exhibition's special programmes also invite visitors to tap into the wo

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Art, Photography

In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology

icon-location-pin National Museum of Singapore, City Hall
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The culture of now has never been so prevalent in this digital age of technology where instant services and smartphones are glorified. Tracing back to its roots in the late 1940s leads us to what was a breakthrough in the world of photography, the Polaroid camera. Inspiring artists and photographers alike, the exhibition offers insight into the story behind Polaroid photography and how the process of being able to memorial a special and specific moment in time has impacted the social phenomenon we have today.

Art

Between the Lines – The Chinese Cartoon Revolution

icon-location-pin Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Novena
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Delve deeper into the world of Chinese cartoons in Singapore and discover the correlation it has with the 1911 Revolution in China. Early Chinese cartoonists captured China at one of its lowest points in the late 19th century through satirical sketches, which then served as an activist for the revolutionary political movement against the corrupt regime, ending imperial rule in China. This transpired into the first Chinese cartoons appearing in our local newspapers representing political and social commentary. With over 150 Chinese cartoons, artefacts and images, trace the history as you get warp into the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.

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Art

All Possible Paths: Richard Feynman’s Curious Life

icon-location-pin ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay
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Commemorating the global celebrations of Richard Feynman's 100th anniversary, ArtScience Museum is presenting a brand new exhibition, casting the spotlight on the astonishing, multi-aspect life and achievements of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist. Known for his pioneering work in quantum mechanics and the basis of modern physics, be inspired and awed as you're drawn deeper into the science through art, understanding how he paved the path for many of the technological advances that support us in our everyday lives today. The exhibit features Feynman's personal items, documents and letters from across the globe. Contemporary artworks that have drawn inspiration from Feynman's thought process are also presented to aid your understanding through visual representations of the six scientific topics at the core of his work, giving you a peek into the realm of quantum mechanics.

Art, Galleries

President's Young Talents 2018

icon-location-pin Singapore Art Museum, City Hall
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Singapore’s premier and only mentoring, commissioning, and award programme is back for their seventh edition. Recognising talented artists aged up to 35 years old, President's Young Talents (PYT) has defined the start of an outstanding artistic journey for many youths such as Boo Junfeng, Heman Chong, Charles Lim, Vertical Submarine and many more. As the last exhibition before the Singapore Art Museum temporally closes for a major revamp, come on down and show your support as Singapore’s next up-and-coming generation of contemporary artists takes centre stage.

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Art, Galleries

Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
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Considered to be one of the city's finest watercolourists, see Singapore through Lim Cheng Hoe's lenses as he showcases 60 distinctive works of art which beautifully capture the evolving scenes from the 1930s to the 1970s. The artist's dedication towards plein-air painting influences the elements featured in his art, including the effects of light and weather on the landscapes of the city, as well as motifs such as kampongs, boat traffics, hilltop views and more that oozes a sense of local identity.      

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The Little Prince: Behind the Story

icon-location-pin Singapore Philatelic Museum, City Hall
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The Little Prince is probably one of the world's most widely read books – we all know the famous, oft quoted phrases from this French book published in 1943 from our childhood that has since been translated into 300 languages. Throwback to your salad days (or introduce your kids to this book) with this exhibition dedicated to this iconic book through rare philatelic materials, hand-drawn illustrations and artefacts – some of which have never been exhibited outside of France. 

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Kids, Exhibitions

Playeum's 'Going Play-ces'

icon-location-pin Playeum's Children's Centre for Creativity, Bukit Merah
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What devasting effect does plastic pollution have on our seas and marine life? Can we live without light from the sun? Explore new places through various landscapes such as the sea, jungle and city in this hands-on exhibition for kids aged one to 12 at Playeum's Children Centre for Creativity.

Art, Photography

Amek Gambar: Peranakans and photography

icon-location-pin Peranakan Museum, City Hall
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Trace the evolution of photography in Southeast Asia through the lens of the Peranakan community as you admire the collection of over 200 photographs, donated by Mr and Mrs Lee Kip Lee, that runs the gamut from old school monochrome images to dazzling digital displays. Through its exploration of the candid and intimate moments shared by early Peranakan families, the exhibition also brings forth issues surrounding identity and connectedness.

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Syonan Gallery: War and its Legacies
Photo: William Goh
Art

Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies

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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.

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