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The best things to do in Singapore this weekend (Mar 14-17)

Make the best of your weekend with our top picks of things to do, see and more in Singapore
Singapore Heritage Festival, Makan Dreaming
Photo: Singapore Heritage Festival
By Time Out Singapore editors |
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Marking your calendar with the best things to see, do and go this weekend? Fill up your itinerary with our guide to the hottest parties, enthralling shows, immersive art exhibitions and more happening in the city this Thursday through Sunday.

This weekend, see the other side of the city via Singapore Heritage Festival, be in awe as you watch the magical contemporary dance performance in Impressing The Czar, raise a toast to all the Pats at St Patrick's Festival, unleash your inner kid at FunFest and more.

RECOMMENDED: Top things to do this week

Things to do, Festivals

Singapore Heritage Festival

icon-location-pin Singapore City,
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Ever wondered the lesser-known stories behind some of Singapore’s vibrant cultural precincts such as Kampong Gelam and Bedok? This year’s special Singapore Bicentennial edition allows you to do just that. The thoughtfully curated programme lineup includes various heritage trails, guided tours, open houses, performances and multi-sensorial exhibitions that guarantee to inspire you with nostalgia.

Things to do

The World of tokidoki at Changi Airport

icon-location-pin Changi Airport, Raffles Place
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Changi Airport is about to get whimsical. See the world's best airport transform into the riotously colourful world of tokidoki. Great for the entire fam, kids can run riot at the giant inflatable playground decked with the world's largest Unicorno slide. There's also the first-ever show flat adorned with all things tokidoki, limited edition merch to collect and exclusive meet-and-greet-sessions with two adorable tokidoki characters, Sandy and Donutella.

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Art

OH! Open House presents Passport

icon-location-pin Singapore City,
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If last year’s art walkabout around Emerald Hill got you hungry for more untold tales and history, you’re in luck as OH! Open House returns with another exciting art-slash-heritage trail – Passport. Taking things indoors this time around, visitors are invited into the homes of strangers across the island. Each crib displays its unique interpretation of identity, citizenship and belonging. Six artists are paired with six residents to create six separate art experiences where guests are welcomed to interact with the artworks that decked the halls.

Kids, Play spaces

Sentosa FunFest 2019

icon-location-pin Palawan Beach, Sentosa
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This March holiday, bring the kids down to Sentosa’s mega beach festival, replete with inflatables, water-oriented facilities and food stalls on Palawan Green. There’s a bubby foam pool, a water slide, obstacle courses and more for both adults and children alike. Did we also mention the 800 floating Gudetama inflatables as well as various Hello Kitty and My Melody photo points dotted around the island for some Insta-worthy shots? Bring the family out for a whole day of fun on the beach.

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Art

The Vanishing, or Time Goes Away

icon-location-pin The Substation, City Hall
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Step into the time machine for a throwback at the Substation. Live in a time of nostalgia with a series of multidisciplinary programmes deconstructing Singapore’s obsession to romanticise the past. Fill your arty schedule with some fun at an interactive playground, an art installation and a futuristic dining experience.

Art, Photography

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere

icon-location-pin Miaja Art Collections, Contemporary Art Gallery, River Valley
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World-renowned London-based fine art photographer, David Yarrow, is thrilled to present 28 of his finest black and white shots including limited edition prints from his recently completed project in Montana with supermodel Cindy Crawford. Presented across two gallery floors, his monochrome images capture the elegance and uniqueness of the endangered wild animals in Borneo, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Iceland, amongst other remote places featuring one of his most iconic images entitled Cara Cigar with Cara Delevingne. This gallery is located on level 4 of the APS building in the Miaja Contemporary Art Gallery. 

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Things to do, Quirky events

NUS Arts Festival: A Game of Numbers

icon-location-pin NUS Museum, Kent Ridge
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Spread over two weekends, this mathematical festival showcases dance, music, theatre, and film, all around the theme of numbers. A Disappearing Number, directed by Edith Podesta, a Complicité UK’s award-winning work is also set to be featured. Other works such as Behalf, a dance dialogue between Taiwanese dancer Wu-kang and Thai dancer Pichet Kluchun, The Art Of War including three works The Great Wall Capriccio, Yellow River Concerto and Symphonic Poem: The Battle of Red Cliffs are presented by NUS Chinese Orchestra under the baton of Moses Gay, and Sine of the Times, a math rock music celebration featuring LITE, one of Japan’s top instrumental rock acts and more.

Enter and Echo - Joanne Pang
Weizhong
Art, Painting

Enter and Echo

icon-location-pin UOB Art Gallery, Raffles Place
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Marvel at a selection of impressive paintings by award-winning artist Joanne Pang. The solo exhibition showcases the artist's explorations on the relationship between the natural creases of cloth, paint, and state of mind. While Pang mainly uses Chinese ink as paint, she incorporates the use of lipstick, wax pencil and graphite to add depth and texture to her pieces.

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Things to do

Singapore Festival of Fun

icon-location-pin Clarke Quay, Raffles Place
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Gather the kids as this March school holiday is about to be extra fun. One for the entire fam, highlights of the Singapore Festival of Fun include lovable circus acts from around the globe such as The Sergeant Majors, Otto the Master of Balloons, Felicity Footloose and more who are performing from March 14 to 19. Another free event not to be missed is the Nickelodeon Fiesta, happening from March 23 and 24. Whether you’re going with the lil' ones or simply by yourself for the sake of nostalgia, this event brings out your favourite childhood characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer. Coupled with some of Singapore’s rich history and culture, you can expect plenty of exciting, edu-taining games for the whole family. For those looking for a good laugh, get your tickets to catch some of the most hilarious comedians as part of the Magners International Comedy Festival on March 15 and 16, and from March 21 to 24. With each show set at a different bar, this festival is the best – and funniest – way to explore Clark Quay.

Jurong Bird Park
Photo: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Kids

Feathered Friends Carnival

icon-location-pin Jurong Bird Park, Boon Lay
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Flock down to Jurong Bird Park and have a whirl at the Feathered Friends Carnival. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities from the classic tea-cup carousel and inflatable course to ring-tossing games – who knows you might even win some attractive prizes.

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Things to do, Festivals

Arts in Your Neighbourhood: Tampines

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Back for its 12th edition, Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) returns with a handful of art performances and activities over three weekends. With the focus on everything and anything in and from Tampines, expect to witness some fun and heart-filled performances inspired by the once rubber plantation. With about 50 art activities happening at 16 locations all over Singapore, there's no better way to pay homage to such a beautiful district in our country, as well as celebrate the arts.

Plastikophobia
Photo: Von Wong
Art, Mixed media

#Plastikophobia

icon-location-pin Sustainable Singapore Gallery, Marina Bay
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Plastikophobia comprises of two key elements: an interactive 3D installation by Canadians Benjamin Von Wong and Laura Francois, as well as a photo exhibition featuring works of Von Wong from three of his past creations including Mermaids Hate Plastic, Truckload of Plastic, and Strawpocalypse. Made from thousands of used plastic cups collected from local food stalls in Singapore, the exhibition depicts the severe problem of human plastic pollution in the oceans and aims to evoke the feeling of 'Plastikophobia'.

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Kids

Sesame Street 50 Years and Counting Celebration

icon-location-pin Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa
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Bring presents and join in the biggest birthday bash in town. Universal Studios Singapore invites all to party, play and learn with all new interactive shows and exhibits featuring adorable Sesame Street characters such as Elmo, Cookie Monster and more. In addition, guests are welcome to enjoy the world-class attraction with extended park hours on selected nights.

Music, Classical and opera

Lunchtime Concerts at Asian Civilisation Museum

icon-location-pin Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall
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CBD folks, it’s time to break out of your bleak office walls and catch a break because Lunchtime Concerts at Asian Civilisations Museum is back. Held every Friday throughout March, expect an hour-long of piano duets, chamber music and a collection of love songs. So pack yourself a meal from home or grab a bite from Privé or Empress and settle yourself at the museum to be serenaded by the soothing, classic and jazzy tunes.

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Things to do

Sakura Matsuri

icon-location-pin Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay
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Don't worry about having to travel to the Land of the Rising Sun for a glimpse of the seasonal cherry blossoms because it's all coming to you. Find your way through clouds of pink and white at Gardens by the Bay's Flower Dome to witness its annual floral display set amidst a Japanese-style garden. So expect tea houses, traditional rickshaws and torii gates. 

Art

Hermann Nitsch Solo Presentation

icon-location-pin Gillman Barracks, Kent Ridge
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Marvel at the stunning works by world-renowned avant-garde artist Hermann Nitsch dating from the 1990s to present. The Austrian painter is known to use unorthodox materials in his creations such as entrails, blood and more. In this exhibition, viewers are treated to 'Schuttbilder', referring to painting action by Nitch. Accompanied with music, dancing and active participants, these paintings were made spontaneously, resulting in highly gestural and visceral paintings.

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Nightlife, Alternative nightlife

Wax & Jam

icon-location-pin Nineteen80, Raffles Place
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NINETEEN80 takes throwback up a notch with its very own vinyl night, Wax and Jam. With special guests DJ Anand (Beatroot/CÉ LA VI) & DJ Joshua P in charge of spinning the most soulful tunes in a mixed variety of genres, you'll be sure to enjoy a night re-living the analog music days.

Raffles in Southeast Asia
Photo: Asian Civilisation Museum
Things to do, Exhibitions

Raffles in Southeast Asia: Revisiting the Scholar and Statesman

icon-location-pin Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall
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How well do you really know about Sir Stamford Raffles? Delve deeper into life of the founder of modern Singapore at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Pore over 240 objects from the Raffles Collection from the British Museum – a glimpse of Southeast Asian history that most intrigued Raffles and the British.

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Art, Galleries

teamLab Installation at Miaja Gallery

icon-location-pin Miaja Gallery, Raffles Place
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Teaming up with Ikkan Art Gallery, Miaja Gallery is proud to present digital artworks by teamLab as part of its permanent installation. An art collective based in Tokyo, teamLab is widely known to create art that transcends boundaries. Feast your eyes on Waves of Light, a digital artwork consisting of computer-generated waves that are expressed as a continuous body of water, creating a new experience between humans, nature, and art. Inspired by nature, life cycles, and the infinite movement of particles, the artworks showcased in this gallery tell stories that resonate deep within the human essence.

Art, Design

Human-Nature Exhibition

icon-location-pin Red Dot Design Museum Singapore, Marina Bay
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The Human-Nature exhibition brings together innovative products, research concepts, communication works and art, the exhibition begins with an introspective probe on how humans perceive robots. This selection of works poses questions about being human and explores how humans excel beyond their natural abilities. To gain an insight into the nature of human beings and technology, the museum offers a bilingual Human-Nature catalogue which serves as a necessary exhibition accompaniment and provides an in-depth narration, parallel questioning, and full descriptions of the exhibiting design works.

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Things to do, Quirky events

Light up your Friday and Weekend Nights at Downtown East

icon-location-pin Downtown East , Pasir Ris
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Light up your Friday and weekend nights at Downtown East with an exciting line-up of activities for members and guests. Join in on the outdoor movie screening of Thor: Ragnarok under the stars with family and friends on January 26, from 7.30pm to 10pm. Complete with free Rainbow Popcorn and Nachos N Cheese, have a relaxing time every last Saturday of the month at the Open Plaza 2 at Downtown East. Take a spin on Singapore’s first family-friendly electric go-karts and fulfill your F1 fantasies. Launched in late December 2018, these go-karts are the first in karting history made to drift with specially equipped mechanical handbrakes. Head down every Friday from 6pm to 9pm or every Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 9pm at Begonia (open-air carpark). It's $10 per ride and totally safe for kids aged eight and above. Whether you are a member or a guest, enjoy the waves and splash around at Wild Wild Wet in the tsunami pool. Be sure to head down soon on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 9.30pm. Gather your late-night supper club and hang out over a game of darts at Forest4 Darts Cafe or a game of pool at Cue Guru. Pop over to OBAR Live House for drinks and live music by local bands or form your own band and perform your heart out at Teo Heng KTV.

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.   

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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.  

minimalism, Olafur Eliasson
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, 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.      

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.

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

Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies

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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