The best things to do in Singapore this weekend (Nov 15-18)

Make the best of your weekend with our top picks of things to do, see and more in Singapore
guards of the taj
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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minimalism, Olafur Eliasson
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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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guards at the taj
Theatre, Drama

Guards at the Taj

icon-location-pin KC Arts Centre, Raffles Place
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If there's a price to be paid for beauty, Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj tells of its true cost. From November 14 to December 1, the Singapore Repertory Theatre is staging the Obie Award-winning play based on a myth that surrounds one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the magnificent Taj Mahal. Directed by Jo Kukathas who previously channelled the titular character of Shakespeare in the Park – Julius Caesar earlier this year, the wickedly dark comedy follows best mates Humayum and Babur who stand guard at the grand monument hours before its unveiling in 1648. At the emperor's decree, no one is allowed to turn to admire the beauty of the architecture prior to its completion except for those who are working within the walls. As the first light catches on the massive white domes behind them, the temptation to steal a glance grows between the two. However, the plot thickens when the guards are ordered to do the unimaginable – putting their friendship on the line. Will this end in a bloodbath or a will the pair escape a cruel fate? Find out the price of beauty by securing a seat at this brilliant play via Singapore Theatre Repertory from $35. Time Out Singapore in partnership with Singapore Repertory Theatre

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Andsoforth - Grimsneyland
Theatre, Interactive

Marie & The Nutcracker

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Step aside Toy Story – there's another story with toys coming to life. Andsoforth returns with another immersive theatrical dining experience, welcoming guests to join Marie and the Nutcracker this holiday season. Witness the toys rise up against the Mouse King and his army for the key to the Kingdom of Sweets – and possibly the sweetest wedding affair. Let the magical world of Marie's imagination unravel before your eyes as you tuck into a 4-course meal inspired by the cuisines from Nuremberg and ETA Hoffman's The Nutcracker. As per Andsoforth's previous hush-hush gigs, it's held at a secret location where guests will receive an SMS with details of the exact venue at least 24-hours before the show.

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Infusion – Oil On Canvas
Art, Galleries

Mind Over Matter

icon-location-pin Mazel Galerie, Orchard
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Brought to you by Mazel Galerie Singapore, renowned contemporary French artist Lionel Sabatté is showcasing his first-ever solo exhibition in Asia and Singapore. The exhibition displays his latest works of art in painting and sculpture as an experimental adventurist, using the most unlikely of materials including tea leaves from Yunnan, China, and the dust from the metro stations of Paris. In his Ongles Et Peaux Mortes series, human discards like clipped nails, human hair and even calluses are used to reflect on our human condition. With the belief that all matters are malleable, his paintings challenge the chemistry between various mediums and minerals on canvas. Beyond the control of human hands, these works provide an air of stillness and poetic calmness for your rich imagination to interpret.

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Dreamseeds Arts Fest
Art

Dreamseeds Arts Fest

icon-location-pin Aliwal Arts Centre, Rochor
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Dreamseeds Arts Fest by Club Rainbow is back with the aim to give beneficiaries with chronic illnesses an artistic outlet to express their innate creativity. Check out the arts exhibition, featuring the beneficiaries’ artworks in mediums such as watercolour and photography. Vibrant tote bags, postcards, and mugs will be up for sale at the arts market – you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Visit its official Facebook page for specific timings and updates.    

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Gajah Gallery
Things to do, Exhibitions

Power – Now and There: A Solo Exhibition by Sabri Idrus

icon-location-pin Gajah Gallery, Habourfront
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In his new series of artwork, Sabri Idrus employs spatial stacking, surfaces of different forms and meticulous layering to portray the thin lines of freedom. He explores the strengths and weaknesses of the artists to concentrate on the process of decision-making. His main objective is to evoke a maelstrom of thoughts and emotions in the spectators to propel them to be unboxed from their conventional thought process. Sabri Idrus's new work will unravel your utmost inner thoughts and cross boundaries through his artwork, featured around the globe of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Poland, Germany, the United Kingdom and the UnitedStates, this exhibition is not to be missed. 

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Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Attractions, Zoos and aquariums

True Colours

icon-location-pin Jurong Bird Park, Boon Lay
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Penguins are the stars of this year-end holiday festive season. Learn interesting in-depth information about the various species of penguins and finally figure out why penguins are black and white. Grab the chance to hand-feed the penguins for yourselves and catch them take part in the activities that could lead to you winning a collectible penguin pin to bring home.

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Singapore River Safari
Things to do, Walks and tours

River Safari: Tales Of The Fearsome Creatures

icon-location-pin Mandai Reserve Area, Raffles Place
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This school holiday, make a trip down River Safari and experience the Tales Of Fearsome River Creatures. Here's your chance to get up close with Mother Nature's formidable creations. Witness tigerfish leap out from the water to snatch their prey, alligators stalk their unsuspecting dinner and deadly piranhas chew through flesh straight to the bone. If that's too scary for the young ones, take part in games like the River Lockdown. There you'll take on the role of an adventurer stuck in time who has to evade the river's terrifying creatures – if you make it out alive, you win a shiny Pin of Honour. Indiana Jones would be so proud.

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Kalaa Utsavam 2018
Things to do, Cultural centres

Kalaa Utsavam

icon-location-pin Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, City Hall
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Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts is back for their 17th edition, featuring performances by top artists including alternative rock band Avial and dancer-choreographer Leela Samson. The festival focuses on how traditional art forms and stories can be made contemporary and relevant to our times. Delve into modern-day Indian culture through five productions happening throughout the festival that tells the courageous stories of mythical heroes and superwomen and how they are still relatable to us. Hands-on experiences are also available during the festival like parent-child workshops on Basic Indian Dance and Basic Yoga.

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Sound & Vision
Art, Galleries

Sound & Vision

icon-location-pin FOST Gallery, Bukit Merah
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Presented by Fost Gallery, Sound & Vision promises an engaging experience where you head on a journey to discover how these two domains are interpreted in art. Featuring works by four talented artists – Zul Mahmod, Ng Joon Kiat, Wyn-Lyn Tan, and Ian Woo – the group exhibition highlights the means of composite in their art by engaging with notions of repetition and rhythm, tonality and intensity, as well as unity and dissonance. Immerse yourselves in echoing depth of Wyn-Lyn Tan’s sculptures, and revel in Ng Joon Kiat’s series of graphite paintings, bringing attention to the invisible frequencies surrounding us.

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Hullabaloo Christmas at Tanjong Pagar Centre
Tanjong Pagar Centre
Things to do, Festivals

A Hullabaloo Christmas at Tanjong Pagar Centre

icon-location-pin Tanjong Pagar Centre, Raffles Place
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Inspired by the bright colours of Hullabaloo by The Artground, watch as the Tanjong Pagar Centre transform into the vibrant Urban Park this holiday season. Soak in the festivities and cheery atmosphere with a line-up of lifestyle activities, local artists and performers such as Sherraine Low, Jarrell Huang, and KAYNA from Ecuador. Gather the whole fam for handicraft workshops by Pompom Pets and Bead by Bead that will keep your little rugrats busy.

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Musical Notes by Compagnie des Quidams
Things to do, pop-ups

Arts In Your Neighbourhood (AYN)

icon-location-pin Woodlands Waterfront Park, Woodlands
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The family-friendly bi-annual arts festival returns with almost 70 unique activities over a period of three weekends in November. For this edition, the arts is setting camp at 18 locations islandwide from Bedok and Tampines to Woodlands and Yishun, with Woodlands being the 11th editions’ focus town. Inspired by the history and memories of Woodlands, immerse yourself in the diverse line-up of programs and activities such as Jumbo Fabrica, where you get to gain a deeper insight into the history, nature and lives of the people that call Woodlands home through furniture upcycling art, walking trails and performances. Other activities include the quirky whimsical roving performance Musical Notes, nostalgic melodies from Studio Ghibli films by Orchestra Collective, and game-like interactive music performance, When We Get Together, by Open Score Project.

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

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Albert Yonathan Setyawan & Miyanaga Aiko | Radiance
Things to do, Exhibitions

Albert Yonathan Setyawan & Miyanaga Aiko: Radiance

icon-location-pin Mizuma Gallery, Bukit Merah
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Organised by Mizuma Gallery, Radiance is a two-person exhibition by Indonesian artist Albert Yonathan Setyawan and Japanese artist Miyanaga Aiko, featuring their newest art pieces that communicate between each other, as well as their newest body of works. Delve deeper into what went on in the minds of the artists and the various factors that impacted the entire process during the Artist Talk session happening during the opening reception.

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The Little Prince – Singapore Philatelic Museum
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Museums, Childhood

The Little Prince with Dialogue in the Dark

icon-location-pin Singapore Philatelic Museum, City Hall
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In partnership with Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Dialogue in the Dark Singapore (DiDsg), Singapore Philatelic Museum is organising tours of the sculptures conducted by visually impaired guides. Experience the familiar story of the Little Prince like no other. Using just your sense of touch, experience your nerves and sensitivities enhanced as you feel the snake that's eaten the elephant, the long ears of the fox and the wavy hair of the Little Prince. Through conversing with the DiDsg guides, you will also get to have a deeper understanding of this unique tactile experience.  

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Between the Lines – The Chinese Cartoon Revolution
Museums, History

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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poinsettia wishes, gardens by the bay
Things to do

Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum

icon-location-pin Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay
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The Disney Tsum Tsum family heads to Gardens By The Bay this Christmas season, bringing a touch of magic and shine to the floral display. Watch as our Tsum Tsum friends dance alongside the festive décor and fairy lights illuminating the tallest live Christmas tree in the Flower Dome. Take in the relaxing festive mood amidst the poinsettias, Christmas berries and holly alongside everyone’s favourite snowman Olaf, and our childhood buddy Dumbo.

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 All Possible Paths
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.

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Among Plants and Animals by Weixin Quek Chong
Art, Galleries

Among Plants and Animals

icon-location-pin SPRMRKT (Cluny Court), Bukit Timah
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This flora-focused display shows local artist Weixin Quek Chong's knack for creating visuals that gorgeously captures plants inspired by books. Her technique lies in conveying her visions through selecting materials that give her works glossy, magazine-like sheen which then creates irony when accompanied with her unconventional range of subject matter including live plants represented in drawings or contemporary approaches like applying make-up and beauty cosmetics.

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The Quayside Pup Club
Things to do, Markets and fairs

The Quayside Pup Club

icon-location-pin Quayside, Raffles Place
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To all the pooch lovers and puppy parents out there, you can now treat your pets to some dog-friendly ice cream this weekend. Starting from October 14, Quayside Pup Club’s animated pop-up ice cream cart opens for business every second Sunday of the month to provide healthy pet snacks, courtesy of Tayla’s Sorvete, Singapore’s artisan pet supplier.  Perfect for combatting the Singapore heat, pets can now indulge in this icy cold pupsicles ($5) with flavours that include blueberry, honey mango and strawberry, as well as the new homemade peanut butter and strawberry toppings ($0.70). If your furbaby can't seem to get enough of them, simply purchase them in boxes ($15.60) for takeaways or even as a post-walk treat to get your canine's tail wagging. While you’re at it, snag a popsicle photo opportunity to capture the moments to add to your gallery filled with puppy selfies.

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President's Young Talents 2018
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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ROOM by Jodi Tan
Art, Galleries

Room

icon-location-pin SPRMRKT (STPI), Raffles Place
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Observe local artist Jodi Tan's impressive experiments with shape and colour via screen-printing, collage, painting and cross-stitching at the SPRMRKT's STPI location. Soak up the visuals of her Still Life series which includes eight works where positive and negative shapes are re-arranged in unconventional ways, allowing viewers to question how images are read and perceived. Her cross-stitching skills can be seen via her Sense of Order series, while she explores the idea of nature in urban spaces via her new series, Tree.

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Teng Nee Cheong
Art, Galleries

Embodiment | Sentience

icon-location-pin The Private Museum, Rochor
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To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the passing of the late Singaporean artist, Teng Nee Cheong, the exhibition showcases the rare sighting of his monochromatic charcoal drawings, instead of his better-known vibrant, colourful paintings with Southeast Asian cultural influences. As the first exhibition since his passing, this inaugural showcase displays a selection of his life drawings collection. 

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Singapore photography festival Singapore Nguan
Photo: Singapore Nguan
Art

Singapore International Photography Festival

icon-location-pin Singapore City,
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The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) was the first of its kind when it premiered in 2008, and this year’s sixth edition promises to showcase even more works by South-East Asian artists. The festival includes a slew of exhibitions, workshops, and public talks held at various locations, including Deck, Gillman Barracks, The Arts House, Japan Creative Centre, Esplanade Tunnel and the National Design Centre. This year's theme is Like You, Me, Everybody Else takes a look into intimate realms and broader narratives connected by various human experiences. All works are carefully selected for their universal appeal that allows viewers from all walks of life the ability to relate.    

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Lim Cheng Hoe - Painting Singapore
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
Things to do

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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Building History: Monuments in Bricks and Blocks
Things to do, Exhibitions

Building History: Monuments in Bricks and Blocks

icon-location-pin Singapore City,
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Lego fans, here's one for you. Building History: Monuments in Bricks and Blocks is a travelling exhibition that features eight models of Singapore national monuments, constructed using over 110,000 LEGO bricks. Iconic landmarks include the National Museum of Singapore, Jurong Town Hall, Sultan Mosque, and St Andrew’s Cathedral – with the tallest model standing at 1.1m high and the heaviest at 40kg. 

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Playeum 'Going Play-ces'
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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Amek Gambar (Taking Pictures): Peranakans and Photography
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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You've Got Mail, Singapore Philatelic Museum
CHRISTIANC
Things to do

You've Got Mail

icon-location-pin Singapore Philatelic Museum, City Hall
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When's the last time you've sent someone a letter? Revisit the good ol' pre-internet and email days and rediscover the joys of handwritten letters with Singapore Philatelic Museum's two-part exhibition, which showcases more than 200 award-winning decorative envelopes from the Washington Calligraphers Guild and over 150 unique stamps like holographic and chocolate-scented ones and other philatelic materials. 

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