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19 fun things to do in Singapore this week (May 15-19)

Mark them calendars with a block party, two film festivals and a whole bunch of other exciting events

By Adam Kerr | May 15, 2017

  • 19 fun things to do in Singapore this week (May 15-19)
    Urban Ventures x House of Noise

The mid-week public holiday last week was a great respite for those not celebrating Vesak Day. But this week, business resumes as usual. Catch a couple of captivating films at the 27th edition of European Union Film Festival, party at Urban Ventures' sixth block party over at Duxton Plain Park, or have your fill of crabs at Ah Hoi's Kitchen's Festival of Crabs this week; as long as you get some leisure time after work hours.

Monday, May 15


Mellow Mud at the 27th edition of European Union Film Festival

FILM
The long-running European Union Film Festival (EUFF) returns for its 27th edition with a snazzy new home—the National Gallery. The festival brings together 27 thought-provoking, captivating and hilarious films from across the continent. Through May 21

FOOD
Goodwood Park Hotel's annual durian festival returns, unfrazzled by the suspension and food poisoning cases last year, with all-time favorites like durian puffs and crepes and and new creations like a designer cakes shaped after the fruit itself. Through Jul 31

Tuesday, May 16

EXHIBITION
The diagnosis of stage 4 thyroid cancer may be traumatic for local ceramic enthusiast and PR practitioner Suan Ong, but she did not let that stop her from living a full life. She has been cancer-free for six years now and since then, completed her pottery project Beginnings, which has helped her cope with her illness. Through May 20

THEATER
Here's your last chance to catch the Broadway feel-good musical comedy Sister Act. Featuring original music from eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, the musical follows the story of Deloris, a wannabe diva whose life goes topsy-turvy after becoming the key witness to a crime. Through May 20

EXHIBITION
Calling all Harry Potter fans—if you’re in withdrawal after reading Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts, time to ooh and aah over some Harry Potter stamps, prop replicas, toys and other memorabilia from private collectors all around the world at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Through Jun 25

Wednesday, May 17

FILM
If you've yet to catch Kirsten Tan's award-winning Singaporean-Thai film Pop Aye, there's another screening of it happening at Golden Village Suntec, this time in support of local transgender shelter The T Project. May 17

FOOD
The Coffee Lounge at Goodwood Park Hotel may be known for its Taiwanese porridge menu, but from now till May, satisfy your love for laksa as they create six decadent and delicious renditions using homemade rempah (spice paste), other high quality ingredients and garnished with daun kesum (laksa leaves). Think laksa with crab leg, laksa in claypot form, and the like. Through May 21

Thursday, May 18

CONCERT
Whip out that pair of bell-bottoms you’ve kept in the back of your wardrobe all these years for the OGs that dominated the disco music era of the late ‘70s and '80s, Village People. They will be performing in Singapore for the first time as part of their 40th anniversary. Dance to their chart-toppers and crowd favorites like “Go West”, “Y.M.C.A”, and many more. Tickets are priced from $55-$155 and happening at MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. May 18-19

ART
This month's edition of ArtScience Late takes you into The Garden of the Eye of the Future, where you'll experience the foreseeable future through music and visual arts. Then, head down to Basement 2 for a sneak preview of the upcoming Human+: The Future of Our Species, an exhibition exploring the next possible evolution of humans (cyborgs, superhumans and clones walk among us today). May 18

PARTY
Bounce to all the sickest grime tunes with Req, Attagirl!, Darren Dubwise, William J and Prav at Cherry Discotheque this Thursday. May 18

DRINK
Hopping (or crawling) between Singapore’s top cocktail bars is all part of the fun of cocktail culture here, but at Tippling Club, it’s the city’s best bars that will come to you. Led by Tippling Club’s head bartender Joe Schofield, Once Upon a Time in Singapore brings together Gibson’s Aki Eguchi, Operation Dagger’s Juan Yijun, 28 HongKong Street’s Joma Rivera, Employees Only’s Bai Jiawei and Manhattan’s Philip Bischoff. May 18

EXHIBITION
The photography series "Hong Kong Shop Cats" by Dutch visual artist and photographer Marcel Heijnen has garnered quite a following since 2016. This year, the exhibition will be held outside of Hong Kong for the first time, right here at Artistry. Apr 13-Jun 4

Friday, May 19


My Life as a Zucchini at the French Animation Film Festival

FILM
Check out the six films at this year's French Animation Film Festival organized by Alliance Francaise de Singapour, including the opening film My Life as a Zucchini by Claude Barras, the whimsical Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess and The Girl Without Hands. May 19-21

PARTY
Plan ahead for this one guys. Urban Ventures is back for its sixth block party and this time, they will be taking over the Duxton Plain Park, transforming the space into a "social dining haven" filled with food, music, art, markets and lots of socializing. May 19-21

ART
Kult takes a light jab at fancy art fairs with their own tongue-in-cheek version, The $200 Show: Actually Affordable Art. You can expect to see a variety of artworks spanning across mediums like risograph prints, art on vinyl, resin-cast sculptures and original illustrations from local and international artists like Kult's founder Mojoko, local multidisciplinary creative agency fFurious and illustrator Mindflyer. Through May 22

FOOD
Salon de Royal, a chocolatier cafe from Kyoto that was founded in 1935 is doing a pop-up store at Japan Food Town, bringing a limited edition pecan nut flavored ice-cream that's specially made for Singapore and other popular sweets by them. Through May 31

PARTY
Ce La Vi's Diamond Life parties are back in the month of May every Wednesday and this time, they are collaborating with online retail store Style Tribute for a glamorous revelry that will see ladies stand a chance to win the grand prize comprising $1,000 worth of private styling sessions, bubbly and Style Tribute clothing, bags and shoes of the winner's choice. Through May 31

EXHIBITION
Eitaro Ogawa and Tamae Iwasaki, the husband and wife duo and their partner, Tomohisa Miyauchi, behind the 700-page soft cover photobook, HDB Homes Of Singapore have turned their project into a photo exhibition at SPRMRKT on 2 McCallum Street. HDB Homes Of Singapore: The Photo Exhibition will showcase selected images from their collection of photos. Through Jun 27

FOOD
Because crab parties are the best kind of parties, Ah Hoi's Kitchen at Hotel Jen Tanglin is throwing a Festival of Crabs where you can feast on not one, not two, but 10 different styles of meaty Sri Lankan crabs. There’s no way to eat all of them (in one go at least), so be smart and get your claws on the Salted Egg and Crispy Yam Crab, Glass Noodles and Chinese Wine Crab or Claypot Crab Beehoon. Through Jul 31

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