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22 awesome things to do in Singapore this week (Aug 21-25)

The second weekend of Singapore Night Festival, the return of one of Singapore’s longest film festivals and more

By Adam Kerr | Aug 18, 2017

  • 22 awesome things to do in Singapore this week (Aug 21-25)
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If you missed last week's showcase of lights at the 10th edition of Singapore Night Festival, you can still catch it this week, where performances like Globe by Close-Act Theatre, Lunisolar Vibes by Zingo Festival Drum Group and more will be happening too. Otherwise, there’s also the 25th edition of the Israel Film Festival as well as the return of the Soulfeed series at Zouk.

Monday, Aug 21


Nadine at the HUMAN+: The Future of Our Species

FOOD
Japanese beef specialty restaurant Fat Cow is offering a special five-course set dinner designed to showcase some of Japan's seasonal specials this summer. Feast on tantalizing somen, salmon and scallops, and of course, the star of menu, the prized Hida wagyu. Through Aug 31

ART
Now that The O.P.E.N. is over, check out the 90 different talks, workshops, plays and other boundary-pushing performances at this year's Singapore International Festival of the Arts (SIFA). Through Sep 9

EXHIBITION
Robots have invaded the ArtScience Museum and everyone’s invited to take a peek at what the future of cybernetics, artificial intelligence and genetic modification might look like at the HUMAN+: The Future of Our Species exhibition. Come with an open mind as you interact with life-like humanoids and find out how robots are already living among us. Through Oct 15

Tuesday, Aug 22


Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress

TALK
Part of IndigNation's second edition of their Natural Education Conference, the Long Table about What's Next After 377A, which was rescheduled due to conflicting schedules, will provide a space to discuss the biggest challenge to LGBTIQ equality in Singapore—Section 377A—and what the future might entail when it's repealed. Aug 22

COMEDY
Stand-up comedian and actress Zainab Johnson is bringing her brand of comedy to Singapore for the first time. She's had appearances on HBO's All Def Comedy, BET's Comic View and MTV's Acting Out. Aug 22

THEATER
After its original staging in 2002, followed by two more sold-out runs in 2003 and 2006, Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) and Esplanade are bringing back Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress for a limited time this month. It tells the story of a legendary Empress Dowager of China, and her trials and tribulations she goes through only to become a victim of lies and rumors. Through Aug 27

EXHIBITION
Kult Gallery's launching a new series to showcase the urban art scene from other countries. Titled "From the Streets”, the first of its series will shine the spotlight on the Philippines, featuring the works of more than 20 artists. Through Aug 26

EXHIBITION
Asia's largest mirror maze has landed in Singapore as a new permanent installation at Science Centre Singapore. The visually-appealing maze features 105 mirror cells, more than 17 interactive exhibits and experiments on light, a bunch of holograms and fake exits. Admission is free but you'll still have to pay admission charges to the center itself.

Wednesday, Aug 23


"Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow" at National Gallery Singapore

FILM
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t's super niche, but if you're looking to scale mountains some time in your life, check out this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at Alliance Francaise, where you can watch more than two hours of short films that capture some of the most remote corners of the world. Aug 23

EXHIBITION
Enter the whimsical world of Yayoi Kusama at National Gallery Singapore, the first big-scale survey of her work in Southeast Asia. Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow curated by the Gallery's Russell Storer and Adele Tan, will showcase more than 120 paintings, sculptures, videos and installations spanning over seven decades--some of which have never been shown before. Through Sep 3

FOOD
The popular Singapore Restaurant Month is now a full-fledged festival, thanks to the Restaurant Association of Singapore bringing together more than 200 chefs who will be preparing a locally-inspired dish at their respective eateries for the very first Singapore Restaurant Festival. Through Sep 30

Thursday, Aug 24


Sum 41. Photo credit: Taken from IME SG's Facebook page

CONCERT
Most people will remember Canadian outfit Sum 41 as one of the many rock bands that dominated the scene back in the 2000s with hits like “In Too Deep”, “The Hell Song” and “Over My Head (Better Off Dead)”. They were last here five years ago for their Screaming Bloody Murder tour, and now they’re returning to perform at Zepp@BigBox, armed with a brand new album, 13 Voices. Aug 24

PARTY
Your favorite dynamic duo Adrian Wee & KiDG are back for their iconic Poptart night of indie-flavored everything, from Queen to The Killers, at Cherry Discotheque. Get your dancing shoes ready. Aug 24

FESTIVAL
It’s the second weekend of the 10th edition of the annual Singapore Night Festival. This year, they're bringing back fan favorites from recent years to tie in with the theme "10 Magical Years", with acts like Bloco Singapura and Grapple MAX Dojo. Check out some of our picks here. Aug 24-26

FILM
Now in its 25th year, the Israel Film Festival has become one of the oldest and longest running ones around. They're upsizing their offerings this year, screening more than 15 films, documentaries, classics and even a 10-episode TV series over 10 days, across two venues. Aug 24-Sep 10

EXHIBITION
Lego has teamed up with the Piece of Peace executive committee (made up of Parco Co. Ltd., Lego Japan and Bau Communications) to showcase the various UNESCO world heritage listed sites built using Lego blocks as part of ASEAN’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Singapore is the first Southeast Asian country to host this once-in-a-lifetime UNESCO world heritage art exhibition. Through Sep 3

Friday, Aug 25


M.A.N.D.Y.

PARTY
Feed your soul with good music this weekend as German electronic duo M.A.N.D.Y. returns to Zouk. Known for their seminal track "Body Language", which became a hit and was voted as the "Ibiza Track of the Season" in 2005, both Phillip Jung and Patrick Bodmer will be dropping some of their deliciously original deep tech tracks as well as remixed productions. Aug 25

WORKSHOP
Refine your photography skills and learn to shoot like the pros at the Singapore DJI Drone Workshop, where you'll learn to operate the DJI quadcopters safely while taking photos with a bird's eye view. Aug 25

DRINK/WELLNESS
Uh oh, beer yoga is back. Sign up for a class where you'll learn how to pair the pleasure of drinking beer while practicing the mindfulness of yoga. It'll be held at a rooftop pool-deck, but the exact location will only be provided after booking. Aug 25

PARTY
From humble beginnings of spinning at house parties in Queens to completely dominating the scene, DJ, producer and Grammy Award winner Roger Sanchez has become a household name synonymous house music. He'll be heading up to Ce La Vi for a one-night-only performance this coming weekend. Aug 25

PERFORMANCE
Centre 42's Late-Night Texting returns for the second time as part of Singapore Night Festival. There'll be more than 30 performances from seven groups over two nights with acts like Text With Me where improv comedians will turn audience members' suggestions into jokes right there and then. Aug 25-26

FOOD
After a great first run, local Szechuan cuisine pioneer Si Chuan Dou Hua is bringing back last year’s well-received vegetable-based menu. This time, expect dishes rarely seen in a Chinese restaurant, like the Portobello Mushroom with Truffle and Orzo Pasta served with Szechuan Chilli Sauce, served as part of a course menu ($78-$98) that is filled with meatless (not strictly vegetarian) creations. Through Sep 15

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