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23 fun things to do in Singapore this week (Oct 9-13)

Get your fix of beer at Oktoberfest parties, check out National Museum of Singapore's 130th anniversary festivities, and more

By Adam Kerr | Oct 06, 2017

  • 23 fun things to do in Singapore this week (Oct 9-13)
    Fred Perry Singapore Sub-Sonic Live. Photo credit: Fred Perry Singapore

If you missed out on the trippy GIF fest on the weekend, you have until Wednesday to head down to Gillman Barracks to check it out. This week there are a couple of Oktoberfest events dotting the city, as well as the return of Fred Perry's Subculture Live.

Monday, Oct 9


Artwork by Ella Tay (@designerinsingapore), for Noise x GIF Fest

ART
The collectively beloved graphic interchange format (GIF) takes center stage at this year’s Noise x GIF Fest, which spotlights the artistic medium and its role in digital art, entertainment and creative communication through over 50 original GIFs done by both professional and amateur artists in SIngapore. Through Oct 11

FESTIVAL
The island’s annual festival celebrating architecture is back—this year with the theme "Building Agency". Held across multiple venues, Archifest 2017 will see a lineup of more than 50 curated exhibitions, tours, talks and installations, to bring the public closer to appreciating our built environment. Through Oct 11

EXHIBITION
The ION Art Photography Series returns for its fourth edition, this time featuring the best of portrait, architectural, lifestyle, documentary, sports and street photography by eight renowned Singapore-based photographers such as Marc Tan, Justin Ong and KC Eng; all shot using Leica cameras and lenses. Through Oct 15

Tuesday, Oct 10


"Surf & Turf" by Bjorn Shen. Photo credit: Lucha Loco's Facebook page

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

FILM
The National Gallery Singapore is messing with minds and shaking things up with Painting with Light, a showcase of more than 30 award-winning feature-length and short films exploring the multi-sensory medium of art. Through Oct 29

FOOD
Mexican king of the (Duxton) hill Lucha Loco is stepping up with their first Taco Libre event, featuring tacos made by six of SIngapore's top chefs like Artichoke's Bjorn Shen, Cheek by Jowls' Rishi Naleendra and Dave Pynt of Burnt Ends over 12-weeks (rotates every fortnight). These chefs will be vying for top suds as the "Ultimate Taco Champion". Through Nov 4

Wednesday, Oct 11


Objectifs' Women in Photography. Photo credit: Jannatul Mawa

THEATER
In celebration of Sing'theatre's 10th anniversary, they're staging their own adaptation of Forever Young, a comical jukebox musical from the original European hit by Swiss writer Erik Gedeon, at the School of the Arts. Read our interview with director Hossan Leong hereOct 11-21

FOOD
Here’s one for the carnivores: Everyone’s favorite meat buffet restaurant The Carvery beefs up their menu with the return of the Great Meat Feast, featuring a new-and-improved, international line-up of pork cuts and beef carvings. Through Oct 22

EXHIBITION
On the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, the National Museum of Singapore remembers 1942, with their first large-scale, blockbuster war exhibition featuring more than 130 artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions. It’s the biggest collection of war stories to date. Check out the exhibition to explore events and portrayals of World War II beyond just your textbook syllabus. Through Mar 21 (2017)

Thursday, Oct 12


"Tale of a Lake" at Finnish Film Festival

FILM
Co-presented with the Embassy of Finland, the Finnish Film Foundation and the Finland 100 team, the inaugural Finnish Film Festival will be held at The Projector, screening a variety of films that showcase their social and natural landscapes like Little Wing, a moving tale of a young girl who goes on to find her biological father after being raised by her erratic and immature mother. Oct 12-15

DRINK/EAT
This year, Erdinger takes its annual Oktoberfest to the idyllic Summerhouse, for a full 17 days of food and fun. Wildseed Bar at The Summerhouse celebrates with a makeshift German biergarten (beer garden) and exclusive dinner menu of German treats (lots of meat and sausages); as well as  live music and live stations of Bavarian weisswurst, pretzels, pork belly roasts, house-cured smoked salmon and sausages. Through Oct 22

EXHIBITION
The Substation asks all the tough questions with Discipline The City, a three-act exhibition exploring the politics of space, control and access in Singapore, through a series of experiential installations from local and international artists. Be prepared to leave disillusioned and wondering: who really owns the city? Through Oct 22 (Act ii)

FOOD
Shuck away at Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar’s self-proclaimed Oysters Festival, which will roll out the finest oysters from the French ocean, including the Grand Cru de France, a vintage, special deep-cupped oyster that’s earned the title “Royal Oyster”.Other signature oyster varieties that will be available include oyster La Royale N1, La Royale N3, Wild oyster N3 and Fine Selection, with prices starting at $5. Through Oct 31

Friday, Oct 13


The Proof Flat

WORKSHOP
Learn more about the spirits you love with the peeps behind 28 HongKong Street every Friday this month at Proof Flat. For this week’s edition of at Salon Social, they’ll be sharing origin stories and production methods of vodka, some fun and engaging and engaging anecdotes of working with vodka and a cocktail recipe. Did we mention there's free-flow Prosecco throughout the workshop? Oct 13

CONCERT
British sportswear-slash-streetwear label Fred Perry Singapore will be bringing in Gary Powell, drummer of English rock outfit The Libertines, for an exclusive DJ set for the upcoming edition of the label's gig series, Subculture Live. Oct 13

DRINK/EAT
Fancy your Oktobinging 100 meters above sea level? Take the party to Mount Faber, where Spuds & Aprons is throwing panoramic views of Sentosa into the mix of free-flow Erdinger Weissbier and Tiger Beer, as well as German classics like the Pork Knuckle with Jus, roasted pork with mustard crust and more. Oct 13-14

DRINK/EAT
New kid on the block Savourworld is joining in on the Oktoberfestivities with its very first edition of the festival. The beer of the ball is Maisel, one of Germany’s oldest breweries and the maker of a refreshingly dry, traditional wheat beer. They’re also bringing in a six-piece, live Bavarian Oompah Band in full lederhosen gear to perform. Oct 13-15

FESTIVAL
National Museum of Singapore is celebrating their 130th birthday in the biggest way possible. The oldest of its kind, the museum will be opening up its doors to showcase its history through museum tours, its galleries, art installations and various fringe activities led by their curators and docents. There'll also be live performances at the coach bay and platform in front of the escalators on level 2 and an Artisanal Retro Market to check out. Oct 13-15

ART
Good things come in small packages—is what the folks behind iPreciation would like the growing art community in Singapore to know. Presenting the fourth edition of Portable Art Week, the local fine art company is once again spotlighting contemporary artworks from Singaporean and Asian artists. The catch? All the art on show is “small-sized” and collectible. Oct 13-21

EXHIBITION
The third edition of Objectifs’s Women in Photography group exhibition spotlights eight international and local women photographers and their works exploring domesticity and family. Follow Belgian photographer Bieke Depoorter around North America where she documents the homes of strangers who let her stay a night in I Am About to Call it a Day; or peruse uncomfortable portraits of Bangladeshi housewives and housemaids in Jannatul Mawa’s Close Distance. Oct 13-Nov 19

FESTIVAL
Now on their seventh edition, Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights returns on select nights, all circling the central theme of the seven new incarnations of sins present in modern society—cruelty, deception, malice, manipulation, narcissism, perversion and obsession. Through Oct 29

EXHIBITION
Monsoon Song is Singaporean artist Fyeool Darma’s second solo exhibition, two years after he debuted with a series of paintings exploring the Malay identity and dissociation. His latest draws from the aesthetics of urban subcultures, traditional ceremonies and the folk craft of Singapore, Malaysia and the region. Through Oct 29

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.

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