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28 fun things to do in Singapore this week (Aug 14-18)

The return of Singapore Night Festival, IndigNation's showcase of LGBT films, Beerfest Asia and more

By Adam Kerr | Aug 11, 2017

  • 28 fun things to do in Singapore this week (Aug 14-18)
    Invasion by Close-Act. Photo credit: Singapore Night Festival 2016

The wait for this week to come must’ve been pretty damn long, especially if you bought tickets to catch Bastille, DNCE, Lido and Cigarettes After Sex. Also, Beerfest Asia will be rearing its head towards the weekend with more than 100 new beers making its debut in Singapore to try, along with the return of the well-loved Night Festival and IndigNation Queer Films Festival. Plenty to reward yourself with this week.

Monday, Aug 14


Bastille

CONCERT
If you missed Bastille’s performance last year and the year before, don’t worry because they’ll be making their third appearance in Singapore, this time at the Star Theatre, bringing with them tunes from their most recent album Wild World and more. Aug 14

OPEN HOUSE
Check out Changi's new Terminal 4 and all its swanky, cutting-edge technologies and art works before everyone else this month at their two-week open house. Through Aug 20

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

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

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 15


DNCE

CONCERT
Former Jonas Brothers vocalist Joe Jonas has gone a different direction ever since the split in 2013. Together with Jack Lawless, Cole Whittle and JinJoo Lee, he formed the American dance-rock band DNCE, who’ll be taking the stage at Suntec Convention Centre Hall 403 this month. Aug 15

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 20

FILM
Singapore's annual open air cinema Films At The Fort returns to natural amphitheater Fort Canning Park with a total of 15 great films. This week’s screenings include films like like Proximity & The Fourth Phase, Once Upon A Time In Venice, and Moonlight. Through Aug 20


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PARTY
We were thrilled when we heard that French electronic music duo Justice announced that they’ll be in Singapore. They rose to fame during the second wave of what was known as the French Touch years ago, along with the likes of Daft Punk, Air and Etienne de Crecy. Who could forget the now legendary track “D.A.N.C.E.” from their debut album (pronounced "Cross")? Now armed with the third studio album Woman, get ready to let loose as they take on Zouk for a special one-night-only DJ set. Aug 15

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THEATER
Ah Boys to Men might be the current reference when it comes to depictions of National Service, but for anyone old enough to remember the '90s, nothing can compare to Army Daze. Thirty years on, playwright Michael Chiang is giving us a sequel. Through Aug 20

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 16


RWS Street Eats. Photo credit: Resorts World Sentosa

CONCERT
Norwegian beat-maker Lido will be dropping by Kilo Lounge for his Singapore debut live performance. The 25-year-old has produced for biggies like Chance the Rapper, A$AP Mob and Halsey. Aug 16

FOOD
Resorts World Sentosa will be turning its Malaysian Food Street into the epicenter of Southeast Asia's diverse offerings of local grub for their inaugural Street Eats pop-up, featuring 11 stalls from countries in the region on top of the nine that are already at the enclave. Through Aug 20

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 17


Cigarettes After Sex

ART
This month's edition of ArtScience Late features a contemporary piece by musician George Chua and visual artist Wu Jun Han that showcases the various ways that modern society experiences war today. Aug 17

CONCERT
Cigarettes After Sex fans in Singapore who missed their performance at last month's Urbanscapes in Kuala Lumpur will get to see them when they come to Singapore to play at the Capitol Theatre in August. The dreamy, ambient pop group led by Greg Gonzalez was founded in El Paso, Texas in 2008 and went on to release their first EP in 2012. Aug 17

THEATER
Witness the melding of two distinct art forms as award-winning cartoonist Sonny Liew and theater veteran Edith Podesta collaborate to produce Becoming Graphic, where a two-dimensional graphic novel about ageing and mortality gets brought to life on stage as part of this year’s Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA). Aug 17-19

DRINK
This year's Beerfest Asia is shaping up to be not just bigger, but better than last year's edition, featuring over 100 new beers that will be making their debut in Singapore, as well as all-time favorites and other specialty brews. Aug 17-20

PERFORMANCE
The signature big top circus tent of Cirque du Soleil will be erected once more in Singapore next month, this time, bringing their new production Kooza to our shores for the first time. This will mark the world famous Canadian troupe’s fifth foray here. Through Aug 20

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 18


Fathers, screening at IndigNation Queer Films Festival 2017

CONVENTION
If you're into anything that's two-wheeled, don't miss out on the Singapore Bike Show 2017, Asia's first-ever show for motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, e-scooters and e-bikes. Aug 18-20

DRINK/WELLNESS
Uh oh, beer yoga has finally arrived on our shores. Sign up for a class where you'll learn how to pair the pleasure of drinking beer while practicing the mindfulness of yoga. Bonus: great views of Singapore's skyline. Aug 18

FILM
The third annual IndigNation Queer Films Festival kicks off this weekend, opening with the moving dramedy Front Cover, which centers around an ambitious, openly gay fashion stylist who has to work with a difficult movie star from China, who later comes out after a couple of social interactions between each other. Aug 18-20

FESTIVAL
The annual Singapore Night Festival is back for its tenth edition. 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. And yes, there'll still be your usual dazzling projections on heritage buildings. Aug 18-26

FILM
Following last year's successful first edition, the Middle East Film Festival is back with films that will delve deeper into the lives of people living in the troubled region. No screenings in the week, but you can look forward to catching the last three films on the weekend—I Still Hide To Smoke, Beauty And The Dogs, and the festival's closing film In The Last Days of the City. Through Aug 20

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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