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32 awesome things to do in Singapore this week (Jul 24-28)

A mish-mash of soccer, theaterwork and parties await

By Adam Kerr | Jul 21, 2017

  • 32 awesome things to do in Singapore this week (Jul 24-28)
    Timbre+. Photo credit: Taken from Timbre+'s Facebook page

All you soccer fans will probably be geared up for the week already as the first two matches of the much-anticipated International Champions Cup is set to kick off on Tuesday and Thursday. But if you’re not into watching a group of men running after a ball, there are a couple of new local playwrights staging their works for the first time as well as food festivals happening worth checking out. Also, The xx is finally here!

Monday, July 24

THEATER
As part of The Wright Stuff series, newcomer Gina Chew is working together with director Mitchell Fang to stage her own original play, Permanence. It tells the poignant tale of self-actualization when past and present come to head. Jul 24

FOOD
If you love your oysters and just can't seem to get enough of it, then head to Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro's fifth World Oyster Festival, where you can find their seasonal selection of more than 20 types of cult oyster brought in from around the world. And if you can't make up your mind on which to try first, get the Tasting Platter for $99, which includes their chef's 16 personal picks of the day. Through Jul 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, Jul 25


The xx

CONCERT
The xx, one of the most popular indie pop outfits around, is returning to Singapore to perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Joining them on tour is one of UK's rising singer-songwriters, Sampha. Jul 25

FILM
Dive head first into the lives of Marco, Mehdi and Suzanne as they get involved with some pretty heavy stuff while spending their summer on the beach of Marseille France in Corniche Kennedy. The film will be screened as part of Alliance Francaise de Singapour's Cine-Club. Jul 25

SPORT
The first match of the International Champions Cup debut in Singapore will see European football giants Chelsea and Bayern Munich go head-to-head at Singapore's National Stadium. Jul 25

FOOD
Four Seasons Hotel Doha’s Chef Adnan Al Masri will be making his way to Four Seasons Hotel Singapore’s One-Ninety Restaurant to hold his very own Middle Eastern Food Festival featuring home-styled cuisine like Chicken Mosakhan and Lamb Shakriah, traditional claypot eats like Kibbeh Belseneh, charcoal grilled Beef Steak, Shish Taowk, Fish Kebab and more. Through Jul 28

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.

FOOD
As if Royal Plaza on Scott’s halal buffet restaurant Carousel doesn’t have enough of a spread, it is now introducing food inspired by Taiwan’s night markets to its lineup. The usual suspects like oyster mee sua, crispy chicken thigh with spices and sweet lap cheong are all there to be enjoyed as part of their high tea meals (weekdays $42; weekends $48) happening from 3:30pm-5:30pm daily. Through Jul 31

Wednesday, Jul 26

FILM
Catch the art documentary, The Mystery of Picasso at STPI, which gives an insight into the artist's creative process while he paints a number of canvases just for director Henri-Georges Clouzot. Jul 26

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

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, Jul 27


A scene from Apprentice. Photo credit: Joseph Nair

FILM
You can now rewatch Boo Junfeng's Apprentice as many times as you want as the esteemed director will be releasing a special edition DVD of the film, which includes deleted scenes, a 40-page book, and more, as part of a three-day exhibition held at Objectifs Chapel Gallery. Jul 27

FOOD
In the next edition of Kilo's Cooking Beats, guest chef from Maggie Joan's, Oliver Hyde, will prepare a quintessentially Norfolk feast complemented by a special soundtrack to offer an intimate look into Hyde's own background and culture. Jul 27

SPORT
Keep the football frenzy going. Following all that excitement that happened on Tuesday between Chelsea and Bayern Munich is the match between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. Jul 27

THEATER
New playwright Tan Jia Yee is staging the family-centric, hard-hitting Chicken Curry, a story about a woman who tries her best to recreate her dying mother’s chicken curry recipe. Jul 27-29

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. Jul 27-Sep 3

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

FOOD
The annual claypot menu at Kopi Tiam, Swissotel The Stamford, is back for a season, filled with tried-and-true dishes such as Claypot Chicken Rice ($22), Claypot Fish Head ($35) and Claypot Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs ($24) that are served sizzling and in generous sharing portions. If in a smaller group, the tender Claypot Frog Legs ($26) and satisfying Claypot Seafood Crispy Noodles ($24) are solid choices too. Through Jul 31

FOOD
While there's an undying love for Goodwood's durian fiesta among Singaporeans, we're also excited about the durian offerings at Marriott Cafe. This year, they're running a durian-centric version of their highly popular local high tea buffet where you can try a slice of their durian strudel, durian swiss rolls and more. Through Aug 9

Friday, Jul 28


Ramen Revolution: Keisuke Tonkotsu King 

FOOD
Singapore's getting its first large-scale outdoor ramen event at Resorts World Sentosa, bringing about 10 popular ramen brands from Singapore and Japan under one roof. Jul 28-30

MUSIC
Celebrate a night of music, art and design on The Hive's rooftop as they gather vinyl collectors and enthusiasts for their annual Sights & Sounds series. Jul 28

EXHIBITION
Singapore's well known doodling community, Band of Doodlers, will be showcasing 52 artworks based on popular and infamous Singaporean tales, myths and indiosyncrasies to celebrate Singapore's 52nd year of independence at Capitol Piazza. Jul 28

FOOD+FILM+PARTY
The Glory Hoes trio are back at it again, this time they’ll be taking you down the familiar yellow brick road. Fill yourself up with some BBQ nosh to start the night before yelling and singing along to songs from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz at The Projector. There’ll be a bar in the theater to get you sufficiently lubricated for the debaucherous disco afterparty. Jul 28

FOOD
The famed food truck-themed gastropark, Timbre+ is hosting Open Stoves once again, where more than 10 food partners and eight invited chefs will come together at the inaugural “Wok This Way” outdoor beer garden to create culinary treats that will be paired with craft beer. Jul 28-30

FESTIVAL
Previously known as the 100 Bands Festival, 100 Festival returns with the same format, this time taking over the school hall and school library of the former Bedok Town Secondary School. The final line-up is still being confirmed, but you can expect acts like The Analog Girl, In Each Hand a Cutlass, MasiaOne and many more. Jul 28-30

FOOD
Singapore-themed culinary event Singapore Food Festival 2017 returns for its 24th edition. Expect the usual chef collabs, masterclasses, food trails and cocktail pairings taking place around town. Jul 14-30

FOOD/DRINK
What's better than an evening of pairing hawker food with boutique wines from Australia and New Zealand? Hosted once again by Merchants Wine Store, five carefully curated wines will be paired with delicious hawker fare from Bib Gourmand stalls at Singapore Food Festival’s Hawker Wine Safari. Jul 14-30

FOOD
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 (at 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

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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