Off-the-hook parties, exciting festivals and more to celebrate the end of the week

  • By Adam Kerr
  • | Nov 14, 2017

Great, if you’re heading off to Hong Kong to catch acts like Massive Attack, The Prodigy and Seth Troxler at Clockenflap. But for the rest of us who are still counting down the days till our next holiday, it isn’t all Singabore this weekend. There’s something for everyone—the health freaks can try out a new workout at ParkRoyal on Beach Road, the boozy bunch might wanna get acquainted with new bottles over at Temple Cellars’ The Alt Mkt, the cultured can spend their hard-earned cash at Affordable Art Fair, and the party-goers have a slew of bangin’ parties to choose from.

Friday, Nov 17


Open Farm Community

PARTY
Prepare for a heady night of techno and house as German-born DJ, producer and label owner Marc Romboy enters the cage at Headquarters by the Council to dish out his brand of music. Nov 17

WELLNESS
If high-intensity interval training (HIIT) isn't a challenge for you anymore, try doing it on water. Over at ParkRoyal on Beach Road, these low-impact classes will require you to do a fun, full body workout that include burpees, lunges, squats and aquaclimbers on a solid float in their pool. If not, you can always try doing Yoga. Nov 17

FESTIVAL
Head over to the less-explored space of Labrador Park as Let's Go Jalan Jalan transforms it into a 100-stall food and music festival that centers on local heritage. Nov 17-19

MARKET
It's all about craft beers, ciders, sakes, minimal intervention wines and small batch spirits over at Temple Cellars' The Alt Mkt. Over a span of three days, bring out your inner connoisseur and taste over 250 unique products, plus partake in exclusive masterclasses and sharing sessions by their partners and industry experts. Pick your favorite bottles and stock up for the holiday season to enjoy 25 percent off usual retail prices. And yes, there will be grub to munch on and great tunes to accompany the weekend too. Nov 17-19

ART
Beautify your home with new contemporary pieces of artwork by shopping at the Autumn edition of Affordable Art Fair. There'll be works from 69 galleries representing over 500 artists from Singapore, Asia and the rest of the world to check out. Nov 17-19

FILM
The French make films like they make their wines—with finesse, and attention to detail. Organized by the French Embassy, Institut Francais Singapour and Alliance Francaise, this edition of French Film Festival boasts 16 French comedies, dramas, thrillers and biopics that flaunt the diversity and artistry of French cinema. Through Nov 19

ARTS
This year's annual National Arts Council initiative Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) is back to revitalize the Jurong, Ang Mo Kio, Tampines, Chong Pang, Woodlands, Yew Tee, Toa Payoh and Bedok heartlands, through 40 arts activities ranging from music to dance, theater, and the literary and visual arts. Through Nov 26

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? Read our interview with Alan Oei, artistic director of The Substation here. Through Nov 26 (Act III)

FOOD
A trio of French chefs are taking over Open Farm Community's kitchen where they'll be using ingredients from local farms and putting their French touch on all 12 small and sharing plates. There's even an omakase "feed me" menu available. Through Dec 3

MUSICAL
Singapore's hills will be alive once again with The Sound of Music this month, as one of the most highly-acclaimed productions out of West End returns to MasterCard Theatres. Tickets range from $65-185 via Sistic. Through Dec 3

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, but go because the exhibition explores events and portrayals of World War II beyond just your textbook syllabus. Through Mar 21 (2018)

Saturday, Nov 18


Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

PARTY
Singapore's underground rave scene has never been more alive, as party planners Rainbow Productions organizes Singapore's first doof over at Pulau Ubin. Details for Astral Moon Bush!: The Great Spirit are still in the works but if you're all about peace, love, unity, respect and psytrance, stay tuned here. Nov 18

TOUR
As part of Esplanade's 15th anniversary, Esplanade is holding a special "Backstage Pass with..." tour by artists who have performed there or the center's staff, where up to 20 people at a time will be brought around the rarely accessible backstage areas and see how the arts center run backstage. This weekend, Head of Community (Cultural Programmes) Mimi Yeo leads the tour. Nov 18

PARTY
Hot on the heels of her latest and fifth record Lune Rouge, Californian producer Tokimonsta returns to Singapore. Last year, she went through a harrowing brain surgery to treat a rare disease called Moyamoya. Despite temporarily losing her speech and musical abilities, she quickly recovered and got back into the studio to produce this fifth studio album; one that's the most personal to her. Nov 18

PARTY
Local house and techno label Midnight Shift is celebrating their anniversary at Kilo Lounge with a double bill featuring French techno stalwart Voiski and Taiwanese Smoke Machine resident, Diskonnected. Nov 18

CHARITY
The second edition of Dreamseeds Arts Fest by Club Rainbow Singapore kicks off this weekend with a slew of arts exhibits, concert performances and creative workshops. Nov 18-25

FESTIVAL
The same people behind Garden Beats are putting together this one-of-a-kind festival, IMI Festival, where you catch local and international music acts, art installations, tech showcases, workshops, panel discussions and more at Old Kallang Airport. Nov 18-19

FESTIVE
As with every year, bask in the Christmas spirit on Orchard Road with the annual light-up along the shopping stretch. They're changing things up a little as this year, the lights will go into full force from 3pm every day in broad daylight. How, you ask? Click here. Through Jan 1, 2018

EXHIBITION
The third edition of Objectifs’ 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. Through Nov 19

Sunday, Nov 19


Chef's Table by Chef Stephan, as part of Robert Parker Wine Advocate's (RPWA) GastroMonth

HEALTH
The Swissotel Vertical Marathon returns this Nov, with 1,336 steps over 73 storeys at Swissotel The Stamford, one of Southeast Asia’s tallest hotels (standing at 226m). For its 30th anniversary, look out for new race categories and prizes to be won. Nov 19

MARKET
Revision Music’s music market is back for music lovers and collectors looking to stock up on merchandise. Swap your pre-loved vinyl and grab new physical releases (a dying pastime, for sure) from local labels and collectives, all while jamming out to a playlist of hip hop, reggae, rare groove, house and funk at Camp Kilo. Nov 19

DRINK/FOOD/WORKSHOP
Robert Parker Wine Advocate (RPWA) is launching their inaugural GastroMonth, where you can skip waiting lists of revered restaurants in Singapore and enjoy a whole month of wining and dining, workshops, and more. Through Nov 26