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SG Weekend: 28 exciting things to do in Singapore this weekend (May 19-21)

Reward yourself with free coffee from Melbourne’s best cafes, indulgent food festivals and a number of artsy films

By Adam Kerr | May 18, 2017

  • SG Weekend: 28 exciting things to do in Singapore this weekend (May 19-21)
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Oh, what an exciting weekend we have ahead of us. It’s going to be impossible to pen in everything but thankfully some of these events are happening throughout next week. If you’re a big lover of coffee, three of Melbourne’s best cafes are coming to brew free cups for all. Then there are food festivals you can completely indulge in, as well as a number of festivals you can catch artsy, visually-pleasing films with moving plotlines. So much to do, so little time.

Friday, May 19

Village People

CONCERT
Whip out that pair of bell-bottoms you’ve kept in the back of your wardrobe all these years for the OGs that dominated the disco music era of the late ‘70s and 80s, Village People. They will be performing in Singapore for the first time as part of their 40th anniversary. Dance to their chart-toppers and crowd favorites like “Go West”, “Y.M.C.A”, and many more. Tickets are priced from $55-155 and happening at MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. May 19

DRINK
Head over to craft beer hawker stall 3rd Culture Brewing Co. at Maxwell Centre for a hopped beers takeover. Breweries include BrewDog, Brewlander from Singapore, Fierce Beer (with their Day Shift Pale Ale and Split Shift IPA), Green Flash, Hong Kong Beer Co., Sainte Cru and Stockade. May 19

PARTY
Plan ahead for this one guys. Urban Ventures is back for its sixth block party and this time, they will be taking over the Duxton Plain Park, transforming the space into a "social dining haven" filled with food, music, art, markets and lots of socializing. May 19-21

FILM
Check out the six films at this year's French Animation Film Festival organized by Alliance Francaise de Singapour, including the opening film My Life as a Zucchini by Claude Barras, the whimsical Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess and The Girl Without Hands. May 19-21

EXHIBITION
The diagnosis of stage 4 thyroid cancer may be traumatic for local ceramic enthusiast and PR practitioner Suan Ong, but she did not let that stop her from living a full life. She has been cancer-free for six years now and since then, completed her pottery project Beginnings, which has helped her cope with her illness. Through May 20

THEATER
Here's your last chance to catch the Broadway feel-good musical comedy Sister Act. Featuring original music from eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, the musical follows the story of Deloris, a wannabe diva whose life goes topsy-turvy after becoming the key witness to a crime. Through May 20

FILM
The long-running European Union Film Festival (EUFF) returns for its 27th edition with a snazzy new home—the National Gallery. The festival brings together 27 thought-provoking, captivating and hilarious films from across the continent. Through May 21

FOOD
The Coffee Lounge at Goodwood Park Hotel may be known for its Taiwanese porridge menu, but from now till the third week of May, satisfy your love for laksa as they create six decadent and delicious renditions using homemade rempah (spice paste), other high quality ingredients and garnished with daun kesum (laksa leaves). Think laksa with crab leg, laksa in claypot form, and the like. Through May 21

ART
Kult takes a light jab at fancy art fairs with their own tongue-in-cheek version, The $200 Show: Actually Affordable Art. You can expect to see a variety of artworks spanning across mediums like risograph prints, art on vinyl, resin-cast sculptures and original illustrations from local and international artists like Kult's founder Mojoko, local multidisciplinary creative agency fFurious and illustrator Mindflyer. Through May 22

DRINK
Singapore's first Melbourne cafe street pop-up at Millenia Walk Atrium will feature three of Melbourne's top cafes—Industry Beans, Market Lane and St. Ali—who'll be brewing free cups of coffee from 11am-5pm. Through May 22

Saturday, May 20

Nadine at the HUMAN+: The Future of Our Species

DRINK
Fancy drinking beer and running at the same time? The Great Beer Race, held in partnership with Singapore Pub Crawl, will test your alcohol tolerance, wit and stamina, all in one day. You and your partner are required to solve puzzles and challenges at eight pit stops like Meat N Malts, Blowfish and The Drunken Poet. May 20

FILM
The bistro, rooftop bar and mini-movie lounge on Ann Siang is hosting a cult film month with selection of cult favorites like Donnie Darko and Delicatessen. This weekend, catch the classic Chinese action film Crouching Tiger, hidden Dragon, which follows Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh on a journey searching for a lost sword. May 20

FILM
Part of Voilah! French Festival 2017, National Museum will be presenting a comprehensive look into the works of Jacques Tati, a French screenwriter, director and actor, at Playtime: The Complete Works of Jacques Tati . His cinematography style has inspired greats like Steven Spielberg, David Lynch and Rowan Atkinson. May 20-Jun 4

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. May 20-Oct 15


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FESTIVAL
Esplanade is throwing a massive open house this weekend, welcoming guests to the Annexe Studio, a new informal, versatile performance and rehearsal space that was once home to former nightclubs Embassy and DXO; and the Annexe Mall, where you can join in a food trail involving F&B outlets like Alter Ego and Supply & Demand. Have a great weekend filled Spoken Word performances by local poets Cyril Wong and Pooja Nansi,  workshops with Studio Haroobee and Suzette, an EP launch by local soul and funk band The Good Life and more. May 20-21

 

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DRINK
American whiskies will be the focus for the two-day celebration at The Great Escape, organized by Proof & Company. All things American, from food to drinks are planned for the weekend. Get whiskey cocktails and craft beers on draft from 28 HongKong Street, Employees Only, Manhattan and Skinny’s Lounge for $10. May 20-21

HEALTH
Singapore’s first-ever Fitness Festival is taking place at the scenic Bayfront Avenue. You’ll get to participate in mass workouts involving HIIT, parkour, boxing, barre, Pilates and more; meet celebrities like Casey Ho of the wildly successful YouTube channel Blogilates and Anabel Chew of WeBarre who’ll be leading classes. Pick up workout gears alongside food vendors. May 20-21

FESTIVAL
The first-ever Kristang Language Festival will provide a comprehensive look into the Kristang community, a creole ethnic group of Portuguese-Eurasian descent in Singapore with panel discussions, hands-on workshops, dancing and cooking. You can also learn some conversational Kristang too. May 20-21


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PARTY
Check out Taryn Manning’s (lovingly known as Pennsatucky on OITNB) live set when she comes down for the 10th anniversary of Two Queens Asia’s annual White Party. This all-girl regional beach party will see her performing hits like “Send Me Your Love” and “The Wreckoning”, with DJs Say Grace from Singapore, Melbourne's Lilly Street and rising Brazilian DJ Marjorie Sinclair on turntable duty after. May 20

 

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FOOD
The Indian Food Festival at Melt Cafe, which usually serves up a buffet spread of international and local dishes like Hainanese chicken rice and Vietnamese lobster spring rolls, will see a variety of Indian dishes by specialty chef Santosh Kumar such as an authentic South Indian recipe of salmon tikka, saffron marinated tandoori lamb chop and more. Through May 28

EXHIBITION
Calling all Harry Potter fans—if you’re in withdrawal after reading Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts, time to ooh and aah over some Harry Potter stamps, prop replicas, toys and other memorabilia from private collectors all around the world at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Through Jun 25

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 new creations like a designer cakes shaped after the fruit itself. Through Jul 31

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

Sunday, May 21

Alchemist Beer Lab

BOOK/DRINK
Combining two of the best things, books and beer, this book-swapping event at Alchemist Beer Lab is going on to its 37th edition. Bring along books to swap and meet other fellow like-minded book lovers too. There’s going to be beers on tap by Little Island Brewing Co., and a range of food items to choose from, including duck fat fries, Thai chicken wings and more. May 21

ART
The third edition of Art Club returns to Kallang Riverside Park's coolest restaurant with The Council's resident DJ CATS ON CRACK and techno boy Julien Brochard on the decks. 14 vendors confirmed for the event include jewelry brand NiLuh; artist Suiyobi Noyoubi, known for her black-and-white drawings of a short haired girl; and F&B provider Selva Foods. May 21

FOOD
Salon de Royal, a chocolatier cafe from Kyoto that was founded in 1935 is having a pop-up store at Japan Food Town, bringing their limited-edition pecan nut flavored ice-cream that's specially made for Singapore and other popular sweets by them. Through May 31

FOOD
Enjoy the best Polish dishes by six Polish chefs at various restaurants, along with an array of movie screenings, parties and a concert at Singapore Botanic Gardens at the first-ever Polish Food FestivalThrough Jun 3

EXHIBITION
The photography series "Hong Kong Shop Cats" by Dutch visual artist and photographer Marcel Heijnen has garnered quite a following since 2016. This year, the exhibition will be held outside of Hong Kong for the first time, right here at Artistry. Through Jun 4

EXHIBITION
Eitaro Ogawa, Tamae Iwasaki and Tomohisa Miyauchi have turned their 700-page soft cover photobook HDB Homes of Singapore into a photo exhibition of the same name, which will be showcased at SPRMRKT. Through Jun 27

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