Want to know what’s hot and happening in Singapore this weekend? You’re in luck friends: we’re letting you in on the festivals, cultural happenings, parties and markets we’ll be hitting up this weekend.
Oh, Singapore, so much to do, so little time. Right now, we’re on the tail end of Singapore Design Week and #BuySingLit, with exhibits and markets thrown into the mix. How can you possibly choose? We did it for you…
All weekend, showing until 18 April
Artist Von Wong and frequent collaborator and social impact strategist Laura Francois have unleashed their latest thought-provoking art installation, which will make you think twice about ever using a plastic cup again. Plastikophobia (pictured top) appears like a crystal-like cave, but look closer: it’s made from a staggering 18,000 disposable plastic cups that were collected from Singapore’s food courts over just one and a half days. Let that number sink in for a moment and don’t ever forget it. These throw-away cups have been collected, cleaned, melted and fused together to become at once creepy and beautiful. It’s a scene you need to experience in the flesh before the cups make their way to the incinerator (like the majority of plastic in Singapore that doesn’t get recycled) after the exhibit’s six-week run.
Plastikophobia at Sustainable Singapore Gallery, Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018951
Culture: Armenian Street Party – Living Peranakan
Friday 15 – Saturday 16 March
Guess where you’ll find us after work on Friday (and quite possibly heading back for round two on Saturday). The much-loved Armenian Street Party, hosted by the Peranakan Musuem is back and this is everyone’s chance to celebrate Peranakan culture and explore the museum before it closes for renovations. Indulge in nyonya cuisine, get into craft workshops and browse the bazaar packed with unique goodies. Bust out your best batik for this farewell (for now) party!
Armenian Street Party: Living Peranakan bazaar, 6pm-11pm, Peranakan Museum Singapore, 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941
Retail therapy: Esse Trunk Show at Ling Wu
Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March
Sneak out during your lunch break this Friday or indulge in a Saturday retail therapy sesh as one of our fave sustainable fashion labels Esse hosts a trunk show at a gorgeous studio in Chip Bee Gardens, Ling Wu le Salon. Esse founder Alicia Tsi will be showing off her lovely new linen capsule collection alongside gorgeous Ling Wu bags. This could be dangerous…
Esse Trunk Show, Fri: 11.30am-4.30pm; Sat: 1pm-6pm, Ling Wu Le Salon, 43 Jalan Merah Saga #02-78 Singapore 278115
Literature: Nomads and the World in a Cup of Tea
Saturday 16 March
We’re in week two of the most awesome #BuySingLit festival, and while the lineup has left us with a bit of choice paralysis we think we just can’t let this one slip by. For Nomads and the World in a Cup of Tea, local travel writers Marc Nair and Tan Mei Ching are bringing together the ritual of afternoon tea with a reading of their literary voyages. It’s all happening at the new arts and cultural centre, Temenggong 18/20, set in two historic black and white houses in Mount Faber. Sounds dreamy. (Tickets are $18 general admission and exclude ticketing agent fee. Each ticket comes with a $10 #BuySingLit voucher.)
Nomads and the World in a Cup of Tea, 2pm – 3.30pm, Temenggong 18/20, 18 & 20 Temenggong Rd, Singapore 098771
Day out: 1st GUI Farmers’ Market
Saturday 16 March
You know we love a farmers’ market around here, and this is the first hosted by Ground Up Initiative to keep the kampung vibe alive. We’ll be heading over to Yishun to pick up fresh produce from local vendors (there are 40 stalls lined up!) and drop in on a few workshops. Check out the full schedule, but you can learn more about edible flowers, composting, how to make a clay essential oil diffuser, and even learn how to upcycle old T-shirts into resuable bags.
1st GUI Farmers’ Market, 10am-5pm, Ground-Up Initiative (GUI), Kampung Kampus, 91 Lorong Chencharu (Yishun), Singapore 769201
Art + Design: Nine Lives Design Show
Calling all design buffs and #crazycatpeople: you may recall the 9 Lives Exhibit that made its debut in 2017 as the first feline-centric design show. It’s back for its second edition, with nine artists – graphic designers, ceramicists, knitters and more – exploring how the urban environment impacts our city’s cats. This is more than just next-level pet furniture. The exhibit launches Friday from 11, with a bazaar from 7-9pm, and you can catch it all together throughout the weekend from 11am-9pm.
Nine Lives; free entry, 11am-8pm, 51 Waterloo Street #02-01, Singapore
Festival: Guinness’ St Patrick’s Day Festival
Saturday 16 March
So you might have heard St Patrick’s Day is coming, and street parties and pints of Guinness are in order. On 16 March, make your way to 30 Maxwell Road from 1 – 10pm for an epic party with nibbles, music, and of course, booze. By the way, if your name is Pat (yep, that spans Patrick, Patricia, Pattycake…) you get special perks. And all you registered Pats get two five dollar Grab vouchers, and Guinness at just five dollars a pint!
Guinness’ St Patrick’s Day Festival, 16 March at 30 Maxwell Road
Art: When ArtxTechForGood
Back at the ArtScience Museum is MeshMinds 2.0: ArtxTechForGood, an immersive experience that proves art and technology join forces to make a positive social impact. This weekend is your last chance to catch contemporary artists address global challenges like ocean pollution, climate change and the issue of growing waste, all from an Asian perspective using their unique brand of creativity and modern-day technology.
MeshMinds 2.0: ArtxTechForGood, ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
We All Step On Snails: A Poetry & Terrarium Experience
Sunday 17 March
One more #BuySingLit event we’re loving, because we’re pretty enamoured with the idea of wrapping up our weekend than listening to poetry while getting our hands dirty building a terrarium. Poet and performance artist Marc Nair will be reading from his latest collection of works at Plain Vanilla Bakery’s Tiong Bahru branch (you can also catch him reading his travel writing over tea at Nomads and the World in a Cup of Tea mentioned above). Tickets are $35 (inclusive of a $10 #BuySingLit book voucher).
We All Step On Snails: A Poetry & Terrarium Experience; Plain Vanilla Bakery, 1D Yong Siak St, Singapore 168641
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