Exhibits, concerts and even some archaeology… there’s quite a lot to do around town this weekend in bustling Singapore.
What’s up this weekend? It’s your last weekend to shop the Grana pop-up in hip Tiong Bahru for some fuss-free basics, or you could check out some exhibits going on around town, or dance up a storm at The Projector. See you all out there!
Big road, big market
Besides being home to some top cafes and eateries in Singapore, Jalan Besar also boasts a remarkable diversity of cultures and communities including an array of businesses and creative entrepreneurs. But how was life like in Jalan Besar back in the days? Just as vibrant, we might say! Relive the days of New World Amusement Park with live bands, joget, cabaret and opera performances, or pick up some locally-made products at the Big Road Market happening this weekend.
Big Road Market, 13-14 Apr, Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore
Witness a public excavation
It ain’t no Jurassic Park situation here but if you’ve always been curious about how archaeologists work, come gather on the front lawn of the Singapore Art Museum. Be privy to the ongoing archaeological investigation and watch as archaeologists explore the possibility of uncovering historical artefacts from the past, right in front of you. Get digging!
Archaeological Activities at SAM | LIVE Public Excavations, Until 22 Apr, Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q: 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535
Get social with the Havana Social Club
Get your dancing shoes out for this one ‘cause it’s time to show off some serious moves. Inspired by the vibrant Buena Vista Social Club, the Havana Social Club will be taking over the dance floor this weekend at Intermission Bar. If music from Cuba and Latin America is your weakness, then don’t fight it. Just surrender and dance the night away as the indie cinema grounds transform into a hot and happening Latin bar for one night only .
Havana Social Club: Live at Intermission Bar, 14 Apr, Intermission Bar – at The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, Singapore 199589
Rediscover good ol’ snail mail
We’re still nostalgic for the time before emails, texting, Snapchat and whatnots. It’s time you get to know about snail mail! This two-part exhibition comprising of Seeing Is Believing! Unusual Stamps and Art on Envelope: Send Your Love the Write Way, celebrate all things wonderful about the art of letter writing. Highlights include the world’s first Peranakan-inspired beaded stamp (from Singapore), a set of Belgian stamps that smell and taste like delicious chocolate, and a stamp adorned with Swarovski crystals.
You’ve Got Mail!, Starts 11 April, Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Wat up, Angkor?
This revered UNESCO World Heritage site is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most spectacular archaeological wonders. But before the late 19th century, this place was virtually unknown to the outside world. In this exhibition (which is part of the Voilah! French Festival Singapore 2018), visitors will get to see rare Khmer sculptures, French drawings, photographs, and memorabilia that tell the story of the French encounter with Angkor and its sensational emergence onto the international stage.
Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City. Masterpieces of the Musee national des arts asiatiques-Guimet, 8 Apr-22 July, Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179955
Smooth sailing at the Yacht Show
When it comes to high living on the high seas, The Singapore Yacht Show happening this weekend is your chance to discover some of the world’s finest superyacht and international yacht brands in an elite and highly social setting. Fine wines, glamourous parties and luxe yachts… now that’s a life we can aspire to have someday, eh?
The Singapore Yacht Show, 12-15 April, One°15 Marina Club, 11 Cove Drive, #01-01, Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098497
Last chance to shop this pop-up
With fussy weather in Singapore, we’d like to keep what we wear the exact opposite. Hong Kong’s minimalist apparel label Grana brings summery wardrobe essentials to Singapore with a pop-up at hip estate Tiong Bahru. So instead of ordering your loot online and waiting around for the package to arrive, you’ll be able to pick and try your pieces in real life. Start queuing, it’s the last weekend!
Grana Pop-Up in Singapore, 4-20 Apr, #01-65, 59 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 160059
Get fit, get good at Metasprint
One for the seriously fit, the Metasprint series is not your average marathon. Instead, it comprises of an aquathlon at Palawan Beach, a duathlon at the F1 Village and a triathlon at East Coast Park from February to April. Swimmers can enjoy a swim and run combo at its aquathlon, while its duathlon is best suited for beginners with closed flat grounds and smooth roads at the F1 Village is great for both running and cycling. But if you’re up for a challenge, its triathlon at East Coast Park involves the whole shebang: swimming, cycling and running individually or as a team.
MetaSprint Series, 15 April, various locations.
Be awed by this larger than life exhibit
First things first, this exhibit is huge. We’re talking about a 17 metre-long and 4 metres high ship suspended in a hall made of rattan, waxed string, books and stone. The ship represents the imagined vessel steered by Dapunta Hyang Sri Jayanasa, the first Malay king of the 7th century Srivijayan Empire. Artist Zai Kuning’s visual masterpiece is a synthesis of forgotten histories and disappearing traditions that communicates the urgent need to resurface questions on how knowledge has been transmitted, manipulated and directed across time and space to inform us of our present realities. Reflection time, anyone?
Dapunta Hyang: Transmission of Knowledge, 12 Apr-13 May, 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007
Still jazzing around
Jump back in time with Johnny Hates Jazz as the British band performs in Singapore this weekend as part of its 30th-anniversary celebration. The Turn Back the Clock tour will see them perform hits from their multi-platinum debut album, including the mega unforgettable single “Shattered Dreams”.
Johnny Hates Jazz, 14 April 2018, MES Theatre at Mediacorp, 1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507. Tickets are available at SISTIC
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