Weekend Guide

Anime, Abba and Adventures this weekend!

By Zaki JufriEvents - 09 November 2011 11:31 AM | Updated 12:15 PM

Anime, Abba and Adventures this weekend!

It’s the weekend again and this one’s for all the otakus and fanboys. Anime and animation fans are in for a treat as the Anime Festival Asia is back again this weekend.

Also, one of our favourite comic book characters Tintin is having his day on the big screen with the Steven Spielberg-directed The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. If you’re a big fan of the quirkily coiffed reporter, head down to the Singapore Philatelic Museum.

Plus, this weekend also sees a host of exciting parties and events on the nightlife front.

Here’s what to expect this weekend.

The Adventures of Tintin

 Other than catching Tintin on the big screen, why not find out more about this famous boy reporter at the Singapore Philatelic Museum’s Adventures of Tintin exhibition. This exhibition features the full range of Tintin postage stamps issued by Belgium, France and the Netherlands from the Singapore Philatelic Museum's collection. Rarely seen original stamp artworks and other philatelic materials from the Museum Voor Communicatie in the Netherlands and L'Adresse Musée de La Poste in France are on display for the first time in Singapore. In addition, you can look forward to a display of Tintin comics and collectibles.

Lovers of anime and cosplay will be thrilled to hear that Anime Festival Asia is back again! One of the most wildly anticipated showcases of Japanese pop culture – and rightly so because where else in Singapore can you find such a large conglomerate of Japanese music, fashion, entertainment and anime? If you’re a fan of J-pop, it’ll be sweet music to your ears to know that some of Japan’s hottest bands will be performing this year at the Anime Fest’s I Love Anisong concert. Spanning 3 days, participating performers include FLOW, Ichiro Mizuki, LiSA, Sea☆A and May'n

More animation goodness at Animation Nation 2011 (Nov 11-13) at National Museum of Singapore’s Gallery Theatre.  This year's edition features a retrospective of films by the acclaimed and brilliant Japanese anime director and manga artist Satoshi Kon. The late anime artist has left behind a treasure trove of works including Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers and Paprika, all of which will be shown during Animation Nation.

Go retro this weekend (Nov 11-13) with Abba Mania at Marina Bay Sands’ Grand Theatre. This concert by the London cast of Abba Mania celebrates the music of Swedish pop group Abba with timeless songs including hits “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia” and “Fernando”.

Here’s your chance to pick up some tips from the experts. We hear that golfing legend Phil Mickelson will be playing at this weekend’s Barclays Singapore Open 2011. So if you’re a golf geek looking to improve that handicap, trot on down to the Sentosa Golf Club to see who will get their hands on that cool US$1m prize.

The next instalment of The White Rabbit’s Friday Fellowshipflagship this Nov 11 sees indie soul maven Mayer Hawthorne taking over the decks. The Michigan singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer/DJ will unleash some Motown-infused timeless material. Also on the night is The Flux Take-Out Show. Local artist and creative Mriz Sidah presents an insight into the world of the artist’s studio and its processes. There’s also a live art drawing jam, silk screening, beer pong and more.

It’s Full Steam Ahead at Tanjong Beach Club this Sunday as it celebrates the year’s final full moon. Go nuts with music from DJs RTYPE, Uncle Johnny, Tyler Made, Donn, KFC, Mr. Has, The Electric Ambassadors (Fred E & Maurice) as well as lasers, percussions, grilled dosh, fire twirlers and more loads more.

Pantha Du Prince

Above: Pantha Du Prince. Photography by Natasha Harth

The best sounding man in dreamy techno and pop-fueled electronicaPantha Du Princeswings by Velvet Underground. If you have the appetite for one delectable milkshake of house, techno, shoegazy electronica and psychedelic electro-acoustic soundscapes, this is the party for you.

For more inspiration on more rockin’ things to do this weekend, don’t forget to check out our comprehensive events calendar. Have a great weekend everyone and see you back here next week!