You’ve blazed through another long week and it’s time to shake off the fatigue from work with some well-deserved fun. As usual, we’re prescribing a list of events and activities that will leave you refreshed and raring to go – at least until the next weekend.
Give your eyes a welcome break from straining in front of a computer screen by treating them to the beauty of tasteful design. Design festival Singaplural will be planting the most creative, unconventional and aesthetically pleasing designs from many fields – architecture, interior design, furnishing, fashion, graphic design, landscape architecture and urban planning – in various spaces, including Singapore Expo and Dhoby Ghaut Green. There are over 220 installations to gaze at, and you might find yourself picking up ideas on how to spruce up your own living space along the way.
From Mosaic Music Festival’s closing wave of concerts happening this weekend, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra is the best bet for melting your worries away. Currently a 10-piece, the Japanese band has had 25 years to perfect their sunny, hyperactive spin on ska by mixing in surf pop, rock and jazz – and a whole lot of good cheer while doing so. Bopping and skanking along to their tunes is not a choice, it’s a reflex.
This weekend also marks your last chance to watch art films and documentaries while lounging beneath the stars at Tanjong Beach. Art-In-Film Festival at Dusk, the first film festival of its kind in Asia, will be screening three documentaries over its final two days. ‘The Cool School: Story Of The Ferus Art Gallery’ charts the rise and fall of a defunct Los Angeles gallery, and its role in developing the city’s scene and helping expose artists like Andy Warhol, Marchel Duchamp and Roy Lichtenstein. ‘Waste Land’ follows Brooklyn-based artist Vik Muniz to his homeland in Brazil, where he takes pictures of catadores (garbage collectors who pick recycled materials) that end up sharing great insight into their lives. Our pick of the offerings is ‘Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry’, which is the last screening on both days. Director Alison Klayman’s biographical documentary on Ai, one of China’s most controversial artists and political activists, explores both Ai as a person and present day China’s strict hold on the public’s voice. Whichever film you pick, you’ll be enjoying a compelling watch while munching gourmet snacks and dinners prepared by Tanjong Beach Club.
The weekend is never complete without some partying, and Zouk has another hard hitting guest DJ in town. English dubstep producer Feed Me, who was the first artist to get signed on Deadmau5’s mau5trap label, will be dropping glitchy, bass heavy electronica with splashes of dubstep and electro mixed in.
If you need some help feeling young, why not let American rock band FUN. do the honours? The trio, who won Best New Artist and Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy’s, will be making Singapore their first South East Asian stop. True to their name, their irresistibly catchy, high-octane songs like ‘We Are Young’ and ‘Some Nights’ will send jolts of energy through anyone’s bones.
For more ideas on more 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.