Weekend Guide

TGIF! Your Weekend Guide (17-19 May)

By Cherylene ChanEvents - 17 May 2013 11:15 AM | Updated 4:04 PM

TGIF! Your Weekend Guide (17-19 May)

It’s time to hit the brakes on bulldozing through work and sprint towards the comfy respite of the weekend. But before you start growing roots in front of your laptop and television, here are five of our top things to do this weekend. You’ll be thankful you hopped of the couch. 

It’s that time of the year when Singapore Repertory Theatre brings yet another of the Bard’s beloved plays to life under the stars. In Shakespeare in the Park: Othello, the story of treachery, jealousy unfolds in modern military barracks rather than the traditional setting of 17th century Venice. Bring along a picnic mat and your best bottle of red to make the best of Fort Canning Park’s atmosphere. Read our review of the play right here.

If nightlife is in your blood, you won’t want to miss this rare treat. Tastemakers Zouk and Red Bull Music Academy have teamed up to present Art of Music, an alternative party where the two creative forms collide. Helming the decks tonight are Skream and Benga, two pioneers of the UK’s bass explosion. As they dish out slickly shaped beats and wonky basslines, urban artists will be interpreting the sounds into trippy digital imagery on the fly.

The Audi Fashion Festival is well under way and there are some deliciously stylish runway shows to catch this weekend. Tsumori Chisato, Peter Pilotto and Hussein Chalayan are big tickets that will definitely haul in the crowds, so be sure to book a seat this minute if you want in. If you’re scouting designers closer to home, head to Zardoze for an eyeful of their blindingly shiny, diamond-drenched gown, or Future Fashion Now x Parco Japan for their East-meets-West collaborations with Ong Shunmugam and Japanese designer Jun Okamoto.

‘Something In The Air’ trailer

Foreign film enthusiasts will have a field day at the European Union Film Festival, which will be screening a curated selection of films from countries like France and Poland. Our pick is ‘Something In The Air’, which won Best Screenplay at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. The semi-autobiographical French story follows a young man’s artistic endeavours during a time filled with political unrest. For something light-hearted, check out ‘Happy Family’, a fast-paced Italian comedy about two families colliding when their 15-year-olds decide to get married.

Station yourself along Marina Bay Promenade to watch the DBS Marina Regatta, where 120 dragonboat teams from Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines and further will be rowing furiously for top honours. The eight winning teams will walk away with $195,000 worth of prizes altogether. Away from the waters, there will be a cosplay festival and parade, as well as kid-friendly activities like face painting, temporary tattoos, and Wii Sports game kiosks.

Want to see the world without leaving Singapore? Head down to the SingTel Experience Centrewhere you can explore city skylines of Paris, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro and Singapore via a ‘Minority Report’ style interface. All you have to do is just stand in front of the special 14-metre, 180-degree screen and you can zoom in and out of images and navigate to points of interest through intuitive swimming-style movements and binoculars-like gestures. You can also take a photograph of yourself superimposed on the city landscape and share them via social networks.

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.