The National University of Singapore (NUS) opens the weekend with ‘A Love Story Told in Jazz’, a play about two people from different backgrounds held together by their love for jazz. Inspired by American playwright and novelist AR Gurney’s ‘Love Letters’, it features original music composed and performed by Singapore musician Jeremy Monteiro as well as singer Rani Singam, accompanied by the NUS Jazz Band.
On Friday, catch New Zealand-born Brooke Fraser at the Kallang Theatre in all of her award-winning folk-pop awesomeness. And for those who have lots of energy, make your way down to 'Art after Dark' the same night from 7pm till 11pm at Gillman Barracks. Part of the Singapore Design Week, the event will host a design and maker market, an outdoor design film screening and food-and-drink pop-ups.
'Art after Dark' at Gillman Barracks off Alexandra Road | Photo: sagg.info
If you somehow find yourself in the mood for breaking records, take part in the Vibe Beach Sports and Music Festival on Saturday, where French celebrity Zumba instructor Alix Pfrunder is planning to lead a contingent of 1,200 participants for the “Largest Zumba Dance in Singapore” and put it on record. The festival will also have organised team sports such as beach soccer and volleyball during the day. At night, a party awaits at Siloso Beach with international DJs such as Sweden's AN21 (from Sweden), John O’Callaghan from Ireland, and Solarstone from the UK.
And for breakdance and hip-hop enthusiasts as well as lovers of street culture, be sure to check out the Radikal Forze Jam x Scape Dance 2015(through to Sunday). There will be a one-on-one b-boy competition ('Red Bull BC One') and a 'Summer Jam Dance Camp', which allows dancers to share choreography know-how.
If your preferred channel for endorphin release is comedy, the Magners International Comedy Festival should have you covered through till Saturday.
A comedy festival not to be missed
On Saturday night, 25 Circular Road beckons as the 'Sunshine Nation Block Party' hosts Europe’s most promising electronic dance music newcomers HVOB (short for Her Voice over Boys), who will be accompanied by Alexander Schuster on drums, himself voted as one of the best live acts by electronic music magazine ‘De:bug’.
Not to be outdone the same night are the people at Loof, who claim there is 'NoPartyHere with Cherokee', but we know better than to ignore Cherokee, who hails from Luxembourg and has his roots firmly planted in the Parisian electronic music scene.
If you’re not feeling up to partying, we entice you with a theatre show, such as 'Beauty and the Beast', which opens on Saturday at Marina Bay Sands resort. It will play here for a month but catch it early before your schedule fills up (also, it’s the Beast’s first time in Singapore).
To round up the weekend, get an icy treat at the Gelato World Tour, held at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. It makes its first-ever pitstop in Singapore and visitors may look forward to lessons and workshops on the age-old art of making gelato from Italian experts. Artisan gelato chefs will also present their creations – 16 flavours from Singapore and Asia-Pacific countries – and the three winning flavours will be selected to compete for the title of the world’s best gelato, to be held at a later date in Rimini, Italy.
We hope we’ve done our job pulling together a host of events for you to enjoy this weekend. For more, simply get on our comprehensive events calendar!