We’re finally facing the holy grail of weekends – that extra gratifying three day stretch – thanks to Vesak Day. Even though we wish long weekends were a regular affair, perhaps they are best left as a reminder that the time off is not meant to be wasted. To put that sentiment into practice, here is a round-up of the best things to get wrapped up in this weekend.
Ease into the weekend with ‘Alterity’, a double bill of reflective local plays. ‘Nurhalizah’ and ‘Mosaic’, both written by playwright Geraldine Song, will explore stereotypes tied to disability and ageing in Singapore and the issues that arise for the affected individuals.
‘Nightlight’ by The Sam Willows
Upcoming and established bands from around the region have taken over Clarke Quay’s watering holes as Music Matters Live with HP, an annual festival dedicated to unearthing the hidden gems of music, returns in full swing. At this Friday’s closer, expect local acts like pop punkers Plainsunset, folky quartet The Sam Willows and 14-year-old singer songwriter These Brittle Bones to do us proud. International acts will also be holding court, including Korean R&B singer Lena Park, American YouTube sensation David Choi and French dance pop trio Pony Pony Run Run. As the bands will be spread across six different stages, we recommend planning your route in advance.
Last week’s dragon boat race at Marina Bay was just a taste of things to come. This weekend, DBS Marina Regatta Bay Festival lets everyone paddle it out with dragonboat and kayaking sessions open to the public – slots are limited, so register early. There will also be a carnival of activities like arts & crafts, archery and Kinect stations for the kids and young at heart. If you need a break from all the action, refill your tank at the food and drink stalls and watch talented percussion troupes go head to head – and beat to beat – at the Drum Challenge. Popular local musicians like Electrico, Jessica Soo and Jack & Rai will also be performing.
Ever wanted to try your hand at being a director? The Art of the Brick: Stop Motion workshop lets you take the helm of a 15-second film, without the pain of dealing with diva-like actors. Using lego bricks and heaps of imagination, you’ll get to write, direct and shoot mini animations that will then be projected in the Art Science Museum’s Art of Play Space for other visitors to watch.
Aerosmith – ‘I Don't Want To Miss A Thing’
The inaugural Social Star Awards will cost a bomb to attend, but you can still sponge up some of the glitz at The Singapore Social Concerts. Day one (24 May) sees rapper and ‘The Voice’ judge Cee-Lo Green, pint-sized Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen and all-Asian girl band Blush belting out their best, while Day Two will have veteran rockers Aerosmith rule the stage in all their shaggy-haired glory, proving that age is just a number when it comes to rocking out.
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.