While we have our country’s birthday and Hari Raya Puasa to celebrate about, we’re frankly most stoked about the long four-day weekend that comes with it. So if you’ve already packed your bags and waiting for the next plane out of here, bon voyage! But if you’re stuck here like us busy bees, don’t mope because there’re plenty of buzzing activities to keep you thrilled. And here are our top picks this weekend. Happy holidays!
Singaporeans are always in for a spectacular treat every year
Let’s start with the one event that perhaps all Singaporeans can relate to, the National Day Parade. Year after year, Singaporeans gather as one to be entertained by elaborate acts, colourful parades, military demonstrations and last but not least, the brilliant fireworks display booming amidst patriotic songs which may or may not have been memorable. And count on us Singapore, with its “Many Stories…One Singapore” theme featuring a sizeable nine-part show, this year’s parade looks to be another one for the history books. Read our full preview here.
And the celebrations don’t stop there! Have yourself a party in your tummy with these places to eat for National Day. Have a look at our guide, and you’ll be spoilt for choice with these establishments featuring National Day themed dishes and stunning views of the parade. From high tea with chili crab salad in kueh pie tee shells and coconut scones with kaya at The Atrium Lounge, to set menus featuring pan seared foie gras with curry bread and Iberico pork belly lollipops at the fireworks-facing Ku De Ta, you’ll be reminded that food is truly the way to a Singaporean’s heart.
Enjoy a local-flavoured high tea at The Atrium Lounge. Fit for sharing
Speaking of fireworks, and honestly who doesn’t dig fireworks, why not just go hunting for places to catch the NDP fireworks? But don’t worry, we’ve already got that handled for you. We’ve picked out the best spots to soak in the atmosphere in style with our additional guide here. From premier hotel suites to classy eateries, pampering only gets sweeter with a fireworks fanfare. And of course our list also tells you the ideal places to catch the fireworks for free!
But who says you can only enjoy fireworks outdoors? If you hate the smell of gunpowder and the smoke makes you cry buckets, then you should check out Singapore’s first indoor fireworks. With a little help from the local Flickr community, a thousand photos will be used to create a mosaic of ‘fireworks’, which will then be beamed onto a giant screen at City Square Mall. And as the event describes, this innovative exhibition will the first of its kind, with hopes to enter the Singapore Book of Records. So come be a part of this historic endeavour!
While screens may dazzle us with fireworks, screens have also given us stories told by our very own filmmakers over the years. And in light of all this local love, the National Museum of Singapore presents the 10th Singapore Short Cuts, a showcase of Singaporean shorts films. Ranging from documentaries, to animations, to experimental works, the exhibition will feature a rare collection of films dug up from the 80s. Also in the spotlight will be short films from Anthony Chen, who recently made waves at the 66th Cannes Film Festival for his feature film Ilo Ilo.
Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen accepting his award at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. We couldn't be prouder
Another influential film series which has been doing its part for the music scene is Kombi Sessions, an online production featuring local bands playing within the acoustic setting of the backseat of a vintage Volkswagen Kombi. Sounds unique? We think so too. After one successful season, the filmmakers will be kicking off its second season with Kombi Sessions Live at The Esplanade. Acts include the retro rock ‘n’ roll of The Pinholes, the hazy surf-rock of Obedient Wives Club, and the intricate musings of Weish. Celebrate our Singaporean identity with homegrown music.
Catch Pastelpower perform at Kombi Sessions Live. Get ready to have your heart melted
Since we’re on the topic of Singaporean identity, there’s nothing more Singaporean than the extravagant phenomenon known as Mambo Jambo. For 21 years, the flamboyant party night has been making audiences dance in sync with its shameless 80s pop hits from Bananarama to Rick Astley. And when we say dancing in sync, we’re talking about 500 people making hand-signs and body waves simultaneously to every single word of every single song. This weekend, Mambo Jambo celebrates its National Day Edition. Step aside Fun Pack Song dance moves, let the Mambo kings and queens show you how it’s done.
But for some party-goers, they don’t wear crowns on their heads. Some wear giant cassette tapes instead. What are we talking about? Just take a look at Swedish DJ duo Cazzette and their iconic stage get-up. Don’t let their bulky headgear mislead you, these relative newcomers can see perfectly well what’s in front of them. And from the looks of their impressive achievements so far, it seems to be one successful career ahead. We hear their tape-shaped heads even light up and display illuminated messages. Oh those crazy Swedes.
Cazzette live on set. Yup, now we've seen everything
And to top off this gloriously long weekend, embrace your islander vibes with a beach blast courtesy of Tanjong Beach Club’s Majulah Massive. For four party-packed days, show how happy you are to be Singaporean with spirits, sports (beer pong included), and sounds from a selection of DJs including The LFK, DJ Avneesh, Uncle Johnny, and Phil Cooper. You’re encouraged to bring your own fireworks for this one! Just keep it safe, unless you’re prepared to forget everything the next morning.
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.