Art Stage 2014 returns under the theme 'We Are Asia’. Touted as the premiere art event of the year, three halls of the Marina Bay Sands convention centre are filled with art from the Asia-Pacific. Look out for works from emerging markets such as Myanmar, and maybe pick up a piece or two from the more than 100 international galleries that are exhibiting.
Also happening this weekend is the Aliwal Urban Art Festival. For one night only, experience the centre's inaugural Urban Art Festival featuring homegrown musicians playing rock, rap, reggae, bass, funk, and sample some street art. Check out Masia One, Darker Than Wax, +65 Drum & Bass, and O$P$ as they give you a taste of the underground urban arts scene here.
Hearththrob Nathan Hartono, 22, will be playing a solo show at the Esplanade featuring original compositions, jazz staples and other songs that have influenced him. Having released three studio albums and played a string of live performances (including a couple of musical theatre appearances), he is practically a seasoned performer for such a young man.
Nathan Hartono with one of his original compositions, ‘Thinkin' About Love’
Singapore film ‘Ilo Ilo’, winner of four Golden Horse Awards, will be screened for free at Gardens by the Bay on Friday 17 January. In the spirit of Chinese New Year, another one of Anthony Chen’s films, ‘Reunion Dinner’, will also be screened. Take along the picnic mats and food as you enjoy the movies under the stars.
Still on the arts scene, there are only a few days left to the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. This weekend, theatre companies Por Piedad Teatro (Mexico) and The Play Company (USA) are staging ‘Working on a Special Day’. The play explores the life-changing encounter between an overworked housewife and a mysterious bachelor on 8 May 1938, the day Rome celebrated Hitler's visit to Mussolini's Italy.
On Saturday, dog and cat lovers may join in the Mutts & Mittens Community Day. There are plenty of treats for your pets, with tarts and cakes (yes, for the animals) from Superdog Kitchen. M.D.T - My Dog Trainer will also be there, or you may volunteer with the Humane Society Singapore. More details here.
If you are up to partying, UK DJ and producer Bonobo (Simon Green) takes his brand of acid house and trip-hop to Zouk. With five albums' worth of material, including 2013’s ‘The North Borders’, he is ready to give the crowd a stellar night of live electronica. William J and Jeremy Boon open.
'Cirrus' by Bonobo
For more ideas on more things to do this weekend, don’t forget to check out inSing's comprehensive events calendar. Have a great weekend and see you back here next week.