Weekend Guide

TGIF!: Your weekend guide (23-25 Aug)

By Kevin HoEvents - 22 August 2013 6:16 PM | Updated 11:41 AM

TGIF!: Your weekend guide (23-25 Aug)

If you’ve been told countless times not to take things too seriously, they’re probably right. And with another weekend arriving, here’s a good place to start. Let your hair down with levitating acrobats, dress up as your favourite superhero, burst into laughter with improvised comedy and scream your lungs silly to the Gods of rock. There’re plenty of opportunities to rediscover a new side of you. Just let us point them out for you.

Don’t just go straight home after work! The night is always young at the Singapore Night Festival 2013. With gravity-defying aerial dancers, street jesters, art exhibitions, live bands, flea markets, and food trucks, there’s something for everyone at this nocturnally bustling event. And don’t forget to feast your eyes on the highly anticipated Night Lights, a showcase of massive light-projected displays turning city architecture into lifelike murals. Click here for more sights and sounds of the Singapore Night Festival as well as a sneak peek at the festival.

Keep your breath held for aerial dancers Compagnie Retouramont

Feeling like a movie beneath the evening sky? Then give the cineplexes a break, and catch a movie at Films At The Fort.  Over the weekend, the iconic Fort Canning Park will be transformed into an open-air cinema featuring a unique box-office favourite each day. And in support of Singapore’s filmmakers, a short local film will be shown prior to each feature film. Your entertainment will also be served with gourmet food and beverages, with the latter ranging from Australian and NZ wines to boutique beers and ciders.

If that whets your artistic appetite for more local creations, then hear what the scene has to say at Utter 2013. A collaboration between the Singapore Writers Festival and visual arts centre Objectifs, Utter reinvents our appreciation of Singapore writing by adapting them into short films produced by esteemed local filmmakers, allowing us to further realize the untapped potential of these home-grown masterpieces. From bak kut teh to pandas, drop by for a fresh perspective on local literature.

No more hiding your spiky-haired wigs and outrageous toy swords, bare your inner geek at International Cosplay Day Singapore 2013.   Whether you’re into anime, manga, video games, or simply the leisure of dressing up, this event earns a level up by bringing it all together. From Cosplay runways, to live anime music performances, to even a live-action chess game made up of characters clashing from different universes (imagine Marvel’s Dr. Doom versus Star Wars’ Darth Maul), even the boys will squeal for this one.

Meet and greet with Guest-Of-Honour Alodia Gosiengfiao

Calling all improvised comedy fans, you absolutely won’t want to miss the live version of UK’s Whose Line Is It Anyway…? Starring the original ensemble from the British television show, Andy Smart, Stephen Frost, Steven Steen, and Ian Coppinger, the hilarious quartet will be showing off their charismatic chops, witty one-liners, and snappy transitions for the first time in Singapore. Interested to hear their thoughts? Check out our interview with the comedians by clicking here.  

Get mesmerized by the melodies and harmonies of Enec.E at Ignite! Music Festival


Reputed as one of Singapore’s biggest rock festivals year after year, the Ignite! Music Festival returns to Republic Polytechnic with a musical line-up that’s as explosive as ever. From hardcore heavy hitters Caracal and A Vacant Affair, to pop rock entertainers West Grand Boulevard and The Summer State, to the alternative sounds of The Sets Band and Enec.E, this is one festival which truly celebrates the spirit and diversity of local original music.  Pack a pair of earplugs for this one.

But alas, there are some big shows where even earplugs won’t help. And who bigger than Metallica, the legends of heavy metal themselves? Grammy winners, rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Famers, and universal icons, this is a group that’s transcended the boundaries of being just a band, and have over 30 years become a cornerstone of music history.  With mosh melting songs like ‘Enter Sandman’, ‘Master of Puppets’, and ‘One’, you’d best be wearing appropriate attire for this one. And by appropriate we mean clothes you won’t mind being ruined. Click here for set times and here for info on how to get to the venue.

Are you ready for this? Are you ready for Metallica? 

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.