Want something to gift some quirky, unique and/or more personal presents this holiday season? You’ll find them at Boutiques. Held at the F1 Pit Building, this twice-yearly shopping event is known for its interesting mix of brands that are anything but run-of-the-mill.
Just check out some of the awesome merch shown here! (Clockwise from left: beautiful Big Blue Trunk furniture, fun donut floater from Leia + Lauren, Maison Q‘s lovely little girl dresses, moccasins and more by schocs ‘n’ schues, My Pure Earth essential oils and Scribolo‘s must-buy SG souvenir.)
November’s fair is its annual Gifting Edition, featuring more than 250 independent, design-led labels over the span of two levels. Admission is free.
Boutique Fairs Singapore
9 to 11 November
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, 038975
Singapore’s National Arts Council is bringing art experiences to 14 different neighbourhoods all this month. Some events require pre-registration, but all are free to the public. Yay!
This weekend alone, you can catch:
- “Placing Home”, presenting five artworks around the Woodlands (register here); 9 to 25 November
- “Puppets from Around the World”, performed by Sydney Puppet Theatre, Chai and Paper Monkey Theatre at Bedok Town Square (no registration required); 9 November, 7 to 7:30 p.m.
- “Awang Batil”, in which Teater KAMi’s Awang Batil (shown) brings to life forgotten Malay folklore (no registration required); 10 November, 2 and 6 p.m. at Our Tampines Hub, Festive Plaza; and 17 November 2 and 5 p.m. at Bedok Town Square.
Arts in Your Neighbourhood
8-25 November; various locations
Check the Arts for All site for event timings.
Popular children’s book hero, Geronimo Stilton is back after a sell-out season in 2017, with a 90-minute theatrical and musical adventure, featuring spectacular multi-media projections and stunning 3D effects.
Your LOs will love joining Geronimo as he sets off on a fantastical quest to save the Queen of Fairies, and along the way has to face witches, mermaids, dragons, pixies, gnomes and a giant! Get your tix on SISTIC.
Geronimo Stilton Live In The Kingdom Of Fantasy 2018
MES Theatre at Mediacorp, 1 Stars Ave, 138507
Outdoor music and arts festival Neon Lights is back! And, it’s boasting a fab line-up including Malaysian singer and songwriter Yuna, American ambient pop band Cigarettes After Sex, English indie rock band The Vaccines and Caribou (Canadian musician Daniel Snaith).
What’s extra-excellent about this show? It’s totally family-friendly: Parents, you can rock along to cool music with your tots, who can check out creative workshops and art installations, too.
Ticket prices start from $144 for Saturday and $259 for Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more info.
With the end of the year approaching, the JUNK team is taking a look back at the key events of 2018. From the political theatre of the Trump-Kim summit to the box-office success of Crazy Rich Asians, this year saw Singapore stepping into the global spotlight like never before, leading us to pose the thematic question of the night: Was 2018 the year of Singapore Power?
Hosted by comedian and social media personality Hirzi Zulkiflie, this is a one-of-a-kind event that marries a talk show format with culture and insights of modern Asia. Special guests include: Tan Kheng Hua and Selena Tan of Crazy Rich Asians fame, presenter Anita Kapoor and drag artist Becca D’ Bus.
The Junk Show with Hirzi
9 November, 6 to 9 p.m.
541, Orchard Rd, #01-01, Liat Towers, 238881
Every Saturday from this weekend through 15 December, Our Tampines Gallery is organising tons of arty-crafty activities for the young ones. No need to register, just walk in with your kids to try your hand at making a traditional game like Five Stones, or make you own works of art with paper craft.
You’ll be learning from seniors from the Tampines area, who will teach you old-school games and crafts that came before today’s internet games and online world. It’ll be an insightful and fun experience for kids and adults alike!
Our Tampines Gallery
10 November to 15 December, 2 to 5 p.m.
Tampines Regional Library, Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, 529684
For this year’s Christmas light-up event along Orchard Road, beloved characters from Disney and Disney-Pixar, including Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Elsa and Woody are making an appearance.
Visitors will also be treated to Instagram-worthy opportunities of life-sized set pieces featuring iconic Disney characters. Two malls – Orchard Central and Wheelock Place – will also be decked in Disney-themed decor.
Tip: The AWA’s (American Women’s Association) annual Holiday Lights Bus Tour is a great way to see the lights. Sign up here.
Christmas On A Great Street 2018
10 November-1 January
(image: The Guy Bourdin Estate 2018 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery)
In an age where apps provide instant services and smartphones allow us to capture just about anything and everything in an instant, the culture of “now” has never been so prevalent. Its origins can arguably be traced back to the late 1940s when Edwin Land first introduced the Polaroid camera to the world, marking a technological breakthrough in the history of photography.
Polaroid’s unique qualities inspired artists and photographers including Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams, Lucas Samaras and Barbara Crane, while capturing the imagination of everyone else. Through a wide range of Polaroid artworks and artefacts, this exhibition offers insight into the story of Polaroid photography, while exploring the impact of instant photography and this social phenomenon of instantaneity on us today.
In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology
10 November, 2018-31 March, 2019
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd, Basement Level, Exhibition Gallery 2, 178897
This performance’s promise? To “show the kids the orchestra’s picture-painting powers!” Invite your LOs to enjoy this musical showcase of creative orchestral stories and familiar favourites – children will be taught to listen for themes that represent characters and events in a musical story, led by conductor/presenter Gerard Salonga. Suitable for ages 4 to 14. Book your tix on SISTIC.
By Sean Tham and Sara Lyle Bow / Additional Reporting: Sherlyn Tan, 6 November 2018
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