Don’t you just love, love, love long weekends? The city just comes alive with events and pop-up activities in quirky, cultural corners, and suddenly, there’s so much more discover. Whether you are a culture vulture looking for the most intriguing indie reads, or a hip hop honey looking to get turnt up with Korean rap stars, there’s something for everyone:
AOMG Follow The Movement in Singapore 2017
American-Korean hip hop superstar, Jay Park, will be setting the stage (and many hearts) on fire come 1 May, at the AOMG (Above Ordinary Music Group) Concert. And adding their own swag-filled flavour to the mix are DJ Pumkin, and rappers Gray, Loco, and Simon Dominic. You can trust that they will bring mad energy, sharp lyrics and pulsating beats to this one-night-only showdown.
1 May, Monday at Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. www.suntecsingapore.com
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Singapore Heritage Festival
This year’s opening weekend will give you the rare opportunity to enter the storied headquarters of Singapore’s media production past, the Caldecott Broadcast Centre. Beyond guided tours by industry staff (and some celebrities, if you get lucky) of the decades-old property, there will also be a unique theatre show, Studio 6, which revisits the iconic scripts and characters from some of the most-loved series; and the TV50 exhibition to take you through the city’s television broadcasting history. One activity that’s sure to attract the crowds is Lip Sync Your Heart Out, where closet performers can take to the green screen to “sing” memorable TV serial theme songs and bring home a video of their debut.
28 April-14 May at inspiring venues across the island. heritagefestival.sg
Art Book Fair
Mark your calendars, art and literary lovers—Singapore Art Book Fair returns for its fourth run this Thursday at Gillman Barracks. As per usual, there will be lots of art books, lots of zines, and lots of fringe activities to keep you occupied over the long weekend, courtesy of artists, design studios, independent publishers and distributors from around the region. Organised by the good folks at Books Actually, the exhibitors include returning vendors—Singapore’s Atelier Hoko, Holycrap, Supermama and Magpie Magazines, Indonesia’s Studio Geometry, South Korea’s PRISMOF magazine—as well as new ones such as White Fungus magazine from Taiwan and Nobrow Press from UK.
Till 30 April at 7 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks. www.singaporeartbookfair.org
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The Local People x Singapore Changi Airport Art Market
The Local People—masters at celebrating Made in Singapore art, craft, music, film and design—are hosting yet another one of their buzzing art markets, this time at the Singapore Changi Airport. Apt for the location is the overriding theme of Travel Essentials, so make a pit stop whether you are flying in or out, or are up for a journey to the far east.
29-30 April at Singapore Changi Airport, Terminal 3. www.thelocalpeoplesg.com
Tropicana the Musical
This musical extravaganza zooms in on the lives of the people behind a glittering nightspot in Singapore in the ‘60s, where guests pay top dollar to savour fine dining, world-class entertainment and beautiful showgirls. But beyond the melodic and visual feast, it is a story about individuals with big dreams and creative courage in a tiny nation bursting with possibilities. It’s the last weekend to catch it!
Till 30 April at Capitol Theatre. www.tropicanathemusical.com
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By Dana Koh and Annabelle Fernandez