Culture Chic List: Where, What and When

We give you the best of new spaces, things to see and even what to read

  • Watch This Space

If you’re looking for a stunning venue to hold a special event, you might want to consider hiring the dedicated event space at The Atelier & Co.’s sprawling new headquarters at Delta House. On top of running its two core businesses (The Wedding Atelier, an upscale wedding planning company; and The Floral Atelier, a luxury events and fl oral design business), The Atelier & Co. has set up an education division in the 7,000sqft venue that will hold fl oral masterclasses and experiential workshops open to the public. The open-concept space also boasts a striking glass-walled flower room known as The Crystal Cube, and a retail section carrying speciality products from around the world. Its first exclusive import is Korean fragrance brand Soohyang, which has emerged as one of Asia’s coolest brands with a cult following in the US and UK. In the pipeline is a collaboration with twice-crowned Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Janice Wong, who will create hand-painted fl ower bonbons with one-of-a-kind fl oral-inspired flavours.

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  • What To Catch

For those who can’t wait for the 30th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) from 21 November to 1 December, you can look forward to two upcoming free-admission programmes at Gardens by the Bay. Nature’s Playground is a photography exhibition by SGIFF that invites visitors to follow 10 local storytellers—including musicians, writers and actors such as Fiona Xie, Anita Kapoor and Alfian Sa’at— on their creative narratives inspired by nature. Their portraits will be exhibited at the Supertree Grove Colonnade from now to 1 December.

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  • What To Read 

A Single Thread is the latest novel from Tracy Chevalier, the celebrated author of Girl With a Pearl Earring. Set in the early ’30s, it centres on a young widower who finds solace in the art of needlepoint and the company of real-life embroidery pioneer Louisa Pesel.

Zadie Smith has established herself as one of the most respected writers of her generation. Grand Union is her first collection of short fiction that brings together 10 new pieces and another 10 written over the past two decades. Covering a gamut of subjects, from first loves to race, Smith combines her power of observation and inimitable voice to mine the fraught experience of life in the modern world.
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From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer is a bold debut novel where the author imagines the covert war of an enslaved people in response to a generations-long war for the right to life, kin and freedom.
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