If you’re tired of being cooped up at home, and you’re looking for new activities to do during the weekend, look no further. From an outdoor cinematic experience to the highly anticipated Museum of Ice Cream exhibition, here, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting things that you can do with your loved ones for your next outing.

Epigram Bookshop

Epigram Bookshop may have closed its doors last July due to challenges brought about by the pandemic, but they are not giving up just yet. The bookstore has just announced they will be teaming up with The Lo & Behold Group to launch its very own pop-up from 16 August 2021 to 1 January 2022. Located at 267 Beach Road, the pop-up will takeover the Looksee Looksee space by The Lo & Behold Group for the next 5 months. On top of that, local capsule coffee machine brand, Morning, has also sponsored a Morning Machine, of which you’ll be able to enjoy complimentary coffee while you thumb through books.

Venue: 267 Beach Road
Date: 16 August 2021 – 1 January 2022
Website: https://epigrambookshop.sg/

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Museum of Ice Cream

The wait is almost over. Museum of Ice Cream is finally opening its doors this 19 August and we can’t wait to have our scoop of fun. This year, the Museum of Ice Cream will be held at Dempsey with about 14 multi-sensorial installations spread over 60,000 sq ft of space, all dedicated to ice cream, which you will also get to try during your visit.

Another highlight will be a sprinkle pool billed as the museum’s largest to date. The sprinkles, which resemble the confectionery typically used to decorate desserts, are actually made from antimicrobial biodegradable material and are disinfected regularly.

On top of that, there will also be a super-sized bouncy castle and a banana split forest for you to live out your childlike wonders.

Tickets are selling fast, so we recommend that you book yours before paying a visit to the exhibition.

Venue: 100 Loewen Road, Dempsey, Singapore 248837
Time: Daily (closed Monday- Wednesday): 10am to 11pm (last entry at 9pm)
Website: https://tickets.museumoficecream.sg/

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Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto

Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto
Photo: Asian Civilisations Museum

This double bill exhibition is presented in collaboration with Kobe Shimbun and Russel Wong, focusing on Japanese culture and craftsmanship via an array of woodblock prints and photography. 

Spilt into two parts, Life in Edo explores the everyday activities of the Edo period (1603–1868) — travels, beauty, food, entertainments, and even pets of the era — through woodblock prints and paintings, which have come to be called “ukiyo-e” (pictures of the floating world).

There is a total of157 colourful ukiyo-e prints — the most ever shown in a single exhibition in Singapore — and they feature works from the great masters such as Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and more.

As these prints are very light-sensitive, a new set of prints will be displayed midway through the exhibition. The new collection can be viewed from 12 July onwards, allowing visitors to double their pleasure with the life in old Japan.

Russel Wong in Kyoto, on the other hand, is a showcase of the Singaporean photographer’s 13-year-long personal project of documenting the lives of geiko in Kyoto. A total of 40 black-and-white photographs highlight the customs and traditions of geishas – called “geiko” in Kyoto, including the tea ceremony and the lesser known Erikae ceremony, a two-week process where a maiko (geiko in training) prepares herself to become a geiko.

Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto is now on at the Asian Civilisations Museum until Sep 19, 2021. For more info, click here.

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Photo: Female magazine

If your nerves have been on edge, it might be a good idea to check out Resume, a new solo exhibition by veteran Japanese artist Tsuyoshi Hisakado.

Well-recognised for his immersive installation works, this latest work takes up an entire gallery space, comprising of 50 wooden panels, each painted in fluorescent pink, yellow or orange on one side. Some of the panels lean against the walls and some lay on the floor of the gallery space, with their painted sides facing inwards. The natural light streaming through the large window of the gallery space bounces off the panels, creating a subtle glow of colours on the white walls and floor.

The artist conceptualised this work as a reaction to the changes in his daily life brought about by the pandemic, such as lockdowns and the postponement of events, but he intends to find positivity amidst all the dreariness. This is symbolised through the faint glow of colours, which suggest the ideas and ambitions that are brewing inside the artist’s mind. A colourful silver lining, perhaps?

From now till September 25 at Ota Fine Arts Singapore, 7 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks. For more info, click here

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