Weekend guide (13-15 July): Cat festival, orchid display, short film showcase

Here are Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore’s picks of some of the best activities this weekend, including the inaugural Singapore Cat Festival, an orchid display at Gardens by the Bay, and a showcase of Singapore’s best short films.

Singapore Cat Festival

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This inaugural festival will bring together cat owners, lover and enthusiasts to celebrate the joys of having feline friends. It will feature local and international cat product vendors, talks, sharing sessions and workshops. Supported by the Cat Welfare Society of Singapore, the festival aims to educate prospective cat owners as well as the public on the importance of responsible cat ownership and care.

When: 14-15 July, 11am to 9pm
Where: Level 1 Atrium, Leisure Park Kallang
Price: Free admission

Orchid Extravaganza at Gardens by the Bay

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Award-winning filmmaker Royston Tan will apply his creative touch to a display of more than 14,000 orchids from over 120 varieties. Held in conjunction with the Singapore Garden Festival, the display celebrates Singapore’s diverse cultures against a backdrop of Peranakan shophouses. Visitors can view a showcase of prized orchids from the SOGA Orchid Show 2018 for a limited period between 21 July and 29 July.

When: 13 July – 22 August
Where: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Price: $8 to $28 (admission fees for cooled conservatories)

KidZania Go!

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Let your children assume different roles through this experiential play. The activities include learning the basics functions of a DSLR camera at a Canon photography workshop and conducting posture screenings at a chiropractor workshop. Changi Airport shoppers can redeem one-role play activity if they spend a minimum of $30 in a single receipt. For Changi Rewards members, they are entitled to one additional role-play activity.

When: 6 – 15 July, 11am to 9pm
Where: Basement 2 (opposite Kopitiam), Changi Airport Terminal 3
Price: Free admission

Singapore Shorts

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Overseen by a panel of professionals across Singapore’s film industry, this annual showcase celebrates the best in local short films. The films include a restored version of Rajendra Gour’s 1972 Sunshine Singapore, Eric Khoo’s Home VDO, and Giovanni Fantoni Modena’s Artificial Melodrama. The event will also feature discussions with the filmmakers as well as a section on older titles from the Asian Film Archive’s collection.

When: 13-15 July (check programme line-up here)
Where: Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore
Price: Free admission with registration

SAM Late Nights

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Head down to the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and enjoy live poetry reading sessions, casual artwork discussions and live music performance by local musical act ARNT. Visitors can also enjoy a guide by the curators of the museum through its latest exhibition, “Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time” and discuss the artworks on display. Complimentary late night access to the museum will be offered to visitors.

When: 13 July, 6pm
Where: Singapore Art Museum
Price: Free admission

Singapore Food Festival

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Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the food festival will showcase the country’s rich culinary culture and talents through cooking demonstrations, craft workshops and theatrical experiences. This year’s theme is “Savour Singapore in Every Bite”, with highlights including a pop-up restaurant run by Chef Emmanuel Stroobant and Chef Haikal Johari, a theatre and dining experience, and beer yoga.

When: 13-29 July
Where: Various locations (check the events here)
Price: $15 to $105

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