Weekend guide (19-21 May): Esplanade Annexe Open House, Whiskey Weekend, White Party SG

Nurul Azliah
Senior Lifestyle Reporter
The Esplanade’s Annex Studio is hosting an open house this weekend with a slew of music, art, food and craft activities. (Photo: Esplanade)

With a slew of music and art events as well as markets and parties happening from Friday to Sunday (19 to 21 May), you’re definitely better off staying out of the house this weekend.

1. Esplanade Annexe Open House

The Esplanade’s Annexe Studio is hosting an open house this weekend with a slew of music, art, food and craft activities.

Some of the highlights include workshops on coffee appreciation, floral jar jamming and aromatherapy, music and spoken word performances by local band The Good Life and bazaar by Souvenirs From Singapore as well as Easy Craftivist SG.

Foodies should also look out for an Esplanade x HungryGoWhere Food Trail.

When: 20 to 21 May

Where: Esplanade Annexe Studio

Admission: Free (some workshops may require registration and a fee via Esplanade)

2. Social Market by Open Farm Community

Singapore’s popular garden-to-table restaurant on Dempsey Hill brings back its Social Market this weekend where visitors can look out for a plethora of curated farmed goods, such as homemade Cerena Honey, Kuhlbarra Barramundi and Hush Candles’ natural soy wax. Heads up cheese lovers, The Raclette Movement will also be there to serve up gooey cheese, too.

When: 20 to 21 May; 11am to 5pm

Where: Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road

Admission: Free

3. American Whiskey Weekend

It’s a weekend for American whiskey lovers as four of Singapore’s famous American-style bars – 28 HongKong Street, Employees Only, Manhattan and Skinny’s Lounge – will be serving inventive whiskey cocktails ($10 each) at a pop-up at The Great Escape on Beach Road.

Hosted by Proof & Company, visitors can munch on scrumptious burgers by Blue Label Burgers and Meatsmith, as well as delicious apple pies at the “Bourbon Bake Off” booth. Participate in whiskey masterclasses and shop for whiskey cocktail paraphernalia at the EC Proof pop-up as well.

When: 20 to 21 May

Where: The Great Escape (Golden Mile Tower)

Admission: Free

4. Children’s book fair by Asian Festival of Children’s Content

Update your children’s reading log books with new books from this fair. A total of 20 exhibitors will be bringing their latest titles as well as creative educational resources for little ones aged 0 to 18.

When you’re done shopping, look out for meet-and-greet sessions with authors, illustrators and performers from Indonesia.

When: Until 21 May; 10am to 6pm

Where: National Library Building open plaza, Level 1

Admission: Free

5. Conversations: Future Sapiens

What makes us human in an age of science, and how do new technologies challenge our understanding of what it is to be human? Marina Bay Sands is hosting a series of talks linking ideas, artworks and experiments in HUMAN+: The Future of Our Species, Conversations invites you to contemplate the different dimensions, societal costs and unintended consequences of human enhancement.

Here’s the list of speakers: Neil Harbisson (Cyborg Artist), Oron Catts (Artist and Co-Founder/Director of SymbioticA), Agatha Haines (Artist and Designer), Jimmy Loizeau (Designer and Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London), Nadia Magnenat Thalmann (Director of Institute for Media Innovation at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Louis-Philippe Demers (Artist and Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Trevor Binedell (Assistant Head of Prosthetics & Orthotics Service, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), Michael Lim (‎Film and Media Professional and Curator), Gunalan Nadarajan (Art Theorist and Curator) and Honor Harger (Executive Director of ArtScience Museum).

When: 20 May; 11am to 6pm

Where: Marina Bay Sands, Expression Gallery, Level 4

Admission: Free (first-come-first-serve basis)

6. Jazz Night at Lepark

Enjoy a night of live mass performances overlooking the Chinatown skyline at Jazz Night at Lepark. Local saxophonist Daniel Chia and guitarist Kelvin And will be entertaining you with their smooth grooves.

Where: Lepark; #06-00 People’s Park Complex

When: 8pm

Admission: Free

7. Soulja Boy Exclusive Showcase at Bang Bang

If you don’t remember who Soulja Boy is, let’s see if the following lyric can conjure past club-banging memories: “Soulja Boy Up in this oh / Watch me crank it watch me roll/ Watch me crank dat Soulja Boy/ Then Superman dat ho”

Yes, the rapper is back and he’s coming to Singapore for an exclusive showcase at Pan Pacific Hotel on Saturday.

When: 13 May; 10pm

Where: Bang Bang (Pan Pacific Hotel, Marina Square)

Admission: $50 (via Peatix)

8. Danish Film screening at the National Gallery

Sit back and watch Danish film “Marie Kroyer” while munching on Scandinavian finger foods and Anthon Berg chocolates at the National Gallery on Friday.

Don’t forget to grab a pint of Carlsberg while you’re at it.

When: 19 May; 6pm

Where: National Gallery Singapore

Admission: $11 (via SISTIC)

9. Let Us Discover Yet Again Exhibition & Book Launch with Pearlyn Sim

Singaporean artist Pearlyn Sim will be launching a new photo book as well as an exhibition dedicated to the MacRitchie forest.  Over five months in 2016, Pearlyn visited the forest and collected a total of 50 photographs of various species, turning her material into a series of polychromos drawings and a book that documents her experiences.

When: 21 May; 4pm

Where: Plain Vanilla Bakery (Tiong Bahru)

Admission: Free

10. 6th French Animation Film Festival

French animation film buffs can look out for six shows at the festival this year. Hosted by the Alliance Francaise, FAFF returns for the sixth time to bring you the crème de la crème of French animation.

List of shows:

19 May | My Life as a Zucchini (special screening with cocktail and Q&A)

20 May | Ballerina

20 May | April and the Twisted World

21 May | Ivan Tsarévitch and the Changing Princess

21 May | The Girl Without Hands

21 May | Louise by the Shore

When: 19 to 21 May

Where: Alliance Française de Singapour

Admission: From $11 (via Alliance Francaise)

11. Fitness Fest 2017

It’s going to be an event not to be missed by fans of popular YouTube fitness sensation Blogilates (Cassey Ho), as she will be returning to Singapore to lead a live POP Pilates session for fitness fans in Singapore. Look out for special heart-pumping sessions by other notable fitness sessions such as UFIT’s Citira Corrigan and Yoga Lab’s Jasmine Chong.

When: 20 to 21 May

Where: Bayfront Avenue

Admission: From $62.10 (via Fitness Fest)

12. Urban Ventures – Vol 6

The creative landscape-changers from LOPELAB will be transforming Duxton Plan Park into an art and music public space with the return of Urban Ventures (Vol 6).

Here’s what’s in store: Live Music | Interactive Artworks | Artisans Market | Dance Party feat.Darker Than Wax | Interactive Workshops | Urban Furnitures | Mouthwatering Grub | Social Dining Experiences

Where: Duxton Plain Park

When: 19 to 21 May; 7pm

Admission: Free

13. White Party SG

Hollywood actress Taryn Manning from US hit television series Orange is the New Black will be headlining this year’s White Party, which is hosting its 10th event at Sentosa’s Ola Beach Club. Other DJs manning the deck include Melbourne’s Lilly Street, Brazil’s Marjorie Sinclair and Singapore’s very own DJ Say Grace.

When: 20 May

Where: Ola Beach Club, Sentosa

Admission: $58 for a regular ticket, $68 for tickets at the door (via Waave).

14. Togetherly @ Wheelock Place

Head over to Wheelock Place for a pop-up market featuring local artisanal makers and brands that range from ladies and kids apparel to food, handicrafts, eyewear and more.

The event’s signature book swap at the Book Exchange Corner will also be available for book lovers to trade their pre-loved books for new reads and receive a $5 Togetherly shopping voucher. 

When: 19 to 21 May

Where: Wheelock Place Level 2

Admission: Free

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