Weekend guide (20-22 April): Arts in the heartland, Ukrainian cuisine with top chef, playground nostalgia

This weekend, foodies can sample dishes created by top Ukrainian chef Yaroslav Artuykh. If you’re a heritage buff, you might want to check out two events under the Singapore Heritage Festival – the Armenian Street Party and the National Museum’s blockbuster exhibition on local playgrounds. If you like music and the arts, head down to either Tampines or Marina Bay Sands. Or if you’d like to learn about the science of fear, the Science Centre has a new exhibition for you.

Ukrainian cuisine with master chef Yaroslav Artuykh

Dine with top chef Yaroslav Artyukh, whom Italian restaurant Grissini at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel is hosting for World Gourmet Summit 2018. Artuykh’s restaurant in his home country, Kanapa, has been lauded for modernising traditional Ukrainian dishes. Culinary specialities on the menu he designed for Grissini include rabbit and nuts dumplings, lamb’s tongue with banosh corn porridge, and baked apple mousse. Reservations are required.

When: 17-20 April, 12pm (lunch) or 7pm (dinner)
Where: Grissini Restaurant
Price: From $48++ to $78++ per pax

Let’s Art @ Our Tampines Hub


This weekend-long event marks the commencement of an initiative by Our Tampines Hub to bring arts into the heartland. The launch on Saturday features performances by the three resident arts groups as well as Chinese orchestral, dikir barat and bangra dance acts. On Sunday, there will be an interactive musical puppetry performance by Festive Arts Theatre.

When: 21-22 April
Where: Our Tampines Hub
Price: Free

Armenian Street Party 2018: Balik Kampong 2.0

The annual Armenian Street Party will bring the Singapore Heritage Festival to a close. Play old-school games such as Jenga and hopscotch, or enjoy comedy and musical performances and art installations throughout the night. Participants are encouraged to wear traditional outfits such as the cheongsam and saree.

When: 20-21 April, 7pm to 11pm
Where: Peranakan Museum
Price: Free

Open Stage concert at Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands hotel is staging the fifth edition of its Open Stage concert series in support of local and regional talent. The concert on Saturday will be headlined by Malaysian YouTube sensation and singer Priscilla Abby, and local artists R&B singer Gareth Fernandez and indie-soul singer-songwriter Dru Chen.

When: 21 April, 7.15pm – 10pm
Where: Event Plaza, Marina Bay Sands
Price: Free

The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930–2030

The National Museum of Singapore is launching a five-month long exhibition about Singapore’s playgrounds this week as part of the Singapore Heritage Festival. Explore the past, present and future of playgrounds, from the iconic dragon playgrounds of the 1970s to today’s modern versions. The opening weekend features activities such as bouncy fun on inflatable playgrounds and local films set at historical playgrounds.

When: 20 April to 30 September 2018
Where: Stamford Gallery, National Museum of Singapore
Price: Free admission

Science of Fear exhibition

Phobia2: The Science of Fear at the Science Centre explores the theme of fear in an educational and interactive manner with pop-art design and bespoke concepts. Highlights include a journey through the history of fear, getting buried alive in a coffin, and a pirate dreamscape about nightmares.

When: Permanent exhibition
Where: Hall B, Science Centre Singapore
Price: Free (admission charges for Science Centre apply)

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