Scene & Heard: Southeast Asian Film Festival, Culture Clash Festival and hotel bars

Movie Month
Singapore Art Museum’s eye-opening Southeast Asian Film Festival is back this year for its fourth edition. This almost month-long affair promises to be as impressive as the last one, with opportunities to catch rare documentaries and challenging indie films from the region, as well as meet their creators. That’s not all SAM has planned; keep your eyes peeled for an exhibition of art works in response to earth science in March, and a mega-exhibition of their permanent collection in April. Stay tuned at for more updates.

Culture Club
Hot on the heels of Mosaic Music Festival’s swan song (Mar 7-16) is another eclectic music fest that’s about to please your ears with Latin, Afro, soul, funk and brass band sounds. With a lineup of acts like Blitz & Squash Brass Band from Japan, our very own funk-metal band The Voodoo Sound, and DJs including the much-loved Kilowatt crew, this year’s Culture Clash Festival (Mar 22, 5pm onwards. 22 Dempsey Rd., 6476-5961) looks pretty damn good. Save the date and get dancing shoes for this one. Read more at

Checking In
Trend alert: This year, you’ll want to be seen at hotel bars, which, judging by the slew of recent openings, are no longer stuffy. Upping the game are casual-cool gastropub Cook & Brew and Anti:dote—the latter even has a hipster herb garden. Hotels are also collaborating with drink experts, like Spanish cocktail legend Javier de las Muelas for One-Ninety Bar and “mod Sin mixologists” Mixes From Mars at Duxton’s Mars Bar.