Holding physical events may not yet be possible, but the folks behind massively popular festivals and markets here like Artbox Singapore and Fleawhere have been keeping busy despite the circumstances.
Organisers Invade will be bringing back Shilin Singapore, the local version of the famed Taiwanese night market, only this time, as a fully digital festival with close to a hundred vendors. After a roaring debut in 2019 at The Grounds@Kranji, we only expect great things from these guys.
This second edition, aptly named Digital Shilin Singapore, will be taking place online over two weekends in June, from 12-14 and from 19-21. Admission is free for all, and all you need to do is simply head over to Shilin.sg during those dates.
Every digital pop-up store will have a booth, so to speak, a dedicated microsite of sorts where you can watch live streams of food being cooked, show segments at allocated times, and of course, a menu where you can browse and have your food purchased for immediate or scheduled delivery. Expect nosh like truffle lu rou fan, mala chicken sandwich, Taiwanese pastries and, of course, bubble tea.
For the shopping booths, Shilin will be working closely with Shopee to offer a curated selection of homegrown brands. Feel free to browse and shop, or view vendor live streams and even online auctions for great deals and giveaways at certain times.
As for entertainment, a whole lineup of social games and variety shows will keep you glued to your screens. But be sure to stay tuned to the Main Stage programme, where host Lee Teng alongside musicians and singers the likes of Caryson, The Freshman, Nat Wu, Yokez and more will be performing at.
And the best part about this digital festival? No more jostling with crowds needed in order to get your hands on your favourite street treats.
Digital Shilin Singapore opens from 3-11pm on Jun 12 and 12-11pm on Jun 13-14 and Jun 19- 21. Admission is free.