22 fun things to do in Singapore this week (Jun 11-15)

If you took it slow this weekend, filling your days watching films at the Italian and Mexican Film Festivals or picking up a new exercise routine at Botanic Gardens, then let this four-day week be the one for you to prepare for the insane weekend ahead. Celebrate the month of Pride with a bunch of literary peeps at BluJaz, catch a dance production or two at the Esplanade and learn more about Peranakan culture at the Amek Gambar exhibition, before you go full steam ahead at Ultra SIngapore. For our Muslim brethren, Selamat Hari Raya! Oh, and don’t forget that the Fifa World Cup starts this week too, so if you’re looking for a place to catch the matches, check out our picks here.

Monday, Jun 11

, 22 fun things to do in Singapore this week (Jun 11-15)
Photo credit: Screenshot of Princess Mononoke trailer on YouTube

Catch one of Studio Ghibli’s most moving works, the 1997 Japanese animated fantasy film, Princess Mononoke. Set in the late Muromachi period of Japan, join the young prince Ashitaka as he embarks on a journey to locate the cure for Tatarigami’s curse. Jun 11

Oh, geez… if you think you know all things Rick and Morty, put it to the test and join in this trivia night at The Armoury Craft Beer Bar. Jun 11

Open mic peeps Destination: Ink is celebrating Pride Month. They’ve brought together a bunch of queer poets, musicians and artists like Mrigaa Sethi, Drima Chakraborty, and Jennifer Anne Champion to put forward their poems, prose, lyrics and other forms of artistry for “anyone who’s in the closet, out of the closet, or still trying to decide if they have a closet”. They’ll open the stage after the event for anyone who wants a slot. Jun 11

Tuesday, Jun 12

, 22 fun things to do in Singapore this week (Jun 11-15)
Merci Marcel x Billy Ma

Singapore-based Taiwanese indie pop art illustrator and designer Billy Ma will be showcasing pieces from his Sexy Sin City series at casual French dining eatery Merci Marcel, as part of the restaurant’s first ever art exhibition. Each piece presents an otherwise provocative history of familiar Singapore neighborhoods juxtaposed against seemingly unassuming and less charming modern structures. Through Jun 15


, 22 fun things to do in Singapore this week (Jun 11-15)

One of the hotspots to drink at in Singapore that has really stood the test of time is that small alleyway between Orchard Gateway @ Emerald and Peranakan Place, better known as Emerald Hill. Though it’s gone under the knife several times, this small enclave of bars is always bustling with people and booming with music. If you happen to be in the area this week, pop by No. 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar to enjoy one-for-one martinis going for $16-20 nett, as part of their Martini Week celebrations. Jun 12-19

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Catch everyone’s favorite drag queen comedian Kumar as he dishes out his usual antics, politically incorrect rants and Singapore issues-based jokes at Canvas. Jun 12

Remember that third language you picked up in university but slowly forgot because you didn’t have anyone to practise it with? If you still have it in you, join in the Singapor BlaBla Language Exchange where you can join various language groups to improve your skills. Jun 12

Wednesday, Jun 13

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The Great Race – Contemporary Chinese Zodiac by Laurina Paperina

Chinese New Year may be long over, but this new exhibition looks at the Chinese zodiac through the eyes of European artists. The internationally renowned Mazel Galerie from Brussels has commissioned The Great Race, a new exhibition that takes source material from the traditional Chinese zodiac. Through Jun 30

The M1 Contact Contemporary Festival returns for its ninth run, presenting 16 shows of 28 dance works from 14 different nationalities across six performance platforms. Through Aug 5

Peranakan Museum’s latest exhibition, Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography, delves into the Southeast Asian history of photography through the pictured lives of the Peranakan community in the region. Through Feb 3, 2019

Thursday, Jun 14

, 22 fun things to do in Singapore this week (Jun 11-15)
Headquarters. Photo credit: The Council’s Facebook page

This enigma of a producer is currently based out of Seoul and has made a name for himself by perfecting the essential aural journey. His real identity may be up in the air, but one thing’s for sure—SONS’ brand of music will appeal to lovers of trance, breakbeat and downtempo with a tinge of lo-fi sensibilities. Catch him at Headquarters on the eve of Eid. Jun 14

Can’t wait for Ultra Singapore? Egyptian trance legends Aly & Fila take over Millenia Walk’s Avry for a massive four-hour set to give you a taste of things to come. Jun 14

It’s a public holiday eve, so what better way to get it on than with some of the cheesiest ’90s hits and misses at this edition of OverEasy Orchard’s Guilty Pleasures. Jun 14

Kult’s newest exhibition Word will interpret written text in visual forms through artworks. Specifically, the artists involved were invited to interpret traditional scripts such as Arabic, Braille and Urdu. Through Jun 20

TGIF Bazaars returns to OneKM Mall for their third Ramadan Flea, where you’ll be able to splurge on accessories, apparel, essential oils, home decor items, antiques and collectibles, and of course, food. Through Jun 14

Goodwood Park Hotel’s annual durian festival returns with all-time favorites like durian puffs, crepes, strudels, ice cream and more. Through Jul 22

Friday, Jun 15

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Ultra Singapore 2017. Photo credit: Colossal Photos

There’s a whole lot of future bass and trap producers coming for the third edition of Miami festival export, Ultra Singapore. Returning to the field open field beside Marina Bay Sands now known as “Ultra Park”, the festival sees huge names like RL Grime, Nghtmre, Slander, DJ Snake, Steve Angello, Above & Beyond, Aly & Fila and more. Jun 15-16

As R. Kelly once said, “After the show, it’s the after party”. Top off the first day of Ultra Singapore 2018 with a night of one of the most influential house music producers, Fedde Le Grand, over at Avry. Jun 15

Headquarters’ night of celebrating DJs and producers from Singapore and the region, Foreign Affairs, returns; this time spotlighting one of Hong Kong’s best. Having hopped on the city’s underground music scene in 2012, Jo.D has carved a niche of playing a range of genres, from house and acid to electro and techno, and Hong Kong institutions like Oma and Social Room and festivals like Sonar Hong Kong. Jun 15

For the very first time, you’ll be able to get inked by a real Kalinga tattoo artist—without having to hike up the mountains of rural Philippines. Traditional Kalinga tattooists will be traveling out of their country to participate in Singapore Ink Show 2018. The Kalinga tattooists’ appearance aside, this year’s edition of the annual tattoo convetion will feature more than 160 artists from over 23 countries. Jun 15-17

Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City. Masterpieces of the Musee national des arts asiatiques-Guimet showcases more than 140 sculptures, watercolors, drawings, and historic memorabilia from the museum in France, for a detailed look into the magnificent history of Angkor. Through Jul 22

The eighth edition of Singapore Art Museum’s annual family-friendly contemporary art exhibition explores the concept of time. Ten artists and art collectives from around the world have taken over SAM at 8Q for Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time, presenting immersive and interactive installations exploring the tales and theories that shape our memories and future. Through Aug 26