7 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend (Mar 2 to 4)

Festivals with a difference, musicals, K-pop gigs, and more.

Make this weekend count with these activities.

#1: Garden Beats Festival 2018

Join in on the first ever carbon-neutral music festival in Singapore (main pic) and be a part of an event that aims to reduce the carbon footprint created during the event itself. Have a beverage out of biodegradable cups and shop for environmentally-conscious local fashion, art, lifestyle and beauty brands including Frankskincare and Utama Spice. Food, music from Stephan Day and Brendon P, workout sessions and body art are also some of the things participants can enjoy during the festival.

Mar 3. 10am–10.30pm. Fort Gate, Fort Canning Park. Tix: $105, $85 (Picnic group 5 or more) from www.ticketflap.com/gardenbeats18; $125 at the door.

#2: Evita

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Evita remains one of the world’s most beloved musicals — it has won more than 20 major awards. Helmed by legendary director Hal Prince, the original Broadway and West End production comes to Singapore, featuring songs like ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’ and ‘Oh What a Circus’. Evita, which tells the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, promises to be an unforgettable experience for musical theatre fans.

Till Mar 18. Tue–Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm, 8pm; Sun, 1pm, 6pm. Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Tix: $55–$185 from Sistic.

#3: Exo Planet #4: “The EℓyXiOn”— in Singapore

Global stars Exo are returning to Singapore for their fourth world tour. The boy group will be performing hits such as ‘Call Me Baby’, ‘Growl’ and ‘Monster’ and also ‘Ko Ko Bop’ and ‘Power’ from their most recent albums. Fans will not only be treated to performances with elaborate stage decor and effects — the boys have also prepared individual stages to awe everyone in the audience.

Mar 3. 4pm. Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tix: $138–$298 from Sports Hub Tix. www.facebook.com/OneProductionSingapore

 #4: RuPaul’s Drag Race Kim Chi & Naomi Smalls with Lady Bunny

Best known as two of the queens in the Top 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8, Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls are the world’s most beloved BFF drag duo. With their distinct and instantly recognisable styles, the two queens will bring their hilarious comedy and lip sync show to Singapore for the first time. Comedy queen and host, Lady Bunny, will also be joining the duo’s Singapore show as a special guest. Rating: M18.

Mar 4. 8pm. Kallang Theatre. Tix: $88–$188 from Sistic. 

#5: HSBC Women’s World Championship 2018: Tournament & Monsta X Special Show

Catch four days of top-notch golf action from star players like Inbee Park, Feng Shanshan, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr and Lydia Ko among others vying for the US$1.5 million prize purse. The popular Saturday Music Festival will again return, with headlining act, the popular K-Pop group Monsta X performing hits like ‘Hero’ and ‘Beautiful’. Also features a “Power Hour” featuring leading local bands entertaining spectators after the tournament from Thursday to Saturday.

Tournament Mar 1–4. 8am. Sentosa Golf Club’s New Tanjong Course. Tix: $22 weekday, $33 weekends. Monsta X Special Show Mar 3. 8.30pm. The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Re-sorts World Sentosa. Tix: $148, $198. Tix from www.apactix.com. Visit www.hsbcgolf.com/womens for updates.

#6: Huayi: Chinese Festival of Arts 2018

This festival is back for its 16th edition. This week’s highlights include Why We Chat, a theatre production starring Golden Horse Award-winner Sylvia Chang and Taiwanese actor David Wang; Cut Kafka!, a dance theatre performance presented by Singapore’s T.H.E Dance Company and Nine Years Theatre; site-specific work Einstein in the Carpark by Emergency Stairs; Songs of Liu Sanjie concert by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra; as well as Taiwanese acts Xiao Qiu, one-half of indie music duo katncandix2, reggae icon Matzka, and Miss Ko, the queen of Mandarin hip hop. There is also a free performance by local singer Bonnie Loo, who will pay tribute to Singapore’s Mandopop music scene and perform songs from xinyao to current hits made popular by local pop icons on Mar 1 (7.15pm & 8.45pm).

Till Mar 4. Various times. The Esplanade. Free & ticketed. Tix from Sistic*. www.esplanade.com/huayi

 #7: OH! Emerald Hill

Delve into the history of Emerald Hill through tours, art and performances set up within homes and private spaces. Visitors will get the chance to explore the area and form their own impression of the story of Emerald Hill back in 19th century Singapore. Featuring works by local and overseas artists, including Anthony Chin, Ang Song Nian, Tan Kheng Hua and Ju-Ae Park, the tour will feature various styles and forms of art.

Mar 3–25 (weekends). Various times. Emerald Hill (Orchard). Tix: $30, includes three 30-minute tours and a finale exhibition from www.ohopenhouse.org.


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