7 Things to Do This Weekend (Jan 26 to 28)

Make the weekend count with these exciting activities.

#1: Art After Dark

To close Singapore Art Week 2018, Gillman Barracks’ signature programme Art After Dark will return for its flagship edition. Fans of visual arts (or Instagram opps) can look forward to an exciting evening of art activities, live performances and public artworks. Highlights include STREET MINING: Contemporary Art From The Philippines, featuring works by eight emerging and established artists from the Philippines (main pic), and the openings of four new gallery exhibitions such as Alone But Not Lonely, artist Yeo Kaa’s first solo exhibition in Singapore, and Chromosomes, starring works by artist Hiromi Tango.

Jan 26. 7pm till late. Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road. Free admission. www.gillmanbarracks.com

#2: Disini Presents – Here/Now

This event is one of many that marks the launch of DISINI, a brand new visual arts festival that will span nine months and feature an array of programmes, outdoor sculptures and murals by local, regional and international artists. Headlined by French-Canadian DJ Jacques Greene, the all-night long party also features electrifying music acts like Unknown Radicals and Darker Than Wax. There will also be interactive large-scale art installations and plenty of delectable delights.

Jan 26.  8.30pm till late. Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road. Tix: $30 to $40 from https://waave.it/tickets/disini-Here-Now, $50 at the door. www.disini.art

#3: Super Junior: Super Show 7

Multiple award-winning K-pop legends Super Junior return to Singapore following the release of their latest album, Play. The album topped the iTunes worldwide album chart, while lead single ‘Black Suit’ also hogged the top spot on Korean charts.

Jan 27. 4pm. Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tix: $168 to $288 from Sports Hub Tix. 

#4: St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore 2018

Laneway Festival is back for its eighth rendition, and as with previous years, it promises to be an unforgettable experience for music fans that focuses on the best new and established “live” Indie acts in the industry. This year’s illustrious line-up includes Wolf Alice, Kirin J Callinan, alextbh, The Internet, Sylvan Esso and Obedient Wives Club.

Jan 27. 10am. The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay. Tix: $158 from www.apactix.com, $200 at the door. www.lanewayfestival.com

#5: Chinatown Chinese New Year 2018

Themed after the Year of the Dog, Chinatown’s Chinese New Year festivities features the yearly Street Light-Up, which will star a stunning lantern display inspired by Man’s best friend and the four seasons. The celebrations also include the 11th International Lion Dance Competition, where top international troupes pit compete for the champion title of ‘King of the Lions’. There will also be nightly stage shows at Kreta Ayer Square and the annual festive street bazaar.

Jan 27 to Mar 16. Various times and venues. www.chinatownfestivals.sg

#6: Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces by Natee Utarit

Leading contemporary Thai visual artist, Natee Utarit presents her solo exhibition, which features a selection of seven artworks from her Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces series, which began in 2012 and has been featured in various galleries and museums in Asia. Comprising a total of 12 works, these works are composed of multiple panels, following the tradition of classical religious paintings with elaborate frames and settings. The artist will hold a talk and book signing on Jan 27 at 2pm.

Till Mar 11. Free. Mon–Fri, 10am–7pm; Sat–Sun, 11am–5pm. The Private Museum, 51 Waterloo Street #02-06. www.theprivatemuseum.org

#7: Sinaran Hati 2018

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Tabung Amal Aidilfitri Trust Fund (TAA), which has served underprivileged and needy families in the form of financial assistance. The annual charity variety programme, Sinaran Hati, jointly organised by TAA and Mediacorp Suria, will be a two-hour variety special starring Faizal Tahir, Malaysia’s most successful singer-songwriter. Sharing the same stage with him will be Singapore’s most beloved entertainers such as Taufik Batisah, Sufi Rashid, Sarah Aqilah, Hariani Hassan Bakri, Iskandar Ismail (Eiss), and Romey Helven, with traditional dancers from Artistari Gentari. The event’s guest-of-honour will be Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the TAA.

Jan 26. 8.30pm. Tix: $28 from First Lady at Tanjong Katong Complex and Hoe Kee at IMM. www.taa.org.sg

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