1. Support Pink Dot
Pink Dot has been forced to cancel its popular signature gathering in light of the ongoing pandemic. The annual LGBTQ+ rally, now in its 12th edition, has seen its strength and visibility grow from year to year – though this year’s edition has now been moved online, and will feature many performances, including a new music video featuring 35 of Singapore’s drag queens, gigs by Charlie Lim, Joanna Dong and more. It’ll also be showcasing a series of animated short films based on the lived experiences of young LGBTQ+ folks here in Singapore. Whether you’re part of the community or not, all are welcomed, because as the organisers put it, “we might have more in common than you realise”.
Tune in to the celebrations this Saturday, June 27, 8pm here.
2. Check out new works by local filmmakers
ArtScience Museum has a long-running film program called ArtScience on Screen and now they’ve extended that program to serve as a platform for local filmmakers to create short films. The filmmakers on the program were challenged to create short films of less than five minutes using whatever existing equipment they have on hand while also respecting Covid-19 social distancing guidelines – not an easy task. The first work to debut on this platform is Late Spring by the up-and-coming director Lei Yuan Bin, which was shot in Tokyo during the cherry blossom season.
Ongoing; catch the short film here.
3. Indulge in a nostalgia-laced DJ set
Pop princess Ysa Yaneza is known for her infectious, ’90s-inspired tunes – when we last spoke to her earlier this year, she was embarking on a regional tour for her new single, Softly. She hasn’t been resting on her laurels; fans are in a treat as she will be performing at two virtual gigs this week. The first one this Friday will see her playing a set as part of Club Immaterial – a music collective based in Australia that showcases the best up-and-coming DJs and artistes from around the world. On Saturday, June 27, she’ll be playing at Revolusheon, a showcase of DIY music artists who use music and activism to fight for black and trans rights.
4. Take part in a fun game night
Plural Art Mag is known for providing an accessible point of view to curious audiences – hence the “plural” in its name, to cater to a diverse audience instead of an insular one that’s only accessible to those who are already in the scene. They’re putting on the second edition of their well-received Game Night, where everyone is welcomed to join in a fun art-based quiz. P.S. It’s executed in a multiple-choice-question format, so there’s no pressure, really.
The event place this Friday, June 26, at 8pm on Zoom; sign up for the game night here.
5. Check out the Asian Civilisations Museum’s new galleries
Prior to the circuit breaker, we had an exclusive chat with the two curators responsible for the Asian Civilisations Museum’s new fashion and textiles and jewellery galleries. Well, the good news is, selected art institutions have been allowed to reopen from this Friday, June 26 – namely, the National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore and the Asian Civilisations Museum. It’s a good time as any to explore the extensive offerings available at the respective galleries, which were originally slated to open the week the circuit breaker went into effect. Before you head down to the museum, read up on how the curators aim to break the traditional notions of what we know of fashion and jewellery here.
Cover Image Asian Civilisations Museum
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