Currently in its 11th year, Noise Singapore aims to engage and allow youths to express themselves through various artistic mediums, such as photography, film and music. It also allows for mentorship and funding opportunities, making it a ripe avenue to turn to for young artistic talents.

Part of the Noise Festival is the Artist Market, happening 27-28 August (4.30pm – 9pm) at the Esplanade Concourse. A showcase for more than 12 different artists and designers, along with goodies from the hip Gallery & Co – have your pick from wares such as lovingly hand-stitched notebooks, illustrations, air plant sculptures to tongue-in-cheek tee shirts, jewellery and home decor. You get to cart home unique, one-off pieces while supporting local artists simultaneously – it doesn’t get much better than this.

Below, Female’s pick of the market:


#1: Illustrated art prints by Nadia So

So’s delicate illustrations depict whimsical characters that each seem to inhabit their own phantasmagorical world, like something straight out of a Ghibli film.


#2 Pompom necklaces by Tracy Mah

Resembling curled up pangolins, Mah’s textured necklaces are definitely a fun addition to any wardrobe.


#3: Pop culture fan art by Samuel Lee

Star Wars! Pokemon! Suicide Squad! Lee’s got all of pop culture’s strongest franchises down to a tee – what’s not to love? Expect adorable interpretations of your favourite characters that’ll have you squealing.

Aside from the Artist Market, there’s also the Festival Concert taking place concurrently at the Esplanade Concourse and Outdoor Theatre at various evening timings.

Expect a slew of promising young crooners, alongside established names such as Stopgap, Take Two and enec.e. Up-and-coming Australian acts such as Alice Ivy, Frida and Tali Mahoney will also be making an appearance. Best of all, the concerts are entirely free, so there’s really no reason not to pop down!

Like this? There’s also the showcase of Asian classic films this weekend at the Capitol Theatre, along with an exhibition by world-renowned photojournalist Steve McCurry at the Vacheron Constantin boutique.