Things To Do In Singapore: Perspectives Film Festival, Culinary Collaboration At Kin & More
Screen this thought-provoking film festival
If you’re not familiar with Perspectives Film Festival, it’s Singapore’s first and longest student-run film festival known for screening one-of-a-kind works by emerging filmmakers. As with many things, the festival will be screened online for the first time, in partnership with The Projector. This year’s edition (its 13th) goes for the seemingly simple yet loaded theme of Truth – with eight films by filmmakers from around the world presenting various interpretations of the theme.
In a time of rampant dis-information campaigns and “fake news”, the festival’s theme could not be timelier. Take for example Feels Good Man (above), a documentary by American filmmaker Arthur Jones. It focuses on how the popular internet meme Pepe the Frog (a creation of artist Matt Furie) was co-opted and distorted by the American alt-right movement. With the country’s closely-watched presidential elections less than two weeks away, this is a great option to catch.
Something new is brewing at Kin, the award-winning restaurant housed within Straits Clan that specialises in Singapore heritage cuisine. The team is introducing what they call The Heritage Table – a series of thoughtful cross-cultural collaborations with other culinary luminaries to dissect origins, diversity and overlaps across different cuisines.
The first guest is Kotuwa, Singapore’s first dedicated Sri Lankan restaurant by chef Rishi Naleendra (above right) who’s also behind the much loved establishments Cloudstreet and Cheek Bistro. Naleendra will be joined by Kin’s Damian D’Silva (above left), so expect an interesting menu that explores influences from the two island nations. We expect seats to sell out quickly. Make your reservation at email@example.com.
Oct 22-Oct 23, 6pm-10:30pm with last seating at 8pm. $168++ per pax on Oct 22, $188++ (includes signature cocktail) on for Oct 23.
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Bring out your inner Francophile at this festival
Continuing the theme of cross-cultural experiences, the long-running Voilah! France Singapore Festival is back. This time, it is returning with a record 110 Singaporean and French participating partners to produce nearly 50 events, workshops, film screenings and more, all exploring different aspects of French culture lensed through Singapore history. Definitely not Emily in Paris hogwash.
One such exchange is Gardens, Plants and Spices – an exhibition featuring a collaboration between Singapore Botanic Gardens and Pascal Garbe, one of France’s most renowned botany experts that will touch on various things, including how endemic Southeast Asian plants have influenced French cuisine. There’s also the French Film Festival slated to take place later in Nov featuring 28 films in total (some of which have yet to even debut in France).
Of interest to fashion and design folks will be a talk discussing Asia’s long and diverse impact on fashion, featuring several industry heavyweights, including Aurelie Samuel, heritage curator and director of collections at the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Paris, veteran Paris-based Singapore fashion designer Andrew Gn and Kennie Ting, director of the Asian Civilisations Museum. The talk will be moderated by Jackie Yoong, Asian Civilisations Museum’s curator of fashion and textiles & Peranakan.
Oct 22-Nov 22. Check out the full extensive line-up of events here.