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5 Cool Events To Check Out This Week: May 15 - 19

We’re going into the long weekend with plenty of parties both established – Zouk turns 28 – and the underground. For art lovers, the highly-anticipated SIFA finally opens this week. Here, our recommendations for the week:

SIFA 2019
Singapore’s premier arts festival is back for its 42nd edition and there’s something for everyone, whether you’re thinking of attending for the first time or an arts enthusiast. Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is known for providing a plethora of multi-disciplinary works that cater to a wide variety of audiences and indeed, some of the most popular showcases have already sold out, including a one-off performance by legendary Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Film buffs should also look out for SIFA’s Singular Screens, a segment curated by the Asian Film Archives that showcases a slew of international arthouse works, some of which will be screened at the newest cinema in Singapore, Oldham Theatre, over at Fort Canning. More details here. May 16 – June 2 Various locations Under the Bridge 
Independent, underground parties are really having a moment in Singapore and one of the longest-running series, Under The Bridge, is turning five. To celebrate, they’re putting on a special extended version of their usual guerilla parties that oddly enough for them, starts in the afternoon. Some of Singapore’s most talented DJs will be playing everything from dub & reggae to old skool hip hop, breakbeat, glitch, electro swing, Drum & Bass, electro, techno and even psytrance. There will also reportedly be a huge pool and floats, so dress the part. The location, as always, is only revealed when you sign up. More details here. May 18, 3pm – 3am   Launch of Freakdom
Party and fashion queen Bobby Luo has long been a mainstay in the local creative scene – if for some reason you don’t know him, he’s the co-founder of the now-defunct Butter Factory, among many other things. Luo and his partner Ritz Lim are two of Singapore’s most dedicated advocates for dressing however you please and now, he’s releasing his own book, titled Freakdom, that chronicles Luo’s personal project of 365 different looks that serve as a commentary on art, fashion, politics and contemporary socio-cultural phenomena. The limited-edition tome will be launched at Dover Street Market Singapore this Friday, alongside a two metre-long tall art installation that – given Luo’s gift for visual theatrics – will surely make for a aesthetic treat. May 17, 5pm – 8pm Dover Street Market Singapore, 18 Dempsey Road Zouk 28th Anniversary: The Art Of Clubbing
Yes the club which started it all turns 28 and they’re turning it into a three-day extravaganza that “transports you from harsh reality to a wonderland with dance, tunes and eclectic displays that highlight the birth and evolution of nightclub culture.” Sounds good to us – we’ll see you there. More details here. May 17 – 19 Zouk Singapore, 3C River Valley Road Civilised
Yes it may be the start of SIFA this weekend but there are plenty of other works to catch as well, including new play Civilised by The Necessary Stage. Themed around the ongoing Singapore Bicentennial, Civilised is written by local powerhouses Haresh Sharma and Alvin Tan and examines the various problems of colonisation and how its tenacious effects continue to manifest in subtle (and not-so-subtle) forms – even in 2019, unfortunately. We’re booking our tickets now. More details here. May 15 – May 26, various times The Necessary Stage Black Box, 278 Marine Parade Road