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5 Cool Events To Check Out This Week: March 20 - 24

This week, take refuge from the deluge of black headlines in the world’s first film festival themed around the concept of happiness, check out all the young rising local creatives at the second edition of the Noise Invasion Festival, and take in acclaimed filmmaker Jordan Peele’s latest work, the horror flick Us.

Happiness Film Festival
Billed as the world’s first film festival themed around the idea of happiness, we must say, this is something everyone could use, especially in these disheartening times. The festival will feature a slate of six international works that touch on different aspects of happiness, such as contentment, kindness and forgiveness. If you’re a Japanese culture junkie, you’d do well to catch Survival Family (pictured above), a funny, heart-warming piece on how an ordinary family attempts to survive a world suddenly devoid of all electricity — if you thought the recent Instagram blackout was bad, think again.   On a more serious note, there will also be a series of talks that address pertinent topics such as depression and how people have overcome personal problems. More details here. March 20 – 24, various times The Projector, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower Unscene: Noise Invasion Festival 2019
Possibly the best space to catch all the up-and-coming local creatives across the music, fashion, art and design scene, the well-received Noise Invasion Festival returns with a sophomore edition this weekend for a one-night-only party at the rooftop carpark of Parklane Mall. There will be live performances by the likes of 16-year-old rising electro-pop darling Shye-Anne Brown and sets by Funk Bast*rd and Kaye from underground music collective/label, Darker Than Wax, as well as various interactive art installation pieces by local fashion label Mash-Up, among others. Going by their rapturous debut, which took place at Haw Par Villa two years ago with a crowd of nearly 10,000, we’d say this is the gig to check out this week. More details here. March 23, 5.30pm – 10pm Parklane Shopping Mall, 35 Selegie Road   Oh! Open House: Passport
You’re probably familiar with independent arts organisation Oh! Open House and their signature walkabout events where they thrust familiar neighbourhoods such as Tiong Bahru and Marine Parade into new light with commissioned artworks placed within homes in the area.   Their newest programme, Passport, switches things up a little. They’ve enlisted six hosts across the island (not bound to any one neighbourhood) to partner with six artists to actively co-create new artworks together — based on the hosts’ personal stories and backgrounds. In other words, the hosts, most of whom do not have backgrounds in the arts, are almost akin to muses for the artworks, instead of just opening up their homes as venues. Highlights include multi-disciplinary artist Mike HJ Chang and his “living” television sculpture that allows audiences to pick and choose which stories they’d like to hear. We can’t wait to check it out. More details here. On now till March 31 Various locations Us
Jordan Peele’s latest work makes its debut this week at The Projector and if early reviews are anything to go by (it’s currently 99% on Rotten Tomatoes), Us looks set to be the new Get Out. If you haven’t heard, here’s a brief summary of the psycho/horror flick: an idyllic family vacation to the beach turns out to be anything but, when the family encounters their exact doppelgangers who are out to exterminate them. Get your tickets already, because everyone will be talking about it. More details here. Various dates The Projector, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower Sake Matsuri Singapore 2019: Spring Edition
If sake is your poison of choice, you can’t miss out on Sake Matsuri (festival), where more than 200 options will be available for sampling, including rare sakes that will be available in Singapore for the first time. Enthusiasts: check out the range of masterclasses conducted by sake sommeliers and brewers. More details here. March 23, 2pm – 8pm Temple Cellars, UE Square #01-12