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5 Cool Events To Check Out This Week: June 27-June 30

It’s a pink week as the month finally culminates in key event Pink Dot this Saturday, but do head down to Gillman Barracks as well for the highly anticipated Singapore Art Book Fair, which opens tomorrow.

Singapore’s signature homegrown initiative for the LGBTQ community returns for an 11th edition. Much has been said over this year’s (ex) ambassador Tosh Zhang and the sudden (and irresponsible) abdication of his role – drag queen supreme Becca D’Bus sums it up best here. Controversy aside, attending the event is still a great way to show your support, and with comedienne Preetipls and her brother, fast-rising rapper Subhas, among this year’s highlights, Pink Dot should still be a blast as always – just remember to bring your IC. More details here.  Image: Artist and photographer Charmaine Poh (@psxcharmaine), who previously collaborated with Female – check out more of her works.  June 29, 4pm onwards Hong Lim Park, New Bridge Road           YUM YUM PINK DISCO CAMP
Can’t get enough of the pink festivities after Pink Dot? Head down to Hard Rock Cafe Cuscaden for the best after-party – Yum Yum Pink Disco Camp – which promises to be an extravaganza celebrating queer icons and music legends through the ages. There’ll be lip sync battles, epic dance-offs, karaoke sessions and more. Details here. June 29, 10pm – 4am Hard Rock Cafe, 50 Cuscaden Road SINGAPORE ART BOOK FAIR
If you have a love for the printed word,  you need to visit the Singapore Art Book Fair this weekend over at Gillman Barracks. There’ll be indie magazines, self-made ‘zines, art books, as well as some pretty awesome workshops teaching analogue techniques such as bookbinding, zine-making and risograph – with great music to accompany your browsing. Besides which, the people-watching alone ought to make for great sport. More details here. June 28 – 30, 12pm – 8pm NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Block 43, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks COMMONPLACE & WRITING ON THE WALL
Beyond the parties and the feel-good factor of Pink Dot, the fact is that the LGBTQ community faces various difficulties big and small on a near daily basis. This exhibition at Objectifs by artist Jason Wee and photographer Grace Baey examines the nitty gritty that you don’t see on pretty Instagram feeds – queer men’s negotiation of public space as well as transgender people’s identities in Singapore. More details here. June 28 – July 7, 12pm – 7pm (4pm on Sundays) Objectifs, 155 Middle Road PINK SCREEN
If crowds aren’t your thing, head down to The Projector for Pink Screen, a selection of five international works that deal with love, loss and identity struggles. We’re particularly looking forward to The Silk and The Flame (pictured above), a poignant documentary that follows a single Chinese man who struggles between being filial to his parents (read: getting married to the right woman) and his own desire to find happiness for himself. More details here. On now till July 13 The Projector, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower