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5 Cool Events To Check Out This Week: January 23 - 27

Singapore Art Week is well underway — here are some of the most accessible events to hit up (the unconventional ones, here) — plus the gig to head to if well, art isn’t your thing. Our recommendations above.

Light to Night Festival
The popular Light to Night festival returns with a third edition and it’s a whopper this year, having been extended to a special six-week run to coincide with the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration. Putting aside our own personal misgivings over the Bicentennial, this year’s festival sounds really promising; we’re looking out especially for ‘Sensorial Trail’, a commissioned series of intimate art encounters with smell, sound and touch taking place at the National Gallery Singapore. Of particular note is Norwegian scent researcher and artist Sissel Tolaas’s work, a “scentscape” (pictured above) that’s reportedly “reminiscent” of the youth of Singapore. The scent is released upon heat signatures, when a visitor touches the wall. Curious to find out more? Head down to the National Gallery Singapore this weekend. More details here. On till Feb 24 Various locations across Civic District & Marina Bay S.E.A. Focus
If there’s one event you should absolutely check out this Singapore Art Week, it’s S.E.A. Focus. A brand-new initiative by the good people at STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, it was conceptualised as a streamlined platform to highlight Southeast Asian contemporary art and galleries. Nor is it only meant for swanky art connoisseurs; S.E.A. Focus was intended to cater to a wide spectrum of audience, including children and students. Head down to Gillman Barracks this weekend to check out this one-of-a-kind initiative. More details here. Jan 24-27, various times Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Road #01-25 Art After Dark x Singapore Art Week 2019
Everyone’s familiar with Gillman Barracks’ signature Art After Dark parties, but this one will be a bumper edition. Most of the galleries in the enclave will stay open late to showcase ongoing and new works by more than 90 artists, and there’ll also be live music sets by Intriguant, Vandetta, MAS1A and Metzdub. Food and drinks will also be readily available, so dress light and get ready for a rowdy night out. Besides which, you can also take the opportunity to drop by S.E.A. Focus — why not kill two birds with one stone? More details here. Jan 25, 7pm – 11pm Gillman Barracks   State of Motion
If you’re into horror flicks — specifically the Asian brand of horror — you’re in for a treat at State of Motion. A multi-discipline initiative by the Asian Film Archives, State of Motion focuses on the monsters at the intersections of art, popular culture and cinema. What this means: a variety of events across art disciplines that tackle the topic of Asian horror. For film history buffs, there’s an extensive exhibition at the National Library on monsters who have lived on our silver screens since the ’20s. Art lovers — there’ll be a contemporary art exhibition in the Kampong Bugis area by leading artists including Heman Chong, Ho Tzu Nyen and Shubigi Rao. There are also guided night tours around the area based on the themes ‘Fear’ and ‘Longing’. Interesting, no? More details here. On till Feb 26 Various locations Kampong Boogie: The Return to Golden Mile
If you just want to relax and art isn’t your thing, we’ve got the perfect low-key shindig: Kampong Boogie. Spend a relaxing evening at its old stomping grounds (the carpark behind The Projector) with live DJ sets of music spanning funk, soul, groove, tropical, hip-hop, house and disco. Vintage specialist A Vintage Tale will also be there to hawk their wares and there’ll be food and drinks. In other words, everything you need. More details here. Jan 26, 4pm – 10.30pm #05-00 Golden Mile Tower