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5 Cool Events To Check Out This Week: March 6 - 10

There’s plenty to do this week, with several major events launching, including Singapore Design Week, Garden Beats Festival and Streets of Clan — a new street party that celebrates the many facets of Bukit Pasoh Road.


Singapore Design Week 2019
If great design — across interiors, furniture and industrial/product sectors — interests you, you can’t miss out on Singapore Design Week. The marquee event in Singapore’s design scene returns for a sixth edition. For the first time, the DesignSingapore Council has aligned flagship and satellite programmes, and introduced 4 themes: Transform my Business, Empower my Community, Inspire my Everyday and Reimagine my Future, so that festival-goers can be more intentional in their programme selection. Last year’s well-received Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition will be making a return as well as the popular Urban Design Festival. Another key event, SingaPlural, boasts a refreshed theme: “Unnatural Phenomena”, drawing design inspiration from evolution in nature. There are too many events to list here (with over 80 local and international programmes) but suffice to say, it’s a great week for those who love good design. More details here. Now till March 17, various times and locations Garden Beats Festival
Arguably Singapore’s most environmentally-responsible music festival, Garden Beats turns five this year and the line-up is headlined by The Kooks, as well as Black Coffee, Alina Baraz, Yung Bae and many more. But music is only one aspect of this holistic festival. There will also be silent disco yoga sessions (so you won’t get disturbed while zen-ning) and talks on the many different ways you can start being more eco-friendly, be it through your clothing choices, eating habits and learning to ease your plastic usage. Even the FoodPanda-sponsored food village is apparently 100% powered by solar panels, so head down to get a green education while having fun at it. More details here. March 9, 1pm – 10.30pm Fort Canning #BuySingLit 2019
If you’re not familiar, #BuySingLit is the the industry-led movement to encourage Singaporeans to buy local literature and this year, the festival is more extensive than ever. Spread out across two weekends, #BuySingLit is attempting to reach out to a more diverse audience and it can evidently be seen in novel efforts such as “cloud literature” — portable printers placed in different locations around Singapore that churn out free short stories by local writers — as well as a collaboration with Grab with which you can redeem local titles with Grab Reward points. More details here. March 8-10, 15-17, various times and locations Streets Of Clan
You’re in for a treat this weekend with four of Singapore’s oldest clan houses (some date back to the 1800s) on Bukit Pasoh road opening up their premises for the public. As part of Singapore Design Week, these clans will be collaborating with local creatives to come up with interactive installations and artworks that give a contemporary take on the individual clan’s unique history.   There’ll also be good food and drinks available from the many F&B establishments on the street, talks, workshops where you can learn anything from pottery to Peranakan cuisine and a formidable line-up of musicians jointly curated by Bandwagon and Zouk, so there will literally be something for everyone. More details here. March 9 – 10, various times Bukit Pasoh Road Backstage at Coda Culture
Singapore Art Week in January was controversial to say the least, what with the last-minute cancellation of signature event Art Stage just nine days before its opening. It prompted a mad scrambling among artists and galleries to find new places to stage their works (many of which were specially flown in for Art Stage) and while some succeeded in doing so, many others didn’t. Coda Culture, a new-ish independent art gallery has put together an exhibition titled Backstage where you can conveniently check out all the artworks that were meant to be showcased at Art Stage, so don’t miss out. More details here. Till March 10, 5pm – 9pm Stamford Arts Centre, 155 Waterloo Street