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5 Cool Events To Check Out This Week: March 14 - 17

This week, check out the open house of a cluster of independent art spaces located in the East side of the island, a cool design festival taking place at a carpark in Jalan Besar and an epic dance party by Hugo.


Singapore Urban Design Festival 2019 
The Singapore Urban Design Festival, part of the ongoing Singapore Design Week, made its debut last year and it’s perfect for those who are interested in responsible and sustainable urban development. In other words, planning for the cities of the future. But even if that’s not your thing, the festival is jam packed with wellness workshops (HIIT, yoga and more), talks, a roller disco and numerous live performances by a slew of local musicians including Mas1a and Joie Tan. All of this is taking place this weekend at an unusual venue — the multi-storey carpark at Jalan Besar Sports Centre — so it should definitely be an interesting experience. More details here. March 15 – 17, various times Jalan Besar Sports Centre, 100 Tyrwhitt Road East Side Open Studios 2019
In recent years, there has been a spate of new independent art spaces opened by young artists and creatives (read about it here) and one particular cluster, located in the industrial district in the East (typically around Geylang and Ubi), will be opening their studios to put on special exhibitions for the public this weekend. It’s a rare chance to check out all these different spaces at one go, so don’t miss out. More details here. March 16 – 17, 12pm – 5pm Various locations HUGO x Blackout Feat. Ata (Robert Johnson / DE)
German label Hugo —  the younger, edgier and streetwear-infused sister brand of Boss — is teaming up with Blackout Agency to put on a party at a Pasir Panjang industrial warehouse that’s home to Brass Lion Distillery, Singapore’s first gin micro-distillery. With legendary German dance DJ Ata helming the decks, it looks likely to be an epic gig, as with all of Blackout’s parties usually are. More details (and tickets) here. March 15, 9pm – 3am Brass Lion Distillery, 40 Alexandra Terrace Francophonie Festival 2019
It’s that time of the year again for Francophiles: the Alliance Francaise’s signature event, the Francophonie Festival is back with a smorgasbord of comics, comedy and mime shows, workshops (topics include the future of artificial intelligence, weirdly) and of course, the usual slate of award-winning French films, including trans drama Girl (pictured above), if you missed it at the theatres. More details here. March 11 – 30, various times  Alliance Francaise, 1 Sarkies Road  Singaplural 2019
If you aren’t familiar with SingaPlural, it’s a multi-disciplinary platform under the umbrella of Singapore Design Week that usually showcases experimental designs that cut across different creative disciplines. This year, their theme is “Unnatural Phenomena”, drawing on evolution in nature to inspire innovation in design — take for example the piece pictured above, “Renaturation” by the University of South Australia. It’s meant to simulate a series of individual cells, which grow and evolve over the course of SingaPlural through interaction with the audience, in an effort to address the ethics of man-made evolution. Interesting, no? More details here. On now till March 17, 9am – 9pm National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road