July might be Pink Dot month but the festivities don’t just start and end on July 21 (that’s when the 10th anniversary of Pink Dot takes place, FYI). In the weeks leading up, the organisers have planned a whole slew of wide-ranging activities, such as literature readings, seminars, a photo exhibition by lauded local lensman Leslie Kee (who’s shot Madonna, Beyonce and Lady Gaga), a career fair and yes, film screenings.
Doing their part to support is The Projector, which has come up with a small but concise selection of films, and they’re real gems too: critically acclaimed works such as 120 BPM and God’s Own Country (which sold out last December when it was shown at the Singapore International Film Festival) will be screened over three weekends. More details here.
July 7 – July 22, various timings
The Projector, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower Singapore Theatre Festival
Local group W!ld Rice’s Singapore Theatre Festival has come to be well-known for its thought-provoking works over the years. They’re back with eight brand new plays that tackle an assortment of timely topics such as censorship in the media (Press Gang), racial representation (Building A Character and An Actress Prepares) and surveillance culture/distrust of foreign workers (Supervision).
Our pick? If you’re new to theatre and can only watch one play, go with Press Gang – it’s written by the award-winning playwright Tan Tarn How, whose last play was back in 2011. How was himself a part of the mainstream media (he was a senior Straits Times editor) before leaving the industry, so you know Press Gang is going to be a real treat. More details here.
July 5 – July 22, various times
The Singapore Airlines Theatre, LASALLE College of the Arts Urban Ventures X Street Party
If you like a good block party, they don’t get much better than the Urban Ventures series. This time, the art, music and culture party descends on Temple Street with an impressive list of activities such as yoga classes, artisans market, DJ sets, live music performances, free manicures, as well as a flea market featuring the wardrobes of popular influencers such as Linda Hao and Jade Seah. More details here.
July 7, 4pm – 10.30pm
Temple Street How Peculiar Is Our Writing
If you’re looking to understand the local LGBTQ scene beyond Pink Dot, this is a great place to start. The talk features celebrated local poets/writers Cyril Wong, Tania De Rozario, spoken word poet Gabbi Wenyi Ayane and activist Sean Foo from Dear Straight Singapore. They’ll be discussing the importance of queer literature and what it means to have your voice and story heard within and outside of the LGBTQ+ community. More details here.
July 6, 7.30pm – 9pm
BooksActually, 9 Yong Siak Street
Tribe: 1st Anniversary featuring SGCR
For a relaxed Sunday, we like to head to Camp Kilo Charcoal Club – this weekend, they’re putting on an aural feast featuring a wide variety of genres, including hip hop and reggae to drum & bass, house, funk, soul and jazz. Better yet, there’ll be a market where fans can swap their pre-loved vinyl for rare finds curated by a selection of record shops and other enthusiasts. Sounds good to us. More details here.
July 8, 4pm – 10pm
Camp Kilo Charcoal Club, 66 Kampung Bugis
Main image: Urban Ventures Facebook