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5 Cool Events To Check Out This Week: November 7 - 11

It’s back to work after a public holiday but perk up, there’s plenty to do this week with Neon Lights, Boutique Fairs and the French Film Festival kicking off. That’s not to forget that others such as the Singapore Writers Festival is currently ongoing as well. Here, our recommendations:

The Projector Culture Docs: British Museum presents Hokusai
Okay, pretty much everyone has come across ukiyo-e painter and printmaker Hokusai’s famous Under the Wave off Kanagawa print at one point or another. It’s another thing however, to delve more in-depth into the man behind that iconic print. The first UK documentary on the legendary artist, it examines his life and works dating back to the early 1800s, narrated by actor Andy Serkis (we’re not even going to make any Gollum jokes here). More details here. November 11/24, 5.30pm and 5pm respectively The Projector, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower Neon Lights 2018
The music and arts festival returns, this time expanding into a 3-day extravaganza of international and local acts, including crowd pleasers such as Yuna, Interpol, Cigarettes After Sex and Caribou. Local acts to look out for include comedienne Preetipls and her brother, rapper Subhas, Celine Autumn of indie pop band Sobs, while art-wise, we’re counting on the Russia-born, Singapore artist known as the Glitter Queen aka Polina Korobova to bring on an interesting experience. More details here. November 9 – 11, various times Fort Canning Park French Film Festival 2018
Francophiles have been waiting all year for this – this year, the festival offers nearly 30 contemporary and classic works across a broad spectrum of genres – sci-fi, drama, animated films, romance, comedy and for the first time, horror. Yes Halloween may be over but those who are always up for a good scare will lap up offerings such as The Night Eats The World, a zombie flick set in Paris, and Raw, which tells the story of a vegan teen who begins to lust for meat — of any kind — after enduring a hazing ritual at her new school. More details here. November 8 – 18, various times and locations In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology
Ah the Polaroid. Who hasn’t handled one of these — or any of its variations — at some point in their lives? Though the first instant cameras date back to the ’40s, Polaroid models continue to be popular despite the age of social media. In fact, if you think about it, the instant gratification of everything on social media today alludes back to the Polaroid, which gave you instant results without all the hassle of traditional film cameras. This blockbuster exhibition will be staging some 220 artefacts and artworks that examine the instant camera’s effect on not just art, photography but also pop culture as a whole. More details here. November 10 – March 31, 10am – 7pm National Museum of Singapore  Boutique Fairs Singapore
The semi annual shopping fest returns to its usual spot at the F1 Pit Building — this time with more than 250 vendors hawking women and men’s apparel, childrenwear, artisanal produce, lifestyle and home & decor products — it’s basically a great one-stop-shop to get started on your Christmas shopping. Of course, if you want to take a breather from the shopping, there’s grub from the likes of Violet Oon, Park Bench Deli and Liberty Coffee and others, while you can also learn how to make soaps, terrariums and even how to brew the perfect cup of coffee at the various workshops available. Get cracking. More details here. November 9 – 11, various times F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard