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5 Cool Events To Check Out This Week: January 16 - 20

This week marks the kick-off of Singapore Art Week so prepare to be inundated with art activities all around the island. For those not into art however, consider EarthFest 2019 — one of the biggest festivals to get schooled on being eco-friendly. Here, our recommendations:



11—Dawn Ng: A Performance Piece
You know local artist Dawn Ng for her whimsical installations and artworks. Now, with 11, Ng will be executing her first ever performance piece: 11 pairs of strangers will be enacting 11 different scenarios (based on, yes, 11 scripts), resulting in 11 different possibilities. Each act lasts approximately three minutes but “each trauma may last a lifetime.” If you’re the voyeuristic type (who isn’t?) that likes spontaneity and taking chances, this will be the perfect artwork for you. A ticket is $48+ and includes a stiff drink. More details here. 17 / 24 / 31 Jan & 14 Feb, 8pm—9.30pm Telok Ayer Arts Club, 2 McCallum Street Unhomed Belongings
This joint exhibition between Hollywood actress Lucy Liu and local artist Shubigi Rao is gathering a lot of attention right now — most likely due to the attachment of Liu’s name. But Liu aside, Rao herself is a more-than-worthy reason to check it out; the award-winning artist is known for her multi-media works that take an almost anthropological perspective to issues such as the destruction of books and libraries. Some of her works take more than a decade to realise. So whatever your preconceived notions of Lucy Liu the artist (FYI, she’s been doing art even before she started acting), cast them aside and try to go into the exhibition with unbiased eyes. More details here. Jan 12-Feb 24 National Museum of Singapore Japanese Film Festival
One of the island’s most popular film festivals is back for its 22nd edition and as always, there’s a mixed bag of contemporary flicks, short films and classic masterpieces by the likes of Japanese film legend Yasujiro Ozu. We’re particularly eyeing One Cut of the Dead — a hit zombie comedy that should appeal to fans of both horror and comedy (a homedy?). Check out our recommendations here. Jan 18 – Feb 10 Various locations ArtScience Late: FEN
For this edition of ArtScience Museum’s signature ArtScience Late series, the focus falls on FEN (short for Far East Network), a improvised music project group comprising Otomo Yoshihide (Japan), Yuen Chee Wai (Singapore), Yan Jun (China) and Ryu Hankil (Korea) — four key figures in the experimental music scene in Asia today. They’ll be performing a custom set that responds to the ongoing Minimalism exhibition taking place at both National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum (FYI, minimalism comprises of more than just visual arts). More details here. Jan 17, 7pm  ArtScience Museum EarthFest 2019
If one of your aim in 2019 is to start taking baby steps towards being eco-friendly, you absolutely have to head down to EarthFest 2019. It’s one of the biggest eco festivals in Singapore. This year will feature more than 130 stalls, as well as talks and workshops that engage you on everything from Zero Waste (because cutting down on what you use is a lot better than recycling), minimalism (buying less — not the art movement) and even being carbon-positive (an activity beyond achieving net zero carbon emissions to actually create an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere). More details here. Jan 20, 11am – 4.30pm Marina Barrage