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5 Cool Events To Check Out This Week: Jan 30 - Feb 3

We’re going into February (already!) and with it, the opening of the hyped Bicentennial commemoration. Families will take well to crowd-pleaser i Light festival, while film buffs should check out the Yasujiro Ozu showcase over at The Projector. Here, our recommendations for the week:


i Light Singapore — Bicentennial Edition
Everyone’s favourite sustainable light festival is back, bigger than ever. Traditionally staged at the Marina Bay area, this year its geographical footprint extends to include the Civic District, Singapore River, and Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park. In total, there will be 33 artworks by artists from 15 countries (including Singapore). All artworks will attempt to address the theme of Singapore’s history, growth and relationships with the world over the last 700 years as well as the continued push towards more awareness for environmental sustainability – for example, industrial designer Lee Yun Qin, whose popular MoonFlower installation was a stand-out at the 2017 edition of the festival, is returning with a new work featuring solar light modules housed in used cookie containers. More details here. On till Feb 24, 7.30pm to 11pm daily with extended hours to 12am on Fridays and Saturdays Various locations Yasujiro Ozu showcase at The Projector
Director Yasujiro Ozu is a film legend and as part of the Japanese Film Festival, The Projector has picked out two of his post-war works — Early Spring (1956) and Early Summer (1951, pictured above). If you like stories that quietly examine societal constructions,  you’ll like the works — the former deals with the life of the stereotypical salaryman, who begins an affair out of boredom with his white collar life and married life. The latter focuses on a secretary in her late 20s, who’s pressured to get married ASAP, because, you know, she’s getting “old”. Said secretary is proposed by a man more than a decade older than her and obviously says no because she knows what she wants. More details here. Feb 2 – Feb 10, various times The Projector, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower SPRMRKT Cambodia — A Cultural & Culinary Conscious Extravaganza!
When it comes to South-East Asian food, it’s probably not a stretch to say that Singaporeans veer towards Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. Local F&B powerhouse SPRMKRT however, is choosing to plump for Cambodian cuisine as the highlight of its annual culinary showcase — a three-month cultural and culinary extravaganza that brings the best of Cambodian cuisine, produce and art in one space. Not only that, SPRMRKT will also be giving back to various social enterprises and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) based in Cambodia, so it’s a win-win all around. More details here. On till March 6, 8am – 10pm SPRMRKT STPI and Cluny Court locations Exploding Suns by Lindy Lee
Yes Singapore Art Week might have officially wrapped but that doesn’t mean the visits to Gillman Barracks have to stop. Veteran Australian artist Lindy Lee is finally having her first solo exhibition here in Singapore, staged at Sullivan + Strumpf, the first Aussie art gallery in Singapore. The exhibition evokes a sense of deep time and will include new vast paper scroll works, singed and pierced by fire, large-scale flung bronze sculptures and freestanding bronze ‘Fire Stones’. More details here. On till Feb 24 Sullivan + Strumpf, 5 Lock Rd, #01-06 State of Motion 2019
Yes we recommended this last week but we still stand by State of Motion as one of the most underrated highlights of Singapore Art Week. If you’re into culture, art and horror flicks — specifically the Asian brand of horror — you’re in for a treat at State of Motion. Not so much into art? Sign up for a night walk around the industrial Kampong Bugis area that will not reportedly not employ the usual cheap jump/scare. Find out more here.   25 & 26 January, 1,2,8 & 9 February 2019 (Fridays and Saturdays) 11 Kampong Bugis   7:30pm – 1.30am (1.5 hours per tour) Tours run every hour 10 Tours Nightly (5 Tours per theme) | 10 pax per tour | $8 per tour ticket