National Day: How to celebrate all things Singapore

National Day: How to celebrate all things Singapore

Home, truly

Text: Adibah Isa

Image: Mark Lewis,
National Gallery Singapore

If watching the National Day Parade isn't your thing, here are 5 other ways to celebrate Singapore's independence

1. Discover another side of Singapore's music scene
Away from local talent show winners and fancy international labels lie a host of talents who made their mark at smaller record labels, such as Umami. If you've followed Linying from her 'Sticky Leaves' days to 'Tall Order', now's a chance to get up close and personal with one of Singapore's best voices. Joining her in Umami Records' first ever live music gig are funk, soul and R&B band Astronauts (whose new album is a fun jam) as well as rapper Nikhil Senan.

3 August, 7.30pm at 372 Telok Blangah Road.

2. Get out of your privileged bubble
Ditch your first world sorrows aside and get out of that bubble by joining the conversation with associate professor Teo You Yenn. The author of the book the moment, This is What Inequality Looks like, she'll be reading snippets and joining a discussion organised by the social workers from Pulse!, in collaboration with Books & Beer, Ethos Books and Dakota Adventures/Cassia Resettlement Team.

This is what inequality looks like

5 August, 1pm at The Tuckshop.

3. Boogie with Majulah's merry men
Not into a banker-wanker, bottle-service type of club? If you're all about the music, a session at a no-frills rooftop carpark discotheque is in order. The Great Escape presents Majulah Boogie, a pre-National Day party for some funk, soul, groove, tropical, world music, afrobeat, hip-hop, house and disco. Local crew from Love International, Syndicate and Darker Than Wax represent MC SWTLKR, Intriguant and FUNK BSTRD respectively, together with Brendon P and Jean-Baptiste, a French export from The Jam Parlour.

Majulah Boogie

3 August, 9pm at Golden X The Great Escape.

4. Watch Singapore films, including Tan Pin Pin's documentary
Making waves recently for her inclusion as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (meaning she'll be eligible to vote in the Oscars), Tan Pin Pin's work is something every Singaporean should be familiar with. In Time to Come is one such film. A documentary that premiered at the Competition section of the 2017 Visions du Réel in Switzerland, it features the exhumation of an old state time capsule and the compilation of another. Other films in the lineup include classics featuring P. Ramlee and Jack Neo.

9 August, 9pm at Gardens by the Bay.

5. Get inspired by one of the founders of the Singapore Watercolour Society
Featuring over 60 art works, sketches and archival materials of Lim Cheng Hoe, National Gallery Singapore's new solo exhibition of one of Singapore's pioneer watercolour artists will highlight Singapore's unique visual identity in art and chart the changing local art landscape.

Lim Cheng Hoe

2 August to 9 June 2019 at National Gallery Singapore.