Things to do online and offline this weekend: Festival Of Women, La Voix Humaine, and more

Things to do online and offline this weekend: Festival Of Women, La Voix Humaine, and more


Text: Yong Le Man

Even though we aren't blessed with a long weekend this week, that's not to say that there isn't plenty to do. Our favourite annual festivals have been given a digital twist; masterclasses are still going strong, and the music scene is stronger than ever with streaming events. The lowdown on what you should check out this weekend, below.

Theatre | Festival Of Women: N.O.W. (No Ordinary Work)

Singapore has long strayed away from its patriarchal narrative, so why not commemorate that than with a festival that celebrates women? Festival Of Women 2020 has gone digital, featuring an anchor exhibition, live-streamed performances, a digitalised competition, aurality projects, video narratives, conversations, and workshops. As its name suggests, the virtual interdisciplinary festival spotlights the diverse narratives of women from various backgrounds while celebrating alliances and solidarity between women.

Music | La Voix Humaine by Singapore Symphonic Orchestra

Go on a sonic journey with Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) as the ensemble premieres its production of La Voix Humaine. This will be done via Sistic Live on a pay-as-you-wish-basis. The intimate one-woman opera follows Elle – sung in this performance by soprano Jennifer Lien – who unravels after her break-up. Alone in her bedroom, she cradles the telephone and clings onto her ex-lover's every word who's on the other end of the line. Expect loads of intimacy and rawness aka opera at it's finest — all from the comfort of your home.

Gaming | Red Bull Mobile Esports Open

Red Bull is no stranger to the gaming circuit. Now, they've landed on our shores by opening the portal to its Mobile Esports Open in Singapore for the very first time. The city's chosen game title is the popular battle royale shooter Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile where hundreds of players are pitted against each other in a struggle for survival. Show off your gaming skills by taking part in the Online National Qualifiers on July 18 and 19, and the National Final on 25 July. The winner will then take on the world stage by representing Singapore in the World Finals in Turkey next year. Time to put your fingers to the test.

Art | Racial Harmony Challenge by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Celebrate the diversity of Singapore as a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society from the comfort of your home with the #StayHomeChallenge series, presented by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Indian Heritage Centre and Malay Heritage Centre. Until July 21, you will be treated to an array of family-friendly digital programmes and activities such as scavenger hunts and craft activities.

Film | Singapore French Summer Festival

Vive la France — there's something for film enthusiasts to this Bastille Day. The Embassy of France in Singapore has teamed up with Shaw Organisation to debut the Singapore's first online French film festival on Kino Lounge by Shaw Theatres. Look forward to a curated mix of eight newly-released French films, popular titles, and family favourites including The Lost Prince and Queens of the Field. It's okay if you don't understand a single word of French – the films come with English subtitles too.


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