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Things to do this weekend: Back to Live, New Balance 327 Diner, Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express and more

Things to do this weekend: Back to Live, New Balance 327 Diner, Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express and more

Weekend fun

Text: Azrin Tan


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It's been quite a while since Phase 2 was introduced — and so, more and more of our favourite eateries, bars, and attractions have opened up their doors to customers. With that being said, bigger events still remain on hold. Not to fret though. This week, attend the biggest live music event since circuit breaker, shop some retro sneakers, and hop on a train — back in time.

SHOP | New Balance 327 Diner at Bugis Junction

The retro vibes are real. In line with reinterpreting classic experiences reminiscent of theme parks and old-fashioned diners, New Balance has introduced their latest installation: the New Balance 327 Diner at Bugis Junction. The pop-up is a vintage colour frenzy, with a main overtone of teal and splashes of hot pink, neon yellow and checkered patterns. The pop-up installation is meant to put a focus on the New Balance 327, paying homage to the brand's classic 300 series and the 1970s aesthetic. Reinvented with a chunkier silhouette whilst maintaining its old aesthetic of vibrant hues and an oversized "N" logo, the sneaker is all about returning to the good ol' days — a perfect reminder of more carefree times. The diner also houses a special segment where merch can be digitally customized and printed on the spot for easy gifting. Shoppers who purchase any variation of the 327 during the duration of the popup will also receive a customisable tote bag or T-shirt in collaboration with local studio, Tell Your Children.

From 14 to 27 December 2020. Find out more here.

LISTEN | Back to Live

Our new normal has long consisted of hybrid events, where organizers find a good mix between both live and virtual options. But Back to Live — a flagship project that has been approved under the MOH-funded Pre-Event Testing Pilot programme — is the largest full live event yet that aims to bring us some semblance of normalcy as we attempt to go back to a new regime of live events along the lines of concerts and the like. Guests can witness the best of our local scene as popular personalities like Charlie Lim, Benjamin Kheng, Sezairi and Aisyah Aziz are set to hit the stage with their exclusively prepared performances. Charlie Lim himself is already promising a varied line up, including a solo acoustic, jazz quartet and a full band performance with the Mothership. The event will happen over two nights this weekend, with only 500 seats available on each day in light of the social distancing measures put in place.

From 18 to 19 December. Find out more here.

EXHIBIT | Once Upon A Time on the Orient Express

Horns blaring, steam's rising — this train's coming through our town. The famed luxury Orient Express carries with it a trail of rich history and grand splendour, further perpetuated by popular narratives such as James Bond's From Russia with Love, and of course, Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. Whilst the whimsical wonder of travel that is much associated with taking a long-distance railway train does not quite apply in our current times, the Orient Express exhibition still promises much of its magic, as two of its original train carriages from the 1930s — classified as National Treasures of France — will be situated in the grandeur of our very own Gardens by The Bay. Apart from a museum-like exhibit of 300 real-life artefacts and historic items, the rail experience will be recreated fully with an on-board cafe and restaurant car.

From 12 Dec 2020 to 13 June 2021. Find out more here.

FILM | Japanese Film Festival 2020

Yet another film festival takes a spot on the weekend list. With the relaxation of certain rules, the Japanese Film Festival has emerged triumphant in making sure that all the film fanatics still get their promised share of entertainment this year. Like many other film events, the JFF is going hybrid — with both physical and virtual screenings being made available over their micro-site. Ranging from acclaimed Kurosawa films such as Stray Dog to indie film picks such as Jam, and the brilliant animation Children of the Sea, the festival is offering a total of 28 films for all to choose from. Of course, the film festival wouldn't be what it is without a couple of Q&As with some of the directors, such as Director Iwaisawa Kenji, the director behind the animation On-Gaku: Our Sound.

From 10 Dec to 20 Dec. Find out more here.

EXPERIENCE | Time Capsule at Singapore Flyer

Best put those Rediscover Vouchers to good use. This latest attraction by our one and only Singapore Flyer is one to circle you back through time and years of Singapore's history. The multi-faceted exhibition is set to offer a fully immersive experience as we go through the 700 years of the island's becoming and its possible future as we imagine a new world. From interactive stations like multi-touch screens and holographic technology to the bedazzling graphic lightscapes within the exhibit, the Time Capsule seems to combine past, present and future of Singapore all in one. At the end of the exhibit, guests will of course be able to ride the Singapore Flyer to experience the high (both literally and figuratively) that will come post-exhibit. For safety concerns, each capsule will also be disinfected after each group disembarks from it.

From 10 December. Find out more here.

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