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Things to do this weekend: Culture Cartel 2020, Malay CultureFest, Israeli Film Festival and more

Things to do this weekend: Culture Cartel 2020, Malay CultureFest, Israeli Film Festival and more

Weekend fun

Text: Azrin Tan


Image: Instagram @malayheritage
Image: Instagram @culturecartel

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, listen to the best voices from across the globe, learn more about a sub-ethnic Malay community in Singapore and shop for the best streetwear in town.

Celebrate Malay CultureFest 2020

With not much travelling allowed, it's high time we delved further into exploring the myriad of cultures witin our local community. The Malay CultureFest is providing you with two ways to do just that — both virtually and physically. Explore the richness of the culture by learning more about the heritage and culture of the Banjar community; the nation's smallest sub-ethnic Malay community. You can also learn more about their ancestral traces as they take you on a journey to their past and discover how their ancestors came down from South Kalimantan in the late 19th to mid 20th centuries. The physical exhibition at the Malay Heritage Centre will feature community anecdotes, ethnographic objects and a diverse range of precious family heirlooms that will showcase their strong sense of identity and history. The virtual experience features a microsite that will allow you to watch a multitude of performances, talks and workshops that expose you to their artistic and cultural expressions.

From 27 Nov to 13 December. Find out more here.

SHOP | Culture Cartel 2020

Street culture is redefining the moment. Culture Cartel is back for its annual run, but this time it's going digital. Lasting for almost 12 hours, it is set to be an electrifying live event featuring a range of diverse and modern artists, each one with something to show. From creative masterclasses to phenomenal performances and popular street artist features, you can expect to be properly entertained all throughout the day. Its main feature however is its 360-degree rotatable interactive digital marketplace that allows participating brands to showcase product launches and exclusive campaign peeks from the streetwear highlights.

Happening on 5 Dec 2020. Find out more here.

FILM | Israeli Film Festival

The Projector is back at it. All through the seasons, the alternative cinema seeks to bring us a range of micro film festivals that allows us to watch films from various regions of the world. This time around, the Embassy of Israel has partnered with them to provide an exclusive free virtual viewing experience of four Israeli films — Mossad, Peaches and Cream, The Art of Waiting, and The Dove Flyer — all available from 3 Dec onwards. The film screenings are on a first come first served basis, with limited viewings available for each. Expect a diverse look into their eclectic culture through a range of genres — from existential comedies to historical-based narratives.

From 3 Dec to 13 Dec. Find out more here.

EXHIBIT | Margins: drawing pictures of home

The photography exhibition features the work of 15 contemporary photographers who reflect on the boundary-pushing topics that are increasingly important in the Singapore we live in today. Making use of the familiar landscapes of our little red dot, positions are challenged and points of view are purposefully altered for a differential viewing experience. Through the photographic lens, the artists seek to offer alternative perspectives regarding our surroundings and the issues we face in our current society, removing comfortable markers and replacing them with a poignant take on a wide range of conversations that may be uncomfortable but necessitated.

From 21 Nov to 28 Feb. Find out more here.

LISTEN | Voices — A Festival of Song 2020

With the government's regulations easing up, the annual celebration of vocals in music is back for its 8th run at the Esplanade. To counter the lessened capacity due to socially distanced rules, Voices will also be featured online amidst virtual interactive workshops for all lovers of the natural sound. The talented performances of Voices will include an array of vocal forms such as a cappella, choral, classical singing, jazz and even musical theatre. For those looking for the classic sound, look to homegrown talents The Opera People as they hit the high notes on stage, whilst those looking for something more contemporary can look to Maytree, a South Korean a cappella group, for a performance with more modern beats and styles.


From 1 Dec to 20 Dec. Find out more here.