Things to do this weekend: NDP 2020, Red Dot August, Coming Out Loud
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, stay home and enjoy NDP2020, catch a cultural exhibition, and many more.
Things to do | NDP2020
Celebrations are bound to be different without a physical parade. Not to worry, though — NDP this year has been transformed to an immersive digital spectacle that you wouldn't want to miss. It is split into three main components: The Strength of Our Nation, Active Participation by Singaporeans, and the Evening Show. Festivities will begin with a parade and conclude with a night of intimate performances as well as a rousing fireworks display that will be set off at over 10 different locations islandwide.
Film | Downtown East Live Drive-In Movie Screening
A throwback to the past, the popular drive-in movie screening is making its monthly return to Downtown East at the Begonia open-air carpark. It kicks off on 8 August with the award-winning musical, The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya. Quality has not been compromised — this one features a cutting-edge screen that spans 12-metres in height and 8-metres in length as well as a bespoke audio set-up where you can get your own sound directly in your car via an FM frequency.
Comedy | Coming Out Loud
Local stand-up comedian Sam See takes the stage to recount the trials and tribulations of being openly gay in Singapore. His performance is Asia's first independently produced LGBTQ+-themed comedy special. Watch it live on Zoom on 7 August before its worldwide release on August 8.
Things to do | Red Dot August
Esplanade Theatres on the Bay is back with Red Dot August to celebrate all things Singapore. Think performances utilising varying mediums, with a little something for everybody. Highlights include an improvised theatre performance by ASAP Improv; a poetry showcase by Migrant Writers of Singapore; and storytelling sessions by MoonShadow Stories and Kamini Ramachandran.
Things to do | Heritage and Culture Light Up
If you're getting restless at home, here's another reason for you to take a walk through the city. Come nightfall, 10 of Singapore's historic buildings and cultural institutions will be illuminated in red and white to commemorate Singapore's 55th birthday. The Armenian Church, Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Central Fire Station, CHIJMES, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, National Gallery Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, The Arts House, and Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall (VTVCH) will be bathed in eye-catching light projections to symbolise how Singaporeans remain #UnitedThroughCulture.