Things to do this weekend: Singapore International Film Festival, AWAREFest 2020, Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and more

Things to do this weekend: Singapore International Film Festival, AWAREFest 2020, Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 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, surround yourself with nature's best offerings, run a virtual race, and immerse yourself in the biggest film festival in Singapore.

TASTE | Singapore Tea and Coffee Festival

Hailing all tea and coffee connoisseurs alike. Yes, 2020 brings about an event that unites the two camps, where coffee lovers can now join in on the festive fun previously meant solely for tea drinkers. Terming it a "phygital experience", the event will take place both online and offline, as fresh flavors and combinations of the globe's best artisanal produce in the distinguished scene will be brought to you via uniquely curated virtual livestreams and physical experiences that are available at five selected locations islandwide. You can even consolidate all your desired orders from the various brands under one single shipment, making the shopping a breeze.

From 28 Nov to 6 Dec. Find out more here.

FILM | Singapore International Film Festival

Film buffs, rejoice. The Singapore International Film Festival is back for its 31st run this year, and despite all the necessitated social distancing rules put into place, the lineup of films are still looking to be as invigorating as ever. The much-raved film festival continues to pay its due attention to a vibrant array of international films — with a special focus on local and Asian cinema in particular, as it serves as a bridge to the global scene. Some of the screenings also feature opportunities for audience interaction in the form of master classes or industry discussions to deepen the appreciation of the art form.

From 26 Nov to 6 Dec. Find out more here.

EXERCISE | Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

Get your much-needed exercise in. The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Grand Finale race is taking off this weekend; an ultimate show of augmented and virtual reality. With huge races having to innovate and find new ways (such is the mood of 2020), this running event challenged themselves to bring the globe together still, and experimented with their Virtual Racing platform where racers can pick from different themed routes. With the finale just around the corner, runners can strap on their compatible tracking devices to run outdoors, or run using the Augmented Reality (AR) format on their treadmills indoors.

From 27 Nov to 6 Dec. Find out more here.

EXPERIENCE | Gardens By The Bay Floral Fantasy

No one does botanicals quite like our famed Gardens By The Bay. Relish in the aesthetic abundance of nature's best at the Garden's latest offering: their Floral Fantasy that is set to reopen and offer a whimsical experience of live plants, cut flowers, foliage and preserved flowers, all arranged in a color frenzy. The attraction offers four different sections as of now — Dance, Float, Waltz and Drift — each one meant to provide an alternative experience of the lush flora and fauna. Expect to be greeted by over 3000 plants of more than 150 species, and large fantastical sculptures set to transport you into a magical universe.

From 21 Nov onwards. Find out more here.

CELEBRATE | AwareFest 2020

For a good cause. AWAREFest 2020 is an empowering celebration of all the good work that AWARE, the biggest gender equality advocate in Singapore has done over their past 35 years —especially for women — and their continued aspirations for the future. The five-day virtual festival will feature a myriad of workshops, panel discussions and enjoyable interactive programmes with prominent personalities in the scene, including the likes of Preetipls, Anita Kapoor and He Ting Ru.

From 25 to 29 Nov. Find out more here.