Things to do this weekend: SSO National Day Concert, Women Make Film Festival, and more

Things to do this weekend: SSO National Day Concert, Women Make Film Festival, and more

Weekend bonanza

Text: Yong Le Man

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. For this week, hear the SSO's National Day special, catch an art exhibition, and many more.

Music | SSO National Day Concert

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra's (SSO) annual National Day concert takes a different spin this year during these unprecendented times. Instead of having a physical one, they will be streaming via Sistic Live on 15 August. Conducted by Darrell Ang and hosted by Khairudin Saharom, it features the debut works of three local composers: Sandra Lim, Jonathan Shin, and Tan Yuting. Furthermore, it serves as the platform for the world premiere of Brahman: Kannagi's Realization by Singapore-based veteran composer, John Sharpley, starring the phenomenal Bharatanatyam dancer Kshirja Govind. The programme will then culminate with the SSO performing Kelly Tang's 2010 arrangement of the National Anthem.

Film | Women Make Film Festival

Time waits for no woman. In celebration of female empowerment and women's rights, head down to local indie cinema The Projector to catch film directed by women, about women. The festival, spanning from 7 August to 6 September, will feature several award-winning films such as Female Pleasure, Antigone, and The Swallows of Kabul — all of which capture the beauty, strength and bravery of being female.

Art | The New Now IV: Tension/Creation

Gajah Gallery celebrates its reopening to guests and patrons with its latest edition of their annual New Now series. Titled Tension/Creation, it explores different shades and forms of tension and tribulations all while showcasing works that are marked with organic experimentation and mutation. It also spotlights fresh and innovative works by emerging artists from Singapore and around the region, including Malaysia's Koh Kai Ting and Noreen Loh Hui Miun.

Theatre | Digital Traces: The Year of No Return

Originally slated to be in this year's Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), The Year of No Return presents climate change from the perspective of different individuals and discourses. If you can't bear to wait another year for its debut, enjoy teasers and sneak peeks through the lens of its various characters via a Zoom play-reading session and four vodcast episodes released on the 15th of each month from now until November. They are presented in varying mediums such as digitalised film, sound, movement, and text that unpacks the themes and ideas within a key strand of the narrative in the play.

Things to do | #PetExpoConnect

Pet lovers unite! Engage in meaningful conversations with fellow pet enthusiasts and find great deals  at #PetExpoConnect. This new virtual event is meant to replace this year's physical PetExpo, and it is set to live up to the buzz and excitement of last year's event. The month-long online event features live webinar series, flash deals live sessions,  adoption drives, pet food donations, and more.