Things to do this weekend: Hawkers Fest, Earth Alive, ThisConnect: Threading Worlds Exhibit and more

Things to do this weekend: Hawkers Fest, Earth Alive, ThisConnect: Threading Worlds Exhibit and more

Weekend fun

Text: Azrin Tan

Phase 3's been 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, celebrate local hawker culture, discover an exhibit on mental health during the pandemic, and learn more about Earth's geology.


When people think of Singapore, they think of the food. So it should come as no surprise that our oh-so-familiar Hawker Culture is to be nominated to represent us in UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. As part of these growing efforts, everyone is invited to join in on the nationwide HawkerFest that will give the public the wondrous opportunity to rediscover the hustle, bustle, and vibrancy of the hawker life. The HawkerFest comes in the form of a virtual challenge — testing your very knowledge of the island' hawker centres through an online treasure hunt. The reward? Some good ol' piping hot hawker food of your choice of course, redeemable at the wide-range dining options spanning across 29 hawker centres.

Ends on 11 Jan 2021. Find out more here.

LEARN | Earth Alive at Science Centre Singapore

Travel is still out of the picture for most of us, but the ways of the world remains to be a fascinating subject for many. Earth Alive is an interactive exhibit that allows old and young alike to discover how the Earth is constantly changing physically — below our very own feet. Encounter forces and geological processes that reflect the Earth's sciences and systems, from learning about the geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere to witnessing GAIA: a 5-metre inflatable globe installation by artist Luke Jerram. It's definitely a spot to bring the kids with its multiple mini exhibits set to engage, but should you wish to reconceive your understanding of our planet's geoscope, the exhibit might have more to offer than you think.

Find out more here.


In their efforts to increase awareness on mental health issues — especially those borne during the Covid-19 pandemic — Hunny and Lunny, a local social artist duo, will be holding a mental health art exhibition through January. The exhibition is set to examine the multi-faceted nature of human connection, as viewers can expect to reflect on the delicate mode of human connection and the way we bridge ourselves to the outer world. The exhibit will feature 7 bodies of work, all of which a showcase of the  variant and honest stories of personal truths that sometimes go unheard and unsaid — something made especially so during the circuit breaker of 2020. The full exhibition will be available at the Former Jinrikisha Station at Neil Road, whilst there will be three other satellite venues namely Temasek Shophouse, [email protected] and Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre.

From 17 Dec to 8 Feb (full exhibit only available till 30 Jan). Find out more here.

EXPERIENCE | Aliwal Tracks

Kampong Glam is by far one of the most historically rich districts around town, The Sultan Mosque holds as much visual splendour as it issued to, and with Aliwal Tracks, you can be assured that you'll be experiencing the culture hotspot in a renewed fashion. Rediscover the district through the lens of some of our city's creatives — from street artists to traditional crafters. The Aliwal Tracks is a video web series programme that allows all to better appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of Kampong Glam, as the online programme features a virtual exhibit, some behind-the-scenes shots and digital media that'll have you appreciating the vibrant enclave in a new manner the next time you hit that part of town. Time to get inspired and discover the country all over again.

Till 31 March 2021. Find out more here.

WATCH | Erasure: The World Tournament

Take a nostalgic trip back into your past. As part of a larger art exhibition we are not going back we are coming around at The Substation, this programme is a major throwback to many of our childhood days. The artist, Shaiful Risan, takes us back to the days of country eraser wrestling matches on tabletops — as we sit amidst a global pandemic that catches us all in a perplexing situation of geographical and political conflicts. A reflective commentary on how and where every country finds themselves amidst the pandemic, perhaps questioning the very point of any of it at all, for there are not many boundaries where the disease is actually concerned. This is in line with the larger programme that aims to explore the role of arts in a world that is in a midst of loss, attempted repair and possible progress since Covid-19 hit our shores.

Happening on 8 Jan 2021. Find out more here.