Image credit: iStock
This weekend, feel the force at a Stars Wars Day celebration, uncover pieces of Singapore’s heritage, indulge in all things Thai and more.
Unleash your inner Star Wars geek
Star Wars fans, mark down 4 to 6 May in your calendars, for that’s when a special Star Wars-themed festival comes to town! Held in conjunction with May the 4th and to celebrate 40 years since the release of A New Hope, the three-day extravaganza will see the Supertrees transform into Sabertrees come nightfall, a fantastic light and music show set against the Star Wars soundtrack, appearances by Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, an outdoor screening of The Force Awakens and more. Bring the whole family down and unleash the Force within!
That’s not all – the inaugural Star Wars Run kicks off on Saturday evening and if you’re among those who’ve signed up, now is the time to pledge allegiance to the Light or Dark Side before beginning the non-competitive and competitive routes. At the end of the race, join in the festivities at the race village.
Go on a bus tour of Eurasian landmarks, learn about a historic Hindu temple and more
The Singapore Heritage Festival continues this week and if you haven’t checked out any of the activities yet, don’t fret. Start your day by viewing local artist Yip Yew Chong’s life-sized murals of scenes from Singapore’s yesteryear at the National Museum of Singapore’s new digital space, Gallery 10. Learn more about the history of the Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple at Keong Saik Road through a guided tour, or hop on a bus to visit Eurasian landmarks like the Eurasian Heritage Centre and St Joseph’s Church. Then relax to a storytelling session about how Sisters Islands and Kusu Island came about. Finally, end your day by catching traditional Chinese opera, puppetry and orchestra performances at Ann Siang Hill. Apart from exposing your child to the different cultures and traditions in Singapore, you might just learn something new too!
From now till 14 May 2017, various locations islandwide. For more information, click here.
View the world around you through inspiring artworks
Annual children’s exhibition Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth returns for its seventh edition at the Singapore Art Museum! Specially for families, the exhibition aims to challenge us to view and experience how plants, animals and people adapt to their ever-changing surroundings. Let the artworks inspire you and your child to see the world in new ways and different perspectives.
6 May – 27 August 2017. Visit the Singapore Art Museum website for more details.
Have a taste of Thailand in Singapore
Missed out on Artbox? Not to worry, for Thai Festival 2017 has everything Thai you could possibly desire. The four-day fair features food, fashion and cultural performances like muay thai and a cooking show.
4 – 7 May 2017, 10am – 9pm, Royal Thai Embassy, Orchard Road. Visit the Facebook event page for updates.
Get jazzy with classics from Shanghai’s jazz era
Sway to the jazzy tunes of Shanghai Jazz Club, who recreate Shanghai’s 1950s jazz scene with their rendition of Chinese classics by Zhou Xuan, Yao Li and other singers. The group has performed to full houses at the Montreux Jazx Café, Sing Jazz Club and community performances. So gather your family and ease into the weekend with their refreshing take on jazz classics.
5 & 6 May, 7.15pm, 8.30pm and 9.45pm, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. Find out more here.
Catch a free concert in the park
Pack a picnic basket and head to the Botanic Gardens this Saturday for a relaxing evening of music at the Party with Novo concert. Boogie to well-loved disco, classic rock and pop songs from Elvis Presley and the Beatles that will have the whole family singing along!
6 May 2017, 5.30pm – 6.30pm, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage. More information here.