Five things to do over the weekend of April 22-23

This weekend brings a quirky mix of events to your plates. Singapore Ink Show showcases the best tattoo artists from around the world - you can even get inked there! Fashion lovers can head to Public Garden Consumer Trade Show. Rajul Mehta's exhibition at ION Art Gallery will present you with a selection of relatable and touching stories. 

Or if you are a culture enthusiast, Esplanade always has something for you. 

1. Singapore Ink Show

Photo courtesy: Singapore Ink Show FB
Photo courtesy: Singapore Ink Show FB

The Singapore Ink Show is the largest gathering of international and local tattoo artists in Singapore. It celebrates the craft of tattooing in this sci-fi-looking city. Meet the tattoo enthusiasts and artists; and if you are game enough, get inked by them. 

When: April 22-23
Where: Suntec City
Entry: S$28-35

2. Public Garden Consumer Trade Show

Photo courtesy: reishito.com
Photo courtesy: reishito.com

Public Garden Consumer Trade Show is the premiere gathering of the best independent labels and brands of Southeast Asia. Singapore-based shoppers will be able to browse product designs and merchandise which have never before reached the shores of Singapore. 

Famed Tokyo-based street photographer and fashion blogger Rei Shito will be giving a talk in English as well. 

When: April 22-23
Where: Suntec Convention Centre
Entry: Free

3. "Don't Pressure Me"

Photo courtesy: Connected to India
Photo courtesy: Connected to India

International Indian artist Rajul Mehta presents a gallery of energetic and independent women who relish having their autonomous careers as a testament to their personal power. 

The exhibition explores the endless dilemmas of being a woman in a gender-constructed society, presenting their rich inner worlds in vivid colours. 

When: April 22-23
Where: ION Art Gallery
Entry: Free

4. Music and Faith – Dialogue Circles

Photo courtesy: Esplanade
Photo courtesy: Esplanade

This dialogue session provides a space of interfaith learning and understanding. It will be facilitated by Farid Hamid, who is a member of the Inter Religious Organisation (Singapore). 

The discussion will focus on the importance and function of music in religious traditions and practices, and how it affects one's spiritual journey. 

When: April 22-23 
Where: library@esplanade
Entry: Free 

5. Kirtans: Singing to the Divine

Photo courtesy: Esplanade
Photo courtesy: Esplanade

The kirtan is a meditative call-and-response form of chanting, regarded by the Sikhs as one of the highest forms of devotional music. The word "kirtan" means glorification, or praise of the divine. 

The set is performed by devotees from the Gurmat Sangeet Academy at the Sikh Centre. The performance also features North Indian instruments not often seen in public. 

When: April 22-23
Where: Esplanade Concourse
Entry: Free

Author
Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Writer

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. She is also part of the Over The Moon team, which is a movement to promote and give voice to independent Mandopop music in Singapore.

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