Five things to do in Singapore over the weekend of March 25-26

It's an artsy weekend in Singapore! Catch the Sarvesh Rock Festival at Sentosa Wave House, or a regional musical act at the Esplanade waterfront. Alternative, indulge in two days of local literature at The Arts House, as they throw their annual House Party.

1. Sarvesh Rock Festival

Photo courtesy: Sarvesh FOA Facebook
Photo courtesy: Sarvesh FOA Facebook

Sarvesh Festival of Arts is bringing an Indian Rock Festival to Sentosa island! Featuring the famed Thakkudam Bridge, the supporting acts include AKSHARA THIRU, Shaman and DJ Sivanesh Pillai.

Organisers have said that it's going to a rain or shine party, so get ready for an exciting day of live music and entertainment!

Sarvesh Rock Festival
When: March 25
Where: WaveHouse, Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Entry: $68, $98, $228

2. House Party at The Arts House

Photo courtesy: The Arts House Facebook
Photo courtesy: The Arts House Facebook

The Arts House's annual House Party returns, this time celebrating literary expressions across artistic genres.

Expect a poetic musical dialogue from Young Artist Award winner Marc Nair, a photo exhibition by local photographers Liana Yang and Lavender Chang, jazz and chamber performances, and a showcase of Asian stories by master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran.

House Party at The Arts House
When: March 25-26
Where: 1 Old Parliament Ln 
Entry: Free-$20

3. Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies

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To mark the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore to the Japanese during the second World War, there will be an exhibition set in the Old Ford Factory.

This was where the British surrendered to the Japanese forces on February 15, 1942. Spread across four zones, take in the diary entries, identity cards and war campaign documentary paintings on display, then reflect on the solemn beginnings of this little red dot.

Surviving Japanese Occupation exhibition
When: March 25-26 
Where: 351 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588192
Entry: Free for Singaporeans and PRs, Singapore student pass holders, children under 6 and museum roundtable members. $3 for others.

4. We Are Imaginary, Heals and NOTHING TO DECLARE

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Catch We Are Imaginary, an indie-pop band from Philippines, their music marries the jangly romp of The Smiths to the morose romanticism of early-2000s Death Cab for Cutie. If you love the music of the past, this band is for you.

Or if melodic ambient rock is your thing, Bandung-based shoegaze group will blow you away. Their performance and creation are filled with layers of distorted guitar riffs, quirky sounds and effects.

NOTHING TO DECLARE, an alternative rock band from Tokyo, Japan, was started in Singapore in 2006. They previously headlined Singapore's biggest outdoor independent music festival Baybeats, and a series of performances capped by a nationwide tour of Japan.

Soak in the city lights and night breeze as you catch them at the Esplanade waterfront theatre!

We Are Imaginary, Heals and NOTHING TO DECLARE
When: March 25
Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Entry: Free

5. With/Out (Esplanade The Studios season)

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With/Out is an interpretation of the monologue of Paddy Chew, conceptualised by performance and moving-image artist Loo Zihan. The monologue was a candid account of Paddy’s experiences as the first individual to come out as a person living with HIV in Singapore.

This is an interactive piece of theatre production, whereby there are no performers - just you, with headset, and Paddy's experience.

When: March 25-26
Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio
Entry: $35

Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

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. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.


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