Five things to do over the weekend of August 5-6

Yayoi Kusama's exhibition has been taking over Instagram by storm – if you would like to find out more about this internationally-acclaimed artist, do head down to the screening of an up close documentary on her. 

Besides that, Singapore Coffee Festival is in town again, featuring a range of gourmet coffee as well as your regular coffee shop kopi. Caffeine lovers wouldn't want to miss it. Other family-friendly events include food-festival Feastival 2017, bringing you local Indian, Malay and fusion delights; and Despicable Me minions that are invading Universal Studios Singapore this month! 

1. Near Equal Kusama Yayoi - I Adore Myself

Yayoi Kusama. Photo courtesy: Facebook
Yayoi Kusama. Photo courtesy: Facebook

This documentary observes avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama at work as she completes a series of 50 large monochrome drawings entitled Love Forever. These paintings are now also on show in the first major survey of her work in Southeast Asia at National Gallery Singapore.

Filmed over a period of 18 months, director Matsumoto gets up close and personal with the artist. Through casual interviews, conversations between Kusama and her assistants, and even poetry recitations, the film offers an intimate portrait of a remarkable artist .

When: August 5-6
Where: National Gallery Singapore
Entry: Free

2. Feastival 2017

Photo courtesy: Facebook
Photo courtesy: Facebook

The inaugural Feastival 2017 is a two-day food festival jointly organised by Mediacorp Suria and Vasantham. 

Expect more than 35 stalls you can visit to savour mouth-watering food with a mix of local Malay, Indian and fusion delights – from gourmet Prata, classic Satay, to fragrant Briyani and yummy Takoyaki! Be entertained by popular TV personalities from Suria and Vasantham as well as radio DJs from Warna 94.2FM, Ria 89.7FM and Oli 96.8FM. 

When: August 5-6
Where: National Museum of Singapore
Entry: Free

3. Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Photo courtesy: Singapore Coffee Festival Facebook
Photo courtesy: Singapore Coffee Festival Facebook

Singapore Coffee Festival is back for its second year, showcasing local craftsmanship in specialty coffee, as well as Singapore’s unique and rich kopi heritage.

Besides being a one-stop shop for those interested in all things coffee, there will be a wide range of brewed drinks, beans, gadgets and machines available for purchase.

When: August 5-6
Where: Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore
Entry: S$18-22

4. DESPICABLE ME Breakout Party at USS 

Jailbird Minions. Photo courtesy:
Jailbird Minions. Photo courtesy:

The mischievous Minions are celebrating the release of Despicable Me 3 movie in Singapore by throwing a party at Universal Studios Singapore. 

Join in the fun with the antics of the Minions, with first-time ever special performances, a tattoo parlour, exciting themed games as well as Minion-themed food and drinks.

When: August 5-6
Where: Universal Studios Singapore
Entry: S$76

5. Singapasar 2017

Singapasar 2016. Photo courtesy: Klausterbakes Facebook
Singapasar 2016. Photo courtesy: Klausterbakes Facebook

The wildly popular and successful design-centric pasar malam, Singapasar returns for the third year running over the National Day weekend.

You can expect to find locally designed or made products (furniture, food, apparel, bags, beverages, accessories and many more) telling stories of our Singaporean identity, history and culture.

Some of these items are created specially for the event.

When: August 5-6
Where: National Design Centre
Entry: Free

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.


How do you spend your time during Covid19 stay at home?

  • Watching movies and shows on Netflix, Aamazon Prime etc.
  • Physical activity, exercise, yoga, HIIT etc
  • Playing online games, PS4, X-box.
  • Reading books.
  • Making a list things you will do once this is over
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