Five things to do over the weekend of July 1-2

We are in festive spirits this weekend - 40 years of Narpani Pearavi at the Singapore Zoo! There is a wide range of family-friendly activities lined up. The Necessary Stage is also having their 30th anniversary production, Being Haresh Sharma, throughout the weekend at Drama Centre Theatre. 

You can also head down to Hong Lim Park (if you are Singaporean or a Permanent Resident) to support Pink Dot and the freedom to love. SHINE Festival celebrates youth and the bright little things. Last but not least, JK Rowling's wizarding world just turned 20 years old, so if you would like reminisce, head to Esplanade for a night of Harry Potter in concert! 

1. Narpani Community Carnival

Face-painting - one of the activities at Narpani Community Carnival 2014. Photo courtesy: Narpani Pearavi Facebook
Face-painting - one of the activities at Narpani Community Carnival 2014. Photo courtesy: Narpani Pearavi Facebook

From 9am to 5pm at the Singapore Zoo, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) will join 4,000 over residents from all walks of life for a fun-filled day. 

Look forward to exciting activities like futsal, face-painting, as well as performances. 

When: July 2
Where: Singapore Zoo 
Entry: S$10

2. Being Haresh Sharma

Haresh Sharma. Photo: Connected to India
Haresh Sharma. Photo: Connected to India

Being Haresh Sharma is a work that looks at Haresh’s body of writing over 30 years.

It makes bold, unexpected links and associations, mapping stories and characters in ways that surface the social, political and spiritual aspects of life here. By bringing it all together with unexpected and exciting performance energy, this production will spark new ways of looking at his words and of experiencing performance and theatre.

When: July 1-2
Where: Drama Centre Theatre, NLB 
Entry: S$28-45 

3. SHINE Festival 2017 

Photo courtesy: SHINE Festival Facebook
Photo courtesy: SHINE Festival Facebook

Organised by the National Youth Council (NYC), the SHINE Festival aims to light up the Youth Month of July, with youths nationwide showcasing their talents, and inspiring others.

Notables musicians performing this year include Charlie Lim, Gentle Bones and The Sam Willows. 

When: July 1-2
Where: Orchard Road
Entry: Free 

4. Pink Dot 2017

Photo courtesy: Pink Dot SG Facebook
Photo courtesy: Pink Dot SG Facebook

Pink Dot SG is an annual, non-profit, free-for-all event which started in 2009, in support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Singapore.

Attendees of Pink Dot events gather to form a 'pink dot' to show support for inclusiveness, diversity and the freedom to love.

However, do note that this year, only Singaporeans and Permanent Residents will be allowed entry due to changes in government regulations. 

When: July 1
Where: Hong Lim Park
Entry: Free 

5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert

Photo courtesy: Esplanade
Photo courtesy: Esplanade

If you love the wizarding series, this is a performance you wouldn't want to miss.

The concert will feature the live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.

When: July 1-2
Where: Esplanade Concert Hall
Entry: S$105-255 

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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