Five things to do over the weekend of July 29-30

While the National Day celebrations are not in full swing yet, there are already a variety of national-themed festivals for the eager ones. Admire the beautiful national flower Vanda 'Miss Joaqim' at the Gardens By The Bay, or pen a birthday wish for Singapore at Sentosa with other fellow well-wishers! 

1. Rudram

Photo courtesy: Esplanade
Photo courtesy: Esplanade

Rudram is a dance worship (aradhana) performed for the purpose of connecting and bonding with the divine, Shiva—who is recognised as the absolute truth (satya), love (sneha) and bliss (ananda)—and whom choreographer Neewin Hershall dedicates this complete bharatanatyam routine (maargam) to.

With pure devotion (bhakti), he immerses himself in the consciousness of Shiva, while revelling in the bliss of the sages, religious devotees and wise men who have attained that absolute connection.

When: July 29
Where: Esplanade
Entry: S$18-25

2. Poetry Festival SG 2017

Pooja Nansi. Photo courtesy: Poetry Festival FB
Pooja Nansi. Photo courtesy: Poetry Festival FB

Poetry Festival Singapore is a multilingual, multicultural, multi-generational platform for poets and poetry enthusiasts.

The festival will feature written and spoken word in the island’s four official languages – English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. 

When: July 29-30
Where: Various places in Singapore
Entry: Free to S$38

3. So Singapore at Sentosa

Local singing act Peranakan Sayang. Photo courtesy: Sentosa FB
Local singing act Peranakan Sayang. Photo courtesy: Sentosa FB

So Singapore is a 1.5 months long celebration of the country' birthday.

The Artisan Bazaar is happening this weekend, where you can shop for a delightful array of vintage goods and handmade collectibles, and pick up gifts like Handmade Zen figurines, Grandfather Clocks, Dreamcatchers, Recycled Tins with Functional lights, Hand Wax Modeling and Handmade Miniature Clay Dollhouses.

You can also Pen-A-Wish for Singapore, and try your hands at traditional kampong games! 

When: July 29-30
Where: Sentosa
Entry: Free

4. Orchard Extravaganza

Vanda 'Miss Joaqim'. Photo courtesy:
Vanda 'Miss Joaqim'. Photo courtesy:

For the uninitiated, Singapore's national flower is Vanda 'Miss Joaquim', or otherwise known as the Singapore orchird. The “Orchid Extravaganza” floral display tells the story of Singapore through the motif of a butterfly’s life cycle. Stunning orchids in myriad shapes and colours will fill a landscape depicting the stages of a butterfly’s growth, including a ‘Chrysalis’ structure in the main Flower Field. 

Visitors can look forward to seeing​ orchid varieties such as Phalaenopsis, Vanda, Dendrobium, Grammatophyllum and many others. There will also be a sculpture of 52 butterflies - in celebration of Singapore's 52nd National Day - in the shape of Singapore.

When: July 29-30
Where: Gardens By The Bay
Entry: S$8-28

5. Ignite! Music Festival

Photo courtesy: Republic Polytechnic
Photo courtesy: Republic Polytechnic

Ignite! is one of the largest annual music festivals in Singapore, and it is a student-driven event involving over 300 students from Republic Polytechnic. 

This year's lineup includes, among others, includes ShiGGa Shay, THELIONCITYBOY, LEW, Jasmine Sokko. 

When: July 29
Where: Republic Polytechnic
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.


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