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Fah Thai Magazine July/August 2017

HAPPENINGS SINGAPORE

HAPPENINGS SINGAPORE FULL ON FOOD Singaporeans always crack the joke that eating is the national pastime and food – well, it’s a national obsession. The Singapore Food Festival, first introduced in 1994, is proof that the joke is not an overstatement. From its humble beginnings, the Singapore Food Festival, an annual event that takes place every year in July, has grown over the years to become a key event in the city state at various locations. Featuring a colourful plethora of local cuisines that pay tribute to a multi-cultural heritage, the festival serves up a unique opportunity for visitors to get acquainted with local food in both traditional and contemporary ways. Highlighting is STREAT– with street food, like ‘laksagne,” laksa-flavoured lasagna and emerging dining concepts at various price points. July 14-30, visitsingapore.com A NATION CELEBRATES Singapore roars to life on National Day, as it remembers its colourful rise to independence. Get into the mood of the celebration by wearing anything red and flying the Singapore flag. This year, National Day Parade returns to the Marina Bay Floating Platform. Spectators can sit back and enjoy interactive activities, the Red Lions’ parachuting performance, the parade of the Singapore Armed Forces, harmonies from a 2000-strong combined school choir and dazzling pyrotechnics set against the stunning cityscape framed by the Marina Waterfront. National Day Parade 2017 will celebrate Singapore’s strength in unity, and rally all Singaporeans to remain united in times of uncertainty and challenges. The theme this year, OneNationTogether, calls all Singaporeans to take pride in the nation. August 9, ndp.org.sg UNBEATABLE BEATS Grab your gear and head to the biggest alternative music festival of its kind in Singapore and the region. The annual festival, Baybeats, presents a fist pumping line-up showcasing prominent Singapore and international acts. The festival covers genres including folk, pop, metal, post-rock, emo, punk, electro and everything in between. Launched in 2002 as a platform to showcase Singaporean musicians and indie performers from across Asia to a local audience, the festival is an opportunity for musicians to meet and exchange ideas and for audiences to celebrate free live alternative music over three fun-filled days. Baybeats runs at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay – from the main Baybeats Arena to outdoor theatres and two smaller spaces that profile more intimate performances, such as electronic music and DJ sets. June to August SPOTLIGHT Owl Night Long For two weekends every August, art and culture spill onto the streets when dusk falls at the Singapore Night Festival. The event is treated as the most special time for all art lovers who would like to see art in a different light. With the goal of showcasing arts of all forms, the festival brings together a diverse range of arts institutions, lifestyle enterprises, culture vultures and individuals who need to be inspired. Singapore Night Festival transforms the Bras Basah/Bugis heritage precinct into a midsummer’s celebration of sorts. The massive street party of fun and entertainment offer heaps to see and do. Various street and music performances, by local and international artists, all play their original works until late into the night. The signature highlight of the festival is the interactive light installations that turn the facades of the Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore into works of wonder. Night owls will enjoy strings of events held late into the night at cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Singapore, the Peranakan Museum, Singapore Art Museum, The Substation and more. August 18-19, August 25-26, nightfest.sg BEYOND A FOAMY SIP If you are of legal drinking age, then Beerfest Asia is an event not to be missed. The festival returns to tempt both beer and beverage enthusiasts with its diverse selection of beers at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore. Featuring more than 500 types of commercial, craft beers and ciders while also embracing an exquisite range of spirits from all over the world, beer enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with the variety of drinks available. Guests can indulge in beer tasting platters and sample over 100 first-time-ever in Singapore bottles and Beerfest Asia-only special brews, thereby fulfilling a beer bucket list in a single festival. Each ticket includes one complimentary welcome beer to be redeemed on festival grounds. August 17-20, beerfestasia.com 106