Five things to do this weekend (Apr 14-16)

Get your game on at a classic arcade or discover the history of the kebaya at a museum this weekend!

Seif Umar

Certified football, Formula One and teh tarik addict.

Published: 14 April 2023, 2:43 PM

A bazaar, book fair and a kebaya exhibition are just some places you can explore to end off the week.

Here are five things to do this weekend (Apr 14-16):

1. Play arcade games hosted by Magnum

To celebrate the release of its new limited-edition Classics Remix Range, Magnum is hosting classic arcade games such as the Claw Machine, Hammer Machine and Punching Machine at Mama Diam bar. 

The games will be available for visitors to play throughout April. They will also be required to purchase food or drinks from the bar before playing.


Mama Diam’s opening hours are 4pm to 10.30pm from Monday to Thursday and 4pm to 12am on Friday, Saturday and public holidays. PHOTO CREDIT: MAGNUM


Aside from the physical arcade, the ice cream brand has also launched a gamified online arcade, which includes games like Maze Runner (Pac-Man).

Prizes such as the Nintendo Switch Lite, Apple AirPods, Tamagotchis, film cameras and Magnum merchandise can be redeemed upon winning Magnum Gold Coins from the online and in-person games.

2. Indulge yourself at the Kampong Gelam Ramadan Bazaar

Although the month of Ramadan is drawing to an end, it’s not too late to enjoy the vibes at the Kampong Gelam Ramadan bazaar.


The bazaar will be operating until Apr 16, and offers over 80 F&B stalls along Baghdad Street, Kandahar Street and the outskirts of Sultan Mosque. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/SEIF UMAR


Bazaar goers can enjoy a plethora of freshly prepared food and drinks, which include durian goreng ($10 fried durian puffs) from Bogeh SG and air balang ($5), which are various coloured drinks prepared in large cylindrical containers.


Other F&B options feature Loco-Loco churros ($6) and Habibtea (Arabic Bubble Tea) ($6). PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/SEIF UMAR

3. Visit the Singapore Art Book Fair

The Singapore Art Book Fair (SGABF) will be held at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) this weekend.

Visitors can look forward to contemporary and innovative art books and zines. 

The book fair also features creatives such as artists, designers, distributors, small presses, institutions, galleries, zinemakers, and printmakers, both homegrown and international. 


This year, the fair has 105 exhibitors, featuring familiar names such as NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Tara Books, and DECK Singapore. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE ART BOOK FAIR


Besides the booths, there will be a series of book launches, discussions and artist talks as part of the SG Art Book Dialogue, all of which will be held at the Engine Room beside the Exhibitor Hall.

Those interested in visiting the book fair can purchase tickets from SGABF’s website. Tickets are priced at $8.

4. Discover the the history and heritage of the kebaya

The Love, Kebaya exhibition is the latest showcase by the National Heritage Board (NHB), and is currently located at the National Museum of Singapore until Apr 23.

It covers the community stories behind the traditional costume and showcases designs by craftspersons and practitioners.

The exhibition follows the recent multinational nomination of the kebaya to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity.


The Love, Kebaya exhibition will feature a total of six kebayas. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD


The exhibition is free and open daily from 10am to 7pm. It is currently located at The Platform, on the second floor of National Museum of Singapore until Apr 23. Last admissions are at 6:30pm.

5. Party with Escape 56

Escape 56, a “secret location pop-up party series”, will hold a night party at Haw Par Villa on Apr 15, between 10pm and 3am.

The sixth anniversary party of Escape 56 will offer a night of multi-genre music and lights and headlined by award-winning Spanish music producer John Talabot. 

It will also feature local DJs Sivanesh (Sivilian Affairs) and A’alely (Strange Weather) and “light installations for a multisensory experience”.

Though the first two waves of tickets, priced at $38 and $48, have been sold out, student tickets (priced at $28) and tickets from the third wave ($68) are still available and can be bought online on Peatix.

Regular tickets from the first, second and third release, come with one standard house pour Jäger Mini as well as a Redbull.

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