Five things to do this weekend (Apr 28-May 1)

A great long weekend for art lovers and shopaholics.

Maisy Phua

Self-proclaimed fashion icon, pomeranian mom and Paris Hilton fan.

Published: 28 April 2023, 9:58 AM

As the month of April comes to an end, it’s time to unwind and have some fun as May comes rolling around.

Here are five things to do this weekend (Apr 28-May 1):

1. Feast on discounted delicacies at IKEA

In celebration of its 45th anniversary this year, IKEA Singapore is hosting exclusive promotions and activities at all outlets from Apr 27 to May 1.

The promotions cover both its home furnishing and food products, while the activities include movie screenings and meet-and-greets with the IKEA mascot.


Customers can get a limited-edition 12-inch hotdog ala carte for $1 or $1.60 in a set with a Nordic cold drink at IKEA Alexandra and Tampines. PHOTO CREDIT: IKEA SINGAPORE


Crowd favourites, such as the eight-piece Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables, eight-piece plant balls with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables and four-piece chicken wings will all be available at a discounted price of $4.50 throughout the event.

2. Catch traditional performances a bazaar at Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa’s Solar New Year celebrations include traditional performances, workshops, a bazaar and an exhibition tracing the history of the Solar Calendar on Apr 29, from 9pm to 9am.

Signifying the beginning of the summer season, the Solar New Year is a vital day for a host of communities across South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Highlights of the event include performances by Burmese dance troupe, KuMuDra Myanmar Arts and Culture. The troupe will showcase two items which are traditionally performed during Thing Yan (the Burmese New Year) – the Yein Dance and Court Ladies Dance.


Established in 2016, Kumudra has performed in events like Chingay and the DA:NS Festival. PHOTO CREDIT: KUMUDRA MYANMAR ARTS AND CULTURE


Visitors can also pick up collectibles and food from a bazaar featuring Indian, Thai and Burmese items. Look out for booths like Indian Inks providing jagua tattoos and Party Poori by Chef Annil selling popular street food including pani poori and masala chai (spiced tea).

All performances are free of charge. Workshops are chargeable and interested participants can get tickets at Haw Par Villa’s website.

3. Visit pop-up art store Tobyato Dumpling Shop

You might be fooled by the outward appearance of the pop-up, but there won’t be any dumplings sold at this shop. 

Apr 28 will see the opening of 28-year-old local visual artist Tobyato’s concept pop-up art store at Co Play, featuring comprehensive displays of his collaborations and products over the past few years. 


In just three years since his debut as an artist, Toby “Tobyato” Tan has collaborated with big clients like G-Shock and Asics. PHOTO CREDIT: TOBYATO


Street art fans can also score exclusive Tobyato Dumpling Shop stickers and limited edition chopsticks. Visitors can also preview upcoming merchandise, enjoy arcade games and take IG-worthy shots at a variety of aesthetic art spots.

The event will take place from 5pm till 9.30pm at Plaza Singapura, #03-67.

4. Shop to your heart’s content at the Public Garden pop-up market

Founded almost 12 years ago, Public Garden is one of the pioneering consumer trade shows for people of all ages to come together and discover independent brands. 


The trade show showcases a variety of sellers including start-ups, leather artisans and jewellery makers, including international creatives. PHOTO CREDIT: PUBLIC GARDEN


The free event will take place from Apr 29 to 30 at 1pm to 7pm at Suntec Convention Hall 403 and 404.

5. Explore art exhibition A Kind of Blue

Art lovers can also look forward to Asian art gallery Hatch Art Project’s latest group exhibition that celebrates (you guessed it) the colour blue. 

Featuring international artists from countries like Thailand, Indonesia, the United Kingdoms and Korea, A Kind of Blue explores the cultural and historical significance of blue in various contexts, including religion and mythology. 


Each art piece explores the colour’s depth, beauty, and complexity. PHOTO CREDIT: HATCH ART PROJECT


Highlights of the free event include artistic sculptures, mixed media pieces and thick, textured acrylic paintings. 

A Kind of Blue will take place from Apr 6 to May 6 at 7 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168644.

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