Five things to do this weekend (Aug 11-13)

Feel the excitement with live performances or watch local short films this weekend.

Kelly Chin

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Published: 11 August 2023, 2:07 PM

Spend the weekend partying, winding down with films or shopping with a lineup of exciting events!

Here are five things to do this weekend (Aug 11-13)

1. Party at Sundown Festival

Presented by Skechers, Sundown Festival will be held at the Pasir Panjang Power Station on Saturday and Sunday. 

This year’s festival features 15 local and international acts which include local singer-songwriter Iman Fandi and South Korean artist Shaun. Multi-platinum DJ and producer R3HAB will also make a special guest appearance.


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The music event will take place over two days, compared to last year’s one-day run. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/SUNDOWN FESTIVAL


Tickets are currently available for purchase, with one-day passes and two-day passes at $138 and $228 respectively. VIP tickets are also available in four categories with exclusive access to a lounge, bar, viewing area and restroom.

The minimum age requirement to attend the festival is 16 years old. More information about the artists and FAQs can be accessed via Sundown Festival’s website.

2. Catch the final screening of local short film showcase Fresh Meat

The final screening of local short film showcase Fresh Meat will be held on Saturday at Suntec City Golden Village. 

Fresh Meat, organised by *SCAPE, is a screening of short films from different genres such as documentary, comedy, action, animation, and horror made by filmmakers under the Film Facilitation Programme (FFP) – an extension of the National Youth Film Awards (NYFA).

Attendees can catch local films such as Every Floor Looks The Same by Gladys Ng and Strawberry Cheesecake by Tan Siyou.


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Every Floor Looks The Same follows a young girl looking for a lost bird and meditates on the man-made nature of life in Singapore, through the eyes of a languishing Osmanthüs. PHOTO CREDIT: ASIAN FILMS ARCHIVE


The running time for the film screening is approximately 80 minutes and will be followed by a post-show Q&A session with the filmmakers.

Fresh meat’s screenings will be held at Suntec City Golden Village Hall 4 on Saturday (Aug 12), from 4pm to 6pm.

Tickets for the public are priced at $15.50 each. Singapore Film Society members, *SCAPE Communities and students can purchase the tickets at a discounted price of $13.50. Those interested can make their purchase on Golden Village’s website.

READ MORE: Local short film showcase ‘Fresh Meat’ boasts unique perspectives and storytelling techniques

3. Watch award-winning films at Films at the Fort

Annual outdoor cinema event Films at the Fort is held every weekend from Aug 3 to 20 at Fort Canning Green.

Held within Fort Canning Park, this weekend’s selection includes films such as Aftersun (Aug 11), Triangle of Sadness (Aug 12) and Good Will Hunting (Aug 13).

While tickets for Triangle of Sadness are sold out, it is still available for Good Will Hunting and Aftersun.


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A variety of food and beverages, served by French café The Providore, will also be available for purchase at the event venue. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/FILMS AT THE FORT


Tickets are priced at $42.80 per person, with backrest seats available for rental at $6 each. Each ticket purchase includes a cocktail or two non-alcoholic drinks. 

All movies will begin at 7.45pm, with the gates, food stalls and bars opening at 5.30pm.

4. Get a glimpse of meteor shower Perseids

One of the world’s brightest meteor showers – Perseids, is set to occur at 4am on Sunday and will be visible from Singapore under the naked eye.

This phenomenon occurs annually from mid-July to late August and can be sighted under fair weather conditions.


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The meteor shower’s name is derived from Perseus – a Greek mythological hero and a constellation which is the 24th largest in the night sky. PHOTO CREDIT: SPACE.COM


Open areas with unblocked surroundings are ideal locations to catch a glimpse of Perseids. This includes nature parks, beaches, and reservoirs across Singapore.

Viewers should avoid gazing directly at the Perseus constellation and look at dark areas around it instead as the streaks of the meteors can be spotted more easily.

5. Visit National Museum of Singapore’s new pop-up rooms

Inspired by the themes featured in the museum’s latest exhibition, Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel, 1800s–2000s, two new pop-up rooms will run from now till Nov 19 at the National Museum’s Glass Atrium.

One such pop-up room takes inspiration from Singapore Airlines (SIA) Raffles Lounge which was first launched in 1976, while the other is modelled after Goodwood Hotel’s rooms, lobby, and corridor. 


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The SIA-themed room includes custom divans that could be turned into beds while the hotel room consists of a selection of objects from the hotel’s collection including key cards and advertisements from the 1900s. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE


Accompanying the rooms is a self-guided audio tour titled That Weekend in the Lion City which takes visitors on an exploration of the rooms through the eyes of a first-time traveller to Singapore. 

At the end of the tour, visitors are encouraged to continue their exploration at the Now Boarding exhibition, and complete the protagonist’s story by solving a mystery. 

Admission to the pop-up rooms is free, while visitors interested in the audio tour may reserve their preferred time slot for $5.

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