Five things to do this weekend (Aug 4-6)

Live, laugh, love with local entertainment and films this weekend.

Han Xinyi

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Published: 4 August 2023, 1:19 PM

Be prepared to groove to local music, watch films of new and old, and eat scrumptious foods to end off the first week of August.

Here are five things to do this weekend (Aug 4-6):

1. Get into the festive spirit at the National Day Concert

With only days leading up to the actual National Day celebrations on Aug 9, Singaporeans can get an early start on festivities at the National Day Concert on Aug 5.

Taking place at The Meadow in Gardens by the Bay, the concert will hold performances from local talents like headliner Kit Chan, Mavis Hee and JJ Neo. Audience members can expect to hear classic NDP tunes, ballads and traditional music.


Local vocal groups like MICapella, Vocaluptuous, Voices of Singapore will also be taking the stage on Aug 5. PHOTO CREDITS: GARDENS BY THE BAY


Before the concert, people can partake in some pre-concert festivities from 4.30pm onwards. These include bouncy castles and a pet’s walk programme by SAFRA. Pre-show performances by Mediacorp DJ’s and community partners will also be held from 4.45pm to 6.30pm.

The National Day Concert will be held from 7.30pm to 9pm, and event admission is free.

2. Donate to a good cause at Sands for Singapore Charity Festival

From Aug 4 to 6, visitors can head down to the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Event Plaza and attend a charity event filled with lifestyle activities, gourmet food and live performances.

Sands for Singapore Charity Festival – which was first established in 2013 – is a three-day event that aims to raise funds for MBS’ partner charities. This year’s rendition includes a lifestyle marketplace, gourmet food pop-ups, a Community Chest walk and highlight performances from local artistes Sezairi, Iman Fandi and Glenn Yong.

The highlight of the charity event is a tapestry-weaving activity, where visitors will learn how to weave and upcycle old linens.


This year’s event highlight is done in partnership with non-profit arts intermediary Art Outreach Singapore. PHOTO CREDITS: FACEBOOK/MARINA BAY SANDS


The first day of the charity event will run from 5pm to 10pm, while the subsequent two days will be open from 2pm to 10pm. Admission to the charity event is free.

3. Watch local short films from the 2000s at the Singapore Shorts showcase

From comedy to horror, over 40 local short films of different genres will be screened at Oldham Theatre as part of local film showcase Singapore Shorts.

Taking place from Aug 4 to 27, the showcase aims to celebrate the boldness and diversity of local short films, while also preserving the film heritage of Singapore and Asian cinema.

A total of 28 films – which were selected by professionals like Nurul Huda Rashid and film archivist Chew Tee Pao – will be shown in four official screenings. The audience may also attend a Q&A discussion with filmmakers on these screened short films, which include a comedy film premiere of Condo Cops and psychological thriller Treasure.

A special screening programme titled Now That’s What I Call Y2K Shorts! will also be showcasing 21 short films from the 2000s. It aims to dive into how the Y2K (Year 2000) phenomenon impacted the local short film scene.

Tickets for Singapore Shorts can be purchased on Asian Film Archive’s website, with prices at $10 for general admission and $9 for concession.

4. Catch an early Wes Anderson film preview at a Singapore International Film Festival fundraiser event

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson is coming out with his newest film Asteroid City soon, and fans can catch an early preview on Aug 5 as part of the Singapore International Film Festival’s (SGIFF) fundraiser event.

Held at VivoCity’s Golden Village outlet, the event will also host an Asteroid City-themed photo booth, best-dressed contest and pop quiz, where there are $400 worth of official movie merchandise to be won.


This early film preview is held before public screenings in cinemas on Aug 17. PHOTO CREDITS: FOCUS FEATURES


Seats to the early preview are limited. Those interested must make a non-refundable donation of $35 on SGIFF’s website, and will be assigned seats at the door of the event.

5. Savour the cheesiness of Pizza Hut's Cheesy 7 Pizza

Pizza Hut’s crowd-favourite Cheesy 7 Pizza has returned to Singapore. This time, it is available in two flavours: original and hawaiian. 

The pizza is slathered with a mix of both hard and soft cheeses like cheddar, mozzarella, provolone, monterey jack, parmesan, edam and cream cheese.


The Cheesy 7 Pizzas last made their appearance in Singapore in July 2022. PHOTO CREDITS: PIZZA HUT SINGAPORE


Accompanying the pizzas’ return are the Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta and new Pizza Hut Melts flavour Meat the Shroom.

When dining-in at any Pizza Hut restaurant, diners can enjoy 58 per cent off when ordering a regular Cheesy 7 Pizza. Those opting for delivery or takeaway can enjoy two regular Cheesy 7 Pizzas for $30.20 by using the code YAYCHEESY7 when ordering online.

The Cheesy 7 Pizza will be available until Sep 13.

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