Five things to do this weekend (Jul 28-30)

Some highlights include learning about photography at the Canon Creators Fiesta and visiting the Illustration Arts Festival.

Dini Qistina Binte Ali

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Published: 28 July 2023, 11:25 AM

End the month off with a bang by surrounding yourself with cats, indulging in good food, and engaging with the arts.

Here are five things to do this weekend (Jul 28-30):

1. Have a paw-some time at the Asia cat expo

Feline lovers can look forward to a variety of cat-related activities and services at the inaugural Asia Cat Expo on Jul 29 and 30.

These include cat dress-up and cat-themed cosplay competitions, talks by industry experts, and a cat breed showcase.

There will also be cat-themed booths, an art jamming workshop, and a meet-and-greet session with renowned voice actors Khoi Dao and Laura Stahl, who are known for their roles in video games Genshin Impact and Fire Emblem.


The Paint By Numbers art jamming workshop, hosted by Amber Art gallery, is a suitable activity for everyone regardless of age and experience. PHOTO CREDIT: ASIA CAT EXPO


The event will be held from 10am to 8pm at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hall 406. Tickets are priced at $5 for a one day pass, and $8 for a two-day pass.

2. Immerse in the arts at the Illustrations Art festival

Art enthusiasts can look forward to the return of the Illustration Arts Festival (IAF) from Jul 29 to 30 after a five-year hiatus.

This year, the festival will host 90 booths featuring over 120 local and regional artists. Some of these artists include @berry_winkle_, @rikka_aud, @heyjonut, @purringcatco, @thebunmeo and @franticcreativity


@berry_winkle_ is known for their unique duck and pigeon merchandise. PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@BERRY_WINKLE_


Visitors can expect original artworks and illustration goods such as keychains from the various booths, or attend a book signing by the self-taught illustrator of Shaolin And You, Poon Yew Fai.

There will also be ticketed workshops and talks at the event. Among them is the Sew-A-Pin with Laugh and Belly workshop, where participants can learn how to sow their illustrations into a wearable pin.

The event is located at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) and will run from 11am to 7pm. 

Admission into IAF is free, though visitors are strongly encouraged to RSVP their tickets and time slots on eventbrite before attending. Visitors can choose two hour-long time slots between 11am and 7pm for both days.

3. Learn about photography techniques at the Canon Creators Fiesta

Camera enthusiasts can expect to participate in hands-on sessions with renowned photographers at the inaugural Canon Creators Fiesta on Jul 30.

Street and lifestyle photographer Steven Sung will kick off the lineup of activities with his 30-minute lesson, followed by a practical street photography exercise along with photographers Alex Goh and Jensen Chua.

After a brief lunch break, fashion photographer Leong Su Shan will take visitors through a street fashion photography session.


Su Shan’s works have been commissioned by Vogue, Mensfolio and NSS Magazine. PHOTO CREDIT: CANON SG


A conceptual portraits and creative lighting photography lesson will then be conducted by photographer Raymond Phang, together with a practical session. Freelance photographer Carlos Monforte will then take over with this storm-chasing photography session.

One of Singapore’s top YouTuber and TikToker mingweirocks will be present to teach participants to create captivating video content. His segment will conclude the event.

Registrations for the sessions are free and open to all camera brand users and the general public alike. Interested participants may register for more than one session.

4. Have a feast at the Singapore Food Festival

Visitors can indulge in food offerings from over 50 hawkers, establishments, and cooking workshops at the Singapore Food Festival running until Jul 30.

A total of seven food zones will be open to all visitors. Some highlights include the SG Food Walk, Sweets Alley and SG Mama Shop.

The SG Food Walk, which features 50 brands, is categorised into different sections for visitors to choose among heritage, bespoke and contemporary food items. The heritage section offers local classics like claypot chicken rice, dry laksa goreng (spicy stir-fried noodles) and popiah (Teochew-style spring rolls).


(From left) Mr Popiah’s curry fried chicken popiah and Good Graces’ dried laksa goreng. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE FOOD FESTIVAL


Workshops to make dishes such as Italian pesto, Japanese swiss rolls, ang ku kuehs (Chinese glutinous rice pastry) are also open to sign ups.

Visitors may choose between three different tickets to purchase, two of which come with additional benefits.

The event is held at Bayfront Event Space. The entry pass is priced at $8 with access to SG Food Walk, Sweets Alley, Cafe Boulevard, The Grounds, SG Mama Shop, Durian BB Park and Tiger Food Street.

5. Catch Sneakertopia’s final exhibition

If you are a sneakerhead, you might want to check out the Sneakertopia exhibition which will run until Jul 30. 

Titled Sneakertopia: Step Into Street Culture, the exhibition features 10 zones with 13 never-before-seen artworks and shoe collections.

Aside from works by 13 renowned artists from the United States including McFlyy, Michael Murphy, and Mimi Yoon, visitors can expect to see works by 17 locals and locally-based creatives and contributors. This is specially curated for the Singapore edition of the exhibition.


Patrons can expect to see over 100 limited-edition sneakers and 70 murals, installations, designs, and original artworks. PHOTO CREDIT: SNEAKERTOPIA


The exhibition is located at Level 3 of the ArtScience Museum and will run from 10am to 7pm.

Tickets are available for purchase at all Marina Bay Sands box offices and its website. Guests are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online before their visit.

Singapore resident and standard tickets for adults will range from $18 to $21, concession from $14 to $16, and family from $50 to $58. As for Sands Rewards Members, adult tickets will be sold at $14.70 and concession at $11.20.

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