Five things to do this weekend (Mar 10-12)

This year’s IT SHOW and the main draw of the Singapore Smash are happening this weekend.

Justin Hui

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Published: 10 March 2023, 1:27 PM

The upcoming weekend sees the return of popular events like the IT SHOW at Suntec and Sakura display at Gardens by the Bay.

Here are five things to do this weekend:

1. Walk through the cherry blossom display at Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay’s Sakura floral display will return from Mar 11 to Apr 9.

Inspired by the theme of train travel, this year’s cherry blossom display seeks to transport visitors on a picturesque journey through the landscapes of Japan within the Flower Dome. The display is open daily from 9am to 9pm.


Sakura Floral Display
There will also be a series of cultural activities organised in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan at Singapore’s Japan Creative Centre. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


Gardens by the Bay is also hosting several events during the month of March.

These include the immersive film-inspired Avatar: the Experience at the Cloud Forest that is extended until Jun 30, and the Seeing The Invisible augmented reality art exhibition running till Sep 30. 

For those looking for Instagrammable spots, 29Rooms has made its Asian debut in Singapore at the West Lawn near Bayfront Plaza and will run until Apr 16.

Admission tickets to the Flower Dome and Sakura display start from $12 for adults.

2. Find your latest gadgets at the IT SHOW 2023

Hailed as Singapore’s largest IT electronics fair, this year’s edition of the IT Show is running from now till Mar 12. It is held on the third floor of the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Over 80 brands, including Dell, Dyson and Xiaomi are featured, with discounts of up to 70 per cent off products.

Those looking to trade away their old gadgets, such as notebooks, phones and tablets can do so with myhalo at hall 403, while those who wants to do so for their gaming consoles can head to the Gamextreme booth at hall 405.

Visitors who register in advance and complete a survey can participate in a lucky draw.

3. Catch the main draw of the Singapore Smash table tennis competition

The main draw of the Singapore Smash will happen from Mar 11 to 19 at the Singapore Sports Hub’s OCBC Arena.

One of World Table Tennis’ pinnacle events, the 2023 edition features 64-player men’s and women’s singles and 24-pair doubles and mixed competitions. 


The local squad features world No. 56 Zeng Jian, who will compete in the women’s singles and mixed doubles events. PHOTO CREDIT: WORLD TABLE TENNIS


Representing Singapore in the men’s singles are Clarence Chew, Izaac Quek  Beh Kun Ting and Koen Pang.

In the women’s singles, Singapore will be represented by the highest-ranked active local player Zeng Jian, Wong Xin Ru, Goi Rui Xuan and Zhou Jingyi. 

Tickets to the main draw start at $28 and are available on Ticketmaster.

4. Join an International Women’s Day Craft Party

Etsy Craftivist SG and Imagine the World are organising a craft party on Saturday (Mar 11) in celebration of International Women’s Day. 

The event features local women creatives and their creations through an art market, open mic sessions and craft workshops.

Some of the local makers at the art market include @twisteddua, @roomtoimaginesg, @theconfettihands, @rinaluxe and @kalpzbeautykitchen.

The event will be held from 12pm to 8pm at Room To Imagine, 57 Ubi Avenue 1, Ubi Centre #07-04, Singapore 408936. Admission to the art market and open mic sessions is free but requires pre-registration. Workshop tickets go at $35 and includes access to all four craft workshops. 

5. View rare paintings by cultural medallion recipient Lim Tze Peng

The artworks of 102-year-old artist Lim Tze Peng will be displayed at The Arts House from Mar 11 to 19. 

Organised by Not gallery, a local art gallery for the visual arts scene in Singapore, the exhibition is titled Tree Spirit / 森灵: Visions of the Arboreal by Lim Tze Peng.


The works were created between 2006 and 2008 and are described by the artist as “visual poems of chaos”. PHOTO CREDIT: LIM TZE PENG


Born in 1921, Lim Tze Peng is one of Singapore’s most prominent figures in the local arts scene. He was awarded a cultural medallion in 2003 for his contributions to the nation’s arts and cultural heritage. His specialities include oil painting, Chinese ink, and Chinese calligraphy.

A total of 13 pieces of his art, inspired by the banyan tree, will be showcased at the free exhibition. 

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