Five things to do this weekend (May 20-22)

Lots of free shows to catch this weekend!

Amanda Tan

Skills include buying the same jeans in different colours.

Published: 20 May 2022, 12:56 PM

The weekend is finally here! If you don’t have anything planned yet, fret not, because we’ve got you covered!

From cool shows to exciting exhibitions, there is definitely something for everyone to look forward to.

Here are five things to do this weekend (May 20 to 22):

1. Enjoy a Top Gun-themed light and water show at MBS



In conjunction with the impending release of Top Gun: Maverick, the long-awaited sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 blockbuster Top Gun, Marina Bay Sands (MBS) will be holding a Top Gun-themed light and water show with choreographed pyrotechnics on May 21 at 8pm.

Lasting 10-minutes, the showcase will feature an adaptation of Spectra which includes state-of-the-art projections, lasers, lights and dynamic water effects alongside the scenes from the sequel.

It will also be accompanied by an orchestration of pyrotechnics to Top Gun: Maverick’s soundtrack Hold My Hand by Lady Gaga.

The outdoor event is free and open to all members of the public.

2. Catch local shorts by students of Temasek Polytechnic



In collaboration with Temasek Polytechnic (TP), the Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC) is returning with Singapore Stories Films to feature three short films by the students of TP’s School of Design’s Diploma in Digital Film & Television – Pesanan (Order), 热爱传统 (Made with Passion) and Bahay (Home).

While the films showcase different genres and cinematic styles, they share a common purpose to inspire values of resilience, adaptability and unity. They will evoke deep feelings and approach realistic topics on family and cultural traditions that are frequently taken for granted or forgotten. 

Pesanan aims to encourage the society in giving ex-convicts a second chance in life, as it sheds light on the challenges they face in re-integrating into society, as well as seeking acceptance and forgiveness from their families.

热爱传统 (Made with Passion) shares how multicultural dishes and hawker culture form an important part of our daily lives, and how this unique local culture made it to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Bahay takes on issues of identity and integration through the lens of an expat family and their struggle to find their place in Singapore.

These three films will be screened exclusively on selected days and timings at SDC’s iWERKS Theatre for free from May 20 onwards. There will be screenings for 热爱传统 (Made with Passion) and Bahay from May 20 to 22.

3. Stop to smell the roses at Gardens By the Bay



Held in partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Singapore, Gardens By the Bay will be showcasing more than 70 varieties of roses – some of which are uncommon in Singapore – as part of its new floral display Rose Romance.

In a nod to the Italian origins of Romeo and Juliet, there will also be a representation of Verona’s famous Juliet balcony, so couples can recreate the famous scene from the play!

Alongside the floral display, visitors can expect free opera performances by Italian soprano Marcella di Garbo and baritone Lorenzo Barbieri. 

The Italian community will also conduct workshops for the public such as crepe paper flower making and postcard colouring.

Rose Romance will be open from now until Jun 12 in Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay. Admission charges to Flower Dome apply for access to the display and all associated workshops.

4. Catch the NTU ADM showcase



The ADM SHOW 2022: & Beyond is a multidisciplinary collective presenting the works of 156 Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Art, Design and Media (ADM) graduates from various pathways – Interaction Design, Product Design, Visual Communication, Animation, Filmmaking, Game and Photography.

Featuring 10 themes such as Self-identity, Social Issues, and Experimental, the exhibition reflects how the students can drive society and the world towards enacting innovations and proposing new solutions, and how infinite possibilities are conceived through creativity and beyond.

Admission is free and the exhibition will run till May 29.

It is located at 37 Emerald Link, Singapore 229313 and is open from 11am to 8pm daily.

5. Try out The Ride Side’s newest collection of surfskates



To celebrate the launch of the new YOW 2022 collection surfskates, Singapore-based adventure sports company The Ride Side is inviting surfskate enthusiasts to come down to try out the newly improved decks.

The YOW Demo will be held from May 21 to 22, from 4pm to 7pm, at The Ride Side, Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Pl, #01-10, Singapore 397628.

Besides the demo sessions, there will be a GoPro Shred Workshop from 5pm to 6pm for skaters who’d like to learn how to capture action-packed moments whilst skating with a GoPro.

There’s also a Sunset Cruise around Kallang River Basin from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Those interested are required to bring their own boards.

Both events will take place on May 22.

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