Five things to do this weekend (Sep 15-17)

It’s about to get real loud.

Han Xinyi

Still doesn’t understand how the kopi c, o, kosong system works.

Published: 15 September 2023, 3:42 PM

Get ready to bop ‘till you drop with this weekend’s lineup of live performances, music and theatrical showcases.

Here are five things to do this weekend (Sep 15-17):

1. Watch limited film screenings at Nordic Film Festival 2023

This year’s run of the Nordic Film Festival is soon coming to a close on Sep 16, with limited film screenings of Scandinavian films available for people to watch one last time this weekend.

Co-organised by the Embassy of Denmark, the Embassy of Finland, the Embassy of Iceland, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Embassy of Sweden, the films being screened have previously been unreleased in Singapore.

This includes titles like Danish action-comedy Riders of Justic (RETFÆRDIGHEDENS RYTTERE), which will be screened on Sep 15, and Icelandic biography-comedy BAND, which will be screened on Sep 16.


Both films are rated NC16. PHOTO CREDITS: THE PROJECTOR


The Scandinavian films will screen at THE PROJECTOR located in Golden Mile Tower. Tickets for each screening are available online at $15 per standard ticket and $13 per concession ticket.

2. Check out NewJeans merchandise at the PLAY LINE FRIENDS pop-up

While NewJeans may not be holding a concert in Singapore anytime soon, their merchandise has landed in Singapore for a collaborative pop-up with LINE FRIENDS from now to Nov 23.

Fans of the popular K-pop rookie girl group can get their hands on NewJeans apparel, phone cases, plush bunnies and more at the PLAY LINE FRIENDS Orchard Central pop-up.


The NewJeans collection features the Bunini plushies – a unique bunny mascot specially made by LINE FRIENDS for the girl group. PHOTO CREDITS: INSTAGRAM/@LINEFRIENDS_SEA


There will be plenty of props for shoppers to pose and take pictures with in the pop-up. This includes standees of the NewJeans girls as seen in their EP ‘Get Up’s promotional art. 

As part of the pop-up’s opening promotions, the first 300 shoppers from Sep 15 to 17 will get a free NewJeans fan. A free Bunini photocard will also be given for every $50 spent in the store.

The PLAY LINE FRIENDS pop-up is located at Orchard Central Level 1, and is open from 11am to 10pm.

3. Bop to live acts performing over the F1 Singapore Grand Prix race weekend

As this year’s Singapore Grand Prix draws closer, fans can get themselves hyped up over the weekend with the race’s entertainment programme.

Taking place from Sep 15 to 17, the full entertainment programme includes a total of 139 local and international acts that will perform live at different zones.

Some headliner acts that will perform over the Singapore Grand Prix race weekend consist of rock band Kings of Leon, Japanese girl group Atarashii Gakko! and rapper Post Malone.


The 139 live acts will perform at various locations around the Marina Bay Street Circuit like the Padang Stage, Wharf Stage, the Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade, Somerset and Downtown. PHOTO CREDITS: INSTAGRAM/@JAPAN_LEADERS, @KINGSOFLEON


On top of the entertainment programme, a meet-and-greet session with F1 Drivers will be held at the Zone 1 Wharf Stage from Sep 15 to 16.

The performances at the grandstands are ticketed. Those interested in watching the live acts there should purchase tickets on the Singapore Grand Prix’s website, with prices varying based on which days and grandstands are chosen.

4. Light up your weekend with Gardens by The Bay’s Mid-Autumn festivities

The Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up soon, and Gardens by the Bay has a list of festivities ready to celebrate the occasion.

Called Garden of Blooms, the event is held from Sep 15 to Oct 1 and is held in various parts of Gardens by the Bay such as the Supertree Grove, Dragonfly Lake and the floral clock.

Several lantern displays depicting Chinese garden pavilions, ancient Korean dances and a range of Chinese mythological tales are set up all over the event spaces, which visitors can marvel at and take pictures with.


A lantern walk will occur at 7.15pm on Sep 15, where visitors can stroll down the gardens with a redeemable lantern in hand. PHOTO CREDITS: GARDENS BY THE BAY


Visitors can expect to try out Taiwanese and Thai cuisines at a food street, participate in carnival games, as well as watch a variety of musical and dance performances over the event’s run.

There are also paid workshops available for those interested in lantern-making or tea appreciation. Otherwise, there are some free ones that teach participants about guzheng and Peking opera, among others.

Garden of Blooms will take place from 6pm and 10pm daily. Admission is free.

5. Be captivated by Jurong Lake Gardens’ lantern displays and musical performances

Another Mid-Autumn Festival event is happening over at the west from Sep 16 to Oct 1, with performances, lantern displays and activities galore for visitors to partake in.

Located at Jurong Lake Gardens, Lights by the Lake 2023 features large lantern displays that depict Singapore’s history, floral heritage and even Earth’s wildlife.


The lantern displays are located at Jurong Lake Gardens’ Lakeside Field. PHOTO CREDITS: NATIONAL PARKS


Live musical performances from Ding Yi Music Company and Raghaa Jazz will take place between 7.30pm to 9pm on Sep 16 under an event programme called Arts@JLG: Music under the Moonlight 2023.

The event will also host a food and beverage section near Wave Plaza, where visitors can purchase and dig into an array of local and international treats.

Admission is free and open to all.

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