Five things to do this weekend (Sep 22-24)

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Keola Cheah

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Published: 22 September 2023, 11:50 AM

All wound up from work? Let the weekend wind guide you through Singapore’s arts scene, a lively sports event, and a festival. 

Here are five things to do this weekend (Sep 22 – 24): 

1. Let out your inner Park-y animal at NParks’ Parks Festival

This year’s run of the annual NParks’ Parks Festival, set at West Coast Park, includes activities like a 100-vendor Marketplace, a symphonic performance by the Australian Youth Band, and a sculptural display.

The Festival will take place on Sep 23 from 10 am to 10 pm, and on Sep 24 from 10 am to 5 pm. 

Alongside the festivities, NParks will also organise Rockestra – a concert for hits from 1999 – that will take place at West Coast Park on Sep 23 from 6.30 pm. The concert will feature local acts 53A, Ukulele, and Supersonic. 


Rockestra will feature songs from artists like the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and Foo Fighters. PHOTO CREDIT: NPARKS


Those interested to attend can find out more about specific activities on NParks’ website, where a Festival handbook is also available.

2. Chat with bots at Singapore Art Museum’s exhibition

Art enthusiasts can look forward to the Singapore Art Museum’s (SAM) Proof of Personhood: Identity and Authenticity in the Face of Artificial Intelligence exhibition, which opens from Sep 23, 2023 to Feb 25, 2024. It will be open to the public from 10 am to 7 pm. 

The exhibition features artworks from international artists, who all aim to answer the central question of what it means to express a human identity in the age of artificial intelligence. 


‘im here to learn so :))))))’ (Zach Blas and Jemima Wyman) uses a chatbot trained to speak like an American teenage girl to question “the complications of having a body and… the exploitation of female chatbots”. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM


According to SAM, beyond the artworks from various international creators, visitors can also expect to catch a performance-lecture that features vocal clones and anime characters, as well as a caricature booth where visitors will receive their own photo strips.

All activities and exhibitions under Proof of Personhood are free to attend. Those interested may visit SAM’s website to find out more about event timings and details.

3. Dunk on your worries at the FIBA Intercontinental Cup

Ball might be life, but it doesn’t often bounce right into Singapore’s court. From Sep 21 to Sep 24, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Intercontinental Cup will see six international teams playing to be number one at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The teams involved are the NBA G League Ignite, the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, Sesi Franca, Al Ahly, Al Manama, and the Telekom Baskets Bonn. 

Local fans can also look forward to supporting the Singaporean team Eng Tat Hornets, who will play an exhibition game against Chinese Taipei’s Hsinchu Lioneers on Sep 23 at 12pm.


The event marks the first time the FIBA Intercontinental Cup is held in Asia. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB


Among the event’s offerings are the opportunity to craft a personalised basketball starting from $10, daily challenges with cash prizes to be won at OCBC Square, and performances from local and international bands and artistes at the fanzone. 

Tickets for the event begin at $15 for a Day Pass. Various promotions are available; youths aged 4 to 18 years old will be eligible for discounts upon presenting a valid ID or Student Pass.

More ticketing information is available on Sistic’s website.

4. Get inspired at Singapore Design Week 

Starting Sep 21 and lasting until Oct 1,  the annual Singapore Design Week (SDW) will see a variety of workshops, exhibitions, conferences and activities. Events will take place across Design Community locations, such as the National Design Centre and Marina Bay.

On Sep 22, SDW will host the inaugural Friday Late from 7 pm to 11 pm at Bras Basah Bugis. Offerings include headline events exploring the themes of innovation, sustainability, and inclusivity. Retail and F&B stalls will be put up for visitors to enjoy.

Highlights from the wider SDW events include a home design exhibition exploring designing for small homes, a look into an ocean engineer’s studio, and a science fiction design workshop.


Design Assemblies, an exhibition on home design, will feature a pavilion with four parts. In one section, visitors are encouraged to imagine their own ideal home. PHOTO CREDIT: PIEMONTE HOME DESIGN


The full events list is available on SDW’s website

5. Bookmark the Love our Libraries and Archives events

Another event to look forward to is Love our Libraries and Archives (LOLA), which will run from Sep 1 to Oct 1. Organised by the National Library Board, LOLA celebrates Singapore’s local libraries and aims to encourage reading and learning.

This weekend’s LOLA offerings include the Folktales and Living Lore tour on Sep 24, a performance of retro rock songs by Jerry and the NeuFaces on Sep 23, and sharings by librarians in the weekend-long NL Café event. 


LOLA’s events will span across the National Library Board’s host of libraries. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD


Flip through LOLA’s event offerings on its Eventbrite page.

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