vOilah! France Singapore Festival returns this year as the first foreign cultural festival to be held in Singapore since the start of Covid. It takes on a greater significance this year as it bears testament to the resilience of both France and Singapore, and the strength of its partnerships. Presented by the Embassy of France in Singapore, this year’s line-up carries a diverse range of on-site, and for the first time, virtual experiences to showcase the best of French and Singaporean innovation and creativity.
vOilah! France Singapore Festival
22 October – 22 November
Organised by the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE), Asia’s largest celebration of Social Enterprises, FestivalForGood, will soon be returning for its largest edition yet – featuring 130 participating Social Enterprises from Singapore and the region, with a virtual twist. It will kick off this Saturday with the launch of a marketplace of socially-conscious products and services, a B2B Experience, interactive workshops, as well as a series of panel discussions among industry thought leaders. In the Marketplace, festival-goers can take their pick from a wide variety of quality products and services by local and regional Social Enterprises and the interactive online Workshops organised by Social Enterprises allow you to pick up new life skills.
24 October to 22 November
There is no better time for the 4th edition of PolandSHIOK than right now while borders remain closed and travel limited. Explore the beauty of Polish nature, cities and countryside online and get a preview of numerous attractions waiting for visitors but also try authentic Polish regional cuisine at Xperience restaurant at So Sofitel Singapore. Savour a 3 or 4 course set menu showcasing a range of authentic Polish produce sourced from the Pomerania and Malopolska regions such as fresh Polish pickles, eggs, the new “black gold” Antonius caviar from crystal-clear Polish rivers, and Atlantic salmon smoked in Poland. Watch Singapore’s culinary maestro, Hong Dingzhao, prepare your meal in his virtual cooking shows that can be screened while you dine. Check out his regional menus, priced at S$58++ for 3 Courses and S$78++ for 4 Courses. On Saturday 24 & Saturday 31 October 2020 Xperience Restaurant’s renowned ‘Mother of all Brunches’ will offer their brunch towers with a Polish twist. Prepare for temptation with 3-tiers of over-the-top platters loaded with brunch delights and exclusively showcasing a range of Polish produce for 2 weeks only. Brunch towers start from S$88++.
Looking to take in some gorgeous Polish sights? Take a virtual trip to Poland through eight selected categories: Discover Polish Countryside, Polish Cities, Nature Experience in Poland, UNESCO sites, Museums, 5 Religious Treasures of Poland, Polish Must-have Souvenirs and last but not least The Most Instagrammable Spots in Poland.
19 October – 11 November
Xperience Restaurant, So Sofitel, 35 Robinson Rd, 068876
This November the Dutch Embassy and Netherlands Charity Association (NCA) in Singapore combine ‘doing good’ with pleasure! Pick a route from the popular ‘Book of Walks’ and walk this route between 6 and 22 November 2020. All participants will even get a free orange t-shirt upon registration!
Snap a picture during your walk and post it to social media, tagging the Dutch Embassy and NCA. The picture that best connects The Netherlands and Singapore will win an attractive prize!
All proceeds go to the support of the migrant worker community (Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics, HOME).
Make sure you adhere to COVID-19 regulations and don’t walk in groups of more than 5 persons. Even though it remains difficult to organize large-scale events, the Dutch Embassy and NCA still want to bring people together.
Click here to register the ‘walk the walk’ and order the Book of Walks.
Walk the Walks
6 November – 22 November
From Thanksgiving feasts in to Deepavali Specials, there is no better place to enjoy a good festive meal than at Marina Bay Sands. Enjoy a three-course traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu ($68++ per pax) at the db Bistro & Oyster Bar featuring a hearty roasted pumpkin soup simmered with duck confit, variations of celery and nutty pumpkin seeds, a scrumptious duo of free range turkey, featuring a combination of juicy herb-roasted turkey breast and chipolata sausage stuffed leg, served alongside tasty cornbread, chestnut stuffing, brussels sprouts, black pepper cranberry sauce and natural gravy. End your joyous feast with a slice of delicious Thanksgiving pie and pick from three flavours: the rustic pumpkin pie with maple bourbon ice cream, the classic apple pie with vanilla ice cream, or the pecan pie with a scoop.
Bountiful Celebrations At Marina Bay Sands
5 October – 30 November
10 Bayfront Ave, 018956
Whisky lovers, this one is for you! Seize this opportunity to explore the world of The Macallan through an iconic experiential space that will take you on an immersive, sensorial and memorable whisky journey with The Macallan Experience at Raffles Hotel. Feel the heat, the sounds and the vigour captured in the process of the making of The Macallan’s legendary casks, be captivated by a cinematic tasting experience in a state of the art 6D cinema, and experience the finest range of exquisite single malts and curated cocktails at a dedicated whisky lounge and more.
General Admission will be complimentary while the Sensory Cinema will be $28 per ticket.
All guests must be above 18 years old.
The Macallan Experience
26th October 2020 – 10th February 2021
11 a.m – 9:30 p.m.
Raffles Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road, #01-07 to 10, 188719
This year, Sentosa GrillFest returns with its inaugural home edition, bringing more than 80 mouth-watering treats – including juicy and tentalising burgers, grilled platters, BBQ delights, and more.
This event is also Sentosa’s first signature event since the end of Singapore’s ‘circuit breaker’ and will be happening every Thursday to Sunday
Sentosa GrillFest has also partnered the Singapore Chefs’ Association (SCA), the official body representing professional cooks in the local F&B industry, to offer 14 gastronomical creations from some of Singapore’s top chefs, conceptualised exclusively for the event. Featuring a mouth-watering selection from some of Singapore’s leading chefs, participating Sentosa restaurants, and exclusive partner for gourmet food, Angliss Singapore, guests will definitely be spoilt for choice!
In another first, Sentosa GrillFest has also collaborated with Lazada to bring exciting treats to guests at home through LazLive from this week – including online cooking classes, flash deals, discount vouchers and hot gourmet bundles.
Starting 27 October, guests can place their home delivery orders or make dine-in reservations here.
22 October – 29 November
The National Arts Council (NAC) has put together the return of the Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) to feature the focus towns of Kallang and Geylang.
For the very first time, AYN’s line-up will be supplemented with digital offerings, presenting a blend of 11 digital and physical programmes co-created with artists, arts organisations and community partners. Expect amazing online music, dance and theatre performances to visual art murals and a dynamic light projection display on the façade of Old Airport Road Hawker Centre, enjoy an engaging line-up of multi-genre and interactive arts experiences from the comfort of your homes or up close in person.
Arts in Your Neighbourhood
12 to 29 November
The international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) returns with the “Doctors Without Borders Film Festival” in Singapore, the third time since 2017, to give audiences a fascinating insight into aid workers in action and the realities faced by vulnerable populations around the world.
The film festival will showcase three critically-acclaimed documentaries: “Diaries from the Field”, “Restoring Dignity” and, “Panorama – Ebola Frontline” . Each screening experience will be enriched by live, online sharing sessions with experienced field workers from Doctors Without Borders, as well as a film director of one of the documentaries.
Doctors Without Borders Film Festival
6 – 8 November
This year’s Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) boasts a diverse range of writers with a stellar line-up. Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), the multilingual literary festival brings together writers, thinkers and audiences from Singapore and around the world to explore the theme of ‘Intimacy’ through words and stories in this time of distancing.
Audiences can look forward to hearing from literary titan Margaret Atwood, of The Handmaid’s Tale and 2019 Booker Prize-winner The Testaments; award-winning journalist and columnist Naomi Klein who wrote the seminal books The Shock Doctrine and No Logo; acclaimed author Sarah Lewis, of The Rise; and prodigious novelist, critic and photographer Teju Cole. Audiences can also interact in real time with Atwood and Klein in the question-and-answer segment of their programmes.
Singapore Writers Festival
31 October – 6 November
6 – 8 November
New social norms. Weird absurd encounters. Take a break from the horrors of 2020 and join The National Library for (Comedy) Night at the Library, which promises to be filled with humour and laughter. Authors and comedians will share the spotlight during this weeklong comedy run, inspiring us to come together even in these dark times.
(Comedy) Night at the Library
23 – 28 November
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
By Jashleen Kaur, October 2020 / Photos: respective events and Facebook
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