June 16, 2016

Beerfest Asia 2016

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Last weekend it was coffee; this week it’s beer – are you really surprised though? Presented by UOB, Asia’s largest beer festival returns for its 8th year, with a four-day beer bonanza featuring over 500 beers. Look forward to more than 35 exhibitors to taste from, including newer brews like Archipelago Brewery’s new Singapore Blonde Ale, and SABMiller’s Fat Yak – an American style craft beer with fruity and herbaceous notes, perfect for the ladies. Beer sampling platters go for $6 to $8 for a selection of six 50ml portions – perfect if you’re just looking to sample a variety before splurging on a full-sized pint.

Of course, expect some hearty entertainment to go with your brews – everything from the likes of Bon Jovi, David Bowie, and ABBA, courtesy of a stage line-up of live bands, to the best of heart-pumping EDM. There’s also a Comedy Lounge featuring local and international stand-up acts, a darts area, beer pong, table football and tons more. At least you’ll be getting active and working off that impending beer belly.

Date: 16 to 19 June 2016
Time: 6pm – 1am (Thurs), 6pm – 2am (Fri), 3pm – 2am (Sat), 2pm – 10pm (Sun)
Venue: F1 Pit Building, Marina Promenade
Admission: From $15
Tickets available at sistic.com
More info at beerfestasia.com


Twenty-Something Theatre Festival

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If you’re an unabashed theatre geek, you’ll probably have been counting down to this for months. And if you’re not – we promise it’s worth checking out. Founded by veteran thespian Tan Kheng Hua, the Twenty-Something Theatre Festival is a new boutique theatre festival celebrating the creative spirit and voice of twenty-something theatre makers in Singapore. The festival features eight brand new, original productions, helmed entirely by said twenty-somethings, under no professional mentor or theatre company’s guidance.

Unfortunately, the festival is well into its second (and last) weekend of plays, but there’s still time to catch the last few acts (*snigger*). Amongst them, Café by playwright and performer Joel Tan is an existentialist’s dream that takes place entirely over truffle fries and waffles; while David Khoo’s Balek Kampung is an AI comedy set in the 22nd Century. Looks like it’s +1 for the Millennials. 

Date: 16 to 19 June 2016
Time: 3pm onwards
Venue: Goodman Arts Centre
Admission: $20
Tickets and more info at goodmanartscentre.sg


TLP Arts Sprawl Night Market


This month’s market installment by The Local People is in collaboration with the National Heritage Board, to bring the arts back into the spotlight. Expect interactive art murals, wall installations, live storytelling, and a live portrait studio booth – in addition to the 50 homegrown food, art, and retail vendors present, of course. Since this edition’s theme is “Never Growing Up”, much of the art sessions will pay happy tribute to your childhood days – through workshops making ‘five stones’ beanbags, and an epic interactive installation referencing everyone’s shared Chinese composition horrors. (Hint: 小明most definitely will be involved.) Also happening are film screenings from the Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition – Wu De Ban & Chinese Opera Dreaming (18 June) and The Village in the City & Passion of Lion Dancers (19 June) – documenting beloved aspects of Asian and Singaporean heritage.

Date: 18 to 19 June 2016
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Venue: 261 Waterloo Centre

Admission: Free
More info at facebook.com/events/1234750506536563/