Plays, international films and exhibitions: the best things to do in Singapore this week, Lifestyle News

It’s going to be an artistic week in Singapore!

Plays, international films and visual exhibitions, we have the party here.

Ready to get inspired or just go out? Read on and find out what’s in store.

Made by Singaporeans, for Singaporeans

We know that behind every powerful man (or in this case, two of them), there is a strong and supportive woman.

An incredible lawyer, wife of Lee Kuan Yew and mother of Lee Hsien Loong – but what else do we really know about Madame Kwa Geok Choo?

A moving theatrical play written by Ovidia Yu and directed by Goh Boon Teck, Toy Factory Productions’ Kwa Geok Choo is a family love letter to all Singaporeans.

This one-woman monologue shares the story of the woman who chose to stay out of the spotlight while playing an important background role in shaping our nation.

Kwa Geok Choo runs until July 31, 2022 at Victoria Theater 11 Empress Place, Singapore 179555.

Tickets are priced at $58. Passion Card members, seniors and students get 20% off tickets for Friday matinees and 10% off category 1 and 2 tickets at other times.

Call it a siesta or a fiesta


Drama, romance and thrillers are making their way to Singapore cinemas this week.

The eighth edition of the Mexican Film Festival brings together the country’s industry’s best and brightest at The Projector with five award-winning films.

See how Matilde, a woman in her 60s, creates a new life for herself after the death of her abusive husband, with the help of her new young new friend in Impossible Things (Cosas Impossibles) or catch the ever thrilling Perdida (Lost) of the famous director Jorge Michel Grau.

It follows the story of Eric, a new conductor for the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, who becomes the prime suspect after his wife Carolina goes missing without a trace.

The 2022 Mexican Film Festival runs until July 17, 2022 at The Projector, 6001 Beach Rd, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589. Tickets are sold at The Projector.

An All White Boat Party for the summer


We like to party, even more when it’s on a boat! Hazel’s Guestlist invites you to spend an evening by the sea, and this is no ordinary evening.

Odyssea: All White Boat Party welcomes guests who arrive dressed in white with a welcome beer. The group then sails away as the sun begins to set over the horizon.

On board, it’s dinner bites – think samosas, potato salad, honey drumsticks – so you can hit the dance floor to the beats of DJ Krys. Group packages include a bottle of spirits to get the booze flowing.

Odyssea: All White Boat Party will take place on July 16, 2022, from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., at Marina South Pier, 31 Marina Coastal Drive. Tickets start from $70 per person, group packages from $400 for four.

Travel with a Chinese ink master


The two-year pandemic has made us realize the true value of travel. This quarter, the National Gallery Singapore presents a deep dive into the spirit of travel with Wu Guanzhong: Traveling with the Master.

Through the eyes of their curator-guides, learn about the art and biography, travels and philosophy of the contemporary Chinese painter (1919-2020).

Your contemplative program includes a mix of abstract paintings, sketches and realistic depictions of Wu, capturing aspects of the conceptual, physical, imaginative and emotional journey.

Curator-guides will also share their intimate stories and connections to the artworks, juxtaposed with photographs and personal reflections.

Wu Guanzhong: Traveling with the Master runs until October 30, 2022 at Wu Guanzhong Gallery, Level Four, City Hall Wing, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, #01 – 01, Singapore 178957. General admission ticket required (free for Singaporeans and PR).

Don’t be a drag, just be a queen

Everyone needs a boost in their life, and Riot! is here for the dish.

Hosted by Becca D’Bus, every Saturday night in July, the queens will be kiking at the Hard Rock Cafe, hosting a spectacular event that serves up stares, laughs and all tea.

Gorgeous, fierce and dirty, queens like Kak Nina Boo, Sapphire Blast, Vyla Virus, Tiara Sorrel and Polly A Maury bring you a night of ridiculous fun and stupidity.

If you’re lucky, you’ll make it to the dance party after a show with sexy hip-hop and R&B music. Gear up, break in, tuck in and roll into the weekend.

Riot! Hosted by Becca D’Bus takes place every Saturday night in July at the Hard Rock Cafe, 50 Cuscaden Road, HPL House #02-01, Singapore 249724. Tickets for the July 16 show are available here. Tickets start from S$25.

ALSO READ: Kwa Geok Choo: A New Play About The Independent Woman From The Men She Supported

This article first appeared in City Nomads.

Darcy J. Skinner