These are the images by Spanish artist Isaac Montaya, entitled "Fantasmas"(Phantoms), displayed outside Raffles City as part of the Singapore Biennale 2008. The first picture is on a large scale and is familiar and comforting. Look through the red and blue filters and the layered images which convey tragedy become evident.
Here are some suggestions for this weekend, 20th and 21st September, 2008.
LITTLE INDIA LIGHT-UP
From this weekend Little India will be aglow with dazzling lights and decorations. This is the beginning of the celebrations for Deepavali, the most important date on the Hindu calender. Indian oil lamps are lit to thank the Gods for happiness, knowledge, health and wealth received.
From the junction of Serangoon and Bukit Timah Roads to the junction of Serangoon and Lavender Roads there will be colourful decorations and lights, and the Sri Veeramakaliamman, Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman and Sri Srinivasa Perumal temples are decorated to welcome everyone inside and celebrate the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. There will also be a bazaar along Campbell Lane, just off Serangoon Road, selling colourful Indian outfits, intricate jewellery, costumes and arts and craft. Grab yourself some Indian delicacies and soak up the atmosphere.
SINGAPORE BIENNALE 2008
View some or attempt to see all of the 137 artworks by 66 artists from around the world, set in venues around town.
On Saturday children aged 12 and below get in free to the venues, as part of the Kids' Biennale Programme. Look out for the art competition in City Hall between 12noon and 4pm, where and a special Kids Room which has a Doodle Room for kids to draw and exhibit their pictures. There is also the Art Bug room for arts and crafts and the Kids' Exhibition space where you can view 500 pieces of artwork by School students.
St. Andrew's road
From City Hall MRT walk in the direction of the Adelphi or the Supreme Court for 10 minutes
South Beach Development,
20 South Beach Road
From City Hall MRT walk towards Raffles Hotel for 15 minutes.
1 Marina Boulevard (behind NTUC building)
From Raffles Place MRT walk towards the NTUC building for 10 minutes (use the underpass).
Tickets: For City Hall and South Beach (one ticket for both venues): $19 Adults, $5 children. Children under 3years, free. There are also many instalations outside which are free to view.
HELLO KITTY LANTERNS
Admission over the weekend: Adults $15, children (3-10years) $10
CAR BOOT SALE
I love a good bargain, so if you're the same, why not get over to the Car Boot Sale at the http://www.playground.com.sg/ at East Coast Park. From 10am both Saturday and Sunday, up to 65 car owners will be showing off second-hand books, clothes, jewellery, electronic accessories, in fact anything that they can fit into the boot of their car. If it doesn't rain this could be a fun place to hangout and and enjoy some haggling. Combine it with some bike riding, a picnic or lunch at any of the restaurants here, and the East Coast could be the place to be!
The Singapore River Festival mainly comprises of excellent evening concerts, but there are a few things happening that may interest children.
LEGENDA SINGAPURA and the colourful Bumboat Parade.
Fri & Sat, 19 & 20 Sep, 7pm / 21, 26-28 Sep, 8pm
Boat Parade begins half an hour before the performance.
A performance on the river depicting the journey of Sang Nila Utama and his royal entourage to the mouth of the Singapore River. The history of the Singapore River will unfold through music, dance and puppetry as the the Royal Regatta cruises along the river from Robertson Quay to Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and then back to Central. This hour long tour will showcase Singapore River’s colourful heritage and its transformation into a modern metropolis. Find a good spot anywhere along the river by Clarke Quay or Boat Quay and you will see the show.
Hippo River Cruise Special offer
Ride on the Hippo River Cruise at a special rate of S$9/adults (u.p.S$15) or purchase a full day pass at S$23/adult (u.p. S$33) and enjoy unlimited hop-on/off across the city and along the river.
Ticketing Jetties: Clarke Quay, Raffles Place, Esplanade, Riverside, Riverwalk
OF DALI, BARLEY AND HADHRAMIS™A CLARKE QUAY HISTORICAL PUB WALK
Sat, 20 Sep & 27 Sep, 5pm to 7pm
For older children, this walk could be interesting. Find out what stories of yore lurk beneath the glitzy façade of Clarke Quay. Discover many hidden historical nuggets of the area on this fascinating walking tour. No pre-booking necessary, just turn up just before 5pm.
Join the tour: Meet at Clarke Quay MRT Station, outside Exit E (near Burger King, Eu Tong Sen St).
Cost: Adult S$25 , Child (7 to 12 years)S$15.
Festival special: $3 discount.