6 festivals to enjoy over the long weekend

In a year packed with festivals - 10 took place last month - there are six more this long weekend catering to different interests. NABILAH SAID reports

Rajasthan village. -- PHOTO: TAMIL MURASU

1. SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL INDIAN SHOPPING FESTIVAL 2014

Rajasthan comes to town this year. Organised by newspapers Tamil Murasu and Tabla and event company De Ideaz, the festival will bring in artisans and performers from the culturally vibrant state in north-western India in a recreation of a Rajasthan village.

Dancers from the Jaipur region in Rajasthan will show off the snake-like moves of the Kalbeliya dance, harking back to the snake-catching trade of the tribe of the same name.

Ms Purnima Kamath, chief executive officer of De Ideaz, says this third edition of the festival aims to "showcase the uniqueness of Indian culture" ahead of Deepavali, the Indian festival of lights later this month.

Two hundred exhibitors will sell wares such as traditional Indian clothes, coffee and ayurveda products. Kollywood star Shriya Saran will make a special appearance on the last day.

Where: Suntec City Convention Centre, Halls 401 & 402When: Till Sunday, 10am to 10pmAdmission: Free entry

Daniela Andrade. -- PHOTO: PLAY:LIVE 2014

2. PLAY:LIVE 2014

Billed as Singapore's largest indoor party, this inaugural event promises to present a spectrum of music genres for partygoers looking to hit the dance floor.

"We fused all of the best aspects of the party scene in Singapore, into what we like to call the ultimate fusion," says Mr Jonathan Bailey, director of organiser Ideology Concept.

Combining the concert, music festival and club experiences into one, the night starts out light, with acoustic pop covers by Canadian YouTube star Daniela Andrade, before segueing into edgier territory with electronic dance music beats by Dutch DJ team TV Noise.

Adding diversity to this musical equivalent of a rainbow are Dami Im, the South Korean- born winner of The X Factor Australia, and Singapore pop and rap duo, Trick, among others.

Where: Marina Bay Sands, The Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level 1, Halls A-CWhen: Tomorrow, 7pm to 3amAdmission: $128 and $188 (go to www. sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555)Info: www.playlive.com.sg

An image from Singapore photographer John Clang’s Time series. -- PHOTO: SIPF 2014

3. SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2014

The fourth edition of this popular festival is all decked out, literally. The festival village this year is a space comprising 19 containers in Prinsep Street, called Deck.

It will hold two exhibitions, including the Open Call Showcase which spotlights less well-known local photographers, and a resource room for photography.

As Singapore's first dedicated space for photography, festival director Gwen Lee says that it "truly sets a milestone for photography here and the region". The festival features more than 800 works by 105 artists from 35 countries, including well-known names such as Singapore's John Clang and Vietnam's Din Q Le.

The festival opens this weekend, with artist tours and a Deck party tomorrow evening.

Where: Deck, 116 Prinsep Street, and other venuesWhen: Tomorrow to Nov 30; Deck is open from 10am to 7pmAdmission: $50 for festival passes, individual tickets from $10 to $30Info: www.sipf.sg

The Glue. -- PHOTO: THE GLUE

4. INTERNATIONAL A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL

Swiss a cappella group The Glue is putting out all the stops for their concert here this Sunday - they will be singing some Chinese songs.

"Let's see if the audience will understand what we're going to sing to them," says group leader Oliver Rudin.

Their performance is part of the seventh edition of the annual International A Cappella Festival, organised by The A Cappella Society.

The festival will open tomorrow with a free outdoor concert at the Botanic Gardens.

Where: The Glue concert is on Sunday at 7.30pm at The A Cappella Society, 28 Aliwal Street, 03-03. The opening concert is on tomorrow at 6pm at Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Botanical Gardens

When: Festival runs from tomorrow till Oct 31Admission: $35 for ticketed events including The Glue concert, $250 for festival passInfo: www.a-cappella.org.sg

Archifest. -- PHOTO: ARCHIFEST

5. ARCHIFEST

Design buffs can go for three half-day Architours taking place this weekend, focusing on different aspects of Singapore architecture. These are part of the festival Archifest, now in its eighth year.

The Sunday session will take you to three places: Cube 8, a 36-storey condominium in Thomson; Keepers, a pop-up in Orchard Road featuring local designers; and food centre Satay by the Bay.

These tours are presented by the Singapore Institute of Architects and co-curated with The Architectural Society of the National University of Singapore.

Where: Various venuesWhen: Architours take place tomorrow, 9 and 11.30am, and Sunday, 9.30am. Archifest ends on Oct 11Admission: $47 for ArchitoursInfo: www.archifest.sg/2014/architours

Chunkfest 2014, an outdoor festival organised by ice cream-maker Ben & Jerry’s Singapore. -- PHOTO: BEN & JERRY'S SINGAPORE

6. CHUNKFEST 2014

This much-loved outdoor festival organised by ice cream-maker Ben & Jerry's Singapore returns for the seventh year with 20 flavours on sale. Eleven of these, including Banana Peanut Butter and Red Velvet Cake, will be brought in specially from the United States.

There will also be music from pop and indie bands such as Stillsunrise.

A new programme, Sundae School, will feature dialogue sessions by six business leaders who will talk about positive change.

Where: The Meadows, Gardens by the BayWhen: Tomorrow, 2 to 10pmAdmission: Free admission, ice cream at $6 a scoop, $11 for two scoops and $20 a pintInfo: www.facebook.com/benjerrysingapore