Head out this week for complimentary fries post-vaccination, an art-based film festival and fruit-infused gin inspired by a French summer garden.

Film still from Cunningham by Alla Kovgan - THE EDGE SINGAPOREFESTIVAL
Singapore’s only film festival dedicated to art
Painting With Light

National Gallery Singapore’s festival of international films on art, Painting with Light, returns for its fourth edition with both on-site and online offerings. From now till July 25, audiences can look forward to a robust lineup of over 50 award-winning and premiering films, and enjoy the hybrid film festival from home or at the gallery.

The festival will be chaptered into seven categories of captivating human stories intertwined with art and insightful filmic explorations into the world of art and its institutions, and bookended by Evenings on the Terrace where audience members can enjoy evening film screenings under the glass canopy of the Supreme Court Terrace.

The festival also introduces a slew of firsts, including its first-ever 3D film showcase, Cunningham by Alla Kovgan, a documentary which traces the artistic development of renowned choreographer Merce Cunningham over three decades and collaborations with artists such as John Cage and Andy Warhol.

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For the closing weekend of the festival, audiences can look forward to the newly-commissioned film anthology, Abstractions: Filmic Readings of the Something New Must Turn Up Exhibition. It comprises six filmic readings by Singapore filmmakers on works within its namesake exhibition, which is currently ongoing at the gallery.

All films will be screened on-site, and a selection from the Evenings on the Terrace and Southeast Asian Shorts sections will also be made available for viewing online. In addition to film screenings, festival-goers will be able to participate in a selection of on-site dialogues with filmmakers and gallery curators.

For more information on tickets, event schedule and online screenings, visit https://paintingwithlight.nationalgallery.sg/.

Conversations with Olga - THE EDGE SINGAPOREIGTV
Event extraordinaire turned host
Conversations with Olga

Socialite event organiser, author and founder of Adagio Events, Olga Iserlis, has been deep in conversation with the influential people and personalities she’s met over her 23-year career. She has now turned these informative sessions into recordings that we can enjoy anytime.

Launched last September, Conversations with Olga runs the gamut of intellectual and cultural exchanges to more entrepreneurial journeys, including life lessons over the past year. Iserlis is also using this platform to introduce Singapore to her foreign acquaintances.

The distinguished panel of guest speakers include royalty such as Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Duchess of Rutland; designers such as Edgardo Ozario, creative director of Aquazzura; geo-economist Parag Khanna; celebrity photographer Russel Wong; philanthropist Anne Aslett, CEO of the Elton John AIDS Foundation; and Victoria Arbiter, Royal commentator and journalist covering many of the British royal family’s events.

Conversations with Olga currently has 19 episodes, and is available to watch on Iserlis’ YouTube channel “Olga Iserlis” or IGTV @eventsbyolga.

Free fries for a vaccine shot - THE EDGE SINGAPOREFOOD
Free fries for a vaccine shot
Shake Shack

To satiate your ravenous appetite after your vax (yes, apparently this is a symptom), Shake Shack is offering free Crinkle Cut Fries with every burger purchase from now till July 15 for all who have received at least one vaccine dose. To redeem, simply order a ShackBurger at any of the six Shacks islandwide, and present proof of vaccination via the TraceTogether app or physical vaccination card to a Team Member when ordering in-store. Available for one-time redemption only.

Citadelle Jardin d’été - THE EDGE SINGAPOREDRINK
Gin-ful of fruits, citrus and herbs
Citadelle Jardin d’été

Known for its botanical-based artisanal gins from Cognac, Citadelle Gin presents the latest addition to its permanent range, Citadelle Jardin d’été, which translates to “summer garden”.

Inspired by a French garden cultivated by the wife of Citadelle founder and master distiller Alexandre Gabriel, Citadelle Jardin d’été (41.5% ABV) is created with the addition of melon flesh, whole lemon, yuzu zest and additional orange peel on top of the 19 botanicals found in Citadelle Original Gin. The blend of fruits, citrus and herbs creates an aromatic experience with a balanced and bright flavour profile that transports us to a fragrant fruit garden in the French countryside.

To truly savour the fresh garden flavours, mix up a gin & tonic with one part Citadelle Gin Jardin d’été and three parts tonic over ice in a large wine glass, garnished with a lemon peel.

Citadelle Jardin d’été ($82) is available at selected Cold Storage and Market Place stores.