The best of European cinema
European Film Festival
The European Film Festival (EUFF) brings the best of European cinema to Singapore. Held at The Projector from now till May 26, film buffs will be able to catch 24 new-release films from 23 countries with a theme centered mostly around women issues to showcase diversity, inclusivity and solidarity.
The festival opens with the award-winning Ukrainian film Mother of Apostles, which celebrates universal values of peace, freedom, and human dignity, and closes with French period drama Lost Illusions (Illusion Perdues) based on a Honoré de Balzac’s classic novel which won seven César Awards (France’s top film awards ceremony) this year.
Films in the drama genre include Belgium’s All of Us, Denmark’s Erna at War, Finland’s The Blind Man Who Did Not Want To See Titanic, Greece’s The Last Note, Hungary’s Aurora Borealis, Luxembourg’s The Restless, The Netherlands’ My Father is an Airplane, Norway’s Psychobitch, Poland’s Never Gonna Snow Again, Spain’s That Was Life, and Switzerland’s Atlas.
As 2022 also marks the European Year of Youth, the EUFF will be presenting student films from four local and international schools alongside the main festival showcase. Presented by the European Union (EU) Delegation to Singapore, EUFF festival tickets are priced at $13.50 on weekdays and $15 on weekends and are available for sale at www.euff.com.sg/tickets. Concessions are extended to Singapore Film Society members, The Projector Fan Club, The Projector Senior/Student Club, and full-time national servicemen (NSFs).
The art of a national treasure
Goh Beng Kwan
Pioneer generation artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Goh Beng Kwan will hold a landmark solo exhibition called #GBK85 from May 20 - 29 at Conrad Centennial Singapore.
In celebration of his 85th birthday, 85 of Goh’s traditional and digital works will occupy the hotel’s lobby and entire sixth floor, including the guest rooms, suite and hallway — a revolutionary presentation and format and a first for Goh
Audiences can look forward to an immersive installation of Goh’s original artworks organised by period to tell the story of his life and art. The exhibition includes 11 Augmented Reality (AR) works — a medium rarely utilised by a local artist of this generation. There will also be never-before-seen works on a Covid-19 series created to commemorate the significance of this historic experience. Goh’s Covid-19 series works are mixed media on newspaper, documenting specific events and featuring a darker colour palette to depict his emotions experienced during lockdown.
A dedicated ArtAF app has been created in partnership with Samsung for visitors to engage with Goh’s works both during and after the exhibition.The partnership allows visitors to view a curation of 11 artworks in moving visual and audio details with the help of Samsung Galaxy S22+ or S22 5G smartphones through the ArtAF app. In addition, Samsung is also offering an opportunity for visitors to win 10 NFTs from four selected artworks that have been minted for this exhibition via a contest. ArtAF (also known as “Art Affairs”) is a platform founded by Hazeleen Goh to support her father and his work, and to connect Singapore’s original artists with new generations of homegrown artists and collectors.
Tickets are available for purchase via Eventbrite at $13.65 for general admission or $21.65 with a docent tour. A portion of every ticket sold will be donated to the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH).
Celebrate the nation’s heritage and culture
Singapore Heritage Festival
The Asian Civilisations Museum is celebrating the Singapore HeritageFest 2022, with a month-long event called The Wild and Wonderful at ACM, now on till May 29.
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Venture through the museum to discover hands-on activities, art installations, and thematic tours, as well as in-depth workshops and photo-worthy moments of Asia’s early civilisations. Highlights include a Sikh art showcase of objects that are representative of the Sikh community and their stories, including a 19th-century painting of the Ninth Sikh guru Tegh Bahadur; conversational tours and workshops led by members of the Peranakan community; a storytelling tour at the Ancient Religions Gallery, and more. There is also plenty of fun and activities for the little ones with limited edition gifts to redeem.
The Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) is the National Heritage Board’s annual outreach event that celebrates the many facets of Singapore’s diverse culture. SHF works with individuals, groups and communities to co-create programmes and offerings. This allows the festival to uncover lesser-known stories and narratives, engender a greater sense of ownership while empowering Singaporeans to safeguard and promote our shared heritage. For details, visit www.acm.org.sg.
Rediscover Cantonese classics
For the first time ever, the 8 Hands Culinary Showcase: A Rediscovery of Cantonese Classics will see the union of four veteran Chinese chefs — Chan Kwok, Chin Hon Yin, Chung Ho Shi and Min Jiang’s Chan Hwan Kee — to present rarely seen but traditional Hong Kong-style Cantonese dishes that date back at least three decades. TV host, comedian and celebrity food critic Moses Lim also brings his invaluable knowledge to the curation of the menu which features close to 20 modern interpretations of classic dishes.
Diners will be treated to masterpieces like Steamed Rice Vermicelli with Tiger Prawn and Ikura on Egg White (Moses Lim); Crispy-fried Milk Custard, Pan-fried Australian Scallops stuffed with Minced Shrimps (Chef Chan Kwok); Classic Pan-fried Prawn on Toast, Pan-seared Japanese Bell Peppers stuffed with Dace Fish and Minced Jinhua Ham (Chef Chung Ho Shi); Double-boiled Bird’s Nest in Minced Chicken Broth with Yunnan Ham, Diced Chicken and Crabmeat (Chef Chin Hon Yin) and Baked Peony Flower Red Bean Pastry (Chef Chan Hwan Kee and team).
Presented in lunch and dinner set menus — $88 per person (five-course for four people); $138 per person (seven-course for six people); $168 per person (nine-course for 10 people) — the week-long event is on till May 25 at Min Jiang, Goodwood Park Hotel’s Cantonese and Sichuan restaurant. For reservations, call 6730 1704 or visit www.tablecheck.com/en/shops/goodwood-park-hotel-min-jiang/reserve.
Party like the Spanish
The Alkaff Mansion
This May, The Alkaff Mansion channels the Cordoba Patio Festival — a springtime floral fair where the facade of homes and buildings are decked out in colourful blooms and music fills the streets — by dressing up the historic building’s grounds into a mini land of flower arches, drapes and cascades of blooms across its main stairs and entrance, windows and conservatory.
At sunset, guests can enjoy floral-themed cocktails and indulgent set menus cu- rated by TXA Gastrobar and UNA, which both specialise in Basque culinary delights and all things Spanish-centric. At TXA, a Floral Cocktail Flight and Tapas set menu is priced at $48++ per person, while the UNA Spring Wine Pairing menu for Cordoba starts from $128++ per person. The five-course dinner at UNA includes a spread of amuse bouche, Scallop Ceviche, Foie Gras Soup, Char-Grilled Wagyu Striploin, and piping hot Churros for dessert.
For reservations visit www.thealkaffmansion.sg/cordoba-patio-festival.