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6 Artsy Things To Do At The Esplanade Annexe Open House This Weekend

A weekend of non-stop fun at Esplanade


Indigoism Barter Market - Haircut

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With dreary routines and overly-frequented hangouts, even chill days can get kinda sluggish. But this time’s bound to be different, with a breath of fresh air coming as Esplanade launches its latest creative space.

To celebrate the inception of Esplanade Annexe, the newest arts and lifestyle space is having a kickass open house this weekend. Indulge in a plethora of activities comprising free performances, beautiful handicrafts and engaging workshops. 

Admission is FOC, so there’s really no excuse to give this event a miss. Here are 5 reasons why your plans for this weekend are undisputably settled: 


1. Experience an eargasm, courtesy of local artists


Get turnt as you lose yourself in E-tracX DJ Skool’s demo session. Taking pride in honing their musicality and turntable skills, they’ve held numerous courses and workshops for aspiring DJs. Let your hair down and try jamming with the folks from this rad academy. 

DJ Marvin Gold

Source: David Howarth 

Also keep an eye out for the set from DJ Marvin Gold, SG’s very own funk master. Prepare to get your groove on as you start moving to his addictive beats. 

The Good Life (SG)


Other than sick DJs, bask in delightful tunes by The Good Life as they launch their new EP. You may have caught this soul & funk band at events such as iLight Marina Bay and Getai Soul previously, and now’s your chance to enjoy their upbeat sound once again.


2. Unleash your artsy side at fun craft workshops


Flower Jar Jamming Workshop

Source: @meadows.clouds

Lift your spirits by spending an afternoon surrounded by flowers at Meadow and Clouds’ Baby’s Breath Floral Wristlet Making and Floral Jar Jamming workshops. You’ll get to take home your beautiful creations too!

Essential oil for aromatherapy


Another noteworthy event is the “first-aid kit” aromatherapy workshop by The Naturalist Grandeur. You get to make your own natural remedy to help with ailments, or rejuvenate your senses. This is a less conventional skill and art to pick up, but who nose? You may just be drawn into the world of aromatherapy after attending the session. 


3. Watch a poetry performance by acclaimed writers and poets


Singapore’s poetry scene is a lot more happening than many of us think. Cue Verse Tapas – a Spoken Word event by National Arts Council’s Youth Poet Ambassador Pooja Nansi, Cyril Wong, Shivram Gopinath, Stephanie Dogfoot and William Beale

Ditch the stereotype that poetry is cheem and only for artsy fartsy people. Be enchanted by words and emotions as you lose yourself in some of these thought-provoking poetic works. 


4. Visit a barter market and trade for a haircut


Haircut at barter market


Go back in time at the Indigoism barter market, where you can exchange a good, skill or service for something else in return. With entirely cashless transitions, you could receive a poetry composition, ceramic ware, have your fortune told or even get a haircut in return! 


5. Check out crafted goods with a unique Singaporean touch


Etsy Crafters in SG


Take a tangible piece of the event home as you patronize eye-catching pop-up stores. Visit Etsy Craftivist SG’s space, where you will be greeted with an array of handcrafted wares made by a local community of Etsy crafters. 

OIC x Supermama Sticker Pack

Source: @supermamasg

Also stop by the Souvenirs From Singapore Pop-Up, where you will find everything tied to the identity of a true blue Singaporean. Check out anything from exclusive HDB & Shophouse stationery kits to the newly launched Supermama X OIC sticker book – the brainchild of five talented Singaporean illustrators. 


6. Devour a whole selection of tasty grub


Supply & Demand pizzas

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What’s an event without food? Sate your growling bellies and fuel up with the free and easy Esplanade X HungryGoWhere Food Trail, where you will get to taste up to 11 signature dishes at various restaurants depending on which trail you choose.

Alter Ego

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Participating food joints include Supply & Demand, Suzette, No Signboard Seafood Restaurant as well as Alter Ego.

Book your slots here before they run out. 


Esplanade Annexe Open House: an event not to be missed


Esplanade Annexe Open House


With lots to enjoy, this creative space is bound to evolve into the new go-to place for fresh experiences. Instead of suffering from FOMO while binging on K-dramas this weekend, make a trip down for some mad fun, and indulge in the hype at this gathering of passionate artists and lifestyle experts. 

Just a heads up: not every programme mentioned earlier in the article will be running on both days, so be sure to check out the deets online before you make your way down! Some workshops and activities will involve a separate fee too. Entrance to the main event itself is free.

Date and time: 20 – 21 May 2017. 12PM till late on Saturday and 10AM till late on Sunday.
Venue: Esplanade Annexe (Next to Esplanade Mall)
Nearest MRT station: Esplanade / City Hall

Find out more about the open house here! 

This post was brought to you by Esplanade.