This year marks Singapore’s Bicentennial, and it’s only natural that we ask questions about our colonial past with Alfian Sa’at’s Merdeka. Feeling a little classy? Enjoy a lunchtime concert at the Asian Civilisations Museum or take a stroll through Patek Philippe’s grand watch exhibition. As the week comes to a close, head on down to Zouk and pump your fist in the air with world-renowned Hardstyle DJ Headhunterz before warming up your heart with a screening of The Cat Rescuers. You might even pick up a furry friend!

Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition

Collectors, aficionados and the general public can immerse themselves in the world of Patek Philippe, one of the last independent family-owned Genevan watchmaking companies. Feast your eyes on some of the very first portable timepieces from the mid-16th century crafted by Europe’s most gifted watchmakers to the “Patek Philippe Collection”, which offers a selection of the manufacture’s most splendid creations from 1839 to the present day. Notable horological masterpieces on display include the first Swiss wristwatch (1868) and some of the most famous Patek Philippe “super complications”.

Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition is happening from 28 September to 13 October 2019 at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands Singapore, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956. Admission is free and open to public.

Merdeka / 獨立 /சுதந்திரம்

Written by the award-winning Alfian Sa’at in collaboration with up-and-coming playwright Neo Hai Bin, this provocative and moving new play examines how Singapore’s history and humanity have been shaped – and shattered – by the forces of colonialism. Six inquisitive youths form a group to examine the country’s colonial legacy, utilising forgotten texts, artefacts, and re-enactments, to better understand the nightmare of subjugation and the dream of self-determination. Why is the beginning of colonialism celebrated instead of the end? Has Singapore has truly undergone a process of decolonisation to gain independence?

Merdeka / 獨立 /சுதந்திரம் is happening from 10 October 2019 onwards at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ WILD RICE, Funan Mall, Singapore 179105. Click here for ticketing information.

Unwind for the Weekends with ACM’s Lunchtime Concert

End your week on a sonorous note and get your classical fix every Friday with the Asian Civilisations Museum’s (ACM) Lunchtime Concerts. Enjoy a captivating hour of enchanting music proudly brought to you by the students from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. The best part? Asian Civilisations Museum’s Lunchtime Concert is free and child-friendly.

Asian Civilisations Museum’s Lunchtime Concert is happening on 11, 18 October 2019 & 1, 8, 15 November 2019 from 12.30pm – 1.30pm at the Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555.

A Night of Heart Pumping Hardstyle at Zouk

Get ready to party with one of the frontrunners of the hardstyle scene for more than a decade this Saturday at Zouk Singapore. Ever since the debut of his first festival anthem ’Scrap Attack’ back at DEFQON.1 in 2009, the renowned Dutch DJ Headhunterz has gained much momentum and he has been catapulted to becoming a global-phenomenon for the harder generation ever since. World-renowned Dutch DJ Headhunterz will be bringing his set to Zouk’s Mainroom for a brazen, no-holds-barred musical performance that will get your hearts pumping as you throw your fists in the air.

One Dance Presents Headhunterz, supported by Hong & Jeremy Boon is happening on 12 October 2019 from 10pm – 4am at Zouk Singapore, 3C River Valley Rd, The Cannery, Singapore 179022. Early-bird tickets are priced at S$65 and includes two complimentary drinks.

Catch a Film Featuring some Furry Friends

Touted as “a film which should prove catnip to feline lovers” by the Hollywood Reporter, The Projector is hosting a special fundraiser screening of The Cat Rescuers, complete with a post show discussion and adoption drive with the Cat Welfare Society. Highlighting the skill, tenacity, and humour that the volunteer activists display in the face of challenging work as they comb Brooklyn’s alleys, backyards, and housing projects, follow their mission to reduce animal suffering, from trapping cats, taking care of them, and eventually returning them to their colonies or to be adopted.

The Cat Rescuers (PG13): Special Fundraiser is happening on 13 October 2019 from 2pm – 4pm at The Projector, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Rd, Singapore 199589. Click here for ticketing information.