With its amazing array of things to do, Asia is a great place to be. Here are a few notable events to join this weekendÂ in cities around the region.
Those looking to be immersed in unconventional artÂ can head over toÂ Bridge CafĂ© & Art SpaceÂ in Sathorn forÂ Thepmetha Thepboontaâs newest exhibition, âMy Fantasy World 0.000000000123456789.â A bisexual who came out last year, Thepmetha explores the fluidity of gender through his art. This showcase, which opened earlier this month, will run throughÂ May 31.
Love art but canât afford the sky-high prices? The Affordable Art Fair has just openedÂ at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, where it will be running all weekend. Expect thousands of artistsâ work from over 110 galleries with a price tag as low asÂ HK$1,000 (about US$128). Itâs a great opportunity to bring home lasting souvenirs that willÂ add pops ofÂ color and visual interest.
Spanish cartoonist and satirical artist Joan Cornella lived in Hong Kong for a month ahead of thisÂ new showcaseÂ dedicated to the city. The exhibition is featuring works of art within the theme of popular culture and society, challenging and pushing people’s boundaries in their thoughts about gender and sexuality. ThroughÂ May 21 (Sunday), you can head over toÂ Space 27Â in Quarry Bay to see Cornella’s work for yourself.
For those in the Lion City, there are twoÂ note-worthy spectacles to see this weekend. First up, the European Union Film Festivalâwhich is the longest-running event of its kindÂ in the countryâis wrapping up on Sunday. For the first time ever, 27 films from as many countries are beingÂ screened at the National Gallery Singapore, withÂ showings on Saturday and SundayÂ representing nationsÂ such as Poland, Hungary, Turkey, and Sweden. Short films by students from Ngee Ann Polytechnicâs School of Film and Media Studies will also be featured.
Broadway enthusiastsâyouâre in luck! Sister Act has finally come to Singapore, and is ready to rock your socks off with laughter and upliftingÂ music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken. The story conveys an aspiring singer who is forced to hide out in a convent after witnessing a crime. An entertaining time is guaranteed at this extraordinary musical. You can head over to Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands and catch the show from today through Sunday.
Back for its second year, the Bamdokkaebi Night Market is a must-visit for its variety of locally made, artisanal products, and traditional food. Visitors can also look forward to watching magic shows, traditional Korean performances, and a partyÂ mood thanks toÂ theÂ presence of several local DJs. There are two different markets this weekend that you can find yourself sauntering toâboth days starting at 6 p.m. at Yeouido Hangang Park, and at 7 p.m. atÂ Seoul’s Zaha Hadid landmark,Â Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Only happeningÂ tonight and tomorrow, takeÂ your pick and have a great time!
Whatâs just as good asÂ tucking into amazing omakase and tempura in Tokyo? Drinking the local beer! Hop on board a JR train for the half-hour journeyÂ toÂ Saitama, where you can join the Keyaki Hiroba Spring Beer Festival to sample craft beers from various Japanese microbreweries. Happening at the Saitama Super ArenaÂ through Sunday, the event will also ply you with delicious bites like Hokkaido seafood and sausages to sate your hunger.
Back for its sixth year, the Okinawa Matsuri Festival is bigger and better than ever.Â With the array of Okinawan food and local crafts, youâll have an amazing time while bobbing your head toÂ liveÂ music, and taking in dance performances and traditional stand-up comedy (manzai) actsÂ from that southernmost prefecture of Japan. Starting at 11 a.m., the festival will be held at Â Yoyogi ParkÂ on Saturday and Sunday.