Singapore: Where Explorers Meet
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As one of the world’s fastest evolving cities, every year feels like a celebration in Singapore. However, 2019 is a very special one, as the ‘city in a garden’ is commemorating its Bicentennial – the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles landing in Singapore, one of the key turning points in the city’s 700-year history.
To mark this momentum big milestone,
there will be events and festivals throughout 2019 – but the excitement is
coming to London too! The capital will be hosting an immersive, multi-sensorial
experience, called 'Singapore: Where Explorers Meet', that will take visitors
on a techno-natural odyssey for three days only in June.
A multi-sensory immersive garden to commemorate Singapore Bicentennial
The event is curated by leading Singaporean and UK creative agencies,
In The Wild and Bompas & Parr. Together, they have created an experience
through the eyes of travellers past, present and future, that casts a wider
lens on the spirit of discovery, openness of exchange in a dynamic city, and strong
relations between the UK & Singapore.
An innovative showcase of multi-sensory experiences designed by
Singapore talents, this event will offer visitors a slice of Singapore’s arts,
music, dining and cocktail scene. Featuring an internationally renowned cast of
Singaporean artists, chefs and mixologists, this techno-garden is an
opportunity to discover the sights, sounds and tastes of historic and
contemporary Singapore, as well as experience the sense of discovery that early
visitors to the island felt in their hearts when they first set foot on the
island. It will depict what Singapore has experienced over 700 years – from the
14th century to the 21st century – and how key events in
1819 began a lifelong love affair between Singapore and the UK.
Limited portions of Singaporean food and cocktails will be available
at £6.00 each, so make sure to arrive early to get the chance to try Michelin
starred chef Malcolm Lee’s inspired Peranakan dishes – flavours and tastes that
are unique to Singapore - along with botanical cocktails from a creative
collaboration between Native (No.13 in the World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 and
recently voted No. 4 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019) and Lyaness, one of London’s
finest drinking establishments. Visitors will also have the opportunity to try
the classic Singapore Sling from Raffles Hotel Singapore, which reopens its doors
in August this year.
What to Expect at 'Singapore: Where Explorers Meet'
Experience a tropical imaginarium created by leading
Singaporean botanical designers, Humid House.
A unique haptic plant soundscape created by leading British
and Singaporean artists Mileece and .gif. Traverse time and connect with
history as told by nature.
Throughout the installation, NY-based Singaporean
photographer, Lenne Chai, presents an exploration of the faces and stories that
have been part of Singapore’s transformation over the past 200 years. A
colourful town glowing with life, Singapore has always been a mix of different
races, cultures, stories, materials and people which has resulted in the
intriguing and inventive DNA of its inhabitants.
Visitors will also get the chance to experience the
Kaleidoscope - an artwork installation by Singapore-based artists Esther Goh,
in collaboration with OuterEdit.
Explore the city in a garden with Singapore’s City of
Possibilities – an interactive experience which will allow visitors to
virtually visit eight landmarks via an avatar to have a 360° video tour to find
out more about their particular passion.
A chance to explore the cuisine of Chef Malcolm Lee,
chef-owner of Candlenut, the world’s first and only Michelin starred Peranakan
establishment. Lee will be serving his world renowned ‘Buah Keluak ice cream’,
which combines savoury black nuts & chocolate. Explorers will also get to
try his ‘crab curry with blue pea flower rice’ and his ‘Ye Ye Chicken Curry’
that was featured on ITV Saturday Morning with James Martin earlier this year.
Old Chang Kee will present their famous curry puffs, a local
delight in Singapore. Legend has it that chefs who worked for the British back
in Singapore in the 1800s had reinvented the Cornish pasty with Singapore’s
native herbs and spices, giving rise to this heritage pastry.
Cocktails created as part of a cross-cultural collaboration
between Vijay Mudaliar, owner of Native, number 13 on the World’s 50 Best Bars
and Lyaness, brand new bar from the award-winning Mr Lyan and team. Their
Native x Lyaness drinks will be crafted to bring out the best of Singapore
spices and flavours.
There will also be the opportunity to try the legendary
Singapore Sling presented by head bartender, Paul Hammond of Raffles Singapore,
in advance of the reopening of the legendary icon in August of this
Bicentennial year, after undergoing a careful and sensitive restoration.
The event 'Singapore: Where Explorers Meet' will take place at
Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate EC2, 13 – 15 June 2019. Free entry.
For further information on Singapore, explore: www.visitsingapore.com
Silver Travel Advisor recommends Singapore Tourism Board.
Read about Singapore Bicentennial.
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