Kampong Glam Food & Entertainment Festival features live music and outdoor cinema, free admission to most events
The Kampong Glam Food & Entertainment Festival is held in conjunction with the Singapore F1 Grand Prix
As Singapore gears up for the Singapore F1 Grand Prix this weekend, those who don’t make it to the races won’t be idle.
Kampong Glam is currently hosting a 10-day food and entertainment festival alongside the event.
It offers a variety of experiences to keep visitors occupied, including street parties, a food truck area, and an outdoor cinema.
Best of all, entry to most events is free.
Kampong Glam Festival until October 2
The 10-day festival, named GLAMboyant, lasts until next Sunday (October 2), according to a press release sent to MS News.
It spans five hotspots across the presinct, each offering “unique experiences” for all visitors.
Here is an overview of each area and what they have to offer:
1. Food Court at Aliwal Street Parking Lot
No event in Singapore is complete without food to fill attendees’ stomachs, so Aliwal Street Carpark will be transformed into a ‘Foodyard’.
More than 10 food trucks offer street food for outdoor dining.
Some of the providers include The Satayman, Yok_Makanz, and Picanhas.
Along with food and drink, the Foodyard will also feature live entertainment to entertain customers while they dine.
On weekdays, watch out for local podcasters and Youtubers like comedian Suhaimi Yusof (September 27), OKLETSGO (September 28), and The Horror Stories POV (September 29).
This weekend, look forward to groovy tunes from live DJs, local bands and buskers.
There will also be a street dance competition where dance teams and duos can win up to S$5,000.
While S$5 tickets to Foodyard were selling out on Lazada for over 13s, a post on Kampong Gelam’s Facebook page on Sunday September 25 stated that entry to Foodyard and shows was free.
2. Open-air cinema at Sultan Gate
If you prefer your entertainment to be more passive, an outdoor cinema has been set up at Sultan Gate for people to sit back, relax and watch a movie under the stars.
There, a range of blockbusters like Shang-Chi, The Greatest Showman, (500) Days of Summer and The Batman will screen at specific times over the next week.
However, it is one of the few events that is not free – tickets cost S$20 per person and can be purchased from Klook.
Customers should also note that this is a silent movie. They will need to download the Cinewav app from Apple or Google Play to listen to the film through their headsets.
Snacks are allowed and can be purchased from Foodyard.
Check the list of available movies and their showtimes on Klook.
Ahead of F1’s arrival in town, a pop-up F1 Truck will also grace Sultan Gate on Tuesday and Wednesday (September 27 and 28).
It will come with games like a racing simulator and various arcade table games. F1 goods can also be purchased.
3. Street music in Haji Lane
Music lovers who prefer a more “raw” setting can head to Haji Lane, the famous shopping and nightlife street.
There, a line-up of guest DJs like DJ Zart (Afro Beats), DJ Snickaz (EDM) and DJ Kelibre (Guaracha Drop) will liven up the street.
4. Extreme cycling sports at Sultan Gate Park
Thrill seekers can get their speed fix at Sultan Gate Park watching performances by professional BMX riders, street demonstrations and airbag jump shows.
These programs will take place on the weekend of October 1-2.
Those who want to try their hand at stunts can register free BMX Freestyle workshops guided by experts by contacting 84682575. Airdroz Airbag Jump sessions are also available at S$20 per person by contacting 98279085.
Sessions take place on weekdays from September 26-29, while BMX Freestyle workshops are also offered on weekends.
5. Traditional dance at Baghdad Street & Bussorah Street
If your inclinations are more refined, attend the traditional dance performances at Baghdad Street and Bussorah Street.
These were included in the program to showcase the heritage and roots of the presinct of Kampong Glam.
Some of the acts include: Zapin from Sriwana, Samrah from Samrah Club and Dikir Barat from Mak Yong Kedek.
There will also be traditional Kompang percussion rhythms by Cucu Datok Merah, as well as a silat showcase by Sunda Pajajaran.
Kampong Glam Festival will offer workshops and tours
For educational family fun, the festival will hold arts and crafts workshops featuring artwork created from recycled bottles, acrylic fluid scrambling, guided oil painting and guided courses of mixed techniques.
Participants may even contribute some iconic street art from Kampong Glam in a Grafitti Crash Course workshop led by established graffiti artists.
If you want to know more about Kampong Glam itself, join the walking tour of Kampong Gelam: From Royalty to Fashion.
The tour will help participants easily explore the nooks and crannies of the neighborhood.
Another tour, the Let’s Go Tour Aminah Goes Vroom, is a “drama tour” led by a woman named Cik Aminah who is believed to be 86 years old.
She will tell personal stories as she leads the tour, taking walkers through the changing faces of history.
A complete program for the coming week
With a full schedule of activities for the week ahead, Kampong Glam will ensure non-racing fans don’t feel out of place when F1 comes to town.
As several roads around Marina Bay and Padang will be closed, it may be advisable to divert to Kampong Glam instead, where the roads will definitely be open for enjoyment.
For more information on lineups and performance times, visit the official Kampong Glam website.
In the meantime, here are some things to know before you go:
Date: September 23 to October 2
Opening hours: 3pm-11pm (Mon-Thu), 12pm-11pm (Fri-Sun)
Nearest MRT: Bugis, Nicoll Highway
Official site: Visit Kampong Glam
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Featured image adapted from Visit Kampong Gelam on Facebook and courtesy of Multikulti Pte Ltd.