The Singapore Urban Design Festival is back this year, bigger than ever, with a series of exciting events lined up all through the weekend, from 14 to 17 March! The latest edition combines a three-day innovation talks and a whole weekend of fun, entertainment and music, all atop an underutilized multistorey carpark in the Jalan Besar district.
Of course, no festival is complete without some live entertainment, food, and activities. With the lineup scheduled for the weekend festivities, there is bound to be something for everyone!
Rooftop Roller Disco
A perennial favourite, this edition of Roller Disco comes with a twist. Held in a carpark for the first time ever, no one will be hatin’ on you this time while you’re rollin’ to your heart’s content! Whether you are sixteen or sixty, let your hair down and relive the 80s! Quad skates are available for rent for free.
Party all night with DJs like Stephen Day, Muto Masashi (Ice Cream Sundays), Orio Leshem (Fat Fish Familia) and many more, as they put on a heart thumping, adrenaline-inducing, and show-stopping mix for you to dance the night away.
Be prepared to be electrified and energised by these up-and-coming locals acts as they tear up the stage!
Headlining the festival are Masia One, MHC, and Forests. Singapore born, Canadian raised rapper Masia One draws influences from all around the world in her tracks, and is reconnecting with her Asian roots to re-emerge as the Far East Empress. Having collaborated with major international artists, toured the world and headlined festivals, watch as she delivers a straight fire set worthy of a true Far East Empress.
Hip-hop collective Mediocre Haircut Crew (MHC) – a testament to their bad hairdos – are slowly but surely making a mark in the local rap scene. With their raw, real, self-penned lyrics, killer delivery and sick beats, these boys are definitely here to stay!
Blending 90s-influenced emo with math-pop perfection, Forests has a sound that is a familiar yet excitingly fresh breath of rock. Having been on the scene since mid-2014, and performed both at home and at legendary venues overseas, you can expect a riotic, frantic and fun live set from these boys!
Kick back, relax and chill with these singer-songwriters! Spotify’s New Music Friday Singapore cover-lister, YAØ who rides on a feel-good vibe to enrapture the listener, Joie Tan who released her namesake debut album “Joie” last year, and Boston-based LEW who has garnered over 2.1 million plays on Spotify with his debut album “Lullacry”, will be there to bring you some of their best soothing hits you never knew you needed. Blending together eclectic mix of genres, Retrofocus is also here to inject some new flavour with their unique tunes and punchy sounds!
Expect them and many more acts like Royal Estate, Dreebsby, Highcøast and Viceboy to rock the stage and groove through the night with you!
The future is in your hands, figuratively and literally, with these workshops!
Ever wondered how we can turn underutilized spaces in our overpopulated and human-dense society into useful and profitable areas? Learn, create and share with Correnti Studios in “Urban Farming in Underutilised Spaces”, 15 March from 4-6pm, about the possibilities of having small greenhouse spaces in unconventional places to grow fruits and vegetables!
How might we design our homes for the ways in which Singaporeans want to live their lives? What do you value, and what do you desire? AGENCY is bringing you “Imagining the Future of Our Living Spaces in Singapore” on 16 March, from 4-6pm. Come brainstorm, discuss, and envision your own ideal future living space out of sustainable materials provided!
Under Armour, the originator of performance footwear, apparel, and equipment, will also be conducting 4 wellness workshops, no experience required! Bring down your yoga mats, join either the HITT, Yoga Jam, Bootcamp (Core or Tabatha), or Crossfit classes, and be prepared to sweat it all out!
Food & Beverages
Feeling hungry because you had too much fun? Go for Maille’s selection of gourmet sandwiches! Served using only the finest ingredients and its famed premium mustard and vinegar to create daring flavors, these are guaranteed to make your meal memorable!
Or go for W Hotel’s Slow Smoked Wagyu Brisket, and pair it with the hotel’s selection of uniquely named cocktails, such as Secret Mermaid and W Sling Sling!
Hendrick’s Gin will be also there serving deliciously super premium gin, made with a number of unusual twists to deliver a most curious arrangement. Scotland-made, small batch distilled, their gin is made with infusions of cucumber and rose petals, alongside a blend of 11 botanicals, producing a wonderfully refreshing gin with a delightfully floral aroma. Connoisseurs, rejoice!
If you’re feeling healthy or simply just want to quench your thirst, cold-pressed juices are an option! Sustenir Agriculture is a local vertical farm that grows quality and highly nutritious farm-to-table fresh produce, without exposure to soil, pesticides, air pollution and heavy metals!
The cold pressed juices from Ugly Food, on the other hand, are made with a good cause. In an effort to encourage the reduction of food wastage, fresh produce from the trash is saved and transformed into delicious and nutritious products. Talk about being committed to practicing what you preach!
Urban Design Innovation Talks
There will also be a three-day summit from 14 to 16 March, where 40 distinguished speakers and panelists will come together to talk sustainable development on resources, mobility and people, through the lens of technology. Catch renowned speakers such as Amine Kamel (Vice President of Urban Mobility and Autonomous Driving Bosch Southeast Asia) as he sheds light on “Urban Mobility in Transition” and many more!
If you have ever wondered what our future cities might look like and the problems we might face, thought about what we can do to stretch our existing resources, or help make a difference, come join the discussion and be part of the movement!
Singapore Urban Design Festival
Jalan Besar Sports Centre Multi-Storey Carpark