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By T: The New York Times Style Magazine Singapore


An Islandwide Celebration of the Arts with the Singapore Art Week

Art exhibitions are often limited to galleries and confined spaces, but this year's Singapore Art Week does things a little differently. Running from now to 30 January, the theme of this year's festival is 'Art Takes Over'. Over 100 exhibitions and installations are scattered across the island. Some take place at malls and public parks, others, at bus stops and restaurants.

In the interest of social distancing, many of these physical exhibitions are also streamed online, with a number — like the whimsical The Incredible Magical Moving Sticker Exhibition — held exclusively online.

Highlights of the festival include Moo Moo Park — a lighthearted event that's tipped as Asia's first drive-through art exhibition replete with 3D installations, selfie filters and an augmented reality segment — Light to Night, the stunning outdoor light up of the National Gallery, and Bus.Stop.Art., a public exhibition that brings artworks out of museums and into public bus stops around Singapore. — Hillary Kang

The Singapore Art Week runs from now til 30 January at various locations islandwide.

A Café that Combines Magic and Brunch

One of the newest additions to the Joo Chiat café scene is C Cafe: Cards, Choices, & Connections. Started by friends Ashley Cho and Nicholas Wong, who bonded over their love for close-up magic, C Cafe offers quality comfort food like fried chicken and waffles and gourmet toasted sourdough sandwiches — our favourite is the leg ham tasty toastie. The café fare is elevated by homemade elements like the herb and mayo spreads and tomato relish used in its sandwiches. Coffee snobs might find it of note that the brand uses the only Aremde Nexus One machine in Singapore. The machine allows customers to see the coffee being brewed fresh, and allows for better interaction between the barista and customers. Speaking of interaction, Cho and Wong are known to regale guests with some tableside magic as they make their rounds in the café — adding to the warm and inviting feel of the space. Plans are even underway to use the café premises for hands-on magic workshops in the near future. 

On the food front, C Café began introducing C'erious Sundays by C, on the first Sunday of every month. It offers guests a free-flow of sparkling wine (such as cava), wine and beer as well as a delicious charcuterie board. Dubbed C’s Gathering Board, this charcuterie features a good selection of meats, honey, the cafe’s signature homemade hummus — which has a slightly sweeter twist — fresh and dried fruits, and cheeses. The light nibbles complement each other (and the alcohol) perfectly, although you might be tempted to order off menu if you want a more substantial bite. Each session, which lasts two hours, is meant to allow guests to sit back and savour the food, company and conversations, in a cosy and relaxed environment. — Renée Batchelor

$88 per person. Available at the following slots; 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm, or 4pm-6pm. WhatsApp +65 8875-1122 for reservations.

Gucci Joins Forces With Doraemon for an Exclusive Fashion Collaboration

The beloved manga character Doraemon might be an earless robotic cat, but that didn't preclude him from starring in Gucci's latest collaborative effort. The Doraemon x Gucci Collection features the titular blue cat on a variety of ready-to-wear items and accessories from Gucci's collection.

Standout pieces include the two handbags in the collection, which bring with them two bucket bag versions of the Ophidia, which both come in mini GG Supreme canvas with a bold red leather trim — and are, of course, emblazoned with a cheerful Doraemon print.

The collection is a serendipitous one that straddles two anniversaries: The 50th anniversary of Doraemon's creation in 2020, and the 100th anniversary of Gucci's founding this year.

Since Chinese New Year is almost upon us, several pieces even see Doraemon donning a pair of fake horns, a nod to the Year of the Ox. — Hillary Kang

The Doraemon x Gucci collection will be available at Gucci's Paragon store on 29 January.

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