Time Out Singapore: ‘2 Degree Ice Art’ Preview

Finding it difficult to get into the Christmas mood under the unrelenting heat? Fret not, as 20 skilled ice sculptors from China’s Harbin International Ice Lantern Art Association have been working hard since September to bring you a magical winter wonderland just in time for the festive season.

Welcome to a winter wonderland. And yes, it's bloody freezing! Image courtesy of 2Degree Ice Art.

Welcome to a winter wonderland. And yes, it’s bloody freezing! Image courtesy of Century Ice Wonderland.

27 Nov 2013: Finding it difficult to get into the Christmas mood under the unrelenting heat? Fret not, as 20 skilled ice sculptors from China’s Harbin International Ice Lantern Art Association have been working hard since September to bring you a magical winter wonderland just in time for the festive season.

Taking place at a speciallybuilt, thermal-insulated hall next to MBS that sprawls over 4671 sqm – that’s slightly larger than an NFL football field – visitors to the inaugural 2 Degree Ice Art exhibition can experience a blast of winter, as the whole complex will be kept at a chilly -15˚C until May so the pieces stay intact (at a cost of $3.5 million). Nearly 450 tonnes of ice was used to create 36 coloured ice sculptures, including those of various landmarks such as Big Ben, the Colosseum and even our very own Merlion, plus two pretty impressive slides for kids. Aside from the exhibition, there’s a free ice bar that uses mugs made from ice – the drinks themselves are poured in the bar outside, so the liquid doesn’t freeze (bonus: when you’re done with your drink, you’re invited to smash your glass against a target board).

Be sure to wear winter clothes – we strongly advice against wearing shorts, flip-flops or open-toed shoes (trust us, your feet will get really cold). There are also coats for rent at the exhibition for $5 (or if you’re just popping into the ice bar, you can borrow one for free). Bring on the ice!

Time Out Singapore: ‘Singapore Writers Festival 2013’ Preview

Back for the 16th edition, Singapore’s largest literary festival returns this month with a host of talks, workshops and events to inspire the country’s love for the written – and spoken – word. Gwen Pew speaks to the Singapore Writers Festival’s programme director, Paul Tan.

Workshops, author's talks, meet and greet sessions - this is a bookworm's dream come true. Image courtesy of the Singapore Writers Festival.

Workshops, author’s talks, meet and greet sessions – this is a bookworm’s dream come true. Image courtesy of the Singapore Writers Festival.

25 Oct 2013: Back for the 16th edition, Singapore’s largest literary festival returns this month with a host of talks, workshops and events to inspire the country’s love for the written – and spoken – word. ‘The Singapore Writers Festival has always sought to connect our audiences with literature in diverse ways, and through topics close to their hearts,’ says festival director Paul Tan.

This year’s theme is Utopia/ Dystopia, which Tan explains: ‘We picked the theme to shine a light on the darker side of humanity, through accessible topics such as crime, violence and war.’

Amongst the exciting line-up of over 190 authors this year are appearances by the UK’s first female Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, journalist, children’s author and daughter of physicist Stephen Hawking, Lucy Hawking, and best-selling crime fiction writer Peter James. France-based Chinese Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian will also be premiering his documentary Requiem for Beauty, while philosopher AC Grayling will present a lecture on our interactions with the world.

Of course, it’s not just about bringing in the big shots from overseas – plenty of local talents will be showcased too. ‘Some of the highlights include a revisit of classics like Animal Farm and Brave New World through the lens of Singaporean writers Gwee Li Sui and Adrian Tan and “guerrilla” literary performances around the Singapore Biennale installations,’ says Tan.

‘Other interesting speakers come from the associated genres of film, visual art and music such as Anthony Chen, Bani Haykal and Yusnor Ef,’ he continues. ‘We promise a lot of food for thought, catering to many different appetites.’

Time Out Singapore: Alan Bates

Born in the UK, comedian-hypnotist Alan Bates has been in the business for more than 20 years. He first became interested in the art when he watched a hypnotist do a show on board a cruise ship he was working on in the Caribbean back in the 1980s, and was instantly spellbound. As he returns to Singapore following his sold-out show here in 2009, he tells Gwen Pew a little bit more about what audiences should expect from his show.

Are you ready to trust your mind with this man? Image courtesy of The Comedy Store Singapore.

Are you ready to trust your mind with this man? Image courtesy of The Comedy Store Singapore.

25 Oct 2013: ‘Most people can be hypnotised, but you cannot be hypnotised against your will. The textbook says that under hypnosis you cannot get a person to do anything against their moral values – that’s why I look for people without any values [laughs]. Only joking!

‘We take volunteers from the audience, and they have a great experience. The people who make great hypnotic stars on stage are people with disciplined minds, as this is when the colourful side of their character shines through. However, it’s always healthy to have sceptics in the audience, and by the end of the show their minds are usually totally changed after witnessing regular people doing mind-blowing show routines and out-of-the-box behaviour.

‘The content of the show is decent and respectable, but cheeky with a lot of surprises. [Convincing an audience member that they’ve won] the lottery is always a classic. It’s also fun to have two people on stage – one believes he is from the planet Mars and only speaks in the Martian language (or the way he thinks they speak) and the other is a Martian language expert from Earth who translates for me. It’s guaranteed to have the audience rolling over with laughter.

‘One of my personal favourites is the football sketch. I transform a Manchester United fan into a Liverpool fan and each time he hears a certain piece of music he kisses everybody in the audience on the heads like the players do on the field when they score a goal. When the music stops, they stop and wonder what on Earth they are doing. Then the music starts and off they go again!’

Time Out Singapore: Cultural Medallion Winners 2013

Established in 1979 by former Singapore President Ong Teng Cheong (then Minister for Culture), the Cultural Medallion is given to the country’s most prominent artists in the fields of dance, theatre, literature, music, photography, art and film. Gwen Pew talks to this year’s three recipients, who received their awards at the end of last month, to find out about their career highlights and what’s next for them.

Cultural Medallion Ivan Heng, the artistic director of local theatre company Wild Rice. Image courtesy of the National Arts Council.

Cultural Medallion Ivan Heng, the artistic director of local theatre company Wild Rice. Image courtesy of the National Arts Council.

23 Oct 2013:

Ivan Heng

Born in 1963, Heng graduated with a law degree from the National University of Singapore but soon decided that his true calling in life was theatre. He went on to build up an impressive resume working with everyone from local theatre pioneer Kuo Pao Kun to the Hong Kong Tang’s Opera Troupe, and flirting with ballet and Shakespeare in between it all. The awards poured in, and the actor-director founded W!ld Rice in 2000, which is now one of the largest theatre companies in Singapore.

Career highlight: ‘[When I was] creative director of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. When the cauldron burst into flames at the Opening Ceremony, it was a dream come true. It put Singapore on the world map.’

Looking ahead: ‘In the immediate future, I will be directing a new production of Jack & the Bean-Sprout, our holiday blockbuster musical for all the family. We’re also in the process of lining up a season celebrating 2015 and we are also planning to restart our Young and W!LD division to nurture aspiring theatre professionals.’

Tsung Yeh

As the music director of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, conductor laureate of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and music director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Yeh is the first person to be leading a major Chinese and Western symphony orchestra simultaneously. Born in Shanghai in 1950, he joined the SCO in 2002 and has since taken the company from strength to strength with his innovative vision, with numerous performances every month.

Career highlight: ‘It was my honour to be appointed the music director for Singapore’s National Day Parade 2007. There were many firsts in this event which was truly a memorable moment for myself and for the nation. It was Singapore’s first NDP at the Marina Bay floating platform, the first to feature a combined orchestra of our nation’s national orchestras (the SCO and SSO), have a conductor as music director and feature local classical vocalists.’

Looking ahead: ‘Three directions for SCO – to soar to new heights (go international), to drive forward (be innovative in our programmes) and depth (to engage and serve the community).’

Mohamed Latiff Mohamed

A prolific writer who often centres his works on the struggles faced by the Malay community after Singapore gained its independence, Mohamed, 63, has produced a number of influential poems, short stories and novels. He is a three-time winner of the Singapore Literature Prize and some of his most notable works include Confrontation and Ziarah Cinta.

Career highlight: ‘One that I remember vividly is the World Congress of Poets that I attended in Seoul, South Korea in 2002. The people there greeted us with great warmth and respect. They would crowd around and follow us while we visited the city. Such was the reception that it seemed to me that the people of Korea gave great honour to people whom we call “poets”.’

Looking ahead: ‘To be able to translate all my works into English to be read worldwide.’

Time Out Singapore: Deepavali 2013 Guide

Bright lights along Upper Serangoon Road at 2012's Deepavali.

Bright lights along Upper Serangoon Road at 2012’s Deepavali.

8 Oct 2o13: Although we won’t get a working day off for the holiday this year (d’oh!) – due to the Hindu Advisory Board revising the official date of Deepavali from Sunday the 3rd to Saturday, 2 November – there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the Festival of Lights in Singapore. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Little India’s annual light-up, and as usual, the district’s streets – stretching from parts of Selegie Road to Serangoon Road (from the junction of Sophia Road to Lavender Street) and Race Course Road – are now adorned with colourful decorations. The theme centres on Radha and Krishna, the divine lovers in Hindu mythology, whose life-size replicas can be found swinging atop the main arch at the entrance of Serangoon Road. A range of events are planned.

Festival Village and Heritage & Crafts Exhibition

Until 1 Nov

Following the success of previous years, the Festival Village returns to Campbell Lane and Hastings Road to offer 15,000 square feet of retail therapy. Find stalls selling all sorts of decorations, jewellery and crafts, get your hands decorated by henna tattoo artists or try delicious Indian delicacies. The Heritage & Crafts Exhibition, titled Our Indian Forefathers and Their Trades in Singapore, is at Hastings Road and showcases a range of photographs and stories. There are also workshops for participants to learn from Indian craftsmen.

Fringe Activities

Various dates

Kids are invited to dress up as mini Radhas and Krishnas (5 Oct, 3pm, Hastings Rd), while the Family Challenge (12 Oct, 2pm, Hastings & Kerbau Rd) encourages adults to partner up with their little ones to complete three designated tasks around the Little India district; there are prizes to be won at both events. A Dance Medley (19 Oct, 5pm, Hastings & Kerbau Rd) sees a line-up of performers demonstrating various types of traditional dances, and be sure not to miss the spectacular Theemithi, or Fire-Walking, Festival (20 Oct, 6pm, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple).

Deepavali Countdown

1 Nov

For the best way to welcome the Festival of Lights, head down to the Event Marquee at Race Course Road. Spectators will be treated to an evening of performances by local and Indian artists – the full line-up can be viewed on the Little India website listed above – starting from 8.30pm, and culminating in the much-anticipated countdown. A fireworks display will mark the official start of Deepavali with much colour and fanfare – just be sure to head down early and leave any metallic items behind, as huge crowds are expected and security checks will be conducted.

See www.littleindia.com.sg for the full schedule.

Time Out Singapore: ‘Kings and Queen of Comedy Asia 4’ Preview

We adore them for their ability to make us giggle the night away – but things don’t always go smoothly for stand-up comedians. Here, Gwen Pew got the five superstars in The Comedy Club Asia’s upcoming Kings & Queen of Comedy Asia 4 to tell us about their most embarrassing moments on stage (and their favourite jokes!).

UK comedian Imran Yusuf, in the form of a bobble-head. Image courtesy of Comedy Club Asia.

UK comedian Imran Yusuf, in the form of a bobble-head. Image courtesy of Comedy Club Asia.

1 Oct 2013:

Jonathan Atherton

‘High school play. I played Julius Caesar and had to jump off a parapet to escape Egyptian soldiers. I was wearing sandals and a toga. What I wasn’t wearing was underpants… Let’s just say the play gave me a lot more exposure than I bargained for.’

Favourite joke? A guy walks into a bar and orders a bourbon and Coke. He says to the bartender, ‘I really shouldn’t be drinking this with what I’ve got.’ He then orders another and says the same thing. This happens two or three more times until the bartender finally asks, ‘Mate, what have you got?’ The guy replies, ‘A dollar fifty’.


‘I’m always on stage but once I fell off. Talk about the naked truth.’

Favourite joke? Foreigners.

Danny Bhoy

‘I once hosted a show where a man came up to me at the interval and asked if he could get up on stage in the second half and propose to his wife? I obliged. What neither of us was banking on was her saying “No”. It was the most awkward moment I ever remember on stage. I still cringe when I think about it now.’

Favourite joke? A snail knocks on the door of a hotel and asks if they have a room for the night? The angry owner replies, ‘We don’t serve snails!’, then picks up the snail and throws it down the bottom of the garden. Two years later, there is a knock at the door and the snail says, ‘What was all that about?’

Imran Yusuf

‘I once thoroughly peed my pants. I emptied out my entire bladder and went on stage with a massive wet stain showing. Fortunately, I was five years old at the time and got away with it without too much embarrassment.’

Favourite joke? You have to come watch me live! (That’s not the joke…)

Sheng Wang

‘Once I had to take an impromptu two minute intermission in the middle of my set because I needed to pee.’

Favourite joke? Why did the bicycle fall down? Because it was ‘two tired’.

Time Out Singapore: ‘World Architecture Festival 2013’ Preview

For its sixth edition, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) will be held at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands this year as structures across the globe compete for the prestigious awards. Having bagged four WAF prizes in 2012, our Little Red Dot has over 40 buildings nominated in 29 categories this time around. Here, the festival’s programming director, Paul Finch, tells Gwen Pew his thoughts about five of them.

The Star Vista shopping mall at Buona Vista. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival.

The Star Vista shopping mall at Buona Vista. Photo courtesy of the World Architecture Festival.

1 Oct 2013: 

Singapore Sports Hub (Kallang), by AECOM

‘Sports architecture and development have increasingly been used to regenerate urban areas, using major sporting events as core magnets, but providing a welcome range of uses for the wider community.’

The Star (Buona Vista), by AEDAS

‘Performing arts have been a subject of increased interest in Singapore in recent years. The architecture of this dramatic building tries to incorporate ideas of movement and action into a local landmark.’

Bethel Assembly of God Church (Aljuneid), by LAUD Architects

‘There was an increase in the number of religious buildings entered for the awards this year. This striking example combines modernity of design with traditional beliefs and rituals.’

Sky Habitat (Bishan), by DCA Architects

‘Singapore has become a focus for new residential architectural thinking, where towers are connected rather than separated, and where landscape ideas are incorporated seamlessly into man-made structures.’

Diamond House (Orchard), by formwerkz architects

‘The architects’ interest in the manipulation of geometry to produce unexpected spaces and volumes is well represented in this immaculate piece of design and construction.’

Time Out Singapore: Halloween 2013 Guide

With All Hallows Eve creeping up on us this month, Gwen Pew and Maddison Capuano round up the best events where you can be scared silly.

Zombies celebrate the season of the (un)dead! Image courtesy of Universal Studios Singapore.

Zombies celebrate the season of the (un)dead! Image courtesy of Universal Studios Singapore.

30 Sep 2013:

Fright Nites

1-31 Oct
One of the newer attractions on Sentosa, 4D AdventureLand is offering three special Halloween options this month. On top of their usual rides Journey 2 the Mysterious Island, Extreme Log Ride and Desperados, which will be showing from 10am to 7pm, visitors can experience after-dark shows as well. Hold on tight in a motion-based capsule and try not to get engulfed by your host-turned-monster in Panic House, or sit on one of the 20 moving saddles and enter a virtual game to slay zombies in The Grip of the Undead. A special Halloween maze called Trapped will also take place on selected evenings (see website for schedule) – escape if you can!

Sentosa 4D AdventureLand 51B Imbiah Rd (www.4dadventureland.com.sg). HarbourFront. 10am-9pm. Children aged three to 12 $26.90, adults $38.90, includes unlimited access to the rides throughout the day.

Halloween Horror Nights 3

11 & 12, 18 & 19, 26 & 27, 31 Oct & 3 Nov
For the third Halloween running, Universal Studios Singapore is taking on a makeover in honour of all things terrifying. The theme park will be riddled with a number of haunted houses and mazes, designated scare zones and photo ops all designed to get your heart racing. This year, the central characters are three witches who have reincarnated as the ominous Daughter of the Undead, Maiden of the Opera and Crone of the Forest. The event is also perfect for those of you who can’t be bothered to dress up – masks and costumes are strictly prohibited here.

Universal Studios Sentosa. (www.halloweenhorrornights.com.sg). HarbourFront. 7pm-1am. $68.

Museum of Horrors – The Twins

18-31 Oct
Organised by *SCAPE with Movie Mania and Singapore Polytechnic, this scare fest returns for its fourth edition. This time, the storyline follows the vengeful spirit of a woman who was murdered by her sister before her wedding night, and participants will have to slither through a maze with seven realistic dioramic sets showing haunted places around Singapore – and pray that they won’t end up with the cursed wedding ring. Also look out for the Horror Workshop, which teaches you how grisly props are made, and take part in their Gruesome Photo Contest for prizes.

*SCAPE Warehouse Level 2, 2 Orchard Link (www.museumofhorrors.com.sg). Somerset. 6-11pm. $17-$20.

Cursed Studio

19 & 20, 25-27, 30 & 31 Oct
Once upon a time, we’re told, two radio DJs were murdered and one went missing in their studio after what initially appeared to be a power cut. No one ever found the culprit, but there are rumours that the studio is haunted… This Halloween, you will be given the task of entering the studio to find documents to prove what happened to the DJs – or else you will be trapped inside and become ghost-food. Each team can have a maximum of three brave souls, all of whom must be at least 13 years of age.

Chat Chat Media 30B Smith St (www.chatchatmedia.com/halloween2013). Chinatown. 7.30- 11pm. $48.

Sentosa Spooktacular

19, 25, 26, 31 Oct & 2 Nov
Sentosa and Thai movie production studio GTH are teaming up to bring five Thai horror films to life this Halloween. Through five haunted trails, guests are confronted with reenacted scenes from the films – namely Coming Soon, Shutter, Pee Mak, Body and Dorm – and are given tasks they must complete in order to ensure they survive the night, including finding all the body parts of a butchered corpse (gloves not provided) and bringing peace to the spirit of a schoolboy who died after falling down a well.

Fort Siloso, Sentosa 33 Allanbrooke Rd (www.spooktacular.com.sg). HarbourFront. 7-11pm. $66.60.

Race the Dead

26 & 27 Oct
This 5km dash across Sentosa will see you pitted against the flesh-hungry undead. At the beginning of the race, each runner is presented with two life-tags and must try and make it to the safe haven with at least one of these intact. Not only will this run test your fitness and speed – you will also be confronted by a whole host of obstacles and, of course, attacks by zombies coming at you from all sides. However, the fun doesn’t end once you cross the finish line, and even those who don’t survive the course can enjoy the live music and games happening during the evening. If you’re looking for more zombie action even later in the night, head down the street to Wave House on 26 Oct for the Zombieland afterparty, complete with DJs and dancers.

120 Tanjong Beach Walk (www.racethedead.sg). HarbourFront. 8am-8pm. $79.90.

X-Out Halloween Carnival

26 & 27 Oct
Forget zombies, witches and things that go bump in the night – the most deadly monster out there is your packet of cigarettes, according to X-Out Singapore, who will be hosting Asia’s first and only anti-smoking carnival this Halloween. There will be a number of games and activities to get involved with, such as an anti- smoking playback theatre, as well as the bloodcurdling Cigarette Path of Regret. This horror maze illuminates all the evils of smoking and aims to convince you to quit before it’s too late.

Singapore Expo 1 Expo Dr. (www.x-out2013.wix.com/home). Expo. 11am-9pm. $20.

Tanah Pusaka – Haunting Stories of a Land Possessed

31 Oct
Are you brave enough to let the ghastly monsters under your childhood beds come out at last? Then join MoonShadow Stories on the night of All Hallows Eve itself as Kamini Ramachandran, Verena Tay and others tell you local tales that nightmares are built on, involving characters like the bomoh [witch doctor] and toyol [poltergeist] from traditional Malay folklores.

The Arts House 1 Old Parliament Ln (www.moonshadowstories.com). 8-9.15pm. $25 (www.bytes.sg).

Time Out Singapore: ‘Architours 2013’ Guide

The only festival dedicated to architecture in the country, Archifest is back this month for its seventh year. Organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), the festival features three weeks of events, with the theme ‘Small is Beautiful’ – celebrating projects that are small in size but large in ambition and impact.

A group of people take photos at last year's Architours. Image courtesy of Archifest.

A group of people take photos at last year’s Architours. Image courtesy of Archifest.

16 Sep 2013: The centrepiece of the event is the zero-waste Archifest Pavilion, which was designed by RSP Architects Planners & Engineers following a competition in June and serves as the main hub for the event. The Archifest Conference (1 Oct) sees a string of influential speakers who will share their ideas on building design, and the festival will close with an Urban Picnic (12 Oct) complete with performances.

For those of you who want to get a bit more involved, the popular Architours is your thing. Organised by The Architecture Society at NUS, professional architects and students will be taking visitors into various buildings around town on 13 separate trails. Here, Melvin Lew, president of The Architecture Society, shows us three buildings that are part of this year’s Architours.

1. ‘The House of Interlocking Boxes’, Saraca Road, by Aamer Architects

The boxes that form the basic look of this residential home in Seletar have been cleverly placed to create balconies, terraces and planters that can be accessed by every bedroom on the second floor. Inside the house, skylight streams down from the rooftop swimming pool’s glass floor all the way to the ground level. The building was also designed so that its square grid is rotated by 45 degrees off the boundary lines to catch the breeze. Says Law: ‘The Saraca Road project by Aamer Architects is a shining example of contemporary Singapore architecture by a local small firm. With a repertoire of landed properties in its portfolio, Aamer Architects continues to push the envelope in the area of designing for homes. The project is a design by a small firm that finds the ideal solution to a combination of factors, including site, climate and structure. Given the role of local small architecture firms in the design of homes in Singapore, Saraca Road achieves aesthetic perfection and represents an achievement by the local architecture community.’

2. 25 Chapel Road, by RichardHO Architects

This quaint single-storey Art Deco-style bungalow was a legacy from parents to their children, and has now been restored and revamped to suit modern needs. The renovations included a new wing with a larger space, as well as a swanky private lap pool – the Architour, unfortunately, doesn’t include taking a dip. Says Law: ‘25 Chapel Road showcases the conservation prowess of small firms. Originally built in the early 20th century, the home was repaired and reinstated painstakingly by RichardHO Architects, including many of the bungalow’s unique and distinguishing features. Careful personal attention paid by the architect ensured a smooth restoration and further addition to the original property, giving this home a second lease of life, and winning the 2010 URA Architectural Heritage Award.’

3. PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, by WOHA

Opened in January this year, the award-winning four-star hotel embodies the ‘hotel in a garden’ concept and features over 15,000 square metres of greenery, waterfalls, planter walls and a zero-energy sky garden. Its stacked exterior is inspired by the rice-paddy fields of Bali, and energy-saving elements such as solar panels and rain harvesting devices are incorporated into the building. Says Law: ‘PARKROYAL on Pickering was selected as it is a rather large scale project, completed by a relatively small architecture firm in Singapore. The hotel is an exemplary project that showcases the capability of small firms to achieve award-winning status even for major projects that are usually handled by the bigger firms. The level of detail in this project is also remarkable, given WOHA’s extensive experience with smaller projects in which everything is thoughtfully detailed down to the smallest detail.’

Time Out Singapore: ‘Ilham Alam’ Preview

A new show opens at the Malay Heritage Centre this month to educate visitors about the history and properties of Traditional Malay Medicine. Gwen Pew hears what Suhaili Osman, the curator of the exhibition has to say.

An old Malay medicine man. Image Courtesy of the Singapore National Museum, National Heritage Board.

An old Malay medicine man. Image Courtesy of the Singapore National Museum, National Heritage Board.

13 Sep 2013: Ilham Alam is inspiration – ilham – derived from nature – alam. Therefore, this exhibition examines ways in which various historical Malay communities harnessed nature’s bounty of flora and fauna to create both preventive and curative medicines.

‘The Malay Heritage Centre believes that ethno-medical practices are an important aspect of cultural identity and heritage through an individual or a community’s unique relationship with nature. Traditional Malay Medicine continues to be practised today by many Malays and non-Malays as it is easily accessible, affordable and its anecdotal efficacy is increasingly being scientifically tested with positive results.

‘This is evident in the case of Jamu, the Javanese herbal remedies, a multi-million dollar industry that has churned out numerous accolades and citations in modern Western medical and scientific research. Visitors will be able to see a beautifully preserved Javanese Botekan – a pyramidal set of drawers used to store the spices – at the show.

‘The exhibition consists of two components. There are two indoor galleries that explore the early Malays’ conceptualisations of the human body and its relationship with the natural environment, as well as a focus study on traditional Malay health practitioners and the future of traditional Malay medicine in today’s world. An interactive multimedia installation on the comparison of traditional Malay medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda by final-year design students from Nanyang Polytechnic is also featured here. Outside, younger visitors can enjoy a maze of living plants – as part of our collaboration with the Singapore Botanical Gardens – and learn about the various healing properties of plants found in the Malay World around the South-East Asia region. It also focuses on the accessibility of these “plant-medicines” to cure common ailments and promote general health.’