Julius Caesar [Theatre Review]

Julius Caesar [Theatre Review]

Shakespeare in the Park returns after a 2-year hiatus, with a powerful play about power and ambition. This year’s play, Julius Caesar, is based on true events in Roman history. However, the SRT’s adaptation provides a modern twist to the classic play. This version notably changes Julius Caesar’s gender as well as adapted the context of the play from ancient Rome to an international power struggle of the alliance called R.O.M.E, which is inspired by United Nations and the G7. The play is timely against a backdrop of contemporary politics. Stage Design The first thing that you will notice as...

Canon EOS M100 [Review]

Canon EOS M100 [Review]

This labour day weekend I took the Canon EOS M100 for a spin. To start of I really liked the size of the camera it is compact and easy to bring out. It delivers quality images that matches up to the DSLR. In a way, this camera is a baby DSLR, that has similar quality of images but is surprisingly not as user friendly. The Canon EOS M100 comes with a 15-45mm Kit Lens, 24.2 Mega-pixels APS-C, Wifi and Bluetooth capabilities, Touch Screen LCD, Full HD 1920X1080 and Image Stabilization. It also has a detachable lens so there is an...

CSA Launches Second National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign – “Cyber Tips 4 You”

CSA Launches Second National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign – “Cyber Tips 4 You”

Campaign focuses on promoting four cybersecurity tips to help the public to go safe online https://www.facebook.com/gosafeonline/videos/1851834248170127/ As Singapore moves towards becoming a Smart Nation, technology will become increasingly pervasive in our lives, transforming the way we work, live, and play. Thus, it is crucial that everyone in Singapore is equipped with the basic know-how of good cyber practices, in order to reap the benefits of technology. With that in mind, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), in collaboration with the Cyber Security Awareness Alliance, is organising the second National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign – “Cyber Tips 4 You”. Results from...

Twisting the typical: Choosing slightly different holiday destinations

Twisting the typical: Choosing slightly different holiday destinations

Choosing locations for a holiday are one of the toughest and most time consuming of processes. One of the usual methods of selection comes down to weather, popularity and type of activities available at the holiday destination. This usually tends to lead to a dichotomous choice — snowy end-of-year destinations or beachy sites for relaxations. However, as usual, I’m no stickler for the ordinary and thus must look at everything that is odd and different (possibly a little adventurous too?)   So, here’s 5 destinations you might wanna try for a newer experience!   Bangladesh I know a basic rule...

New Festival Director kickstarts the 2018 Singapore International Festival of Arts line-up and introduces the Festival House

New Festival Director kickstarts the 2018 Singapore International Festival of Arts line-up and introduces the Festival House

  The 41st edition of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA 2018) features game-changing artists from a spectrum of art forms set to engage and inspire audiences, from new festival goers to seasoned arts lovers. Commissioned by the National Arts Council and managed by Arts House Limited, the pinnacle performing arts festival will be held over 17 days from 26 April to 12 May 2018 helmed by new Festival Director, Gaurav Kripalani (2018 to 2020). While SIFA continues to be a platform for artistic excellence in spotlighting both emerging and established Singaporean and international artists, many aspects of the...

Record number of Zero Waste Runners gave up race entitlements at Income Eco Run 2018

Record number of Zero Waste Runners gave up race entitlements at Income Eco Run 2018

The F1 Pit Building was buzzing with excitement earlier this morning as some 9,000 participants laced up their running shoes for the Income Eco Run 2018. The runners, who were competing in various distances – 21.1km Half Marathon, 10km, 5km Fun Run and Kids Dash (1.2km and 800m) – were all running towards one collective goal: A more sustainable future, with many bearing their own refillable water bottles. Among the participants were close to 2,000 Zero Waste runners, who gave up their finisher tees and/or race medals. Their endeavours were supported by the likes of PUB, Singapore’s national water agency,...

First ever open sexual assault support group

First ever open sexual assault support group

AWARE’s Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC) is launching an open support group for women who have experienced sexual assault. Participants can attend any and as many sessions as they choose. If you attend a session, you are encouraged to stay until the session ends to avoid disruption. Through a combination of writing, art and the sharing of stories, survivors come together to draw support from women facing similar struggles. They also hope for participants to gain awareness on the impact of sexual assault, their strengths and ideas about ways of coping. Details of the other services which SACC can offer and which may be able to...

Thick Beats for Good Girls: An Interview with Pooja Nansi and Jessica Bellamy

Thick Beats for Good Girls: An Interview with Pooja Nansi and Jessica Bellamy

Checkpoint Theatre is delighted to present an electrifying new production, Thick Beats for Good Girls. Written and performed by performance-poet Pooja Nansi (Singapore) and award-winning playwright Jessica Bellamy (Australia), Thick Beats asks a ton of questions about the balancing act that is being a woman, an ethnic or religious minority, and—God forbid—a hip-hop enthusiast. Directed and dramaturged by Huzir Sulaiman, the production will run from 5 to 22 April 2018 at the Drama Centre Black Box. The Ridge had the opportunity to ask Jessica Bellamy and Pooja Nansi about what inspired the play and why its one that is so...

Bill Bailey Live in Asia Tour 2018, arrives in Singapore on 14 April at Shanghai Dolly

Bill Bailey Live in Asia Tour 2018, arrives in Singapore on 14 April at Shanghai Dolly

  Comedian musician Bill Bailey is delighted to announce his brand new Live in Asia Tour 2018 on the 14th of April at Shanghai Dolly, Clarke Quay as part of the Magners International Comedy Festival. Kicking off his Asia Tour in Ho Chi Minh, followed by Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Shanghai with his last stop in Singapore, Bill Bailey Live in Asia 2018, an ever-evolving show will feature new material gathered from his tours and encounters over the last year.   Bill Bailey Live in Asia Tour 2018 is a compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty...

Reopening of the University Cultural Centre

Reopening of the University Cultural Centre

The University Cultural Centre Façade (image courtesy of NUS Centre For the Arts) The University Cultural Centre (UCC), situated in the west outskirts of the NUS campus, formally reopened on 22 March after a six-month closure.   Since it was first opened on 5 September 2000, the UCC has hosted a list of prominent political, cultural and artistic figures and was also a site for significant university events such as the annual NUS Commencement. Some key state events include the National Day Rallies and state funerals of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew and S.R. Nathan.   Managed by the Centre...

Launch of “Engineering a First World – 50 Feats that Transformed Singapore” Coffee Table Book

Launch of “Engineering a First World – 50 Feats that Transformed Singapore” Coffee Table Book

Untold first-hand stories showing determination, passion and ingenuity of an amazing generation of engineers On 7th April 2018, the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) launched “Engineering a First World – 50 Feats that Transformed Singapore”, a book recounting first-person stories of engineers behind Singapore’s 50 greatest engineering feats. Mr. Heng Chee How, Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress graced the event held at the National Library Building as the guest-of-honour. The 240-page book offers exclusive behind-the-scene looks into the many challenges that had confronted engineers behind the winning projects of the Engineering...

The Illumi Fest Run at the Heart of Marina Bay – A Uni Student’s Perspective

The Illumi Fest Run at the Heart of Marina Bay – A Uni Student’s Perspective

Decked in neon splatters and sunglasses, the vibrant runners of the ILLUMI Fest Run streamed through the Marina Bay against the glistening night sky and the backdrop of iLight Marina Bay this 31 March. With more than 4000 participants in attendance, the party kicked off in a dazzling spectacle of colours and high spirits. To witness the event in all its spectacular quality, I was extended an invitation to blend in with the brightly coloured runners, race pack and all.   The venue was rife with shades of ILLUMI glow water and exciting Instagrammable booths on display. Arriving at the...