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Here are some frugal events for the week.

As mentioned in Parliament earlier this week, Singapore is facing a lot of challenges regarding the global economic slowdown, low job growth, preparing its people for the future, and an ageing population. These are challenges that people in nearly all parts of the world are also experiencing, but fortunately for us, our “government is prepared to consider introducing a range of contingency measures, depending on the nature and severity of the downturn.” In these uncertain times, it becomes more important to adopt frugality, not only to save money for emergencies, but also to learn to find enjoyment in things that don’t require spending a lot of money. You might come to realise that there’s no shortage of things to do in Singapore, and here are some suggestions:

 

 

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Got to Move SG
7 Oct - 23 Oct
Various
Free
Various
gotomove
DescriptionThis year, the National Arts Council will be presenting the second edition of Got to Move, an annual nationwide movement to celebrate Singapore’s dance scene, and to get people moving. Sign up for free dance lessons and workshops.
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The Makers' Festival
7 Oct - 30 Oct
Various
Some workshops require a fee
The Centrepoint
makers-festival
DescriptionThe Makers’ Festival at The Centrepoint is a three-part extravaganza of creativity and interactivity, consisting of: Makers’ Block in the Atrium, Makers’ Workshops, and Makers’ Marketplace in B2 Food Hall. From old-school craftsmanship like leather crafting to mind-boggling technology like virtual reality, there’s plenty to
do, see, and make in this immersive, interactive, inspirational fun festival.
Event
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Singapore JewelFest
7 Oct - 16 Oct
12pm - 8pm
Free
Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
jewelfest
DescriptionGuests will have a chance to attend exclusive gem and jewellery events, from curated runway shows from renowned designers to masterclasses from the Swiss gemological academy. Only those registered can attend.
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Deepavali
17 Sept - 12 Nov
Various
Free
Various
DescriptionDeepavali, known as the Festival of Lights is an ancient festival in the Hindu almanac. There will be dance performances every Friday and Saturday from 6pm - 8pm at Clive Street; photo-taking points along the beautifully lit streets; and a festival village with crafts and heritage exhibits.
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398.2 Storytelling Festival
3 Sept - 19 Nov, 26 Nov, 3 Dec
Various
Free
Various libraries islandwide
story-telling-festival
DescriptionLast year's highly successful inaugural 398.2 Storytelling Festival attracted over 3000 people. This year, there will be an even bigger and better lineup of events featuring 16 storytellers led by award-winning storyteller Roger Jenkins with his Story Line team. Sessions are for all ages, and guaranteed to be highly interactive and lots of fun.

 

Upcoming Events

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Time(s)
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IFL: Is the Deal too Good to be true? – Beware of Scams
12 Oct
7pm - 8.30pm
Free
Singapore Polytechnic. Room T1A34
DescriptionThe Institute of Financial Literacy, a collaboration between Money Sense and Singapore Polytechnic, provides free unbiased financial education programmes to the public (no selling of any financial products). Please visit their website for other available classes and topics. Some classes require registration.
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Conversation Starters: What's Cooking? Food Scares in Singapore
12 Oct
7pm - 9pm
Free
National Library Building, Level 16 The Pod
DescriptionFrom tainted durian puffs to raw fish dishes with bacteria and rats in dining outlets, food safety in Singapore has been in the spotlight in recent times. In this Conversation Starters panel discussion organized by the National Library and SIM University, experts and practitioners in the industry will address issues close to the heart of food-loving locals. Has there been a spike in local food scandals? What are the causes and sources of contamination? Join them for an informative session to learn about these and the measures to ensure food safety and hygiene in Singapore.
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Costa Coffee: Inspiration vs Imitation
13 Oct
6.15pm - 8.30pm
Free
Costa269, 269 Holland Avenue
costa-coffee-inspiration
DescriptionThis talk will explore the challenging balance between inspiration and imitation in the creative industry and seeks to empower local creatives with useful insights on how they can better protect their craft. The panel includes designer, musician and lecturer Ginette Chittick, KULT Creative Director Steve Lawler and Intellectual Property lawyer Samuel Seow.
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da:ns festival 2016
13 Oct - 23 Oct
Various
Mix of free and ticketed events
Esplanade
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DescriptionTo all dance lovers and those curious, Esplanade’s da:ns festival invites you to fall in love with dance through a full-hearted celebration of movement with powerful performances from around the world, exciting new creations and a wide range of opportunities to learn different kinds of dance. This 11-day festival will open your mind, lift your spirit and get your body moving.
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Singapore International Festival of Music
13 Oct - 30 Oct
Various
Mix of free & ticketed events
Various
sifom
DescriptionThe Singapore International Festival of Music (SIFOM) in its 2nd year seeks to build on the successes of its first edition by continuing in its mission to provide a platform for Singapore’s best young professional classical musicians, pairing them in performances of chamber and orchestral music with international artists. Free events include Concert #12 - Myths & Legends about Empires (29 Oct), Concert #13 - Myths & Legends about Empires in Singapore, and a variety of fringe activities.
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Healthy Lifestyle Festival Roadshow 2
14 Oct - 16 Oct
11am - 8.30pm
Free
Tampines Central
healthy-lifestyle-festival
DescriptionThe Healthy Lifestyle Festival SG is back for a weekend of fun activities, freebies and more. Visitors can participate in workout sessions, watch cooking demos, design their own tote bags, and play a game of table soccer/tennis. Those who complete the event passport can redeem a free goodie bag. This roadshow is the second of 3 roadshows. Look forward to the main festival, which will be on 12 - 13 Nov.
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MAAD Pyjamas: MAAD Sounds with Andy Yang
14 Oct
5pm - 12am
Free
Red Dot Museum, 28 Maxwell Road
maad-sounds
DescriptionMAAD (Market Of Artists And Designers) Sounds with Andy Yang will feature original live performances from homegrown musicians all night long. It will coincide with MAAD Pyjamas, the monthly recurring creative marketplace which promotes local creations, designs, innovations and originality.
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MP3 Experiment
15 Oct
5pm onward
Free
Merlion Park & The Central
mp3-experiement
DescriptionThis is the 4th edition of the MP3 Experiment. To prepare for it, watch their trailer and meet at the designated location with your phone and a pair of headphones.
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Foodscape Collective: Food, Senses, and Memory-Making
15 Oct
1pm - 2pm
Free
HortPark
DescriptionKelvin Low, NUS Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Sociology, will be giving a talk on food, memory and history. His research interests include sensory studies, food and foodways, and migration and transnationalism. Find out more about what role our senses have in our love of food, our memories of food, and the value we give to food.
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Prime: Get Healthy the Easy Way
15 Oct
1pm - 5pm
$10 single pass; $12 buddy passes
The Grassroots' Club, 190 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
get-healthy
DescriptionHear from a panel of experts on topics including sensitive noses & sinusitis, natural treatments for inflammation, chronic gastritis, and midlife issues. Registration fee includes a goodie bag and tea break.
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The Pink Ribbon Fashion Show & Canival
15 Oct
2pm - 6pm
Free
The Cathay
pinkribbon-fashion-show
DescriptionIn conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016, the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) in collaboration with our partners is organising The Pink Ribbon Fashion Show & Carnival to demonstrate that one can live life normally and beautifully after a breast cancer diagnosis. Free zumba workout, goodie bag, and other freebies.
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Malay HeritageFest
15 Oct - 5 Nov
Various
Free
Malay Heritage Centre
malay-culturefest
DescriptionMalay CultureFest includes 4 weekends of mesmerising performances and workshops. This festival runs concurrently with their brand new exhibition, 'Mereka Utusan: Imprinting Malay Modernity, 1920s-1960s'.
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IFL: Enrich Your Golden Years
15 Oct - 16 Oct
1.30pm - 4.30pm; 2pm - 5pm
Free
Bukit Merah Library; Marine Parade Library
DescriptionThe Institute of Financial Literacy, a collaboration between Money Sense and Singapore Polytechnic, provides free unbiased financial education programmes to the public (no selling of any financial products). Please visit their website for other available classes and topics. Some classes require registration.
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Singapore Pharmacy Week: Own Your [email protected] West
16 Oct
9am - 3pm
Free
Woodlands Civic Centre
pharm-week
DescriptionHighlights include free medicines check-ups where pharmacist volunteers will review and explain your medications to you (pre-registration required), information booths, and activities for kids, including a colouring contest where they can win attractive prizes.
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Born in KKH
16 Oct
8am - 1pm
Free
Bishan Stadium
born-in-kk
DescriptionEveryone's invited to the free Community Family Carnival and also to come witness the Guinness World Records attempt for “Largest Reunion of People Born at the Same Hospital.” At the carnival, there will be healthy lifestyle and sports tryout activities by ActiveSG.

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