6 Things To Expect At Artbox Singapore 2018

It starts today.

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If you missed the craziness and amazing-ness that was Artbox last year, the largest pop-up creative market in the country has returned to Singapore for the second time.

Originally from Thailand, it’s returning for the second this weekend (and the following weekend after). If you’re unfamiliar with the event (which we highly doubt), it is a wildly popular (read: it’s going to be packed) market that supports local maker-creators retailing everything from beauty, fashion, food and art.

This year, it spans over two weekends from May 25 to 27, 2018 as well as June 1 to 3, 2018 from 3pm to 11pm at the Bayfront Event Space near The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

With 600,000 visitors last year, it pays to have a plan on how to best tackle it. Here are six things to get excited about.

1. The venue is thrice as big this year

Thankfully, this year’s event takes up over 140,000 square feet of the Bayfront Event Space, which is almost three times the size of last year’s. Aside from more spacious walkways between booths, the extra space also means more food, more shopping and more fun. We’re expecting more than 20 shipping containers and 400 booths each weekend.

2. The food – and lots of it

If you saw the #instafood pics from last year, you’ll know that food is a main highlight of the event. This year there will be more than 160 booths with a focus on delectable goodies like Thai milk tea (duh), lots of Thai food, takoyaki, gourmet sausages, cakes, and the list goes on.

And if you’re down for a drink, head down to the beer party hosted by Singha that for some music, some beer pong and (of course) the photo booth.

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3. The shopping – there are over 200 retail booths

We can guarantee that you won’t get tired of shopping there. Each weekend brings a different set of  fashion and lifestyle sellers from Thailand and Singapore. For the socially conscious, there’s social enterprises to support from all over the region such as Eco-Greenergy and The Clay Day.

4. The live music performances

When you tire of eating, drinking and shopping, take a break from all the walking and enjoy some live music under fairy lights (of course).

5. The Insta-worthy backgrounds for #OOTDs

If you don’t post a picture on Instagram, were you actually at Artbox? Going by last year, the venue will be filled with fairy lights, decorated shipping containers, vintage cars, LED lights and quirky ornaments – we won’t tell you what to do because we already know you’re going to post that #ootd (we just hope you’ll be creative about it).

6. The foam pit

And because the experience won’t be complete without a foam pit (a psychedelic-coloured one to boot), there will be one on-site with with pool floats (cue your flamingo, pineapple and unicorn inflatables) to soak the heat of the day away. To enter, just spend a minimum of $20 with any cashless payment method.

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Text: Christabel Teo / FEMALE / May 2018
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