What to expect at this year’s new and (hopefully) improved Artbox Singapore

Photo: artbox_singapore/Instagram
Photo: artbox_singapore/Instagram

You may have been one of the hundreds sorely disappointed by the overhyped and overcrowded first overseas edition of Bangkok’s famous market that was Artbox Singapore, but perhaps you could find it in your heart to give it another shot before you abandon it for good.

Returning for its second edition this year, the pop-up market promises to take up 140,000 sq ft at Bayfront Event Space, making it almost three times bigger than its inaugural attempt last year. Oh, and the claustrophobic or sweat-adverse will be glad to know the organizers are arranging more spacious walkways and a dedicated entrance archway to (hopefully) help with crowd control this time.

Set to the theme of Oasis — not that the theme actually matters — Artbox Singapore will sprawl across two weekends to cater to shoppers hungry for (yet again) indie goods and trendy treats.

As usual, expect shipping containers featuring art installations to be part of the market’s structure, amidst fairy lights strung above booths hawking beauty goods, fashion trinkets, carnival bites, and art pieces. New local and regional brands to check out include the likes of Cereal Citizen, Porky Studio, Moonset, and Nokkajib.

In comparison to last year’s outing, where 300 vendors set up stalls with 10 shipping container structures and fairy lights suspended over 3km, this year’s expanded version hosts 400 booths across more than 20 shipping containers sitting pretty below 6km of fairy lights.

Besides shopping, dining, and chilling out at the hammock area, you can also groove to the tunes of local musicians, climb onto a pool float at the psychedelic-colored foam pit, and swing by the booths of social enterprises to support their charity drives.

 

Artbox Singapore 2018: Oasis is on from May 25-27 & June 1-3, 3pm-11pm at Bayfront Event Space. Free.

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