Singaporeans familiar with Keong Saik Road will associate the area with popular hipster cafés and so-cool-it-hurts speakeasies. The Popspoken Team are no strangers to the uber-hip Chinatown street; we proudly told you about joints such as The Library (and its secretive password), the surprisingly affordable 999.99, and, of course, the artful offerings at Potato Head Folk.

Bringing the rustic charm of these brands together is the inaugural edition of the Keong Saik Carnival. Slated to take place on Saturday28 May 2016, the street market and live music and culture event will host over eight local and international vendors and performers.

Set to run from 12:00NN to 10:30PM, the event will provide an exciting day of fun, culture, shopping and dining. A street bazaar will feature popular street fashion labels, designer and collector goods as well as award-winning bars and restaurants, interspersed by intriguing art and cultural activities. Setting the mood from noon till night will be live performances by musical artistes as well as a nonstop lineup of acclaimed DJs.

Keong Saik Carnival is organised and curated by the team behind Potato Head Folk, a four-storey space on 36 Keong Saik Road which offers four unique drinking and dining experiences on each level.

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At the street bazaar, visitors can browse the latest collections from diverse fashion labels, including a limited edition streetwear collection by Fergadelic created for Three Buns. Not to be missed by antique collectors and bargain hunters, there will also be a pop-up record store by #vinyloftheday and a mini-bazaar of unique curated goods from Made By Legacy.

For the culture vultures (hey, that’s us!), there will be an art installation by Tell Your Children and performances by the Hok San Lion Dance Troupe. There will also be a carousel by Uncle Ringo for families and the young at heart.

Throughout the day, two performance stages will feature headlining artistes, including Beijing’s Howie Lee, Shanghai’s ChaCha & Drunk Monk, and Al Rocco and Blow from Shanghainese hip-hop group Busy Gang. Local acts will be also represented by The Observatory, Syndicate, Mr Has, Pushin’On, and Attagirl! Part of the performances will also be matched with visuals by VJ HeyLou.

“We wanted to combine some of our favourite things and bring them all together in one place for one great event,” said Earn Chen, creative director at Potato Head Folk.

“Keong Saik Road has this unique vibe of laid-back fun and creativity, in large part because of the people who run the food and drink establishments here. Keong Saik Carnival gives us the perfect opportunity to work together and build something great for our shared neighbourhood.”

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Keong Saik Carnival

Saturday, 28 May 2016

12:00NN to 10:30PM

Keong Saik Road

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Header image from Potato Head Folk’s Facebook page.