Don’t have any Friday night plans? Fret not, because Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) has launched its own “Happy Hour” — one you can enjoy in the comfort of your home.

Happy Hour is actually a line-up of digital programs hosted by the heritage museum on its Instagram page. The series covers a gamut of topics, including lifestyle, art and wellness, and features experts and tastemakers in each field. In other words, there’s something for everyone.

This month, ACM has invited New Zealand-based interior stylist, Priscilla Tan, to share her furnishing know-how. Tan, who is known for her tranquil, muted interiors, will offer a step-by-step guide to choosing your own display cabinet, while working with one from ACM’s own furniture collection.

(Photo credit: Priscilla Tan, courtesy of Asian Civilisations Museum)
Priscilla Tan(Photo credit: Priscilla Tan, courtesy of Asian Civilisations Museum)

Singlit fans can get their dose of local literature through a reading from Erni Salleh, who will also feature on ACM’s Happy Hour. As one of the finalists of the 2020 Epigram Books Fiction Prize, Salleh will share an except from her book, which viewers will be invited to spin on their own. The most intriguing submission will even win an exclusive prize.

But perhaps the Happy Hour feature that will draw the most virtual attendees is “Curious Cocktails”, a cocktail-making masterclass on Zoom. It’ll be hosted by award-winning local bar Jekyll & Hyde, beloved for its whimsical alcoholic concoctions. As part of the workshop, which you’ll have to register for, you’ll receive a DIY cocktail pack that you can use to follow the class, led by senior bartender Byron Tan.

Erni Salleh (Photo credit: Asian Civilisations Museum)

With a rather diverse line-up for its first instalment, we’d be keeping an eye on ACM’s Happy Hour programs. The museum is also especially devoted to online activities, both on its website and Instagram. That includes #ACMCraft, an Instagram challenge to recreate ACM’s historic Asian masterpieces, as well as a range of virtual and AR tours of its galleries.

Header photo credit: Jekyll & Hyde, courtesy of Asian Civilisations Museum

Pameyla Cambe
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Pameyla Cambe is a fashion and jewellery writer who believes that style and substance shouldn't be mutually exclusive. She makes sense of the world through Gothic novels, horror films and music. Lots of music.