Increasingly professionals are choosing to tack personal travel on the front or back end of business travel, a concept that has been dubbed “bleisure”. It makes sense – if work is paying for flights, you might as well enjoy a few extra days for personal travel. With that in mind, we’ve picked a few of the best exhibits and attractions happening in our four focus locations this month to inspire some “bleisure” time.
SYDNEY: John Russell at the Art Gallery of NSW: 21 July – 11 November 2018
Dubbed “Australia’s French Impressionist”, John Peter Russell was an Australian artist who ran in the same circles as Vincent van Gogh, Auguste Rodin, Henri Matisse and Claude Monet. Some of the works have never been shown to the public before, and others haven’t been shown in decades. There are works on loan from the Musee d’Orsay and the Harvard Art Museums. If you can’t get an extra day on your trip, pop in on Wednesdays for “Art After Hours” when the gallery is open till 10pm.
SINGAPORE: National Day of Singapore: 9th August 2018
Singapore’s 53rd birthday is on the 9th of August so the whole country will be celebrating. There’ll be plenty to do and see, so simply strolling around the island is a great way to take it all in. A lot of restaurants do special menus for the event so foodies will have plenty to experience. Marina Bay has a fireworks display and Mr Stork is a great place to catch the display. They offer free flowing drinks for $168SGD per person on the night. The National Day Parade is also worth catching and weaves through the city on the day.
MELBOURNE: MoMA at NGV: until 7 October 2018
MoMA at NGV looks at 130 years of Modern Art and is definitely worth checking out. Some of the big names featured include van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock, Cezanne, Dali and Kahlo. The exhibit is split over two sections and works chronologically through the development of modern art, working from van Gogh to the original Space Invaders game. Lines are long so we recommend getting tickets online to skip the queue. If you don’t have a whole day, NGV Friday Nights will let you catch the exhibit after work with acts from the International Jazz Festival in the background.
HONG KONG: Alter Ego Exhibition in Macau: until 9th September 2018
Alexandre Farto, AKA Vhils has curated six individual exhibits for this event in Macau, formally known as the Annual Arts Exhibition between China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries. Each exhibit is spread across the city, moving from The Self, The Other, From Language to Travel, Culture Clash, Globalisation and ending with Alter Ego. Given there’s a lot to see, considering spending a night in Macau to allow yourself to fully take in the culture.