Design Trails:

Design Day Out in the City

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Back for its fourth instalment, Design Trails 2017 brings participants up close and personal with the creative community through intimate talks, interactive demos and behind-the-scenes showcases.

This year’s theme “Design Day Out in the City”, will allow participants to uncover how design can reimagine possibilities, create opportunities to connect, and inspire people in the way we live, work and play in our city.

The journey will start at the National Design Centre, and continues to innovative offices such as Collision 8, a co-working space at North Bridge Road, and the Airbnb office in Tanjong Pagar. The route will take participants to Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore; Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre; Chong Wen Ge, a multi-faceted heritage landmark; Journey East, a furniture retailer; and Sing Mui Heng, a specialist in fashion craft materials; and a surprising urban intervention at Telok Ayer Park. Participants may also hop on and off the free shuttle bus at any of the stops, which will take place over the closing weekend of the Singapore Design Week from 11-12 March.

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Saturday, 11 March 2017    Sunday, 12 March 2017


 

Day 1: SATURDAY, 11 March 2017

 
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National Design Centre

111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969

This is the hub of Singapore Design Week 2017, organised by the DesignSingapore Council. With a suite of activities and programmes, the Centre is the place to see good design, deepen the appreciation and understanding of design innovation and discover the use of design for innovation and productivity. 

Photo Credit: Aaron Pocock

Photo Credit: Aaron Pocock


Photo Credit: Collision 8

Photo Credit: Collision 8

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Collision 8

High Street Centre, 1 North Bridge Road, #08-08, Singapore 179094

Proving that innovative design can spark collaborations, join Collision 8 as they take you on a tour of their sleek co-working space and see how they foster a community by combining beauty and functionality.

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Spaces for Collaboration by Collision 8
Scheduled Guided Tour* at 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm, 4.15pm (15mins)

*Each tour is capped at 15pax and on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is to be made in person onsite and opens 15mins before the tour. No pre-registration is allowed.

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Design Innovation: A Human Library by The Orange Hive
Scheduled Conversation at 11.30am and 4.00pm (1hour)

Here, join in for a Human Library and have intimate chats with mentors from the design and design thinking community, The Orange Hive. Explore stories of what's worked in cultivating creative flow, human-centered design, UX research, and more.

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Designing for Conversations by Asylum and Michelle Yong, Collision 8
Scheduled Talk and Guided Tour at 3.30pm (25min)

Asylum, the creative agency behind Collision 8, will be conversing with Collision 8 co-founder Michelle Yong, to share insights on their design and ideation process. Get a glimpse into their design strategies that encourage conversations at every corner.

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Building a business with design and storytelling by Koh Kai Xin, Co-Founder, HighSpark and Oswald Yeo, Co-Founder Glints
Scheduled Conversation at 5.15pm (30min)

Have a chat with the co-founders from career platform Glints, and presentation design agency HighSpark on the importance of design in a business.

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Code to Learn with Scratch Programming by Saturday Kids
All-day Showcase

Throughout the day, discover how to code by designing your own games and animations with a showcase by Saturday Kids, using Scratch, a visual programming language.


Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906

Explore the newly completed Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and discover how elements of traditional Chinese culture, architecture, and philosophy are applied in today’s context.

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Scheduled Guided Tour by DP Architects
Scheduled Guided Tour* at 12.00pm, 2.00pm, 3.00pm, 4.00pm, 5.30pm (30min)
*Each tour is capped at 15pax and on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is to be made in person
onsite and opens 15mins before the tour. No pre-registration is allowed.

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre: The Design Process by DP Architects
Scheduled Talk at 1.00pm and 4.45pm (30min) 

In a talk and guided tour, hear from DP Architects and learn how they creatively integrate these elements in a modern and functional building.

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Interpretation of Chinese Culture through Design
All-day Showcase and Scheduled Q&A at 3.30pm (30min)

Browse an all-day showcase featuring works of emerging designers as they interpret Chinese culture through design. Hear as they share their personal perspectives on culture as it evolves in a session alongside Jesvin Yeo of Designing Cultures Studio, Nanyang Technological University and Ella Zheng of The Workbench.

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Contemporizing Chinese Typography - Curated by Tofu, featuring various designers
All-day Showcase and Activity

In a showcase curated by design studio, Tofu, discover more about Chinese type - its strokes, form, and proportions - with an interactive writing activity! See how design studios and graphic designers such as Somewhere Else, Struct, Done by Jiro and Siu Yen Lo, express Chinese culture through contemporary design as featured in their works.

Photo credit: DP Architects

Photo credit: DP Architects

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Photo Credit: Chong Wen Ge

Photo Credit: Chong Wen Ge

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Chong Wen Ge

168 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068619

Witness how Chong Wen Ge, has been given a new lease of life as a gathering space housing a café, Peranakan Tiles Gallery and the Singapore Musical Box Museum.

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Tile and Musical Box designs by Peranakan Tiles Gallery and Singapore Musical Box Museum
Scheduled Talk at 1.15pm and 5.45pm (30min)

Hear from gallery founder, Victor Lim and from the Singapore Musical Box Museum, as they share stories about what design of the tiles and musical boxes can reveal.

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Narrating Singapore’s stories on alternative medium by Binary Style
Scheduled Talk at 2.15pm (30min)

Architecturally trained twin founders of Binary Style will also reveal how the richness of Singapore’s heritage, culture and urban scenes, can become an endless source of design inspiration. 

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Designing for your taste buds by Batikrolls
All-day Showcase and Scheduled Demo at 3.15pm and 5.00pm (20min)

As you grab a bite, get an insider’s perspective into the batik design process of baking artists Batikrolls. Founder Nura, will take you on a sensory journey in the creation of her artfully designed cakes.

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Conserving Chinatown: A Behind-the-Scenes Perspective by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)

Scheduled Talk at 3.30pm (30min)

Chinatown Conservation Area comprises of 4 districts, namely Kreta Ayer, Telok Ayer, Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Pasoh, as well as over 1200 conserved buildings. Find out more on the efforts behind conserving Chinatown and the on-going projects that protect our built heritage and enliven our old streetscapes.

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“Telok Ayer Street: A visual journey to the past“ by URA, Conservation Department.

All-day Showcase

Don’t miss the photo showcase of scenes from the old Telok Ayer Street and accompanying talk by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Conservation Department.

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Built Heritage: Sign Posts to the Past by Dr Chua Ai Lin
Scheduled Talk at 4.15pm (30min)

Dr Chua Ai Lin, President of the Singapore Heritage Society will also give insights into the importance of architectural conservation in being an anchor for intangible heritage and social memories.

 

*Certain areas accessible via steps only.


Sing Mui Heng

315 Outram Road #05-09 Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074

Enter a world of fabric and craft at sewing craft supplies shop, Sing Mui Heng, to discover the start of the fashion making process.

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Design as an Ecosystem by A Craft Initiative
Scheduled Talk at 12.30pm and 1.30pm (30min)

Go behind the scenes with A Craft Initiative as they share about how design takes place within a network of suppliers and practitioners and their experience in the soft goods design ecosystem.

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Reimagining retail experiences – A prototype by Conceptsmiths
All-day Showcase and Scheduled Talk at 3.00pm and 4.30pm (30min)

Uncover their 40 years journey and reimagine possible retail experiences through a prototype by design studio Conceptsmiths.

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Fabric Tinkering Space by Sing Mui Heng featuring partners like Fashion MakerSpace
All-day Activity

Touch, tinker and get to know all about materials provided by Sing Mui Heng at the pop-up fabric tinker space by Fashion Makerspace.

Photo Credit: Sing Mui Heng

Photo Credit: Sing Mui Heng

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Journey East

315 Outram Rd, #03-02, Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074

Discover Journey East’s curated collection of furniture, ranging from reclaimed teak, Asian vintage to industrial chic pieces. 

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Being a Home Stylist by Hong Henwood, The Affordable Style Files
Scheduled Talk at 1.00pm (30min)

Styling for small spaces by Hong Henwood, The Affordable Style Files
Scheduled Talk at 2.00pm (30min)

Learn about styling and get tips from stylist, Hong Henwood, The Affordable Style Files, on how to style for small spaces to create delightful spaces for your home.

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For the Love of Furniture - Furniture Collecting
Scheduled Sharing and Q&A at 3.30pm (30min)

We invite former interior magazine editor, Joseph Lim, fashion guru Daniel Boey and home owner Norliza Kassim (Liz) to share their journey, stories and tips in collecting furniture. Join them in a robust conversation to get a glimpse into the world of furniture collecting.

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Blending Styles – Sharing by By My Old School and Styled showcase by Journey East, Inhabitant and By My Old School
All-day Showcase and Scheduled Conversation at 5.00pm (20min)

See a styled showcase of furniture and home accessories from Journey EastInhabitant and By My Old School. Vintage shop By My Old School will also share how to blend contemporary and vintage decor styles to create Instagram-worthy looks.

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Furniture playlists featuring various designers
All-day Showcase

Hear the hidden stories behind these pieces as told through music playlists curated by designers such as Joshua Comaroff from Lekker Architects, Kelley Cheng from The Press Room, and Ziqq from Design Says Hello.

Photo Credit: Journey East

Photo Credit: Journey East

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Day 2: SUNDAY, 12 March 2017

 
 

National Design Centre

111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969

This is the hub of Singapore Design Week 2017, organised by the DesignSingapore Council. With a suite of activities and programmes, the Centre is the place to see good design, deepen the appreciation and understanding of design innovation and discover the use of design for innovation and productivity. designsingapore.org/ndc

Photo Credit: Aaron Pocock

Photo Credit: Aaron Pocock


Photo Credit: Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore

Photo Credit: Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore

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Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore

100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079333

Set against an urban landscape of concrete, steel and glass, the Oasia Hotel Downtown, designed by award-winning Singapore architecture firm, WOHA, stands out with its iconic red silhouette covered by lush vertical gardens. Hear from the architects as they share how the designs and experiences are shaped around wellness, climate, nature and city. 

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Journey Well at Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore - A Skyscraper for the Tropics by WOHA
Scheduled Talk at 2.00pm (30min)

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Guided Tour of Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore by WOHA
Scheduled Guided Tour* at 3:30pm, 4:30pm and 5:30pm (30min)

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Recharge with creative explorations by Jonathan Tan
Scheduled Conversation at 12.30pm (20min)

Creative Jonathan Tan, of the #singaporepantone photography project, will also share his creative explorations and how his discovery of design details leaves him feeling recharged and inspired. 

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Reconnect: Introduction to knitting and sustainable fashion by Adeline Loo, It Takes Balls
All-day Showcase and Scheduled Talks at 3.15pm and 4.15pm (30min)

Through a knit installation by It Takes Balls, learn about how fashion and design can be sustainable and discover the ability to reconnect with yourself through knitting.

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Sooth the Senses – a dried fresh flowers experience with Floral Kokoro
All-day Showcase

Rejuvenate with the subtle, otherworldly beauty of dried fresh flowers and floral design in a showcase by flower concept brand Floral Kokoro.

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The Hush Experience by Hush
All-day Showcase and Scheduled Sharing at 1.30pm (20min)

Join Hush, Singapore’s first silent tea bar and a social movement bringing the worlds of the hearing and the hearing impaired together. Challenging the notion of everyday “busyness” and disabilities”, find out how Hush focused on designing their business to do good! 


Telok Ayer Park

Telok Ayer Street, Next to Amoy Street Food Centre

Located in the Central Business District, Telok Ayer Park offers great potential to be a meaningful place for those who live, work, and play in the city. This tactical intervention initiated by creative placemaking studio, Shophouse & Co in consultation with National Parks Board (NParks), will feature urban furniture and programmes that will promote and enhance the enjoyment of our public spaces.

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Placemaking Telok Ayer – A Tactical Intervention
All-day pop-up and interactive activities

This intervention by placemaking studio Shophouse & Co features lightweight urban furnitures and programmes to spark possibilities about our relationship with public spaces. See the documentation of 2-months of on-site observations, interviews, and prototypes conducted at the park. Don’t forget to discover ideas by other design collaborators such as Lucky Charms, a comedic intervention by Natalie Kwee of Festive Folks, #TheLittleRedHop a paper installation and activity by Black Mongrels, and Parklife!, a sketch exploration by WYNK Collaborative.

 

How do you lunch? – Talks, Interactive Activity, Picnic
Scheduled Session from 12.00pm – 1.30pm

Bring your lunch and come by with friends and family! We’ll have picnic mats and seats for you! As you explore the interventions and enjoy your lunch, listen to Shophouse & Co and their collaborators share more about their process and ideas. We will also have a few guided relaxation sessions!

Featuring presentations and activities by: Natalie Kwee of Festive Folks, Hao Soh of Black Mongrels, and Si Jianxin of  WYNK Collaborative.

Also, take part in a Guided Breathing Meditation by Kadampa Meditation Centre and Virtual Reality Relaxation Session by Hiverlab

 

Placemaking – Person, Event, or Process?
Scheduled Session at 3.00pm (45 minutes)

The concept of “Placemaking” can be loosely described as the practice of creating vibrant places for people. It is a field that has been on the rise in the last decade, even influencing the recent New Urban Agenda published by UN Habitat in 2016. But what exactly is ‘placemaking’? Who is responsible of doing it and how does it work? What efforts are happening in Singapore and South East Asia? How effective have recent efforts been? What can we learn from each other? Come join in the discussion!

Panelists: Adib Jalal, Co-founder, Shophouse & Co (Singapore), Nani Kahar, Director, LabDNA (Malaysia), Rofianisa Nurdin, Curator, Creative Mornings Jakarta & Lingkaran (Indonesia); Mr Lai Quan Hui, Deputy Director, Placemaking Department, JTC.

 

Eat Together. Anytime.
Scheduled session at 4.00pm (45min)

With the convenience brought about by food-delivery services, a disruption is happening in not just what we eat, but also where we eat and with who. What will this shift in the dining experience mean for public spaces and private F&B establishments? How will this affect the way we bond and interact over communal dining? Panelists include Shophouse & Co; Mr Barry Levy, General Manager of UberEATS.

 

People Make Places.
Scheduled session at 5.30pm (45min)

Join us in a discussion with creative practitioners who are actively leveraging on design, arts, and culture to create deeper connections between places and people. Expect explorations on the relationship between people and place such as concepts of identity, a sense of place, memory and heritage. Panelists include Shophouse & Co; Ms Angelita Teo, Director, National Museum of Singapore; Mr Kelvin Ang, Director, Conservation Department, Urban Development Authority


Photo credit: Airbnb

Photo credit: Airbnb

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Airbnb Singapore Office

Near 3 Stanley Street, Singapore 068722

Design influences everything at Airbnb. From inspiring their founders’ first home, to crafting their user journey, Airbnb continues to create authentic trips through their design lens.

 

Hear from Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia on how Airbnb designs for a culture of sharing that helps foster community and connection globally. The Art Department from Airbnb will also share how design thinking shaped Airbnb Experiences.

 

Explore the different design elements of the Airbnb's office through a guided tour. Visitors can learn how the space bring Airbnb's ethos 'Belong Anywhere' to live, and reflects a collaborative design with a uniquely local flavour.

 

Also, get a chance to discover handcrafted experiences led by local experts, such as vintage barber, Autocutt; skincare expert, Balm Kitchen; and botanical fragrance atelier, Candles of Light, in the Experience Marketplace.

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How Airbnb Designs for Trust by Joe Gebbia, Airbnb
Scheduled Talk at 2.00pm (40min)

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The Making of Trips – the Design Process by Airbnb
Scheduled Talk at 4.30pm (30min)

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Exploring the Space by Airbnb
Scheduled Guided Tour at 12.30pm and 3.30pm (30min)

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The Experience Marketplace: Design Makers as Hosts 
All-day Showcase

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Our Journey from Space to Experiences
All-day Showcase

 


Sing Mui Heng

315 Outram Road #05-09 Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074

Enter a world of fabric and craft at sewing craft supplies shop, Sing Mui Heng, to discover the start of the fashion making process.

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Intro to garment sewing by Fashion MakerSpace
Scheduled Demo at 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm (30min)

Be inspired by the team at Fashion Makerspace as they share about garment making and their inspirations in creating products made with great love.

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Reimagining retail experiences – A prototype by Conceptsmiths
All-day Showcase and Scheduled Talk at 3.15pm and 4.45pm (30min)

Uncover their 40 years journey and re-imagine possible retail experiences through a prototype by design studio Conceptsmiths.

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Fabric Tinkering Space by Sing Mui Heng featuring Fashion MakerSpace
All-day Activity

Touch, tinker and get to know all about materials provided by Sing Mui Heng at the pop-up tinker space by Fashion Makerspace.

Photo Credit: Sing Mui Heng

Photo Credit: Sing Mui Heng

Programmes partners:

 
 

Photo credit: Journey East

Photo credit: Journey East

Programme partners:

Journey East

315 Outram Rd, #03-02, Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074

Discover Journey East’s curated collection of furniture, ranging from reclaimed teak, Asian vintage to industrial chic pieces. 

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New South-East Asian Design: The Story of PLAYplay by Hunn Wai, Lanzavecchia + Wai
Scheduled Talk at 1.00pm and 2.15pm (30min)

Hunn Wai, Creative Director of the acclaimed Italian-Singaporean design office Lanzavecchia + Wai, will also give insight into the furniture design process through their latest collaboration with Journey East, and how innovation can continue to evolve the South-East Asian design movement.

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For the Love of Furniture - Furniture Collecting
Scheduled Sharing and Q&A at 3.30pm (30min)

We invite former interior magazine editor, Joseph Lim, fashion guru Daniel Boey and home owner Norliza Kassim (Liz) to share their journey, stories and tips in collecting furniture. Join them in a robust conversation to get a glimpse into the world of furniture collecting.

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Blending Styles – Sharing by By My Old School and Styled showcase by Journey East, Inhabitant and By My Old School
All-day Showcase and Scheduled Conversation at 5.00pm (20min)

See a styled showcase of furniture and home accessories from Journey EastInhabitant and By My Old School. Vintage shop By My Old School will also share how to blend contemporary and vintage decor styles to create Instagram-worthy looks.

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Furniture playlists featuring various designers
All-day Showcase

Hear the hidden stories behind these pieces as told through music playlists curated by designers such as Joshua Comaroff from Lekker Architects, Kelley Cheng from The Press Room, and Ziqq from Design Says Hello.

 

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTES
Participants are encouraged to visit the stops directly. Shuttle bus departs from National Design Centre every 30 min (est.) and can be boarded at every stop though frequency may differ based on traffic conditions. Please note that seats on the shuttle bus is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis for registered participants who signed the registration form on day of the Design Trails only. For safety reasons, all passengers have to be seated. Please proceed to the bus-stop 10 mins before the scheduled departure time. Last shuttle bus departs from National Design Centre at about 5.30pm.

All presentations/talks/discussions represent the opinions of the speakers and do not represent the position or the opinion of the Organisers. This is a rain or shine event. However, organisers reserve all rights to amend the schedule, stops and programmes. Please note that some stops are only accessible by stairs. Organisers reserve the rights to pause admission of trail participants into each stop if they are full to ensure a comfortable environment. Admission to the programmes is based on first come, first served policy and not on pre-registration unless otherwise stated. We ask for your patience and great spirit to make the trail a fun experience. All information correct at time of publication.



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Saturday, 11 March 2016        Sunday, 12 March 2016