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12 November 2011

Highlights of this weekend include a Middle Eastern calligraphy exhibit in NYC, a Design Film Festival in Singapore and a winetasting event in Zurich.



Trendy Soho is the spot chosen by the British clothing company for its new store, which comes with some old-fashioned innovation: handcrafting. Customers will be able to design “the perfect T-shirt”, choosing cut, fits and colour, and have it made by hand at Sunspel’s factory. Plus the full collection from the 150-year-old firm and exclusive products for the Soho shop.

40 Old Compton Street, London


—Written Images: Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East

The work of more than a dozen Middle Eastern artists is now on display at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Chelsea. Written Images: Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East explores the role of traditional Islamic symbolism in the context of the modern Arab world. Informed by the visual elements of ancient Islamic art, the exhibit examines the idea of the written word in religious, political, and social terms.

Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.00- 18.00. Until 3 December


—Siskiyou: Keep Away The Dead

Saturday is your last chance to catch Siskiyou on their UK tour (at The Cube in Bristol), then the Canadian band continue onto the Netherlands, France, Germany and other European stops. But the weekend is the perfect time to get lost in their recent second album Keep Away The Dead which marries folk and grandly arranged melancholy. These are ambitious tunes perfect for soundtracking doing not very much at all.

Keep Away the Dead is out now


—Expovina Zurich Wine exhibition

Zurich is holding a wine festival with a difference, with over 120 exhibitors showing their finest 4,000 drinks, it takes place aboard 12 boats moored in Bürkliplatz, looking out over Lake Zurich. The festival is open everyday normally to around 22.00. So if you’re a little wobbly by that time, it’s probably not the boat.

Expovina Zurich takes place at Bürkiplatz until 17 November


—A Design Film Festival 2011

This weekend indulge your aesthetic side with a film festival solely focused on design. After a tour that stretched from Bangkok to Berlin, the second edition of Asia’s first Design Film Festival is returning to its Singaporean origin. On Saturday check out one of the highlights of the festival, Yohji Yamamoto: This Is My Dream, an intimate documentary of the notoriously private Japanese fashion design icon.

Sinema, Old School located at 11B Mount Sophia, B1-12, Singapore 228 466. Until 24 November


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