Bookworms unite in Melbourne
Into travel, gardening, history, fiction or children’s literature? You’ll find yourself right at home at the Melbourne Book Market, held every Sunday until August 25 at Queen Victoria Market. Collectively, the pop-up stalls will feature a selection — curated by 15 of the cultural capital’s veteran authors and illustrators—of more than 5,000 new and pre-loved books. There will also be live acoustic performances—and you can take home some music in the form of second-hand CDs and vintage vinyl records. On-site grocery stands and pop-up cafés also provide fuel for visitors. To get there, hop on Yarra Trams 19, 57, 58 or 59 and alight right outside the market. Entry is free. fb.com/melbournebookmarket; qvm.com.au
To infinity and beyond in Tokyo
Celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama reveals her latest exhibit, “Here, Another Night Comes from Trillions of Light Years Away: Eternal Infinity” (until August 31). The showcase collects early pieces from her Infinity Nets series — and photographs and documents from the series’ production — as well as the latest paintings from her My Eternal Soul collection. See the world through her psychedelic lens at the Yayoi Kusama Museum. Each ticket is for a specific 90-minute slot. yayoikusamamuseum.jp
Night calls in Singapore
The annual Singapore Night Festival returns to the Bras Basah-Bugis district this month, where it presents a program of free and ticketed events for a week. The popular, free-for-all Night Lights show runs from 7.30pm to midnight, from August 23—spot the illuminations on the façades of the Singapore Art Museum and National Museum buildings. Headlining the paid events is a three-nights-only show by Argentinian troupe Fuerza Bruta. The internationally renowned group will perform three times a night from August 29 to 31. nightfestival.sg
This article first appeared in the August 2019 issue of Smile magazine.