How would you like to join a dinner with a local celebrity? Ask a question of a heritage or culture expert? Be part of a very small group of “Jane’s Insiders?” It’s all possible when you join Jane and her special guests for our new series of “Salon Evenings” in her home.
Jane has opened up her address book and chosen some of the most dynamic and sought-after figures in Singapore’s arts, writing and photography scene as well as interesting personalities in politics, business and other realms, to join a small dinner in her home to discuss what they do and share a window into their passions and lives.
Especially since most of us can’t do much traveling these days, Jane’s salon evenings at home are an excellent getaway to dip your toe into a new world for a few hours without traveling very far at all.
Over the years, in addition to our tours, we have run many fun themed events, from Edith Piaf and Spanish themed evenings in cool shophouses, to jazz, theatre and violin concerts in beautiful Black & White houses, and more.
Jane’s new series of bimonthly salons (or “soirées” as French-speaking Jane likes to say!) at her home include a variety of special guests. Kickstarting with the world of theatre they include SRT’s Creative Director Gaurav Kripalani, co-founder of Pangdemonium (& one of Singapore’s finest actors) Adrian Pang, followed by Nathalie Ribette of SingTheatre – also known as our local Edith Piaf!
We will next go literary with award-winning Singaporean author Josephine Chia and anthropologist turned history and architecture expert and author Julian Davison.
After that our special photography guests will be Russel Wong and Tatyana Kildisheva. Antiques will then be the next theme with Esme Parrish, owner of EP Antique Silver, and Doug Lockett, owner of China Collection. Wrapping up the inaugural “season” will be John Gordon, founder of Expat Choice. Suffice to say Jane’s “Rolodex” contains lots of intriguing and influential characters!
Tickets are $120 per person and include a simple (pescatarian) dinner and lots of wine.
Please sign up asap as seats have already filled up, as the maximum number of guests per event is just 7!
To register, please select the date on the booking calendar:
Date: Thursday 27 May
Guest: Tatyana Kildisheva
Born in Kamchatka, Russia, Tatyana has lived abroad for over 18 years. She came to South East Asia by way of New York and London and has called Singapore home for eight years.
Inspired by Peranakan culture and the shophouses of Singapore, Tatyana has made this the theme of her art. She painstakingly searches the island for the most beautiful Peranakan architecture. Areas such as Joo Chiat, Duxton Hill, Blair Road and Chinatown are often featured in her work and she is always discovering new heritage places to photograph.
Years of research and photography resulted in publishing two books in Singapore Shophouse Walks series: released in 2018, 1st book covered areas of Joo Chiat, Katong & Geylang. Second book, published in 2019, showcased the beauty of shophouses in Chinatown, Blair Plain, Duxton Hill & Tanjong Pagar. Both photography books have become popular among expats and locals for their stunning photography and details on history and architecture of Singapore shophouses.
As an advocate of supporting local Singaporean companies, Tatyana ensures all of her art and books printing and artwork framing is done by small local business.
Date: Friday 11 June
Guest: Esmé Parish, owner of EP Antique Silver
Theme: Silver Specialist
The FAQs she receives include: “Is a piece real silver? Is it antique? What it is worth?”
An ex banker (Chemical Bank and Bankers Trust) who spent 10 years working in ship finance, she started Esmé Parish Silver in 1983 in Singapore – turning a hobby into a business.
Her business now operates in Singapore and Hong Kong both via private sales and exhibitions. And the events of 2020 have turned it digital– a new challenge!
On a more personal note moving around the world – living in Yemen for 3 years was a particularly amazing experience – while running a small business has been quite a challenge but one she has relished.
For more info please visit Esme’s website: www.esmeparishsilver.com which gives a good overview of her wide range of silver.
Date: Friday 25 June
Guest: Doug Lockett, Owner of China Collection
Theme: Chinese Antiques
China Collection is recognised as Singapore’s preeminent dealer in antique and vintage Chinese furniture as well as Asian inspired home decor. Their collection represents their travels throughout China, where they seek inspiration in the culture and heritage of fine Chinese design. Through restoration, their goal is to honour the legacy and craftsmanship of those artisans.
Started by Anne Lockett in 2000, the business is now run by her son Doug who says: “Having lived in Asia for most of my life, I grew up in a house full of interesting antique pieces from places my parents had spent time, ie the Middle East, India, Hong Kong & Singapore.
My mother was always asked by friends where she had acquired these pieces, so she decided there was a market for a shop which sourced antique furniture and accessories which could easily be incorporated not only into Singapore homes but also, where their owners were expat, travel back with them to fit into their residences all over the world”.
For many years located in a lovely old Black & White bungalow in Malcolm Road, the shop is now in an equally lovely Peranakan shophouse in Joo Chiat.
Date: Thursday 15 July
Guest: John Gordon, founder of Expat Choice
Dates already fully booked:
Date: Thursday 11 March * Sold Out*
Guest: Adrian Pang
Date: Friday 16 April * Sold Out*
Guest: Josephine Chia
Date: Friday 30 April * Sold Out*
Guest: Julian Davison
Date: Friday 14 May * Sold Out*
Guest: Russel Wong
Location Jane’s home, details will be sent to guests a few days before each evening.
I have lived in Singapore for over 20 years and am well read about its history, but still find Jane’s Tour Guides provide me with insights and information of which I wasn’t previously aware. The research that is behind many of the activities is clearly immense and I particularly love hearing stories about the people who lived in the places we are seeing.
I love Jane’s Tours! I have lost count of the number of tours I have joined as I am lucky enough to live in Singapore, and the variety of topics available means there is always something new to learn. This tour was particularly interesting as we tracked significant events in the novel The Red Thread by Dawn Farnham. The highlight of the morning was a meeting with the novelist herself! A lady with a life as interesting as Singapore itself. This may be The Little Red Dot, but it is bursting with colour and history and tradition… and Jane and her team always manage to bring it to life. I highly recommend them.
I live in Singapore and I have done a number of tours with Jane’s as have my parents, friends and other visitors. Every tour has been enlightening and enjoyable. The tour guides are knowledgeable and have a real passion for Singapore and it’s history. Jane’s tours goes out of its way to offer unique experiences which give visitors and residents a glimpse into Singapore’s history and culture. My own experience living in Singapore has been significantly enriched by what I have learnt on these tours.