Arts & Culture

Escape from the lion’s paw, reflections of Singapore’s political exiles

by Function 8 In the year 2000, Lee Kuan Yew published his memoirs From Third World to First, The Singapore Story: 1965-2000. At pages 172-173, Lee justified his decision to close down Chinese schools as well as the arrests under the Internal Security Act in early 1970s of Lee Mau Seng, the general manager, Shamsuddin Tung Tao Chang, the editor-in-chief …

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Viddsee debuts second seasons of Scene City short films, Voices documentaries

Online entertainment platform Viddsee today premiered its second season of Viddsee Voices social documentary series with ‘In Between‘, a five-episode series that explores the spaces we live in through the lens of culture, history and personal experiences. It is part of Viddsee’s slate of 23 original content productions in 2019 that includes the short film anthology Scene City, which premiered …

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Checkpoint Theatre presents Eat Duck by Zenda Tan, 28 Aug – 8 Sept

Checkpoint Theatre presents Eat Duck, a new play written by Zenda Tan and directed by Claire Wong, which follows 12 members of an extended family as they gather for the seven-day wake of Grandma at the void deck. As the family learns to cope with grief and loss, each must navigate the sometimes heartfelt, sometimes painful complexity of kinship. The …

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Singapore Lyric Opera brings to life the classic Bizet Carmen with a cast of local talent this August

Bizet’s Carmen, the classic opera that has endured the test of time and moved audiences around the world will be imbued with new energy this August by Singapore’s flagship company for Western opera, Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO). This year, SLO celebrates local talent by announcing a mainly Singaporean cast who will work with SLO Chorus, SLO Children’s Choir, dancers, supers …

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Singapore Dance Theatre presents Celebration in Dance 2019

For the fourth time running, Celebration in Dance is a collaboration between Singapore Dance Theatre and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) for a one-night-only performance on 18 August 2019. This production presents a unique and brilliant opportunity for RAD students in Singapore to perform on the prestigious stage at the Esplanade Theatre. Together with the school performances, Singapore Dance Theatre will also …

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Singapore’s own The G3Sha drops his coming out single ‘I’m OK’

Singaporean’s artist The G3sha drops his next single today titled I’m OK. It is a coming out song to the artist’s family and the world. The artist who released a Cantonese single Pei Pa Koa ( 枇杷膏) in April now tells the story of his personal experiences of growing up as a gay man in Singapore. The single explores his …

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The Necessary Stage’s The Orange Production returns with two reflective works – We Were So Hopeful then & Acting Mad

The Necessary Stage’s (TNS) developmental platform, The Orange Production, is back this year for a second instalment. For 2019, two brand new full-length works will be featured: We Were So Hopeful Then, written by up-and-coming theatre practitioner Ellison Tan Yuyang and directed by Alvin Tan, and Acting Mad, with text by Haresh Sharmaand recent School of the Arts graduates Harris …

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