Arts & Culture

Singapore Bicentennial Office: Events to be organised in 2019 to mark 200 years of history for Singapore 2019

Singapore Bicentennial Office (SBO) announced that the year 2019 will mark 200 years of history for Singapore and events have been prepared to commemorate the nation’s bicentennial milestone. The office under the Prime Minister Office, shared that a new experiential showcase held at the Fort Canning Centre which traces the stories of Singapore’s early settlers and communities, historical trails featuring …

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SIFA 2018 unveils the full line-up for its film programme – Singular Screens

Singapore International Festival of Arts 2018 (SIFA 2018) unveils the international line-up of 13 exceptional new films in the programme Singular Screens — one Asian premiere and 12 Singapore premieres. Curated by Asian Film Archive,  SIFA 2018 invites film and arts lovers to embark on cinematic adventures that celebrate independent voices across the world and power of the individual. “This collaboration with Asian …

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Singapore Dance Theatre opens up its 30th anniversary celebration with Giselle 2018 Esplanade Theatre (12 – 15 April)

Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) is celebrating its 30 years of traditional and modern choreography with the opening of a great romantic ballet, Giselle from 12 -15 April. For the first time, Giselle will be performed at the Esplanade Theatre. Drawing audiences into a work that embodies elements of the Romantic period, Giselle is a ballet filled with thrilling, mysterious and …

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Drama Box and The Necessary Stage present Underclass

Why is there growing concern about Singapore’s class divide? What is the face of inequality in our society today, and whose responsibility is it to address this issue? Local theatre companies Drama Box and The Necessary Stage (TNS), who had last collaborated in 2016 on their groundbreaking production Manifesto, reunite in 2018 to present Underclass, a brand new multilingual work …

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A Week at All Saints Home, Part Two

Note: This is the second of a two-part series on volunteers at All Saints Home. Read part one here. == Three days later, the ABBS volunteers gather at All Saints Home in Yishun. One by one, the volunteers push the elderly residents in their wheelchairs to neatly parked rows facing a projection screen. Today, the volunteers will lead the residents …

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A Week at All Saints Home, Part One

Note: This is the first of a two-part series on volunteers at All Saints Home. Read part two here. == An old lady in a wheelchair looks up at me. She smiles and says something in Teochew to the volunteer beside her. They both share a laugh. “What did she say?”, I ask the volunteer. “She says her painting isn’t …

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Understanding heritage here beyond colonial perspective

by Wong Chee Meng There is an old joke, that if any major building bears a name to remind us of Singapore’s emergence as a young nation, it would soon be demolished: remember National Theatre at Fort Canning, National Library at Stamford Road, and National Stadium in Kallang. Looking at the current en bloc sale of Pearl Bank Apartments in …

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“Journeys, a double bill” – A production of two similar yet distinctively flavoured solo-pieces

This weekend saw the performance of two local talented artists, Erwin Shah Ismail and Kimberly Chan of their self-written production in “Journeys, a double bill” at the School of the Arts Singapore. Performed as solo-pieces, each performer single-highhandedly covered 45 mins of showtime (without break), holding a tight grasp onto the audience’s attention as they cycled through various characters depicted in …

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