Arts & Culture

National Gallery: Icing on the SG50 cake

By Woon Tien Wei It was first announced in 2005, by the then-Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, that the Supreme Court and City Hall buildings will house a ‘world-class art gallery’ within five years. It has taken forever to create this ‘world-class art gallery’, and the journey for this high-profile cultural institution has not been entirely smooth sailing – with …

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Singapore Botanic Gardens to get its own documentary

It’s been a big year for the Singapore Botanic Gardens. In July this year the World Heritage Committee unanimously endorsed its bid to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making the 150-year-old garden the first and only tropical botanic garden to be the list. And now it’ll be the star of its very own 60-minute documentary. A World …

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Singapore’s migrant worker poets

On 13 December 2015, the 14 shortlisted finalists of Singapore’s second Migrant Worker Poetry Competition 2015 will read their poems in 7 languages at the National Library. In Singapore, many blue-collar migrant workers still face discrimination and lack of integration with the local community — but for the past 2 years, a poetry competition has been steadily breaking new ground. Last …

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The Good Son: A story of love, fear and family

People learn through stories, often one another’s. There is nothing like a human story to bring home the realities of broad, abstract concepts from motherhood to immigration to even the death penalty. As a journalist I’ve seen stories transcend borders to help people connect, to make faraway situations seem instantly relatable. Once in a while you find yourself privy to …

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SDT’s Swan Lake set to thrill audience yet again

As a grand finale to Singapore Dance Theatre’s (SDT) performance season 2015, the theatre will be presenting one of the world’s most famous and well-loved ballet of all time, Swan Lake. With an ever-compelling story and technically demanding choreography, this is the ballet not to be missed! An ideal performance for seasoned audiences and novice attendees, Swan Lake offers a clear plot to follow and …

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Director Ivan Heng of W!ld Rice on his Animal Farm

The highly anticipated revival of W!LD RICE’s Animal Farm opened this week. The play, based on the classic tale by George Orwell, opened to rave reviews back in 2002 and this revival has played to full houses and standing ovations at the 38th Hong Kong International Arts Festival last month. In this exclusive interview, our writer, Ho Rui An, speaks …

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