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Arts

Contrary to uninitiated belief, the Arts exceeds the scope of visual art. To the best of our ability, the Arts vertical is entrenched in the egalitarian belief that all forms of art are born equal, and should be represented likewise.

Disney’s Aladdin musical sprinkles some Disney magic in its Genie-ous production

Disney’s Aladdin musical sprinkles some Disney magic in its Genie-ous production

Hot on the heels of the Aladdin film that hit the big screens on 23 May 2019, the Broadway Musical of Aladdin has also arrived the Marina Bay Sands’ stage on 21 July 2019. Complemented with set pieces that transform smoothly between sets and dazzling stage effects, Aladdin is a bold and extravagant musical that sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy, and timeless romance in this production that was nothing short of genie-ous. Set in the city of Agrabah, the Aladdin tale follows the eponymous Aladdin, a common thief and ‘street rat’. Upon discovering a…
From simple shadow art to gravity-defying acts, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities has it all!

From simple shadow art to gravity-defying acts, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities has it all!

Cirque du Soleil dons an all-new white and grey top for its highly-anticipated return to Singapore! Setting its Big Top beside Marina Bay Sands once again, the troupe presents the highly-acclaimed KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities from 5 July (Friday) to 18 August 2019 (Sunday).  Set in an alternate yet familiar past – in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination – a Seeker pursues works to take a glimpse of the marvels that lie just below the surface. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker discovers a hidden, invisible world; a place where the craziest…
NYFA 2019 participants tackle controversial issues in Singapore

NYFA 2019 participants tackle controversial issues in Singapore

Back for its fifth edition, the National Youth Film Awards (NYFA) 2019 sees an increase in nominees tackling difficult subjects in their films. These aspiring filmmakers deep-dived into controversial topics such as public nudity, sugar dating, and the pitfalls of being a social media celebrity. Others took to exploring the intricate complexities of familial versus personal identity, as well as Singaporean experiences such as National Service. Trailers of some of the shortlisted films were screened at the NYFA 2019 luncheon Since its inception in 2015, the NYFA has been cultivating a community of likeminded media enthusiasts and is the connecting…
Down, dirty, and fun guaranteed at Splat Paint House in Singapore

Down, dirty, and fun guaranteed at Splat Paint House in Singapore

Dressed in white coveralls and protective covers for my shoes, it felt like I was about to embark on an important mission.  At the nondescript, 630 square metres pop-up art studio at MOX @ Katong Point, patrons are promised a safe space to unleash their creativity and make a mess out of the space – in the name of art. This ingenious concept is introduced to its founder, Andrea Lim, who was inspired by a friend when she was studying in Portland, Oregon. “I was doing exactly the same thing in Portland, but in my friend’s spare room,” she said.…
IKEA YDA 2019 saw 20 unique innovations to tackling waste

IKEA YDA 2019 saw 20 unique innovations to tackling waste

Aimed to address waste decadence in Singapore and Asia, this year’s IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award (IKEA YDA) challenged students to propose and develop design innovations across four major waste streams – food, plastics, paper or packaging, and e-waste. Held at The Red Box on 1 July 2019 (Monday), the Grand Finale of IKEA YDA 2019 saw the Top 20 finalists from across Singapore’s tertiary institutions make their final pitch to the judges in hopes of emerging as the winner. Ms Bee Lian Soh, Head of Sustainability at IKEA Southeast Asia. “The ideas submitted and presented by the students this…
New Future Makers Exhibition opens at Science Centre Singapore

New Future Makers Exhibition opens at Science Centre Singapore

The importance of engineers in Singapore is not something to be understated, with a vast majority of the population of Singaporean students choosing to specialise in an engineering-related course in the later stages of their education cycle. Science Centre Singapore wants not just to commemorate the work done by these people following this speciality, but also to encourage more people to join the field. Enter Future Makers, a new permanent exhibition in the scientific institution that just launched, celebrating the valuable contributions that engineers have given to the world that have shaped society for the better. Professor Lim Tit Meng,…
Witness Time Seemingly Come To A Standstill In ‘Crowd’

Witness Time Seemingly Come To A Standstill In ‘Crowd’

An unabashed, raw portrayal of rave parties, Crowd was held on Saturday, 1 June and Sunday, 2 June 2019 at Victoria Theatre as part of Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2019. Inspired by the techno-rave scene of 1990s Berlin, Crowd sees 15 dancers create temporal distortions, alternative realities and dreamscapes, exposing the core of our “inner selves”. Victoria Theatre’s stage was covered by a layer of soil, with packets of chips and rubbish visible at the back of the stage to create the setting for an open-field rave party. Crowd opens with a single dance walk onstage in slow…
‘Bedtime Stories’ Transports Audiences To Another World

‘Bedtime Stories’ Transports Audiences To Another World

Held from Tuesday, 21 May to Sunday 26 May 2019 as part of Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2019, Bedtime Stories was conceived by Dutch collective URLAND and inspired from radio plays of yore. Attendees gathered at the National Library before being taken to a secret, outdoor venue. There, Thomas Dudkiewicz masterfully transported audiences to his realm of stories, relying only on his voice, coupled with well-timed light and sound effects. “It was a dark and lonesome night…” so begins Dudkiewicz in Bedtime Stories. Bedtime Stories revolves around Lilly, a precocious young girl, her father and grandfather – Max…
Awakenings: Social Activism In Asia That Speaks To The Masses

Awakenings: Social Activism In Asia That Speaks To The Masses

Following successive showings in Japan and Korea, Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s will make its Southeast Asian premiere at National Gallery Singapore from Friday, 14 June to Sunday, 15 September 2019. Featuring 142 provocative artworks by more than 100 artists from 12 countries in Asia, Awakenings spotlights a critical turning point in Asia’s post-war history that saw artists — and the public — assert their identity and become advocates for change through art. The period between the 1960s and 1990s was characterised by ideological confrontations, rise in nationalism, rapid modernisation, and a wave of democratic movements across Asia.…
Supporting The Arts Scene In Local Universities: Arunika and Sangharsa

Supporting The Arts Scene In Local Universities: Arunika and Sangharsa

While the Singaporean arts scene may not be as conspicuous compared to other countries, it has seen significant growth in the range and quality of cultural offerings. To show support for the growing arts scene in Singapore, DANAMIC supported two productions by local universities this year – ICN: Arunika by NTU and GAYA: Sangharsa (The Struggle) by SMU. ICN: Arunika Organised by Pelajar Indonesia NTU (PINTU), the Indonesian Students of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) presented Arunika, a musical that pulled the audience into the dark past of slavery and cruelty that plagued the city during the early nineteenth century. Arunika…
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