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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.

Quick Beats: Events for February 2019

Quick Beats: Events for February 2019

16 Feb – Arunika: A Musical Scene from the Arunika Musical Rehearsal ICN is an arts and cultural community that produces theatrical works every year, initiated by Indonesian students in NTU. Get ready for ICN’s latest creative production Arunika: a Musical. Arunika is the name of the half Dutch, half Indonesian protagonist of the musical contextualized in the 19th century slavery of Indonesians by the Dutch. It is also a symbolic title as the musical deals with the perspectives of both the Indonesians and the Dutch. This is a rare feat considering most stories today focus on the side of the oppressed…
5 Questions with the Cast of Pangdemonium’s Latest Play: Late Company

5 Questions with the Cast of Pangdemonium’s Latest Play: Late Company

Set up in 2010, Pangdemonium is a local theatre company dedicated to creating stories that are both challenging and relevant to the society we live in. This February, Pangdemonium is bringing Late Company written by Jordan Tannahill, to Singapore. Directed by Tracie Pang, the play touches on the difficult topic of cyberbullying, where it has escalated to the point of no reason and it became all too late to save the suicidal victim. We spoke exclusively to the cast and the director of Late Company to understand their creative process and what they hope to express through the play. 1.…
Off Centre: Singapore’s Landmark Mental Health Play Returns

Off Centre: Singapore’s Landmark Mental Health Play Returns

The Necessary Stage’s critically acclaimed play, Off Centre, returns 26 years after its premiere in 1993. Written by internationally recognised local playwright Haresh Sharma and directed by Alvin Tan (founder and artistic director of The Necessary Stage), Off Centre is a breakthrough play in destigmatizing mental illness and presenting an unflinching look at patients’ inner demons. The latest staging of the play features Abdulattif Abdullah and Sakinah Dollah, who will be taking up their original roles as Vinod and Saloma respectively, as well as Aidli Mosbit as Mak. In Off Centre, two patients meet at an Oasis Club function for…
Chingay 2019: Commemorating Singapore Bicentennial with 270-metre Local Artwork

Chingay 2019: Commemorating Singapore Bicentennial with 270-metre Local Artwork

On 15 and 16 February 2019, the annual street parade will be back for its 47th edition with the theme ‘Dreams Funtasia‘. As this year’s Chingay would also be the Bicentennial edition, attendees can expect to see a uniquely Singapore multicultural extravaganza with a dazzling array of exciting performances, colourful costumes, and props! A 270-metre artwork depicting the ‘past, present and future‘ of Singapore will serve as the centrepiece of the parade. Co-created by three Singaporean multi-disciplinary artists of different races – Ng Yak Whee, Rosihan Dahim, and Vijaya Mohan – the painting illustrates the history of Singapore that dates back…
5 Questions with Local Artist ZERO: ARTWALK Little India 2019

5 Questions with Local Artist ZERO: ARTWALK Little India 2019

With the theme, Image and Sound of Fragrance, ARTWALK Little India is back for its fifth year running. From 18 January to 2 February 2019, the popular multi-disciplinary arts festival will celebrate the cultural precinct’s rich heritage. New highlights include an immersive exhibition at UltraSuperNew Gallery, which features works by acclaimed artists such as Tan Ngiap Heng and Bani Haykal, and five more murals to add to Little India’s colourful vibrancy. Furthermore, this year’s ARTWALK sees the event spanned across 16 days – the festival’s longest period yet. ‘A Scent of Lights’ by SONG, at 20 Clive Street Making first-time appearances are…
Movie Review: ‘One Cut Of The Dead’ Gives A Jocular View On Indie Filmmaking

Movie Review: ‘One Cut Of The Dead’ Gives A Jocular View On Indie Filmmaking

After a string of award-winning short films, One Cut Of The Dead (Japanese Title: Camera wo Tomeru na) is director Shinichiro Ueda’s feature film debut. Having successfully earned 250 times its working budget in the box office, the film has also recently won the Audience Choice at the Singapore International Film Festival 2018 (SGIFF). The film opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film. The film’s director (Takayuki Hamatsu) is exasperated with the actress’ (Yuzuki Akiyama) acting skills and even takes it out on the actor (Kazuaki Nagaya). The crew takes a break…
Aliwal Urban Art Festival 2019: A Celebration of Urban Art and Youth Subcultures

Aliwal Urban Art Festival 2019: A Celebration of Urban Art and Youth Subcultures

Aliwal Urban Art Festival is back for its sixth edition as part of Singapore Art Week 2019! Held at Aliwal Arts Centre on 19 January 2019 from 4pm till late, the urban art festival will feature graffiti and graphic art, dance battles, live performances and more. The festival also offers opportunities for all to explore, enjoy, and experience various facets of urban art and youth subcultures showcased during the festival. Dance: Radikal Forze Jam Curated by Darren ‘dt‘ Toh, this year’s festival features special showcases by the hip-hop community. Audiences will also get to witness the Radikal Forze Jam 2019…
CNY Family Fun: SCCC’s Activities Brings the Young & Old Together

CNY Family Fun: SCCC’s Activities Brings the Young & Old Together

What is there to do during Chinese New Year beyond the usual reunion dinners and house gatherings? The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) may have an answer. By catering to a plethora of activities to children and adults alike – many of which are creative renditions or novel additions to CNY traditions – the SCCC hopes to engage families during this festive season. From painting the ocarina (a portable Chinese musical instrument) to a crash course on lion dance, here are what you can expect from CNY Family Fun happening on the weekend from 12 to 13 January. Handicraft Activities One…
Just A Breath Away Movie Review: An Unconventional Take On Post-Apocalyptic Thrillers

Just A Breath Away Movie Review: An Unconventional Take On Post-Apocalyptic Thrillers

Post-apocalyptic thriller ‘Just a Breath Away’ (French title: Dans la Brume) takes to the rooftops of Paris as the film follows a family of three attempting to escape amidst the poisonous gas cloud that has blanketed the city. The film starts with Mathieu (Roman Duris) arriving back from Canada, where he was trying to find a cure for his 11-year-old daughter’s immunodeficiency disorder. It was introduced later in the film that his wife, Anna (Olga Kurylenko), and daughter, Sarah (Fantine Harduin) live in a state-of-the-art hermetic bubble. The film wastes no time as an earthquake hits Paris, unleashing a thick…
Mind Over Matter Exhibition: Conversations with Lionel Sabatté

Mind Over Matter Exhibition: Conversations with Lionel Sabatté

Originally founded by a French family, Mazel Galerie is an international contemporary art gallery that is also its only franchise in Asia. Just a stone’s throw away from Singapore’s Orchard MRT station, the gallery is home to works of both established and emerging artists. Mazel Galerie is hosting multi-disciplinary French artist Lionel Sabatté’s first solo exhibition in Singapore and Asia, Mind Over Matter. Known for his extraordinary ability to reshape and reuse matter to unprecedented levels, Lionel Sabatté is one of the most reputable French experimental artists today. Most recently, he has won the Laureat Patio Maison Rouge in Paris…
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