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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.

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…
Embark Into A World Of Inflatables At Floating Utopias

Embark Into A World Of Inflatables At Floating Utopias

Feast your eyes on eight dramatic, larger-than-life inflatables – among 40 unique artworks – at the Floating Utopias exhibition, hosted at the ArtScience Museum. Held from Saturday, 25 May to Sunday, 29 September 2019, the exhibition takes a playful and poetic look at inflatable objects, showing how they have been used in art, architecture and social activism over the decades. Floating Utopias is a visual spectacle grounded by a strong political narrative that reveals how inflatable objects were used for ideological propaganda in the 20th century, and how artists countered these tendencies by using them as playful tools of social…
Shiren & Ragi: A Story Of Forbidden Love And Political Intrigue

Shiren & Ragi: A Story Of Forbidden Love And Political Intrigue

Blending stage and cinema, Geki×CINE’s Shiren & Ragi brought the popular stage performance of the same name to Golden Village’s (GV) silver screens in Singapore – GV’s first foray into such alternative content. The play stars Tatsuya Fujiwara – best-known for his leading role in the Death Note series – as well as other recognizable stars from the Japanese entertainment industry. Synopsis The fictional play is set in the Nanboku-chō period, when Japan was divided between the North and the South. Shiren (Hiromi Nagasaku), a legendary Northern Assassin, was sent to the South as a spy to assassinate Godai (Katsumi…
Beware of Pity Is A Riveting Play That Transcends Language Barriers

Beware of Pity Is A Riveting Play That Transcends Language Barriers

Extravagantly told by one of UK’s most respected directors Simon McBurney – accompanied by actors from the famed Schaubühne Berlin – Beware of Pity is a critically-acclaimed stage adaptation that opened this year’s edition of Singapore International Festival of Arts at the Esplanade Theatre on Thursday, 16 May 2019. Adapted from the only novel by Austrian writer Stefan Zweig – one of the world’s most famous writers in the early 20th century – Beware of Pity tells an emotionally-gripping story about the treacherous nature of pity. The accomplished actors of the Schaubühne Berlin create a nuanced, vivid account of Anton…
Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019 Cultivates Creativity And Curiousity In Young Minds

Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019 Cultivates Creativity And Curiousity In Young Minds

The Gallery Children’s Biennale – organised by National Gallery Singapore – is back for its second edition from Saturday, 25 May, to Sunday, 29 December 2019. Held in alternate years to each other, the Gallery Children’s Biennale complements the Children’s Festival, which was first launched by National Gallery Singapore in 2018. This year’s exhibition is themed ‘Embracing Wonder’ and will feature 11 interactive and multi-dimensional artworks committed to inspiring young, curious minds through art. Inspired by a child’s unfettered imagination and ability to embrace all things new, the works activate the senses of children while reigniting their sense of curiosity,…
Actions Speak Louder Than Words In ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’

Actions Speak Louder Than Words In ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’

The highly-anticipated John Wick: Chapter 3 hit the big screens on Thursday, 16 May 2019, and it did not disappoint. Subtitled “Parabellum” – Latin for “prepare for war” – the third instalment of the franchise delivered the promised action sequences in the same flawless, unrelenting style built upon its predecessors. Similar to Chapter 2, Chapter 3 – Parabellum – picks up immediately after the ending to the previous instalment. John Wick (Keanu Reeves), having broken its rules in the previous movie by offing a member of the High Table in the criminal sanctuary known as the Continental Hotel, now has…
Cultural Extravaganza 2019: Good Music, Scintillating Circus Tricks, And More.

Cultural Extravaganza 2019: Good Music, Scintillating Circus Tricks, And More.

The Cultural Extravaganza 2019 returns for its 3rd edition from 24 May to 15 June, and invites all to discover Singapore’s evolving and contemporary Chinese culture in everyday life. Organised by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), find out the legacy behind our daily cups of kopi, Chinese wedding traditions across generations, and other lesser-known cultural roots are explored in the third edition of the bustling extravaganza. Come unravel, understand, and get to know more about Singapore — including the sights of its flourishing Chinese comic market, and even pick up a circus trick or two from a local community…
Finn Little Shares His Experience Working With The Cast And Birds Of Storm Boy

Finn Little Shares His Experience Working With The Cast And Birds Of Storm Boy

On Tuesday, 15 January 2019, Salt Media & Entertainment hosted the red carpet premiere of the iconic Australian film, Storm Boy, in conjunction with the launch of Big Picture theatre – Singapore’s first cinema in the financial district. Asian-Australian director Shawn Seet, producer Matthew Street and breakout young star Finn Little graced their presence at the Storm Boy Red Carpet Premiere; held at Salt Media @ Capital Tower. Synopsis A retelling of the 1964 book by Colin Thiele stars Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney, as well as young co-actor Finn Little. The film starts with retired businessman Michael Kingley (Geoffrey Rush)…
Watch History Come To Life With BALIKSG, An All-New AR Trail

Watch History Come To Life With BALIKSG, An All-New AR Trail

As part of the Singapore Bicentennial Commemoration, the National Heritage Board and the National Parks Board launched BALIKSG, an augmented reality (AR) trail that will bring visitors on an immersive journey along the Singapore River and around Fort Canning. Visitors can download the free BALIKSG smartphone app, and rediscover and experience significant events and places in Singapore’s history for themselves. These include witnessing the signing of the 1819 treaty at the Padang, listening into a probable conversation between Sir Stamford Raffles and Major William Farquhar when they set foot on the shores of Singapore, and revisiting Fort Canning back when…
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