5 activities to toast the dads in our lives this Father’s Day
The role of fathers in the arts can not be understated. Fathers have featured prominently both in physical portrayals and behind the scenes as the moulders and architects of some famous artists.
For starters, there is Michaelangelo’s world-renowned The Creation of Adam in Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel. Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo were also painters nurtured along their artistic journeys by their fathers.
The A List has put together a list of arts and cultural activities happening this June, to celebrate the fathers who play such pivotal roles in our overall development in life.
1. Shipwrecked: A Voyage Through Time
A shipwrecked sailor from the 9th century is lost inside the Asian Civilisations Museum! Families are invited to join Salman this June, on Fridays and Saturdays, as he wanders through the museum’s Level 1 gallery spaces, with music, songs, interactive storytelling, and arts and crafts in this theatrical tour.
Through this interactive theatre performance, participants will learn about the Tang Shipwreck, as well as how trade brought people of different cultures and backgrounds together. Kids under 6 can join parents for free – all aboard!
Get tickets to Shipwrecked: A Voyage Through Time here.
2. Dance Workshop for Families
The Goodman Arts Centre has planned an open house on 25 Jun, featuring programmes that will cater to art lovers and families. Among the line-up is a dance workshop for families presented by Decadance Co. Through group dance games, challenges, and choreography, families will be able to experience first-hand how dance can aid mental, physical, and even social well-being.
The young and younger can look forward to moving along to fun music before leaving feeling renewed.
Get tickets to Dance Workshop for Families here.
3. Kids Yoga & Storytelling
It is never too early to learn about mindfulness. This programme offers a one-hour session of Mindful Movement with the Mindful Monsters, teaching children about picking up courage when faced with danger through a series of yoga poses.
The activity is a creative way to get kids – who are natural storytellers – moving while expanding their imaginations and nurturing their cognitive and developmental skills. The afternoon session on 19 Jun will feature a Father’s Day theme!
Get tickets to Kids Yoga & Storytelling here.
4. Commemorating Liu Kang: An exhibition of his paintings and calligraphy
What better way to commemorate Father’s Day than to celebrate one of the founding fathers of Singapore art? This exhibition, held from 4 to 15 Jun, is a toast to Singapore’s most respected and important pioneer artist.
Liu is best known for his influences on the Nanyang painting style and also was recognised as a passionate promoter and respected teacher of art. In the 111th year of Liu’s birth, visitors can admire the Chinese ink painting and calligraphy works at this exhibition organised by Asia Art Collective and Dynasties Antique and Art Gallery.
Register for the Commemorating Liu Kang exhibition here.
5. What Can You Be? The world is your oyster
What do you want to be when you grow up? That is a common question asked of children. In this music event, children can head to a “job fair” with Dad and learn about all the possibilities out there.
Brocolily, a duo made up of theatre makers Cheryl Kim and Zeeaura, will take parents and children through song and dance, and introduce them to occupations to interest the impressionable minds. The 30-minute event, held at the Esplanade Concourse on 19 Jun, is free of charge.
Find out more about What Can You Be? here.
(Photos: Asian Civilisations Museum, Esplanade, The Arts House, Asia Art Collective/Dynasties Antique and Art Gallery/Visual Arts Centre)