5 arts and culture offerings to enjoy this school holidays
Treat the young ones to a well-deserved break this school holidays with fun, family-friendly arts and culture events. Discover the meaning of friendship through a theatre production. Enjoy an immersion in Singapore Chinese culture with workshops and talks, or take part in a hybrid festival that offers everything from performances to craft activities.
Read on for our top picks of five fun-filled arts and culture activities that will leave you with fond memories of the school holiday.
Contemporary Dance Class For Kids
Surprise the young ones with this weekly Saturday morning contemporary dance class for children aged four to nine. The dance programme encourages children to freely express themselves and develop skills like body awareness, teamwork and musicality. The dance classes are held at Goodman Arts Centre. Sign up for Contemporary Dance Class For Kids here.
Cultural Extravaganza 2021
Discover Singapore’s contemporary Chinese culture through this month-long festival organised by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre until 12 Jun. The festival’s dynamic line-up of programmes includes live performances by homegrown arts and cultural groups, exhibitions, workshops and talks. The events range from free and ticketed online streams and pay-as-you-wish activities, to on-site events. Learn more about Cultural Extravaganza 2021 here.
Have fun with the family at this festival by the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC), which celebrates the months of Ramadan and Syawal in the Islamic calendar. The festival is on until 13 Jun and it offers both online and on-site activities, including The Centre’s Hari Raya Open House on 5 and 6 June, with hands-on craft activities, live music performances and an original children’s theatre production for families to enjoy. Visitors to the Centre shouldn’t miss the art installation Lap Lip by Singapore artists Tina Fung and Reza Hasni at the MHC. The work is inspired by the architectural landscape of Kampong Gelam and incorporates soundscapes that evoke lively Ramadan bazaars of the past. Learn more about #KasiOnRayaFest here.
Gallery Children’s Biennale 2021
Spark your child’s imagination through art and play with this biennale organised by National Gallery Singapore. This edition of the biennale offers both online and on-site programmes, and it kickstarts with digital experiences, available online until Dec 2022. Some digital offerings include BEHOME by Farizwan Fajari, professionally known as Speak Cryptic, which is a series of interactive games that depicts a day in the life of a bee, and A Day’s Book by Taiwanese interdisciplinary artist Joyce Ho, which is an online collective diary that encourages children to collaborate and express themselves through drawings or doodles. Learn more about Gallery Children’s Biennale here.
The Sea Show
Explore the oceanic world with this free multimedia exhibition, commissioned by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and created by the art and design platform Eyeyah!. The show features colourful artworks, animations and installations that aim to teach children about the ocean, sea exploration and threats to marine life. The exhibition at the Singapore Maritime Gallery at Marina Coastal Drive is on until 13 Jul. Learn more about The Sea Show here.
(Photos: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Malay Heritage Centre, National Gallery Singapore, Eyeyah!)