5 dates to bring your grandparents on
Artist Jaxton Su (left) guided seniors through art-making workshops to create an installation on the theme of home. (Photo: Jaxton Su)

5 dates to bring your grandparents on

Do you love your grandparents but struggle to express your affection for them? Try bringing them out on dates to Silver Arts events this month. The Silver Arts festival, organised by the National Arts Council, celebrates seniors and creative aging through the arts.

The month-long festival will feature more than 30 programmes, across genres such as film, music and dance, which cater to the silver generation and can also be enjoyed by the young and youthful. Here is our pick of five events that you can enjoy with your grandparents and create golden memories with them.

Intergenerational Photography Workshop
Pick up photography tips while bonding with your grandparents at this hands-on workshop organised by the visual arts centre, Objectifs. Each pair of participants will get to bring home a photo print and photo frame.

Public Art Walking Trail
Take a walk down memory lane on this 60min tour of the Civic District, guided by a historian and an art specialist. See how stories about Singapore’s early history and settlers are told through works of public art such as sculptures and interactive audio installations. The guides will also offer fun facts and anecdotes about the artworks and their artists.

Silver Films
Catch films specially curated by a group of 11 film-loving seniors and the arts centre Objectifs. The line-up includes short films by homegrown talents such as The Reunion Dinner (2011) by Singapore director Anthony Chen, and feature films such as the well-received Still Human(2019) by Oliver Chan. The films are screened at Cathay cinemas, as well as at Our Tampines Hub and Wisma Geylang Serai.

Those Were The Days
Let go of your shyness and singalong with your grandparent to evergreen songs from the 1960s and 1970s. This concert at the School of the Arts concert hall features veteran local jazz singer Robert Fernando, as well as the Philharmonic Youth Winds Singapore.

Silver Arts Exhibition
If you are looking for ways to start meaningful conversations with your grandparents, try this exhibition at the National Library Plaza. The artworks, made by seniors, express their hopes, dreams and life journeys, as well as their reflections on the notion of home. Ask your grandparents for their take on the works and nudge them to share their own stories and dreams.

Details on Silver Arts 2019 here.

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