5 shows to catch at SeptFest

5 shows to catch at SeptFest

If you are looking for a buffet of experiences, don’t miss SeptFest, the annual arts festival organised by the independent arts centre The Substation.

The month-long programme, which is on until 28 Mar, explores the theme of In The Margins through events ranging from theatre and music to exhibitions and performance lectures which spotlight the experiences of marginalised and forgotten communities.

The wide-ranging line-up promises something for everyone. Here are five not-to-be-missed events:

For the introspective

Waltz Of The Flower/OEOS

Waltz+of+the+Flower arts activities
OEOS arts activities

Immerse yourself in this theatrical performance, which examines loneliness, memories and longing. The play, which is on from 4 to 6 Mar, is inspired by Irish novelist Samuel Beckett’s play Footfalls (1976) and Waiting for Godot (1953), as well as 14th-century playwright Zeami Motokiyo’s The Damask Drum. It is presented as part of a double-bill, together with OEOS, which is a reimagining of what the future might look like.

For the history buff

Projek Orang Asli

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This free exhibition is multidisciplinary artist Zai Kuning’s love letter to the orang asli, aboriginal people of peninsular Malaysia. The show documents the daily life, rituals, attire and folklore of the orang asli through photography, video and writing. It is on until 14 Mar.

For the changemaker

Migrant Workers Community Museum

Migrant+Workers arts activities

Don’t miss this mini museum, which features artefacts contributed by members of the migrant worker community in Singapore. This exhibition aims to showcase the heritage of the diverse group community and grow appreciation for the migrant worker community. The exhibition is on from 18 to 28 Mar.

For the dance and music lover

NADA x ScRach MarcS

Nada-ScRach-Marcs arts activities

Be sure to catch this energetic performance, which features the music collective NADA, comprising artists Rizman Putra and Safuan Johari, and the dynamic dance duo ScRach MarcS (pronounced “scratch marks”). Through the collaboration, the artists explore Singapore’s club culture and seek to evoke the bygone era of street dance and 1960s to 1980s Malay pop. The show is on from 18 to 20 Mar.

For the social butterfly

IsLand Bar (Singapore): The Substation: A Home For…

IslandBar SG arts activities

If you fancy a drink, stop by for this immersive situational performance, which invites audiences to reconsider the notion of home and displacement through a multisensory experience. During the performance, audiences are each served a cocktail, as well as stories on Singapore. The performance, which is on from 25 to 27 Mar, features artists such as ila, Jereh Leung and Norhaizad Adam.

Learn more about SeptFest 2021 here.

(Images: The Substation)

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