5 things to catch at Arts in Your Neighbourhood
Returning for its second season this year, Arts in Your Neighbourhood will bring arts programmes, inspired by the history and stories in Kallang and Geylang, to audiences young and old. The line-up includes both onsite and online activities ranging from a virtual theatrical production that inspires the little ones to embrace creativity, to a self-guided art trail that spotlights works of art by local creatives in the two neighbourhoods.
The event, which runs from 12 to 29 Nov, is an initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC), aimed at bringing enriching arts and cultural experiences to everyone. The programme offers something for everyone and here are five events not to be missed.
If you love to dance
Tune in to District 14: 7 Kali Bah a series of dance films presented by local dance company P7:1SMA. With roots in Malay dance and philosophy, the contemporary dance company drew inspiration from the stories and memories of Geylang Serai residents to come up with choreography and dances that touch on themes of migration and movement. A finale performance will be streamed live on 29 Nov via NAC’s Facebook page.
If you love hunting for cool photo backdrops
Check out the vibrant art murals created by five artists in the art trail, Brilliant Corners: The City is Blooming. The trail winds through Tanjong Katong Road, Joo Chiat Complex and the Geylang park connector underpass, and the murals on this trail are inspired by the surroundings and lives of residents in the neighbourhoods. The artists behind these eye-catching murals are illustrator Lydia Yang (@oakandbindi), creative director Kiat Chen of Syndicate, graffiti artist Didier Jaba Mathieu, and the co-founders of a creative studio Ink & Clog, Eman Raharno Jeman and Nadirah Abdul Razak.
If you can’t resist a family adventure
Take your little ones on a virtual adventure around Kallang River with the digital tour Stories on Site: The Kallang River Quest. Produced by digital publisher Tusitala and Singapore-based novelist Akshita Nanda, the interactive digital story invites participants to explore the heritage and historical landmarks around the Kallang River, and find leads to unravel the origins of a mysterious letter.
If you love singing with your children
Introduce your children to the world of jazz with the interactive virtual performance Jazz For Kids – Hello Humpty! by boutique music house Hummingbird Music. Held on 22 Nov, the 30-minute performance, live streamed on NAC’s Facebook page, will have a live jazz band performing original tunes and easy-to-follow jazz numbers for both the young and young-at-heart.
If you love doodling
Visit Jalan Besar Town Council and get up-close with an awe-inspiring wall fresco that mixes drawing with augmented reality. The interactive wall mural by French illustrator Elly Oldman was first shown at a 2019 art festival in Rennes, France. Titled The Great Story of the Infinite Drawing, the mural is a seemingly endless loop of illustrations of everyday objects which are brought to life using augmented reality.
(Photos: P7:1SMA, System Sovereign, Tusitala, Hummingbird Music, Elly Oldman)
Check out the full line-up of Arts In Your Neighbourhood programmes here.