Arts and culture events to catch in May
If you are looking for ways to make the most of the three public holidays in May, check out the many fun and exciting arts and culture activities taking place in the month. Feast on a smorgasbord of performance and music offerings with the Singapore International Festival of Arts, travel to Japan through an art and photography exhibition on Edo and Kyoto, or delight the young ones with a concert that introduces them to classical music. Here are our top picks of arts and culture activities to enjoy this May.
Feast on an arts buffet with Singapore International Festival Of Arts
This festival offers a variety of arts programmes ranging from live theatre performances to film screenings and concerts.Highlights include The Rhythm Of Us, a dance and musical performance born out of the first collaboration between the Singapore Dance Theatre and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and Demon States, animmersive virtual reality experience that explores the human psyche through a blend of music and multimedia art. The festival is on from 14 to 30 May. Get your tickets to events at SIFA 2021 here.
Travel to Japan with Life In Edo | Russel Wong In Kyoto
If you are looking for a dose of Japanese art and culture, don’t miss the double-bill exhibition held at the Asian Civilisations Museum until 19 Sep. It features 157 woodblock prints by famed Japanese artists such as Kitagawa Utamaro and Utagawa Hiroshige, and 40 black-and-white photographs by acclaimed Singapore photographer Russel Wong. Learn more about Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto here.
Treat the young ones to Saturday’s Surprisingly Super-Duper Lesson
Introduce children to the joys of classical music with this concert by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. The performance, which marries storytelling and classical music, is based on the book Saturday’s Surprisingly Super-Duper Lesson (2020) by Jolene Tan and Isabella Tong, which tells the story of a girl’s doodles that come to life. Tune in to the live stream of this concert on 29 May. A recording of the concert is also available online until 19 Jun. Find out more about Saturday’s Surprisingly Super-Duper Lesson here.
Enjoy art outdoors with Rewritten: The World Ahead Of Us
Imagine a post-pandemic future with 14 larger-than-life art installations by Singapore artists. The works, commissioned by the National Arts Council’s Public Art Trust, are installed in eight nature parks island-wide until 6 Jun. Don’t miss Bond, a part-sculpture, part-pavilion installation at Ang Mo Kio Linear Park by artists Jerome Ng and Zed Haan that welcomes visitors to enter the structure and meditate on a poem on the installation about strength and solidarity. Another must-see is This Time by art collective Perception3 at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. It features two sets of texts on both sides of the bridge near carpark A, which speak about the uncertainties, desires, and hopes in life. Learn more about Rewritten: The World Ahead Of Us here.
Have a meditative experience with Picturing The Pandemic: A Visual Record Of COVID-19 In Singapore
The photographs in this National Museum of Singapore exhibition capture touching moments of people’s experiences of the pandemic. The pictures were taken by Singapore photographers Bob Lee, Brian Teo, Edwin Koo, How Hwee Young and Zakaria Zainal. The exhibition also includes works by two film-makers – Adar Ng and Dave Lim, and a section showcasing personal belongings contributed by members of the public and organisations which help document life during the pandemic. The exhibition is on until 29 Aug. Learn more about Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of COVID-19 in Singapore here.
(Photos: Singapore International Festival of Arts, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Council, How Hwee Young)