SIFA v2.020 | Singapore International Festival of Arts
Get your art-fix at SIFA v2.020, which features a plethora of virtual events including talks, workshops and performances. Read on for our top picks for the week:
Sound Social Series: Planeswalker
The community of sound artists are typically underground and not given much opportunities to present their work. This is exacerbated by the pandemic. Following a programming track paved by Intriguant (SIFA 2018’s Temporal) and 100 Keyboards (SIFA 2019), we would like to give voice to 3 sound artists and their works in this series. This will likely take the shape of a digital performance/event.
More information to come.
The Wandering by SAtheCollective
Something has gone wrong for a typical Singaporean family. After a man loses his job and the respect of his wife and teenage son, he tries to reconnect with his family by taking them on a trip to visit a childhood haunt. Now abandoned and falling apart, the place is nothing like he thought it would be—especially not the ghosts of his past lying in wait.
Through the conventions of horror and the decay of the physical body, THE WANDERING explores some of our most primal fears brought about by guilt and obsessions, and the metamorphosis they bring forth. Are we still the same person we were after going through various transformations? Can we even still recognise ourselves?
Scored and inspired by SAMSARA, the latest SA album which will be released in early 2021, THE WANDERING is a sensitive reflection of a family in crisis, choreographed by performance artist Rizman Putra, and co-directed by filmmakers Russell Morton and Yeo Siew Hua. Estimated Runtime: 20 minutes
Jazz at Play: 7 Songs at Christmas Various artists (Singapore)
Conceived to breathe life to the local jazz scene since the indefinite closure of live venues, Jazz at Play: 7 Songs at Christmas features three introspective evenings of jazz tunes performed by 10 Singaporean jazz bands.
Across three digital concerts, local musicians perform an eclectic set that mixes personal reflections with their hopes for the new year. Set against the backdrops of iconic jazz cafés Bluejaz, Cool Cats and Maduro, the evening will also include Christmas songs and heart-warming dedications from the audience.
Come spend time with your favourite musicians – include Rani Singam, Tan Wei Xiang, Ramu Thiruyanam, Aaron James Lee, The Steve McQueens Band, Rit Xu and their bands – as they savour the closing of this eventful and tumultuous year.
The Mr Brown Show Live!
From the blogfather of Singapore, the mrbrown show is beloved for its biting satire and quintessentially Singaporean humour. After twenty years of coming to you via the Internet, catch mrbrown in a never-seen-before live-stream concert at SIFA v2.020, as the comedian launches his debut music album.
Directed by music producer James Lye and backed by a rollicking live band, mrbrown will take the stage to sing and act together with his favourite collaborators, blogger Mr Miyagi and local poet Marc Nair, in the mrbrown show LIVE!
Some of mrbrown’s classic podcasts will be re-imagined as skits, and be sure to expect some brand new material. You’ll even get to join in and create content with mrbrown as he goes ‘live’ in this concert.