Things to do, watch, listen: National Day 2022 edition

Things to do, watch, listen: National Day 2022 edition

National Day is upon us! While the annual live parade and its iconic fireworks display will certainly lead the way in celebrating Singapore’s 57th birthday, we’d like to add to the festive spirit by showing you that there’s more than one way to commemorate the Singapore spirit.

Ranging from eye-opening art installations, evocative dance performances, and tongue-in-cheek skits, read on for our recommendations of National Day-themed arts and culture events to check out.

Visual arts

1.
Nothing is Forever: Rethinking Sculpture in Singapore

National Gallery Singapore presents the first major showcase of local sculptures in three decades.
National Gallery Singapore presents the first major showcase of local sculptures in three decades.

Explore the evolution of three-dimensional art in Singapore with the exhibition Nothing is Forever: Rethinking Sculpture in Singapore at National Gallery Singapore (NGS). Featuring over 70 sculptures and installations from as early as the 19th century, the exhibition includes traditional western-style sculptures, local religious artefacts, as well as modern contemporary installations. 

Apart from being a visual feast, the exhibition invites audiences to discover what defines a sculpture in Singapore, how the approach to this medium of art has evolved over the years, and how it has influenced our local artistic community.

Admission is free and open to the public until 5 Feb 2023.

Learn more about Nothing is Forever: Rethinking Sculpture in Singapore here.

2. HOME Ceramic Art exhibition 2022

Ceramic Art Exhibition 2022 is curated and created by our local ceramic arts community.
Ceramic Art Exhibition 2022 is curated and created by our local ceramic arts community.

Discover local ceramic artists and their works at the HOME Ceramic Art exhibition 2022, which runs from 5 to 10 Aug. The event features handmade ceramics by seven artists: Abraham Ling, Alvin Ng, Esther Ng, Francis Poon, Ng Yang C, Ng Ying Zi, and Victoria Chia.

Each piece on display is inspired by the artists’ interpretation of home and what they love about it. The exhibition will be held at the COCOART art studio and will also house two workshops on paper clay sculptures and creative wheel throwing.

Learn more about HOME Ceramic Art exhibition here.

Heritage arts

3. Siapa Nama Kamu?

National Language Class by Chua Mia Tee. 1959. Oil on canvas.
National Language Class by Chua Mia Tee. 1959. Oil on canvas.

Take a refresher class on the history of Singapore with an ongoing exhibition at NGS titled Siapa Nama Kamu? Housed in the DBS Singapore Gallery, the exhibition features over 300 local artworks from the National Collection spanning from the 19th century to the present day.

Arranged chronologically, the exhibition guides visitors in tracing Singapore’s history through the lens of art to learn more about the influences and practices that have transformed our local art scene.  

Admission is free for Singaporeans and PRs.

Learn more about Siapa Nama Kamu? here.

Music

4. Our Music, Our Home

Singapore Symphony Orchestra partners with Temasek Foundation to bring us this year’s National Day concert.
Singapore Symphony Orchestra partners with Temasek Foundation to bring us this year’s National Day concert.

Tune in to a celebration of local musicians and their compositions with Our Music, Our Home by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO). Featuring world premieres, SSO original commissions, and new renditions of local classics, the concert pays homage to the evolution of music in Singapore.

Members of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra as well as the local instrumental band, Lorong Boys, will be joining the SSO in bringing the music of Singapore to life. The concert takes place on 13 Aug at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

Our Music, Our Home will also be streamed live on SSOLOUNGE and the SSO YouTube channel.

Get tickets to Our Music, Our Home here.

Dance

5. SOAR: A Devotion

Returning with their second collaborative piece titled SOAR: A devotion, Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Jenny Neo and Creative Director Benedict Soh manifest the tireless spirit of the Huma bird – a legend in the Hindu scriptures – through the fundamentals of Chinese dance.

The performance runs from 5 to 6 Aug at the Goodman Arts Centre.

Learn more about SOAR: A devotion here.

Theatre

6. Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap 2022

Catch How Drama’s adrenaline-filled interactive show in person this year!
Catch How Drama’s adrenaline-filled interactive show in person this year!

Sign up for an evening of laughs with How Drama’s Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap 2022. A national treasure since 2008, this comedy fringe show returns in person this year touching on topics ranging from the local chicken shortages to the recent parliamentary drama.

The five-cast members – Ross Nasir, Pavan J Singh, Nicholas Bloodworth, Victoria Chen, and Dennis Sofian – will perform 31 new mini-plays in one hour, with the order completely decided by the live audience. 

The show runs from 11 to 13 Aug at Wild Rice @ Funan.

Get tickets to Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap 2022 here.

(Photos: National Gallery Singapore, Home Ceramic Art Exhibition, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre, How Drama)

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