Things to do, watch, listen this week: 24 to 30 May
End the month of May on a cheery note with a film festival that promotes conversations about mental health, or grab a loved one and practice safe-distancing measures at a major art exhibition that offers a visual feast of ground-breaking works by six post-independence Singapore artists. Don’t miss, as well, a theatre arts conference that implores participants to dig a little deeper. Check out our top picks of arts and culture activities to enjoy this week.
Singapore Mental Health Film Festival
Grab a seat for this programme that uses award-winning films as a way of exploring how we can care for our mental health. The online event from 22 to 30 May, features a line-up of activities ranging from film screenings to workshops and panel conversations, and discusses mental health topics such as suicide, addiction, childhood trauma, and dementia. Check out Singapore Mental Health Film Festival here.
Something New Must Turn Up
Explore the innovative artistic practices of six post-independence Singapore artists in this large-scale exhibition, which features more than 300 artworks and 100 artefacts. The artists – Chng Seok Tin, Goh Beng Kwan, Eng Tow, Jaafar Latiff, Lin Hsin Hsin, and Mohammad Din Mohammad, contributed to the development of Singapore’s modern and contemporary art. The exhibition is on at the National Gallery Singapore until 22 Aug. Learn more about Something New Must Turn Up here.
SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2021 – Creative Disruption: Exploring New Ground
Don’t miss Singapore Drama Educators Association’s first fully online Theatre Arts Conference. Held from 22 to 30 May, there will be presentations, workshops and masterclasses that hope to challenge your ideas of inclusivity, community, and creativity. The workshops also discuss topics such as citizenship, community, education and health. Learn more about SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2021 – Creative Disruption: Exploring New Ground here.
The Lasalle Show Exhibition 2021
Find inspiration at this annual exhibition of creative works by final year students from Lasalle College of the Arts. The exhibition, held at Lasalle’s campus in McNally St, features works that range from photography to design and sculpture. It is on until 2 Jun. Learn more about The Lasalle Show Exhibition 2021 here.
Check out this dance video installation that invites viewers into surreal landscapes that hope to enthral. The performance, choreographed and conceptualised by Singapore artist Chan Sze-Wei and dance performance company P7:1SMA, is presented by the Singapore International Festival of Arts. The video installation, held on-site at The Arts House until 29 May, is set to American composer George Crumb’s Eleven Echoes of Autumn, and it isrecorded by Singapore contemporary music ensemble Ensemble Æquilibrium. Register for neveleven here.
(Photos: Singapore Mental Health Film Festival, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Drama Educators Association, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore International Festival of Arts)