Things to do, watch, listen this week: 3 to 9 May

Things to do, watch, listen this week: 3 to 9 May

Start the month on a high note with a dose of arts and culture. Travel through time with a film on street opera that promises to tug at your heartstrings, take a walk down memory lane with large-scale illustrations by Singapore illustrator Quek Hong Shin, or tune in to a talk by poet and Cultural Medallion recipient Edwin Thumboo. Read on for our top picks of arts and culture activities to enjoy this week.



titoudao arts and culture

Travel back in time with this film about the traditional art of street theatre. The film is inspired by the life story of renowned Chinese street opera actress Madam Oon Ah Chiam, and traces her struggles and turmoil she experiences throughout her life. Written and directed by Goh Boon Teck, the film by Toy Factory Productions stars actors Audrey Luo, Trey Ho and Josephine Tan. The film is available on-demand until 30 Sep. Watch Titoudao here.

Visual Arts

Through The Eyes Of A Child: Art By Quek Hong Shin

Quek Hong Shin arts and culture

Pop by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre to check out large-scale illustrations depicting life in Singapore during the 1980s by Singapore artist Quek Hong Shin. Available until 31 Aug, the showcase features illustrations from the artist’s popular picture books such as The Amazing Sarong (2015) and The Incredible Basket (2018), as well as new drawings. Learn more about Through the Eyes of a Child here.

Literary Arts

In Conversations With Edwin Thumboo

In-Conversation-With-Edwin-Thumboo arts and culture

Interested to learn more about poetry from a pioneer in Singapore’s literary scene? Don’t miss this talk by poet and Cultural Medallion recipient Edwin Thumboo where he shares about his literary inspirations. Tune in to the online talk, which will be streamed live on the library@esplanade’s Facebook page on 8 May. Learn more about In Conversations with Edwin Thumboo here.


Candlelight: Best Of Magical Movie Soundtracks

Candlelight arts and culture

Calm your mind and experience classical music anew through this candle-lit concert which features movie soundtracks. Held from 4 May onwards at Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, pianist Gabriel Hoe will perform well-loved music pieces such as songs from the Harry Potter movie franchise and the theme song for Princess Mononoke. Get tickets to Candlelight: Best Of Magical Movie Soundtracks here.

Visual Arts

Sewing Discord

sewing-discord arts and culture

If you are one for diverse craft techniques, be sure to keep a lookout for sewing works by Singapore artists such as Ginette Chittick and Hazel Lim. This exhibition at the Esplanade’s Jendela visual arts space features works of various craft techniques by artists that range from origami and yarn spinning to embroidery and latch hooking. The works are on display until 4 Jul. Check out Sewing Discord here.

(Photos: Toy Factory Productions Ltd, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Association of Composers, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)

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