Things to do, watch, listen this week: Oct 12 to 18
Take time to relax this week with arts and culture offerings in Singapore. Explore breath-taking architecture designs via a virtual exhibition, change up your video-streaming diet with free online screenings of award-winning films about art, or bring the young ones on a learning journey for tips on dealing with bullying. Read on for our recommendation of arts and culture activities to enjoy this week.
Singapore ArchiFest 2020
Celebrate architecture and the built environment at this annual festival which runs until the end of the month. Built around the theme of “architecture saving our world,” the festival’s offerings span more than 100 online and offline events. The programme includes a virtual exhibition featuring 3D-printed architecture, and online forums on topics such as creating healthier cities for the future. Learn more about Singapore ArchiFest 2020 here.
Bring the little ones to the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall for an educational day-out where they can learn how to address bullying through interactive comic artworks. The exhibition, on till Jan next year, is organised by National Heritage Board in collaboration with the Singapore Children’s Society. Plan your visit to Scribble Town here.
Painting With Light: Festival Of International Films On Art
Chill at home this weekend and watch award-winning art films for free. Organised by the National Gallery Singapore, this annual festival, which runs until 25 Oct, will take place online. The line-up includes 20 short films and full-length features such as the award-winning documentary Diary of a Cattle by Indonesian directors David Darmadi and Lidia Afrilita, and Singapore premieres of The Mental Traveller by Thai director Taiki Sakpisit, and MEKONG 2030, an anthology of short films by directors from five Southeast Asian countries. Catch Painting with Light for free here.
Lose yourself in heartfelt and imaginative works by 91 Singapore-based artists in this virtual exhibition presented by the National Museum of Singapore. It features newly commissioned work that responds to the COVID-19 pandemic in creative and poignant ways, including a series of watercolour drawings by illustrator Lee Kow Fong on Singapore’s efforts to tackle the pandemic. This exhibition is part of the six-month-long art initiative, Proposals for Novel Ways of Being, co-organised by the National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Art Museum and other art institutions and art groups, to help the public make sense of the pandemic through art. Experience #NEVERBEFORESG here.
da:ns festival 2020
Be moved by the grace and passion of celebrated dancers from around the world with the Esplanade’s annual dance festival. Happening from 12 to 31 Oct, you can catch online dance performances, including a livestreamed show that features three traditional Myanmarese dances. The festival programme also includes documentaries on dance luminaries such as Freidemann Vogel, principal ballet dancer of the leading German ballet company The Stuttgart Ballet, and online dance workshops covering genres from voguing to Bollywood dance. Grab your dancing shoes and jive with da:ns festival 2020.
(Photos: Hokkein Mee Diplomacy Studio, National Heritage Board, National Gallery Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)