Things to do, watch, listen this week: Oct 26 to Nov 1
Whether you are a homebody who prefers to chill indoors, or an adventure-seeker looking for new experiences this weekend, you can perk up your week with a smorgasbord of arts and culture offerings available online and offline. Don’t miss a photo exhibition at the Raffles Hotel, which promises to transport you to Tokyo, Japan. Or, satisfy your wanderlust with a French arts and culture festival happening in Singapore. To try something new, catch a Teochew opera show by a talented young performer. Read on for our recommendations of arts and culture events to enjoy this week.
Through The Salaryman’s Eye
Explore a Tokyo from a by-gone era at this photo exhibition. It features images, captured by the late Japanese photographer Jiro Kochi, which immortalize Tokyo of the 1970s and 1980s. The show is held at Leica Galerie Singapore in the Raffles Hotel, and it runs until 31 Dec. Plan your visit to the exhibition Through the Salaryman’s Eye here.
The Tale Of Su Liu Niang
If you have never watched Teochew opera before, here is your chance to experience it from home. Teochew opera group Nam Hwa Opera will stream its performance of The Tale of Su Liu Niang online on 30 Oct. The tragic love story between the protagonist Su Liu Niang and her lover, Guo Ji Chun, is a classic among opera fans. The titular character will be played by 17-year-old Tan Wei Tian, who is well-known in the Teochew opera community and who has been performing Teochew opera for more than a decade. Catch The Tale of Su Liu Niang here.
Concordia Quartet – Back On Stage
Relax to soothing melodies by Concordia Quartet in this online concert. The quartet, comprising violinists Edward Tan and Kim Kyu Ri, violist Matthias Östringer and cellist Theophilus Tan, is part of Resound Collective, a collective of professional musicians in Singapore. The hour-long concert, originally livestreamed on YouTube on 19 Sep, features three pieces of classical music: Beethoven’s String Quartet no. 4 in C minor, Borodin’s String Quartet no. 2 in D major (third movement), and Mozart’s Divertimento in F major. Enjoy Concordia Quartet’s Back On Stage here.
vOilah! France Singapore Festival
Sate your Parisian wanderlust with a French festival hosted by the Embassy of France. Running until 22 Nov, the festival in Singapore commemorates the 100th anniversary of former French premier George Clemenceau’s visits to Singapore. The programme for this week includes a dramatised reading of Clemeaceau’s play, The Veil Of Happiness, featuring local actors Janice Koh and Hossan Leong as well as musicians from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, which will be streamed live on the festival’s Facebook page. Another festival highlight is a virtual experience of works of art by famous French painters, held at Gardens by the Bay. Learn more about vOilah! France Singapore Festival here.
Signing Hands Music Video
Don’t miss this stirring music video by artists from the special needs community. The list of performers includes deaf photographer and lyricist Isabelle Lim, deaf choreographer Muhd Ammar, deaf dancers from the dance group Redeafination, and musicians with special needs from The Purple Symphony. The performance is part of the Purple Parade 2020 finale concert held on 31 Oct from 3 to 4.45pm. The Purple Parade is Singapore’s largest movement to support inclusion and celebrate the abilities of people with disabilities. The public can support the movement in various ways, including leaving a message of support on the Purple Parade website and tuning in to the live concert. Watch the Signing Hands music video here.
(Photos: Leica Galerie Singapore, Nam Hwa Opera, Resound Collective, vOilah! France Singapore Festival, Isabelle Lim Yi Qing)