By: Michelle Bong
12 events to catch at PAssionArts Festival 2018
Published on 22 June 2018
Gather family and friends and be part of the festivities when this flagship event organised by the People’s Association returns for its seventh outing from June 30 to Aug 25! A stellar lineup of activities will be held across 52 Festival Villages, promising something for everyone. With so many events dotted across the island, here are A List’s Top Picks!
#1 For the art lover
Imagine being surprised by more than 1,000 installations of lions, giraffes and otters popping up all over our concrete jungle. That is the premise of national-level art initiative, Animal Plank Art, which celebrates National Day. The creations fall into three category themes: “Loving Singapore” (lions); “Art Volunteerism” (giraffes); “Family Pursuing the Arts Together” (otters), by 15,000 residents and young families over more than 450 pre-festival workshops.
From June 30 to September, various locations islandwide
#2 For the young at heart
View popular family hotspot Pasir Ris Beach in an entirely new light at Neverland. The area will be transformed into a Peter Pan-inspired Neverland of colours, fun art installations and live music. Join in the fun with art engagement activities by local artists, beach volleyball, dance workshops and even a zentai (a Japanese art form that explores issues of identity) parade.
July 27 & 28, 5pm – 9pm, Pasir Ris Park Area 3. Admission is free.
#2 For the little one
Whimsical Arts Wonderland celebrates the time-honoured ritual of bedtime story-telling with Bedtime Stories, a mega outdoor interactive installation of a child’s bedroom. Organised by Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, it features a massive patchwork blanket stitched together by residents, and upcycled furniture decorated for a cosy atmosphere. The space serves as a venue for story-telling and art-jamming.
Jul 15 – 21, from 9.30am, Open Court @ Toa Payoh Central (outside Courts) Exhibition till 21 July 2018. Admission is free.
#4 For the fashionista
The contemporary meets the traditional at Payong Batik 1,000, where you can marvel at the sight of 1,000 batik umbrellas installed as a mid-air canopy art installation. While you’re there, learn to make one of these batik umbrellas, and exchange each one for a bag of rice to benefit needy families and homes.
July 21, from 5pm – 9pm, Our Tampines Hub Festive Plaza & Festive Walk East, 1 Tampines Walk. Art Exhibition: Jul 21 – Aug 5, 10am – 10pm. Admission is free.
#5 For the nature lover
Enter a rainforest rich in art and story-telling at Colours of the Forest, a cacophony of sights and sounds that reflect our relationship with nature through fun-filled enrichment activities for the whole family. Highlights include a sky art waterfall installation featuring handcrafted ornaments, pillars dressed with everyday materials representing flora and fauna, and Instagrammable backdrops that are a unique conceptualisation of a forest within a concrete jungle.
Jul 7, 5 – 9pm, Taman Jurong Community Club at 1 Sheng Road
#6 For the nostalgic
A contemporary co-creation project between Singapore residents and artists, Coming Home: Playfully 5 shows that home is where the heart is. A festival village playground with a quirky crocodile theme will be created as an ode to a 1970’s crocodile farm in the Paya Lebar area — still fondly missed by its residents.
Jul 20 – Aug 5, 10am – 10pm (closed on Mondays), Kovan Hub (206 Hougang Street 21) Admission is free.
#7 For the culture seeker
Be charmed by the vibrancy of Malay arts and culture at Wau W.O.W.!, a celebration of art installations and performances to be held at Wisma Geylang Serai for the very first time. The new integrated hub, which honours the rich Malay heritage of the neighbourhood, makes for a fitting venue. Don’t miss a photo opportunity with a 4m-tall wau (a traditional Malay kite), and get creative by hand-painting a gasing (Malay spinning top) that you can take home afterwards. You can also try your hand at making flowers out of pandan leaves.
Aug 5, 10am – 2pm, Wisma Geylang Serai (1 Engku Aman Turn) Tickets are priced at $2.00 and are available on-site. Ticket holders will be entitled to a limited edition tote bag.
#8 For the pet owner
Take the opportunity to create a family portrait with your furkid(s) at Pet Canvas Painting Exhibition, where a displayed collection of portrait paintings of pets and their owners will bring a smile to your face. Discover uplifting stories of adopted pets as well!
Art Exhibition from Jun 30 to September 30, 3pm to 7pm, Playground at Mimosa Crescent. Admission is free.
#9 For the reveller
Gather your friends and neighbours and celebrate the joy of dance at the Hands Up! PAssionArts Street Parade 2018. Ang Mo Kio Street 31 will be closed for a few hours to become the venue for this cross-cultural, celebratory street parade. The Teck Ghee Community Contingent that wowed audiences at Chingay 2018 will thrill with a toy soldier-themed improvised choreography. Catch multi-ethnic cultural dances or bring out the artist in you with acrylic sheet doodling and more.
Aug 11, 5pm – 9.30pm, open field next to Blk 324 & 325, Junction of Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 & 6. Admission is free.
#10 For the eco-warrior
Ever wondered what it’s like to create eco-friendly art? Be inspired to do so at
Bukit Timah PAssion Arts Village 2018, where a series of initiatives will highlight how you can play a part in caring for the environment. Create your masterpiece with 100 per cent upcycled Kraft paper board, try screen-printing on organic cotton or create a sculpture using knitted materials. Enjoy all this while being entertained by live bands and carnival games.
Jul 21, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Firefly Park (304 Clementi Ave 4) Admission is free.
#11 For the change-maker
A collaboration between 22 artists and creatives with 22 volunteer welfare organisations in Aljunied GRC, The Give is a showcase of unique and very xtra.ordinary (3m x 3m) art spaces. Highlights include art workshops with Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), art sessions at children’s homes and art workshops for at-risk youth.
Jul 28, 6pm – 9pm, The Helping Hand (819 Upper Serangoon Road)
#12 For the music-lovers
Groove to the beat of your own drum — literally — using a range of traditional percussion instruments at Yuhua Loves Music. It’s where you can jam with other music lovers on the kompang (Malay single-sided handheld frame drum), tabla (Indian-style kettle drum) or tanggu (Chinese hall drum). What’s more, design and paint your very own kompang according to the theme “National Day 2018” and stand to win attractive prizes!
July 1, 9.00am – 12.00pm, Yuhua Village Market, Blk 252 & 253 Jurong East St 24. Admission is free.
The PAssionArts Festival 2018 will be held from 30 June – 25 August at various venues all over Singapore. As one of Singapore’s largest community arts events, the festival offers over 500 art programmes across 52 different festival villages.
Download the Festival Guidebook here.