Arts Aloud March 2018

Published on 7 March 2018

Discover how the arts have made a change in the lives of some of our fellow everyday Singaporeans.

Dominique Low

I enjoy dance performances, collaborative projects and Broadway musicals, but it’s the quality of local productions over the years that has blown me away — productions like Dim Sum Dollies, The Importance of Being Earnest, Shakespeare in the Park, Boeing Boeing, and many others. Each year, they take it up a notch, with diversity as a recurrent theme explored in different ways, with wittier scripts that push boundaries; not to mention the beautiful sets and costumes, an impressive pool of growing talent, and more corporate support. It’s good to see that we’re able to laugh at ourselves, address sensitive topics, and appreciate our cultural differences — judging from the growing audiences who keep coming back. The arts questions our beliefs, provokes discussion, and shows us that we can think independently together. It serves as a bridge, and as a multicultural society, we should continue to champion that.


Trevor Nerva

“In January, I was invited to emcee for the Vienna Boys Choir (VBC) concert held at the Esplanade Concert Hall. It was a humbling experience as the choir has a 520-year-old history. These young men filled the hall with such wonderful choral music! For me, a highlight of the show was the combined choir, where nine local organisations joined the VBC to perform two rousing numbers, including ‘Home’ written by Dick Lee. Also for the first time, Professor Gerald Wirth — president and artistic director of VBC — ran workshops for choral conductors and music teachers, as well as masterclasses for choirs. I attended his workshops and what inspired me most was the humble way in which he shared his craft, even though he has a wealth of knowledge and experience.”


Favian Ee

“I’ve always loved comics and have been creating my own characters and stories since primary school. My sketchbooks are full of them! One of the most memorable events I attended was Speech Bubble in 2016, a month-long comics exhibition held at the Central Library. There were talks by local and regional comic book artists and displays of comics-related paraphernalia from the last few decades. This was the first such event held in Singapore. In the past few months, I’ve also attended a couple of comic book launches — including Evangeline Neo’s third comic book and Johnny Lau’s latest Mr Kiasu outing — and comics-related sessions at the Singapore Writers Festival. Through these sessions, I learned that Southeast Asia has a very rich comics history, and there’s also a new generation of Singaporean comic book artists publishing new works. ”


Aditi Shivaramakrishnan

“I look forward to the Singapore International Film Festival each year and 2017 was no exception. The films I picked turned out to be uncannily connected, thematically, with almost all touching on women in society, sexual assault, and surveillance, although I did not consciously choose each of them for that reason. It made for an emotionally intense and thought-provoking experience; and it felt timely too, given all the news emerging on a daily basis then — and even till now — about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in so many settings. I was especially moved by the festival’s opening film, Angels Wear White, directed by Vivian Qu, and featuring compelling performances by young actresses. Other films I’ve watched include Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, Disappearance, hUSh, Dragonfly Eyes, and Call Me By Your Name.”


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