The arts was a-buzzin’ this past year, so it was an incredibly tough choice picking out five of our favourite arts events. However, those that made it to this list did truly blow us away! We can’t wait to find out what’s in store for 2017.
BY MELANIE LEE
ARTIST AND EMPIRE: EN(COUNTERING) COLONIAL LEGACIES
National Gallery Singapore tied up with Tate Britain to showcse Southeast Asian art in the context of the British Empire. The focus is on local and regional artists re-presenting refreshing perspectives on colonialism in this region. This exhibition runs till 26 March 2017.
SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS (SIFA)
From August till September, SIFA put together a multi-disciplinary smorgasbord of theatre, dance and music events from all over the world. They obviously resonated because attendance more than doubled compared to the previous year.
SINGAPORE WRITERS FESTIVAL (SWF)
Whether you love manga or steampunk, there was something for everyone in this year’s SWF line-up, which also featured internationally-renowned writers such as Lionel Schriver and Hanya Yanagihara. A record attendance of over 20,000 people attended this festival.
SINGAPORE THEATRE FESTIVAL (STF)
During this eight-play theatre bonanza, Wild Rice brought back popular plays such as its Hotel and Teater Ekamatra’s GRC (Geng Rebut Cabinet) while also premiering three new plays such as Thomas Lim’s Grandmother Tongue.
SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SGIFF)
Besides screening an eclectic range of films such as Estonian animations shorts and works from Latin American cinema, the star-studded SGIFF also shone the well-deserved spotlight on promising and established film professionals from this region with its Silver Screen Awards.