Cool Surprises at PAssionArts Festival 2017

Published on 14 July 2017

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This year’s PAssionArts Festival is just packed with fascinating programmes. Here are our picks for the fun-loving folks!

By MELANIE LEE

PLANK ART

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To be displayed around Singapore till end 2017

You might have noticed brightly-coloured wooden planks installed around your neighbourhood. These are just some of the works of art created by 30,000 residents and youths islandwide. Over 300 workshops were organised to facilitate this meaningful community art initiative.  There’s nothing quite as heartwarming as appreciating a diverse range of art that reflects our multicultural heritage, unique local communities and well-loved landmarks. Don’t miss out on them! Plank Art is being displayed in over 200 locations such as parks and gardens.

100 MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Venue: The former Bedok Town Secondary School
Dates: 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30 July 2017

If you’ve always wanted to check out the local music scene, the 100 Music Festival gives you a comprehensive taster of 100% original Singaporean music with a line-up of 100 acts over three weekends in July. Best of all, a variety of genres will be covered: from pop, punk and rock to hip-hop, electronic and instrumental. Some of the performers include Singapore’s Drum & Bass Queen Aresha, avant-garde progressive rock group T-Rex and electro pop musician The Analog Girl.

MALAY TRADITIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2017

Venue: Our Tampines Hub (OTH)
Date: 29 – 30 July 2017

Celebrate the rich Malay traditional arts at “Tak Kenal Maka Tak Cinta @ Kampung Tempinis”! The Malay Traditional Arts Festval is part of PAssionArts Festival’s “Festivals within Festival” programme, where the outdoor space of OTH will be decorated with large Wau (Malay kites), and tree trunks carved and painted as artistic totem poles co-created by the residents. This event will be abuzz with Dikir Barat, Angklung and Wayang Kulit performances. There will also be craft activities such as Batik umbrella painting, puppet making and making your own Keris (Malay dagger). Look out for popular percussion group NADI Singapura, who will be one of the groups performing at the Festive Theatre from 7-9pm on 29 and 30 July 2017 (note: limited free tickets for this Festive Theatre concert are available at Tampines East, Tampines Central, Tampines North, Tampines West and Changkat CCs).

SCIENCE ART AS ONE EXHIBITION

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Venue: Science Centre Singapore
Dates: 5 – 25 August 2017, 6-9pm

ScienceArts at Science Centre Singapore is another interesting community collaboration that melds different forms of science with art appreciation. Around 2,100 residents were involved in 30 pre-festival art co-creation workshops to create 10 breathtaking installations for the Science Art as One Exhibition. One of the installations, titled “Dancing Stars and Community Strength”, had artist Elda Maria Webb Vargas introduce her “art-infused” science concepts to 700 residents. The residents then created 200 Hoberman spheres for a massive, 30-metre-wide kinetic sculpture that will be controlled by electronic Arduino chips. This exhibition launch on 5 August will be the closing event of PAssionArts Festival 2017. However, the exhibition will remain open till 25 August 2017.

PAssionArts Festival 2017 is on till 5 August 2017. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/PAssionArtsSG

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