Discover Your Passion

Published on 26 June 2017

The PAssionArts Festival is back for its sixth run with a multidisciplinary, multicultural line-up of arts programmes to cater to all Singaporeans. 

By MELANIE LEE

The PAssionArts Festival was set up by the People’s Association to promote arts to the community and increase arts participation in Singapore. Given how over 88 Community Arts & Culture Clubs (CACCs), along with 80 voluntary welfare organisations, 80 schools and 300 non-grassroots organisations and community groups are involved in this island-wide festival, it’s definitely fulfilling its objectives! More importantly, this series of art programmes promotes cross-cultural appreciation and creates opportunities for Singaporeans to enjoy the arts together. Here are five events worth checking out at PAssionArts Festival 2017….

FOR NATURE LOVERS

LandArts @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

This is where this year’s PassionArts Festival begins — at the whimsical ‘World of Nature’ where the well-loved Bishan–Ang Mo Kio park will be transformed into an arts wonderland.

This is the first land art project in Singapore to be created on such a massive scale. Expect nothing less than fantastical installations of towering water lilies and serenading angel’s trumpets made from 20,000 hand-painted planks, as well as LumiArt life-sized carousels created from cardboard.

Those with young ones should drop by the Kids’ Art Village. Inspired by fairy tales from the East and the West, this village is where kids can create their own melodies at a music workshop or attend a live reader’s theatre performance. Don’t miss the ‘Live Character Animation Installation’ by Eugene Soh — kids will have fun animating pre-drawn characters live on screen through their own movements.

1 July, 5pm-8pm, Bishan–Ang Mo Kio Park.

FOR WATER BABIES

Credit: Eunice Lim
Credits: Nadiah Alsagoff & Ong Lijie

 Pool Me In

Lounging about by the pool while appreciating the arts sounds like the perfect way to start a weekend. This cool pool party involves water-ballet performances, art installations and even an appearance by Ding Yi Chinese Orchestra, one of Singapore’s most exciting music ensembles. Remember to bring your goggles!

14 July, 6pm-8pm, Serangoon Swimming Pool

Pasir Ris Beach Arts Festival

If you prefer water in more natural surroundings, head for Pasir Ris Beach, where a vibrant arts festival features interactive works by local artists. Check out ‘Every Leaf Is a Messenger’, a kinetic art display by Eunice Lim Wei Mon, where each leaf conveys a meaningful message. Kids will also have fun at ‘Candy Bubble Land’ by Vertical Submarine, where they can dive into oversized models of pastries and candies. There will also be live performances accompanied by a breezy, scenic sea as the perfect backdrop.

28 July, 7pm-9pm; 29 July, 5pm-9.30pm; Pasir Ris Park Area 3

FOR THE COOL & FUNKY

Mall Art @ Bugis+

At Bugis+ mall, you can view colourful modern art with a traditional Malay influence in between your shopping spree. With ‘Viewocity’, you get a trippy dose of virtual reality and for even more exercise of the imagination, visit ‘Canopy of Harmony’. This massive installation of traditional, hand-painted Malay kites will blow you away! There will also be a groovy showcase of local music ranging from rock to soul.

29 July, 3pm-9.30pm; 30 July, 12pm-5pm; Bugis+ Level 1 Foyer & Level 2 Atrium

FOR SHUTTERBUGS

National Day Photography Exhibition: Scenes of Singapore Streets 2017

“In a fast-paced city like Singapore, streets and buildings come and go. This is why a photography project featuring present-day street scenes of Singapore is such an important platform to encourage everyone to pick up a camera and take photos of the streets that matter to them. Established photographers such as Deanna Ng, Joseph Nair, Bernice Wong, Sam Chin and Kong Chong Yew also served as mentors.

Selected photographs will be showcased at the inaugural National Day Photography Exhibition. All of these images will form part of the National Archives of Singapore collection for future generations to reminisce upon”.

29 July-8 August, National Library Building

PAssionArts Festival 2017 is on from 1 July-5 August. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/PAssionArtsSG

DID YOU KNOW?

The theme for PAssionArts Festival 2017 is ‘Arts of Wonder, One Nation’. After all, the arts epitomise the innovative spirit of Singaporeans. The various art projects for this festival reflect the aspirations of Singaporeans and encapsulate the local characteristics of the community. Through this festival, the People’s Association hopes that the entire nation can use the arts to celebrate National Day.

GET INVOLVED!

There will be 48 festival villages across the island aiming to reach 250,000 residents and youths.

There will be Plank Art and Façade Art displays in community spaces featuring facets of Singapore. Around 300 workshops for 30,000 residents and youth were organised to get the community involved in co-creating these artworks.

Around 150 artists are involved in PAssionArts Festival as facilitators.

Keeping in line with the multicultural focus, there will also be a Malay Traditional Arts Festival, Indian Traditional Arts Festival and a Chinese Opera Festival within the mammoth PAssionArts Festival.

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