FUN AND PLAY AT OCTOBURST!

Published on 29 September 2017

Young children can discover the magic of creativity and imagination through the arts at “Octoburst! A Children’s Festival”. This year’s programmes invite children to connect with Mother Nature and the environment. Here are six events we think will bring plenty of artful joy to families!

By Melanie Lee

CLOUD MAN

Cloud Man

Ailie Cohen and Lewis Hetherington (UK)
6 – 8 October 2017 (various timings)
Esplanade Theatre Studio
For 3 years & up only

This whimsical play involves puppetry and storytelling, and revolves around a girl called Cloudia, who has always believed in the existence of Cloud Man. Follow her journey to the top of Cloud Mountain!

WHEN ALL WAS GREEN

When All Was Green (Photo: The Key Theatre)

The Key Theatre (Israel)
6 – 8 October 2017 (various timings)
Esplanade Theatre Studio
For 4 years & up only

This award-winning non-verbal puppetry performance is inspired by Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, and tells the story of the changing relationship between a boy and a tree. The set is made of old books and recycled bindings.

AFTERNOON OF A FOEHN VERSION 1

Afternoon of a Foehn Version 1 (Photo:Jean-Luc Beaujault)

Compagnie Non Nova (France)
6 – 8 October 2017 (various timings)
Esplanade Annexe Studio
For 5 years & up only

Ever wondered what the life of a discarded plastic bag is like? In this dreamy visual performance, long forgotten plastic bags come to life with a little help from a “foehn” (or warm, dry wind) while graceful ballerinas dance to Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Fauhn.

BOATS

Polyglot Theatre (Australia)
6 – 8 October 2017 (various timings)
Esplanade Courtyard Green
Suitable for all ages

Hop on board colourful vessels from Esplanade Courtyard Green and navigate through urban seascapes in search of safe harbour. This adventurous and thought-provoking play space is inspired by the experiences of children in Braybrook, Melbourne, who were asylum seekers. What does it mean to migrate and arrive in a strange land?

DANCE APPRECIATION SERIES: INTRODUCTION TO THE NUTCRACKER

The Nutcracker (Photo: Bernie Ng)

Presented by Singapore Dance Theatre in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
7 October 2017 – 1pm & 4pm
Esplanade Concert Hall
For ages 2 & up only

The beloved ballet, The Nutcracker, has been specially adapted for a young audience to a one-hour performance, while also introducing them to the world of ballet. Come dressed in a costume and take photographs with the cast after the performance!

THE HUMAN RADIO

Charles Wong

Stitch FM & Students (Singapore)
5 October 2017 – 7pm & 8pm
Esplanade Concourse
Suitable for all ages

Charles “Stitch” Wong is known for his high-energy beatbox routines, as seen in Singapore Idol 3 in 2009 where he placed 4th in this reality singing competition. Here, he’ll be performing unique renditions of popular tunes with his students. You’ll get to pick up a few beatboxing tricks as well and feel free to join in for a song or two!

“Octoburst! A Children’s Festival” will be on at Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay from 5 -8 October 2017. Click here for more information.

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