Insiders Guide Issue 23

Published on 18 August 2015

Many of us love the arts but can’t afford the time or don’t know where to start. Here’s a nifty guide of handpicked events which should give you a good flavour of Singapore’s busy arts scene.

SINGAPORE NIGHT FESTIVAL 2015

Fri 21 & Sat 22 Aug, Fri 28 & Sat 29 Aug, 7pm-2am
Bras Basah Bugis Precinct
Free Admission

Watch the city streets come alive with exquisite light art installations, glamorous acts, and breath-taking street performances that include the fire-breathing extravaganza of Starlight Alchemy and the return of the aerial spectacle that is Theatre Tol. Also making its debut is the ‘House of Glamour’, an oddball mix of stand-up comedy, improv acts, cabaret and even a burlesque puppet show.

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UTTER 2015: HEAD TRIPS

Fri 28 – Sun 30 Aug
GV Suntec City
$12.50, $10 (concessions)

In this special Singapore Writers Festival initiative, short stories and poetry by acclaimed Singaporean writers such as Amanda Lee Koe and Dave Chua come to life, through a captivating series of five animation shorts helmed by emerging animators like Tan Wei Keong and Samantha Seah.

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SIFA 2015: HOTEL

Thurs 27 – Sun 30 Aug
Victoria Theatre
$40, $60, $80

This special two-part performance centres around the legacy of a hotel across a century, and the lives of the people who have and still visit this former gem of the British Empire. Directed by Ivan Heng and Glen Goei, it stars the likes of Lim Kay Siu, Pam Oei and Siti Khalijah Zainal.

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COMMON GROUND

Till 13 Sept, 11am – 7pm
Chan Hampe Galleries
Free Admission

Chan Hampe Galleries celebrates its fifth-year anniversary with an exhibition that challenges artists to consider the unconventional sites that sets us, the resident of Singapore apart, and the unique and organic commonalities that bring us together on a “Common Ground”.

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SINGAPORELANG – WHAT THE SINGLISH?

Till 23 Sept
Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking
Free Admission

A photography series that functions like a Visual Singlish Dictionary, this interactive exhibition allows viewers to ‘Guess the Singlish’ and give meaning to each scene photographed, kind of like charades, Singapore style.

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