Insider’s Guide Issue 33

Published on 5 January 2016

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.

To Meet the Grand Canal
20 Jan, 8pm
$20, $30, $50, $200
Esplanade Theatre

Take a tour through the history and geography of the Grand Canal of China, one of the world’s longest and oldest canals, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site, in this spectacular dance drama. The production, helmed by the same creative team behind the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, is brought to life by the Hangzhou Opera and Dance Drama Theatre under the stewardship of national director Cui Wei.

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Sing Lit: How to Read a Singaporean Poem (Season 3)
16 Jan – 27 Feb, Sat 11am
$10, $20
The Arts House

Learn to truly appreciate Singaporean writing with literary luminary Gwee Li Sui via this series of lectures exploring homegrown poems from the 1990s.

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Singapore Art Week by National Art Council
16 – 24 Jan, Various times
Free
Various Venues

This annual art extravaganza returns with blockbuster art fairs, gallery openings, special art tours and discussions led by stalwarts in the scene. Look out for a calendar of events taking place at art locations across the island.

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Treasures of the World From the British Museum
Till 29 May, 10am-7pm
$10, $14, $16, $20.
Free for children aged six and below.
National Museum of Singapore

See some of the world’s treasures in Singapore on loan from the British Museum. Meet the ‘unlucky mummy’ falsely rumoured to have sunk the Titanic, marvel at gold jewellery from ancient Mesopotamian graves, and be fascinated by the magical transformation mask from the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America. With relics from various continents and over two million years of history, the exhibition even includes items from the personal collection of Sir Stamford Raffles.

 

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Aliwal Urban Art Festival
16 Jan, 5pm till late
FREE
Aliwal Arts Centre

On one night each year, the most sterling creatives of Singapore’s street-art scene coalesce for the Aliwal Urban Art Festival. Hear rappers and DJs, witness live graffiti by urban outfit RSCLs and enjoy the music of homegrown bands.

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