News: Issue 45

Published on 21 June 2016

TEXT BY JO TAN

Youth Got It!

The annual Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival returns with work for, and also by, young people.

Today’s young generation might be called digital natives, but that doesn’t mean they can’t express their often incisive views offline. Says Ngiam Su-Lin, director of ArtsWok Collaborative, “Young people have unique points of view about the world they live in and want the opportunity to express these in creative ways. At the same time, they are extremely curious about what their peers think, and are interested to learn from one another in a collaborative environment.” Building on that creative momentum, ArtsWok Collaborative presents the Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival at, and in collaboration with, the Esplanade from 23-30 July. Catch plays for and/or by young creatives; dialogues about theatre for the young; as well as mentorship programmes and workshops for youths to help them get acquainted with skills onstage and backstage.

For more information, visit www.peerpleasure.org.

OZ TRULY

New gallery makes debut.

Sullivan + Strumpf are the first-ever Australian gallery to establish a presence in Asia with their new space at Gillman Barracks. Opened 10 June, the gallery features contemporary work by emerging and established artists such as Sam Leach, Joanna Lamb and Alex Seton.

Sullivan + Strumpf is located at 5 Lock Road, #01-06 Gillman Barracks. For more information, visit their website at www.sullivanstrumpf.com.

Great Scott!

Singapore group takes on Edinburgh Fringe.

Several young Singaporean artists furthering their studies in the United Kingdom — including Mohamad Shaifulbahri (a master’s degree in Creative Producing), Muhammad Noramin (a master’s student in Dance) Nabillah Jalal (a Royal College of Music student), and Grace Khoo (reading Applied Theatre) — have joined forces to form The Bhumi Collective. This year, the team will stage a multi-disciplinary performance at the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland) from 15-27 August.

Bhumi, their piece exploring the concepts of race and nationality in today’s changing, cosmopolitan world, features Malay motifs (including dance form inang and martial art silat) as well as various art forms. The project is partly supported by the National Arts Council, but if you’d like to further help the group with production costs, support their crowdfunding efforts by emailing shaiful@theshai.com.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/thebhumicollective.

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