Published on 25 June 2018

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Singtel donates S$10 million to the Esplanade for new medium-sized theatre

The donation will go towards the development of a new S$30 million theatre that will seat 550 people and enable more diverse programmes to be presented to the community. To date, this is the largest single donation that the Esplanade has received. Construction of the new theatre will start in the first quarter of 2019. Singtel’s donation will add to the S$10 million contributed by the government. The remainder of the funds will be raised by Esplanade through corporate sponsorship and public fundraising.


Image courtesy of UOB and Tan Rui Rong


UOB presents the works of Tan Rui Rong for their next artist showcase

UOB Art Gallery has unveiled a new exhibition featuring the 18 artworks of 2013 UOB Painting of the Year Silver Award winner, Mr Tan Rui Rong. The works displayed will feature the artist’s perspective on Singapore’s East-meets-West way of life. In a blend of traditional and modern art styles, Mr Tan’s work incorporates Chinese calligraphy with visual metaphors to represent Singapore’s eclectic way of life.

To visit the gallery, click here.


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Temasek 20/20 launches pop-up Cinema House at ION Orchard

From 20 to 26 June, step into a pop-up Cinema House and have a taste of the filmmaking process at B4 ION Orchard. Visitors will get the chance to create and star in their own GIFs and “freeze” themselves in a cryonics simulation that is inspired by Temasek 20/20’s future-forward theme of “Beyond 2020”. Along with creating their own art, visitors can win prizes and catch snippets of the short films and music videos produced by the 2018 participants of Temasek 20/20.

For more information, click here.


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Chan+ Hori announces new exhibit

Chan + Hori Contemporary launches a new exhibition, Breaking Waves. The new exhibition uses art to discuss the issue of mental health. In dealing with this delicate subject, the exhibition aims to raise awareness and encourage discussions that help debunk the fears and stigmas surrounding the subject. From 23 June – 22 July, come down to this eye-opening exhibit (supported by Johnson & Johnson) that forms part of the DISINI Festival.

For more information, click here.


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TheatreWorks announces playwriting workshops and brings back the 24 Hour Playwriting competition

In celebration of the 28th anniversary of the Writer’s Lab, an initiative to encourage and develop Singapore playwriting, TheatreWorks will present the works of past alumni in a free-admission dramatic reading session on the 7th of July. The session will debut the works of emerging playwrights and workshop alumni Clara Chow and Pamela Tham. For emerging playwrights, two new workshops have also been announced, which offers participants the chance to work with established Filipino playwright Tony Perez.

To cap off the workshops, TheatreWorks is bringing back the 24-hour Playwriting competition at Haw Par Villa. Now in its 21st edition, the competition challenges participants to use the setting of Haw Par Villa in their works. In addition to cash prizes, one of the winners from the competition will also have the honour of having their play developed into a full production with TheatreWorks that will debut in the first quarter of 2019.

For more information and registration fees for the workshops and competitions, click here.

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