Published on 19 January 2018

Discover fascinating facets of Singapore’s urban subcultures at Aliwal Arts Centre! 

By Melanie Lee

The fifth edition of the Aliwal Urban Art Festival on Sat, 20 Jan 2018, is its biggest one yet, with plenty of art, music, and outdoor activities to delve into. Here’s a slice of some of the fun you can expect!

M.A.T.A.S. (Make A Terrific Artwork Someday)

Street art collective RSCLS and interactive artist Ryf Zaini have come up with a cheeky yet thought-provoking exhibition on street art. The interactive space deals with issues such as anti-vandalism laws, sanctioned art spaces and the politics of negotiating public space. Don’t miss out on the peephole boxes, which if you peer into will reveal miniature models of past graffiti once banned in Singapore. This exhibition, which was specially commissioned by Aliwal Arts Centre, will be on till 11 Feb 2018.


Live performances are happening throughout the festival, with local musicians Bakers in Space, Mean, Sobs and Vandetta from 7pm – late at the Multi-purpose Hall. Visual arts/sound project NADA and turntablist/musician KoFlow will be performing two new music works using samples of Singapore sounds at the Aliwal Carpark from 8pm – 9pm as part of Sound of the City: My Sound of Singapore Presented by Goethe-Institut Singapore. There’s also “In D’KTV”, a colourful KTV installation located at Aliwal Arts Centre’s Multi-purpose Studio. Conceptualised by creative agency fFurious, the space will simulate a cheesy karaoke room where you can belt out your favourite Singapore indie tunes from the likes of Dick Lee and Jasmine Soko.


While Aliwal Arts Centre is the main festival venue, there’s plenty happening in the surrounding outdoors with the closure of Aliwal Street. Skate SG is setting up an obstacle course for skaters to compete on, and if you want to try some of the gravity-defying stunts, you can sign up for coaching at their Skate Drop-in Clinic. Urban Street Team is also bringing in a Street Football Challenge where soccer enthusiasts can pit their best footie skills against each other in a custom-built enclosure on tarmac. For those with happy feet, popping specialists and influential dance duo ScRachMarcs will be organising The Get UP to Get DOWN from 9pm – 10.30pm. This is a block party that will introduce all the basic moves of street dance. Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, there’s the awesome Aliwal Urban Festival mural done by Antz, Dem, Kilas and Spazspazspaz from RSCLS that you and your squad need to pose with for some edgy cred on social media.

The Aliwal Urban Art Festival will take place this Sat, 20 Jan 2018, 5pm – late at Aliwal Arts Centre (28 Aliwal Street). Click here for more information

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