The News: Issue 38

Published on 15 March 2016


Class of Their Own

Record number of schools recognised this year for their arts education programmes.

In an awards ceremony officiated by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, on 16 February, 92 schools were honoured with the National Arts Education Award for their efforts in developing a holistic approach to arts education. This is the largest number of recipients since the biennial award — jointly developed by the National Arts Council and the Ministry of Education’s Arts Education Branch — was launched in 2003. To date, 222 schools have participated in the programme; this makes up 60 per cent of Singapore schools.

This year, the award conferred 15 schools with the Blaze Award for championing the arts and for acting as role models for other schools. Forty-nine schools received the Glow Award for demonstrating holistic arts education planning and processes, and 28 received the Spark Award for being proactive in building a vibrant arts culture.

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Rock the Halls!

Home-grown bands take over school halls as the *SCAPE Invasion Tour hits the road again.

The assembly hall of Canberra Secondary School morphed into a live concert hall on 18 February, when home-grown musicians Nathan Hartono and Charlie Lim took to the stage. The occasion was the launch of the *SCAPE Invasion Tour 2016 — an initiative that provides young musicians with a platform to engage wider audiences, as well as to teach young audiences to appreciate locally-made music.

Now in its second edition, the tour hits the road with a fresh line-up, including five new headliners — Charlie Lim, iNCH, The Good Life Project, Grizzle Grind Crew and Sezairi. This year, it will reach out to 32 schools and some 19,000 students. New in 2016: wildcard nominations for other local up-and-coming bands are welcome, while selected bands will be featured alongside the headliners.

Find out more about the *SCAPE Invasion Tour.


Noise 2016 invites youth talents to be part of new six-month mentorship programme.

If you’re aged 35 and below, you have a passion for music, photography, moving images, or art and design, and you are looking for a mentor, apply to be part of the 11th edition of Noise Singapore! Selected participants will gain access to its flagship mentorship programmes — the Noise Art Mentorship and Noise Music Mentorship — over a period of six months, up from the previous four-month duration. This year’s industry partners include Objectifs (photography and moving images), OH! Open House (interdisciplinary art) and Thunder Rock School (music). Closing date for submissions is 2 May.

For details on submission criteria, visit

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