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What’s-A-Buzzing: Week of April 9, 2018
Published on 9 April 2018
Voilah! 2018 kicks off
Look forward to a refreshing taste of French arts and culture at Voilah! 2018, as this year’s festival focuses on climate change, French – Asian art and technological innovation. Treat yourself to French plays, exhibitions, films and concerts from 1st April to 5th May 2018.
The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) will be undergoing a $90 million makeover, helmed by Singapore-based design studio SCDA Architects. Redevelopment plans include creating “double-volume” spaces for large-scale art installations, as well as a link bridge between SAM and its 8Q quarters. Renovation works will be completed by 2021.
Meanwhile, SAM at 8Q will be continuing its regular schedule of programming until January 2019.
Prior to the commencement of the building works, SAM will be re-opening its doors to the public for a series of archaeological activities that will take place at the former SJI building during Singapore Heritage Festival 2018 from the 6th to the 21st April.
LAUNCH OF HEAR65
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The National Arts Council has teamed up with Bandwagon to launch a new music-based microsite, Hear65, which is a play on our local country code. The new microsite will make it easier for Singaporeans to discover local music across different eras and genres, and features both older artistes as well as new ones. The website is set to launch by the end of April 2018, and will allow musicians to earn revenue through the online streaming of songs.
W!LD RICE announces line-up for the Singapore Theatre Festival 2018
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From the 5th to the 22nd of July, W!LD RICE will present audiences with a new line-up of 8 plays that shine a spotlight on contemporary issues in Singapore. Held at LASALLE College of the Arts, the festival is proud to collaborate with new and emerging playwrights. This year, first-time playwrights Ruth Tang and Chong Woon Yong will be debuting their first-ever stage productions with Building A Character and Girlfriend Experience.
Pangdemonium’s Dragonflies set for May return
Following a sellout run at the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2017, the play written by Stephanie Street will make its comeback at the Victoria Theatre from the 18th of May to the 3rd of June 2018. A play about a Singaporean boy, Leslie Chen, who is forced to return back to his hometown after living life abroad in England, the play addresses the possible political, social and climate changes that the world is about to face. Set in 2021, in a world where Donald Trump has been re-elected and Brexit is in full effect, Dragonflies is a story of a family’s fight for survival.
New Tian Tian figurines released at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC)
With over 120 figurines on display, the Tian Tian @ SCCC exhibition, co-presented by SCCC and Zuni Icosahedron, will feature an additional 28 new figurines of Tian Tian, the little boy who is constantly curious about everything and anything. These new figures were locally crafted by members of museums, heritage institutions, Chinese clans, Chinese arts and cultural groups, schools and artists, featuring designs by the Malay, Indian, Eurasian and Peranakan cultures, which add a local flavour to the exhibition.