Exciting Arts In Your Neighbourhood activities that children will love

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This November, residents can look forward to Arts In Your Neighbourhood (AYN) which will bring various exciting art installations, music, theatre and dance performances to their communities. An initiative by the National Arts Council, this programme spans over three weekends (8 to 25 November) and will see close to 70 specially curated art activities brought to 18 locations islandwide in Woodlands, Bedok, Tampines, Admiralty, Ang Mo Kio, Clementi and more.

No one is too young to experience and embrace the arts, and there are numerous children-friendly programmes at this AYN and kids can enjoy! This season’s focus town is Woodlands, with close to a-third of all activities held there. Drawing inspiration from the history and memories of Woodlands are site-specific programmes, which include public art and commissions that everyone can enjoy. Singaporeans can take a trip down memory lane in ‘Woodlands Memory Capsules’ with gachapon machines that each contain a collectible commemorating Woodlands, be treated to evenings of familiar tunes from many of Studio Ghibli’s films such as My Neighbour Totoro in ‘Joe Hisaishi for Studio Ghibli: A Complete Retrospective’, as well as engage in upcycling through the arts and a walking trail in ‘Jumbo Fabrica’, to name a few.

Arts In Your Neighbourhood 2018 programmes

1) Woodlands memory Capsules

By Tan Li Ling and Victoria Lim

Dates and Venues

8 to 25 November 2018

  • NTUC Foodfare @ Kampung Admiralty
  • 888 Plaza
  • Vista Point

 

Synopsis

Insert a coin, turn a knob, and a capsule drops. Sounds familiar? Then you may have tried your luck at a gachapon machine. A common sight back in the day, these machines today remain an enduring memory of simple happiness, each capsule containing a collectible.

 

Designed and situated at 3 locations in Woodlands are Memory Capsules gachapon machines containing 5 different types of capsules. Each capsule contains a little item that commemorates a part of Woodlands, as well as a write-up on the memories and wonders of the neighbourhood by local writer Chen Xinda.

 

Collect all 5 capsule designs and redeem a limited-edition Arts in Your Neighbourhood tote bag at any AYN programme!

 

Registration

Registration is not required.

Category

Installation

Cost

Free

 

2) When We Get Together

By Syafiqah ‘Adha and Gildon Choo

Dates, Times and Venues

 

16 November 2018 (Ang Mo Kio Central Stage)

  • 7:00pm

17 November 2018 (Toa Payoh HDB Hub)

  • 6:00pm

Synopsis

Experience the beauty of diversity when 5 musicians with unique instruments get together to play music! In this fun game-like interactive performance, the audience is invited to take control of the music. Make a musician play as a soloist, or discover the sound of different instruments coming together. What happens when all musicians start playing together, or all stop at the same time? It’s up to you to decide!

 

Registration

Registration is not required.

Category

Performance

Cost

Free

 

3) Sing SCO!

By Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Date, Time, Venue

17 November 2018 (West Coast Park, Grand Lawn)

  • 6:00pm ‒ 7:00pm

 

Synopsis

Sing along with Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) as they perform your favourite Xinyao (新谣) tunes, including songs from the 1990s, songs by Singapore singer-songwriters Liang Wern Fook, Lee Wei Song, Lee Si Song and more! Singaporean singers Ariane Goh and Juni Goh will also be singing along with the SCO. Come with your family and friends and enjoy an evening of good music, including Voices from the Heart(小人物的心声), Like a Little Sparrow Carrying a Twig (麻雀衔竹枝) and more!

 

This concert is co-organised by the West Coast Community Centre Management Committee and West Coast Community Arts and Culture Club, and sponsored by the Singapore Press Holdings under the SPH Gift of Music Series.

 

Registration

Registration is not required.

Category

Performance

Cost

Free

 

4) Rama & Sita and Badang, The Strong Man

By ACT 3 International, Bhaskar’s Arts Academy and Era Dance Theatre

Dates, Times and Venues

18 November 2018 (Ang Mo Kio Central Stage)

  • 6:00pm ‒ 7:45pm

24 November 2018 (888 Plaza)

  • 6:00pm ‒ 7:45pm

 

Synopsis

Rama & Sita is an epic love story re-enacted through fluid Bharatanatyam dance and movement, with a combination of storytelling and dramatisation to traditional Indian music.

 

Badang, The Strong Man is a legendary folk tale from Temasek (old Singapore), about the hero Badang as he struggles with being born thin and weak. It will be performed to traditional Malay music with a mix of storytelling, dramatisation, movement and dance.

 

This performance was first commissioned by the National Arts Council as a Traditional Arts taster programme for pre-schools.

Registration

Registration is not required.

Category

Performance

Cost

Free

 

5) Joe Hisaishi for Studio Ghibli: A Complete Retrospective

By Orchestra Collective

Date, Time and Venue

 

18 November (Toa Payoh HDB Hub)

  • 7:00pm ‒ 7:50pm

Synopsis

It has been said that music is 50 percent of what makes a movie great. Experience what makes Joe Hisaishi’s music for Studio Ghibli so special as Orchestra Collective presents a complete cycle of soundtrack arrangements over 3 performances in 3 different locations across Singapore.

 

Hisaishi’s compositions for many of Studio Ghibli’s films have added unprecedented emotional depth to the stories and given audiences beautiful and unforgettable melodies to cherish. Expect to hear music from familiar favourites such as My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.

 

Registration

Registration is not required.

Category

Performance

Cost

Free

 

6) The Rubbish Prince

By 3Pumpkins, Danny Yeo and Ong Kian Sin

Dates, Times, Venues

  • 17 November 2018 (Admiralty Park)
  • 18 November 2018 (Fu Shan Garden)
  • 24 November 2018 (Woodlands Crescent Park)
  • 25 November2018 (Woodlands Waterfront Park)

 

Programme Schedule:

5pm ‒ Fringe Activities

6pm ‒ 1st Performance

7.30pm ‒2nd Performance

 

Synopsis

Follow the journey of the Rubbish Prince, a 3.5-metre tall puppet made up of clean recyclables. Given a new lease of life from the recycling process, he leaps back into the neighbourhood accompanied by some of his best friends. Join them on their quest to rescue a fellow puppet character from the effects of non-recyclable waste!

 

This contemporary outdoor performance ignites and stretches imaginations beyond the ordinary. Through collective upcycling efforts of various community partners in putting this production together, The Rubbish Prince is an allegory to the relationship we have with the materials that we consume and discard daily.

 

Come participate in the pre-show art installation activity and immerse in the interactive show with eye-catching puppets and mesmerising music. Join us for a whimsical journey – perfect for families and kids – that magically transforms the public spaces in your neighbourhood.

 

A commission for Arts In Your Neighbourhood.

 

Registration

Registration is not required.

Category

Performance

Cost

Free

 

7) Jumbo Fabrica

By Sweet Tooth

Dates, Times and Venues

19 to 23 November 2018 (Kampung Admiralty Community Plaza)

  • 10:00am ‒ 6:00pm

Hands-on Furniture Upcycling Session/Installation

 

24 to 25 November 2018

  • 4:00pm ‒ 7:00pm

Trails

 

Synopsis

Jumbo Fabrica is a curated multi-tiered event taking us into the heart of Woodlands, Singapore’s beloved northern district.

 

With many jumbo flats in Woodlands resulting in furniture being passed down through generations, old furniture pieces and the stories of past owners, become the source of inspiration for Jumbo Fabrica. Residents and visitors can join in to learn about the stories and participate in upcycling stations at various void decks to rejuvenate something old into something new.

 

Jumbo Fabrica culminates in an exciting walking trail where participants discover Woodlands on foot and arrive at 3 stations planned within the trail. Armed with audio guides, participants listen to audio performances inspired by the residents’ stories, and are treated to live performances at each station.

 

The 50-min walking trail will be a treat for the senses with the natural sights, sounds and buzz of Woodlands melding wonderfully with the performances. The furniture gathered from the residents will be upcycled to become props and set pieces.

 

A commission for Arts In Your Neighbourhood.

 

Registration

Registration for the walking trails is required.

Category

Performance

Cost

Free

 

 

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