Tease your Senses and Delight Your Soul: Don’t miss the Singapore Arts Festival 2012 Festival Village!


  • More  than 300 free performances at  the Festival Village
  • One-stop destination of arts entertainment for the entire family


SINGAPORE, 16 May 2012 – The Festival Village returns for its second edition at the 2012 Singapore Arts Festival. From 18 May to 2 June 2012, the Esplanade Park transforms into a choice destination for arts entertainment for all Singaporeans, with more than 300 free performances by a wide range of local and international artists, across seven different spaces at the Village. The Village remains a key emphasis for the Singapore Arts Festival with the largest number of free performances in its history.


2              Says Low Kee Hong, General Manager of the Singapore Arts Festival, “Following its success last year, we’ve brought the Village back and we’ve intentionally made it bigger and better – this year’s Festival Village features seven different spaces within the Esplanade Park, all filled with exciting activities for everyone. We’ve also included some air-conditioned spaces after taking into account feedback from last year’s Festival. We’ve lined up more than 300 free performances, from well-known local and international acts, as well as more experiential artistic encounters, to allow festival-goers to discover the arts in a varied yet fun and accessible way. We hope that the vast number of offerings at this year’s Village offers something for everyone to enjoy at the Festival.”


Highlights of Festival Village

3              The Festival Village opens with a series of anchor performances – Flux by Théâtre du Centaure (France), a story about mythical centaurs co-existing within our world, is a visual spectacle not to be missed.  Visitors who wish to take refuge from the heat may visit the Café at the Village where the programme, Bridge Café Project by Kim Itoh (Japan), will be presented. While savouring on one of Cold Stone Creamery’s finest ice-creams, be entertained by an energetic wait staff of “oyajis” (Japanese for “uncles”) and youths from our Singapore community as they break out in song and dance.


4              Audiences can also look forward to more intimate performances held at the Village. Some of these performances include The Finger Players’ (Singapore) The Book of Living and Dying, Marion D’Cruz’s (Malaysia) DREAM COUNTRY – a lost monologue, XII – In Search of 13, a special production by a group of seven veteran Singapore theatre practitioners and a Hong Kong filmmaker, as well as cultural performances by Theyyam (India) and Ka’et Ensemble (Israel). For a more interactive experience, visitors are encouraged to participate in the Village’s experiential pieces, which include OPEN-STUDIO 2012 Featuring SONGBIRD by Tara Tan (Singapore) and An Umbrella for 2 by Espaces Sonores (France).


5              To add to the festive atmosphere, the Festival Village will be enlivened by a variety of music performances ranging from solo artists, music ensembles, deejays and instrumentalists. Visitors will be treated to familiar old tunes and renditions of perennial favourites by well-loved local musicians Budak Pantai, Claressa Monteiro, Don Richmond, Rani Singam, T’ang Quartet, Choral Association, Timbre Music and Vanessa Fernandez. For a more alternative brand of music , catch The FFF Girl DJs, a local community of female deejays, and contemporary musicians MICapella, Soumik Datta & Bernhard Schimpelsberger (UK) and sonic artist, Toru Yamanka  (Japan), as they lull audiences into their modern beats.


6              Mr Roger Neo, 53, one of the dancers in Bridge Café Project is looking forward to his performance at the Festival Village. He said, “It will be interesting to see how audiences react when we break out in song and dance. As a first time performer, I am looking forward to the buzz and excitement of the crowds, as well as the various performances at the Festival Village.”  


Kids Arts Village

7              Be sure to catch the Kids Arts Village, a special area filled with activities and programmes curated by children for children. This year, the Kids Arts Village will feature Tangle, an interactive play space where children will get to transform the area into a life-size web through the weaving of coloured elastic bands. Other programmes include The Young Ones! Performance Showcase, a series of dance, music and drama performances by children from various schools and community groups in Singapore, Spooky Stories, a ghost storytelling session by children, and Splash Art and Crafts, a handicraft area for kids to get creatively messy.


8              31-year-old teacher, Ms Claire Liu, the Singapore Arts Festival’s first super fan, is looking forward to the opening of the Festival Village. She commented, “I enjoyed the mix of local and international productions at last year’s Festival Village, and I am looking forward to a bigger and more exciting line-up of productions this year. I am also looking forward to spending some quality time and bonding with my kids through the family-oriented activities at the Kids Arts Village.” 


 9             The Festival Village runs from 18 May to 2 June 2012, and will open daily from 4:00pm to midnight on weekdays and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends. Family-oriented programmes will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., main shows from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., the more intimate productions from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., and musical performances from 10 p.m. to midnight. For details of show times, please refer to the Festival guide.


Annex A: Festival Village Highlights
Annex B: Programme Schedule
Annex C: Fast Facts