Outreach Programme to bring dizzying range of exciting acts to the masses

 

ARTS FESTIVAL 2007

 

25 MAY -24 JUNE 2007

 

Outreach Programme to bring dizzying range of exciting acts to the masses

 

Beginning from 25 May, the Singapore Arts Festival’s Outreach Programme will bring some 1,300 artists from Singapore and around the world to a range of venues aroundSingapore. Aiming to delight audiences with over 400 free arts performances and events, the diverse and extensive Outreach Programme annually brings the buzz of Singapore’s premier arts event to the masses.  Its entertaining and interactive activities offer an assortment of the wild and wacky, and the breathtaking and beautiful.  This year, new programmes such as Family Funfest will complement favourites like Arts on the Moveand more.

 

The Festival will be kick-started with an outdoor spectacular at the Padang. Aptly titledDreams in Flight, this year’s Festival Opening will be an exhilarating multi-sensory performance by Spain’s renowned La Fura dels Baus in a large scale theatrical work with an awesome blend of dance, aerial acrobatics and original music. Specially commissioned for the Festival, the performance will utilise a human net made up of local volunteers suspended in space. Culminating in a brilliant display of fireworks, this special Festival event is an experience not to be missed.

 

A new addition to this year’s Outreach Programme is Family Funfest, a three-day treat for the entire family. For the duration of the event, visitors to Toa Payoh’s HDB Hub can enjoy a series of lively and interactive performances by artists such as Stretch MK1 fromAustralia, The Excuse Theatre Company from France, as well as cultural showcases bySingapore’s Kristang Cultural Troupe and the SMU Malay Language & Cultural Club amongst others. Gigantic multi-coloured sky sculptures will tickle the imagination as they hover above, inviting interaction from the people below. In addition, a host of activities and hands-on workshops promise a fun-filled afternoon for the young ones. Adding vibrancy to the heartlands will be the two District Arts Festivals – the North East Dance Festival, andSouth West District Arts Festival — held in association with the Singapore Arts Festival as an initiative under the People’s Association-National Arts Council Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2006.

 

Celebrating the diverse energies of the local arts scene is the Festival’s very own Festival Club. Strategically located at The Substation and the Timbre Music Restaurant and Bar, the Festival Club is the place to be to unwind, chat with international and local artists and find out more about Singapore’s vibrant arts scene. Special programmes such as Rock the Sub, and Open Stage@Timbre will also give audience opportunities to enjoy a wide variety of music by prominent and upcoming local bands. During Open Stage@Timbre, the public can also participate in a forum entitled “Band boy ah? Can survive or not?” to discuss the challenges and opportunities for local musicians. Visiting musicians in town for the Festival will also be making special appearances at the Festival Club. In addition, for an intimate experience with local visual artists and theatre-makers, the public can also join Walking with Artists tours as they share about their work while visiting places that are close to their hearts.

 

The Asian Showcase will once again highlight the richness and diversity of Asian culture through events which celebrate the depth of our cultural history and tradition. In a blend of performances that evoke the nostalgia of yesteryear while adding a contemporary twist,Pasar Theatre will present a series of performances drawn from Chinese heritage. These include storytelling, theatrical dance vignettes by Ah Hock and Peng Yu, traditional Cantonese opera, Chinese festive drumming combined with wushu martial arts, a showcase of xinyao songs and interactive dance work by Frontier Danceland. InCantonese Opera Delights, at Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre, the famous Hongdou Cantonese Opera Troupe from Guangdong Province will perform a varied repertoire of both wen (scholarly) and wu (martial) shows. The troupe founded by opera doyenne Hong Xiannu comprises stars such as Plum Blossom Award recipients Ou Kaiming and Zeng Hui. Capturing the rich history of the Singapore Malays, the moving Malay musical theatreGentarasa 2007- Titisan Cacamerba (Chaotic Droplets) features engaging performers, a powerful soundtrack and an impressive set. The iconic element of water is also employed in Water - A Musical Tribute. Presented by the Temple of Fine Arts, this musical performance blends Indian classical styles with Chinese and western art forms to create an intercultural musical extravaganza.

 

Arts on the Move also returns with wacky puppets, electrifying dancers, smooth voices and pulsating percussionists who will captivate crowds in the city and the heartlands.Besides bringing three full weeks of daily performances to Orchard Road, Arts on the Move will also be bringing free performances to the patients and visitors at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital. In a special performance under the Outreach Programme, Italy’s Company Il Posto brings its brand of fascinating vertical dance to the façade of Raffles City Shopping Centre. Proteo Project Vertical Dance – NEOS is a site-specific work where elegant dancers suspended in mid-air move in harmony to the accompaniment of specially composed live music.

 

Situated outside the Raffles City Shopping Centre is a commissioned art installation, conceived by Singaporean artist Donna Ong, entitled Project: Eden. Launched last month, it has already attracted some 4,000 visitors. Serving its dual function as The Festival Nest the artwork is also hub where the public can find information and the latest updates on the Festival. A series of fun activities have also been planned around the interactive visual art piece from June. These include music by deejays from Radio Heatwave now on every weekend and acoustic open mic sessions every Friday and Saturday from 1 June to 24 June.

 

Other visual arts exhibitions during the Festival include Sculpture Square’s Domestic Bliss: Exploring the Myth of the Happy Home and Azhanti High Lightning presented by the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

 

For more stimulating programmes in the spirit of the Festival, the public can also enjoy the range of activities organised as part of the Events at Esplanade, as well Street Revolution – Children of d’Revolut’N. Organised by the Singapore Street Festival, the latter is platform dedicated for youth to show off their creative energies. For two days in June, Fort Canning Park will also be converted into what is possibly the largest art market in Singapore. So for a wide assortment of artworks and handicrafts, visit the Art Marketorganised by the National Parks Board.

 

Bringing the Festival to a climatic conclusion is the ever-anticipated Closing Celebrations. Held in the heartlands of Jurong East, the public will be dazzled with an energetic display of body-theatre, live music, projections, stilt-walking and spectacular pyrotechnics as Germany’s antagon theaterAKTion closes this year’s Festival with their spellbinding performance of Time Out.

 

KEY DATES

Festival Opening : 25 May – 27 June

 

Street Revolution – Children of d’Revolut’N : 26 May – 10 June

 

Festival Club : 25 May – 24 June

 

Events at Esplanade :25 May – 24 June

 

Arts on the Move : 26 May – 17 June

 

Proteo Project Vertical Dance – NEOS : 7 – 10 June

 

Family Funfest : 8 – 10 June

 

Asian Showcase : 2 – 23 June

 

North East Dance Festival :16 – 17 June

 

South West District Arts Festival : 23 June – 21 July

 

Closing Celebrations : 22 – 24 June

 

More information and the schedule of all events under the Festival Outreach umbrella are in the following Annexes:

Annex 1: Festival Outreach Ticketing Information

Annex 2: Festival Outreach Calendar of Events