Singapore Arts Festival Outreach - Arts Everywhere!



Arts Festival 2006


~ One Season. Many Faces. ~


1 – 25 June


Festival Outreach - Arts Everywhere!


Be part of the dizzy excitement when some 1058 artists present over 300 free arts performances and events everywhere across the city.  The Singapore Arts Festival’s highly varied and rich Festival Outreach further intensifies the national celebration of the arts this June with its trademark fun-filled, mass interactive programmes and unusual sights.


“The Festival Outreach is integral in bringing the Festival buzz to people all over Singapore.  It promises intriguing entertainment with quirky, rare and unusual shows, while the highly interactive shows enable people to get involved in the arts easily.  This year, Festival Outreach continues to introduce emerging artists, arts companies and new platforms for the arts in Singapore. We call on everyone to join us in this exhilarating journey and exploration of the arts,” says Ms Chua Ai Liang, Director of Audience Development and Singapore Arts Festival Outreach, National Arts Council.


Many new finds make their debut in the Festival through this year’s Festival Outreach.  Singapore’s newest Peranakan theatre company Main Wayang presents Baba Nyonya, HIStory and HERitage, a showcase of Peranakan heritage, handicrafts, traditional games and tales. One of the highlights of the show is a colourful Peranakan wedding procession between the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Arts House, with live music by rarely seen seronee musicians.  Cake Theatre presents the visually compelling Yolanda’s Fever, a performance theatre piece that invites members of the public to join in the production on-the-spot.  Street Attack! By Moving Arts and the iLLers will stop Orchard Road shoppers dead in their tracks with their funky moves and free impromptu dance lessons. 


Two shows in Special Events bring on the sporting fever.  Finals! by Grejpfrut (Slovenia), promises to score with its high-tech, virtual soccer game pitting unsuspecting passerbys against each other, complete with ‘live’ commentaries and guest appearances and interviews with S. League footballers. Combining theatre, music and our national swimmers, Ecrans Tambours (Screen Drums) presents a wet drumming performance for young and old in a public swimming pool.  Street Revolution – Urban EVOlution wow young audiences with 16 days of performances and activities reflecting the contemporary and hip youth culture in Singapore.


Weekend Highlights includes a Grandioso of Hundred Guzhengs, combining Java and Sundanese zithers, the Morinkhuur and Yatga from Mongolia with the Chinese guzheng.  Bandhana brings the beat of Bollywood and the latest heart-thumping stars in Indian popular music with a music extravaganza featuring renowned performers, rapper Blaaze and Kailash Kher with his band Kailaasa from India, accompanied by local musician, Mohamed Raffee, Vasantham Star Shabir, and Tribal Tide, one of Singapore’s leading World Music bands.


Singapore’s newest music platform POPagenda Singapore will bring three weekends of the latest in Asian pop n’ rock music and networking with industry experts to discover new Asian talents and ultimately developing Singapore’s own brand of S-Pop.  Watch out for the prelude show Bandhana and key events - Pop Village, Rock Opera the Musical and Rock D’Fort.


Returning for a second year after last year’s successful debut, the Asian Showcase plumbs therichness and depth of traditional Asian arts to captivate audiences with the practices of yesteryears.Pasar Theatre and Street Play by The Theatre Practice entertains with street puppetry, cross-talk,jianggu (storytelling), martial arts and folk singing. Travel back on a music journey with the Taal Express presented by the Temple of Fine Arts with 18 artistes performing vocals, percussions, violin, flute, sitar and piano accompanied by of the Kathakali dance of Kerala.  The Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre presents Sichuan Province Chuan Opera Spectacular and Zhanjiang Cantonese Opera Evergreens, while Gentarasa 2006 by the People’s Association MESRA will showcase local talents in a contemporary production and adaptation of Malay culture and performing arts in Singapore.


A regular fixture of the Festival for young people from seven to fourteen, KIDSFEST presents an amazing mix of quality acts, intriguing performances and fun-filled workshops for both children and their parents.  KIDSFEST is jointly presented by the National Arts Council and ACT 3 International. Events at Esplanade feature more exciting programmes in the spirit of the Festival and celebration of the arts.


The well-loved Arts On The Move continues to present the arts to people at all corners of Singapore with intriguing puppets created on the spot and brought to life with deft skill, wacky mime acts, acrobatics, circus acts and other pulsating shows by local percussion and dance groups, including Samba Masala, Fireflys, UrbanMix and Bang Bang!


The Festival culminates in the Closing Celebrations, with Spanish troupe, Puja! presentingK@osmos, an aerial acrobatic performance with live music, daredevil artistes, special effects and pyrotechnics in mid-air.



 KIDSFEST  1 – 6 June
 Special Event  2 – 19 June                                         
 Weekend Highlights   3 – 18 June 
 POPagenda Singapore    3 – 18 June
 Asian Showcase  3 – 26 June
 Arts on the Move    1 – 25 June
 Events at Esplanade   1 – 25 June
 Closing Celebrations  23 – 25 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