Singapore Arts Festival com.mune programmes (Oct – Dec 2010)


Singapore Arts Festival com.mune programmes

Oct – Dec 2010


16 September 2010 – The Singapore Arts Festival is back with an exciting range of education and outreach activities under the year-round com.mune programme. Discussions, camps, masterclasses and workshops have been lined up for the public from October to December 2010, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Key highlights from the programme are below, and the full programming can be found in the annex.


The People’s Exhibition

In line with the Festival theme for 2011, ‘I want to remember’, we are remembering performing spaces such as the old Drama Centre on Fort Canning Rise and the former National Theatre at River Valley Road. A People’s Exhibition displaying memorabilia from these old spaces will be touring various regional libraries from December 2010 to June 2011. The public is invited to be a part of this exhibition by contributing collectibles and items that will bring back memories of these places.


Picnic Under the Stars

On 20 November 2010, the former National Theatre site along River Valley Road will come alive again, with the sharing of memories through song, dance and stories. The arts community and the public will have the opportunity to come together for a picnic under the stars and reminisce about their experiences at the old National Theatre. In addition, there will be special screenings including a short film by local film-maker Royston Tan.


Children’s and Youth Arts Camp

Young arts lovers can look forward to a 3-day arts camp – 25, 26 and 27 October for 14-15 year olds and 23, 24 and 25 November for 9-10 year olds. The camps will include workshops to hone theatre and creative skills, and conclude with presentations self-conceptualised works by the participants. Conducted by local theatre professionals, the camps will delve into the finer points of theatre – an experience not to be missed if you are a young theatre enthusiast!


Kids Have All the Fun

The Kids Arts Village is looking for more young minds to contribute their ideas! Children can go down to the Esplanade from 1-3 October 2010 to submit drawings of what they want the Kids Arts Village to be like. Each drawing will get a gift. In addition, the drawings by the Kids Advisory Panel will be put to the vote, and kids can have their say by voting for their favourite drawing throughout the month of October at the Central Public Library. Between 6 and 10 December, 7 to 14 year olds can look forward to a series of holiday workshops that will teach them about photography, costume design, theatre writing, theatrical make up and backstage craft. Some of the children who participate in the holiday workshops may be selected to be part of the Kids Arts Village as helpers in various roles.


Festival Goes Green

Kids with a heart for the environment can join the Eco Urban Farming one-day trip on 26 November to learn more about how to create their own mini garden and care for it.  Arts lovers can learn how to recycle their old tees into artsy and functional pieces at the Transform the Tees workshop on 4 December.


Festival Ambassadors

The Festival Ambassadors programme, introduced in 2010, is back again with more exciting opportunities. Volunteers can start their Festival experience early for the 2011 edition with workshops in front of house, village management and Festival photography, as well as get an exclusive sneak preview of the Festival.


For more programme details, please refer to the Annex.


About Singapore Arts Festival and com.mune

Organised by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Arts Festival is a platform which showcases international, regional and local artists and productions. The Festival runs for three weeks from mid-May to early June annually. com.mune is a year-round education and outreach programme aimed at sustaining public engagement beyond the Festival period, offering a myriad variety of activities targeting various age groups and interest levels.