SILVER ARTS 2014 EXCITES WITH A COLOURFUL BOOST IN OFFERINGS

 

The annual event for the silver community is back, featuring inter-generational projects, local & international artists and a new film showcase

 

Singapore, 6 September 2014 – The Silver Arts programme returns for its third edition with a bumper crop of 45 activities, workshops, exhibits and performances for seniors to showcase their creative potential and enjoy the arts with their friends and families.

Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), Silver Arts is held over four weekends from 6 to 28 September 2014. Featuring arts projects by seniors that are co-created with the artistic community, this year’s extended programme line-up offers culturally-engaging experiences for everyone. From short films, a nostalgia-filled concert play, traditional arts workshops to craft activities, our seniors can pick up new skills and transfer their treasure trove of experiences into the arts. This year, the annual platform is made more accessible with 25 venues island-wide, as compared to 11 in 2013. New venues include Marina Bay Link Mall, Downtown East and Golden Village Cineplexes at Vivocity and Plaza Singapura.

 

With more diverse collaborations between artists and community partners, Silver Arts has grown from strength to strength from 13 programmes in 2013 to 45 programmes this year.  Ms Chua Ai Liang, Director, Arts & Communities, NAC says, “We are heartened to see the growing involvement of seniors in Silver Arts.  Participating in the arts has brought them fun and friendship.  It has also stretched their imagination, inspired confidence and re-discovery of self.”

A new component in this year’s line-up is Silver Films, which features five local short films that are inspired from seniors’ life stories. Two commissioned films will debut at Silver Arts 2014. They are The Secret Passion of Mdm Tan Ah Lian by independent film maker and Young Artist Award recipient, Sun Koh; and I Am A Beautiful Beached Whale By The Straits by film, performance and installation artist Ng Xi Jie. The other films are by lauded Singapore film-makers; Swimming Lesson by Kat Goh, Lost Sole by Sanif Olek and Popiah by Royston Tan.

 

Another highlight is the first-time involvement of overseas artists in Silver Arts, which presents fresh perspectives on cultural identities and ageing. Making its Singapore premiere is Kopisusu, an award-winning concert play by Malaysian production house, Udiyap Music. The jazz-infused performance features light-hearted Nanyang-flavoured songs intertwined with nostalgic sentiments of the 1950s and 1960s. Kopisusu is helmed by acclaimed director James Lee and stars Malaysian singer-songwriter and performer, Yudi Yap. Hailing from Taiwan is veteran movement artist, Wu Wen Wen who leads Seeing Anew, a multi-sensory presentation with Singaporean artists Jalyn Han and Joe Nair. It involves 40 seniors who took a walk down memory lane through storytelling, singing and photography.

 

Especially for music aficionados is the Silver Stars – Our Music Party! which celebrates musical talents of our seniors. This extravaganza will feature 70 seniors playing alongside with youth drummers from Ding Yi Music Company, and performing a medley of classical Western tunes and Chinese oldies with the Metro Philharmonic Choir and Radin Mas String Orchestra and Friends.

 

A mainstay of the Silver Arts programme is the roving Silver Arts Exhibition, which showcases works created through various community art projects. These projects saw seniors express their individuality through art forms such as ceramics, photography, mixed-media painting and sound art. This year, the exhibition also welcomes a segment titled, Life Souvenirs, a four-part community arts project, curated by multi-disciplinary artist Angie Seah. Centred on the theme ‘Interpretation of Self’, Life Souvenirs features projects by Adeleine Daysor, Ahmad Abu Bakar, Geraldine Kang and Zai Tang, which enable seniors to create artworks that resonate with them.

 

Other exciting activities in this year’s Silver Arts programme include Tua-Tua Kelapa, an inter-generational Malay literary arts project, Bollywood fun! by Apsara Arts which pairs grandparents and kids to learn dance moves and Painted Memories by Vertical Submarine, a painting project that taps on seniors’ memories of yesteryear.

 

For details and full Silver Arts offerings, please refer to Annex A for the Silver Arts brochure or visit https://www.nac.gov.sg/naccorp/naccorp/whatwedo/engagement/artsforall/silver-arts.html. All programmes are free-of-charge.

 

[i] Winner of Best Solo Performance (Yudi Yap) and Best Ensemble at Malaysia’s 11th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards 2014 which recognises excellence in the performing arts.