SINGAPORE, 23 July 2015 – Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), the Silver Arts Festival continues to bring value to the lives of seniors through its diverse arts programmes. Into its fourth edition, Silver Arts will feature new multi-lingual programmes that will engage seniors and their families through experiential and interactive activities.
2 With close to 100 artists and arts groups participating in this year’s Festival, a record high, the public can look forward to a broad spectrum of arts programmes which will allow seniors to develop their creativity, facilitate self-expression and enhance their well-being. Silver Arts 2015 will take place over four weeks from 1 to 27 September at over 30 locations islandwide to encourage widespread participation.
3 Says Quek Ling Kiong, Resident Conductor of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and long-time collaborator with Silver Arts, “Working with the seniors imbues the artwork with a different dimension. Seniors have a wealth of life experience to draw from, and many remain vibrant and full of life, which is a joy to see on stage and we hope more Singaporeans can appreciate what they have to offer.” Ling Kiong is also the artistic director of “An Enchanted Evening with Silver Gems”, a newly commissioned 60-minute music theatre concert which will launch the Festival on 2 September. This concert brings together a multi-disciplinary creative team comprising Benjamin Ho (playwright and director of Paper Monkey Theatre), Liong Kit Yeng (composer) and Khor Ai Ming (choral director).
4 Other Festival highlights includes:
a) “White Soliloquy”, a restaged work which pays tribute to the early life of iconic theatrical and television pioneer Bai Yan, who is better known to most as a popular Chinese actor on MediaCorp’s television programmes. This version for Silver Arts is produced and presented by Toy Factory Productions, and directed by award winning playwright and director, Goh Boon Teck (Chief Artist Director of Toy Factory).
b) The highly popular short film screening session “Silver Films” which sold out in 2014 returns with five films from Singaporean filmmakers such as Kirsten Tan, Leon Cheo, Kenny Tan and a commissioned work by M. Raihan Halim. Look out for a special piece produced and edited by Jasmine Ng in collaboration with seniors who participated in Recording Reality, a pre-engagement programme held earlier in July.
c) “La-teh·La-kopi” is a new segment which takes the arts out of traditional venues into the more intimate and casual café setting, and engages seniors through a more interactive format.
d) The Festival also offers its first ever European act – PRIME – a contemporary dance group from Scotland comprising nine dancers, over the age of 62, who will present dance pieces to inspire older Singaporeans. During their visit to Singapore, PRIME will also conduct dance masterclasses for seniors.
e) The well-received “Arts in Eldercare Seminar” which debut in 2014 is back to advocate the meaningful integration of arts practices within the eldercare sector. The seminar will feature keynote speaker, Anne Basting, founder of TimeSlips, a company well- known for using improvisational story-telling programmes to train caregivers for persons with dementia. This closed door seminar is for professionals in the social and healthcare industries, policy makers, funders and artists.
5 Ms Chua Ai Liang, Director of Arts & Communities, NAC says: “The Festival’s varied line-up of programmes will appeal to a wide range of tastes and lifestyles. We continue to give our seniors new opportunities to create art in their daily lives, whether it is artistic expression through food, writing collaborations with the younger generation or even producing their own short films. We have also curated programmes to entertain the entire family, engage young and old alike and bring together some of the best names in Singapore’s music, theatre and visual arts scene to create productions that everyone can enjoy.”
6 For full details, please refer to Annex A for a synopsis of the Silver Arts 2015 programmes.