Silver Arts 2018

Annual Arts Festival Returns to Celebrate Seniors and Creative Ageing


·         Exciting line-up of veteran artists and programmes for both young and old to encourage inter-generational bonding

·         Introduction of digital approaches in engaging seniors through the arts

·         More efforts to bring the arts closer to seniors including programmes at Kampung Admiralty, Singapore’s first retirement community in the north


SINGAPORE, 25 July 2018 – Seniors and their families can look forward to enjoying the arts together at Silver Arts 2018 with programmes that will resonate with both young and old. Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), the festival dedicated to celebrating seniors and creative ageing will span four weekends from 6 to 30 September.


2          The seventh edition will have an exciting offering of dance, film, music, theatre, traditional arts and visual arts, as well as workshops and exhibitions, that include digital art projects. 37 programmes will be showcased at over 24 venues island-wide, featuring some 80 artists and arts groups, one third of whom are senior performers aged 60 and above.


3          This year’s line-up – with quality productions and films at a nominal price, and a wide range of free activities for all to enjoy – has been curated to encourage inter-generational bonding. Shows and activities will offer opportunities for the younger generation to connect with seniors through their shared experiences and stories, as well as to foster dialogues through the generations.


4          Ms Chua Ai Liang, Senior Director, Engagement & Participation, National Arts Council said: “We are excited to present the Silver Arts 2018 line-up of programmes inspired by stories and the creativity of our seniors. We hope to encourage all seniors to age creatively and to enrich their well-being through the arts. With a stronger focus on inter-generational programmes, we also hope to see more families attending and spending time together at the festival.”


5          Highlights of the festival include:

·         Konsert Gurindam Jiwa (Music of the Soul) – Directed by emerging music phenom Syafiqah ‘Adha Sallehin and produced by Saiful Amri, this music concert will present popular tunes by the late Wandly Yazid. A 70-strong Angklung orchestra comprising students from three secondary schools and retired teachers, will perform alongside Angklung maestro Faridah H A Jamal, pianist Saedah Samat-Alkaff, veteran singers R Ismail and Julie Sudiro and more.

·         Reliving Rediffusion with Ding Yi – Established local Chinese music ensemble Ding Yi Music Company and former radio presenter Chang Mei Hsiang invite seniors to relive the Rediffusion cable radio experience through nostalgic ‘80s tunes from popular singers including Fong Fei Fei, Teresa Teng and Fei Yu-Ching. Lee Swee Har, female disciple of renowned local storyteller Lee Dai Soh, will also tell the legendary Chinese story of Ten Brothers accompanied by live music from Ding Yi.

·         归途赛跑 (Tortoise Tales ) - An original theatre production directed by Chong Gua Khee and written by Tan Liting that revisits the familiar tale of The Tortoise and the Hare. Starring actors Hang Qian Chou and Liow Shi Suen, this heart-warming story about a grandmother and her grandson will end with surprises as well as an alternate ending or two.

·         Singing Market the Musical – Leading Malaysian musical theatre company, Asia Musical Productions, brings together this entertaining story set in the ‘70s following a group of market vendors decked in colourful costumes and unforgettable melodies.


6          Produced by Wong Han Juan in collaboration with TCR Music Station, music lovers can indulge in Dialect Sing-Along concerts that will feature familiar favourites in Hokkien and Cantonese. Veteran singer Ann Hussein from local pop-rock band Gingerbread and Sheila De Niro, will present Malay evergreens from the ‘80s, with special arrangements by Nusantara Arts. Mother and son duo, singers Gina Vadham and K.C. Meals will also perform alongside home-grown band The Meltones in a Good Oldies music concert.


7          This year, young film directors, Png Zhen Yu and Kannan Vijayakumar, will each present a local film commissioned specially for Silver Arts 2018. Both films – Love in a Convenience Store and New Bike, focus on how seniors can find a new lease of life in their golden years. These new commissions are among the Silver Films’ line-up of five short films and five feature films from Singapore, China, Malaysia and Taiwan, curated by The Filmic Eye.  


8          Held in conjunction with the festival, the Arts in Eldercare Seminar is an important thought-leadership platform which discusses the use of arts in enhancing seniors’ well-being in social settings. This edition will offer insights around digital approaches in engaging seniors through the arts. The two-day Seminar targeted at social and healthcare professionals, as well as arts practitioners, will highlight innovative programme models and feature experts from Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the United Kingdom (UK). Keynote speakers include Ms Claire Ford, Founder of We engAGE from the UK, Ms Emiko Namikawa, President of NPO Art Resources Development Association from Japan, and Mrs Jeon Hye Won, Head of Department of the Korean Association of Senior Welfare Centers.


9          The Silver Arts Exhibition to be held at the NLB Plaza from 15 to 30 September will showcase the art works of five Community Art Projects (CAP). Guided by professional artists, these CAPs engaged 84 senior participants, giving them creative opportunities to build their own narratives using augmented and virtual reality tools; express and narrate their personal stories through digital mapping techniques; illustrate their hopes and dreams on sculptural pillows and document Chinese dialect rhymes.


10        This year’s festival also brings the arts closer to more seniors which includes hosting 1,500 seniors from various Social Service Organisations at four ticketed productions and film screenings. Senior residents of Kampung Admiralty, Singapore’s first retirement community in the north, have also been roped in for CAP, It’s a Happy, Happy World, where they co-create a unique 100-mirror installation and performance with youths. Exploring the theme of happiness, the installation for this inter-generational project will be held at Kampung Admiralty from 6 to 12 September.   


11        Singaporeans can also look forward to free workshops, talks and performances presented as part of the Arts on the Move line-up, to be held at various locations including NLB Plaza, Kampung Admiralty, Our Tampines Hub and Bedok Community Centre and more. These programmes will take place from 8 to 30 September.


12        Tickets for the following programmes will go on sale from:

·         25 July at Apactix - Highlight shows; Konsert Gurindam Jiwa (Music of the Soul), Reliving Rediffusion with Ding Yi, 归途赛跑  (Tortoise Tales), and Singing Market the Musical. Early bird discount, at $1 off per ticket for all shows including concession tickets, is available till 15 August 2018.

·         1 August at - Arts in Eldercare Seminar

·         23 August at Golden Village - Silver Films


Kindly refer to programme booklet attached for more information and events listing.