Silver Arts 2019



Creating Golden Memories with the Arts in Your Silver Age


More seniors engaged through opportunities for participation, co-creation and volunteering



Seniors and their palm drawings at Community Arts Project, I Hold You In My Hands



Singapore, 31 July 2019 – Seniors and their loved ones can look forward to an exciting line-up of programmes at Silver Arts 2019, an annual festival dedicated to celebrating seniors and creative ageing in the arts. The festival line-up captures personal stories of seniors through music and dance performances, exhibitions, films and workshops as they connect meaningfully with their peers and across generations.



2          Into its eighth edition, this year’s festival organised by the National Arts Council (NAC) will feature more than 30 programmes that take place island-wide from 5 to 29 September 2019. The festival marks a high point in the year-round programmes for seniors to discover their creativity as the arts enhances their social and emotional wellbeing. Close to 270 artists and arts groups are involved in the line-up of diverse and accessible arts programmes in English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and Chinese dialects, exploring themes that relate to audiences across different communities.



3          This edition also shines the spotlight on seniors, not just as performers and audiences, but as active collaborators and volunteers. Through a wide range of programmes designed to empower and engage the community, NAC hopes to strengthen their sense of identity and self-worth through the arts. For example, earlier in the year, artists Michael Lee, Jaxton Su, Stellah Lim and Flamenco Sin Fronteras organised four Community Arts Projects[1] for seniors from all walks of life to come together and share their perspectives on life through the arts as well as to forge unique bonds with one another in the process. Their creative journey will culminate in the Silver Arts Exhibition taking place throughout the festival period at the National Library Building (NLB) Plaza, and will showcase their individual expressions through works such as miniature models, hand casts and performances.



4          Ms Chua Ai Liang, Senior Director of Engagement and Participation at NAC says, “We are heartened to see seniors across different communities having deeper experiences in the arts and using it as a way to bond and express themselves. By learning from and being inspired by the artists, NAC hopes people across generations, cultures and abilities will connect through the arts, and celebrate the rich life experiences of our seniors.”  



Bringing Different Communities Together


5          The three highlight programmes at Silver Arts 2019 are by Siong Leng Musical Association, Wadah Seni Entertainment and The Philharmonic Winds.

·         Siong Leng Musical Association’s An Evening of Nanyin Jazz (南爵士夜) merges Nanyin music with jazz and pop and will resonate with audiences both young and old through contemporary renditions of classic tunes such as Unforgettable Love (不了情) and The Evening Primrose (夜来香).


·         Fans of romantic duets from classic and modern Malay films can look forward to Soulful Silver Screen Melodies (Sukma Irama Layar Perak), a Malay music concert headlined by singers such as Dato’ Yusni Hamid (Malaysia), Rudy Djoharnaen and Eddy Ali. As a throwback to films from yesteryears, audiences will enjoy songs that transcend the times.


·         The Philharmonic Youth Winds will join hands with veteran local jazz singer Robert Fernando and two seniors picked from an audition, to present Those Were The Days, at an intergenerational concert that will appeal to families.



6          Two special short film commissions, Family Affairs and A Dream I Did Not Dream will premiere this year, covering themes of family, relationships and reconciliation. Family Affairs is a Cantonese and Chinese film directed by acclaimed writer, producer and director Chai Yee-Wei in collaboration with a xinyao veteran and Chinese studies scholar Dr Liang Wern Foo. A Dream I Did Not Dream is a film about the rejuvenating power of time by award-winning director K. Rajagopal in collaboration with Dr Uma Rajan. These two commissions are part of the Silver Films programme – a series of five short films and five feature films from Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Japan, and Taiwan.


Providing Deeper Engagement and Meaningful Participation


Sharing a laugh during an activity from the Befriender’s Arts Toolkit



7          Besides the main programmes, other efforts also underscore NAC’s commitment to engage seniors meaningfully in every aspect of the Silver Arts festival. For the first time, a group of 11 seniors was involved in the curation process of the Silver Films programme alongside Objectifs – Centre for Photography & Film. They were invited to review and vote for the final line-up, ensuring that films which better resonate with seniors would make the cut. Silver Arts Ambassadors also play a key role at Silver Arts with more than 60 seniors coming forward every year, and many of them as returnees. They take on roles such as Front-of-House Stewards, Exhibition Hosts and Arts Champions. The Arts Champions will also be trained to use the Befriender’s Arts Toolkits to relate to their peers through art-making, and this gives them a chance to give back through the arts as well.



Building a Supportive Environment for Creative Ageing


8          Additionally, the Arts on the Move programmes will take place throughout the festival and are free for seniors and their loved ones to take part in. This includes a walking trail through the Civic District, the distinctive arts and culture precinct, an intergenerational photography workshop and performances at the NLB Plaza. To encourage intergenerational bonding, Silver Arts 2019 will also be introducing the new Date Your Grandparents campaign passport. Families and friends are encouraged to attend together, and participate in the various festival programmes to collect stamps which can be redeemed for unique collectibles.



9          Beyond the four-week-long Silver Arts festival, our arts and heritage institutions are also important partners in developing an inclusive arts sector for all. By working closely with institutions such as Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and the National Museum of Singapore, seniors have the opportunity to enjoy the arts and culture with their friends and families all year round.



Tickets for the following Silver Arts highlight programmes will be available via and Sistic ticketing counters:

·         An Evening of Nanyin Jazz

·         Sukma Irama Layar Perak (Soulful Silver Screen Melodies)

·         Those Were The Days

$12 for standard ticket and $8 for concession ticket (aged 60 and above)


Tickets for Silver Films (Shorts and Features) will be available via and Cathay Cineplexes ticketing counters*:

$6 for standard ticket and $3 for concession ticket* (aged 55 and above)


Kindly refer to the programme booklet attached for more information on programmes and ticketing discounts. Hi-resolution images can also be downloaded here.



[1] The four Community Arts Projects (CAPs) are: Grounds We Share by Michael Lee, 家在心中Home Is Where The Heart Is by Jaxton Su, I Hold You In My Hands by Stellah Lim and Chronicles of Life: Dance of the Ageing Body by Flamenco Sin Fronteras.