From screen-printing to the big screen: Senior talents take centre stage at Silver Arts Festival 2016

  • More showcase opportunities for seniors
  • More film offerings including two new commissions
  • Incorporation of dialects for greater resonance with seniors
  • Extended two-day Arts in Eldercare Seminar

 

SINGAPORE, 2 August 2016 – The fifth edition of the annual Silver Arts Festival will feature more senior talents who will be singing, acting and playing musical instruments in this year’s programme line-up. The Festival, organised by the National Arts Council (NAC) in collaboration with community partners, will also engage seniors through volunteering opportunities as part of the push for creative ageing.

 

2          More than 40 exciting programmes by some 80 artists and arts groups across different ethnic groups will be presented at over 30 venues across Singapore from 1 to 25 September. Targeting 40,000 attendees, this year’s programmes have been curated to resonate more deeply with Singapore’s silver community, with the incorporation of dialects and familiar themes revolving around life and family.

 

3          Ms Chua Ai Liang, Director of Arts and Communities, NAC said: “We strongly believe that the arts can impact lives in many ways, especially our seniors. The social aspect is a powerful one – expressing themselves through the arts and sharing their creativity with friends and family members can be extremely satisfying. By featuring talents with varied passions and interests, such as The Glowers Drama Group, popular 60s bands Silver Strings and The Dukes!, as well as home-grown music icons, we hope to show that the arts hold endless possibilities for everyone.”

 

Highlight Programmes

4          One of the Silver Arts highlights is the Golden Hits of Yesteryears Music Concert taking place at Kallang Theatre. Audiences can look forward to nostalgic Mandarin, Hokkien and Cantonese hits with veteran singers like Huang Qing Yuan (黄清远), Li Jing Cai (李进才) and Cui Xia (萃霞). This concert, priced at a concession rate of $5 for seniors and $10 for the public, will celebrate the talents of Chinese music icons from the 60s and 80s.

 

5          Another highlight is Kampong Chempedak, presented by The Glowers Drama Group, which was formed in 2003 to engage seniors through the fun of drama, and is led by veteran actress Catherine Sng. The stage production is based on characters from Roger Jenkins’ “From the Belly of the Carp”, which won the 1995 Singapore Literature Prize.  In this staging, 16 seniors will re-live their memories of former kampong days and perform in English, Mandarin and various dialects.  Admission is free, but registration is required through an online ticketing system.

 

Silver Films

6          The Festival’s enhanced line-up of Silver Films, curated by The Filmic Eye, will comprise two very distinct formats – Singapore Silver Shorts and Silver Features. Two of the Silver Shorts are new commissions – Spring Again by Ray Pang and The Drum by Ler Jiyuan. These films, which will make their world premiere at the festival, deal with some of the issues that seniors face as they grow older, such as the longing for companionship and the search for meaning in their later years.

 

7          For the first time since the festival’s inception, there are also four Silver Features that will include both regional and local selections. When Yesterday Comes (Taiwan) is being screened for the first time in Singapore, while A Simple Life (Hong Kong), which won the 2011 Golden Horse Best Director’s Award, is being screened for the first time here in Cantonese. 

 

Engaging Programmes Happening Island-Wide

8          The popular La-Teh Ÿ La-Kopi series returns this year with more interactive musical performances in informal settings including a hawker centre. Bringing the arts outside of traditional performance venues enables seniors to enjoy the arts in familiar environments and encourages participation as well. The La-Teh Ÿ La-Kopi series will include a performance by renowned harpist Katryna Tan, as well as opportunities to learn more about instruments such as the traditional Angklung and the ocarina, an ancient wind instrument.

 

9          With a variety of Arts on the Move programmes lined up at anchor venue NLB Plaza at Victoria Street over four weekends, seniors will also enjoy ample opportunities to contribute their time and skills. For example, senior volunteers will be helping out with the Craft Marathon! held over the first weekend, as part of Arts on the Move

 

10        Apart from exposing seniors to more arts programmes, NAC also sees the importance of integrating arts practices with the eldercare sector in Singapore. The Arts in Eldercare Seminar, first launched two years ago, continues to offer new ideas and insights to social and healthcare professionals, as well as arts practitioners.  The Seminar has been extended to a two-day programme, and will feature keynote experts from the US, Japan and Hong Kong, who will present talks and conduct workshops.

 

11        Ms Chua added: “With the extensive line-up that includes music, dance and theatrical performances, films, exhibitions, talks and workshops, as well as the Arts in Eldercare Seminar for the eldercare sector, there will be something for everyone. We look forward to more seniors and their families joining us in the programmes that have been specially created for them.”

 

Ticketing Information & Registration Details

Golden Hits of Yesteryears Music Concert

18 September @ 7.30pm

Kallang Theatre

General public: Cat 1 (Stall) – $10; Cat 2 (Circle) – $8

Senior Citizens Concession (aged 60 and above): $5 (applicable to Cat 1 & 2)

Online tickets at www.apactix.com or via the hotline at (+65) 3158 8588, walk-in at Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office or over the counter at all SingPost Outlets.

Booking charges apply.

 

Kampong Chempedak

23 September @ 7.30 pm

24 September @2.30 pm & 7.30 pm

Gallery Theatre (National Museum of Singapore)

Free admission; pre-registration for tickets required

Online tickets at www.apactix.com or via the hotline at (+65) 3158 8588, walk-in at Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office or over the counter at all SingPost Outlets.

Booking charges apply.

 

Silver Shorts

1, 6, 11, 18, 25 September

Various timings

GV Theatres (Suntec, Jurong Point, Tampines & Bishan)

General Public: $5; Senior Citizens Concession (aged 60 and above): $2

Tickets available from 18 August onwards via Golden Village at gv.com.sg or at GV ticketing counters before each screening.

GV booking charges apply.

 

Silver Features

4, 13, 17, 24 September

Various timings

GV Theatres (Suntec, Tiong Bahru, VivoCity) & Toa Payoh Central Amphitheatre

General Public: $5; Senior Citizens Concession (aged 60 and above): $2

Tickets available from 18 August onwards via Golden Village at gv.com.sg or at GV ticketing counters before each screening.

Free Admission at Toa Payoh Central Amphitheatre.

GV booking charges apply.

 

La-Teh Ÿ La-Kopi

1, 8, 15, 22 September

Various timings

$5 per ticket for the events at Tiann’s bakery, OTC Cafe & Sichuan Dou Hua Restaurant

$2 per ticket for the event at Ang Mo Kio 628 Market & Food Centre

Online tickets at www.apactix.com, via the hotline at (+65) 3158 8588, walk-in at Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office and over the counter at all SingPost Outlets.

Booking charges apply.

 

Free Admission to all Exhibitions and Arts on the Move events

 

Refer to the Appendix for the full Programme and Events Listing.