Arts in Your Neighbourhood
8 – 25 March 2018
Arts in Your Neighbourhood is back this March with nearly 50 arts activities happening in 16 locations across the island. With so many activities in this season, there is surely something suitable for everyone!
The Arts in Your Neighbourhood programme, an initiative by the National Arts Council, brings
enriching arts experiences right to your doorstep! Enjoy interactive arts
programmes by established artists and arts groups held at various spaces across the island.
Fun and enriching arts experiences for the whole family await you this March, as Arts in Your Neighbourhood returns for its 10th edition! This season, we explore the town of Ang Mo Kio, once home to rubber plantations, rambutan trees, and a variety of bridges (which possibly gave it its name). Take a trip down memory lane and explore Ang Mo Kio's kampung days with our public art installations, or embark on a special photographic trail facilitated by professional photographers to see Ang Mo Kio through different lenses.
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Look forward to the following programme highlights:
The Birdman and his Chimera Orchestra by Demain On Change Tout
9 March 2018 (FRI), 12.30pm, Asia Square
9 March 2018 (FRI), 7pm, Bedok Town Square
10 March 2018 (SAT), 4pm/ 7pm, Marina Barrage
11 March 2018 (SUN), 5pm/7.30pm, Our Tampines Hub
Making their debut in Singapore, catch The Birdman and his Chimera Orchestra, a roving and interactive street performance by French arts group Demain On Change Tout. Bringing together the worlds of poetry and fantasy inspired by the old fairground carnivals, audiences will embark on an adventure in this theatrical show with a three-and-a-half metre tall puppet – Birdman, and his musicians, The Chimera Orchestra.
Nadine & The Enchanting Pots by Sweet Tooth
11 March 2018 (SUN), 5pm/ 7pm, Bedok Town Square
24 March 2018 (SAT), 5pm/ 7pm, Ang Mo Kio Central Stage
10 – 11 March 2018, 4pm – 7pm, Bedok Town Square
23 March 2018, 5pm – 8pm & 24 March 2018, 4pm – 7pm, Ang Mo Kio Central Stage
Nadine & the Enchanting Pots is a delightful tale told with music and imagination! Meet fantastic characters and discover how Nadine uses three magical, melodious pots to bring harmony to her village. This is a lively and heart-warming story about friendship that sets the imagination alight with puppetry, music, colourful costumes and larger-than-life props in a kampung setting, where a community that makes music together, stays together.
Stick around after the performance for photos with the cast and join in the fun at the specially designed activity areas. Stop by at Nadine's kampung house for arts and craft, or explore Bandit the Tiger's Lalang Maze!
Stop and Smell the "Ang Mo Dan"!
8 – 25 March 2018, Various Venues
For more information about the artworks and public programmes, please visit: www.facebook.com/publicarttrustsg
Consisting of mural paintings and installations constructed with metal pipes, mirrors, and even bicycles, the fun and interactive art installations of Stop and Smell the Ang Mo Dan invite audiences to slow down and reminisce on the history and memories of Ang Mo Kio, while re-imagining everyday spaces around the neighbourhood through four new public artworks.
The artists presenting the works are Angie Seah, Chen-Sai Hua Kuan, Lai Wei Min and Yip Yew Chong.
A commission by the National Arts Council's Public Art Trust.
Nomadic Art Caravan by LOPELAB
24 & 25 March 2018, 5pm – 10pm, Open Carpark at Ang Mo Kio Central 2 (behind Ang Mo Kio Library)
For the detailed programme line-up, please visit www.facebook.com/LOPELAB
Spot the Nomadic Art Caravan as it pops up in the Ang Mo Kio neighbourhood! Watch how we take over one of Ang Mo Kio’s open carparks and transform the space into a mini art carnival ground, celebrating music, dance and theatre.
Look out for performances, interactive art installations, engaging workshops, and larger-than-life heritage game sets. Art aside, look forward to a free sampling of salted egg-flavoured local goodies in this carnival.
Got to Move Pop-Up: Piano Playground by TRDO (The Royal Dance-Off)
25 March 2018 (SUN), 11am - 2pm, Ang Mo Kio Central Stage
Join in the fun on larger-than-life piano play mats and create sweet tunes by hopping, skipping, jumping and galloping on the piano keys! Also catch exhilarating contemporary dance performances by dancers from TRDO!
A programme by the National Arts Council’s Got to Move.
The Dicapella Magic Flute: Wonders of Ang Mo Kio by Dicapella Dizi Ensemble
25 March 2018 (SUN), 5pm – 8pm, Ang Mo Kio Central Stage
Enjoy musical performances inspired by the wonders of Ang Mo Kio, led by Dicapella’s Principal Conductor, Heng Xiangle, and presented by a fusion ensemble featuring The Philharmonic Winds, Bhaskar’s Arts Academy and Dicapella Dizi Ensemble. Armed with a magic flute and activity book, participants will complete various musical tasks at the carnival booths, and gather clues that will help uncover the possible meaning behind the name Ang Mo Kio.
See you in March 2018!
Check out some highlights from our previous seasons:
With interactive and visually engaging elements, many AYN programmes are perfect for a day of
family bonding while the kids discover the wonders of the arts at an early age!
The Enchanted Flute by Paper Monkey Theatre – November 2016
This theatrical puppetry performance
inspired by Malay heritage told the story of
a Malay village on a tiny island, whose
tranquil way of life was disrupted by rats.
The tale was unravelled through the nifty
movements of Paper Monkey Theatre's
hand-crafted puppets, with live music
accompaniment by SA The Collective.
Familiar playgrounds at Pasir Ris and West
Coast parks were turned into unusual sites
for pop-up performances, as families
bonded over parent-and-child hands-on
craft activities, music performances, interaction with giant bubbles and a picnic with popcorn and
A Dragon Behind The Door & More! by Sweet Tooth (Cake Theatrical Productions) – March 2017
Young audiences were swept away in a
magical, fun-filled journey with Mini and
her father who woke up to find their house
overrun with spotted beetles. Imaginations
were stirred by larger-than-life characters,
puppets, music, and surprises a-plenty.
Families bonded over craft activities like
weaving a dragon, making a spotted beetle
puppet, and creating their very own mini
Maxx The Cat by The Finger Players – November 2017
Kids and families were immersed in this
colourful theatrical experience with
puppets accompanied by lively music! They
followed the journey of a young girl Sam
and her adopted cat Maxx as they
encountered different creatures in an
exciting series of adventures and
Experience your neighbourhoods in new ways through the arts at AYN! Learn the hidden tales and
forgotten stories of various towns, that are weaved into interactive arts presentations. These
programmes take participants on a journey to discover stories from the past to a renewed
perspective of the present, and possibly, a re-imagined future.
The Real Estates by Jean Loo – March 2016, November 2016, March 2017
The Real Estates was a playful interpretation
of a town’s geographical map. Photographer
Jean Loo and the participants went on
guided photo walks in Toa Payoh, Bedok,
and Yishun, drawing inspiration from these
neighbourhoods’ familiar sights and scenes,
as the guides regaled them with historical
insights. Their photos were then mounted
on art installations forming stunning visual
Arts Imprints Around My Neighbourhood by Quek Ling Kiong – March 2016, November 2016,
Participants were taken on musical trails
that showcased iconic neighbourhood
landmarks such as the Dragon playground,
the Bedok Food Centre, the Toa Payoh
Town Park and the GV Yishun Cinema, to
uncover the stories of these estates. It was
a fun-filled experience from pop-up music
performances to learning simple drumming
techniques, ending each trail with a special
#seeyoursg by Shophouse & Co – November 2017
Participants saw Jurong through new lenses
- literally through a “viewing and recording”
device designed by artist Samantha Tio,
experiencing how reality and perception are
interwoven at each stop of the trail. They
were able to create and record their own
narratives of the neighbourhood and add on
to the Jurong story as part of an exhibition.
Larger Than Life: The Unspoken Histories of Jurong Neighbourhood by Vertical Submarine –
Larger than Life was a public art showcase of
five site-specific works, curated by art
collective, Vertical Submarine. Through the
activation of public spaces in the heart of
Jurong, these works shared fond memories,
characteristics and the forgotten history of
Jurong with the community.
A commission by the National Arts Council's
Public Art Trust.
Grow a deeper appreciation for the various cultures in Singapore through the plethora of multicultural
arts programmes at AYN!
CROSSING by Riduan Zalani with NADI Singapura – March 2016
This musical feast, reflecting the
progressive multi-cultural society we live
in, pushed boundaries while retaining
identities. The performance led by Young
Artist Award Recipient, Riduan Zalani,
featured an assembly of dynamic and
prominent Singapore arts groups including
NADI Singapura, SA The Collective,
Tamarind Sound Project, OrkeStar Trio and
Bornfire Circus Arts, in a musical
conversation and exchange, reflecting
familiar places, scenes and sounds found
only in Singapore.
Time For Opera! by Ding Yi Music Company and Traditional Arts Centre – November 2016
Ding Yi Music Company and Traditional Arts
Centre presented a series of classics from
traditional Hokkien, Teochew and Cantonese
opera specially rearranged for Chinese
chamber music instruments in this
Muzik Kita – Celebrating Malay Traditional Music – March 2017
Performers from Dikir Barat troupes Andika
Kencana and Sahabat danced the night away
accompanied by upbeat traditional songs
played by musicians from prominent groups
such as Sri Mahligai, Sri Gemilang, Nobat Kota
Singa and NADI Singapura.
A traditional arts initiative of the National
Arts Council supported by the Malay Music
Play With Bamboo! by Liong Kit Yeng – November 2017
Audiences experienced a musical showcase
of Asian cultures through the beautiful
sounds of bamboo-made instruments such
as the Indonesian angklung, Chinese dizi and
sheng, featuring a repertoire of traditional
folk songs by Ding Yi Music Company and an
angklungkulintang ensemble led by De Silva
Programmes by international artists
AYN brings world-class arts programmes right to your doorstep!
The Three Belles by Strange Fruit Productions – November 2016
Seductive and charming, The Three Belles
(Australia) transported audience into a
dreamlike world of period charm and
frivolity through a whirlwind of dance and
Inspired by the imagery of a field of wheat
swaying in the breeze, the performers
swayed back and forth on flexible and
strong five-metre high sway poles, twisting
and turning to almost-impossible angles.
Urban Distortions by t.r.a.n.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e – November 2017
Audiences got up close and personal with
performers from the Brussels-based dance
company co-founded by French artists, as
they presented a contemporary dance
inside giant life-sized plastic bubbles with
live music accompaniment.
Check out the full collection of Arts In Your Neighbourhood programmes from previous seasons: