The Singapore art scene is never boring and there will always be something for you. In the month of June, we have picked out 5 festivals and theatre shows that will keep you busy during the month.
Super Japan – Japanese Festival of Arts
Everyone knows that Japanese are proud of their culture and the arts. Their commitment in creating their craft with perfection is unparalleled. Esplanade is hosting a Japanese Festival of Arts from 13 May to 3 July 2016. One of the last events during the festival is Hyper Japanese – a visual arts exhibition that showcases works of eight artists who belong to a generation impacted by recent crises such as the tsunami disaster and asset price bubble burst in 1990s. The works brings about the urgent and poignant reaction to the tension of the fast and changing modern environments that calls for an immediate need for preservation.
Date: 14 Apr – 3 Jul 2016
Time: 11am – 8.30pm (Mon – Fri) | 10am – 8.30pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
For more information check out Esplanade’s website.
Sometimes our lives are shape not only on our own decisions but also through the decision and actions of those around us. Other times, it is our culture, tradition or social background. It begets the question are we truly independent to chart our own destiny without these external factors dictating our course in life. In Ghost Writers, Cultural Medallion recipients Alvin Tan and Haresh Kumar of The Necessary Stage are at the helm of the play. Watch the characters lives intertwined by blood and also the ties that bind them together, which can suffocate them as well.
Date: 9 – 12 June 2016 (Thur – Sun)
Thur & Fri: 8pm
Sat: 3pm & 8pm
Price: $35 (Free Seating)
National Gallery Painting With Light Southeast Asian Films
The first weekend of June, head down to National Gallery for film screenings. On Saturday, June 4, watch Ché Phawa Daw Nu Nu (Tender Are The Feet) by Maung Wunna. Explore Burma through its traditional dance called “zat pwe” through a melodrama – a story about the troupe’s drummer and dancer.
On Sunday, June 5, catch the film Return To Burma where filmmaker Midi Z follows fellow Burmese Wang Xing-hong, who has been working in construction for 12 years in Taiwan, returns to his homeland. The films will be screened at the Auditorium at The National Gallery Singapore.
Date: 4 & 5 June 2016
Price: $10 each (including booking fees)
Venue: National Gallery Singapore Auditorium
For more information: Please visit here
(Booking of tickets can be done through the site)
The Kung-Fu Series by Zhong Chen
A solo exhibition of the international artist Zhong Chen at the REDSEA Gallery from 12 May – 8 June 2016. The Chinese-born, Australian artist explores issues of cultural identity, belonging and place. Through his heritage and living in a Western culture, Chen uses bold, gestural brushstrokes that are complemented by minimal colours and composition that follow a more Western structure.
Date: 12 May – 8 June 2016
Venue: REDSEA Gallery, Block 9, Dempsey Road S (247697)
Time: 9.30am to 9pm (Mon – Sat) |10.30am to 9pm (Sun & PH)
The Twenty-Something Theatre Festival
This new boutique festival celebrates the voices of theatre makers in Singapore who are in their 20s. The festival is brought is hosted by Goodman Arts Centre and the brainchild of theatre veteran Tan Kheng Hua. Curious to see how they would fare without a mentor or a theatre company looking after them, she conceptualised the festival and applied to the National Arts Council for a grant. Two headliner productions are Trees, A Crowd… by Irfan Kasban and Café by Joel Tan and five other fresh! productions. Since this festival is giving full control for these theatre makers over their production, ticketing philosophy is similar. The festival also has an outdoor concert, Instalgia curated by Inch Chua. Tickets are to be bought through the production emails. For a full programme info, head over the site.
Date: 9 – 19 June 2016
Venue: Goodman Arts Centre
Price: $20 – $30