Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), the bi-annual Arts In Your Neighbourhood (AYN) returns for its 10th edition from 8 – 25 March 2018. Featuring nearly 50 activities at 16 locations island-wide, the arts will be brought to everyone. Across the three weekends, visitors of all ages, especially families and young children, will enjoy a range of enriching arts experiences right at their doorsteps, including interactive music, song, theatre, dance and visual arts presentations.
With the season’s focus town of Ang Mo Kio featuring more than a third of all activities, programmes will draw inspiration from the town’s history. These include Nomadic Art Caravan, The Dicapella Magic Flute: Wonders of Ang Mo Kio, Tell Me An (Ang Mo Kio) story – A Community Photo Project for Ang Mo Kio, as well as public art works.
Six special commissions are among the key highlights of AYN this March:
1. Nadine & The Enchanting Pots – Presented by Sweet Tooth (CAKE Theatrical Productions), this is an interactive and immersive children’s theatre set in a kampong, depicted in a contemporary style with activity stations.
2. Nomadic Art Caravan – Singapore-based placemaking studio LOPELAB will present their urban mischief of arts programmes, including music, dance, theatre and film at this pop-up event, held at the Ang Mo Kio Central 2 open-air public car-park.
3. The Dicapella Magic Flute: Wonders of Ang Mo Kio – Dicapella Dizi Ensemble takes audiences through a three-part exploratory musical journey that brings together music, Ang Mo Kio heritage and family bonding with activity-based programmes set in a carnival style.
4. Tell Me An (Ang Mo Kio) Story – A Community Photo Project for Ang Mo Kio – A photographic project on Ang Mo Kio’s unique sights and sounds, with exhibitions by community photographers narrating their stories and relationships with the town through pictures.
5. Stop and Smell the Ang Mo Dan! – Commissioned by the Public Art Trust, an initiative of NAC, this showcase features a series of four visual art installations presented by artists Angie Seah, Chen-Sai Hua Kuan, Lai Wei Min and Yip Yew Chong. Take a trail around iconic landmarks in Ang Mo Kio and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park, where the artworks draw on the history of Ang Mo Kio forming an interesting narrative about the place and people of the neighbourhood. Both residents and outsiders are invited to engage with contemporary art forms through these installations, while discovering a fun fact or two about Ang Mo Kio.
6. Got To Move Pop-Up: Piano Playground – AYN is excited to announce a pop-up collaboration with Got To Move, a nationwide dance movement by NAC. Featuring a newly commissioned programme by The Royal Dance-Off, this engaging and fun dance performance allows participants to create their own melodies by dancing on life-size piano play mats. Audiences can also look forward to TRDO’s unique choreography as they take the stage on the piano playground.
Adding to the list of fun and family-friendly activities is the Singapore premiere of The Birdman and his Chimera Orchestra, a captivating 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 3.5 metres puppet – Birdman, and his musicians, The Chimera Orchestra.
This season also welcomes new collaborations to showcase more inclusive programmes in the heartlands. Ground-up movement Superhero Me will present Superhero We Festival, while Very Special Arts, in conjunction with the inaugural True Colours Festival, will present performances by artists with and without disabilities, such as Epic Arts (Cambodia), a multi-disciplinary performance of music and dance, and B-boys performances by Ill-abilities (International).
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