Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) returns for its ninth edition from 9 to 26 November 2017. With more than 40 arts activities in 17 locations island-wide, there is a myriad of opportunities for everyone to experience the arts through these accessible activities.
Residents and working professionals in the heartlands of Jurong, Ang Mo Kio, Tampines, Chong Pang, Woodlands, Yew Tee, Toa Payoh and Bedok can look forward to rich and immersive arts experiences across music, dance, theatre, literary and visual arts, right in their neighbourhoods.
With this season’s town focus on Jurong, AYN takes Singaporeans on a journey to the west to gain fresh perspectives of this neighbourhood, which is commonly known for its industrial development. Programmes that draw inspiration from Jurong include commissions such as #seeyoursg, Larger Than Life: The Unspoken Histories of Jurong Neighbourhood, .txt, and The Story-teller.
Six special commissions are among the key highlights of AYN this November:
A visual arts discovery trail of Jurong by placemaking studio Shophouse & Co exploring how reality and perception are interwoven. The trail encourages participants to see the neighbourhood through new lenses – literally through a “viewing and recording” device.
2. Larger Than Life: The Unspoken Histories of Jurong Neighbourhood
Commissioned by the Public Art Trust, an initiative of NAC, this showcase features five interactive, site-specific public art installations presented by artists Lim Soo Ngee, Liyu Minzie, Syndicate, Yeo Chee Kiong, as well as Vertical Submarine, who also curated this public art showcase.
Through the activation of public spaces in the heart of Jurong, Larger Than Life seeks to share fond memories, characteristics and the forgotten history of the Jurong neighbourhood.
Conceived and devised by writers Pooja Nansi, Singapore’s first Youth Poet Ambassador, and Daryl Qilin Yam, .txt comprises two text-based visual arts installations inspired by the Jurong neighbourhood. Located at Jurong East, they explore the interaction between language and its localities, bringing to attention the peculiar aspects of Jurong.
4. The Story-teller
Conceptualised by one of Singapore’s pioneer street artist, Slacsatu, this batik-inspired street art installation explores the beautiful memories, childhood dreams, colour experiences and cultural roots of Jurong that have helped to shape the community.
5. Play With Bamboo!
A music performance produced by composer / arranger Liong Kit Yeng, featuring Ding Yi Music Company and an angklung kulintang ensemble led by De Silva Alicia Joyce, that showcases Asian culture through the beautiful sounds of bamboo-made instruments such as the Indonesian angklung, Chinese dizi and sheng.
6. Maxx The Cat
Presented by Singapore’s leading theatre company, The Finger Players, this is a colourful theatrical performance with puppets and lively music, exploring the theme of love, inclusivity and courage.
In addition to the exciting line-up of fun and family-friendly activities by Singapore artists, audiences can also look forward to Urban Distortions, a multi-disciplinary installation performance by t.r.a.n.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e., a Brussels-based dance company co-founded by French artists. Premiering in Singapore, audiences can get up-close and personal with performers of Urban Distortions as they present their choreography inside giant life-size plastic bubbles accompanied by live music.
Admission is free for all activities.
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