Octoburst! is a children’s festival that is held annually on Children’s Day weekend every year at Esplanade. This will be our 17th edition. Due to Covid-19 and the safe distancing measures/restrictions in place, the festival will take an online, digital form this year. This year, Octoburst! will take place 5 to 18 Oct 2020 online.

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The festival usually kickstarts with a pre-festival programme that will involve and engage the schools, getting the students to submit something that will lead up to the actual festival in October. And then during the festival days, there’ll be lots of children activities on site. However, as mentioned, this year, it’ll be online programmes as we are still unable to have public performances yet.

Octoburst PIParade Online Esplanade

So, PIParade Online is the pre-festival programme opening the festival this year. Here’s how it works:

  • Watch the tutorial video consisting 3 categories, percussion, song signing and dance.
  • Choose one or even all segments to participate.
  • You will follow the tutorials and record your children in any of the categories, then submit the videos to us via the form by 6 Sep 2020.
  • We will select and stitch the submissions into one main video that will be published/premiered online on 5 Oct, 12pm on Esplanade’s Offstage Platform (via YouTube) and Esplanade’s PIP’s Club Facebook.
  • Full details for this PIParade Online is available on our website.

We hope you can participate with your children and submit as many videos as you like for the various categories!

All programmes are online now. Some may require pre-registration so please register early cos it’s limited capacity. To highlight some which can be suitable for watching accompanied by pre or post show activities, we recommend:

1️⃣ Hold My Hand (for children age 4 & up)

Hold My Hand

Hold My Hand follows an older brother, Boy, and his younger sister, Girl, as they make their way home from school. As they set off on their journey, ordinary encounters are transformed into extraordinary ones through their imagination. Even as the siblings play, squabble and fight with each other, Boy learns to take on the responsibility of caring for his sister while Girl learns to face her fears and trust her brother.

Initially developed with the support of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay as part of Octoburst! 2018, Hold My Hand returns as a filmed immersive table-top puppetry performance for Octoburst! 2020.

There will also be a craft video that teaches students/kids how to make puppets, so you may do this before or after watching the show in the class. Feel free to video or take pictures of the children at work, or children’s artwork and share it with us! We’ll be more than happy to post them on our facebook!

2️⃣ The Putu Piring Incident of Batu Bulat (for children age 5 & up)

The Putu Piring Incident of Batu Bulat

Batu Bulat is an island-home to many wonderful villagers. The landscape of Batu Bulat is marked by a hill, many fields for endless hours of fun, and an ice-factory. Three characters meet by chance one day, and something good… and bad happens. The story is different for each of them.

An ice-factory prince, an island adventurer, and a putu-piring seller all clash in their accounts of what really happened that sunny day by the foot of Bukit Batu Bulat.

Inspired by Chimamanda Ngozhi Adichi’s The Danger of a Single Story, this work by Adib Kosnan was created in the 2018 edition of Octoburst! to encourage empathy, active listening and compassion amongst its audience members. The three works were originally presented in various parts of the Esplanade. In the digital version, the three characters will once again come together to share their respective versions of what happened that fateful day and maybe, just maybe, they might learn something new from each other.

There will be 3 videos/stories for this and will be premiered from 5 Oct, 3pm, 3.30pm & 4pm respectively online, and will be available for viewing till 18 Oct. The three videos will be accompanied by resources and guides on diverse thinking. The guides can be utilised by parents/caregivers or educators. So get hands-on with the students after watching the storytelling videos!

3️⃣ Beats & Doodles (for children age 4 & up)

Beats & Doodles

Beats & Doodles is a DJ mixtape that leans towards the calm and serene. With an intention to encourage doodling for relaxation, kids and busy adults are invited to listen to the mixtape whether in full or in short segments while creating little moments of expressions. Select from a 60 minutes mixtape or simply go for a 10 minutes session to take a break in your day.

Enjoy the process of listening and doodling without the worries of finishing or “getting it right”. Snap a video of the doodle with the music running in the background, whether unfinished or finished and tag it #beatsdoodles #octoburst2020 on Instagram.

4️⃣ Elastic Plastic Crew

Elastic Plastic Crew

Live session: 9 Oct, Fri, 2.30pm & 10 Oct, Sat, 11.30am (Pre-registration required)

Note: You will need to turn on your video and audio for this zoom session. Do note that this session will be recorded and published on YouTube and Esplanade PIP’s Club Facebook for online viewing from 12 to 18 Oct 2020.

Life’s too short to be serious all the time. Let loose in a fun session at our first ever virtual dance party hosted by the one and only Elastic Plastic Crew, world famous right here in Singapore. You can learn some silly dance moves to some serious dance music made locally and played by the Elastic Plastic Crew DJ! Stretch your body and mind with us in this genre bending session

5️⃣ Small Talk – Arts for Young Audiences (for parents/caregivers and educators)

The Noisy Forest

Small Talk – Arts for Young Audiences aims to engage educators, parents, caregivers and anyone enthusiastic about bringing young audiences to the theatre on the not-so-small topic of diversity. Pedagogy centred on diversity employs various approaches to guide children through thinking about difference. In engaging with children through performances and play, how do educators and parents/caregivers provide support for children in their understanding of diversity?

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