PAssionArts commemorates the Singapore Bicentennial with a unique nationwide art initiative: 200 “Garden of HeARTs” neighbourhood Art installations co-created by 30,000 young families

PAssionArts Festival 2019

The nationwide PAssionArts Festival, returns this year from 6 July to 25 August 2019. Residents can look forward to over 500 arts activities and programmes at 39 arts villages island-wide, including visual art displays and performing arts which will be co-created by families, friends and neighbours and facilitated by local artists. Over 250,000 residents, including 30,000 young families are expected to be involved in this year’s festival, themed ‘Our Home, Our HeARTs’. Through participation in the Festival, residents can have the opportunity for family bonding, make friends with neighbours with similar interests and take pride in beautifying their local community.

To commemorate the Singapore Bicentennial, this year’s Festival will also feature 200 “Garden of HeARTs” art installations co-created by residents as a gift to the nation. These “Gardens”, located at community locations, will bloom with 4,000 big, medium and small hearts painted by residents and young families, capturing their hopes and dreams.

Mr Patrick Sim, Director of Community Arts & Culture at People’s Association, said: “Over the past 8 years, PAssionArts has brought residents together through a common interest in community arts, making arts fun and participatory for all to enjoy in the heartlands. This year, the Garden of HeARTs initiative will see residents coming together to paint their aspirations for Singapore, while making new friends and co-creating beautiful art pieces for their neighbourhood.”

PAssionArts Festival 2019 aims to reach out to all Singapore residents. With the Garden of HeARTS installations planted across the island, all residents can be a part of PAssionArts Festival 2019 by taking creative wefies of these gardens in their neighbourhoods together with their friends and families. By posting these photographs on their Instagram or Facebook pages by using the hashtags #PAF19 #GardenOfHeARTs #FunPAssionArts!, Singaporeans can share love and proliferate the sense of community and belonging even further.

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PAssionArts Festival 2019 will also present different thematic experiences, for the residents and families to explore, enjoy arts and interact. These thematic experiences include: Story Land, Starry Starry Night and Art Kaleidoscope.

a) Story Land Experience
Art is created from stories and stories through Art, delighting Grown-Ups and Kids Alike

One such highlight is the art village over at the open field beside Bishan Circle Line MRT Station. Whimsical Arts Wonderland will present refreshing art installations and programmes inspired by stories, from fairytales and past, suitable for the entire family. There will be a Magic Garden art installation, where a model of the beloved Dragon playground of Toa Payoh lights up the open field. There, residents can also set their sights on Boat Ki, another large art installation in the shape of a Chinese junk and a nod to the flurry of trade that used to take place in Boat Quay. Built and painted by volunteers and the artist, Boat Ki is a tactile experience encouraging children to explore while grandparents can take a trip down memory lane and share tales from the past. Look out for Pieces of Home, a giant art jigsaw puzzle depicting a collage of playful cats painted by the residents of Toa Payoh West-Balestier.

b) Starry Starry Night Experience
Wander and create Arts under moon-lit skies, Arts coming alive @ Nite

One such highlight is the art village at Jurong Lake Gardens. Singapore’s newest national gardens in the heartlands and over at the West, will come more alive under the moonlight when PAssionArts hosts Carousel of Time. Set amid the lush and tranquil scenery of the newly opened Jurong Lake Gardens, this arts village promises a fun-filled night of activities. Residents will be serenaded by talented music groups and take part in the mass percussion performances. Young families can also join the canvas painting art jamming session taking place with a scenic view of the lake. The public can explore the co-created artwork ‘Dream Big, Fly High’ and be amazed by how a simple medium like origami can be used to create a large, colourful butterfly art installation.

c) Art Kaleidoscope Experience
Myriad of refreshing art-making activities for all ages – full of diversity, richness and life

One such highlight is the art village at Kampung Admiralty in Woodlands Drive where residents will be able to explore how different cultures blend to wonderful effect in arts and performances. Hues in Tune 2 brings colour and song together to celebrate unity in diversity on Racial Harmony Day through multi-ethnic song, dance, art and cultural displays. A highly anticipated segment is Hues in Tune’s performance line-up: Sembawang Hues is the highlight with music and dance performances; Fusion Tunes spotlights cross-ethnic bands, and Our Own Tune presents heartfelt music by talented residents. The bicentennial edition of Hues in Tune also comprises art booths inspired by 200 years of Singapore’s history, such as from the legend of Sang Nila Utama to Raffles and our future.

Beyond these thematic art villages, residents across the island can explore various arts installations across the island presented as a Pop-Up Art! experience. Run Piggy Run, inspired by the tale of the three little pigs, is one such example of an inclusive artwork that is a self-directed play installation for kids. Residents can also discover the Our Singapura Sampan, an installation created through a fusion of a dragon with a traditional Malay sampan.

For more information on PAssionArts Festival 2019, please refer to the Festival Guide book at bit.ly/PAF19Guide. Details of selected arts villages are below:

1. PAssionArts Aljunied Festival 2019

The Art Of Movement
Date: Saturday, 13 July 2019
Venue: Bedok Reservoir Park Carpark A

The Movement
Date: Saturday, 20 July 2019
Venue: Kovan Hub

Celebrating the Art of Movement, Aljunied GRC will showcase a two-part travelling art experience which illustrates stories, people and movement. Join in the experiences and tales on-the-move, which are shaped by interactions with residents and commuters. The public can discover thought-provoking ideas and explore the various arts workshops helmed by local artists and volunteers.

The Movement exhibition at Kovan features six modes of transport. From cars to vans and ice cream bikes to PMDs – these modes of transport are transformed into six cocreated artworks that will make their rounds in Singapore. These moving art works explore the art of journeying, where and how residents play and the lives in the community.

2. PAssionArts Village 2019 @ Bukit Timah

Date: Saturday, 20 July 2019
Venue: Firefly Park, 304 Clementi Avenue 4

Residents and visitors at Bukit Timah will have the opportunity to take part in a mass canvas art jamming session at the Firefly Park. The festival will enable musically-inclined residents to tap their feet while drumming music at the mass cajón jamming session.

Parents and children are invited to unleash their creative juices together – and maybe discover their hidden talents. They can participate in various fringe activities such as coffee painting or latte art workshops, coffee appreciation sessions and craft activities such as concrete dish painting, wiregraphy and many more.

3. Tampines Arts Nation

Date: Saturday, 20 July & Sunday, 21 July 2019
Venue: Our Tampines Hub

The Tampines Arts Nation will showcase another thrilling edition of art-making and participation in this special Singapore Bicentennial year. Residents will be able to tour the Art Therapy Meets exhibition presented by Singapore Association for Mental Health, Creative MINDSET Hub and Colours of MINDSET in partnership with Tampines GRC CACCs that serves to educate and provide a reflective experience on the subject of trauma, art therapy and mental well-being.

Other highlights include Scaling the Merlion, where residents can paint on the scales and contribute their creative work to the installation; and Neon Singapore, where the public can immortalise their hopes and dreams with recycled items in an illuminated mega installation.

In addition, there will be a music festival on the main stage that will get residents dancing to the beat and soak in the heart and soul of Tampines Arts Nation.

4. FUNtARTstic Storyland (Light-Up Edition)

Date: Saturday, 27 July 2019
Venue: Field beside Rockridge Park, Yishun Street 51

Young families will love the atmospheric FUNtARTstic Storyland: Light-Up Edition, where a magical and enchanted forest of clouds, trees and giant mushrooms glow in a starry night. Here, children can create their own stories with a local flavour in a variety of performing and literary arts activities, such as mass storytelling and music jamming. For older residents (who are still children at heart), the “forest” is an inviting lounge area and also perfect for Instagram-worthy shots.

FUNtARTstic Storyland 2019 - Nee Soon

Residents will be able to catch a glimpse of the Family of Merlions, where a large glow-in-the-dark Merlion is surrounded by the smaller merlions, and where they can ink their own messages on them.

One of the highlights of the evening is The Rubbish Prince, an interactive theatrical performance by illuminated puppets up to 3 metres tall. Residents can even try on the puppet costumes made by Nee Soon residents who used recycled materials to create them.

5. Pasir Ris Beach Arts Festival 2019

Date: Saturday, 27 July 2019
Venue: Pasir Ris Park Area 3 (Carpark E)

Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC will be celebrating magical stories of the far west, the near east, and local legendary myths as these whimsical scenes come alive. The public will be able to explore how art is created from stories, and stories through art.

Located along the coastlines of the white sands of Pasir Ris, residents and visitors will be able to explore their favourite stories through beautiful art installations created by local artists and volunteers. Everyone will be able to knock on the houses of The Three Little Pigs, join in the feast at the Mad Tea Party and take a few whiffs of chocolate at Hansel and Gretel’s Candy House.

6. Our Heartstrings @ South East

Date: Saturday, 10 August 2019
Venue: Wisma Geylang Serai

Residents can walk down memory lane for a heart-tugging experience as Our Heartstrings @ South East takes everyone on a reflective journey to the yesteryears of Singapore.

History will be brought alive through the stunning Kaleidoscope House covered in Peranakan motifs – a tribute to our cultural heritage. Made of acrylic sheets, the house resembles stained glass that will appear different under the sun and at night. Families who grew up in Dakota Crescent will recognise the iconic Dove Playground installation and reminisce their childhood days.

Not forgetting the unsung heroes of South East District, the public can read all about them at the Faces of South East – a digital wall filled with photos and stories of their contributions to our country.

Highlights of the event include Singapore Slang, an art installation featuring 60 embroidered pieces of local catchphrases, and a mass participatory session with the Sri Warisan Som Said Performing Arts group.

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