Continued Partnership with Community Partners including Schools Enhances Vibrancy and Strengthens Community Cohesion
Experience the captivating display of creativity and collaboration, as the highly anticipated PAssionArts Festival returns from July to September 2023. Themed “Blossom of Colours”, the Festival continues to co-create with the community, transforming our heARTlands into a mesmerising tapestry of art and culture in diverse hues and forms. Blooming across Singapore, PAssionArts Festival 2023 offers 60 Art Villages, each with an immersive array of art experiences that at least 50,000 residents can look forward to.
Building on its efforts to connect and bridge communities through arts and culture, PAssionArts Festival 2023 continues to collaborate with community partners such as schools, Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), and various community and interest groups to enhance the neighbourhood’s vibrancy and youthfulness while strengthening community cohesion and engagement.
Since June, PAssionArts network of 89 Community Arts & Culture Clubs (CACCs) has been organising some 31 exciting pre-festival programmes across the island, engaging 2,700 residents, 200 artists and arts group in art creation. These programmes promote a sense of shared experience and showcase a diverse variety of artistic expressions.
On Sunday, 2 July 2023, Cheng San-Seletar CACC will kick off the PAssionArts Festival with its Art Village, a celebration of vibrant artworks co-created with its residents. One of the highlights is the Buttons UP art display consisting of individual works that deftly incorporate buttons of varying sizes and colours, blossoming with creativity. Another highlight is the creative use of recyclable materials such as paper towel core car and plastic bottle bunny bank to create art pieces that embodied the community’s sustainability efforts.
Ms Valerie Koh, Chairperson of Cheng San-Seletar CACC expresses her excitement, saying, “Through the PAssionArts Festival, we have woven together the aspirations and talents of our community, transforming them into artworks that pulsate with the spirit of togetherness. The Buttons UP art display stands as a beautiful reflection of the unique perspectives and creative talents that abound within our Cheng San-Seletar community.”
Art, technology, and community spirit converge at Bukit Batok East CACC’s Art Village, scheduled to take place on Saturday, 22 July. One of the fascinating attractions is the Tape Art Installation. Measuring an impressive 6.6 feet by 20 feet (2m by 6m), this canvas art installation is adorned with a radiant spectrum of colourful duct tape, skilfully intertwining with a mosaic of memories. Co-created by residents, volunteers and a local community artist, this Tape Art Installation captures the treasured memories of yesteryear which today blossoms into a vibrant tapestry of colours for all to enjoy. The Tape Art Installation is set to break a new record in the Singapore Book of Records for the largest tape art.
To provide an unparalleled and exhilarating experience for all, Bukit Batok East CACC collaborated with students from Boon Lay Garden Primary School and Ngee Ann Polytechnic to infuse the Art Village with a harmonious blend of art and technology. Augmented reality, sensor technology, and captivating sound effects add a new dimension to the festival and provide an even more exciting and stimulating experience for festival-goers.
Tampines North CACC’s Festival Village will blossom with lively colours and creative energy on Saturday, 26 August. Its residents’ ingenious repurposing of plastic bottles has given rise to stunning tree art installations illuminated by attractive LED lights. These tree installations will revel residents and visitors alike with their splendour of artistic expression. Complementing the tree installations, art booths by students from Temasek Polytechnic will enrich the festival experience, offering a diverse range of creative displays. This communal effort represents the shared commitment to celebrating art and community cohesion, encapsulating the essence of the PAssionArts Festival.
Ms Tan Swee Leng, Director of the Arts & Culture Division at the People’s Association said, “PAssionArts Festival brings residents of all ages and backgrounds together, fostering connections and forging lasting bonds through an inclusive community art experience. The Festival also provides residents with opportunities to unleash their imagination and contribute to a collective artistic expression.”
She added, “This year, we continue our collaboration with the community partners, including schools, to present fresh, innovative, and interesting art experiences that reflect the diverse talents and perspectives within our community. This in turn creates an engaging festival for all to enjoy.”
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