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Arts Picks: Singapore International Photography Festival, I, Carmen and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Adriana Duque’s Anthology Of An Obsession, a series of images inspired by the works of Dutch artist Vermeer, will be on display at the biennial Singapore International Photography Festival. -- PHOTO: SIPF
Adriana Duque’s Anthology Of An Obsession, a series of images inspired by the works of Dutch artist Vermeer, will be on display at the biennial Singapore International Photography Festival. -- PHOTO: SIPF

SIPF OPEN CALL SHOWCASE

This year is the fourth edition of the Singapore International Photography Festival and a $50 festival pass grants access to artist and curator talks, film screenings and other presentations.

However, the best part of the festival is absolutely free: Photos from 47 shutterbugs around the world are showcased as part of an open call earlier this year. Look out for the Vermeer-inspired images of Colombian photographer Adriana Duque, meditative studies of time by Singapore's Carrie Lam and stunning family portraits of China's Huang Qingjun.

Where: National Museum of Singapore, 2902 Gallery, Chapel Gallery, Festival Village at Deck (Prinsep Street) MRT: Bras Basah When: Till Nov 30, various timings. National Museum of Singapore opens from 10am - 6pm daily, Deck is open from 10am - 9pm daily Admission: Free Info: www.sipf.sg/


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I, CARMEN

Who can forget the seductive rhythm of Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen? Now, flamenco dancer and choreographer Maria Pages reinterprets the free-spirited gypsy heroine, who first appeared in a 19th-century novella by Prosper Merimee and still sets fire to the imagination. I, Carmen is part of the Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay’s da:ns festival 2014.

Where: Esplanade Theatre MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Today & tomorrow, 8pm Admission: $20 - $120 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg) Info: www.dansfestival.com/2014/


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SCO COMMUNITY CONCERTS

If skies are clear, catch the Singapore Chinese Orchestra in two free outdoor concerts under the baton of resident conductor Quek Ling Kiong.

Tomorrow at Hong Lim Park, as part of the SPH Gift Of Music series, the orchestra performs a medley from Four Cantonese Classics to the percussion-heavy Power Singapura!, played with Hong Lim Green CC Drumming Circle and Band Group.

On Sunday, at Music Oasis Concert: Once Upon My Childhood, the orchestra plays childhood favourites such as the Nutcracker Suite and the theme from Mononoke Hime.

Where: Hong Lim Park MRT: Clarke Quay When: Tomorrow, 7.30pm Admission: Free Info: www.sco.com.sg Where: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens MRT: Botanic Gardens When: Sun, 6pm Admission: Free Info: www.sco.com.sg


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BIJI MATA MAK (MOTHER’S PET)

The Gunong Sayang Association, which promotes Peranakan culture, restages a 25-year-old tearjerker about a woman who struggles to educate her son after her husband’s death. Catch Biji Mata Mak for the Wayang Peranakan style, where actors use Peranakan patois. There will be surtitles to help viewers to understand the mix of Malay and Hokkien.

Where: Drama Centre Theatre, NLB Building MRT: Bugis/City Hall When: Today, 8pm, tomorrow, 2 & 8pm Admission: $48, $58 & $68 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)