Happenings - Arts

AUDITIONS

NATIONAL PIANO & VIOLIN COMPETITION

The 10th edition of this talent-discovery platform for young classical musicians aims to develop the performing skills of musicians in Singapore, improve musical standards and identify potential talent by providing opportunities for young musicians to perform before international adjudicators. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra has partnered the National Arts Council for this edition and winners will get the opportunity to perform with the orchestra.

Info: Open call for applications is on till June 30. For more information, go to www.nac.gov.sg/npvc

OPEN CALL - SHARE YOUR STORY AND BE PART OF SG HEART MAP ARTWORKS

Share a story of your favourite place in Singapore with SG Heart Map and it could be featured in an artwork. Featured artists such as Gwen Lee, Michael Ng, Zulkifle Mahmod and Royston Tan are looking for more contributions for their works. The SG Heart Map is a collective map of shared stories of Singaporeans.

Info: Go to www.heartmap.sg/news

BOOKS

MEET-&-GREET CHARACTER MASCOTS: RAINBOW MAGIC BOOK SERIES

Take a picture with the fairies from the Rainbow Magic series and find out more about this best-selling series which focuses on fairies, adventures and friendship. The books are suitable for girls aged seven to nine.

Where: Books Kinokuniya Singapore main store, 04-20/20B/20C Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard Where: Books Kinokuniya Jurong store, 04-23, Jem, 50 Jurong Gateway Road MRT: Jurong East When: June 20, 2pm (Kinokuniya Singapore main store); 4pm (Kinokuniya Jurong store) Admission: Free Tel: 6737-5021 (Kinokuniya Singapore main store)/6430-0868 (Kinokuniya Jurong store) Info: www.kinokuniya.com.sg

CONCERTS

CELIMENE DAUDET RECITAL

The Franco-Haitian pianist is a winner of four international solo competitions and the International Pro Music Prize with Guillaume Latour, the violinist with whom she has performed as a duo for many years. Her first solo album, A Tribute To Bach, has received numerous awards. She will play pieces from Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and De Falla. Part of Voilah! French Festival Singapore.

Where: Alliance Francaise Theatre, 1 Sarkies Road MRT: Newton When: Today, 8pm Admission: $28 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

SOUND & FANTASY - A PIANO RECITAL

Award-winning pianist See Ning Hui returns to the Esplanade after her debut in 2013, with the support of the National Arts Council and Arts Fund. The programme will focus on mature works of great German composers and showcase a variety of styles.

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Tue, 7.30pm Admission: $28 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

DANCE

DANCE INDIA ASIA PACIFIC SHOWCASE - DEFINING MOMENTS BY PRIYADARSINI GOVIND

Presented in the traditional maargam format and accompanied by leading musicians from India and Singapore, this performance weaves together compositions ranging from the 15th-century devotional music of Saint Purandara Dasa to the works of the Tanjore Quartet from the 19th century.

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Today, 7.30pm Admission: $31 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

EXHIBITIONS (MUSEUMS)

LEADING LADIES: WOMEN MAKING A DIFFERENCE

This exhibition pays tribute to the women who were at the forefront of community service in Singapore from the mid-19th century.

Where: Stamford Gallery, Level 1, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/ Bras Basah/City Hall When: Till June 21, 10am - 6pm Admission: Free Tel: 6332-3659/6332-5642

TREASURES FROM ASIA'S OLDEST MUSEUM: BUDDHIST ART FROM THE INDIAN MUSEUM, KOLKATA

This exhibition showcases the evolution of Buddhism through the art of India. Important sculptures and paintings from the Indian Museum in Kolkata trace the past life stories of Buddha, scenes from Buddha's life and symbols used to represent Buddhist concepts. Representations of bodhisattvas and the Buddha, as well as sculptures from the Pala and Gandhara cultures, will also be on display.

Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place When: Tue - Aug 16, 10am - 7pm (Sat - Thu); 10am - 9pm (Fri) Admission: Free Tel: 6332-7798 Info: www.acm.org.sg

SCHOLARS & INK: ARTISTS FROM NUS AND THE ALUMNI

The exhibition, which features five Singaporean artists - Tan It Koon, Ho Chee Lick, Yeo Shih Yun, Hong Sek Chern and Ling Yang Chang - proposes ways of seeing modern and contemporary ink paintings through the classical six principles and six essentials of Chinese ink paintings. The diversity of artistic approaches shows how the longstanding ink tradition and its practice today are changing.

Where: National University of Singapore Museum, University Cultural Centre, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent MRT: Dover When: Till Aug, 10am - 7.30pm (Tue - Fri); 10am - 6pm (Sat & Sun); closed on Mon & public holiday Admission: Free Tel: 6516-8817 Info: www.cfa.nus.edu.sg

EXHIBITIONS (GALLERIES)

THE COLORS OF SINGAPORE: A 3-D ARTWORK EXHIBITION BY CHARLES FAZZINO

World-renowned New York pop artist Charles Fazzino holds a solo exhibition for the first time in Singapore. The exhibition features more than 15 artworks of major cities, including a specially created set of works titled Celebrating The Enchanted Island Of Singapore, as a tribute to the nation's 50th birthday. The work captures major iconic symbols and landmarks, including the Merlion, Singapore Zoo and Marina Bay Sands.

Where: Bruno Gallery Singapore, 01-03 Tanglin Place, 91 Tanglin Road MRT: Orchard When: Till Sun, 10am - 5pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6733-0283 Info: www.brunoartgroup.com

LOVE FOR KAMPONG IN NANYANG - LOO FOH SANG'S INK PAINTING EXHIBITION

This exhibition showcases Loo's love for the kampungs in Nanyang through his ink paintings. Influenced by his local mentor Chen Chong Swee's Nanyang-style paintings and inspired by world-renowned printmaking master S.W. Hayter while in France, Loo, 71, skilfully blends the Western technique with traditional Chinese ink painting, creating his own unique Nanyang style of painting.

Where: Signature Art House, 02-39, Tanglin Shopping Centre, 19 Tanglin Road MRT: Orchard When: Till Sun, 11.30am - 6.30pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6737-8790/9221-1780 Info: www.signaturearthouse.com

STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY BY AARON GAN AND LEO LIU XUANQI

This exhibition seeks to explore the perspectives of life and culture in Singapore.

Where: Mien Fine Arts, 05-06A The Herencia, 46 Kim Yam Road MRT: Somerset When: Till Sun, call 9684-3668 for an appointment Admission: Free Tel: 9684-3668 Info: www.facebook.com/mienfinearts

EXHIBITIONS (SHOWS)

MAKING 'SCENTS' OF THE WORLD - A SEMINAR AND EXHIBITION ON OLFACTION TO SPARK CREATIVITY IN THE YOUNG

Olfaction, or the sense of smell, is increasingly being used in product, interior and experience design. Like other senses, smell can spark creativity and influence a user's memory and experience. Through this seminar and exhibition, participants can discover more about the sense of smell and how it can be integrated into design education for the young. Part of the ManyWaysOfSeeing series organised by the Design Thinking and Innovation Academy of the DesignSingapore Council.

Where: Seminar: Auditorium, Level 2, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road Where: Exhibition: National Design Centre, Level 2, 111 Middle Road MRT: Bugis When: Seminar: today, 2.30 - 4pm, exhibition: today & tomorrow, 9am - 9pm Admission: Free (pre-registration is required for the seminar) Tel: 6333-3737/6837-9525 Info: For registration & enquiries, go to www.designsingapore.org

THE LITTLE PRINCE IN THE DARK

Immerse yourself in the dream world of the Little Prince, interacting with 13 sculptures created by French artist Arnaud Nazare-Aga. This exhibition in the dark is complemented by an audio version of the story, which is available in English, Mandarin and French. The first edition of The Little Prince with drawings in relief and text in Braille, is also presented during this exhibition.

Where: Societe Generale Gallery, Alliance Francaise, 1 Sarkies Road MRT: Newton When: Till June 20, 11am - 7pm (Mon - Fri); 11am - 5pm (Sat); Closed on Sun Admission: Free Tel: 6737-8422 Info: www.alliancefrancaise.org.sg

SAF50 ROVING EXHIBITION

This exhibition showcases the history of the Singapore Armed Forces through an interactive experience.

Where: Jurong Regional Library, 21 Jurong East Central 1 MRT: Jurong East When: Till June 24, 10am - 9pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6332-3255 Info: E-mail saf50@defence.gov.sg or go to www.SAF50years.sg

REUNION - BABA & NONYA SERIES BY TUNG YUE NANG

This is an eclectic collection of realistic mixed-media paintings reflecting the Singaporean artist's fascination with and respect for the colourful and rich history of a culture unique to the Malay archipelago. Tung uses his signature technique of photo-realism. Through this body of work, he expresses ideals of happiness, love, health, wisdom and longevity.

Where: Pan Pacific Hotel, Level 2, Public Art Space, 7 Raffles Boulevard MRT: City Hall When: Till June 29, 10am - 10pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6733-2155 Info: www.asiaartcollective.com

THE SINGAPORE STORY

An exhibition by prominent Singaporean art collector Vincent Chua showcasing Singapore's journey from village to metropolis. It features more than 300 oil paintings depicting the development of Singapore, in conjunction with the SG50 celebrations.

Where: Crescent Room, Level 2, Suntec City Mall, 1 Raffles Boulevard MRT: Esplanade When: Till June 30, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sun), last admission at 6.15pm; closed on Mon Admission: Free Info: www.facebook.com/thesingaporestory or www.the-singapore-story.com

THE LIFE AND WORKS OF WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS - 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF W.B. YEATS, IRELAND'S MOST FAMOUS POET

This exhibition, based on material in the National Library of Ireland, celebrates Yeats' life, work and contribution to the great debates of his age. It is made possible by the Irish Embassy in Singapore.

Where: The Ngee Ann Kongsi Library Block F, Level 4, Lasalle College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street MRT: Little India When: Till June 30, 9am - 6pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6496-5277 Info: www.lasalle.edu.sg

THE TOOLS THAT BUILT SINGAPORE

This exhibition supported by the SG50 Celebration Fund showcases and celebrates the forgotten tools of the trades which were once prevalent in Singapore. These include the carpenter's hand saw, the hawker's air horn, the labourer's sack hook and the barber's pair of manual hair clippers. The travelling exhibition kicks off at the National Design Centre and heads to various public libraries around Singapore.

Where: National Design Centre, Design Gallery 2, Level 2, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road MRT: Bugis When: Till July 15, 9am - 9pm daily Admission: Free Info: For updates on locations, go to www.facebook.com/thetoolsthatbuiltsingapore

THEATRE

SMURFS LIVE ON STAGE - SMURFS SAVE SPRING

Eight smurfs, including Papa Smurf, Clumsy, Brainy and Smurfette, perform in Singapore for the first time. The evil wizard Gargamel and a team of puppeteers will also take the stage in this 90-minute show.

Where: Resorts World Sentosa Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway MRT: HarbourFront When: Today - Sun, 3 & 7pm (Today); 11am, 3 & 7pm (Tomorrow & Sun) Admission: $49 - $134 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

AVANT THEATRE AS PART OF SG50 CELEBRATIONS PRESENTS: QUARTERS

A theatrical production which takes audiences back to 1970s Singapore and relives the days of communal living in multicultural Singapore. Performed in Tamil, Malay and Hokkien, with English surtitles.

Where: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place/City Hall When: June 19 & 20, 7.30pm Admission: $25 & $30 Tel: 9899-3002 Info: E-mail admin@avanttheatre.com for enquiries. Get tickets from quarters.peatix.com

FUNG BO BO MEMORIES AND CHINATOWN

This Cantonese musical has been specially commissioned to commemorate Singapore's 50th birthday and the 45th anniversary of Kreta Ayer People's Theatre. Hong Kong actress Fung Bo Bo sings and relives her childhood memories.

Where: Kreta Ayer People's Theatre, 30A Kreta Ayer Road MRT: Outram/Chinatown When: June 19 & 20, 8pm Admission: $20 - $60 Tel: 6222-3972 (Kreta Ayer People's Theatre box office, 10am - 5pm) Info: Get tickets from www.kapt.com.sg

DIM SUM DOLLIES - THE HISTORY OF SINGAPORE PART 1

Fresh from their daringly hilarious romp through Singapore's recent history, the Dim Sum Dollies travel even further back in time to when it all began. Dream Academy's critically acclaimed production was first staged in 2007. Catch the icons of the real Pioneer(ing) Generation!, Sang Nila and his quest for real estate, the Diva-licious Samsui Women, the Sin City Hustle of opium dens and brothels and prematurely ejected Kamikaze Pilots. It stars Selena Tan, Pam Oei, Denise Tan and Hossan Leong. Directed by Glen Goei.

Where: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Till June 21, 8pm (Tue - Sat); 3pm (Sat & Sun) Admission: $52 - $152 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg