Happenings - Arts

AUDITIONS

NATIONAL PIANO & VIOLIN COMPETITION

The 10th edition of this talent-discovery platform for young classical musicians, organised by the National Arts Council, aims to develop the performing skills of musicians in Singapore and provide opportunities for musicians to perform before international adjudicators. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra is partnering the arts council and winners will get to perform with the orchestra.

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

SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRY

The Singapore International Film Festival returns for its 26th edition from Nov 26 to Dec 6. Film submissions are open till Aug 21, 6pm. The festival will consider feature films and Asian short films that are at least making a Singapore premiere and have not been broadcast on television or made available on the Internet. It has also opened the call for applications for its Southeast Asian Film Lab for aspiring directors and its Youth Jury & Critics Programme for aspiring film critics.

Info: www.sgiff.com/submissions

BOOKS

BOOKS & BEER - WE'RE TURNING FOUR!

Singapore's first travelling book swop turns four. Bring your books to swop for others and mingle over beers and American street food.

Where: Mischief, Esplanade Mall, 01-12, 8 Raffles Avenue MRT: Esplanade When: Tomorrow, 3 - 6pm Admission: Free Tel: 9090-8073 (Melissa Low) Info: www.booksandbeersingapore.tumblr.com

CELEBRATE SINGAPORE BOOKS

The Singapore Book Publishers Association and Isetan Singapore celebrate the best home-grown English, Malay and Chinese works with a Celebrate Singapore Books fair. It includes book signings, a reading corner and an exhibition on books published here since 1965.

Where: Isetan Orchard, Wisma Atria, basement 1, 435 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard When: Till Tue, 11am - 9pm Admission: Free Info: www.facebook.com/Isetan.sg or www.facebook.com/singaporebookpublishers.sg

CONCERTS

22ND SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL - ROMANTICS AND NATIONALISTS: OLLI MUSTONEN

Romantics And Nationalists celebrates the intensity of emotional expression by the Romantic movement and the inspiration of national culture and ethnicity, through a collection of masterpieces performed by top international pianists. In the tradition of masters such as Rachmaninov and Busoni, Finnish virtuoso Olli Mustonen combines the roles of composer, pianist and conductor in a balance that is quite exceptional.

Where: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place When: Today, 7.30pm Admission: $38 - $83 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

22ND SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL - ROMANTICS AND NATIONALISTS: LARS VOGT

German pianist Lars Vogt has enjoyed a varied career for nearly 25 years since winning the second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition. His versatility as an artist ranges from the core classical repertoire of Mozart and Beethoven to the romantics Schumann, Brahms and Rachmaninov through to the dazzling Lutoslawski concerto.

Where: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place When: Tomorrow, 7.30pm Admission: $38 - $83 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

22ND SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL - ROMANTICS AND NATIONALISTS: LUKAS VONDRACEK

Hailed for his natural and assured musicality and remarkable technical ability, Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek made his debut as a 15-year-old in 2002 with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, followed by a major American tour in 2003. Now 29, he works with all the major orchestras and plays recitals in venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall and Vienna's Konzerthaus.

Where: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place When: Sun, 7.30pm Admission: $38 - $83 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

MEMOIRS. DE MELODIES

This is a rare ensemble of three accomplished instrumentalists playing different traditional Chinese plucked instruments - ruan, pipa and guzheng. De Melodies is a journey to feel the emotions which the composers experienced, including love, anger, oppression, sadness and triumph.

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Wed & Thu, 8pm Admission: $38 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

PRESIDENT'S YOUNG PERFORMERS CONCERT (SSO)

In this concert showcasing Singapore's bright musical stars, 24-year-old pianist Clarence Lee will perform the fiery solo part in the First Piano Concerto by Liszt while 14-year-old violinist Kimberly Lo takes on the virtuosic Suite In A Minor by Norwegian composer Christian Sinding. Associate conductor Joshua Tan also conducts the orchestral version of Ravel's Mother Goose which was inspired by fairytales.

Where: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place When: Thu & July 3, 7.30pm Admission: $21 - $75 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

DANCE

ADVAITH

The intriguing concept of non-duality is articulated through the two seemingly disparate Indian dance forms of bharatanatyam and kathak.

Where: University Cultural Centre Theatre, National University of Singapore, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road MRT: Buona Vista/Dover/Clementi When: Tomorrow, 8pm Admission: $26, $30 Tel: 6336-6537/6396-4523 Info: E-mail enquiries@bhaskarsarts.com. Go to www.bhaskarsartsacademy.com

EXHIBITIONS (MUSEUMS)

IN MEMORIAM: LEE KUAN YEW

This memorial exhibition chronicles the life and political career of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew using photographic images, audio-visual recordings and artefacts.

Where: Glass Atrium, Level 2 National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah/City Hall When: Till Sun, 10am - 10pm (today & tomorrow), 10am - 8pm (Sun), Admission: Free Tel: 6332-3659/6332-5642 Info: www.nationalmuseum.sg

RETURN TO SENDER - AN EXHIBITION

The show marks the 80th year of the birth of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley. On display are vinyl records and movie posters.

Where: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street MRT: City Hall/Clarke Quay/Bras Basah When: Till Wed, 1 - 7pm (Mon), 9.30am - 7pm (Tue - Sun) Admission: Free for Singapore citizens & permanent residents, foreigners pay $6 (adults) & $4 (children aged three - 12) Tel: 6337-3888 Info: www.spm.org.sg

EXHIBITIONS (GALLERIES)

SONG OF GLORY

Malaysian artist Leong Chee Siong's paintings of the land and paddy fields reflect the glory of life and the land's sustaining power to mankind.

Where: East Garden Foyer Gallery, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. 1 Fullerton Square MRT: Raffles Place When: Till Mon, open 24 hours Admission: Free Info: www.thefullertonheritage.com/whatsnew

CHOO KENG KWANG, CHOO AI LOON & CHOO CHEAR MENG ART EXHIBITION

A trio art exhibition by the Choo family of artists. Choo Keng Kwang, Choo Ai Loon and Choo Chear Meng showcase a total of 50 oil paintings which depict orchids as well as old and new scenes of Singapore.

Where: Ion Art Gallery, Level 4 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn MRT: Orchard When: Till Tue, 11am - 8pm Admission: Free Tel: 8268-5299/6738-3268 Info: www.datangfinearts.com

KOPI CULTURE BY TAN PING CHIANG

The coffee-shop series in these 13 paintings by the Singapore artist offers an homage to an authentic Nanyang (South-east Asian) coffee-shop culture, containing within it the rich tapestry of stories and lives that ebb and flow with the changing times.

Where: Mulan Gallery, 01-07, 36 Armenian Street MRT: City Hall When: Till Tue, 11.30am - 6.30pm; closed on Mon & Sun Admission: Free Tel: 6738-0810 Info: www.mulangallery.com.sg

EXHIBITIONS (SHOWS)

IREMEMBERSG FUND PROJECT, ISLAND NATION

Island Nation is a project centred on the stories of Singaporeans who lived on the southern islands. This photographic exhibition aims to capture the living history of these islands, uncovering forgotten narratives through text, videos and images. Contrary to popular belief, Singapore is not one island, but comprised more than 60 islands at one point in time. The project is supported by the Singapore Memory Project.

Where: Promenade, National Library Building, Level 10, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bras Basah When: Till Sun, 10am - 9pm Admission: Free Tel: 6332-3255 Info: www.facebook.com/islandnationsg

YONDER ETERNITY

This exhibition features the works of prominent China and Singapore artists: Liu Shuling, Li Yuying, Mary Tan, Ma Jian, Qu Yeyang, Wang Jixian and Wei Guanghui. Twenty per cent of the proceeds of sales of the paintings will go to Care Community Services Society.

Where: Volvo Showroom, 249 Alexandra Road MRT: Redhill When: Till Sun, 8.30am - 7pm (today & tomorrow); 10am - 7pm (Sun)Admission: Free Tel: 9857-3421/9750-0126

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.

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

CERAMICS INDULGENCE

In a debut exhibition, master chef Leong Chee Yeng from Jade restaurant, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, is showcasing more than 30 skilfully handcrafted traditional and contemporary ceramic pieces as part of his tribute to Singapore's upcoming Golden Jubilee celebration.

Where: The Fullerton Heritage Gallery, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square MRT: Raffles Place When: Till Mon, open 24 hours Admission: Free Tel: 6557-2590 Info: www.fullertonhotel.com

CAPTURING THE LIGHT - GOH SIEW GUAN WATERCOLOUR ART EXHIBITION

This exhibition features 20 award-winning watercolour works by Goh, which have a strong focus on the beauty of nature.

Where: Rendezvous Hotel Singapore, levels 1 & 2, 9 Bras Basah Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah When: Till Tue, 9am - 10pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6738-3268/8268-5299 Info: www.datangfinearts.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: Ngee Ann Kongsi Library Block F, Level 4, Lasalle College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street MRT: Little India When: Till Tue, 9am - 6pm daily Admission: FreeTel: 6496-5277 Info: www.lasalle.edu.sg

WORLD HERITAGE IN JAPAN

In this photo exhibition, visitors will be treated to a collection of photographs by Kazuyoshi Miyoshi. Many of his works are displayed in the permanent collection of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in the United States. Photo panels are supported by the Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur.

Where: Japan Creative Centre, 4 Nassim Road MRT: Orchard When: Till July 9, 10am - 6pm (Tue - Sat), closed on Sun, Mon & public holidays Admission: Free Tel: 6737-0434 Info: www.sg.emb-japan.go.jp/JCC

THEATRE

ANOTHER COUNTRY

Directed by Singapore's Ivan Heng and Malaysia's Jo Kukathas, Another Country takes the audience on a trip through shared memories and divergent dreams. Fifty years ago, Singapore and Malaysia divorced after a brief marriage of two years. But, doomed lovers that they are, they just cannot stay away from each other, no matter how often they squabble. Separated by history, they are united by their dreams for a better home.

Where: Drama Centre Theatre, Level 3 National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bras Basah/Bugis When: Till July 11, 8pm (Tue - Sat), 3pm (Sat & Sun) Admission: $43 - $69 (preview today); $49 - $74 (Tue - Thu, 8pm; Sat & Sun, 3pm); $54 - $79 (Fri & Sat, 8pm) Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

ASIAN INVASION COMEDY (R18)

Six of the best Asian stand-up comedians, including Eliot Chang, Atsuko Okatsuka and Crispy The Talking Cock & Cindy Fung, invade the DBS Arts Centre. The show is hosted by Kim Jung Un, flown in specially from North Korea to introduce the comedians. The jokester is in town trying out for the new TV show Dictators Got Talent and will thrill the crowd with his girth and mirth.

Where: DBS Arts Centre Home of Singapore Repertory Theatre, Robertson Quay, 20 Merbau Road MRT: Clarke Quay When: Till tomorrow, 8.30pm Admission: $62 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - DSPICKS26'. Print Edition | Subscribe