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What's for lunch? Flamenco and fiddlers

Lunchtime events in the CBD area take shows out of theatres to where office workers are

Published on Aug 19, 2014 6:37 PM
 
A member of the public tries her hand at conducting Ding Yi Music Company at an open-air lunchtime concert in Raffles Place. -- PHOTO: NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL

Ding Yi Music Company's recent strangely sombre performance of the Abba tune Mamma Mia outside Raffles Place MRT station was all about engaging the public.

It was conducted by this clueless reporter in a 45-minute performance, which invited members of the public to try their hand at conducting the ensemble.

This was the first of six lunchtime events in the heart of the city organised by the National Arts Council as part of its Arts In Your Neighbourhood initiative. The series seeks to take the arts out of theatres and concert halls and into neighbourhoods and workplaces.

Ms Chua Ai Liang, director of arts and communities at the council, says the project hopes to encourage "self-expression, creativity and bonding through the arts by taking it to where people live, work and play".

 
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ESCENCIA FLAMENCA BY FLAMENCO SIN FRONTERAS

What: A traditional Spanish dance performance incorporating soulful singing, melodic strumming and stunning footwork

Where: Marina Bay Link Mall

When: Tomorrow, 12.15 and 1.15pm


AROUND THE WORLD ON A FIDDLE BY KAILIN YONG AND FRIENDS

 What: Learn more about the sonic and cultural versatility of the fiddle and violin in this lunchtime performance

Where: Marina Bay Link Mall

When: Thursday, 12.15 and 1.15pm


EAST MEETS WEST BY FLAME OF THE FOREST

What: Hear an unusual combination of instruments - the tabla, sitar, guitar and violin - used to play popular hits

Where: Marina Bay Link Mall

When: Friday, 12.15 and 1.15pm


APPRECIATING & COLLECTING ART BY SEAH TZI-YAN

What: Experienced curator Seah Tzi-Yan shares tips on appreciating, buying and collecting contemporary art in Asia

Where: One Raffles Quay

When: Aug 26, 12.45pm


AWAKEN THE DRAGON TOUR BY POST-MUSEUM

What: Learn about the heritage of ceramics and participate in making a collective clay sculpture, which will be fired in the last two remaining dragon kilns in Singapore

Where: One Raffles Quay

When: Aug 27, 12.45pm

Info: Register by e-mailing emilia_lew@nac.gov.sg

All events are free