Marine Parade hosts arts village featuring dance performances and art displays

SINGAPORE - An open space in Marine Parade was converted into a bustling arts hub on Sunday (Aug 16), complete with dance performances, umbrella painting booths and even a Brazilian martial arts display.

The one-day event, called PAssionArts Village @ D'Marquee, celebrated the heritage of the nearby Joo Chiat and Katong areas, and was attended by some 2,000 residents of the area.

Located in an open area opposite the Parkway Parade shopping centre - an icon of the Marine Parade area - the arts village also featured balloon sculpting and a photo wall of photographs of the Katong and Joo Chiat areas.

The photo wall comprises images from a photo competition that aims to inspire residents to reminisce and appreciate the community's history, which they will hopefully pass down to future generations.

Organised by the Marine Parade, Kembangan-Chai Chee and Mountbatten Citizens' Consultative Committees (CCC) and Community, Arts and Culture Clubs (CACC), the festival is part of a larger PAssionArts Festival 2015.

The festival, now in its fourth edition, is organised by the People's Association. It started on July 12, and will present 63 festival villages over eight weekends, until Aug 30. The next arts village will be held at Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC on Aug 22.

"We hope this event has helped to foster the spirit of good neighbourliness and connect you with residents living in Marine Parade GRC through these fun and entertaining arts booths," said Madam Elizabeth Ng, chairman of the Marine Parade CACC, on Sunday's event.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who is an MP for Marine Parade and adviser to Marine Parade Grassroots Organisations, was at the event. He was accompanied by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Social and Family Development Minister and anchor minister of the Marine Parade GRC; and Mr Lim Biow Chuan, MP for Mountbatten.

Church volunteer Jeanette Lim, 62, took part in umbrella painting at Sunday's event. Ms Lim, who painted a flower on a white umbrella, said: "It's very fun, there are many activities to do here."

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