PA's annual arts festival to feature theatre, Chinese opera and art exhibition

Mr Tan Khim Ser, Founder and President of Life Arts Society, demonstrates the art of Chinese painting during the media launch.
Mr Tan Khim Ser, Founder and President of Life Arts Society, demonstrates the art of Chinese painting during the media launch.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Budding four-year-old Chinese Opera performer Goh Wee-Ann will be performing with her grandmother and mother in the upcoming PAssionArts Festival 2016.
Budding four-year-old Chinese Opera performer Goh Wee-Ann will be performing with her grandmother and mother in the upcoming PAssionArts Festival 2016. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Budding four-year-old Chinese Opera performer Goh Wee-Ann (second from left) will be performing in the upcoming PAssionArts Festival 2016.
Budding four-year-old Chinese Opera performer Goh Wee-Ann (second from left) will be performing in the upcoming PAssionArts Festival 2016. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Puppeteers from performing arts company Sri Warisan performing a wayang kulit piece during the PAssionArts Festival 2016 media event.
Puppeteers from performing arts company Sri Warisan performing a wayang kulit piece during the PAssionArts Festival 2016 media event.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - The People's Association's (PA) annual arts festival will host three separate themed festivals for the first time this year, it announced on Wednesday (June 15).

This year's PAssionArts Festival will feature a theatre festival, a Chinese opera festival and a National Day art exhibition in a bid to create more opportunities for Singaporeans to participate in the arts at the community level, said Mr Nah Juay Hng, the PA's group director for arts and culture.

Highlights of the event, shared at a media briefing at the PA headquarters, include a theatre show performed by taxi drivers, and an opera performance by four-year-old opera actress Goh Wee-Ann, together with her mother and grandmother.

Mr Alan Ho, 64, a taxi driver of more than 30 years, said he is excited but nervous to be one of the 25 actors in "Taxi On-Call! Stories of Taxi Drivers".

"Taxi drivers form a very tight community, and one of the stories is based on a real case where a colleague had a stroke and others took care of him. It's good that we get a chance to tell people about what we do," said the ComfortDelGro cab driver.

The PA's heartland arts festival, which kicks off this Saturday (June 18) and runs until Sept 30, is expected to draw some 30,000 visitors this year.