The Straits Times
Published on Feb 24, 2013

Saying goodbye to historic arts centre through song, art and poetry


Hundreds gathered on Saturday at the Telok Ayer Performing Arts Centre - a historic building set to close down for good in June - for a farewell festival filled with music, art and poetry.

Called the Out Of Sight festival, it was a send-off of sorts for the centre - or Tapac as it is called by artgoers and its tenants - which saw around 30 local artists putting up art and music performances throughout the day. They included local band The Psalms as well as artists Juliette Yu-Ming and Ng Sze Kiat.

The festival, which included a mass picnic, was organised by local literary arts company Word Forward, art collective We Jungle and City Nomads, an online lifestyle editorial and events organiser. Mr Marc Nair, 31, associate artist at Word Forward told Life! that the event was to "say goodbye in the best way possible, using art and getting a community of visual artists involved".

Tapac will close when the building's lease expires in June (2013), but most of its tenants, such as dance group Odyssey Dance Theatre and theatre company Teater Ekamatra, are expected to move out by next month (March).