Arts Picks: ACM's sensory trail, French pianist Cedric Tiberghien, mosaic workshop

A Dialogue and Touch Session at the Asian Civilisations Museum. PHOTO: ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM

Up close with ACM

Sitting blindfolded at a table, I cradle a 3D-printed object in my hands. Ms Joan Hung, from Dialogue in the Dark Singapore (DiDsg), asks me to describe its form and guess what its purpose might be and who the object might have belonged to.

This rather unusual engagement session at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is part of a new series developed in collaboration with DiDsg and sponsored by Keppel Corporation. The 90-minute sensory tour begins with the tactile session before a tour of the Maritime Trade and Court & Companies galleries.

Ms Hung, who has a visual disability, is an engaging facilitator, drawing people into sharing their impressions and opinions. She has also done her homework, offering information about the ACM's building and anecdotes about objects in the galleries. For the visually abled, the session is also a learning experience about how blind people "see" with other senses.

The first three sessions were booked out within an hour, but look out for additional sessions in December and January. Follow the ACM's Peatix page or go to its website for more information.

Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place
MRT: Raffles Place
When: Various times
Admission: Free
Info: Register at this website

Cedric Tiberghien concerts

French pianist Cedric Tiberghien is in town to play two nights. PHOTO: SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Classical music fans will experience a feast of live pianistic delights this month. On Friday (Nov 5), Altenburg Arts is presenting Moscow-born Zlata Chochieva in concert and, next week, as part of the French Voilah! festival, French pianist Cedric Tiberghien is in town to play two nights - thanks to the Vaccinated Travel Lane arrangements.

Next Thursday (Nov 11), To Paris With Cedric Tiberghien will feature a French-themed programme at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Together with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Tiberghien will play Ravel's Le Tombeau De Couperin and Mozart's Paris Symphony, which is inspired by the Austrian composer's 1778 visit to the French capital.

He will be playing a more intimate recital at the School of the Arts (Sota) Concert Hall next Friday (Nov 12) with a programme of three works - Debussy's L'isle Joyeuse, Beethoven's "Eroica" theme and Mozart's Sonata No. 11.

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive; Sota Concert Hall, 1 Zubir Said Drive
MRT: Esplanade/Dhoby Ghaut
When: Nov 11, 7.30pm; Nov 12, 7.30pm
Admission: $15 to $88; $20 to $78
Info: SSO's website

Layered mosaic drop-in activity by Anjali Design


Try your hand at creating a pretty glass mosaic in this workshop at the Flower Dome over the weekend. Conducted by glass artist Anjali Venkat, the 20-minute workshop will give participants a chance to work with recycled glass pieces and beads as well as metal and stained glass.

Let your imagination run free on a 7.6cm piece of canvas. Register on-site ahead of the workshop times which start from 10am. The last workshop is at 5.30pm. Children aged three to 12 have to be accompanied by an adult.

Where: Australian Garden, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive
When: Various times on Saturday and Sunday (Nov 6 and 7)
MRT: Marina Bay
Admission: From $20 an adult for Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, $9 for workshop (pay in cash or via PayNow on-site)

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