Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent recommends

Akshita Nanda recommends the multicultural Kreatif Connections festival with its mixed martial arts showcases, art-and-sound installation and more

PHOTOS: GAMELAN ASMARADANA, KABUL AND MINTIO, PAMENANG DANCE COMMUNITY, SINGAPORE CHINESE ORCHESTRA

KREATIF CONNECTIONS: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF INDONESIA-SINGAPORE FRIENDSHIP

This cultural festival organised by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth features collaborations between artists and performers from Singapore and Indonesia. It takes place at the Empress Lawn and Asian Civilisations Museum from today to Sunday. Highlights include:

THE CURRENT/S WE CALL HOME | ARUS BERLABUH KITA

This new sound and visual installation at the Asian Civilisations Museum comes from Indonesian artist Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul) and Singaporean artist Samantha Tio (Mintio). Sails feature photographs of children who live in both countries. The work is a salute to folk melody Dayung Sampan, which refers to a boat.

WHERE: Lobby of Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place/City Hall WHEN: Today to Dec 2, Mondays to Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 7pm; Fridays, 10am to 9pm ADMISSION: Free

CUPU MANIK ASTAGINA: THE SACRED JEWEL BOX

This cross-cultural production is based on the Javanese version of the Ramayana and combines wayang kulit, contemporary dance and fusion gamelan music. Dancers from Indonesia's Pamenang Dance Community (above) and Singapore's Peneroka Daya Tari perform to music from the Angger Gamelan Ensemble of Indonesia and local troupe Gamelan Asmaradana.

WHERE: Main Stage, Empress Lawn MRT: Raffles Place/ City Hall WHEN: Today, 8.15pm, tomorrow, 8pm ADMISSION: Free

ARTS AND CRAFTS WORKSHOPS

Highlights include traditional Javanese and Malay dance or gamelan music (above) taught by the artists from Cupu Manik Astagina: The Sacred Jewel Box.

WHERE: Various locations at Asian Civilisations Museum MRT: Raffles Place/City Hall WHEN: Tomorrow and Sunday, various times ADMISSION: $10 a workshop, limited spaces, sign up at peatix.com/event/395556 and peatix.com/user/1340611

2018 SCO COMMUNITY SERIES: ENCORE, SCO!

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) heads to the heartland under the Singapore Press Holdings Gift of Music Series. This outdoor concert led by conductor Quek Ling Kiong (above) features Wang Li Ping's famous Dream Of Red Chamber Overture and local favourite A Journey Around Singapore, arranged by composer Eric Watson and performed with Yuhua Musical Ensemble of Singers.

WHERE: Open field beside Jurong East MRT Station MRT: Jurong East WHEN: Tomorrow, 7pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.sco.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2018, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe