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Arts Picks: Inheritance, A Tapestry Of Sacred Music, Reframing Modernism, Singapore Art Book Fair



This play by Singapore theatre company The Finger Players explores the tender relationship among two sisters and their mother. It is written by actress Ellison Yuyang Tan, a graduate of the National University of Singapore's theatre studies programme, and directed by seasoned theatre practitioner Zelda Tatiana Ng. It stars Yeo Kok Siew (main picture, foreground), Lina Yu (main picture, background, left) and Jo Kwek (main picture, right).

WHERE: Drama Centre Black Box, 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building, Level 5 MRT: Bras Basah/ Bugis WHEN: Till Sunday, 8pm (today and tomorrow), 3pm (tomorrow and Sunday) ADMISSION: $35 from Sistic (go to or call 6348-5555)


The Esplanade's annual festival of sacred music and arts from around the world returns for its eighth year with a rich line-up of programmes over three days, beginning today. This includes the traditional lion dance by South Korean performing arts troupe The Gwangdae and an elaborate dance ritual by the Mah Meri ethnic tribe (below) of West Malaysia.

Many of the performances are free. Ticketed ones include a show featuring qawwali music, a type of devotional music from South Asia, and a rendition of gospel classics by the American ensemble Glory Gospel Singers.

WHERE: The Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, various locations MRT: Esplanade WHEN: Till Sunday, various times ADMISSION: $25 to $30 for ticketed events from, otherwise free INFO: Go to


More than 200 paintings by 51 artists, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Wassily Kandinsky (above), are on display at National Gallery Singapore's first international exhibition.

Half of the works come from Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the rest, including paintings by South-east Asian artists such as Singapore's Cheong Soo Pieng and Anita Magsaysay-Ho from the Philippines, come from the collection of the National Gallery Singapore as well as loans from private collections and museums.

The exhibition shows how artists from South-east Asia and the West responded to modernity in the 19th and early 20th centuries by advancing form and style in art.

WHERE: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road, Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till July 17, 10am to 7pm (Monday to Thursday and Sunday), 10am to 10pm (Friday and Saturday) ADMISSION: $15 (adult) and $10 (child) for Singaporeans; $25 (adult) and $20 (child) for non-residents


Organised by home-grown independent bookstore BooksActually, this book fair specialises in contemporary art books and zines. This edition of the fair features 34 exhibitors from Singapore and overseas, including art collectives and design studios as well as book publishers from Vietnam, Thailand and Britain.

WHERE: ArtScience Museum, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Level 4 MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Till Sunday, 10am to 7pm (today and tomorrow), 10am to 6pm (Sunday) ADMISSION: Free INFO:

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 15, 2016, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Subscribe