Happenings - Arts


Singapore International Film Festival Call For Entry

The Singapore International Film Festival returns for its 26th edition from Nov 26 to Dec 6. Film submissions are open till Aug 21, 6pm. The festival will consider feature films and Asian short films that are making a Singapore premiere and have not been broadcast on television or made available on the Internet. It has also opened the call for applications for its South-east Asian Film Lab for aspiring directors and its Youth Jury & Critics Programme for aspiring film critics.

INFO: www.sgiff.com/submissions


Book Sale @ The Barracks

Enjoy special offers, great deals and discounts of up to 90 per cent on books and other items at the Page One book sale.

WHERE: 01-35 The Barracks, 22 Lock Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Till Sun, 11am - 6.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.facebook.com/PageOnePublishingHQ


VCH Organ Series Presents: Benjamin Sheen, Phoon Yu & Alexia Tye

The VCH Organ Series kicks off with two free performances at the Victoria Concert Hall. The concert today features Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition transcribed and performed by Benjamin Sheen and accompanied by Lawrence Koh's sand art. Highlights of the Aug 17 concert include Mendelssohn's Sonata No. 4 In B-flat Major, Op. 65; Couperin's Chaconne In G Minor and Delplace's Bach Panther performed by organists Phoon Yu and Alexia Tye.

WHERE: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Today & Aug 17, 12.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.sso.org.sg

Kris Foundation Presents: The Journey Back Home

In celebration of SG50, the Community Foundation of Singapore and Kris Foundation present five young Singaporean classical musicians: Alan Choo, Gabriel Lee, Jeremy Chiew, Andris Koh and Khoo Hui Ling. This concert will feature a commissioned new piece by local composer Phang Kok Jun for SG50, and a selection of pieces by Samuel Barber, Tan Dun and Antonin Dvorak. These pieces draw inspiration from folk music and the musicians' complex relationships with home.

WHERE: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Sun, 7.30pm ADMISSION: Free with registration (Sistic charges apply) TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

SSO: Nielsen's Espansiva Symphony

To commemorate the 150th birth anniversaries of Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen, award-winning violinist Ning Feng returns to perform Sibelius' dark and intense Concerto In D Minor with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of music director Shui Lan. The concert opens with Finlandia, one of Finland's key national songs. Nielsen's Espansiva Symphony will be featured in the second half of the concert.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: July 31, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $16 - $78 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


Once Upon A Time In Asia: The Animal Race

Discover animals facts, from learning about manure to exploring the symbolism of animals in Asian traditions.

WHERE: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Till Aug 16, 10am - 5pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6332-7798 INFO: www.acm.org.sg


Salleh Japar: Talwin And Tamkin

This exhibition explores the artistic practice and research of Singaporean artist Salleh Japar. With interests in Islamic philosophy, South-east Asian arts and post-colonial theory, Salleh came to prominence as an artist in the late 1980s.

WHERE: Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, Level 1, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Lasalle College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street MRT: Little India WHEN: Till Sun, noon -1.30pm, 2.30 - 7pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6496-5075 INFO: E-mail icas@lasalle.edu.sg. Go to www.lasalle.edu.sg

Face To Peace

This exhibition by Indonesian artist Stefan Buana features 25 pieces of his most recent works in the last two years. The former street painter in Yogyakarta experiments with unconventional materials and techniques - from torched metal to rough craquelure and thin staples to rice grains - to create unique textural surface and expound his artistic commentaries on Indonesian climate and the birthplace of Western Sumatra.

WHERE: Ode to Art Platform, 4th Floor, Raffles City Convention Centre (Foyer Area), 252 North Bridge Road MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till Thu, 11am - 9pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6250-1901 INFO: www.odetoart.com

Mangkurpa (3)

This exhibition is the first solo collaboration for three of the most collectible and exciting artists of Australia's Tjungu Palya art centre - Maureen Baker, Beryl Jimmy and Tjampawa Stevens. They come together to explore their sacred stories.

WHERE: ReDot Fine Art Gallery, 01-08 Old Hill Street Police Station, 140 Hill Street MRT: City Hall/Clarke Quay WHEN: Till Aug 1, noon - 7pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6222-1039 INFO: www.redotgallery.com

Singapore's Glorious Journey

Celebrated Chinese artist Zhang Xihua and 19 of his students pay tribute on canvas to Singapore's transformation from a Third-World nation to First. More than 60 artworks are on show. The paintings are priced from $1,000 and part of the proceeds will go to Club Rainbow, a charity that provides a range of services for the families of children who suffer from major chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

WHERE: Artrium@MCI, MCI Building, 140 Hill Street MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: Tomorrow - Aug 2, 10am - 7pm ADMISSION: Free

The Story Of Cheong Soo Pieng

The exhibition showcases more than 30 works of varying styles and mediums from the Singaporean artist, including his early oil and watercolour compositions, a collection of sketches and highly stylised paintings depicting everyday Malayan life and his travels to Bali, Sarawak and Europe, and his abstract and mixed-media compositions in the later part of his career.

WHERE: Artcommune Gallery, 03-39/ 02-43 Bras Basah Complex, Block 231 Bain Street MRT: City Hall/Bugis WHEN: Till Aug 2, noon - 7pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6336-4240 INFO: www.artcommune.com.sg

Fruitful 50 Years - Chen Chu Dian's Painting Exhibition

The 71-year-old artist pays tribute to the astonishing development of Singapore in the past 50 years and late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew. This exhibition showcases paintings depicting Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew, the historic moments, landmark buildings and beautiful scenery in Singapore and other countries such as China that Chen has travelled to.

WHERE: Signature Art House, 02-39 Tanglin Shopping Centre, 19 Tanglin Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Aug 3, 11.30am - 6.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6737-8790/9221-1780 INFO: www.signaturearthouse.com


Catharsis By Indonesian Artist Syagini Ratna Wulan

Art Stage Singapore presents this participatory performance art piece in support of Gillman Barracks. In an empty gallery space, Syagini will create a written diagram of texts on the wall. Visitors are provided with plates and invited to write a word on them before throwing them against the wall, taking aim at a word that resonates with them. Syagini will be present to share her concept and motivation behind Catharsis.

WHERE: Block 47 Gillman Barracks, Malan Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Tomorrow & Sun, noon - 7.30pm (talk with artist: 1 - 1.30pm) ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.facebook.com/artstagesingapore

Hands For Hope Asia's Canvas For Hope Art Exhibition And Charity Auction

The exhibition showcases more than 25 artworks from prominent and emerging contemporary artists from Singapore, the Philippines and other countries. All proceeds will be donated to Star Shelter in Singapore and Preda Foundation in the Philippines. A charity auction will be held on Thursday in celebration of Singapore's Golden Jubilee.

WHERE: Volvo Art Loft, Level 2, 249 Alexandra Road MRT: Redhill WHEN: Till Thu, 10am - 7pm (charity auction: Thu, 6.30 - 9pm) ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.handsforhope.asia or www.facebook.com/handsforhopeasia

Espresso Italiano Exhibition

Coffee lovers can learn about the history, evolution and culture of Italian coffee - from the origin of the espresso to the design of the first espresso machine. The inaugural exhibition also traces the development of coffee culture from old coffee houses to hipster cafes. The socio-cultural aspects related to coffee are presented with the help of reproduced paintings representing the rituals and methods of coffee drinking.

WHERE: Scotts Square, Level 1 Atrium, 6 Scotts Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Aug 2, 10am - 10pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.scottssquareretail.com


Panchatantra... A Moral Compass

A contemporary version of the Panchatantra tales - the oldest collection of Indian fables - this production is engaging and humorous.

WHERE: 01-01 The Lakehouse @ Orto, 81 Lorong Chencharu MRT: Khatib WHEN: Today, 8 - 10pm & Sun, 3 - 5pm ADMISSION: $42 TEL: 9834-2061 INFO: Tickets from panchatantra.peatix.com. Go to www.izaara.com


This show is a collection of monologues about two women at different stages of their lives. Written and directed by Kwok Li Ren, they tell of an obsession over men who button up their shirts and include a discussion about armpits. Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles.

WHERE: Centre 42, 42 Waterloo Street MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Wed - Aug 2, 8pm (Wed - Sat) & 3pm(Sat & Sun ) ADMISSION: $28 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

The LKY Musical

This original production explores the tumultuous times of pre-independence Singapore. Central to the musical is founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, whose life, political battles and enduring relationship with his wife form the crux of the story. The production follows the life of Mr Lee from his early days at Raffles College to the founding of independent Singapore.

WHERE: Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Till Aug 16, 7.30pm (Tue - Fri), 3 & 7.30pm (Sat), 1.30 & 6pm (Sun), no 6pm show on Aug 9 ADMISSION: $82 - $154 (Fri & Sat, 7.30pm); $72 - $144 ( Tue - Thu, Sat, 3pm & Sun) TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 24, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - FRIDI24B'. Print Edition | Subscribe