Happenings - Arts


Open Call: New Word Order 2016

The Arts House seeks proposals from writers and artists to create works for New Word Order 2016, an incubatory programme that aims to give voice to Singapore writers and artists exploring new ways of presenting the written word. A $10,000 grant will be given to the successful applicant to work on the project over six months. He or she will also receive mentorship from arts professionals. Applications close on March 15.

INFO: www.theartshouse.sg


Book Launch: Wild We Can

Mandai Rainforest Safari Park's coffee-table book is filled with stunning images of fascinating wildlife and the urgency of conserving these creatures is powerfully brought to the fore. At the book launch, meet the team behind the publication.

WHERE: Books Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, 04-20 Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Feb 27, 2pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6737-5021 INFO: www.kinokuniya.com.sg


Huayi 2016 - Gong Linna In Concert (China)

Gong performs songs inspired by ancient Chinese poetry, including Li Bai's Bring In The Wine and Qu Yuan's The Mountain Spirit, as well as her original compositions Walking The Path Of Life and Hope.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Sun, 5pm ADMISSION: $41 - $82 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

SSO: The Butterfly Lovers

China's first female opera-symphony conductor Zheng Xiao Ying makes her Singapore Symphony Orchestra debut, directing it in the Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto.

WHERE: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Feb 19 & 20, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $21 - $76 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

In Appreciation...

The School of the Arts' Music Faculty celebrates the achievements of its 2015 Arts Excellence Programme students and is also dedicating the evening to the Temasek Education Foundation for its support of the programme.

WHERE: Sota Concert Hall, Level 2 School of the Arts Singapore, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/ Bras Basah WHEN: Feb 19, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $10 (includes $1 booking fee) TEL: 6338-9663 INFO: Tickets from sota.eventclique.com

The Four Great Classical Novels

In Concert Well-loved Chinese literary classics are given a new dimension in this musical presentation by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO). Conceptualised by Cultural Medallion recipient Yeh Tsung, music director and conductor of the SCO, the concert features works by one of China's most influential composers Zhao Ji Ping; Hong Kong composer Chen Ning-chi; and a co-composition by Singapore composer Law Wai Lun and Hong Kong's Lincoln Lo. Part of Huayi 2016.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Feb 20, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $41 - $82 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

SSO: Leningrad Symphony

Husband-and-wife duo Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Viktoria Postnikova return with an all-Shostakovich programme. The Leningrad Symphony stood in its time as a musical symbol of resistance to and condemnation of the Nazi regime.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Feb 26, 7.30pm; 6.30pm (pre-concert talk at library@esplanade) ADMISSION: $16 - $79 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: Tickets from www.sistic.com.sg or www.esplanade.com


Leap 2016 - Weaving Pathways

Scholars from the M1-Frontier Danceland Pulse Programme present original contemporary works, taking audiences through their experiences of learning from professional artists as they carve out their own artistic paths.

WHERE: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Feb 20, 3 & 8pm ADMISSION: $21 (evening), $16 (matinee) TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


Treasures Of The World From The British Museum

View artefacts from the British Museum in London, such as the "unlucky mummy" falsely rumoured to have sunk the Titanic and gold jewellery from ancient Mesopotamian graves.

WHERE: National Museum of Singapore, Special Exhibition Galleries, Basement, 93 Stamford Road MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah WHEN:Till May 29, 10am - 7pm daily ADMISSION: $14 (Singaporeans & permanent residents), $20 (foreigners) INFO: www.nationalmuseum.sg

More Than Monkeys

Usher in the Year of the Monkey by exploring the fascinating world of monkeys through stamps and philatelic materials.

WHERE: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street MRT: City Hall/ Clarke Quay/Bras Basah WHEN:Till Sept 25, 10am - 7pm daily ADMISSION: Free for Singaporeans & permanent residents; $6 (adult) & $4 (child) for foreigners TEL: 6337-3888 INFO: www.spm.org.sg


A Solo Exhibition By Christopher Le Brun

The exhibition features 16 paintings on canvas by acclaimed British painter, sculptor and printmaker Christopher Le Brun in his first show in Singapore.

WHERE: Arndt, 03-21 Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Till March 27, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sat); 11am - 6pm (Sun). Closed on Mon & public holiday ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6734-0775 INFO: www.arndtfineart.com

Rhapsody Of Colours By Wu Xueli

Presented by Pan Pacific Singapore and Goshen Art Gallery, this exhibition features oil paintings by Singapore artist Wu Xueli, known for her dynamic and colourful abstract works.

WHERE: Public Art Space at Pan Pacific Singapore, Level 2, 7 Raffles Boulevard MRT: City Hall/Promenade WHEN: Till May 1, 11am - 8pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6336-8111


Singapore Creative Writing Residency Showcase: Object Lessons

Explore ways of materialising language with open-ended experimentation and play. The showcase consists of sculptures and installations by poets from the National University of Singapore who have been mentored by Ong Sze Yoong, the 2015 Singapore Creative Writing resident.

WHERE: Film Gallery, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Thu - March 7, 10am - 10pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6332-6900 INFO: www.theartshouse.sg

Nature Into Art, Ceramics Art Exhibition By Shozo Michikawa

The Japanese ceramic artist's sculptural works offer rare insight into the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi, an acceptance of transcience and imperfection.

WHERE: Di Legno Gallery, 188-6 Tanjong Katong Road MRT: Dakota WHEN: Till Feb 20, 11am - 6pm (Tue - Sun), closed on Mon ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6346-2012 INFO: E-mail info@dilegno.sg or go to www.dilegnogallery.com

One By One Metre Space Exhibition

This exhibition is inspired by the 1m x 1m area allocated to each vendor at the Sungei Road flea market. Expect myriad art forms - paintings, sculptures, moving images and performance art - surrounding the historic Thieves Market, which will make way for the Sungei Road MRT station next year.

WHERE: Flaneur Gallery, 129 Jalan Besar MRT: Rochor/Bugis WHEN: Till Feb 21, 3 - 8pm (Wed - Fri), 1 - 6pm (Sat & Sun), closed on Mon & Tue ADMISSION: Free TEL: 9112-4685 INFO: www.facebook.com/sungei.netprojects

Imminent Domain: Designing The Life Of Tomorrow

The acclaimed Hong Kong exhibition aims to provoke ideas on lifestyle and challenge the public's concepts on future living.

WHERE: Design Gallery 1, Level 1 National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road MRT: Bugis WHEN: Till Feb 28, 9am - 9pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6333-3737 INFO: www.designsingapore.org


Russell Peters, Almost Famous World Tour 2016

The Canandian stand-up comedian returns with his Almost Famous World Tour with old and new material.

WHERE: Halls 601 - 604, Level 6 Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, 1 Raffles Boulevard MRT: Esplanade WHEN: Mon, 8pm ADMISSION: $112 - $232 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: Tickets from www.sistic.com.sg. Go to www.facebook.com/lacomedylive or www.la-comedylive.com


Shakespeare's classic tragedy is transformed into a satire infused with Eastern aesthetics by emerging young Chinese theatre director Huang Ying and renowned theatre icon Tadashi Suzuki as artistic director. Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles. Part of Huayi 2016.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Tue - Thu, 8pm ADMISSION: $38 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

God Of Carnage

After a well-received debut in Hong Kong, Dionysus Contemporary Theatre brings its Cantonese adaptation of playwright Yasmina Reza's award-winning play, God Of Carnage, here. It tells how a playground fight between children leads to an all-out war among their parents. Part of Huayi 2016.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Feb 20, 8pm; Feb 21, 2.30pm ADMISSION: $41 - $122 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2016, with the headline 'Happenings - Arts'. Print Edition | Subscribe