Happenings - Arts



MPH Booksale @ Singapore Changi Expo

Get a wide range of books at up to 80 per cent off. To celebrate SG50, there is an additional 5 per cent discount for purchases of $50 and above.

WHERE: Singapore Changi Expo, Hall 4B, 1 Expo Drive MRT: Expo WHEN: Today - Mon, 9am - 9pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.mph.com.sg or www.facebook.com/MPHBookstoresSingapore

Book Launch: Flood Of Fire By Amitav Ghosh

The two-time Booker Prize nominee will be in Singapore to launch his book, which takes the reader from India to China, through the outbreak of the First Opium War to Britain's seizure of Hong Kong.

WHERE: Mochtar Riady Auditorium, Singapore Management University, 81 Victoria Street MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah WHEN: Mon, 6 - 8pm ADMISSION: $30 (includes refreshments) TEL: 6377-2838/9012-8184 INFO: E-mail info@indiasemedia.com. Register at www.indiasemedia.com


SSO: Scottish Fantasy

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra's founding music director Choo Hoey returns to partner Taiwanese violinist Tseng Yu-chien, winner of the 2015 Singapore International Violin Competition, in Bruch's Scottish Fantasy.

WHERE: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Aug 14, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $21 - $75 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Yellow River! - Xian Xing Hai And SCO

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) concert is titled after acclaimed Chinese composer Xian Xing Hai's masterpiece, Yellow River Cantata. Conducted by music director Yeh Tsung, it features musicians such as pianist Sun Yingdi. Limited gallery and standing room seats only.

WHERE: SCO Concert Hall, Singapore Conference Hall, Level 1, 7 Shenton Way MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Aug 14, 8pm; & Aug 15, 3pm ADMISSION: $30 INFO: Tickets from Singapore Conference Hall Box Office, 7 Shenton Way. For ticketing inquiries, call 6557-4034/6557-4037


Singapore International Festival Of Arts 2015: Returning

In collaboration with different generations of dance-makers and creative artists in Singapore, five choreographers - Meenakshy Bhaskar, Jenny Neo, Sudirman Mohamed, Osman Abdul Hamid and Low Ee Chiang - construct a performance rooted in the traditions of Chinese, Malay and Indian dance. The project was conceived by Singapore dance pioneer and Cultural Medallion recipient Goh Lay Kuan.

WHERE: Drama Centre Theatre, Level 3 National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bras Basah/Bugis WHEN: Thu - Aug 15, 8pm ADMISSION: $28 - $79 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


The collaborative performance showcases a blend of tradition and modernity on the progress of Singapore from a low-economy state to a modern city.

WHERE: Lasalle College of the Arts, The Singapore Airlines Theatre, 1 McNally Street MRT: Little India/Bugis WHEN: Aug 15, 3 & 8pm ADMISSION: $33, $43 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


Singapura: 700 Years

Experience Singapore's transformation from a humble fishing village to an independent nation statethrough a riveting exploration of its history.

WHERE: Exhibition Galleries 1 & 2, Basement, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Till Mon, 10am - 6pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6332-3659 INFO: www.nationalmuseum.sg

Treasures From Asia's Oldest Museum: Buddhist Art From The Indian Museum, Kolkata

This exhibition showcases the evolution of Buddhism through the art of India.

WHERE: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Till Aug 16, 10am - 7pm (Sat - Thu), 10am - 9pm (Fri) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6332-7798 INFO: www.acm.org.sg

The Art Journey Of Lim Tze Peng

Get insights into five decades of the artist's journey. On exhibit are more than 30 works, including ink paintings of old Singapore scenes (1970s-1980s); and 1990s ink landscapes that capture the decorative customs and idyllic charms of Bali.

WHERE: Artcommune Gallery, 03-39 Bras Basah Complex, Block 231 Bain Street MRT: City Hall/Bugis WHEN: Till Aug 16, noon - 7pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6336-4240 INFO: www.artcommune.com.sg

Influences And Friendships: A Chua Ek Kay Estate Collection

In celebration of SG50, The Private Museum presents an exhibition of 21 key artworks from Chua's personal collection.

WHERE: The Private Museum, 02-06, 51 Waterloo Street MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Till Sept 22, 10am - 7pm (weekday), 11am - 5pm (weekend), other timings by appointment ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6738-2872 INFO: www.theprivatemuseum.org

Unearthed: Singapore At 25

Check out the contents of a time capsule buried in front of the Empress Place building on Dec 29, 1990. Objects include development plans from the 1970s and a poster of Ah Meng, the late ambassador for the Singapore Zoo.

WHERE: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN:Till Sept 27, 10am - 7pm (Sat - Thu), 10am - 9pm (Fri) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6332-7798 INFO: www.acm.org.sg


Time And Place

Besides solo exhibitions by artists such as Yeo Tze Yang and Andre Tan, there are also works by others including Aaron Gan.

WHERE: Ion Art Gallery, Level 4 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn MRT: Orchard WHEN: Today - Aug 16, 10am - 10pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 9487-2006 INFO: E-mail info@utterlyart.com.sg. Go to www.ionorchard.com/en/ion-art

Okinka African Art Exhibition

This show, named after the last queen of Guinea-Bissau, has more than 50 pieces of African artwork, including 20 masterpieces that are shown for the first time.

WHERE: The Art Space @ Suntec City Mall, 01-448/449, Tower 1, 3 Temasek Boulevard MRT: Promenade/City Hall WHEN: Till Aug 30, 10am - 10pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.theartspace.com.sg/exhibitions


After Printmaking...

See 37 recent printmaking works by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts staff, alumni and students that showcase how the art form has turned from a 2-D format to being used for conceptual storytelling.

WHERE: Lim Hak Tai Gallery, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Till Tue, 11am - 7pm. Open on National Day weekend. Closed on Mon ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6512 -4000 INFO: www.nafa.edu.sg

Over Singapore - The Exhibition

Marvel at the aerial magnificence of Singapore's landscapes in a photo exhibition by publisher Editions Didier Millet and photographer Richard Koh. Photo prints and the book will be available for purchase. Part of the proceeds will go to St Luke's Hospital and Eldercare.

WHERE: The Fullerton Heritage, 01-08 The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Till Thu, 11am - 8pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6557-2590 INFO: www.thefullertonheritage.com/whatsnew

Cutting Edge - Technology Meets Art

A group show exploring the meeting point between art and technology, the exhibition aims to address themes such as identity and surveillance and push the boundaries of contemporary new media art.

WHERE: Opera Gallery, Level 4 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Aug 16, 11am - 8pm (weekday); 10am - 8pm (weekend) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6238-8228 INFO: www.ionorchard.com


Transcend time and technology, dance along with kinetic light sculptures and visit faraway places at this science-art show.

WHERE: Annexe Hall, Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road MRT: Jurong East WHEN: Till Aug 16, 10am - 6pm daily ADMISSION: $13 (adult); $9 (child aged three - 12); $36 (family package: two adults & two children) TEL: 6425-2500 INFO: www.science.edu.sg


Sangae Muzhangu 2015

The theme for this show is Reinvention and the production touches on the need to reinvent oneself to stay relevant. With English surtitles.

WHERE: University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent MRT: Dover WHEN: Aug 14, 7.30pm; & Aug 15, 7pm ADMISSION: $18 TEL: 8401-8486 INFO: Tickets from www.nustls.org

The LKY Musical

This 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.

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 this Sun ADMISSION: $82 - $154 (Fri & Sat, 7.30pm); $72 - $144 (Tue - Thu, Sat, 3pm & Sun) TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


A stirring epic that observes Singapore's progress through the prism of one hotel room and its inhabitants. A Singapore International Festival of Arts commission.

WHERE: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/ Clarke Quay WHEN: Aug 27, 8pm (Part 1); Aug 28, 8pm (Part 2); Aug 29, 3pm (Part 1) & 8pm (Part 2); Aug 30, 3pm (Part 1) & 8pm (Part 2) ADMISSION: $43 - $84 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

December Rains The Musical

This tells the story of a pair of young lovers whose relationship is convoluted by social unrest amid the tumultuous 1950s. In Mandarin with English surtitles.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Aug 28 - Sept 6, 8pm (Tue - Thu); 3 & 8pm (Fri - Sun) ADMISSION: $53 - $133 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 07, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - FRIDI07B'. Subscribe