The Singapore Arts Festival is back with an amazing array of programmes that will whet your artistic appetite, whatever it may be. The annual festival is set to showcase an exciting and magical array of music, dance, drama and the like on a stage set that is Singapore. This year’s theme, Our Lost Poems, completes the themed trilogy beginning with Between You and Me (2010) and last year’s I Want to Remember.
To the uninitiated, the Festival has become an international showcase known for its bold and innovative contemporary arts collaboration with a distinct Asian flavour since its inception in 1977. Organised by the National Arts Council, the Festival has influenced the works of artists through the years. It has also created a platform and generated a growing public demand for the arts, resulting in new capital platforms,movements and events.
Our Lost Poems’ focus will be on the presence of puppetry – an important medium in the region. Discover a world of aspirations and tales through a voyage full of lost riddles, hidden stories, wandering thoughts, myths, reflections and legends. This year’s festival will invite you to uncover yourselves through its stream of fantastic shows.
Catch The Flight of the Jade Bird if you appreciate an opera-inspired poetry in the form of dance and song. Featuring a stellar cast of star line-up from Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia and Hong Kong, the playlist featured in this showcase ranges from classical opera to pop.
Meanwhile, fans of the highly lauded dance/film last year will rejoice in the latest edition of the series that will be screened this year- an eclectic selection of six feature films and nine short pieces of women artists and the female form.
If you are in the mood for vampires, the Singapore Arts Festival invites you to They Only Come at Night: Pandemic. An intoxicating mix of murder, mayhem and mysterious vampire killers, be prepared to be engage your senses through an interactive and multimedia installation during this adventure. Scream with caution.
There are also forums, workshops and other activities available for everybody regardless of age. Children can literally run amok playing their hearts out at the Kids Arts Village in Esplanade Park. Do note that while some shows are paid programmes, there are free programmes available in the festival as well.
The Singapore Arts Festival will run from 16 May – 2 June 2012 in various venues on the island. For more information, including ticketing information, please visit www.singaporeartsfest.com