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Weekly Picks: Singapore (12 – 18 November 2018)

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667, a Film Screening by Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 17 – 18 November 2018

Here’s your chance to catch 667 《回程667》 as the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre celebrates the latest win of local filmmaker, Jun Chong, whose debut short film Ke《客》, was awarded the Best Asian Short at the 13th Sapporo International Short Film Festival. The 13-minute Hakka short which follows the desperate journey of an elderly woman to find her grandfather’s gravestone before the relocation of Singapore’s only Hakka cemetery was part of the omnibus, commissioned by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre in 2017.

Produced by award-winning filmmaker Royston Tan, and directed by Singapore’s next-generation local filmmakers – Kirsten Tan (Pop Aye), Eva Tang (The Songs We Sang), He Shuming (And The Wind Falls), Liao Jiekai (Red Dragonflies) and Jun Chong, 667 tells five stories that trace each filmmaker’s journey in re-discovering their cultural roots and how they make Singapore home. Find out more here.

Asian Youth Theatre Festival 2018 by Buds Theatre & Republic Polytechnic, 16 – 18 November 2018, Republic Polytechnic

The second edition of the Asian Youth Theatre Festival, organised by Singapore’s Buds Youth Theatre takes place this week – 16 to 18 November at Republic Polytechnic. With the pertinent and urgent theme of Accessibility and Inclusion, the Festival promises a smorgasbord of performances and workshops presented by youth collectives from 10 Asian countries. Listen to our interview from 2017 with one of last year’s festival ambassadors, Gloria Tan, where she shares about the origins of the festival, the importance of nurturing youth theatre collectives, and more.

To find out more about this year’s Festival, click here.

lithe 2018 by T.H.E. Second Company, 16 – 17 November 2018, School of the Arts, Studio Theatre

liTHE 2018 is the annual showcase of T.H.E Second Company featuring 12 dancers; from the highly watchable versatility of the senior artists, to emerging young talent amongst its apprentices and trainee dancers. Three talented Singaporean choreographers, Anthea Seah, Goh Shou Yi and Marcus headline the event from 2017 – 2019 with their original creations. Find out more here.

The Old Woman and the Ox by The Second Breakfast Company, Gateway Theatre Black Box, 15 – 17 November 2018

The Old Woman and the Ox (2017) is a play written by 20-year-old playwright, Isaiah Christopher Lee, which explores the entangled currents of fear, guilt, loss and love. Set against the absurdist backdrop of a crumbling house, the play follows Aileen and the ghosts of her memories as she seeks for something she cannot find except within herself. Aileen has grown disenchanted and apathetic after the traumatic events of her past. But what happens when her past returns to haunt her and she is forced to face her biggest fear of all – the truth? Inspired by his mother and grandmother, this tale blurs the lines of surrealism and reality to crystallise what it means to grapple with the abnormal mind. It delves into what it means to mother and be mothered, but more importantly the realities of our eternal search for answers. More information here.

Affordable Art Fair Singapore Autumn 2018, F1 Pit Building, 16 – 18 November 2018

The Affordable Art Fair, the leading showcase for affordable contemporary art, returns from 16 – 18 November 2018. All set to turn the city pink for its ninth Autumn Edition, the fair will be offering a fresh plethora of local, regional and international talents featuring over 75 galleries. The Affordable Art Fair will showcase a wide range of contemporary art all priced between $100 to $15,000 with 75% of the art offered at under $7,500.Offering hands-on advice, and educational guidance to all newbie art lovers as well as established art collectors, the Affordable Art Fair is defined by making art accessible and as welcoming as possible, and ensuring that everyone can fall in love with art. More information here.

 

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