Take Note Now—The 5 Festivals Worth the Buzz

The Scene

August 20, 2016 | BY Hayden Ng

There’s something for everyone, whether you’re six or 60.

Silver Arts Festival 2016


Photo: Arts for All.

What’s it about: The annual Silver Arts Festival, now into its fifth year, is organised by the National Arts Council. Its aim: to integrate the arts into the lifestyles of seniors in Singapore. It’s also a platform for the elderly to display their creative side through music and dance performances, and learn new skills via workshops held at over 25 venues across the country.

When: September 1 to 25

Highlights: Two 1960s bands—Silver Strings and The Dukes—are staging a concert on September 18 at the National Library Building. Get your dancing shoes on and expect original and covers of past hits by rock singers and bands such as Elvis and The Beatles.

For the movie buffs, look forward to a slew of short and feature films spanning across different genres, including Royston Tan’s musical movie 3688 and Ler Jiyuan’s world premiere of drama film The Drum.

A Design Film Festival Singapore 2016


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What’s it about: Design studio Anonymous—helmed by our Generation T’s Felix Ng and Germaine Chong—has picked eight films for screenings at Capitol Theatre and Shaw Lido cinemas in September.

When: September 3 to 11

Highlights: A Design Film Festival, which has been attended by more than 100,000 guests since its inception in 2010, will feature a mix of fashion and arts-centered movies. The First Monday in May, for example, offers a rare peep at whatever happened at the 2015 Met Gala—one of the most coveted parties co-chaired by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

Also, for those who are unable to attend the festival, they may choose to rent or purchase selected titles online. Available from September 3.

Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016


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What’s it about: Besides the main performances at this year’s Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), look forward to SIFA Shares—a series of complimentary talks on the performances.

When: Until September 17

Highlights: Japanese actor Kazutaro Nakamura—who plays Richard III in Sandaime Richard—will speak to audiences in Kabuki Demonstration: The Art of the Onnagata. He’ll introduce them to one of the most iconic traditional Japanese art form, onnagata, where gender stereotypes are disregarded as male performers take on the women’s roles in Japanese kabuki performances.

Singapore Night Festival 2016


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What’s it about: The ninth edition of the Singapore Night Festival promises to provide tons of interactive fun for everyone. The festival will feature 14 enchanting art installations conceptualised by international artists. There’s also a festival village with close to 20 food and drinks stalls, over 30 flea market stalls, face painting services, and music performances.

When: August 19, 20, 26 and 27

Highlights: At the National Design Centre, children can have fun chasing shadows, and experience season changes through light projection. The adults will have another reason to celebrate; Tanuki Raw at Kapok will offer late-night happy hour which includes a special $10 cocktail.

Green is the New Black Festival 2016


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What’s it about: With its firm belief in better living and working in our daily lives, Green is the New Black is a one-day event organised by The Wedge Asia and Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore. There’ll be talks, workshops, live performances, a market place and pool party. Also, with every activity registration, the organisers and partner Buy1Give1 will sponsor extra tuition classes for young girls in Cambodia.

When: October 22

Highlights: Jason Pomeroy, part of our Generation T crew, will speak alongside other change makers at the event’s transformational talk titled, Doing. The audience will be encouraged to explore their purpose at work, and there will be talks on how to have a happy and healthy life.


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