Events in Singapore That You Shouldn't Miss in October 2020
1/7 Proposals for Novel Ways of Being
Living in a world changed by a pandemic, we have to find new ways of going about our lives. As a response to this, over 170 local artists and those in the arts ecosystem have come together to present their Proposals for Novel Ways of Being through a series of physical and virtual exhibitions, and programmes held until February next year.
The collaboration between 12 art institutions and independent art spaces and collectives, including the National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, Coda Culture, and soft/Wall/studs, seeks to help local audiences imagine new possibilities for the future—while also supporting the arts community through these tough times. Here are some of the highlights.
Inspired by the passage of time in Virginia Woolf's novel To the Lighthouse, the works of 13 artists, including Stephanie Jane Burt and Khairullah Rahim, looks at how their artistic practices have been affected by the pandemic. Presented by the Singapore Art Museum, the exhibition is showcased at the National Gallery Singapore.
Guest curator Syaheedah Iskandar brings together 10 artists such as Aki Hassan and Priyageetha Dia to contemplate the role of art in today's society, especially a pandemic, through mixed media installations, sound and movement performances, as well as site-specific interventions at the National Gallery Singapore.
Peek into the digital diaries of 87 artists and creatives, including singer-songwriter Dick Lee and multimedia artist Brian Gothong Tan, as they share the fears, anxieties and hope discovered during times of crisis, in this online exhibition by the National Museum of Singapore.
2/7 Let There Be Light
What British-American artist Anthony James showcases his mastery of light through a new series of illuminated icosahedron sculptures and wall art in his first solo exhibition in the city at the Opera Gallery Singapore.
When Till October 18
3/7 Maskquerade!: The Virtual Wild Rice Ball
What One of the most anticipated fundraising galas every year, the Rice Ball breaks tradition this year by going online for its 19th edition. The annual fundraiser of theatre company Wild Rice will be streamed live from The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre into the homes of guests. They will be entertained in virtual private rooms by theatre stars including Siti Khalijah Zainal and Dwayne Lau, while indulging in a Michelin-starred meal with customised cocktails delivered to their doorsteps. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
When October 3
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4/7 Octoburst! A Children's Festival 2020
What The 18th edition of Esplanade's annual children's festival takes place online this year to engage young ones with eight interactive programmes, including Hold My Hand, a pre-recorded puppetry performance helmed by Paper Monkey Theatre and homegrown playwright Jean Tay.
When October 5 to 18
5/7 Waiting for the Host
What Homegrown theatre company Pangdemonium's first online production, streamed on Sistic Live, spotlights a motley crew of thespians at rehearsals during the pandemic. The play is filmed in the homes of the actors, including Neo Swee Lin and Petrina Kow.
When October 15 to November 1
6/7 Painting with Light
What The third edition of the National Gallery's annual film festival presents a series of 20 new and award-winning films that hail from Southeast Asia. Each narrative delves deeper into the theme of home—an especially relevant topic now as global landscapes change and transform to adapt to current circumstances in this pandemic. Film buffs can enjoy the works from the comfort of their homes, including highlights such as the Singapore premiere of Mekong 2030, where five directors from five countries contribute to an anthology of five short films, each driven by their concern for the future of the river.
Another Singapore premiere is Castle In The Air by Thai artist Wantanee Siripattananuntakul, whose film brings to the fore the gaps between socioeconomic classes by exploring the notion of housing as a social construct. Award-winning film High Way by Malaysian filmmaker Chia Chee Sum traces the story of a young man who travels back and forth between his parents' public housing flats, all while assuming the role of a messenger as both parents live apart and do not communicate with each other.
Apart from enjoying the films available, audiences can also look forward to a series of dialogues sessions with participating filmmakers. The line-up includes Taiki Sakpisit, director of The Mental Traveller, Leon Ceo, director of Sin-Sfo, as well as Ismail Basbeth, director of Woo Woo (Or Those Silence That Kills You and Me).
When Till October 25
7/7 Singapore Writers Festival
What This annual literary festival, which has migrated to the digital sphere for this edition, explores how notions of intimacy have evolved in a year of quarantines and social distancing. One of the highlights include a Q&A session with American author Cassandra Clare, best-known for her urban fantasy trilogy, The Mortal Instruments.
When October 30 to November 8
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