Two multi-disciplinary art festivals, Aliwal Urban Art Festival and Tanjong Goodman, each with exclusive commissioned and curated art programmes, will brighten the Singapore Art Week . Organised by Aliwal Arts Centre, the Aliwal Urban Art Festival will kick start the festivities on 16 January 2016 while Tanjong Goodman, helmed by Goodman Arts Centre, will invite families to join in the fun on 23 January 2016.
Aliwal Urban Art Festival (#AliwalUAF16)
Aliwal Urban Art Festival (#AliwalUAF16) is an annual celebration of Singapore cool featuring a carefully-curated selection of art inspired by international street culture – from graffiti to graphic art, rock to afro-beat to skateboarding.
The highlight of the third edition of #AliwalUAF16 gets a boost in the form of a contemporary art exhibition with an urban edge. Cannot be Bo(a)rdered features 16 artists and collectives from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia using the skateboard as a medium to create new artworks that respond to the physical form of the skateboard and challenge existing social connotations of youth rebellion characterised by skateboard culture.
Curated by Iman Ismail, artists featured will include Speak Cryptic (Singapore), Nizam Rahmat (Malaysia) as well as the curator of the internationally-renowned art festival ArtJog in Yogyakarta Indonesia, Bambang Toko (Indonesia).
Cannot Be Bo(a)rdered will run for a month, from 14 January till 14 February 2016.
Through #AliwalUAF16, Aliwal Arts Centre will bring Aliwal Street and its vicinity alive with the help of its arts tenants and programme partners.
The Aliwal Street carpark will be closed off exclusively for this Festival. Transformed into a skate park, skaters will show off their chops in The Asphalt Challenge, a skate competition created by Skate SG. Creative collective, Sideshow, will convert the daily humdrum in the carpark into a groovy performing space with emerging musical talents from the realm of hip hop and electronic music. Expect lion city rappers, producers and DJs to bring an authentic party to Aliwal Street! Centre tenant, the Singapore Music Society or SGMuso, has also selected a line-up of Singapore bands such as Ska/punk band, Cesspit, who will set the Multi-Purpose Hall on fire.
For the first time, audiences can also expect to take home a piece of Aliwal from #AliwalUAF16 with the following two workshops:
Renowned DJ, Producer and Dubspot alumni, Koflow, will present an exclusive two-hour music production workshop. Aspiring producers can try their hand at using music software to create and perform beats as well as remix tracks.
In a workshop by a mystery group of self-proclaimed social misfits, audiences can look forward to creating their own zines. Zines are self-published, small circulation magazines containing topics too niche or controversial for the mass media, typically produced with photocopiers.
For a Feel of the festival, check out last years highlight below
Aliwal Urban Art Festival takes place on Saturday, 16 January from 5pm till 11pm at Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918. For more information & complete list of programmes, please refer to www.aliwalartscentre.sg
Tanjong Goodman (#TanjongGoodman16)
The lush arts enclave of Goodman Arts Centre will open its doors at Tanjong Goodman (#TanjongGoodman16) a week later. The annual Open House, in its fifth season, will feature a full day of art adventures from performances to visual art workshops.
This year’s edition of #TanjongGoodman16 continues to encourage families to spend the day together to enjoy the arts. Family art collective, Holycrap, will stage an exhibition, When Renndom Met Airany and also share first-hand their experiences in a talk, Forever and a Day, on creating art together as a family. Two separate community artworks by the Centre’s visual arts tenants – Justin Lee and Kamal Dollah – will also provide the opportunities for families and the public to collaborate to make their mark on blank canvases.
An added feature of the Festival is a specially commissioned interactive tour of the Centre by Sweet Tooth, the outreach arm of CAKE Theatrical Productions. As the history of Goodman Arts Centre remains a mystery to many, this tour provides the perfect opportunity to discover the secrets of Goodman Arts Centre. Embark on this tour as the performers lead a walk through the lush greenery of the Centre.
An artist enclave, Goodman Arts Centre is home to some of Singapore’s brightest talents. Get to know them in this rare series of Open Studios and learn more about their craft in various workshops and performances. Explore sounds with trio, Sa(仨) the Collective, in an open jam studio or get crafty making a puppet from scratch with Paper Monkey Theatre. Visit artists’ and dance companies’ work spaces and studios in the Centre and have a chat with them over a cup of coffee.
Lastly, round up the day with some shopping! Rummage through pre-loved items at the Great Singapore Garage Sale to search for gems. Remember to #supportlocal at the first Goodman Farmer’s Market! Get your fix of fresh produce from Singaporean brands such as The Indiana Supply Co. and HIC Juice.
For the complete list of programmes at #TanjongGoodman16, please refer to Annex B (page 10).
Tanjong Goodman takes place on Saturday, 23 January from 10am to 6pm at Goodman Arts Centre,
90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053.
For more information, please refer to www.goodmanartscentre.sg