Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) is back from 11 - 28 March 2021!
Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN), an initiative by the National Arts Council, brings enriching arts experiences right to your doorstep every March and November! Enjoy immersive and engaging arts programmes by established artists and arts groups held at various spaces across the island.
From 11 - 28 March, AYN will be heading to Pasir Ris with exciting virtual performances, pop-up arts experiences, and visual arts installations, inspired by the history and people of the neighbourhood!
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(Have you spotted our lovely bus stop ads around the East/North-East of Singapore? Keep scrolling to get to the contest form below!)
The Story Of
A Place Is In
& Susanna Tan
Jamie Teo, Divaagar, Ernest Goh, Henry Lee, Perception3
(Regina De Rozario &
Seah Sze Yunn)
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11 – 28 Mar
Coffee Express Kopitiam (Blk 443 Pasir Ris Drive 6)
Blk 130 Pasir Ris Street 11 (Sheltered walkway)
Blk 141 Pasir Ris Street 11 (Void Deck)
Blk 144/145 Pasir Ris Street 11 (Void Deck)
This story, like so many stories, begins with
a gift. That gift, like so many gifts, was a
name, "Pasir Ris", which means "white
sand". Go on a journey with Singaporean
artists/artist-duo and discover new chapters
of Pasir Ris through their eyes.
Presented as a visual arts walking trail,
experience Pasir Ris through a spectrum
of colours inspired by the sea, geometric
patterns made up of the flora and fauna
of Pasir Ris, a decorative and romance
inspired take-over of a void deck, a "walk"
into sketch notes from the field and the
discovery of forgotten names of places that
existed in Pasir Ris.
Join us onsite and online for 3 weeks of
arts-filled fun in Pasir Ris Town!
by Jaxton Su
E! Avenue @ Downtown East, Level 1
11 – 28 Mar, 10am – 10pm,
Drawing inspiration from the phrase
"No man is an island", this interactive
large-scale mixed-media installation
conveys that humans, as social
animals, thrive better as a community.
The installation, made up of video
art and sculptures co-created with
residents of Pasir Ris, reflects their
interpretation of a miniature paradise island based on their memories of Pasir Ris.
Come marvel at this archipelago of wonder
and imagination that symbolises the
collective aspirations and recollections of
the Pasir Ris community!
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White Sands Shopping Centre
18 - 28 Mar,
7:45pm - 9:30pm
Head down to White Sands Shopping Centre
and be enthralled by a light projection display!
Api Api’s Dreams is a collective artwork
inspired by the environs of Pasir Ris, Sungei
Api Api and the town residents’ love of
nature. What would happen if Sungei Api Api
could dream and what would she dream of?
Residents can look forward to the artists’ reimagining of nature projected on the facade
of the heartland mall. Experience the sights
and sounds of Pasir Ris in this piece as
sound recordings taken on an evening walk
along Sungei Api Api are woven into original
compositions by music artists to accompany
Featuring works by:
This programme is supported by Hexogon Solution Pte
Ltd, a company specialising in audio-visual, lighting and
- Marc Gabriel Loh
- Claude Glass
by 3Pumpkins with
Isabelle Desjeux and
Phang Kok Jun
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Pasir Ris Park Area 2
13 – 14, 18 – 21 Mar, 10am – 1pm, 3pm – 5pm
Observe and listen to Pasir Ris in ways you
have never experienced before! Kotak Foto
(Photo Box) invites you into the magical
world of pinhole photography made up of
drink cans, garden sheds, paper domes and
a 14-foot truck!
Hop into the back of a truck converted into a
pinhole camera box, and immerse yourself
in the kaleidoscopic sights and sounds of
the neighbourhood. Then alight at Pasir Ris
Park to experience a fun pinhole photography
installation and observe the pulse of Pasir Ris.
Kotak Foto is a co-creation project by artists
and residents of Pasir Ris.
& Stories of
by Shophouse & Co
Pasir Ris Park (Near Carpark E, Adjacent to Fitness Corner)
20 – 21 Mar, 10am – 5pm
PODSCAPE — Sounds and Stories of The
City returns for Season 2 in Pasir Ris!
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Visit our striking yellow mobile recording
booth nestled under the lush greenery of Pasir
Ris Park, to record your stories, memories
and anecdotes of the neighbourhood. This
season, the pop-up will feature an exciting
mix of immersive story-telling soundscapes
made from objects found in Pasir Ris,
collaborative foley creations, and a "new normal" musical experience in a public park!
Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity
to have your personal story featured on the
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Begin an auditory journey of exploration
through Pasir Ris, through the eyes and
ears of community experts, as they tell us
what gems are to be discovered in Pasir Ris.
As they say, the locals know best!
by The Finger Players
Film: @NACSingapore on
Facebook, 20 Mar (Saturday), 10am – 10:45am
Exhibition: Pasir Ris Public Library, 20 - 28 Mar, 11am - 9pm
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The Puppeteer Prepares
— The Film:
One year on, how have Singaporeans been
coping with the pandemic? Enter into the
world of a puppeteer, with a behind-thescenes look at the ways in which artists
and makers have been coping during the
past year. Pulling together narratives
of strength and resilience from the
community, watch stories of individuals
trying to bridge the gaps between one
another, and of a family finding new ways
to stay together, all brought to life through
the age-old art of puppetry.
The Puppeteer Prepares
— The Exhibition:
Take a walk through the puppet gallery
and find out how a puppet develops from
sketches on paper to a live object in the
puppeteer's hands. The gallery also
documents the larger evolution of puppetry
throughout time, including information
about its history, origins, and range.
Warisan - Pasir Ris
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Discover Pasir Ris through the sounds of urban Malay folk music with Gendang Akustika!
Dendang Warisan (Songs of Heritage)
is a specially curated 40-minute digital
programme with guest host Derrick Tay,
featuring a new song about Pasir Ris
collaboratively composed with students
of the neighbourhood! Listen to stories of
senior residents during their kampung days,
accompanied by an Asli song. Sing along to
familiar tunes such as Dayung Sampan or
Tian Mi Mi as photos of Pasir Ris, contributed
by members of the public, are showcased.
To see all AYN events, click here, or download our Programme Booklet.
Have you spotted our lovely bus stop ads around the East/North-East of Singapore?
CLICK HERE to tell us FIVE Pasir Ris icons/landmarks you see in the picture, and 10 correct entires will be chosen at random to win limited edition Arts in Your Neighbourhood Pasir Ris-inspired tote bags!
Check out some highlights from our previous
With interactive and visually engaging elements, many AYN programmes are perfect for a day of
family bonding while the kids discover the wonders of the arts at an early age!
The Enchanted Flute by Paper Monkey Theatre – November 2016
This theatrical puppetry performance
inspired by Malay heritage told the story of
a Malay village on a tiny island, whose
tranquil way of life was disrupted by rats.
The tale was unravelled through the nifty
movements of Paper Monkey Theatre's
hand-crafted puppets, with live music
accompaniment by SA The Collective.
Familiar playgrounds at Pasir Ris and West
Coast parks were turned into unusual sites
for pop-up performances, as families
bonded over parent-and-child hands-on
craft activities, music performances, interaction with giant bubbles and a picnic with popcorn and
A Dragon Behind The Door & More! by Sweet Tooth (Cake Theatrical Productions) – March 2017
Young audiences were swept away in a
magical, fun-filled journey with Mini and
her father who woke up to find their house
overrun with spotted beetles. Imaginations
were stirred by larger-than-life characters,
puppets, music, and surprises a-plenty.
Families bonded over craft activities like
weaving a dragon, making a spotted beetle
puppet, and creating their very own mini
Maxx The Cat by The Finger Players – November 2017
Kids and families were immersed in this
colourful theatrical experience with
puppets accompanied by lively music! They
followed the journey of a young girl Sam
and her adopted cat Maxx as they
encountered different creatures in an
exciting series of adventures and
Experience your neighbourhoods in new ways through the arts at AYN! Learn the hidden tales and
forgotten stories of various towns, that are weaved into interactive arts presentations. These
programmes take participants on a journey to discover stories from the past to a renewed
perspective of the present, and possibly, a re-imagined future.
The Real Estates by Jean Loo – March 2016, November 2016, March 2017
The Real Estates was a playful interpretation
of a town’s geographical map. Photographer
Jean Loo and the participants went on
guided photo walks in Toa Payoh, Bedok,
and Yishun, drawing inspiration from these
neighbourhoods’ familiar sights and scenes,
as the guides regaled them with historical
insights. Their photos were then mounted
on art installations forming stunning visual
Arts Imprints Around My Neighbourhood by Quek Ling Kiong – March 2016, November 2016,
Participants were taken on musical trails
that showcased iconic neighbourhood
landmarks such as the Dragon playground,
the Bedok Food Centre, the Toa Payoh
Town Park and the GV Yishun Cinema, to
uncover the stories of these estates. It was
a fun-filled experience from pop-up music
performances to learning simple drumming
techniques, ending each trail with a special
#seeyoursg by Shophouse & Co – November 2017
Participants saw Jurong through new lenses
- literally through a “viewing and recording”
device designed by artist Samantha Tio,
experiencing how reality and perception are
interwoven at each stop of the trail. They
were able to create and record their own
narratives of the neighbourhood and add on
to the Jurong story as part of an exhibition.
Larger Than Life: The Unspoken Histories of Jurong Neighbourhood by Vertical Submarine –
Larger than Life was a public art showcase of
five site-specific works, curated by art
collective, Vertical Submarine. Through the
activation of public spaces in the heart of
Jurong, these works shared fond memories,
characteristics and the forgotten history of
Jurong with the community.
A commission by the National Arts Council's
Public Art Trust.
Grow a deeper appreciation for the various cultures in Singapore through the plethora of multicultural
arts programmes at AYN!
CROSSING by Riduan Zalani with NADI Singapura – March 2016
This musical feast, reflecting the
progressive multi-cultural society we live
in, pushed boundaries while retaining
identities. The performance led by Young
Artist Award Recipient, Riduan Zalani,
featured an assembly of dynamic and
prominent Singapore arts groups including
NADI Singapura, SA The Collective,
Tamarind Sound Project, OrkeStar Trio and
Bornfire Circus Arts, in a musical
conversation and exchange, reflecting
familiar places, scenes and sounds found
only in Singapore.
Time For Opera! by Ding Yi Music Company and Traditional Arts Centre – November 2016
Ding Yi Music Company and Traditional Arts
Centre presented a series of classics from
traditional Hokkien, Teochew and Cantonese
opera specially rearranged for Chinese
chamber music instruments in this
Muzik Kita – Celebrating Malay Traditional Music – March 2017
Performers from Dikir Barat troupes Andika
Kencana and Sahabat danced the night away
accompanied by upbeat traditional songs
played by musicians from prominent groups
such as Sri Mahligai, Sri Gemilang, Nobat Kota
Singa and NADI Singapura.
A traditional arts initiative of the National
Arts Council supported by the Malay Music
Play With Bamboo! by Liong Kit Yeng – November 2017
Audiences experienced a musical showcase
of Asian cultures through the beautiful
sounds of bamboo-made instruments such
as the Indonesian angklung, Chinese dizi and
sheng, featuring a repertoire of traditional
folk songs by Ding Yi Music Company and an
angklungkulintang ensemble led by De Silva
Programmes by international artists
AYN brings world-class arts programmes right to your doorstep!
The Three Belles by Strange Fruit Productions – November 2016
Seductive and charming, The Three Belles
(Australia) transported audience into a
dreamlike world of period charm and
frivolity through a whirlwind of dance and
Inspired by the imagery of a field of wheat
swaying in the breeze, the performers
swayed back and forth on flexible and
strong five-metre high sway poles, twisting
and turning to almost-impossible angles.
Urban Distortions by t.r.a.n.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e – November 2017
Audiences got up close and personal with
performers from the Brussels-based dance
company co-founded by French artists, as
they presented a contemporary dance
inside giant life-sized plastic bubbles with
live music accompaniment.
Check out the full collection of Arts In Your Neighbourhood programmes from previous seasons here.
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