Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) is back from 12 - 29 November 2020!
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 12 - 29 November, AYN will be heading to Kallang and Geylang with exciting virtual performances and visual arts experiences, inspired by the history and people of these neighbourhoods!
Download Programme Booklet
to Z: The
of Sol and
by Sweet Tooth
CLICK TO RSVP / WATCH - 14 Nov, Saturday, 2pm
Curious what kind of fictional characters your
friends would invent if they had the chance?
Combining design and performance, this
theatrical experience is just the space to
Join Sol and her 3 newly found adventure
friends as they go on an exciting adventure
to find Maxie, her best friend who gets blown
away in a giant storm. Come see the 3 new
characters that have been designed by our
friends from the community, brought to life
by Sweet Tooth.
Making friends is part of life’s adventure!
7 Kali Bah
CLICK TO WATCH Dance Films (Coming Soon) - 16 - 22 Nov
CLICK TO RSVP / WATCH Finale Performance - 29 Nov, Sunday, 7pm
See Geylang Serai through the eyes of its
community, young and old. In this series of
dance films and digital works, District 14: 7
Kali Bah takes on a ritualistic embodiment
of memories and movements, tracing the
dreamscapes of hijrah (“migration” in Malay)
and ubah (“shifts” in Malay), and everything
in between: the lost, the left behind, the
collected, the step ahead.
Through workshops and engagement
sessions across September and October
2020, P7:1SMA and their collaborators have
collected stories, anecdotes and memories
from the community to uncover what Geylang
Serai means to them. Through seven rounds
or silih berganti (“taking turns” in Malay),
they used different media like writing, photography, sound, textile art, drawing,
and traditional objects as stimuli for their
choreography, inspiring a final contemporary
dance film that is not to be missed.
by Kelana Purba
CLICK TO RSVP / WATCH - 14, 21 & 28 Nov,
Prepare to be blown away by the melding of
vocal harmonies, percussion, movement and
poetry, in this vibrant dikir barat showcase!
This 3-part series of dikir barat (Malay
traditional choral singing) performances,
hosted by Samad the puppet, will introduce
you to the significance of Geylang Serai,
through new compositions inspired by
produced by Tusitala ft.
CLICK TO READ / PLAY - 12 - 29 Nov (Coming soon)
'Circuit breaker' has ended and you can finally
play with your friends after a month. You
receive a mysterious letter in the mailbox.
It has strange symbols that look like clues.
Where will this lead?
Choose your own virtual adventure as you
“walk” around Kallang River from the comfort
of your own home. Explore new and familiar
places that are rich in historical facts and filled
with flora and fauna.
Stories on Site is an interactive story game
suitable for the young and the young at heart.
Put on your virtual boots and thinking cap
and try it out!
The City Is
by System Sovereign
DOWNLOAD the Brilliant
Corners Art Trail App
to go on the self-guided
12 - 29 Nov
- Joo Chiat Complex
- Geylang Park Connecter
Underpass (Adjacent to Block 58 and 62
- 330B Tanjong Katong Rd
- 212 Tanjong Katong Rd
- 1881 Tanjong Katong Rd
Geylang is home to over 100,000 residents,
rich in its history of integrating newcomers to
Singapore. The word “Geylang” is also believed
to be come from Gelang Pasir or Gelang Laut,
which is a type of edible creeper.
With this colourful heritage as their starting
point, 5 artists have created vibrant art murals
around the neighbourhood, inspired by the
residents, the environment and their thoughts
Derived from micro-stories of the lives and
people in Geylang collected through writing
workshops with residents, these artists have
also co-painted these murals with keen mural
arts enthusiasts in a curated and safe process.
Featuring works by artists:
• Ink & Clog
• Didier Jaba Mathieu
• Oak & Bindi
12 - 29 Nov, 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Old Airport Road Hawker
CLICK HERE for more info
What are the visual patterns of Singapore?
Are there patterns which make us smile in
these times? SYNDICATE got curious about
patterns and motifs of daily Singaporean life,
embarking on a co-creation process with the
residents of Kallang to inspire their artworks
for this light & sound display.
Head down to Old Airport Road Hawker Centre
to be enthralled by a light projection display
on the building itself, created with inspirations
SYNDICATE remixed residents' inputs and
visual patterns observed from the daily life,
setting the resulting artworks to original
soundscape compositions. The video loops
are being projected onto part of the iconic
Old Airport Road Hawker Centre's facade.
Featuring works by:
• Cherry Chan
• Heider Ismail
• Safuan Johari
• William Chan
This programme is supported by Hexogon Solution Pte Ltd.
To see all AYN events, click here, or download our Programme Booklet.
You can also find our printed Programme Booklets at:
- Huggs Coffee (PLQ 1, Epigram)
- Kith Cafe (KINEX)
- Brawn & Brains Coffee (Guillemard, East Coast)
- Kolam Ayer Community Club
- Jalan Besar Community Club
and many more locations!
CLICK HERE TO CREATE YOUR OWN VIRTUAL PATTERNS for buildings in your neighbourhood!
- Use this Instagram filter to select artwork elements, tap screen to place, then drag, rotate or resize them
- Click "AR View", align your finished pattern to walls or buildings in your neighbourhood, and virtually give them a fresh new look!
- Share your creations with the hashtag #ArtsInYourNeighbourhood and receive a limited-edition AYN Kallang/Geylang-inspired tote bag!
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:
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