The arts don’t just happen in the theatres, on concert stages or in black boxes. Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) brings fun and enriching arts experiences right to your doorstep!
This March, we rediscover the neighbourhood of Bukit Panjang, with arts activities happening from 12 to 29 March 2020.
AYN March 2020 inspires arts appreciation in the young through an engaging line-up of family-friendly arts experiences. It also inspires a sense of home and belonging, with enriching arts experiences in unconventional and perhaps lesser-known spaces of the neighbourhood, nooks and corners of Bukit Panjang near to where people live, work and play.
Outside of Bukit Panjang, other arts activities will be happening across the island including Bedok Town Square, Toa Payoh HDB Hub Atrium, Kampung Admiralty, KINEX Mall, and Oasis Terraces. Audiences will be treated to a delightful line-up of over 40 arts activities, ranging from dance, music and theatrical performances, to interactive visual art installations and hands-on activities.
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Families with kids can look forward to programmes suited for young audiences, including:
Rolling On by Rolypoly Family x The Kueh Tutus
28 & 24 Mar, 4:30pm – 6pm | Pang Sua Pond Boardwalk & Outdoor Amphitheatre
Rolling On raises awareness of Earth Hour through a dance performance and parade. The performance is made from movements co-created between children and artists. In finding cyclical patterns in their bodies and in nature, they create specific dance moves to be performed together with audience-participants and animate the values behind the expression – “what goes around, comes around”.
Suitable for ages 5-12. Register at www.rollingonayn.peatix.com.
[Update as at 25 March 2020: The performances on 28 and 29 March for ‘Rolling On’ have been cancelled.]
The Mighty Mousedeer of the Forest by Maya Dance Theatre
29 Mar, 4pm & 6pm | Kampung Admiralty Community Plaza
Maya Dance Theatre and Diverse Abilities Dance Collective presents The Mighty Mousedeer of the Forest, a dance theatre production that brings to life the story of a little mousedeer and her adventures in the magical forest.
[Update as at 24 March 2020: The 4 pm and 6 pm performances on 29 March for ‘The Mighty Mousedeer Of The Forest’ have been cancelled.]
BOUND by Raw Moves
15 Mar, 3pm | Bedok Town Square
21 Mar, 6pm | Toa Payoh HDB Hub
28 Mar, 5pm | Hillion Mall
BOUND is an interactive dance performance inspired by “Zero Point”, a lost kampung game of the past. Using rubber bands, BOUND explores the theme of boundaries, how they can restrict, confine and yet also define the body and space. In this performance, the public will be invited to join a game of “Zero Point’, introducing them to a timeless and traditional game.
[Update as at 24 March 2020: The 5 pm performance on 28 March for ‘BOUND’ has been cancelled.]
Hug the Tree by Paper Monkey
14 Mar, 2pm & 5pm | KINEX Mall
15 Mar, 2pm & 5pm | Bedok Town Square
Inspired by an old Indian folktale, Hug The Tree takes us on a journey with a group of villagers in The Chipko movement as they stood united in a non-violent protest to save trees from being felled in eco-sensitive regions.
Hello SingLit! by Woods in the Books
13 to 16 Mar, 11am to 8pm | Bedok Town Square
Bring the whole family out to Hello SingLit! and discover a trove of local stories and children’s SingLit (Singapore literature). Meet homegrown authors, listen to stories, and enjoy other fringe activities accompanying the fair too! This programme is held in collaboration with #BuySingLit.
Back of the Bus by Java Dance Theatre
Meeting Point: Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre and Market
21 & 22 Mar, 9.30am & 11.30am
19 & 20 Mar, 5pm & 7pm
[Update as at 19 March 2020: The upcoming performances have been cancelled due to potential travel/border restrictions for the Australian/New Zealander performers. Ticket buyers will receive a full refund.]
Take a bus ride like no other through the streets of Bukit Panjang with contemporary dancers from Java Dance Theatre and local dance artists performing in a bus. This unique dance theatre show will make its debut in Singapore following sell-out sessions at over 17 arts festivals around the world, including the renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Suitable for ages 5 and above. Tickets priced at $5. Limited audience capacity – book now! www.backofthebusayn.peatix.com
The Outer Space* curated by ZERO
139 Petir Road
257 Bangkit Road
133A Cashew Road (Ramps)
Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council (Playground/Open Space outside)
Explore outdoor spaces and embrace the unknown in this street art programme curated by homegrown street artist and 2013 National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award recipient Zul Othman (ZERO). The programme will feature murals and site-specific street art installations created in collaboration with residents of Bukit Panjang.
[Update as at 25 March 2020: Pag-Ahon + Meningkat will be removed but the murals at Blk 139 and 256 will remain.)
Podscape by Shophouse & Co
Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council(Playground/Open Space outside)
Installation: 13 to 29 March
Pop-up: 14, 21 &
28 March, 9am to 12pm
Contribute personal stories with your friends and families at this pop-up recording and broadcasting booth. The recorded stories of residents will be overlaid with soundscapes from the neighbourhood and released as podcast episodes.
[Update as at 25 March 2020: The 28 March pop-up for ‘Podscape’ has been cancelled.]
For full event listing and programme brochure, visit https://artsforall.sg/ayn.
Share pictures or videos of yourself attending an AYN performance, with the hashtag #ArtsinYourNeighbourhood, and stand to win AYN Bukit Panjang tote bags.
AYN has some Bukit Panjang partners offering perks to AYN attendees. Click here for the list of partners.
Arts In Your Neighbourhood March 2020
Start date: 12/3/20 0:00
End date: 29/3/20 23:59