Wednesday, 29 January 2020

6 creative spaces in Singapore for an artsy afternoon

One iconic building to check out:

The Arts House STB Discover Singapore
The Arts House occupies the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore’s first Parliament House

The Arts House

This Empress Place building’s storied history dates back to 1827. Designed by architect George Coleman, it was leased to the government for use as a Court House. Several government entities have passed through its doors over the decades, and became the Parliament House after Singapore’s independence. In 2004, five years after Parliament moved to a nearby building, The Arts House, a multi-disciplinary arts venue, officially opened.

Two kids-friendly arts spaces:

The Artground STB Discover Singapore
The Artground has interactive arts play spaces to inspire the imagination of children

1. The Artground

An indoor play space for children aged 12 and under, The Artground at Goodman Arts Centre has interactive art installations kids can climb through and over, or go under. A plethora of weekend art activities spanning music, dance and drama also gives families ample opportunities to bond.

National Museum of Singapore STB Discover Singapore
National Museum of Singapore is the oldest museum in Singapore. Photo credit: Singapore Tourism Board

2. National Museum of Singapore

Along with storytelling sessions and craft workshops, there are exhibitions at the National Museum of Singapore that would appeal to the young (and the young at heart), including Growing Up, which offers a glimpse into what it was like growing up in Singapore during the 1950s and ’60s.

Three more companies with compelling productions

W!LD Rice STB Discover Singapore
W!LD Rice’s new space at Funan

1. W!LD Rice

Big, bold and glitzy are some words commonly used to describe productions by W!LD Rice. Last year, the theatre group upped its game by unveiling a new venue at Funan Mall, spread over three floors. Its main space, the Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre, boasts Singapore’s only thrust stage.

2. Pangdemonium!

This 10-year-old theatre company has a diverse range, staging dramatic plays, theatre classics and musicals, often within the same calendar year. Whether it’s a drama or comedy, you can always count on Pangdemonium!‘s productions to be both thought-provoking and full of heart.

3. The Necessary Stage

Founded in 1987 by artistic director Alvin Tan, The Necessary Stage‘s aim has always been to offer a platform for original local plays. With over 100 plays under its belt, the company has tackled topics such as mental health and politics, while their latest work, The Year of No Return focuses on the impact of climate change.

M1 Singapore Fringe Festival: Curated by The Necessary Stage, this annual festival is based on a different theme every year. Held in January, it brings cutting-edge and socially engaged works to a local audience.

SEE ALSO: 3 leading cultural sites in Singapore to visit

To go back to the Discover Singapore homepage, visit here. To find out more about Singapore’s arts scene, go here.

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