Aliwal Urban Art Festival Returns This January | Fun And Exciting Programmes For The Whole Family!

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Look forward to an exciting array of free activities, such as live graffiti painting, music and dance performances, and a pop-up artists’ market.

Photo Credit: Arts House Limited

Venue: Various venues at Aliwal Arts Centre (AAC)
Date: 14 Jan 2023
Time: 12pm till late
Fee: Free Admission

Organised by Arts House Limited (AHL), the Aliwal Urban Art Festival (AUAF) makes its return on 14 January 2023 for its seventh edition to showcase Singapore’s vibrant urban culture scene at the Aliwal Arts Centre (AAC). The Festival will feature renowned local artists from different urban art practices.

Here's taking a closer look at some of the Festival's programme highlights you can look forward to:



Venue: Music Studio
Date: 12 to 15 Jan 2023
Time: 12pm to 10pm 
Fee: Free Admission

12 artists from the urban art scene take to a new canvas (quite literally) in the form of tabula scalata, where they are challenged to create two paintings within a singular canvas. Audiences would have to move in the space to get the entirety of the work, inviting conversations about different perspectives shifting, coexisting and interacting in an evolving environment.

Featured Artists:
3. Demster
4. nuriman
10. TraseOne
12. Boon Baked

Panel Discussion

SEE YOU ON THE FLIPSIDE: Artist Talks curated by RSCLS

Venue: Music Studio
Time: 1pm & 4pm
Fee: Free Admission

Moderated by ZERO from RSCSLS, 4 artists discuss their process and concepts for their works in the exhibition and explore topics of interaction, identity and representation within and between communities.


1pm to 2pm


4pm to 5pm

Black Market 

Black Market curated by RSCLS

Venue: Multipurpose Studios & Courtyard B
Time: 12pm to 8pm
Fee: Free Admission | Onsite registration required for various activities

Visit the Black Market to try your hand at a new skill, observe artists at work or converse with them about their craft. Artists and practitioners at the Black Market offer skills, knowledge and ideas from the street culture scene in exchange for your time. Experience an array of activities from silkscreen printing, fixing a bike, graffiti workshops and tours around Kampong Gelam ‚Äď try something new at the Black Market and discover a world tucked away in our everyday.

Programmes (more to be added):

  • ¬†D‚ÄôTOUR of Kampong Gelam by RSCLS¬†(5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm)
  • Graffiti Workshops by The Blackbook Studios
  • Silkscreen by Dabo (Indonesia)
  • Style Writing by Demster
  • Pop-up studio by Subcltr
  • Fixing a Bike 101
  • Breakdancing 101


Urban Sounds curated by Steady State Records

Venue: Multipurpose Hall
Time: 5pm to 9pm
Fee: Free Admission 

Indulge in fresh tunes and fun riffs with this edition’s line-up of independent bands and artists of various music genres. From math rock band woes, to feel-good R&B outfit Astronauts featuring Thai artist Lukpeach, and more, the festival invites you to come for the music and stay for the good vibes.

Featured Artists:
1. Woes
2. Astronauts ft Lukpeach (Thailand)

< CLOSING > RE:union Party curated by ScRach MarcS

Venue: Multipurpose Hall
Time: 9.30pm
Fee: Free Admission 

To round up the festivities, celebrate street culture with music, dance and sheer vibes at the RE:union Party by ScRach MarcS. Going back to the roots of street dance and urban culture, we have re-imagined the Block Party; a gathering of everyone in a final rendezvous of the night against the backdrop of graffiti and street art of Kampong Gelam. Soak in the energy of the streets with dance performances and battles; jive and groove the night away!

Contemporary Opera Duets

Venues & Times: Courtyard and Level 2 Corridor; 1.30pm | Sidewall; 5.00pm
Fee: Free Admission 

Experience a new side of opera as New Opera Singapore rejuvenates the classical art form by bringing opera out of the theatres and into our everyday spaces as performers serenade each other and audiences by singing duets around the Aliwal Arts Centre.

Dance Performance by Kalpavriksha Fine Arts (title TBC)

Venue: Courtyard A
Fee: Free Admission 

Kalpavriksha Fine Arts presents an Indian Dance performance that interacts with the live graffiti artwork in progress by the Titan Aerosol Crew.

URBAN IMMERSION by The Improv Company

Venue: Multipurpose Hall
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Fee: Free with registration

"Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a f***ing sharp knife to it." - Banksy, 'Wall and Piece'

In the vibrant spirit of the Aliwal Urban Art Festival, TIC presents an improv comedy show that celebrates all things unapologetically unorthodox! Shower us with your unvarnished prompts or ideas, and our crafty performers will use them to make up colourful sketches that'll stick with you throughout the weekend! So leave your rigid stencils behind and be amazed as both the cast and audience collaborate towards creating hilarious narratives without scripts!

Open Studio: Livestreaming of Teochew Opera Concert

Venues: Online (Concert Livestream) | #03-02 (Open Studio)
Time: 2pm to 3pm (Concert Livestream) | 3pm to 5pm (Informal Sharing & Screening of Past Excerpts)
Fee: Free Admission

With its roots from the streets before Chinese Opera was performed in theatres, the Chinese Opera Studio believes in the power of opera singing in bringing people together. Visit their studio for a sneak peek into their behind-the-scenes \ of livestreaming one of their concerts from 2pm to 3pm.

Stay on after to have a chat with these Chinese Opera enthusiasts to discover more about the art of opera singing, and what the artform entails as they screen excerpts of their past productions and share about their experiences from 3pm to 5pm.

Visitors can check out their concert online on 14 Jan 2023 at 2pm here.

Visual Arts

New Feature Wall Showcase (Title of Work TBC)

Venue: Side Facade of AAC

Visual artists ZERO and TUYULOVEME collaborate for the first time to refresh the side façade of the Aliwal Arts Centre, coming together to create a large mural that responds to each other’s practice.

Live Graffiti Painting & Installation by Has.J

Venue: Back Alley of AAC
Time: 12pm to 10pm

Watch Has.J’s visual world unfold on the wall at the back of Aliwal Arts Centre as he paints live for the day. Observe the process of a graffiti artist as he transforms his ideas into picture, and perhaps have a conversation or two that’ll help you better appreciate all that goes into a completed mural!

Live Graffiti Painting by Titan Aerosol Crew

Venue: Courtyard A
Time: 12pm to 10pm

You might have seen the graffiti works of Titan Aerosol Crew in spaces around Singapore and beyond, but have you stopped to observe the process? As the artists create their works live, watch and be inspired ‚Äď you might even want to try your hand at spray painting afterwards with a graffiti workshop.

Workshops & Hands-On Activities

The Everyday Vinyl: Collaging with Repurposed Vinyl Stickers by DASSAD

Venue: #02-04
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Fee: Free Admission

Expanding from their installation work ‚ÄėThe Everyday Vinyl‚Äô, DASSAD invites you to explore how unwanted vinyl stickers can be given a second life through collaging. Create a collaborative collage with the community and learn more about repurposing single-use materials with sustainability in mind. Drop by #02-04 anytime from 12pm to 6pm, and get hands on!

Improv Taster Session by The Improv Company

Venue: The Nook Studio #02-05
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Fee: $20 | Book tickets here

Tell engaging (or even hilarious) stories on the fly! This workshop is a fun, no-pressure introduction to improvisational theatre, a popular form of scriptless storytelling. We'll explore the core principles behind performative improv and why they are just as applicable in daily life as on stage. You'll then get to try out a few simple games and exercises to put these principles into practice. By the end of the session, attendees will better appreciate how improv can help build skills in lateral thinking, collaborative teamwork, and public speaking. No theatre experience is required, and laughter's guaranteed!

Viewpoints: An Experience Workshop by Nine Years Theatre

Venue: #02-09
Time: 1pm, 2pm (Duration: 45 min)
Fee: Free with Registration

Workshop Facilitator: Timothy Wan

Through a series of simple exercises, participants will be introduced to Viewpoints‚ÄĒa training method that actors use to develop awareness of their mind and body in relation to the environment. Come with an open mind and join us in exploring the different elements of Viewpoints such as Shapes and Movement in this experiential workshop!

No acting/theatre experience required.

For the full programme line-up, including latest updates and more details, please visit this link.


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This article is prepared by

Leona Quek
Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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