Arts In Your Neighbourhood | Family-Friendly Happenings This November!

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Commemorating 30 years of bringing arts and culture closer to Singaporeans, NAC is bringing the well-loved Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) to several towns this November.

Photo Credit: National Arts Council

Date: 11 to 28 Nov 2021
Fee: Free admission

This edition of AYN will cast the spotlight on five neighbourhoods and more including Bukit Merah, Jurong, Marine Parade, Serangoon and Tampines, each with their distinct charm and stories to tell.

Happening from 11 to 28 November 2021, AYN offers a series of physical and digital programmes, bringing quality and diverse arts experiences to everyone at their doorsteps and in the comforts of their homes with a medley of 20 engaging and interactive arts programmes.

As everyday spaces are transformed into art canvases, AYN creates multi-faceted arts experiences for all. The public is invited to reimagine what the heartlands could look like as we celebrate the stories of residents and neighbourhoods across Singapore through the arts. 

These family-friendly art programmes will also be great for the upcoming school holidays, and suitable for days out, or weekends in!

Here's what you and your family can expect at this November edition of AYN:

Pop-Up Installations

Think your usual ‘hood is too boring for your IG feed? Well, now you can reinvent your IG feed by embarking on an Insta-worthy arts adventure with AYN! With fresh art experiences across your favourite neighbourhood spots, discover the rich stories and histories of the residents and their neighbourhood.

Tales Under The Neon Trees By A’shua Imran, Jaxton Su & Shauna Goh

Photo Credit: Jaxton Su, Shauna Goh & A'shua Imran

Our Tampines Hub | 11 to 28 Nov 2021
NEX | 11 to 24 Nov 2021

Whether it is around a campfire or a dining table, communities have gathered to share stories for centuries. Experience this age-old practice in urban spaces under neon lights with two unique installations featuring visual stories created by students from Zhonghua Secondary School and Ngee Ann Secondary School. Enjoy the animated videos (including imagined realities plagued by dragons and nuclear disasters), masks you can ‘try on’ with Augmented Reality, and photographs that celebrate the neighbourhoods of Serangoon and Tampines. Can’t make it to the physical installations? Explore the accompanying online exhibition and connect with the art and stories from anywhere in the world.

Brilliant Corners: Bukit Merah Diaries By Brilliant Corners & Various Artists

Photo Credit: System Sovereign

Venue: Various locations in Bukit Merah
Date: 11 to 28 Nov 2021

Uncover the neighbourhood’s storied past beyond the famous swordfish folklore. Experience Bukit Merah, or ‘red hill’ in Malay, through 7 new murals and 7 original music tracks created in response to childhood memories from the estate’s residents.

Visual Diary - Stories Of A Neighbourhood

Photo Credit: Objectifs

Venue: Objectifs website
Date: 11 to 28 Nov 2021

What makes your neighbourhood special to you? Residents from Marine Parade and Serangoon share their views in this exhibition curated by @objectifscentre. Explore the visual diaries from residents of ages 14 to 70.  Expect cats, urban greenery, unusual architecture, and more!

Interactive Art Trails & More!

A Fisherman’s Dream By Tell Your Children

Venue: Various locations in Jurong East
Date: 11 to 28 Nov 2021

Explore the rich history of Jurong with fresh eyes on this vibrant self-guided arts trail!

Trace the evolution of the former fishing village from the swamp to the IT and manufacturing hub it has become today. Let quiet walls surprise you as original and colourful artworks bring the stories to life. Discover lesser-known histories and tales as you take a walk through Jurong this November.

The Bird Colouring Social Club By Kronoscapes

Photo Credit: Kronoscapes

Jurong Lake Gardens, Entrance Pavilion | 1 to 28 Nov 2021
50A Marine Terrace (Open Plaza beside Market & Food Centre) | 
11 to 16 Nov 2021
Braddell Heights Community Hub | 19 to 28 Nov 2021

Calling the young and young at heart! Don’t miss the chance to have your coloured artworks featured in AYN’s first digital aviary. Gather in celebration of our feathered friends in this exhibition inspired by the bird singing competitions and clubs that gave communities a reason to come together in the 1960s. Join us in bringing the area to life – just as bird singing once did for HDB void decks and open fields. Simply colour in pages that feature Singapore’s garden and urban birds, have your finished works scanned, and spot your creation in 3D in the exhibition’s digital aviary.

Lost & Found: Serangoon By Pearlyn Cai & Hoo Kuan Cien

Photo Credit: Pearlyn Cai and Hoo Kuan Cien

Venue: Various locations in Serangoon
Guided Trails: 13, 20 & 27 Nov 2021

Experience Serangoon on this audio-visual arts trail that begins with a long-lost pet bird. Through a mix of original music, stories and moving images, uncover rich histories and the memoryscape of its residents. Recollect and reimagine a place that means so much to so many. 

A Collection of Things: Serangoon

Photo Credit: Issy X Cher

Search for a missing Karang Guni man in A Collection of Things: Serangoon.

Livelyyy x Extra Ordinary By Guillaumit (France) & Mary Bernadette Lee (Singapore)

Photo Credit: Guillaumit

Venue: Our Tampines Hub
Date: 11 to 28 Nov 2021

In this collaboration between French artist Guillaumit and Mary Bernadette Lee, immerse yourself in reimagined landscapes inspired by natural wonders nestled in the neighbourhoods of Singapore and France. Help plants to grow and keep insects in a virtual garden through AR games.

Online Performances & Re-Screenings

Kampung Spirit

Photo Credit: Singapore Lyric Opera

AYN can also be experienced online where audiences can reminisce the Kampung Spirit with new works by the Singapore Lyric Opera, or marvel at animations by Jerrold Chong and Mark Wee inspired by the growth of Singapore’s diverse arts scene.

For those who have missed past editions, nine online music, dance, and theatre performances inspired by the communities of Bukit Panjang, Kallang/Geylang, Pasir Ris, Punggol and Tampines, will also be brought back for an encore.

Safe Management Measures (SMM)

Members of the public will be required to follow the prevailing SMM when attending all physical programmes.

For more information, you may visit the AYN website.


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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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