Stage hit

Winner of five Tony Awards, Fun Home is a riveting novel-turned-musical that tells of a dysfunctional family over the course of several years. Adrian Pang stars as the eccentric and volatile father who hides from his family a dark secret that gradually breaks him.

Charmaine Leung

AS a child, Charmaine Leung became suspicious of her environment when she noticed how every time she entered a room full of adults, they would either soften their voices or stop talking altogether. What were they talking about that was so anathema to a child's ears?...

Gillman Barracks in mood to celebrate as it turns 5

GILLMAN Barracks, Singapore's only dedicated visual arts precinct, turns five this week with a birthday bash on Friday night. ...

Tracie Pang brings Tony-winning musical to local stage

TRACIE Pang is one of the most lauded theatre directors in Singapore. Over the years, she's proven herself to be particularly adept at directing dark or heart-wrenching stories such as Rabbit Hole, Next To Normal, Fat Pig and The Pillowman. ...

Go west

It's time to meet the girl named Maria again as the hit musical West Side Story returns to the stage at Marina Bay Sands. Inspired by Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story tells the story of two star-crossed lovers from rival street gangs who meet a tragic end...

Gillman turns five

Gillman Barracks celebrates its fifth anniversary with a special Art After Dark party on Sept 22. Expect live performances by local musicians, F&B pop-ups, new exhibitions and more at the high-end art cluster.

SIFA 2017 says farewell

SHAKESPEARE used weddings as a device to close his comic plays. And so it is that the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2017 closed last week with a film centred on a lively Punjabi wedding.

Trojan Women electrifies

IN 1991, director Ong Keng Sen sent hundreds of audience members to a disused rock quarry in Bukit Timah. There, amid a large bonfire and several torches, a group of distinguished actors performed the 2,400-year-old Greek tragedy Trojan Women, against dark imposing cliffs.

Lizard On The Wall lacks focus

WHEN the novel Inheritance by Balli Kaur Jaswal debuted in 2013, it was hailed as one of the best first efforts by a Singaporean author in recent years. Well-plotted and lucidly written, it tells a story of a Punjabi family caught between tradition and modernity as Singapore rapidly progresses from...

Objects of desire

Popular online art gallery The Artling is holding its third pop-up show, featuring works by promising artists under the age of 40 from seven Asian countries.

Romance under the stars

Are you a dance lover getting married soon, or know someone who is?

Taking the cue from Tamil culture

ARAM is a Tamil word that carries great significance for its users. Commonly appearing in older Tamil literature, the word means "doing good to others" and "acting humanely and conscientiously". ...

History reignited

FACT and fiction clash dizzyingly in The Nature Museum, a one-hour performance lecture that takes you on a whirlwind journey of the natural history of Singapore.

History theatre

The highly-acclaimed visual artist Robert Zhao (aka Institute of Critical Zoologists) has created The Nature Museum, a quirky exhibition of photographs, sculptures, installations and historical documents on Singapore's natural history...

Modern tragedy

This is the last year that avant-garde theatre director Ong Keng Sen is heading the Singapore International Festival of Arts.
SIFA 2017

Director who shoots with no frills

HENRICO'S FARM is a new film by Filipino arthouse giant Lav Diaz that's mostly shot in Singapore. As part of the Singapore International Festival of Arts, the director famous for his slow, contemplative dramas is allowing eight small groups of audience to visit his film sets and watch him...
SIFA 2017

Why Van Cleef & Arpels loves dance

JEWELLERY brand Van Cleef & Arpels' relationship with dance began more than 70 years ago. One of the founding Arpels brothers, Louis Arpels, was a passionate lover of ballet and opera. In Paris, he would leave his office in Place Vendome to attend a ballet at the nearby Opera Garnier. He...

Daniel Boey

Daniel Boey is one of the most influential personalities in the Singapore fashion scene. A sought-after but much-feared mentor to designers and models, he has helped their careers, often by just giving them the blunt truth. For evidence, watch the long-running TV show Asia's Next Top Model...

Hit it

Nathan Hartono, Benjamin Kheng, Inch Chua, Tabitha Nauser and Andrew Marko are five of Singapore's best and brightest young musicians. They're coming together to sing some popular hits and classics for The Jam, a one-night-only fundraising concert for one of the country's best...

Dancing in the city

The Substation and the politics of space

THE Substation has never looked more different. It feels as if the entire first floor and basement of the building have been gutted and reconfigured to disorientate anyone familiar with the 27-year-old independent art space. Walls have been knocked down and new partitions put up. The floor is...
SIFA 2017

The curious case of Becoming Graphic

JUST as its title unwittingly suggests, Becoming Graphic feels like a work-in-progress rather than a fully-developed work. There are pacing problems, thematic ambiguity and an awkward blending of genres and media.

Dance Fever

Last year, the internationally acclaimed choreographer Christian Rizzo was awarded the prestigious Fedora - Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet, which is given to the next generation of talented artists who will ensure the future of dance.


Bernice Chauly's novel Once We Were There is one of the best titles to emerge out of Epigram Books this year. The Malaysian author sets her story in Kuala Lumpur during the tumultuous years of Reformasi. ...

Passion pursuits

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