Fresh talent

Affordable Art Fair Singapore (AAFS) returns this weekend at the F1 Pit Building with 70 local and international galleries selling artworks priced between S$100 and S$15,000.

Ancient Myth Rejigged

Trust theatre company W!ld Rice to put a new cheeky spin on a old fable. The Chinese legend of the White and Green Snake is given a makeover by playwright Alfian Sa'at and director Pam Oei...

Indonesian Art Scene Revs Up

WHEN ONE IS NEW TO JAKARTA, one makes the mistake of not telling the cab driver to travel via the toll roads. And so it is that while creeping through the city's tight tangled backstreets, the cab finds itself coming head-to-head with another car, both unable to give way because they are...

'A bunch of lunatics and a woman'

OH, critics. What do they know?

All ready to do their part for ChildAid

THE 196 child performers aged five to 18 are all ready for next week's charity event ChildAid. ...

BT-supported kids' arts centre opens

THE Little Arts Academy (LAA), which is supported by The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BTBAF), opened the first of its two centres in the north of Singapore last weekend. LAA provides free arts training for kids from socially disadvantaged homes.

Through the looking glass

"GET off the phone!" When you were a kid, that four-word exhortation would be issued to you when you had been (1) hogging the home phone talking to a friend; (2) doing so at the expense of your homework; and (3) preventing everyone else from getting calls that were presumably more...

Weddings unhinged

Potty-mouthed stand-up comedian Sharul Channa takes on Indian weddings in her new show Sharul Weds Sharul.

When art changed the world

TWO towering 19th-century figures of South-east Asian art are the focus of a new exhibition at National Gallery Singapore. Raden Saleh (1811-1880) of Indonesia and Juan Luna (1857-1899) of the Philippines are regarded as national heroes because they each helped fuel the nationalist movements of...

A way with words

The Singapore Writers Festival is back, and this year's 10-day celebration of books and writers welcomes headliners Junot Diaz (pictured) who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Ken Liu whose fantasy tale The Paper Menagerie became the...

Mad about her

If you're a diehard Belinda Carlisle fan, this may be one of your last chances to catch her perform live in Singapore. The dewy-eyed beauty who ruled the airwaves in the 1980s is here for the 30th anniversary of her classic album Heaven On Earth...

Robin Kwok

IN May 2015, Robin Kwok flew to Singapore for her new job at Airbnb. She touched down at 6am. By 8am, she was already at work, which is typical for Ms Kwok, according to her friends.

Violin mentor and protégé set to thrill

Classical violinist Min Lee and her 12-year-old protégé Samuel Tan are pairing up for a benefit concert titled String A Legacy.

Make a connection

How has human interaction changed with the advent of technology, and how will it change in the future? Get answers not from a book or a lecture, but a play instead.

Flamenco fever

Rocio Molina reinvents the centuries-old flamenco more quickly than purists can cry foul. Her legion of fans include ballet titan Mikhail Baryshnikov who dropped to his knees when he met her.

When the Poop! hits the fan

IN Poop!, the stage brims with whimsical touches such as squares of coloured lights and unexpected objects. Right in the middle of it all is a toilet bowl, central to the idea of, well, pooping. The black light theatre piece by The Finger Players has flourescent costumes, puppetry and even a...

Celebrating joy, hope and resilience

MIXING classical and traditional with au courant tunes, a wide range of musical talents came together to raise money for people with muscular dystrophy as well as financially disadvantaged arts students.

Artists of 'all abilities' awe audience

DOZENS of artists convened for the first benefit concert to aid the muscular dystrophy community and financially-disadvantaged students of the School of the Arts (Sota) simultaneously.

Ballet hero

Benjamin Millepied may have become a household name after he married Natalie Portman. But the dancer-choreographer was a bona fide star long before he met the Oscar-winning actress.

Swan lake reinvented

Forget what you know of classical ballet Swan Lake. It's been smashed and reconstructed by fast-rising South African choreographer Dada Masilo who mixes ballet and contemporary moves with hot African dance. What you get is not a traditional interpretation but a thoroughly iconoclastic and...

Life of a man, told without words

OFF Kilter is described by its creators as a play about mental illness. But it's broader and more universal than that...

Self-taught deaf pianist performs at Sunburst Concert

SELF-TAUGHT pianist Ron Tan Zi Kai is "80 per cent deaf". He learned to play the instrument by watching others play and experimenting on his own. ...

Muscular dystrophy no barrier to making art

WILLIAM Eng Wei Xiang, who has muscular dystrophy, explains it best: "Most people think that persons with muscular dystrophy are not able to do anything at all, but persons with muscular dystrophy are more than capable in contributing to society...

Wordless magic

Ramesh Meyyappan is one of Singapore's most talented performers. Born deaf, he's able to conjure entire worlds on stage without a word, using only a set, props and his fine acting abilities. ...

Fairer treatment for the fairer sex

WOMEN are set to take centre stage at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival which runs from Jan 17 to 28.