The Art Of Intimacy

IN FRENCH, CHAMBRES D'AMIS means 'guest rooms' or more literally 'friends' rooms'. ...

Pick A Postcard

Art lovers, listen up. Pameran Poskad (which means 'Postcard Exhibition' in Malay and Bahasa Indonesia) is back with more terrific postcard-sized art created by artists such as Singapore's Genevieve Chua, Grace Tan and Tumadi Patri (whose batik-inspired postcards are featured here),...

Power Of Prints

Four of the greatest American artists from the Modern era - namely Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist - revolutionised the art of the print with their radical techniques.

Gifts For The Thinking Dad

The old black-and-white films of Ozu are an acquired taste. But once you do, you'll see why no other filmmaker understands better the peculiar form of filial piety that exists in Asian families. ...

Picturing Hitler

Framed, By Adolf is an original play and a continuation of acclaimed Singapore dramatist Chong Tze Chien's fascination with the controversial figure of Adolf Hitler - his 2016 play was titled Starring Hitler As Jekyll And Hyde. ...

Lai Chang Wen

THE OFFICE OF NINJA VAN has all the feel of a startup - IKEA furniture, disposable coffee cups, staff in jeans and T-shirts (the average age is below 30), marker pen scrawlings on glass wall partitions, rows of laptops.

Slow-burn mystery novel

FIRST-TIME SINGAPORE NOVELIST Clarissa Goenawan clinched awards for her literary effort Rainbirds even before she finished it. The list of accolades is impressive - winner of the Bath Novel Award for unpublished or independently published novelists, finalist of the Dundee International Book Prize...

Little Prince lives on

For 75 years, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry classic children's book The Little Prince has delighted children and adults alike. In celebration of the book's anniversary, the Singapore Philatelic Museum is holding an exhibition featuring stamps and philatelic materials from close to 30 countries...

Art That Creates Worlds Unto Themselves

LEAVE YOUR WATCH at home and don't track time at the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018 show, being held at the National Museum of Singapore and organised by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB). ...

Stranger Things

Inspired by the Chinese supernatural classic Liaozhai Zhiyi (Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio), award-winning creative duo Oliver Chong and Liu Xiaoyi with theatre company The Finger Players have created a set of strange stories that carries a veiled critique of contemporary society.

First Aida

Singapore Lyric Opera is attempting Verdi's classic epic opera Aida for the first time, with Nancy Yuen in the title role and veteran helmer Andrew Sinclair directing. ...

Arabian Escape

NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE know about Oman, a country located at the far south-eastern end of the Arab Peninsula. Despite its stunning 2,092-km coastline and the rugged beauty of its mountain ranges, it remains inconspicuous in the eyes of most tourists. Despite its warm locals, delicious food and safe...

Sowing The Seeds Of Dance

BUILDING AN ARTS AUDIENCE is never easy. But it's a task that dancer-choreographer Kuik Swee Boon takes on with his typically beatific Buddha-like smile. ...

Exploring 'Otherness'

Since leaving Singapore Art Museum in 2015, Dr Susie Lingham has busied herself with personal projects.

Blood Moon

The late Goh Pong Seng was one of Singapore's first playwrights. His first play, The Moon Is Less Bright, was written in 1964. And while it might come off as somewhat sentimental for today's audiences, it bears witness to the aesthetics of the time and has still-relevant themes of class...

Saving An Endangered Language

IN THE 2018 local short film Nina Boboi, the characters speak in a language few Singaporeans recognise. Words like "omi", "trabalu" and "koitadu" roll off their tongues like some mysterious patois, intelligible only to the initiated...
Mini Inspirations

The Gentleman

I am Naeem Kapadia, a consultant lawyer in a bank. I handle loan structuring, documentation and provide transaction management support for deals across the bank's loans and finance business in Asia. I work on a wide variety of international finance transactions with both corporate and...

Growing Art

IT COULD BE the sharp facial structure or short swept-back hair of the husband, or the sleeveless qipao or stylish frames of the wife. On first glance, many people have mistaken Georgette Chen's 1954 Family Portrait depicting close friend Chen Fah Shin's family for Singapore's...

Miss Julie revisited

Miss Julie, the titular protagonist of August Strindberg's 1888 play, is a strong-willed woman who ultimately meets a tragic end because of the rigid gender conventions of 19th century society. ...

Return Flight

When theatre company Pangdemonium debuted its complex immigration drama Dragonflies in 2017, the play swept up all the major awards at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards, including Best Production and Best Script by Stephanie Street.

Colin Goh

IN 1991, Colin Goh was a young aspiring producer determined to have a career in the arts.

The Royal Wedding Quiz

How much do you know about the historic nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle taking place on May 19? Test yourself with this quiz!

BT celebrates 13 years of helping over 16,000 young artists

SINCE 2005, more than 16,000 children and youths from needy backgrounds have been supported in their arts training by The Business Times' Budding Artists Fund (BTBAF)...

Take-No-Prisoners Theatre

Director Thomas Ostermeier is one of the most celebrated theatre-makers in the world.