Singing in the Rain: LOPELAB’s Nomadic Art Caravan

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Commissioned by The National Arts Council’s regular Arts in Your Neighbourhood programme, this weekend saw art descend upon Ang Mo Kio in the form of LOPELAB’s Nomadic Art Caravan.

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Taking over the carpark behind Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic, the Nomadic Art Caravan was a gathering of fun art activities to expose the residents of Ang Mo Kio to the wonders of community spirit and a celebration of all things art.

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Taking place from 5pm – 10pm each day, an entire lineup of activities ranging from local indie bands such as Sobs and acapella group Mixtehping, to hands on arts and craft activities, such as paper marbling workshops from Artefakts, where visitors could design their very own unique prints and take it home with them too.

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Despite the rain, that didn’t stop residents from coming down to see what the colour and fuss was all about. Dancers from Legacy Dance Co. even gathered to perform an inspired number to Todrick Hall’s ‘Twerking in the Rain’ to show that a little drizzle was no dampener to their can do spirit and limitless energy.

Of course, it also helps to draw the crowds when you’ve got free food thrown into the mix. Gathering eateries such as Collin’s and I AM…, the Nomadic Art Caravan also featured everyone’s favourite Salted Egg snacks, introducing dishes such as salted egg pizza and piping hot salted egg Bitterballen, given out free of charge to hungry customers waiting in line.

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Ang Mo Kio’s history as a kampong returned in full force this weekend, evident from the many smiles on visitors’ faces, whether they were playing with giant congkak sets or appreciating live performances on stage. The Nomadic Art Caravan ensured that all storms were simply passing showers, and perhaps proved that the arts truly can be a great uniter of hearts and minds.

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