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National Arts Council’s Arts In Your Neighbourhood: Punggol

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Punggol residents, this November, it’s time to look out for an arts event near you! Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), the 13th edition of Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) returns with over 45 specially curated family-friendly programmes taking place at 13 locations around Punggol across three weekends from 7th to 24th November 2019.

With this edition’s town focus as Punggol, more than 50% of AYN November’s programmes are inspired by the neighbourhood and will bring out the interesting contrast from its origins to the space it is envisioned to be. Once a village with poultry, pig and vegetable farms, Punggol has transformed into a waterfront town and is now home to Singapore’s youngest population with the highest proportion of families with children under the age of five.

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Five Stones by Twardzik Ching Chor Leng  

The neighbourhood-centric programmes encourage Singaporeans and residents in the area to participate and rediscover Punggol together through the arts. AYN’s line-up is set to cater to young families with interactive and participatory programmes to inspire arts appreciation in the young and encourage bonding through family-friendly activities.

As Punggol is said to be the future digital district, this edition’s programmes span across various art forms from music and dance to visual and literary arts, and will also involve technology and collaborations across genres that will excite a diverse range of audiences and enhance arts experiences for all. Even AYN’s advertisement across various neighbourhood bus stops will allow viewers to play a mobile web-based game and hunt for giant five stones hidden in a map of Punggol, a reference to the playful public art installation as one of the highlight programmes this season.

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Sensing Punggol by Spang & Lei

Other highlights include Sensing Punggol, where audiences can be intrigued by the stories through a collaborative artwork of “data sculptures” created from environmental data collected by residents of Punggol from around the neighbourhood; Five Stones, allowing audiences to reminisce personal memories and shared histories with the inflatable large-scale five stones; A Rainbow Odyssey, where families can partipate in an ‘arts amazing race’ and find the lost treasure in a theatrical experience; 7 Wonders of Punggol, which explores the beauty of seven iconic locations around Punggol through music, poetry, and puppetry performance by Brahmastra.

Other family-friendly programmes that will appeal to younger audiences include A Little Bed Trip (Petite Nuit Au Lit), a theatrical vertical dance featuring nine beds
piled on top of one another; Every Little Step I Take, an interactive footprint trail in Punggol with pop-up performances along the way; and  Fun with Music – A Trip to the Zoo!, an original work that introduces wind instruments and orchestral music in a fun way.

Arts In Your Neighbourhood runs from 7th to 24th November 2019 around Punggol. Admission is free for all activities. For a full list of programmes, visit their website here

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