Since 2017, prominent members of the local arts scene Janice Koh, Pam Oei and Petrina Kow are known for their annual fundraiser Pasar Glamour, which sees the three ladies collecting pre-loved fashion and re-selling it in a glammed up bazaar. Previous editions have seen proceeds going to the Emma Yong Fund, as well as other charities such as Daughters of Tomorrow, Arc Children’s Centre, and W!ld Rice’s Gift of Theatre.
But this year, with the ongoing COVID-19 situation and circuit breaker implemented by the government, many members of the arts scene have had to cancel or postpone their shows, resulting in them being hit hard financially. Pasar Glamour has then taken it upon themselves to do their part, and has launched an emergency relief fund to help freelancers in the performing arts cope with job losses and lost income due to COVID-19, with the fund hosted on Ray of Hope.
Under Pasar Glamour Art Aid, the team will match every donation to the fund, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000, to provide one-off grants of $500 to freelance practitioners who are struggling to make ends meet right now. This is also thanks to the strong support they received at their charity sale last year, and with help from a kind donor.
For those interested and willing to contribute, the team aims to raise $100,000 to support up to 200 arts practitioners who need this relief grant. Every little bit counts, so never think that any donation is too small. Arts practitioners can check if they are eligible via their website here
Plus, as part of the fundraising efforts, Pasar Glamour is also hosting a series of Instagram Live videos showcasing various members of the local arts scene doing the #helpperformingarts challenge, from 5-10pm on 7th April 2020 (that’s today!). The featured performers are as follows:
515pm: @adrian_pang, @pangdemoniumtheatre
615pm: @rishibudhrani, @thesharulchanna
645pm: @ivanhengwild, @wildricesg
Also, check out a Zoom interview we did with Janice Koh and Petrina Kow below:
In their own words, “The work of our Singapore performing arts community, both on stage and off, play a vital role in our cultural life and creativity, and they have given voice to our stories and experiences. We want to do our part to help our arts scene weather this storm. We hope you will join us.”