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Preview: Arts In Your Neighbourhood – November 2021 edition

Commemorating 30 years of bringing arts and culture closer to Singaporeans, the National Arts Council (NAC) is bringing Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) to several towns this November. Unlike previous editions, which have only focused on a single neighbourhood, this edition of AYN will cast the spotlight on five neighbourhoods and more including Bukit Merah, Jurong, Marine Parade, Serangoon and Tampines, each with their distinct charm and stories to tell.

Taking place from 11th to 28th November, AYN will bring quality and diverse arts experiences to everyone at their doorsteps and in the comforts of their homes with an engaging line-up of interactive and family-friendly arts programmes.

Presented in a blend of physical and digital programmes, AYN features a total of 20 arts programmes including pop-up installations, interactive art trails and online performances that celebrate the stories of the residents within these neighbourhoods. As everyday spaces are transformed into art canvases, the public will be invited to reimagine what the heartlands could look like.

Highlights include Tales Under The Neon Trees by A’shua Imran, Jaxton Su, and Shauna Goh. Taking place at Our Tampines Hub and NEX, this programme is all about sharing stories, where the installation encourages members of the public to hear these tales featuring visual stories created by students from Zhonghua Secondary School and Ngee Ann Secondary School, along with masks you can ‘try on’ with Augmented Reality, and photographs that celebrate the neighbourhoods of Serangoon and Tampines.

Also at Our Tampines Hub, look out for Livelyyy x Extra Ordinary by Guillaumit (France) and Mary Bernadette Lee (Singapore), Step into a different dimension as two interactive wall murals come to life with Augmented Reality (AR).

Become one with art and nature with The Bird Colouring Social Club by Kronoscapes – colour in pages that feature Singapore’s garden and urban birds, have your finished works scanned, and spot your creation in 3D in the exhibition’s digital aviary. Or for something a little more hands on, explore Jurong with A Fisherman’s Dream by Tell Your Children, as you follow a vibrant self-guided arts trail tracing the history of Jurong.

At Serangoon, check out Lost & Found: Serangoon by Pearlyn Cai and Hoo Kuan Cien. Experience Serangoon on this audio-visual arts trail that begins with a long-lost pet bird, through a mix of original music, stories and moving images, uncover rich histories and the memoryscape of its residents.

Curiosity animation byJ errold Chong and Mark Wee

AYN can also be experienced online where audiences can reminisce the Kampung Spirit with new works by the Singapore Lyric Opera, or marvel at animations by Jerrold Chong and Mark Wee inspired by the growth of Singapore’s diverse arts scene. For those who have missed past editions, nine online music, dance, and theatre performances inspired by the communities of Bukit Panjang, Kallang/Geylang, Pasir Ris, Punggol and Tampines, will be brought back for an encore.

This November, regardless of where you live in Singapore, or if you just want to stay home, let Arts In Your Neighbourhood show you these stories of home, see the neighbourhood in a new light, and use art to help you appreciate your surroundings more than ever.

Arts In Your Neighbourhood runs from 11th to 28th November 2021 and is free, with the full lineup of programmes available here

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