It seems that Singapore is on a roll with all the arts festivals in the recent months. The arts scene here is picking up crazy fast, and I don’t know if we can keep up with it, but we can sure as hell try.
Don’t kick your Doc Marts off just yet, because we’ve got another arts festival for you to check out.
Next on our list of must-go arts fests is Verve.
This student-run, daylong multidisciplinary arts festival is back in its fourth year. Brought to you by the students of Ngee Ann Poly’s Arts Business Management, Verve showcases local talent through performances, workshops and exhibitions. This year’s theme, The Best of Times, throws iconic moments of the artist’s life, the world or Singapore into the eye of the public, giving you and I the rare opportunity to relive or experience these moments for the first time.
Featuring local artists from music, theatre, literary arts, visual arts and dance, Verve is the one-stop fest to still your art-loving hipster hearts. Want to listen to good music? Jam out to wyd:syd. Want to sweat it out in a physical theatre workshop? W!ld Rice and The Necessary Stage’s Sharda Harrison is ready to take you on. Take a look at Joshua Yang’s works, or attend dance workshops by Amin Alifin and Daniel Yeow. Or, you know, just sit back and chill with the guys from Oriole Coffee, while watching a spoken word performance by Jennifer Anne Champion and Pooja Nansi.
Verve is not only bringing established names to your feet, but also fresh-faced emerging artists. One act to look out for is Bound Theatre, a young theatre group set to perform a completely original play. Visual artist Amsyar Ashaary will be the only artist putting his works up for sale at Verve, so check that out. (His works “r super cool”, according to one of the organisers.) Pitch Feather is the band you need to watch live. Actually, you know what, scratch that, the music line-up is super ace and I highly recommend you watch them all.
If you’re tired of all that art (but, really, you wouldn’t be), there’ll be a bazaar waiting for you. Start saving up because Jukebox Prints, Obscured, Booktique and 3125 Jewelry are coming down. Splurge on artsy fartsy knick-knacks, books and even coffee. You could do that, or contribute to their community arts project. Pen down a message to someone who has been there through your best and worst times, and you can have the kind people at Verve mail it out for you.
One ticket for an entire day’s worth of workshops, performances, exhibitions and festivities, chin-rubbing and feet-tapping is more than worth it. Keep the 6th of December free because this is one event you don’t want to miss.
For more information on Verve 2014: The Best of Times, head on over to their Facebook page.
Verve 2014: The Best of Times
Date: 6 December 2014, Saturday
Venue: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane
Admission: $12/ticket (all proceeds go to The Business Times Budding Artists Fund)
Get your tickets here.
(Psst, be sure to sign up for the workshops after you get a ticket. Limited slots are available so get those fingers movin’.)