“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato

Verve is back for its third instalment and we’re overjoyed to announce that this year’s lineup of activities and showcases may leave you feeling boundless

So what is Verve? Originally conceptualised by budding arts appreciators in Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Arts Business Management, the festival made its debut in 2011 as A.C.I.D and since then it has been an annual affair.

Still keeping to its roots as a platform for inquisitive young minds to celebrate the arts, Verve is back this year with a bigger and better lineup. This year, the festivities will revolve around a self-exploratory theme of “the Art of Play” as well as the concept of intimacy. Through recreating intimate encounters between individuals, the festival hopes to promote art as a medium for discovery between artists and audience. (Oh yes, drop all your excess baggage and get ready for a ‘feel-trip’.)

Here are 4 quick reasons why we are heading down to #supportlocal:

 1) There’s good great music.

That’s right! Highlights of the music lineup this year include two separate collaborations between Leslie Tan from T’ang Quartet with singer-songwriter Chris Jones a.k.a These Brittle Bones and Tang I-Shyan. Also part of the lineup are Pastelwave Princess Cherie Ko a.k.a Pastelpower, indie rock outfit Stopgap and post-progressive rockers ANECHOIS.

Here’s a little teaser on what to expect from ANECHOIS and Stopgap:

2) Get intimate and physical ;).
Not that into appreciating art or music and would rather be doing something more physical? Don’t worry, the good people at Verve have thought about you special snowflakes too! Why not challenge yourself into learning something new and delve into the intimate world of theatre and dance by attending some workshops held at the venue. These workshops will be held by homegrown theatre and dance practitioners such as Peter Sau, Funplay, Jody Marshall Dance Company and Mosaic Dance.

3) A feast fit for your eyes.
Oh you, the artsy fartsy fine art appreciator,  you probably would have visited the many exhibits featured at this year’s Singapore Biennale. So why not take this year’s Verve as an extension of the current ongoing art festival. From the visual arts side, we have the talented duo Joel Yuen and Daryl Goh, who will be presenting site-specific installations alongside artists such as Eunice Lim and Kitt Santos.

Joel Yuen and Daryl Goh’s An Exercise on Reading (2013)

All people you haven’t heard of? Well then here’s another reason for you to head down!

4) Let your wallet cry a little (or more).
Bring extra money or you will regret. (We kid you not.) There will be a bazaar held during the festivities and the vendors included are BooksActually, Ozzy & Lulu and Hear Records! Working Title will also have a booth so all my ‘caffeine-aholics’ can grab a cuppa or a sweet treat or both while looking at the wide array of pretty things we all know we don’t need.

There’ll be everything from vinyls, analog cameras, home grown literature to too-cute-to-resist stationary. Are you convinced yet? Because we are.

Do know that all proceeds from the festival will go to The Business Times Budding Artist Fund. This money will fund formal training of financial-disadvantaged children that display talent and interest in the arts. Every bit counts so invite your friends, family, extended family, friends’ extended families to Verve and help contribute to our flourishing local arts scene.

For a guilt-free day jam packed with fun and music, join us on December 14 as we celebrate the state of our homegrown arts scene and rediscover your inner self through play!

Event Details

Verve Arts Festival 2013 – the Art of Play

Date: 14 December 2013

Time: 10am -10pm


The Arts House

1 Old Parliament Lane

Singapore 179429

+65 6332 6900

Ticket Prices:

$12 per ticket

$10 per ticket in groups of 4

Get your festival passes/ details here.