The twice-yearly Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) is back from March 7-24. This time AYN offers a great line-up of quirky and engaging arts activities over three weekends – all free of charge – right where people live, work and play. The spotlight is on Tampines, in addition to other venues in Bedok, Toa Payoh, Ang Mo Kio and in the city.
Families and children will go on a musical adventure through different time zones; sing along to Mandarin nursery rhymes with a twist; dance along to stories in a library; join a craft-making session of iconic Tampines sites; and bounce along to the whimsical music of a group from France.
The Nursery Rhymes Project
by The Theatre Practice
9 March, 11:30am – 12pm | Bedok Town Square
10 March 11:30am – 12pm | Plaza At Our Neighbourhood 8
16 March 11:30am – 12pm | Our Tampines Hub Festive Plaza
17 March 11:30am – 12pm | Ang Mo Kio Central Stage
This Mandarin programme creates a mini-musical focused on reinventing classic children’s nursery rhymes. Short stories written by Mandopop lyricist, Xiaohan, with music arrangements by local leading musician, Julian Wong will be used. Memorable tunes such as Where’s My Friend, The Song of Youth and many others will be featured.
Tampines Troopers Craft Activities
by In Merry Motion
10 March, 3pm – 6pm | Bedok Town Square
16, 17, 23, 24 March, 3pm – 6pm | Our Tampines Hub Festive Plaza
Residents of Tampines will be able to get crafty with a variety of activities including making their own iconic Tampines-themed Community pins. In Merry Motion is a craft and design studio that regularly hold craft sessions for all ages and abilities.
Charlotte and the Time Machine
by Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre
16 March, 6:45pm | Bedok Town Square
17 March, 5pm | Our Tampines Hub Festive Plaza
23 March, 6pm | Ang Mo Kio Central Stage
24 March, 6pm | Toa Payoh HDB Hub Atrium
An engaging theatrical musical by Spot Pocket Opera Theatre that centres around the time-travelling journey of Charlotte who goes as far back as 1819 to witness the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles. In a plot twist, the time machine malfunctions and brings her on an adventure through different eras where she encounters music ranging from Mozart’s classics to childhood favourites from Looney Tunes. Young audience members will be given opportunities to lend a helping hand on stage!
by O School
16 and 17 March, 3pm | Tampines Regional Library – Level 3 Children’s section
A commissioned programme by Arts in Your Neighbourhood and Got To Move. This interactive story-telling experience will feature musicians and dancers creating music and movements based on their interpretations of the stories being read aloud.
Tigers in Tampines
23 & 24 March, 4 pm – 9.30 pm | Tampines West CC (side lane)
This live performance will feature tracks made from recordings of various sounds and stories in Tampines. Spoken words are playfully remixed and re-told, sounds of Tampines heartlands and nature are sampled, reworked and abstracted. Residents’ stories are woven into audio composition.
Image of Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre courtesy of Arts in Your Neighbourhood.