Silver Arts is a month-long festival showcasing the meaningful possibilities seniors have in and through the arts in everyday lives. It highlights the significance of arts engagement as people age, and opens conversations on creative ageing – how the arts foster creativity and social engagement towards enhancing the well-being of seniors and the people around them, through imagination and shared experiences. The festival also demonstrates the role of the arts in forging a sense of identity, self-worth and belonging as individuals have access to choices, knowledge and connection to community across generations, cultural backgrounds, and abilities. The festival offers opportunities for seniors to share their stories that shape collective memories and forge stronger inter-generational understanding.
Into its eighth edition, this year’s festival will take place over four weeks from 5 to 29 September islandwide. With an extensive line-up of arts programmes and activities in different languages and dialects, there will be something for everyone. Highlights include:
Stay Green, Craft More (National Library Building, The Plaza)
Saturday & Sunday, 14 & 15 September 12 – 3pm
Get crafty with recycled materials such as lanyards, t-shirts, yarns and milk tins, and turn them into macramé, flower crafts and embellished silver tins!
Intergenerational Photography Workshop (National Library Building)
Sunday 15 & Saturday 21 September 11am – 12:30pm
Calling all grandparents/parents and children! Bond over this hands-on workshop and pick up useful photography tips on photo composition, basic lighting and creating impactful images. At the end of the session, you will get to leave with one print and a photo frame that you can decorate together. Each pair must include a senior above 60 years old and a younger person above 6 years old. A refundable workshop fee of $30 per pair applies. Book here.
Hold, Hang, Remember Always (National Library Building)
Saturday & Sunday, 28 & 29 September 1 – 3pm
Create paper chandeliers to decorate your space, mini wooden vase ornaments that will safely hold your favourite flower and cork boards for your best memories! Learn a new skill and let your hands lead you to new creative places!
An Evening of Nanyin Jazz (南爵士夜) by Siong Leng Musical Association
This performance will bring audiences on a melodious journey that merges Nanyin music with jazz and pop. Contemporary renditions of classic tunes such as Unforgettable Love (不了情) and The Evening Primrose (夜来香) will be performed.
Soulful Silver Screen Melodies
A Malay music concert set in the 1950s, Soulful Silver Screen Melodies, featuring Dato’ Yusni Hamid (Malaysia), Rudy Djoharnaen, Eddy Ali and more belting out romantic duets sung in classic and modern Malay films of yesteryears.
Those Were The Days
Veteran local jazz vocalist Robert Fernando and a pair of seniors specially chosen from an audition will join hands with The Philharmonic Youth Winds to present Those Were The Days, an intergenerational concert specially arranged for seniors and their families to enjoy together. From exploring themes of home, common spaces, individual perceptions and stories of their lives in the Community Arts Projects, senior participants will present their creative pieces and interpretations through different arts forms.
Singapore Silver Shorts
Two new local film commissions by award-winning director, Chai Yee Wei in collaboration with xinyao pioneer Dr Liang Wern Fook, and director K. Rajagopal in collaboration with accomplished dancer and grassroots leader Dr Uma Rajan. These two new commissions are among five Singapore Silver Shorts, together with five feature films from around the region covering the themes of family, relationships, and reconciliation.
Audiences can also look forward to an exciting line-up of free performances, craft activities, talks and workshops over four weekends at NLB Plaza at this year’s Arts on the Move.
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