A night of an outdoor beautiful musical performance wowing and mesmerising the crowds with a series of folk songs melody that touches the Singapore Heartlanders hearts and souls so deeply, bringing us back to an era of simpler days of the early Singapore. This night stays in our vivid memories that happened on 26th May at the Singapore Arts Festival 2012, performed by the wonderful and extremely talented T’ang Quartert performing at the Singapore Arts Festival 2012.
The songs they played, brought us back in time, T’ang Quartert presented their magical performance to us, their music inspired by folk songs that reflect on the theme Our Lost Poems, recalling Singapore from a simpler era. It was so beautiful and mesmerising that many a times, I stopped and listened to them instead of taking photographs! The songs they played, invoked memories for different people of different generations, I grew up listening to the songs shown on the drama series during my primary school days. Some of the songs performed were the medleys of xinyao and themes from old Chinese TV series such as Kopi-O, something that I can closely relate to, during my growing up years from a kid to teenager.
Stories from CK and Jerome, their great sharing on T’ang Quartert performance, shows how powerful and awesome T’ang Quartert were during Singapore Arts Festival 2012 with their beautiful musical performances.
During the performance CK recorded some of T’ang Quartert and sit back, relax, watch the performance by T’ang Quartert and be blown away by the aura and charisma along with the beautiful musical melodies. T’ang Quartert has a Facebook site too, check them out here on FaceBook and also on YouTube! Here’s my photos of T’ang Quartert performing during Singapore Arts Festival 2012 on Flickr !
Singapore Arts Festival 2012 closed with a big bang on the 2nd of June 2012, bringing the curtains to a great arts performances festivals that draws great crowds and participation, giving us many wonderful memories to bring back home and eagerly waiting for the next Singapore Arts Festival. There were some performances that I photographed and documented, yet wasn’t able to write it down here, even though the Singapore Arts Festival 2012 is already over, I will let my photojournalistic coverage and photos leave a greater memory down for the future Singapore Arts Festivals ! The flow of my photos here on Flickr would help you through my photojournalistic story telling …
共作室 OPEN STUDIO 2012 FEATURING SONGBIRD – This is an arts performance that combines and optimises modern information technology and gadgets, giving us the participants, a journey/walk into a drama/adventure that comprises of beautiful music, singing, the story of a very beautiful and talented singer that went missing, while the fans were waiting for her singing debut, the glamorous and mysterious Feist.
With the aid of an iPhone App, GPS, Maps and your headphones plugged into your ears, the participants like myself arrived at the top of the Festival Village Cafe, waiting for the SongBird concert to start. Never did we realised that, it was a journey that opened up into the virtual and reality world of the SongBird, about her ambition to be a singer, the fans obsession with her, aspiration, love and what really happened to her. With videos, SMS and songs, I started walking the journey to search for SongBird, with the usage of the SongBird iPhone App, my journey begun, walking towards Fullerton Hotel Heritage Gallery for my first clue to where she could be. We were shown an art gallery exhibition of SongBird, her portraits, artwork and drawings, where was SongBird ? The clue was to continue to the next location with the scanning of the QR code and our Apple iPhone App will direct us, with directions, maps, songs, SMS.
The journey continued, interactive and intriguing, it’s like an unknown adventure, exploring and searching for Feist, where can she be? Walking towards Asian Civilisations Museum as directed by the SongBird App, I was asked to turn back and walk towards another location, what happened? Walking towards the Singapore River, where the Anderson Bridge on the Singapore River is located, my destination was the concrete benches where more clues to SongBird were released, through the videos, SMS and songs. This was also a special time whereby the participants were treated to a local ice cream from the ice cream vendor nearby the Anderson Bridge! After a short rest, I continued the journey to search after scanning the QR code for the next set of clues and directions. It was very near, the long Lotus limousine behind the small road and I hopped inside, watching a video being played, yet no more details of SongBird were released and it only added on to the mysteries behind it!
As the journey continues into the unknown, I arrived at the SongBird press conference at Animus Music HQ, taking a self-photo and pasting it on the Press Pass, I was watching the press conference for SongBird. After I finished watching it, I left and was directed back to Esplanade Park, where the Old Old Tree was, the last location on this 1 hour journey adventure. Walking along St Andrew’s Road, in the dusk, watching SongBird’s video being played, it was around the same time and scene. Following the directions on the app, I returned to where I started at Singapore Arts Festival and found the Old Old Tree.
Under the Old Old Tree, I found the peace and tranquility, while SongBird was never seen in real person, the beautiful music, vidoes, songs had been accompanying me throughout this interesting and intriguing 1 hour journey in a quest to search for her.
This special arts performance at Singapore Arts Festival 2012, is probably very special and very unique, why is it so? In simple words, it’s simply Singaporean in heart, mind, soul, thoughts, ideologies, views and thinking of everything Singaporean, that maybe only Singaporeans can understand. This is the XII – In Search of 13.
The Search of 13 can be found at the wrestling ring, inside the Festival Village, with the backdrop of Merlion, Fullerton Hotel, Raffles Place and Esplanade surrounding it, where 12 contenders vie to be the ultimate national icon, amid a backdrop of myths, stories and drama where the Lim Bo Seng memorial stands. The match up is decided by you, the audience, who can vote for their icon to fight against the biggest icon on stage, the Merlion. YOUR VOTE IS SECRET !
Like any wrestling or a boxing match, there’s lots of hype and pre-action, with the hosts/emcees inviting the audience to come forward to the wrestling ring and watch the upcoming battle, to vote/choose an icon to fight against the Merlion. During the build up towards the fight between the heavyweights, issues were brought up, that were close to the heartlanders of Singapore, issues that modern Singaporeans faced in the era of modernisation and migration of different cultures and people from all over the world into Singapore. There were myths, current issues, happenings and things that were spread across during this very unique and special performance that will definitely hooked you to watch this “wrestling match” especially if you have been living in Singapore, simply because it touches your heart and hot buttons. What are some of the issues ? Here’s some – cooking curry and your neighbours, general election etc
This wonderful performance XII – In Search of 13 has 2 more shows, here are the details
Where : Wrestling Ring, Festival Village
Dates : 1st June 2012 and 2nd June 2012,
Performance Time : 7:00pm and 9:00pm on both days
Performance Duration : 60mins
DO NOT MISS this awesome, unique, special and so wonderful performance at the Singapore Arts Festival 2012 (especially if you are living in Singapore), for a great laugh, fun and the opportunity to see how this wrestling ring might fits into your daily life and thoughts. Do drop by and check out some of the photos here!
The Singapore Arts Festival 2012 has started on the 18th May 2012, an awesome festival of many interesting, intriguing, exciting and fun events, performances, celebrating Singapore’s local arts scene and Singapore’s diverse communities. The Singapore Arts Festival brings greater vibrancy, recognition and development of the Singapore Arts scene, artistic and cultural lifestyle in Singapore, supported by international artists and performers. On top of that, it puts Singapore on the world map, becoming a vibrant cosmopolitan city, a cultural capital, with a vibrant and diverse arts scene. The theme for Singapore Arts Festival 2012 is “Something Ancient, Something Lost, Something Hidden, Something New“, the wide diverse festival programmes at the Singapore Arts Festival would bring you into that.
There are many programmes happening during Singapore Arts Festival 2012, there is something for the young and old, suits your family fun activities, or to watch, participate and enjoy at the Singapore Arts Festival 2012. The Festival Village is located at Esplanade Park, there are different sectors for different performing arts and events, it’s full of vibrancy and excitement. There is something for the kids too, the Kids Arts Village, filled with interesting activities for your kids to play and enjoy. That’s music, dancing, arts performances, happening at the Festival Village, the heart and action of many interesting and fun events and performances of Singapore Arts Festival 2012. That’s food and beverages there too at the cafe and bar, so don’t worry if you are having fun there and wanted to look for a meal and drinks!
I am covering the Singapore Arts Festival 2012 as a Festival Ambassador a.k.a Festival Photographer + Festival Blogger, it’s a great honour and great fun too, photographing, documenting and writing some of the arts performances and displays. While I can’t cover all the performances and events, I would try to bring as many sights, perspectives, photographs and stories of the performances that I watched, covered, documented and photographed. One of them was, The Lan Fang Chronicles 2012 (Installation Performance) that I went to watch, cover, document, photograph and write, do check out my Lan Fang Chronicles 2012 (Installation Performance) post here! Check out the photos from the Lan Fang Chronicles 2012 (Installation Performance) here on Flickr!
On 19th May, I attended/watched the following performances, they are great and do come down to Singapore Arts Festival 2012 and catch them live in action!
Fire Fire … Burning and lighting up the skies during the Singapore Arts Festival 2010 from 14th to 16th May 2010 at the Esplanade Park and Empress Place open areas. This was my 1st comeback event photoshoot, accompanied by Xinyun, who was able to take time off and join me !
We started off with a fire theme arts performance by Starlight Alchemy, titled Fires of Eden, at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. Xinyun managed to find seats at the last row and we set up our tripods, waiting for the performance to start, chit chat while waiting, passing a bit of my knowledge to my disciple Xinyun. Once the performance started, we were mesmerised by the fire performances and dancing, busy snapping away. More photos of the performance can be found here on my Flickr !
After the performance, we walked over to Esplanade Park, discovering a brightly lighted area, lots of fires brightening up the skies, providing warmth and music in a beautiful quiet Esplanade Park. The view was magnificent and intriguing, it was like entering into a dreamland of many fires, this is known as Invitation to Dream – A Fire Garden Installation by Compagnie Carabosse from France.
Relaxing swings, hanging garlands of firepots and huge ‘fairy fireballs’ – metallic spherical frames studded with fire pots, along with beautiful music in the backgrounds, welcomes us to dream and always keep our fire inside us burning to get our dreams come true. More photos can be found here on my Flickr !
Continue walking towards Empress Place, Meli Melo, Charcoal Ball, A Fire of Vests, Stovepipes welcomed us to another dreamland of fires ! The beauty of the fires illuminating the skies of the Singapore River, absolutely beautiful.
Walking away from the fires, looking back again, the fires were so beautiful, inviting u to dream, live your dream and keep your fire burning inside you always !
On 28th March 2009 at 2030 hrs , Singapore played her part in Earth Hour 2009 by switching off its lights for 1 hour and highlighting the cause and importance of saving and protecting our beloved Earth.
Before that, the Esplanade Park was alive with activities and concerts prior to switching off of the lights around the event ground and the buildings around nearby to Esplanade Park. There were different activities happening around the marquees, with Earth Hour 2009 sponsors giving it a strong presence and the Singapore Scouts were very active in making Earth Hour 2009 Singapore colourful with their activities and artwork and passing down the message to the future generation of Singaporeans in our cub scouts.
There were also great crowds around the Esplaande Park, with participants sitting around the grass patch, with their picnic mats and goodies, lighting up candles and a electric lamp by Phillips. When the lights go off at 2030hrs, it was an awesome sight to see the brightly lit candles. The buildings around the Raffles Place and City Hall area switched off their external facade lights, as I did not bring my tripod, I couldn’t really capture the lovely night sceneries. On the stage, the participants were given a great unplugged performance under the beautiful moonlight and candles lighting up the area.
I was glad to be part of Earth Hour 2009 Singapore, with everybody taking a part in it, we all combine our strengths to make a difference to Earth Hour and spreading the message across to everybody around the world that, we can, we need and we must take care of our Planet Earth.