Mar 15, 2018

Arts in Your Neighbourhood returns this March & here are the monkies' Top 10 Family-friendly Picks! + GIVEAWAY


Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) is easily one of the monkies' (and my) favourite arts events! Simply because the performances are not confined to sitting down in a theatre or keeping all hushed while watching the show.

Instead, AYN brings fun and enriching arts experiences right to your doorstep, into your neighbourhood! Past editions were held in the estates of Yishun and Jurong, and feature a series of free and enjoyable arts activities by established artists and arts groups.

And the great thing about the festival is - it does not matter whether you are catching an arts performance for the first time or a seasoned arts-goer. Packed with entertaining, fun and interactive performances and activities, AYN is a great way for everyone to experience the arts in your very own hood. Have I already mentioned that ALL programmes are FREE of charge? Some require pre-registration but they remain free to everyone this season.

For this March's edition,  AYN travels to northern Singapore to rediscover the neighbourhood of Ang Mo Kio, with activities happening from 8 to 25 March 2018. Great for the ongoing March School Holidays and beyond!

FUN FACT: Once a cluster of rustic kampungs, farmlands and markets, Ang Mo Kio was characterised by criss-crossing streams, joined by bridges (kio in Hokkien). Rambutan (ang mo dan in Hokkien) trees were also abundant in the villages. These possibly gave rise to the name “Ang Mo Kio”.

With a line-up of nearly 50 arts and cultural activities, ranging from dance, music and theatrical performances, to interactive visual art installations and hands-on activities, happening at 16 locations across the island, there is something for everyone and all ages - including six new works have been specially commissioned for this edition!

But as always, I have picked out the 10 most happening art events for you and the kiddos to enjoy:

1. Nadine & The Enchanting Pots
*Specially commissioned for March 2018 Edition*
Date 24 Mar 2018
Time: 5pm & 7pm
Venue: Ang Mo Kio Central Stage

Fringe Activities:
23 March 2018, 5pm – 8pm
24 March 2018, 4pm – 7pm, Ang Mo Kio Central Stage

Nadine & the Enchanting Pots is a delightful tale told with music and imagination so this will be one performance that all kids will love!

Meet fantastic characters and discover how Nadine uses three magical, melodious pots to bring harmony to her village. This is a lively and heart-warming story about friendship that sets the imagination alight with puppetry, music, colourful costumes and larger-than-life props in a kampung setting, where a community that makes music together, stays together.

Remember to stick around after the performance for photos with the cast from Sweet Tooth and join in the fun at the specially designed activity areas. Stop by at Nadine's kampung house for arts and craft, or explore Bandit the Tiger's Lalang Maze!

2. Nomadic Art Caravan
*Specially commissioned for March 2018 Edition*
Dates: 24 & 25 Mar 2018
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Venue: Open Carpark at Ang Mo Kio Central 2 (behind Ang Mo Kio Library)

One of Ang Mo Kio’s open carparks gets taken over by LOPELAB and will be transformed into a mini art carnival ground, celebrating music, dance and theatre! It will be a family-friendly evening out for everyone as with performances, interactive art installations, engaging workshops, and larger-than-life heritage game sets.

Art aside, look forward to a free sampling of salted egg-flavoured local goodies in this carnival.

3. Stop and Smell the Ang Mo Dan!
*Specially commissioned for March 2018 Edition*
Now until 25 March 2018, Various Venues

Consisting of mural paintings and fun & interactive installations constructed with metal pipes, mirrors, and even bicycles, the fun and interactive art installations of Stop and Smell the Ang Mo Dan invite audiences to slow down and reminisce on the history and memories of Ang Mo Kio, while re-imagining everyday spaces around the neighbourhood through four new public artworks.

A commission by the National Arts Council's Public Art Trust, the artists presenting the works are Angie Seah, Chen-Sai Hua Kuan, Lai Wei Min and Yip Yew Chong.

NOTE: Three of the artworks are located at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park so you know where we will be headed when the weekend comes along!

Sound Like 19 by Chen-Sai Hua Kuan
Venue: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park (Along Bishan Road, lawn behind Community Garden)

Ahoy-hoy! by Lai Wei Min
Venue: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park (Along Bishan Road, lawn behind Community Garden)

Watching the World Go Round by Angie Seah
Venue: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park (Along Bishan Road, lawn behind Community Garden)

Reminiscing Ang Mo Kio by Yip Yew Chong
Venue: Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre (Adjacent to Ang Mo Kio Town Council Office)

In addition, there are FREE Public programmes open to the public, including live painting with the artists, artist talks and interactive workshops:

Date: 16 Mar 2018
Time: 8.30am - 9pm
Venue: Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre (outside Ang Mo Kio Town Council Office)

Date: 17 Mar 2018
Time: 9.30am - 11am
Venue: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Please register HERE.

Date: 18 Mar 2018
Time: 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm
Venue: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park (near the Community Garden)

Please register HERE.

Date: 24 and 25 Mar 2018
Time: 10am, 11am, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm
Venue: Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre (outside Ang Mo Kio Town Council Office)

Please register HERE.

4. Got to Move Pop-Up: Piano Playground
*A programme by the National Arts Council’s Got to Move*
Date: 25 Mar 2018
Time: 11am - 2pm
Venue: Ang Mo Kio Central Stage

Got kids who just can't seem to stop moving? Let them join in the fun on larger-than-life piano play mats and create sweet tunes by hopping, skipping, jumping and galloping on the piano keys! They can even pick up some slick moves from the exhilarating contemporary dance performances put by dancers from TRDO.

5. The Dicapella Magic Flute: Wonders of Ang Mo Kio
*Specially commissioned for March 2018 Edition*
Date: 25 Mar 2018
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Venue: Ang Mo Kio Central Stage

Enjoy musical performances inspired by the wonders of Ang Mo Kio, led by Dicapella’s Principal Conductor, Heng Xiangle, and presented by a fusion ensemble featuring The Philharmonic Winds, Bhaskar’s Arts Academy and Dicapella Dizi Ensemble. But it won't be just a sit-down type of performance as participants will be given a magic flute and activity book. Armed with these, participants will complete various musical tasks at the carnival booths, and gather clues that will help uncover the possible meaning behind the name Ang Mo Kio.

6. Superhero We Festival
Dates: Now until 17 Mar 2018
Time: Now until 16 Mar: 1.30pm - 4.30pm | 17 Mar: 11am - 6pm
Venue: Enabling Village

Bring out the child in you with this very special inclusive arts festival! Themed “WILD CHILD”, the festival hopes to empower children to build creative confidence, and to design experiences for socialisation between children of different needs.

Special Highlights include:
- WILD Dance Island: A dance floor for music and movement programmes
- Maze to Dinner: A tunnel of tents featuring stories by preschoolers from Kindle Garden, Singapore’s first inclusive preschool
- Obstacle Octopus: A wooden obstacle course in a sheltered area for children
- Village Square: In a grass square, children play games and craft an item that signifies their role in the tribe

For more information, log on to

7. No Excuses, No Limits!
17 Mar 2018 | 10am | Bedok Town Square
18 Mar 2018 | 2pm | Kampung Admiralty Community Plaza

Break it down and put on your dancing shoes with the ILL-Abilities dance crew, a "Super Crew" of disabled dancers founded in 2007. Watch as each of the dancers shares their life story and the importance of not letting anything get in their way. With their positive attitudes and motto, No Excuses, No Limits! by ILL-Abilities will motivate and entertain you by making you laugh, cry, and dance out of your seat!

8. A Bird's Journey
17 Mar 2018 | 7.30 – 8.15pm | Bedok Town Square
18 Mar 2018 | 7pm – 7.45pm | Kampung Admiralty Community Plaza

Follow the story of a baby bird's journey of self-discovery, inspired by the fairy tale, The Ugly Duckling. Accompanied by live traditional music, visual projections and voice-over narrations, the performance by yIN Harmony brings in elements of culture that are unique to Singapore. Featuring new music arrangements by Lu Heng and Dayn Ng Chee Yao, audiences can also play on the bird flutes and be a part of the interactive performance.

9. Three Beatings of the White Bone Demon
24 Mar 2018 | 7pm – 7.45pm | Bedok Town Square
25 Mar 2018 | 7pm – 7.45pm | Yew Tee Square

How often do you get to catch a Chinese Opera by Traditional Arts Centre right in the middle of your neighbourhood - and with your kids too??? Relive a Chinese classic Huangmei Opera excerpt from one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature, Journey to the West. Follow the adventures of well-loved characters such as the Monkey King, his master Tang Sanzang, and his two disciples, Pigsy and Sandy as they take on the White Bone Demon. Will the Monkey King and his companions prevail? Save the date, bring your children and head down to find out!

10. Tell me an (Ang Mo Kio) story - Photography 
*Specially commissioned for March 2018 Edition*
Date: 21 - 31 Mar 2018
Venue: Block 724 Ang Mo Kio Market & Food Centre

A photography exhibition featuring selected works by community photographers at a hawker centre in Ang Mo Kio, based on the themes of Living, Commuting, Nature, and Architecture.

If you are down for any one of the events, you may just win for yourself a limited edition AYN Tote Bag too! While stocks last.

Don’t forget to share your art appreciation with the hashtag #ArtsInYourNeighbourhood on social media and stand a chance to win a limited edition totebag* too!

*The top 3 picture + caption combinations over the duration of AYN will be selected. Winners will be announced on the @Artsforallsg IG account.


The winners have been picked! Congrats to the following winners: 1. JR Tan 2. Lee Suet Leng 3. Ivy Yee Ling Seah Please email me at for prize collection details. Thanks!

Thanks to National Arts Council (NAC) Singapore, I have THREE $20 NTUC vouchers to give away!

To participate, all you have to do is the following:

1. LIKE NAC Singapore's Facebook page HERE.

2. Answer this question:

Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) is held twice in a year. Which months does AYN take place?

a. June & December
b. March & November
c. May & September

Leave your answer as a comment in the corresponding Facebook post HERE OR in this blog post.


SHARE this blog post of the giveaway on Facebook for a BONUS chance! Remember to set your profile to public so that I can see the shared post.

Giveaway ends on 24 March 2018, 2359 hours.


Useful Details

Arts in Your Neighbourhood - March 2018
Dates: 8 - 25 March 2018

For full programme listings and to download programme brochure, visit:

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