Silver Arts festival to focus on inter-generation bonding

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
“The Kid from the Big Apple 2: Before We Forget”, one of five feature films to be screened at the festival. (PHOTO: Jess Teong)
“The Kid from the Big Apple 2: Before We Forget”, one of five feature films to be screened at the festival. (PHOTO: Jess Teong)

Some 80 artists and arts groups will participate in the Silver Arts festival from 6 to 30 September, of whom one-third are performers aged 60 and above.

The theme of this year’s festival, featuring 37 programmes, is inter-generational bonding.

In its seventh edition, the festival – organised by the National Arts Council (NAC) – will take place at over 24 venues this year. These include the Plaza at the National Library, Singapore Cultural Centre, Our Tampines Hub, Drama Centre, and School of the Arts.

“We hope to encourage all seniors to age creatively and to enrich their well-being through the arts. With a stronger focus on inter-generational programmes, we also hope to see more families attending and spending time together at the festival,” said Chua Ai Liang, NAC’s senior director of engagement and participation.

Some of the highlights include concerts featuring tunes by the late Teresa Teng and Wandly Yazid, dialect sing-alongs, a musical set in the ’70s about market vendors performing at a Ghost Festival dinner as well as the screening of two local films specially commissioned for the festival.

The festival will see 1,500 seniors from various social service organisations being hosted at four ticketed programmes.

Separately, residents of Kampung Admiralty, Singapore’s first retirement community in the north, will take part in the festival’s community art project entitled It’s a Happy, Happy World through a partnership with youths to create a 100-mirror installation and stage a performance. The installation will be displayed at Kampung Admiralty from 6 to 12 September.

Six of the 37 programmes in the festival are ticketed, with prices ranging from $3 for films shown at selected Golden Village cinemas, to $12 for concerts and theatre productions.

Last year’s edition saw a total of 42,000 attendees.

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