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The Arts House turns 13!

Celebrate the power of the word. Choose your party. 

Singapore, 3 March 2017 – In celebration of its 13th anniversary, The Arts House has invited artists, writers and musicians to come together to share stories that inspire their being and their work. Held over the weekend of 25 and 26 March, the renewed House Party will feature poetry, storytelling, films, music and photography and will extend out onto the Empress Lawn in the Civic District.  

“Since its inception, The Arts House at Old Parliament Place has been supporting and presenting Singapore artists in the realm of literary arts, and we are glad to be able to continue this mission,” says Sarah Martin, Chief Executive Officer of Arts House Limited,

“We welcome all to be inspired by the literary arts presented in various artistic disciplines in our specially curated celebrations this year.” 

Music and Poetry

Produced by the NAC Young Artist Award 2016 recipient and poet Marc Nair, Note for Note sets up a poetic musical dialogue between ten poets and ten musicians. Featuring poets such as Aaron Lee, Bani Haykal, David Wong, Deborah Emmanuel, Pooja Nansi,, Shivram Gopinath, and Yong Shu Hoong, as well as musicians including Patrick Chng and Vick Low, this performance will give these talented artists, each with strikingly different styles, a chance to explore the space between music and meaning in the historic Chamber.


Words come to life through the timeless art of storytelling with master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran, who will put a spin on tales about mythical Transformations found in Asian folklore. Created for an adult audience, Shapeshifter Storiesis the solo showcase that revels in ancient stories of shapeshifters retold by Kamini with live music accompaniment. For families with young children, The Indigo Jackal sees the retelling of the famous tales of the cunning trickster from The Panchatantra, the ancient Indian collection of interrelated animal fables.


One of the two key music programmes as part of House Party is In The Spotlight curated by rising star violinist Loh Jun Hong. Featuring a stellar cast of classical musicians including the husband-and-wife team of Lilian Wang and Tan Wee-Hsin, this performance invites the audience to experience the illustrious harmonies of various instrument pairings sans the conventional performance space. Held in the Living Room, this space is ideal for the artists and audience to experience art-making on an intimate level.

The second music programme that focuses on Jazz is curated by one of the region’s most prolific jazz pianists, Aya Sekine. The first component of this programme is Music@Empress - The Jazz Edition.  With support from the National Arts Council, emerging and established jazz musicians including New York based Singapore guitarist Andrew Lim will take the stage at the lush space of the Empress Lawn within the culturally rich Civic District.  In the second component to take place in the cosy Living Room, familiar names like Chok Kerong and Weixiang Tan will perform pieces that began their love affair with jazz. 


Pet me, Pet Me, Look at Me, Love Me, an introspective photography exhibition, allows audience to explore notions of intimacy and longing. Held in a unique space within the House - Gallery I - Singapore-based photographers Liana Yang and Lavender Chang explore the role of the written word in their artistic practices. Tours and workshops with the curator and photographers will also be held to augment the exhibition experience. Two separate dialogue sessions will see Yang and Chang engage and converse, with NAC Young Artists Award 2012 recipient and Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2015 winner O Thiam Chin as well as Cultural Medallion recipient You Jin (Tham Yew Chin) respectively. They will disscuss the common threads and themes in the different practices of literary arts and photography, and how text and images influence each other.


In partnership with the Singapore Film Society, winning entries from the Singapore Heritage Short Film Competition 2016 will be screened. These films shine a light on the artistic and cultural practices that subsist on the fringes of memory in Singapore, from traditional analogue photography to Chinese opera. Audience will get to learn more about the art form, as well as the creative processes involved in film-making, in the post-show dialogues with winner Eileen Chong and first runner-up Saleem Hadi. 

Drop in activities

True to any celebration, the transformation of space is integral. This will be manifested in The Arty Party Room. Artist collective 3 Pumpkin Project and sound artist Zai Tang will transform Gallery II. The public will be taken into a different dimension where they can contribute to the community collage using cut-outs of geometric shapes, lines, images, letters as well as found materials, or partake in a book exchange. Artists and musicians from the main stage programmes will also drop in with bite-sized teasers throughout the day. 

House Tours 

In the spirit of anniversary celebrations, visitors can choose to embark on a tour that will follow the trials faced by first generation nation-builders like Lee Kuan Yew, David Marshall and S. Rajaratnam.


For more details: Download media release and bios

For more information and high res pictures, please contact:

Willy Beh 
Asst Manager, Marketing & Communications 
Arts House Limited



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