A Puppeteer’s Journey

Step into the world of puppetry inside Frankie Malachi’s virtual puppet studio! With magical and delightful puppets on display, ranging from string puppets, to marionettes and ventriloquist puppets, this online video interview will tell you more about Frankie’s puppet making practice. Get a glimpse of some of his oldest and favourite puppets that have been with him for close to 30 years. Meet some unfinished puppets and moulds used to make them. Come and join creative producer Kamini Ramachandran as she chats with Frankie Malachi to experience the magic of puppets!

Production: Co-presented by The Arts House and Frankie Malachi
Event venue: Online
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Event Date(s): 2020-07-17 00:00:00 | 2020-07-18 00:00:00 | 2020-07-19 00:00:00 | 2020-07-20 00:00:00 | 2020-07-21 00:00:00 | 2020-07-22 00:00:00 | 2020-07-23 00:00:00 | 2020-07-24 00:00:00 | 2020-07-25 00:00:00 | 2020-07-26 00:00:00 | 2020-07-27 00:00:00
Event start date: 2020-07-18 07:00
Event end date: 2020-07-28 07:00
Custom Event Date(s): 17 - 27 Jul 2020
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Sollum Swaramum: Screening

Presented in collaboration with NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, the 4th edition of Sollum Swaramum, brings together musicians Ramesh Krishnan, Mohamed Noor, and Munir Alsagoff in exploration of the synergies between music and text, with devised and improvised texts based on the work of Tamil literary stalwarts P. Krishnan, Ma Ilangkannnan and Rama Kannabiran. These newly devised texts are written by Harini V, Ashwinii Selvaraj and Bharathi Moorthiappan and performed by Sivakumar Palakrishnan, Ashwinii Selvaraj and Harini V. Art direction by Laura Miotto and illustrations by Nanthiyni Aravindan.

The live screening took place at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore on 26 &27 Feb 2021.

Illustrated by Nanthiyni Aravindan, Art Direction by Laura Miotto

Event price: Free
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40mins, with English surtitles

Language: Tamil
Event Date(s): 2021-03-05 12:00:00
Event start date: 2021-03-06 00:00
Event end date: 2022-01-01 14:00
Custom Event Date(s): Now - 31 Dec 2021
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LumiNation 2020 - Peranakan Migration and Hybrid Cultural Identity

Join Peter Lee, independent researcher and curator of Peranakan culture and history, at the NUS Baba House, as he reveals how the lives of the Wee family, their neighbours and domestic staff, as well as the house’s contents, shed light on how migration contributed to the development of hybrid Peranakan culture.

The programme will be available on our Youtube Channel from 23 August, Sunday, from 9am onwards and will be free to stream until the end of the year.

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Production: Presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Online
Event price: FREE
Event Date(s): 2020-08-23 09:00:00
Event start date: 2020-08-23 09:00
Event end date: 2020-12-31 20:00
Custom Event Date(s): 23 Aug 2020, SUN
Custom Event Time(s): From 9am
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Peter Lee is an independent researcher, and the Honorary Curator of the NUS Baba House – a historical house museum managed by the National University of Singapore.

He co-authored The Straits Chinese House with Jennifer Chen, published by the National Museum of Singapore in 1998 and 2006. In 2008, he produced Junk to JewelsThe Things that Peranakans Value, an exhibition and catalogue for the Peranakan Museum. He co-curated Sarong Kebaya, which opened in April 2011 at the same museum and a book he wrote on the subject was published in 2014. In 2018 this book was shortlisted for the Singapore History Prize. The 2013 exhibition Inherited and Salvaged: Family Portraits from the NUS Museum Straits Chinese Collection comprised largely of portrait paintings he had assembled. He also contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue that was published in 2015. In 2016, he co-curated Singapore, Sarong Kebaya and Style at the Fukuoka Art Museum and the Shoto Museum in Tokyo. He was the guest curator of Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500-1900 at ACM, which opened in November 2016, and co-authored its exhibition catalogue. In 2017, he was the historical consultant for a Peranakan-themed short film launched at the Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 4. Peter was also the guest curator of Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography, an exhibition held at the Peranakan Museum from 2018 to 2019. In 2020, The Mark of Empire, a four-part documentary in which he features as the series’ host, was broadcast regionally by Channel News Asia, Singapore, and subsequently uploaded on Youtube.

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Story Talk: Conversations

Welcome to Story Talk, a series of short interviews about the different facets of storytelling. Our StoryFest community has learned and grown from the global sharing of practice – and we hope to continue fostering these conversations with this online series.

Join StoryFest’s Creative Producer, Kamini Ramachandran, as she speaks with storytellers, applied arts practitioners and those working with storytelling from all over the world. For artists, producers and arts managers, the videos will support your craft and offer insights from experts in their field. For curious individuals, explore representation in myths and legends and storytelling as a tool for wellbeing.

Story Talk is a free access online resource bank on a diverse range of storytelling related topics.

  • Visual Storytelling: Interpreting Stories through Illustrations
  • From Page to Stage: Adapting Text for Storytelling Performance
  • International Storytelling Festivals During the Pandemic
  • Gender Representation in Mythology
  • Storytelling and Wellbeing
  • Performing Folklore Through Dance
Event venue: Online
Registration Link: https://storytalk.peatix.com/
Event price: Free with Registration
Event start date: 2021-06-21 05:58
Event end date: 2021-07-12 16:00
Custom Event Date(s): From 20 Jun 2021
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LumiNation 2020 - Imperial Creatures

While our understanding of the relationship between the colonial project and migration is almost entirely based on the accounts of individuals and communities, we forget that the extent of imperialism extended to the natural world as well. If imperialism is a series of power relationships, it involves not only the subjugation of human communities but also animals. What was the relationship between these two processes in colonial Singapore and how did the introduction and elimination of animal species in Singapore irrevocably change the ecosystem of Singapore.

This talk explores how the structures of colonialism and migration extended beyond human communities and how these stories teach us lessons about power structures that have affected human and animal communities alike.

YouTube LIVE @ 16 Aug 2020, 5pm

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Production: Presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Online
Event price: FREE
Event Date(s): 2020-08-16 16:00:00
Event start date: 2020-08-16 08:00
Event end date: 2020-12-31 08:00
Custom Event Date(s): 16 Aug 2020, SUN
Custom Event Time(s): 4pm
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About LumiNation 2020 - The Migration Edition
1–30 Aug 2020

Held alongside with National Day, The Arts House’s LumiNation festival explores our Singaporean identity through performances, talks and more.

This third edition of LumiNation will take place digitally, as it continues to set its sights on uncovering Singapore’s lesser-known narratives and hidden histories, inviting audiences to connect together parts of the full Singaporean conversation. The theme for this year’s festival is Migration, for which LumiNation aims to reveal the ever-changing relationship between migration and national identity. Moreover, we hope to explore how central migration is to Singapore's story, drawing from macroscopic to personal narratives.

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