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PAssion Arts: Infusing arts and culture into locals

By Lina Chan KobayashiEvents - 19 March 2012 9:58 AM | Updated 10:02 AM

PAssion Arts: Infusing arts and culture into locals

In the effort to infuse Singaporeans with the spirit of arts and culture, the People’s Association has come up with PAssion Arts.

PAssion Arts is a movement reaching out to everyone, everwhere, everyday, engaging many residents in arts and culture in the heartlands.

Over the next 1,000 days, the People’s Association hope that the heartlands will be a place where there will be community music time movement and community arts galleries programme. Subsequently, they expect that new interest groups will be formed and everyone can enjoy themselves and entertain fellow residents with their musical or artistic talents.

A four-week long community event, the PAssion Arts Month will run from March 18 to April 8 2012, moving from the new Bishan Park to the South West, South East, North West and finally, ending Punggol Waterway.

During this period, you will find a group of multi-racial community members performing at your coffee shops, hawker centres and neighbourhood parks, singing various types of songs in various languages!

The musical talents will appear at Teck Ghee, Jalan Besar, Sembawang, Bukit Batok, Tampines Changkat and Marine Parade.

Beautiful art pieces will also be on display at local community places, lift landings, void decks as well as the overhead bridges – first time ever done in Singapore. The arts gallery can be found at Teck Gee, Yew Tee, Woodlands, Punggol North and Potong Pasir.

If you’re not impressed yet, there will be a 3-Dimensional digital mapping on a HDB. This is definitely a first in Southeast Asia! It’s a spectacle not to be missed.

Through music and arts, the community will be engaged, encouraging a stronger bond between the community through sharing and participation.

With over 3,500 residents as performers, 1,000 even volunteers, 200 shows, exhibitions and other talent showcases, PAssion Arts Month aims to reach out to everyone through arts and culture.

Although a month is far from their aim of 1,000 days of PAssion Arts Movement, Mr Nah Juay Hng, Group Director (Engagement Cluster – Arts & Culture), PA, remains positive, saying that he hopes to carry out a bigger movement, depending on the outcome of the upcoming one this weekend.

“We hope to move towards a bigger movement for the arts and culture, we want it to reach out to everyone in Singapore,” says Mr Nah.

He continued, “We hope that Singaporeans will support this movement!” He jokingly added, “Hopefully, nobody vandalises or steal the displayed art pieces.”

Mr Yam Ah Mee, Chief Executive Director, PA, says that “I hope that through this movement, the richness of community and culture will shine through arts.”

Expect to listen to the beautiful voices of the Sembawang Community Singers, with singers aged 4 – 63 years old, singing you traditional songs to the more current songs to date!

Also look out for Mr Allen Wong, who plays the saxophone, performing at the Bendeemer Shopping Mall during the Community Music Time from March to August 2012.

Go on down to show your support for PAssion Arts Month!