Multi-disciplinary arts festival ARTWALK Little India returns in 2021 in a new hybrid format. Jointly organised by LASALLE College of the Arts and Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the festival will this year feature both digital and on-site programmes.
Titled, ‘In Spite Of…’ the public arts festival returns in conjunction with Singapore Arts Week to celebrate the rich heritage of the Little India precinct from January 22 to February 6.
The festival will feature performances, interactive workshops and a virtual walk that will take visitors through new murals and places of interest.
Highlights of the event include:
- Jigri Yaar Bhangra: A special performance to commemorate its 35th year in the industry. Filmed around iconic spots in Little India, viewers will witness the powerful energy of this dance through their screens by tuning in via Facebook.
- Bollywood Zumba with Theeya: A live Zoom class that promises an intense workout to popular Bollywood tunes.
- Spiced Up Motifs: Geared for child-friendly fun, this workshop includes stencils and cooking spices. Families will create motifs used in Indian textiles in this sensory play.
- Master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran will recount tales tied to the old cattle industry at Serangoon Road and the Thaipusam procession of Little India.
- Monster Day Tours will take audiences on a virtual walk to discover the many murals and places of interest in the precinct.
Visitors can also take a walk to view six new artworks in the heritage precinct, including a community wall along Upper Dickson Road by artist Khairulddin Wahab.
This year also sees ARTWALK’s first international collaboration between Indian artist Bhajju Shyam, a recipient of the Padma Shri, and Singaporean urban artist Sam Lo, brought together by the St+art India Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in India that works on public art projects.