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by Marc Nair, 18 March 2018

Paris has certainly had an exciting start to 2018. First, the Seine River threatened to overflow its banks, and then a cold snap left the city blanketed in snow in early February. We gingerly trod the snow-struck streets to bring you these pictures. 




Double Bill: "My Home is Not a Shell" and "I Forgot to Remember to Forget"

A crab has lost his shell. He has lost his home. How does he rebuild his home? In parallel, as Singapore constantly builds and rebuilds itself, how does one define "home"?

As part of the True Colours Festival-the Asia Pacific Celebration of Artistes with Disabilities produced by local charity Very Special Arts Singapore (VSA), the Singapore International Foundation has brought together two disability theatre groups - VSA’s theatre arm, Very Special Theatrix (VST), and Australia’s No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability (NSA) to perform “My Home is Not a Shell”

 “My Home is Not my Shell” is a creative showcase presenting NSA and VST’s work-in-progress from collaborative training workshops held earlier in the year. The performance is co-directed by VST's R. Chandran and NSA's Alirio Zavarce.

NSA’s world premiere of "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" is an experimental theatre piece that investigates memory.

Date: 24 and 25 March 2018
Time: 3-5pm
Venue: SportsSG Auditorium (6 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397698) (

Both performances are:
*Free admission
*Free seating with wheelchair access
*Sign interpretation will be provided during the performances

Very Special Arts Singapore:
No Strings Attached: 

 OH! Emerald Hill. Photo: Ernest Goh

OH! Emerald Hill. Photo: Ernest Goh

OH! EMERALD HILL:  03 - 25 March 2018

OH! Open House is a non-profit arts organisation most well-known for its annual art walk centred on a specific neighbourhood each year. The art walks have covered seven neighbourhoods to date, including Tiong Bahru, Joo Chiat and the Marina Bay financial district. The walks blend creative interpretations of spaces by artists and the everyday-ness of residents and other occupants.

In their own words, "In time for the bicentennial of Singapore’s modern founding by Sir Stamford Raffles in 2019, the theme draws on our history as a British colony. By jump-starting the conversation on colonialism, OH! Emerald Hill seeks to explore the way in which we address our past and how this nation-building story is formulated."

Tickets for the walks are selling out faster than you can shout, "Farquhar!" so we recommend you book yours NOW. We'll be attending a walk as well on the Saturday 03 March, so do also look out for our review. 


Image courtesy of Singapore Design Week.

SINGAPORE DESIGN WEEK, 05 - 18 March 2018

As if March couldn't get any busier, Singapore Design Week will also be clamouring for audience attention come the 5th. This year's SDW features a wide range of workshops, lectures and installations including a design show by Temasek Polytechnic, district activations in Holland Village, Chinatown and the Brash Basah.Bugis precinct and even an inaugural design auction.

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Artwork by Dan Wong -

AUGURIES OF MODERN INNOCENCE, 09 March - 01 April 2018

This is a must-see for all poetry and graphic art fans. This exhibition features a 21st century spin on William Blake’s classic poem Auguries of Innocence. In keeping with Blake’s legacy as a poet, painter and sometime prophet, eight graphic and comic illustrators— Dan Wong, Jerry Teo, Neo Ann Gee, Chen Yan Yun, Brenna Tan, Caleb Tan, Russell Ong and Wu Yanrong—have come together with poet Marc Nair to write and illustrate a modern version that depicts the world in all its dystopian glory.

Free admission.

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