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Aliwal Urban Art Festival Returns for its Seventh Edition

2 JANUARY 2020— What if urban subculture was much more than you imagined? In the seventh edition of the Aliwal Urban Art Festival (AUAF) on 18 January, the streets of Kampong Glam will once again be taken over with the sights, sounds, flavours, and beats of street culture. Arts House Limited (AHL), the organiser behind this iconic annual festival, takes it up a notch this year with a thrilling line-up of programmes to redefine what urban subculture means to you. AUAF is part of Singapore Art Week 2020.

Urban subcultures and alternative art are usually labelled as inaccessible, deviant, and niche. Through the theme “What If?”, AUAF challenges these perceptions and takes urban subculture beyond the streets. Presenting these concepts across the multiple mediums of street art, dance, music, and urban sport, AUAF’s artists will take visitors through a reimagination of subculture from different perspectives.

“Subculture is a vibrant celebration of one’s self-identity. Through AUAF, we feature artists from all walks of life with active careers, helping them reach out to a wider audience. Subculture may not be mainstream, but through our partnership with these artists, we show our visitors that it is accessible and can be appreciated by anyone,” says Kenneth Chng, Centre Manager of Aliwal Arts Centre, who is also in charge of programming for AUAF.

Aliwal Urban Art Festival will be held on Saturday, 18 January 2020, from 4pm till late. Listen, watch, taste, and explore your way through Aliwal Street and discover how urban subculture can help challenge your worldview.


Alternative Perspectives From The OGs Of Singaporean Street Art

Let the OGs of Singaporean street art take you on an insider tour of Kampong Glam in D’Tour of Kampong Glam to rediscover the iconic murals that have come to characterise and define Kampong Glam. Combining technology and visual art, the tour will introduce an additional layer of AR technology as RSCLS, a collective of street art veterans based in Aliwal Arts Centre, takes you down an alternative tour of the neighbourhood, narrating their own hidden stories that have been illustrated onto the walls of this subcultural enclave.

Drop by at 4pm to witness RSCLS and other artists recreate and express their creativity through experimenting with art in a Live Outdoor Painting Session. Visitors can contribute to the street art and leave their mark by spray-painting alongside these veterans!

Taking their craft beyond the usual medium, RSCLS has also curated a special What If Exhibition which breaks down the essential elements of street art into three sections exploring street, graffiti, and mural art. Held in Aliwal Art Centre’s music studio, visitors can wander through the segments and deepen their understanding of urban art from the perspective of RSCLS.

Street artist ANTZ from RSCLS says: “AUAF provides a familiar platform for us to express our messages through our art to the masses. In the last few years, we’ve seen an increase of interest in our programs. This year is special because we hope to further educate and showcase historical local graffiti and street movements through an all-round audio, visual, and interactive experience. We will continue to push the boundaries by exploring the future of graffiti via AR.”


Urban Sounds From The Streets

Lose yourself within soundscapes of the streets as SGMUSO presents some of Singapore’s brightest young talents in the alternative hip-hop and R&B scene at Urban Sounds. Let their energy and beats course through your body as they drop their hottest bars at the outdoor music stage.

Experience how music can defy traditionally set genres with Mediocre Haircut Crew (MHC), a crew of three rappers. Having been part of the scene since 2015, MHC’s works are up there with some of the best. Groove to smooth-flowing, yet hard-hitting tracks as the crew seamlessly transitions between their rap, vocals and harmony.

Rapper Tengyboy gives visitors of AUAF plenty to look forward to on the back of his latest single ‘Clingy’, a head-bopping hip-hop track with R&B undertones inspired by Kendrick Lamar and Daniel Caesar. Look out for his musical flow and lyrical talent as the young rapper shows a softer, more tender side of hip-hop at AUAF.

You’ve read about her, you’ve watched her online. Now be prepared to catch her live as Singaporean YouTube sensation and rapper Preetipls drops truth bombs to the beat at AUAF. Last but not least, don’t miss Big D Bangla on stage as he brings his signature cultural flair to the mix to spice up the night.

Aside from these talented local acts, don’t forget to catch Thailand’s R&B artiste Pyra. Winner of Apple Music’s Best New Artist Awards in 2016, the young artist brings a moody outlook to her tunes while incorporating a modern twist through electronic sounds — a style reminiscent of Singapore’s very own Jasmine Sokko. Pyra is the first Thai artist to perform at the Burning Man Festival and will be bringing her act to our shores at AUAF next.

David Siow, President of SGMUSO, shares that “SGMUSO had the privilege to collaborate with the community to showcase up-and-coming talent alongside established acts and curate the music lineup for many years. For 2020's edition, we've moved towards a slightly different lineup — a full suite of Hip-hop and R&B acts that have plenty to say. Good vibes guaranteed!”


Bringing Senses To Life Through Dance

Live music will not be the only thing you groove to at AUAF as local dance couple ScRach MarcS enters the fray. The duo brings you into their whimsical world through SMILE, a spontaneous roving interactive performance happening across three sessions throughout the festival that could take place anytime or anywhere — so catch them at it if you can!

Fragrances and scents have never been traditionally associated with dance, but visitors can look forward to a unique experience as ScRach MarcS presents a four-part installation What If...Smells Could Come Alive? Watch as the dancers communicate different scents through their bodies in inventive and unpredictable movements as they break down the boundaries between our five senses.

Besides the dynamic duo, five unique Singaporean dancers from Flowt Collective will be bringing to AUAF a special performance, presenting their vastly different dance styles in an innovative hybrid presentation. Asking the question What If… Flowt is back? through their dance movements and theatrical flair, Flowt Collective invites us to explore the universe of “What Ifs” from multiple points-of-view.

As daylight begins to fade, glow it up with graffiti specialists The Blackbook Studio as they get you to Glow With the Fluo. Watch artists like Slac Satu masterfully manipulate fluorescent paint onto the studio walls beneath a constellation of glowsticks and UV lights under the cover of darkness. With warm, moody, phosphorescent colours melding together with ambient music, this show promises to be a visual and sensual treat.

Towards the end of the night, head back into Aliwal Arts Centre for the Closing Party as ScRach MarcS leads us into the festival’s final event What If… We Had A Party Right Now? With hip-hop deejay DJ Bolo laying down the beats, expect mini dance battles, cyphers, and good vibes as you close out the night with this exhilarating party.


Street Culture In Urban Sport

A movement that transcends sights and sounds, experience how street culture can be expressed in a kinetic display through the skateboarding activities organised by SkateSG and Vans.

Head over to the car park just opposite Aliwal Arts Centre to experience a live outdoor skate battle. Watch Singapore’s skateboarders one-up each other across three categories — Skate Run Contest, Best Trick, and Tricks 4 Cash — and be amazed at their stunts in a breathtaking Street Jam showcase as these daredevils compete for the grand prize.

Take on the ramp yourself by participating in the free Skate Mini-Clinic where you can learn from experienced riders. Catch Vans riders in action at the mini ramp as they demonstrate how the world turns into a blank canvas under the wheels of a skateboard.

“AUAF is a festival for the people. We are grateful that for the last few editions, AUAF has helped us to promote Singapore skateboarding to a wider local and international audience, registering higher participation and engagement levels for SkateSG’s activities,” says Hafiz Salleh, Skate SG’s manager.


Craft Out a Good Time through Fringe Activities

Besides art, music, dance and skateboarding activities, satiate any hunger pangs with the delicious food and drinks available at the festival. Sip on local, award-winning craft beer from Archipelago Brewery, and if alcohol isn’t your choice drink, head over to EN Projects for their coffee and unique chilli dips.

Support local artists at AUAF's Craft and Design Market and discover how street culture can incorporate sustainability at the Stitch In A Bag workshop — a repurposing programme jointly led by KEEN and local designer FIN Crafted Goods. Breathe new life into your old, worn out materials by sewing them onto FIN tote bags and walk away with brand new creations infused with mementos of the past.

Alternatively, explore other avenues of sustainability by helping us keep the streets clean and green with KEEN’s “Clean-Up” Campaign. Special KEEN trash bags will be placed along Aliwal Street for visitors to play their part by joining us in taking care of our community and minimising our impact on the environment.

Aside from AUAF, Arts House Limited will be bringing the best of Singaporean art with a range of activities across the year, including the Aliwal Arts Crawl in July, as well as the Goodman Arts Centre Open House happening in June. Through these events, AHL strives to serve as a bridge between artists and a wider audience.

Event Details
Aliwal Urban Arts Festival
Venue: Aliwal Arts Centre
Dates: 18 Jan 2020, Saturday
Time: 4pm till midnight

Admission to the festival grounds is free. All programmes are free unless otherwise stated.

For the complete list of programmes for Aliwal Urban Art Festival 2020, please refer to the accompanying programme booklet. More information is also available at www.aliwalartscentre.sg/events/123-aliwal-urban-arts-festival-2020. Members of the public can also join the conversation at www.facebook.com/AliwalArtsCentre and www.instagram.com/aliwalartscentre.


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For more information, please contact :

Chong Yoke Ming
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Nicholas Chew
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Johann Khairi
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About Aliwal Arts Centre

Aliwal Arts Centre is a multidisciplinary arts centre with a strong focus on performing arts located at the former Chong Cheng and Chong Pun Schools at 28 Aliwal Street within the Kampong Glam conservation district. It offers a conducive environment to support the artistic development of both contemporary and traditional arts groups, drawing inspiration from the rich cultural heritage in the area.

Aliwal Arts Centre also aims to tap on the rich cultural heritage of the site to bring together arts enthusiasts, the arts community and the general public to explore new frontiers in performing arts.


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About Arts House Limited

Arts House Limited (AHL) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to enriching lives through the arts. AHL manages two key landmarks located in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District – The Arts House, a multidisciplinary arts centre with a focus on literary programming, and the Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, a heritage building that is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. It also runs the Aliwal Arts Centre and Goodman Arts Centre, two creative enclaves for artists, arts groups and creative businesses, and performing arts space Drama Centre. AHL presents the Singapore International Festival of Arts, the annual pinnacle celebration of interdisciplinary arts in Singapore commissioned by the National Arts Council.

AHL was set up in 11 December 2002 as a company limited by guarantee (CLG) under the National Arts Council and was formerly known as The Old Parliament House Limited. It was officially renamed Arts House Limited on 19 March 2014.

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