Eight weeks of creative fun at NAFA Arts Festival

13 April - 03 June 2018

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The festival features a galore of themed festival markets, performances, concerts and art workshops for the community


The heart of Singapore’s arts and culture precinct will soon be abuzz with much excitement and activities for all to enjoy. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) will be launching an arts festival from 13 April to 3 June 2018 at its Campus 1 located at 80 Bencoolen Street.

An event part of NAFA’s 80th anniversary celebrations, NAFA Arts Festival 2018 aims to showcase the academy’s diverse artistic talents. The eight-week Arts Festival will feature a myriad of activities catered to the young at heart, silver generation, book lovers, trendsetters, and even Cosplay enthusiasts.

A key highlight of the festival is a series of festival markets which are specially curated and thematically organised with a variety of activities. The opening weekend (13 to 15 April) kickstarts the celebrations with a specially curated programme galvanised by music and theatre performances and an Arts Carnival encompassing a variety of food and merchandise stalls. On 15 April, there will also be a series of performance art, which is part of an ongoing art exhibition, Still Life with The Artist Village. Audiences will be prodded to rethink the meaning of still life by artists including NAFA alumnus Justin Lee who will execute 295 drawings of a banana within 30 minutes and Young Artist Award recipient, Ezzam Rahman, who will use objects such as metal bells, cloth and a chair for a sound performance.

The series of art weekends to follow are thematically organised with a variety of activities including children art workshops, interactive floor murals, a classic outdoor movie screening for heritage buffs, a Harajuku-themed fashion parade, a book fair and Artist Makers Market.

The Arts Festival will culminate with another series of events (on 2 and 3 June) specialising in visual arts. Enjoy a spectrum of art making and creative workshops, outdoor screenings of short films by our students, as well as a plethora of food and beverage stalls.

Other exhibitions featuring artworks by renowned artists and students, such as NAFA Distinguished Alumni and Cultural Medallion recipient, Mr Thomas Yeo, graduation masterpieces done by School of Art & Design’s class of 2018, students of the Centre for Lifelong Education and Junior Art students from the School of Young Talents, will be held during this period.

Budding artists will also be in the spotlight. The NAFA Drama students will be putting up their graduation shows, while Dance students will showcase their talents through their annual performance, Crossings. There will also be two concerts showcasing the award-winning music students from the School of Music and the School of Young Talents.

More information on NAFA Arts Festival can be found on: https://www.nafa.edu.sg/events/nafa-arts-festival-2018