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As part of NAFA’s celebrations for its 80 years of establishment and achievements, NAFA Arts Festival 2018 aims to showcase the academy’s diverse artistic talents. The Arts Festival will be held from 13 April to 3 June 2018 at NAFA Campus 1, offering a myriad of activities catered to the young at heart, silver generation, book lovers, trendsetters, and even Cosplay enthusiasts.

The Festival will launch with a bang on 13 April. The three-day opening arts carnival will feature activities, music and theatre, performances and delicacies to delight visitors. The subsequent weekends highlight themed festival markets, including children and adult 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 a closing carnival on 2 to 3 June at NAFA Campus 1, with yet another series of festivities for everyone to enjoy. Read on to discover more about the festival markets.

OPENING Arts Carnival
13 April | 4pm - 10pm
14 April | 2pm - 9pm
15 April | 11am - 5pm

The opening weekend kickstarts the celebrations with a specially curated programme galvanised by music and theatre performances, as well as an Arts & Food Fair featuring 30 to 40 food and merchandise stalls.

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Art 4 JUNIOR Market
21 April | 10am - 5pm

One’s creative journey can start from a young age. Our second festival market, which focuses on children’s art, allows the little ones to explore ideas through play. Our School of Young Talent’s Junior Art teachers and NAFA students/alumni will be helming the various art stalls, guiding the children on art activities and handicrafts for them to bring home. The art activities include watercolour portrait drawing, soft clay modelling, DIY photo frame, DIY colourful dreamcatcher, Minion cookies making and cute face painting.

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Love 2 LEARN Arts Market
28 April | 10am - 5pm

Lifelong learning anchors the third festival market. This is an opportunity for adults and art enthusiasts to have hands-on experience on the various art forms such as printing, painting or experimental drawing. During the event, there will be singing performances and live painting demonstrations by the Centre for Lifelong Education’s adult students.

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HERITAGE Saturday Market
5 May | 10am - 10pm

Take a walk down memory lane, as we look back and remember our art heritage. On the fourth weekend of the Arts Festival, the heritage-themed event will feature nostalgic games and pop-up stalls. Those looking for vintage wares, timeless gifts and retro fashion accessories should mark this festival market on their calendars.

Unique characteristics of our culture and heritage will be captured by three heritage push carts conceptualised by two alumni Chuan Yeo and Deric Shen. Each showcase features a local artwork in dioramas, placed in a mobile container to represent NAFA’s nomadic past in the Singapore history. In addition, visitors will also get to enjoy a sampling of movies made in the 1960s where they will be able to catch a glimpse of Singapore’s past landscapes, society and political environment.

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Lobby Full of BOOKS Market
12 May | 10am - 5pm

Books take centre stage at the fifth festival market. Celebrating all things related to the wonderful world of the printed word and illustrations, this event brings together a selection of booksellers specialising in children and young adult books, graphic novels and local titles. There will also be hands-on sessions on brush calligraphy, bookbinding, typesetting and printing for visitors to try. Other highlights include music performances, drama performances and storytelling sessions.

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Let’s MAKE Small Art Market
19 May | 10am - 5pm

The sixth weekend will focus on the theme of making small art. There will be stalls that feature handicrafts, small paintings, art materials and products for sale. Visitors will also be able to sign up for workshops on craft making such as prints, leatherwork, calligraphy and fashion accessories.

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26 May | 10am - 5pm

On our seventh weekend, we will be celebrating youth in the most possible colours! Partnering with the Harajuku Fashion Walkers, we are inviting self-inspired fashionable youth to stride along the Bencoolen Street and Bugis area! There would be an introduction to Harajuku Fashionwear with tips from the experts. In addition, Cos-A-Fair will feature 40 stalls retailing new and resale items such as props, costumes, wigs and more.

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CLOSING Arts Carnival
2 June | 2pm - 9pm
3 June | 11am - 5pm

The Arts Festival will culminate with another series of festivities with visual arts as the focus. Visitors will be able to enjoy a spectrum of art making and creative workshops, outdoor screenings of animations and short films by our students, as well as delicacies from a host of F&B stalls.

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In addition, there is plenty to see around NAFA’s campuses throughout the month of April to June. Various 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.

Don’t miss out on what’s inside the theatres as well. The NAFA English and Mandarin Drama students will be putting up their graduation shows; NAFA’s Dance students will showcase their talents through their annual performance, Crossings, and two concerts showcasing the award-winning music students from the School of Music and the School of Young Talents will also be held.

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